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10:20 am
Mon February 9, 2015

URI Professor Reflects On Trip To Cuba Following U.S. Diplomatic Breakthrough

The Cuban countryside
Maureen Moakley

On the heels of President Barack Obama’s announcement to restore diplomacy with Cuba, University of Rhode Island professor Maureen Moakley took a group of students to Havana to see first-hand the political and social changes 50 years after the Cuban revolution. A regular contributor to our Political Roundtable Moakley spoke spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison.

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Politics
8:39 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Sen. Reed Calls On Obama Administration To Provide Military Aid To Ukrain

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed is calling for the U.S. to send military aid to Ukraine as the country continues to fight Russian-backed separatists.
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U.S. Senator Jack Reed is calling for additional military assistance to help the Ukrainian government as fighting worsens with Russian-backed separatists. Reed is the ranking Democrat of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Reed and Armed Services Committee Chair Senator John McCain, are asking the Obama administration to commit to aid in the form of defensive weaponry.  That includes things like anti-tank weapons, and rocket locating radar systems. 

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Bonus Q&A: Paolino on Providence Development, Tax Deals & the Superman Building

Developer and former Providence mayor Joseph Paolino joins Bonus Q&A to discuss snow removal; how Providence can cultivate more tax revenue; what's next for the Superman Building; and more.

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Politics
9:26 am
Thu February 5, 2015

RI Lawmakers To Take Up Latest Min. Wage Increase

If fully approved, legislation could hike RI's minimum wage to $10.10/hour.
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A bill that would increase Rhode Island's minimum wage is set to go before the House Labor Committee Thursday.  The bill would push the state's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Ken Block Launches Online Push For Line-Item Veto In RI

Rhode Island is one of only a few state that does not grant line-item veto power to its governor.
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Former Republican Gubernatorial candidate Ken Block is making a push for line-item veto power for the Governor. He’s launched a website to drive the issue.

On the new website you can send an email to Governor Raimondo, as well as legislative leaders, voicing your support for the issue.  Block wants the governor to have the power to veto single items from the state budget.  University of Rhode Island Political science professor and commentator Maureen Moakley said the issue is unlikely to gain traction with state lawmakers.

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Politics
9:23 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Elizabeth Roberts Clears First Hurdle Towards Health And Human Services Confirmation

Elizabeth Roberts at an initial confirmation hear for state Secretary of Health and Human Services.
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Governor Gina Raimondo’s choice to lead the state Health and Human Services secretariat cleared her first hurdle to confirmation Tuesday. Governor Gina Raimondo has asked her, in part, to contain the cost of subsidized healthcare for the poor.

“I do not underestimate the challenge that I’m being asked to take on. I’ve already seen in my first three and a half weeks, when I’ve been privileged to serve before I was approved, how many varieties of challenge I’ve inherited,” said Roberts.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Bonus Q&A: Avedisian on Aid for Cities & Towns, RIPTA, Taxes & More

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian joins Bonus Q+A to talk about his expectations for Governor Gina Raimondo's first budget, the outlook for RIPTA, his political future, and much more.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Political Roundtable: Avedisian on the Blizzard of '15, Warwick & the RI GOP Outlook

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Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian joins Political Roundtable to discuss how top elected officials responded to the Blizzard of 2015; development in Warwick; and the outlook for RI Republicans to win more elections.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Bonus Q+A: Gorbea on Disclosure, Mail Ballots, Voting & More

Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Bonus Q+A to talk about whether mail ballots are too easily obtained, what steps should be taken to increase disclosure by lobbyists, how to better encourage voting participation, and more.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Political Roundtable: Gorbea on Lobbying Reform, Voter ID, State of the Union & More

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Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Political Roundtable to talk about what needs to be done to improve lobbying oversight; whether she'll move to oppose Voter ID; her reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address; and more.

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