Sabina Matos on bouncing back from an election loss, policy priorities, and what’s next
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by Ian Donnis
5d ago
Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos was the early favorite in the race for an open seat in the 1st Congressional District last year. But a signature-gathering scandal took on a life of its own, and undermined Matos’ hopes of landing in Congress. Her boss, Gov. Dan McKee, shows how a lieutenant governor can move up if they’re in the right place at the right time. But some Rhode Islanders continue to question the value of the lieutenant governor’s office. So what does Matos say about that? What has she done to overcome the disappointment of her performance in last year’s congressional ..read more
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Central Falls Mayor Maria Rivera on the how CF made progress on housing, what’s next for schools and why more Latinos are voting Republican
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by Ian Donnis
1w ago
Central Falls broke ground on a new high school last month and millions of dollars have been raised for a new community center. But the one square mile-sized city, like the rest of the state, still has a way to go in addressing its need for housing, better jobs and higher performing schools. Can Mayor Rivera make more progress in delivering these needs? Rivera does not yet face any announced opponents for re-election this year and she’s an up and comer in Rhode Island politics. Does she plan to run statewide in 2026? And what does this Democrat say about how more Latinos are voting Republican ..read more
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Rhode Island House Majority Leader Chris Blazejewski on the housing crisis, state revenue, pensions and more
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by Ian Donnis
2w ago
Rhode Island has allocated hundreds of millions of dollars to address the state’s housing crisis. Despite that, there are few tangible signs of progress so far, and there’s pushback from some cities and towns and even from some Democratic lawmakers. At the same time, the gusher of federal COVID aid that enabled consecutive state budget surpluses has dried up. Because of that, large deficits once again loom ahead in future fiscal years. And Rhode Island continues to struggle with issues like underperforming schools and the quest for a more vibrant economy. So what will it take to make more pro ..read more
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Brown professor Tricia Rose on how views of a colorblind America inhibit efforts to fight racism
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by Ian Donnis
3w ago
Rose’s book offers a new view of structural racism, how it works, and what is needed to make change. So are Americans ready to acknowledge the persistence of racism and how it affects our country? And how is the outlook for improving the situation in the heat of a high-stakes political year? This week on Political Roundtable, I’m going in-depth with director of Brown University’s Center for the Study and Race and Ethnicity in America, Tricia Rose. TRANSCRIPT: This transcript has been edited for clarity. Ian Donnis: Welcome back to the Public’s Radio.  Prof. Tricia Rose: Thank you. It’s b ..read more
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‘Our safety net really has started to fray’: Darlene Allen on what’s behind growing child fatalities in Rhode Island
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by Ian Donnis
1M ago
The Rhode Island Coalition for Children and Families recently sounded an alarm about a growing number of deaths and near deaths involving young children. The coalition is calling on Gov. Dan McKee and state lawmakers to take action to address the crisis. This situation has quietly developed over years and a number of different factors are responsible. So does Rhode Island have the will to do a better job in protecting the state’s most vulnerable children? And what other steps are needed to improve the lives of young people in the state? This week on Political Roundtable, Political Reporter Ia ..read more
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RI Housing Secretary Stefan Pryor on local pushback, how long progress will take, and whether it should move faster
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by Ian Donnis
1M ago
The median price of a single-family home in Rhode Island was $440,000 in February, an almost 15% increase from a year earlier. The high cost of housing leaves many people on the outside of home ownership, looking in, squeezing out those with less money. So what will it take for the state to make more progress, and how long? This week, Ian Donnis goes in-depth with Rhode Island Secretary of Housing Stefan Pryor. Transcript: This transcript has been edited for clarity Ian Donnis: Welcome back to the Public’s Radio.  Stefan Pryor: Thank you, Ian.  Donnis: We know how lots of money has ..read more
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Marc Crisafulli on what’s next in the I-195 District, RI’s development climate, and the ubiquity of gambling
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by Ian Donnis
1M ago
The I-195 District now includes new housing, a Trader Joe’s, and the Wexford Science and Technology building. But realizing the initial vision of sparking innovation and more high-wage jobs has been a challenge. It’s not any easier now in the climate of inflation and high interest rates. So can Crisafulli foster more progress while approaching his second year of chairing the I-195 District Commission? What are the main barriers, and how can they be overcome? I’m Ian Donnis and this week I’m going in depth with chairman of the I-195 District Redevelopment Commission Marc Crisafulli. Ian Donnis ..read more
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Political Roundtable: Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies on RI’s economy, how to reduce poverty, and the next General Assembly session
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by Ian Donnis
1M ago
Rhode Island’s unemployment rate is at a historic low. But that doesn’t come close to telling the whole picture about the state’s economy. Lots of Rhode Islanders are struggling to get by. The situation is exacerbated by inflation, the high cost of housing, and the state’s absence of new engines of job growth. These challenges are familiar to the staff of the Economic Progress Institute, a research and policy organization dedicated to improving the lives of low- and moderate-income Rhode Islanders. What is the institute’s prescription for reducing poverty? Does the state make effective use of ..read more
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Gabe Amo on his run in CD1, the war in Israel, and Biden’s less than stellar approval rating
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by Ian Donnis
1M ago
Amo is the favorite since the district is overwhelmingly Democratic. The son of African immigrants, Amo grew up in Pawtucket and he’s worked for years as a political staffer in Rhode Island and at the White House. What would it mean to him to become the first person of color elected to Congress from Rhode Island? What does he make of the violence in Israel? And as a former aide to President Biden, how does Amo explain the low approval ratings for the president as he gears up for another campaign with Donald Trump? I’m Ian Donnis and this week I’m going in depth with the Democratic nominee in ..read more
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CD1 Republican candidate Gerry Leonard on his campaign, the war in Israel, and disarray in the U.S. House
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by Ian Donnis
1M ago
As a 30-year veteran of the Marines who left with the rank of colonel, Leonard says he has the judgment and leadership to ably represent Rhode Islanders in the First Congressional District. But can he overcome the challenge of running as a Republican in a heavily Democratic district? What does Leonard think of the rightward direction of the GOP in Washington and Donald Trump’s attempt to recapture the White House? And what is this combat veteran’s view of the violent conflicts in Israel and Ukraine? I’m Ian Donnis and this week I’m going in depth with the Republican candidate in the First Con ..read more
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