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Join Ed Achorn, Providence Journal editorial pages editor, as he examines politics, people and the candidates, both running and serving in the great state of Rhode Island.

Join Ed Achorn, Providence Journal editorial pages editor, as he examines politics, people and the candidates, both running and serving in the great state of Rhode Island.

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Join Ed Achorn, Providence Journal editorial pages editor, as he examines politics, people and the candidates, both running and serving in the great state of Rhode Island.

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English


Episodes

Iftikhar Ahmad is renewing his push to add Rhode Island to the airport’s name, which he says may help woo out-of-state travelers.

2/25/2020
Iftikhar Ahmad. Mr. Ahmad is president and CEO of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, a position he has held since late 2016. He oversees T.F. Green International Airport. Before that, Mr. Ahmad was director of aviation at Louis Armstrong International Airport since 2010. He previously worked for Houston’s Department of Aviation, the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, the City of Dayton’s Department of Aviation and the New Orleans Aviation Board. He has master’s and bachelor’s...

Duration:00:40:27

Sanzi talks about school choice, the damage done by teachers unions, Elizabeth Warren's hypocrisy, and her high hopes for Rhode Island Education Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green.

12/18/2019
Sanzi talks about school choice, the damage done by teachers unions, Elizabeth Warren's hypocrisy, and her high hopes for Rhode Island Education Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green.

Duration:00:38:38

Rep. Blake Filippi, the House minority leader

10/29/2019
Blake Filippi talks taxes, doing business in Rhode Island, and the no-bid contract to IGT.

Duration:00:32:38

Blake Filippi, Rhode Island’s House Minority Leader and perhaps the leading voice of the Republican Party in the state

10/17/2019
Blake Filippi, Rhode Island’s House Minority Leader and perhaps the leading voice of the Republican Party in the state. Mr. Filippi was chosen by the House Republican Caucus as the Minority Leader in November 2018. First elected in November 2014, he has served three terms in office representing House District 36, which includes all of Block Island and Charlestown, and portions of Westerly and South Kingstown. A graduate of Lincoln High School, he received his Bachelor’s degree in history...

Duration:00:32:12

200 Companies. 12,000 People. $4.3 Billion in RI's GDP and the quasi-state-agency that oversees the whole thing.

10/1/2019
The continued success of the Quonset Business Park is a testament to the broad range of businesses that call Quonset home, the support of the community and of our elected officials at the local, state and federal levels. The continued success of the Quonset Business Park in 2018 is a testament to the broad range of businesses that call Quonset home, the support of the community and of our elected officials at the local, state and federal levels. Steven King is the man tasked by the State of...

Duration:00:26:17

Twin River has been in a contentious battle with IGT over the governor’s deal for a no-bid, $1 billion, 20-year contract with IGT. Twin River is exceedingly important to Rhode Island government because its third greatest source of revenue is from gambling

9/6/2019
Our guest today is Marc Crisafulli, an executive vice president of Twin River Worldwide Holdings and president of Twin River’s Rhode Island operations. Before joining Twin River, he served as a global executive, a law firm managing partner and a public company general counsel. He was raised in Pawtucket and Providence. Twin River has been in a contentious battle with IGT over the governor’s deal for a no-bid, $1 billion, 20-year contract with IGT. Twin River is exceedingly important to Rhode...

Duration:00:32:18

IGT and its 1 billion dollar deal with the state

8/26/2019
Robert Vincent is the chair of IGT Global Solutions Corporation and senior counsel to IGT Chief Executive Officer Marco Sala. Mr. Vincent is spearheading the attempt to secure no-bid, $1 billion contract, negotiated with Gov. Gina Raimondo, to provide Rhode Island's lottery services until 2043.

Duration:00:36:41

State Police Col. James Manni talks gun control, ICE, and his time protecting President Reagan

7/18/2019
State Police Col. James Manni sat down with Editorial Pages editor, Edward Achorn, to discuss his recent appointment. In this wide-ranging interview, the head of the state police discusses everything from the department's relationship with I.C.E., whether standards have slipped in the department, and the recently released video of a state policeman assaulting a prisoner in a holding cell.

Duration:00:31:47

"She said I have no more food," Patricia Serpa talks about her conversations with those most impacted by Government mistakes

6/28/2019
State Rep. Patricia Serpa, D-West Warwick, has served in the House since 2006, most prominently as the chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight. From that post, she has looked into serious failures in the administration of state government, including the UHIP computer program, the failures of a company called MTM to transport patients, and most recently, the horrifying death of a child under the oversight of the state Department of Children, Youth and Families. Before becoming a state...

Duration:00:33:42

RI's Education Commissioner discusses taking over Providence Schools, Charter Schools, and the need to strip away bureaucracy

6/18/2019
Angelica Infanté-Green, 48, is Rhode Island's new education commissioner. The daughter of Dominican immigrants, she grew up on public assistance, then became the first in her family to go to college. She started working as a teacher and rose to deputy commissioner in the New York state Department of Education. She speaks English and Spanish, and is raising her children to be bilingual. As the mother of a child with autism, she understands the challenges of special needs education.

Duration:00:31:31

Speaker Mattiello reveals the future of pre k, the supermax prison, and marijuana

6/7/2019
Nicholas Mattiello, a Democrat from Cranston, has been House speaker since March 2014. In recent days he has been in the news as the state’s representatives weigh a nearly $10 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1.

Duration:00:31:24

Architect of Raimondo’s marijuana proposal goes toe-to-toe with Ed Achorn

5/10/2019
Norman Birenbaum, 31, is the principal architect of Gov. Gina Raimondo’s proposal to legalize recreational marijuana use. He plays a leading role in coordinating the administration’s approach to cannabis policy, overseeing the regulation, administration and enforcement of the state’s medical marijuana and industrial hemp programs within the state Department of Business Regulation. His background is in Massachusetts Democratic politics. A native of Newton, Massachusetts, he was regional...

Duration:00:34:54

State's Top GOP Leader: 'What is left in your wallet?'

4/16/2019
Suzanne Cienki, of East Greenwich, was elected in a contentious battle this month to be Rhode Island’s new Republican Party chairman. She is a lawyer and a mother of five. She served on the town's School Committee from 2004 to 2008 and on its Town Council from 2014 to 2018.

Duration:00:34:40

Rhode Island’s commerce secretary is tasked with bringing jobs into the state. How does he do it?

4/3/2019
Stefan Pryor, 47, is Rhode Island’s commerce secretary. A Yale-educated lawyer, he has served since 2015. Before that he was state education commissioner in Connecticut. He is the former deputy mayor and director of Economic and Housing Development in Newark, New Jersey, and the former president of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.

Duration:00:32:45

Michael Cerullo, "It was the mother's medical marijuana card that was supplying the young man that was referred to me for treatment"

3/12/2019
Michael Cerullo, of Exeter, is a licensed psychotherapist and a co-founder and registered lobbyist for the group What’s the Rush, Rhode Island?, which discusses issues associated with legalized marijuana. With Rhode Island weighing the legalization of recreational marijuana, he discusses some problematic areas the state should consider.

Duration:00:32:58

CEO for the state's largest private employer, Lifespan: 'Market forces don't apply to healthcare'

2/26/2019
Timothy Babineau has been president and CEO of Lifespan for the six last years. A board-certified general surgeon, Dr. Babineau was president of Rhode Island Hospital before that. With nearly 15,000 employees, Lifespan is the largest private employer in Rhode Island. It includes three teaching hospitals of Brown University: Rhode Island Hospital with its Hasbro Children’s Hospital; the Miriam Hospital; and Bradley Hospital, which is the nation’s first psychiatric hospital for children. It...

Duration:00:31:11

The proof of what’s possible: Achievement First

2/16/2019
Rhode Island’s miserable performance on standardized tests ought to wake up even the state’s fat and moribund education establishment. Results from Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System tests, released last week, showed that if Rhode Island were a single school district in Massachusetts, it would fall among the bottom 10 percent of its districts. Rich communities in Massachusetts far outperformed rich communities in Rhode Island. Poor communities in Massachusetts far outperformed poor...

Duration:00:33:55

Jan. 29, 2019: DCYF Director Trista Piccola discusses the death of a 9-year-old Warwick girl and the Union's possible no-confidence vote

1/29/2019
Trista Piccola is the director of the Rhode Island Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF). Ms. Piccola came here in 2017. Before that she had 20 years of experience as a protective services case manager in Ohio and was head of child welfare services in Cleveland.

Duration:00:29:16

Jason Fane: The man behind the tower

1/15/2019
Developer Jason Fane is seeking to build the Hope Point Tower in downtown Providence. It would be the tallest building in Rhode Island. Mr. Fane, 76, began his development career in Ithaca, New York, acquiring and operating student housing adjacent to Cornell University. More recently he has developed more than 300 apartments there from the ground up. Mr. Fane also developed a 47-story high-rise luxury condo building in Toronto. Development of the Chaz was completed in 2016 and created 526...

Duration:00:30:55

Lt. Governor plans to go around the schools to fix education in R.I.

12/17/2018
Dan McKee, a Democrat, is the lieutenant governor of Rhode Island. He was elected to a second term in November. Before that, he was mayor of Cumberland and instrumental in creating the state's first mayoral academy.

Duration:00:36:13