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William Fischer, Nirva LaFortune, Luis Vargas, Ian Donnis
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Recorded live, Thursday, October 12, 2017.

BROADCAST: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7pm.

Join the Athenæum and Rhode Island Public Radio for this season’s Political Roundtable to discuss political narrative in the media. RIPR Political Reporter Ian Donnis will moderate, with guests:

Kristin Gourlay

The Bernie Sanders campaign opened its official Rhode Island office in Providence on Sunday.  With the Rhode Island presidential primary coming up later this month, both Democratic candidates for the nomination have now established headquarters here. The Hillary Clinton campaign opened its office last week in Providence.

The Sanders event on Sunday attracted about 250 supporters to the Broad St. location. Sanders' political director for Rhode Island Joe Caiazzo said the campaign was happy with the turnout.

It’s that time of the year again – As the song trills: It’s Follies Time at The Veeeenus De Milo!

Longtime Rhode Islanders know what that means. So for the uninitiated, or if you’ve been living in a yurt for the past year, the event is always held the last Friday in February, which is Feb. 26th this year. It is the social and political event of the season -  the Providence Newspaper Guild’s annual Follies show at the Venus de Milo in Swansea, Mass.

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Rhode Islanders will have a  chance to pay final respects to Buddy Cianci later this week, when his body lies in repose at City Hall. Even in death, Rhode Islanders debate the legacy of Providence's longest-serving mayor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay shares his thoughts on Cianci.

Jim Seveny campaign website

Democrat Jim Seveney and Republican John Pagliarni Jr. came out on top in a special primary election Tuesday for a vacant seat in the Rhode Island state Senate. Seven candidates were in the running for the District 11 seat.

Seveney easily repulsed his main opponent on the Democratic side of the primary, former State Rep. Amy Rice. Unofficial partial results show Seveney received 693 votes, or 68 percent of the Democratic tally, compared with 204 votes, or 20 percent, for Rice. Brett Pelletier lagged behind on the Democratic side with 115 votes.

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Cranston Mayor Alan Fung says he is sorry for police misconduct on his watch. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay assesses the damage to the once-promising political career of Republican Fung.

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The major candidates for Rhode Island governor have spent much of their campaigns focused on the economy. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on what they aren’t telling voters.

All of the Rhode Island political campaigns this year are talking about our state’s sluggish economy. In the governor’s contest between Republican Allan Fung, the Cranston mayor, and Democrat Gina Raimondo, the state treasurer, jobs and the economy often seem to be the only topic.