State of the State Communications


State of the State Communications is a non-profit corporation

in the state of Rhode Island. Its general purpose is to educate and

to promote, in a non-partisan manner, the civic awareness of the

general public; to promote greater civic participation and

the exercise of political citizenship through the production and

broadcast of its television show - "State of the State" - which 

has been continuously produced and broadcast on public

access television since 1991.

Broadcast Information:

This broadcast information pertains only to Rhode Island public access television broadcast.

All programs can be viewed any time at your convenience on the online video channel http://vimeo.com/channels/365354

 

Broadcast times and channels

Saturday, at 11:00 PM on Cox channel 13, Verizon channel 32, and Full Channel 9

Sunday, at 8:00 AM on Cox channel 13, Verizon channel 32, and Full Channel 9

Monday, at 9:00 PM on Cox channel 18, Verizon channel 31, and Full Channel 9

Thursday, at 9:00 PM on Cox channel 18, Verizon channel 31, and Full Channel 9

Note: Cox channel 18 is broadcast locally in Kent County only, which includes Coventry; East Greenwich; Exeter; North Kingstown; Warwick; West Greenwich and West Warwick. 

              Verizon channel 31 is broadcast locally except in Barrington, Bristol, Warren, Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth, and Tiverton.

 

See below for specific CURRENT and UPCOMING  program broadcast information. 

 
ARCHIVED programs follow current and upcoming listings.
If you are not able to find a particular archived show here, please visit our online video channel. Archived programs have been broadcast on Rhode Island public access television channels and can be viewed online at your convenience on the State of the State RI channel on Vimeo.com. To view archived videos, go to http://vimeo.com/channels/365354

 

To view broadcast information: scroll down for current and upcoming programs.


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CURRENT: Program One: 9-19-18 Do It Man: The Story of the Celebrity Club

Guests: Norm Grant and Tom Shaker. Documentarians and film makers, www.rijazz.com

Host: John Carlevale            Time: 30 minutes

The film by Grant and Shaker is more than the story of the Celebrity Club, the first interracial nightclub in New England. It is also a story of the creators’ love of Jazz music and their devotion to telling a great story and recognizing the importance of the Celebrity Club, and the musicians and patrons who found it home. Grant and Shaker talk about Paul Fillipi, the club’s owner and visionary, the Randal Square neighborhood where the club was located; race relation in the 1950’s in Providence; the making of the film from shared memories, memorabilia and much more. A special event is scheduled on October 12th to celebrate and show the film. Visit www.rijazz.com for more infomation.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/290957134

Television broadcast dates, times and channels

Saturday Oct 6 at 11:00 PM on Cox channel 13, Verizon channel 32, and Full Channel 9

Sunday, Oct 7 at 8:00 AM on Cox channel 13, Verizon channel 32, and Full Channel 9

Monday, Oct 8 at 9:00 PM on Cox channel 18, Verizon channel 31, and Full Channel 9

Thursday, Oct 11 at 9:00 PM on Cox channel 18, Verizon channel 31, and Full Channel 9

UPCOMING: Program One: 10-1-18 Candidates for Lt. Governor
Guests:   Dan McKee, (D ) https://www.danmckeeforri.com   
                Paul Pence, (R ) http://paulpence.com
                Joel Hellman, (M ) https://www.facebook.com/joel.hellmann
                Ross McCurdy, (I ) https://www.rossmccurdy.com
Host: Richard August         Time: 60 minutes
These four candidates engage in an interesting and sometimes revealing discussion of topics. Should the Lt. Governor and Governor candidates be elected as a team as is the USA President and Vice President? Should the Lt. Governor be part of the governor’s administrative office with certain roles and duties? What should be the method of filling a Lt. Governor’s vacancy of office? They also comment, sometimes with consensus and sometimes with creative interpretations, on the loss of the PawSox; STEM education; Burrillville power plant; marriage equity; Roe v. Wade concerns; and US Supreme Court judge selection.       Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/292976063
Television broadcast dates, times and channels
Saturday, Oct 13 and 20 at 11:00 PM on Cox channel 13, Verizon channel 32, and Full Channel 9
Sunday, Oct 14 and 21 at 8:00 AM on Cox channel 13, Verizon channel 32, and Full Channel 9
Monday, Oct 15 and 22 at 9:00 PM on Cox channel 18, Verizon channel 31, and Full Channel 9
Thursday, Oct 18 and 25 at 9:00 PM on Cox channel 18, Verizon channel 31, and Full Channel 9




THE FOLLOWING ARCHIVED PROGRAMS CAN BE VIEWED HERE OR
 ON THE STATE OF THE STATE VIDEO CHANNEL AT
www.vimeo.com/channels/365354 
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ARCHIVED: 9-24-18 Candidates for Secretary of State
Guests: Pat Cortellessa, (R) Candidate for Secretary of State, www.facebook.com/patcortellessa.1  
              Nellie Gorbea, (D) Candidate for Secretary of State, www.nelliegorbea.com
Host: Richard August and Darlene D’Arezzo         Time: 30 minutes
Incumbent Gorbea and challenger Cortellessa discuss several topics relating to the Office of Secretary of State, particularly relating to the Elections Division. The broadened use of emergency ballots to serve as an early voting mechanism under Secretary Gorbea was the initial topic of discussion, which was expanded to a discussion of a genuine form of early voting, yet to be established. Guests also discussed candidates being elected to office by a plurality of vote and the need for run-off elections; moving the primary election day; poll worker training and compensation; the current Voter ID; and more.
ARCHIVED: 9-24-18 Media, Politics and Government
Guest: Edward Achorn, VP & Editorial Pages Editor, Providence Journal, www.providencejournal.com
Host: Richard August         Time: 30 minutes
The topic implies a potential broad range of topics and a guest of experience and prominence. So it was: Achorn comments on primary election results; progressive Democrats rising; waning support for the Speaker of the House; multiple candidates in the governor’s race; Morgan vs. Kilmartin regarding access to and cost of public records; editorial pages content and diversity; accusations of wrongdoing and the question of due process; the evolution and future of print media; Providence Journal political endorsements; and all that is in between.
ARCHIVED: 9-10-18 Tomaquag Museum’s 60th Anniversary
Guest: Loren Spears, Executive Director, Tomaquag Museum, www.tomaquagmuseum.org/60th
Host: John Carlevale         Time: 30 minutes
The Tomaquag Museum is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a wide array of events, which began this September and continue into 2019. Loren Spears highlights past and upcoming events which include:  Rhythym & Roots Partnership; Trinity Rep Partnetrships; various native American art shows; monthly changing contemporary art exhibits; historical garden, digital history tour; a mural in Providence; Smithsonian Day Live/Cranberry Thanksgiving; PBS partnership-Native American Series; indigenous gardens, curriculum & programming, and much more.    
For more information visit www.tomaquagmuseum.org
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/289356470
ARCHIVED: 9-10-18 Anne Armstrong for Governor
Guest: Anne Armstrong, Compassion Party (I), www.facebook.com/AnneArmstrongRI   
Host: John Carlevale         Time: 30 minutes
Armstrong, an electrical engineer, began her political odyssey and awakening four years ago as she began testifying on behalf of medical marijuana legislation. As governor she would promote a new method of paying for and providing social services for those in need. Her answer to the UHIP computer failure is simplification. Regarding education, she is shocked at how far we have fallen and she believes that education has become politicized and coopted to some extent. Immigration matters have also become politicized and this prevents reasonable solutions.
ARCHIVED: 8-27-18 Republican Primary Candidates for Governor
Guests: Giovanni Feroce, (R) Candidate for Governor, www.feroceforgovernor.com  
               Patricia Morgan (R) Candidate for Governor, www.patriciaforri.com  
Host: Richard August     Time: 60 minutes
Once again with the deliberate absence of Allan Fund, these two candidates for the Republican Party’s nomination discuss their views on many topics and offer what their plans and goals for governor will be. Topics for discussion of course include Fung’s chosen absence; the UHIP debacle; single payer health care legislation; Roe v. Wade for RI; gun control legislation; ever green contracts and more. At the close of the interview Feroce and Morgan discuss the most important and immediate things they would do as governor. Party primary elections are on Wednesday, September 12th. Be sure to vote!
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/287094455
ARCHIVED: 8-27-18 Democratic Primary Candidates for Mayor of Providence
Guests: Kobi Dennis, Robert DeRobbio, Jorger Elorza, (D) Candidates for Mayor,
Host: John Carlevale         Time: 60 minutes
Each candidate introduces himself and shares his personal and professional experience. They then are asked to note what they believe are the three most important challenges facing Providence. They subsequently address questions regarding the Providence pension system; the sale or leasing of Providence Water; status of teacher contract; school infrastructure maintenance, repair and new school construction; and the question of Providence being sanctuary city and its meaning to the city and its residents. The political party primaries are on Wednesday, September 12th. Please vote!
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/287260304 
ARCHIVED: 8-16-18 Democratic Primary Candidates for Governor
Guest: Spencer Dickinson, (D) Candidate for Governor, www.spencerdickinson.com
Host: Richard August
Dickinson addresses the absence of the other two democrat candidates for governor as being not only undemocratic but also a disservice to votes. He proceeds to underscore the poor decisions made by Raimondo, her administration and the general assembly during her tenure. He cites the pension reform package, 38 Studios, truck tools and other examples of poor decisions during this period. Dickinson asserts that his leadership as governor will aim to solve the many problems the state faces by utilizing the knowledge and skill of all who want input and have a commitment to improving matters.
ARCHIVED: 8-16-18 Democratic Primary Candidates for Lt. Governor
Guest: Aaron Regunberg, (D) Candidate for Lt. Governor, www.aaronregunberg.com
Host: Richard August    Time: 30 minutes
Regunberg asserts that McKee has strayed away from core values of the Democratic Party and suggests that the progressive wing of the party, of which he is a notable member, best represents the core values, which he articulates throughout this interview. His legislative work as a state representative demonstrates his commitment to these values and to the average citizens he represents. His legislative efforts include minimum wage hikes, paid sick leave, gun control, and an effort to codify abortion rights into the RI Constitution. His greatest pet peeve is the excessive influence over legislative decisions to the disadvantage of the average citizen.
ARCHIVED: 7-23-18 Candidates for US Senate
Guest: Robetrt Flanders, (R) Candidate for US Senate, www.flandersforsenate.com   
Host: Mike Stenhouse
Incumbent Senator Whitehouse had devoted much time in the Senate speaking of climate change. Flanders asserts that the climate change most needed in Congress would be achieved by removing Whitehouse from the Senate. The climate change Flanders is referring to is the hyper partisanship of Congress exemplified by Whitehouse himself. This interview explores how Flanders would demonstrate and use his problem solving skills to address the matters of most concern in a non-partisan manner, an approach most needed in Congress today and sorely lacking. The views of these two candidates are compared and contrasted, notwithstanding the absence of Whitehouse, who was not able to participate.    Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/281489529
ARCHIVED: 7-23-18 Candidates for Lt. Governor
Guest: Dan McKee, (D) Candidate for Lt. Governor, www.danmckeeforri.com
Host: Richard August
Lt. Governor McKee is seeking reelection and will be challenged in the Democratic Party primary election by Representative Aaron Regunberg. Although members of the same political party these two candidates differ on many issues, concerns and policies; but they also agree on some matters. This interview is an attempt to compare and contrast their views and positions. A wide range of topics are discussed and these and other matters shall be discussed further during our next interview with both candidates present.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/281486444
ARCHIVED: 7-9-18 Kobi Dennis for Mayor of Providence
Guest: Kobi Dennis, (D) Candidate for Mayor of Providence, http://kobiformayor.com  
Host: John Carlevale
Born and raised in the south side of Providence, Kobi Dennis has been a successful and honored community leader. To continue his efforts and devotion to Providence, he has declared his candidacy for mayor. His platform and vision has a short and long list, which includes safe neighborhoods; collective governance; reinvigorating the city and more. He discusses some poor policy and bad ideas of the current administration: speed cameras; parking meters; inadequate funding of public pensions; the sale/lease of Providence water system. For more information visit http://kobiformayor.com

ARCHIVED: 7-9-18 Legislative Review and Upcoming Elections
Guests: Richard August & Mike Stenhouse Hosts and co-producers-State of the State
Host: John Carlevale
Is the RI Democratic Party at odds with itself? The escalating rift between the progressive wing and the non-progressive/more moderate wing of the party seems to indicate so. This division seems to be showing itself in many local and statewide primary races. August characterizes this as a battle for the soul of the Democratic Party. Stenhouse suggests that these philosophical differences are having a server and paralyzing impact on the Democrats and their public policy initiatives. These generalities show in more specific discussions of legislation and laws enacted.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/279303116

ARCHIVED: 6-25-18 Pat Cortellessa for Secretary of State
Guest: Pat Cortellessa, (R) Candidate for Secretary of State,  www.twitter.com/PatCortellessa  
Host: John Carlevale
Cortellessa’s main goals are to stop the flow of illegal immigration into RI and to support and protect legal immigrants in RI; to promote the redistribution of $272 million tax dollars now being spent on illegal immigrants back to RI taxpayers; to support Voter ID and the US Census question, “Are you a US citizen?” He also talks about early voting; changing the date of political party primary elections; driver licenses for DACA Dreamers and taxpayer funding of DACA renewal applications; and charging countries of origin for services provided to illegal immigrants in RI.
ARCHIVED: 6-25-18 Recently Passed Firearm Legislation
Guest: Charles Calenda, Attorney, Inman & Tourgee, www.itwlaw.com   
Host: Richard August
Calenda is an attorney with considerable litigation experience pertaining to firearm matters. He discusses and explains the complexities of recently passed firearm legislation. The major focus is the Red Flag legislation, which has provisions which are clear cut on the one hand but concerning on the other. An example of the latter is the expansion of the definition of firearms. He points out that the state has preemption, which prohibits other bodies like municipalities from regulating guns. Also discussed are stun-guns, carry permits, and the handling and care of firearms following seizure.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/277135492

ARCHIVED: Robert DeRobbio for Mayor of Providence
Guest: Robert DeRobbio, (D) Candidate for Mayor, www.derobbioformayor.com
Host: John Carlevale
DeRobbio is an educator, a former superintendent of schools in Providence. He is the CEO and President of Ocean State Learning. And now he is a candidate for Mayor of Providence. DeRobbio believes in consensus building to solve the problems facing the Capitol City. He asserts that it is a simple and effective idea, which has not yet been used in Providence. He discusses the issues facing city residents: speed cameras; parking meters; education and school building disrepair. The greatest threat to the city is its pension system-significantly underfunded-and begging for a bailout, with the proposed sale of Providence Water System. What are DeRobbio’s thoughts?

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/274716538

ARCHIVED: 6-11-18 Matt Brown for Governor
Guest: Matt Brown, (D) Candidate for Governor, www.mattbrownforgovernor.com
Host: Richard August
Brown will compete in the Democratic Party primary election with three other candidates who seek the nomination for governor. He discusses a broad range of topics from abortion rights to state Medicaid cuts and their impact on many Rhode Islanders. The state’s approach to economic development is wrong by giving taxpayer money to corporations instead of growing the economy in ways that facilitate and promote small business development and the growing sectors of the economy like clean energy and healthcare. Brown asserts: We need a robust and growing economy in areas where Rhode Island can demonstrate leadership. There is much more.
ARCHIVED: 6-11-18 Challenges of Practicing Medicine in R.I.
Guests: David Kahn, MD, Kahn@feelings.com  and Alexandra Tien, MD, atien@cox.net  
Host: Richard August
Doctors Kahn and Tien had commentaries published in the Providence Journal within days of each other about the challenges of practicing medicine in Rhode Island. Tien asserts that RI is one of the worst places to practice medicine. Kahn suggests that the pressures placed on medical doctors by insurance companies and government is contributing to the loss of medical personnel. Such pressures have reduced the time doctors actually spend attending to their patients. It is a difficult balancing act, which is causing many doctors to question if they should continue to practice medicine.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/274716538

ARCHIVED: 5-14-18 Providence Pension Crisis: No Simple Solutions
Guest: Samuel Zurier, Providence City Councilman
Host: Mike Stenhouse    Time: 30 minutes
Councilman Zurier expresses his concern regarding the Providence City pension system and views it in crisis. He points out that there are no simple solutions; but there are solutions, which all stakeholders must be a part of. The sources of the problems go back decades and Zurier notes these in historical perspective. He gives credit where credit is due regarding various attempts to address pension problems; and some solutions have helped. However, all these attempts have been less than adequate as the crisis continues to worsen. Future solutions are discussed and evaluated, including bankruptcy.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/269908679

ARCHIVED: 5-4-18 Status of Legislation in RI House  
Guest: Camille Vella-Wilkinson, Representative, House District 21    
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
Representative Vella-Wilkinson discusses the status of bills she has sponsored/cosponsored or otherwise has supported. Topics include municipal contacts; binding arbitration; city comprehensive planning; driver licenses for undocumented residents; requirements for school administration personnel; and much more. She has been a strong advocate of veteran affairs and has sponsored legislation in support. She is especially concerned about matters of sexual harassment in the military and her efforts to find an accurate assessment is ongoing. She supports the line item veto and hopes it will be a referendum item on the general election ballot.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/269904473

ARCHIVED: Program One: 5-7-18 Lincoln Chafee for US Senate  
Guest: Lincoln Chafee, Candidate for US Senate
Host: Richard August    Time: 30 minutes
To begin, Chafee explains how and why he is a candidate for US Senate and asserts “I want to win this one!” He identifies what is important to him: environment; civil liberties; fiscal responsibility; role of government; commitment to peace not war and more. He further asserts that the Democratic National Committee is broken and needs to be fixed. By being a member of Congress he is better positioned to work on that fix. Chafee discusses other matters important to him with conviction and offers solutions based on his thirty years of public service experience.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/268667013

ARCHIVED: Program Two: 5-7-18 Salvatore Caiozzo for US Congress 
Guest: Salvatore Caiozzo, Candidate for US Congress, www.rhodyfirst.com   
Host: John Carlevale     Time: 30 minutes
Caiozzo is a disabled veteran who understands in a very personal way the predicament and needs of veterans. He has devoted his time and effort on their behalf. But he points out that there are many other Rhode Islanders who also require help in many areas, like affordable housing; adequate and affordable healthcare; better paying jobs; and better and more relevant education. A key solution is to improve vocational education in job areas that better meet our vocational and economic needs. Caiozzo asserts that he is a problem solver and man of action.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/268664679
ARCHIVED: 4-23-18 Paul Pence  
Guest: Paul Pence, Candidate for Lt. Governor, www.paulpence.com
Host: Richard August    Time: 30 minutes
Paul Pence is a systems analyst and engineer. He has been responsible for developing and maintaining quality, efficiency and reliability of production systems. He asserts that government is not unlike any business or production system; therefore, he wants to apply his knowledge and skill to improve government functioning of behalf of Rhode Island citizens. He believes that the Office of Lt. Governor is good place to aid the process of improving government efficiency and accountability and solving existing governmental problems.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/266316093

ARCHIVED: 4-23-18 Tuttle’s Travels: The Newport Cliff Walk  
Guest: Mike Tuttle, Producer, Tuttle’s Travels   
Host: Mike Tuttle     Time: 30 minutes
Mike Tuttle is a member of the State of the State production team. He is also the producer of his own show, Tuttle’s Travels. During this episode, Tuttle takes us to the Newport Cliff Walk and shares with us the beautiful adjacent scenery and bits of Newport history and facts pertaining to the vistas he shares. Perhaps this show may encourage us viewers to the visit the Newport Cliff Walk and experience its wonderful vistas for ourselves. Enjoy!

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/266319604

ARCHIVED: 4-9-18 Legislation Introduced in Senate  
Guest: James Sheehan, R.I. Senator, sen-sheehan@rilegislature.gov
Host: Richard August    Time: 30 minutes
Senator Sheehan discusses bills before the Senate ranging from gun control to improving government functioning. Part of the discussion includes gun control bills which prohibit certain semi-automatic fire devices on guns, banning guns on school property and other related school safety matters. Improving government bills include such measures as the need for an inspector general; the line item veto for the governor; applying the judicial selection process to magistrate selection. Another bill addresses the matter of non-disclosure agreements as they relates to sexual harassment, abuse and stalking.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/264097205

ARCHIVED: 4-9-18 Firearm Legislation and the 2nd Amendment  
Guest: Mike Chippendale, R.I. Representative, rep-chippendale@rilegislature.gov   
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
Representative Mike Chippendale comments on some of the 23 firearm bills which have been introduced in the R.I. House from the perspective of a 2nd Amendment advocate. He asserts that many of these bills are looking for a problem which does not exist in R.I. These bills often lack the common sense and logic needed for problem solving in passing effective legislation. These bills cover a wide range of foci including the safe school act; restricting magazine size; gun carry permitting; age requirements; and more. Many of these bills are reactionary in nature and include much election year rhetoric and pandering.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/264092797
ARCHIVED: 3-26-18 Federal Tax Law Changes  
Guests: Gregory Porcaro, CPA, Otrando Porcaro & Associates, info@opacpa.com
       Mike Stenhouse, CEO, RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity, www.rifreedom.org      
Host: Richard August    Time: 30 minutes
The federal tax law changes which take effect this year remove most previous deductions in an effort at simplifying. However, on an individual basis the benefits are a function of tax bracket and circumstance and consequently may vary significantly. The result generally is a lessening of the individual tax burden. On a corporate level, the benefits vary even more but are in general resulting in economic growth. Particular examples are offered to illustrate these variations. Our guests share the consensus that the overall results of these changes are beneficial.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/262072548

ARCHIVED: 3-26-18 Rhode Island Gun Laws  
Guest: David Strachman, Attorney, McIntyre Tate LLP. www.mtlesq.com  
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
Attorney Strachman has considerable experience litigating gun law cases in Rhode Island and uses these cases to illustrate the complexity and sometimes the inconsistencies in laws pertaining to gun carry permits and especially the interpretation of these laws. The RI Firearms Act has a preemptive clause which gives the general assembly sole regulation. Hence, municipalities cannot promulgate laws relating to firearms. This is the source of much of the confusion, misapplication and misadministration of Rhode Island guns laws. Strachman guides us through this quagmire to help us better understand.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/262072548

ARCHIVED: 3-12-18 Giovanni Feroce for Governor  
Guest: Giovanni Feroce, Republican candidate for governor, https://twitter.com/giovanniferoce     
Host: John Carlevale    Time: 30 minutes
Feroce was first elected to serve in the RI Senate in 1992. He is most noted as an entrepreneur and former CEO of Alex and Ani. He believes the state is lacking the right leadership and he is the most qualified to take the state where it needs to go in terms of government performance, jobs and the economy. His vision for the state requires a new perspective and he believes he has the type of unique experience, knowledge and skill-set needed. Feroce’s solution regarding school infrastructure and safety are pragmatic. On a PawSox stadium, he believes the model is unacceptable as is.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/260126739

ARCHIVED: 3-12-18 Luis-Daniel Munoz for Governor  
Guest: Luis-Daniel Munoz, Independent candidate for governor, www.rhode2liberty.com   
Host: Mike Stenhouse    Time: 30 minutes
Munoz is a non-practicing medical doctor and founder of a medical technology company. He offers a wide array of experience in the medical field and healthcare, having studied various healthcare models abroad. His technology background gives him a unique set of skills and knowledge for decision making in this day and age of complex digital systems and decision making. Munoz offers his views on a variety of topics related to government function, economic development, healthcare systems, taxes, education, school safety and more.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/259916037

ARCHIVED: 3-12-18 Planning for Better Health Care  
Guest: Neil Steinberg, President and CEO, Rhode Island Foundation, www.rifoundation.org
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
The RI Foundation has begun looking at improving healthcare outcomes and healthcare models and launching a new initiative called TogetherRI, which will soon begin a community based effort to solicit public concerns and ideas. Visit www.TogetherRI.org for more information about where and when meeting will begin in your community. Steingberg talks about academic medical centers, primary care focused models and other approaches to improving healthcare outcomes. He stresses the fact that people are not being heard on many matters affecting them directly.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/259912562
ARCHIVED: 2-26-18 Bob Flanders  for US Senate  
Guest: Robert Flanders, Jr., Republican Candidate for US Senate, www.flandersforsenate.com  
Host: Mike Stenhouse    Time: 30 minutes
Robert Flanders shall face off with Bobby Nardolillo in a Republican Party primary race in September. This interview addresses a wide range of state and national topics. The topics discussed include such matters as federal government shutdown; bipartisanship; national economy, federal tax reform; foreign policy; immigration; sanctuary cities and states; foreign trade policy; etc. Flanders points to his independent thinking and problem-solving abilities throughout his public service career and his style to work in a non-partisan way for the benefit of all.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/257756122
ARCHIVED: 2-26-18 Paul Roselli for Governor  
Guests: Paul Roselli, Democrat Candidate for Governor, www.paulroselli.com
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
Paul Roselli faces Spencer Dickinson and Gina Raimondo in a Democratic Party primary election in September. Opposing the proposed energy plant in Burrillville, he is a strong environmentalist and proponent of alternative energy sources. The UHIP cost overruns, gun control and school safety, single payer health insurance and the proposed new PAWSOX stadium are also part of this conversation. For more information about his ideas and devotions go to Roselli’s website www.paulroselli.com .
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/257750711
ARCHIVED: 2-12-18 Bobby Nardolillo for US Senate  
Guest: Bobby Nardolillo, www.bobby4senate.com  
Host: Mike Stenhouse    Time: 30 minutes
RI Representative Nardolillo shall face off with Robert Flanders, Jr. in a Republican Party primary race in September. This interview addresses a wide range of state and national topics. The topics discussed include but are not limited to such matters as federal government shutdown; bipartisanship; national economy, federal tax reform; foreign policy; immigration; sanctuary cities and states; foreign trade policy; etc. Nardolillo is straightforward in his views, which he believes represent those of his constituents and not a political ideology.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/255597482

ARCHIVED: 2-12-18 Gun Control Legislation Pending  
Guests: Gail Hogan, Secretary-RI Revolver & Rifle Association, www.rirrai.org
               Steve Hogan, Lobbyist- RI Revolver & Rifle Association, www.rirrai.org
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
Gail and Steve Hogan have been members of the RI Revolver & Rifle Association, which consist of law-abiding gun owners, for over twenty years. They discuss their support or non-support of several bills currently before the general assembly this legislative session. They point out how some bills are constructive will others are counter-productive or fail to address the underlying issues and concerns of guns in the hands of criminals and others who should not possess firearms.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/255593969

ARCHIVED: 1-22-18 Aaron Regunberg for Lt. Governor  
Guest: Aaron Regunberg, www.aaronregunberg.com
Host: Richard August    Time: 30 minutes
Aaron Regunberg is a candidate for Lt. Governor, who will be in the Democratic Party primary election along with the incumbent Lt. Governor, Dan McKee. Regunberg is a Progressive Democrat who believes our system needs change because it is highly influenced by professional lobbyists and average Rhode Islanders have no lobbyist working on their behalf. As Lt. Governor, he will act as a lobbyist for the general public. Throughout the interview, Regunberg refers to core democratic principles which have been abandoned by many Democratic legislators. The current group of Progressive Democrats aim to reverse this trend.  Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/252380985
ARCHIVED: 1-22-18 Joe Trillo for Governor  
Guest: Joe Trillo, www.trilloforgovernor.com
Host: John Carlevale     Time: 30 minutes
Joe Trillo, a former legislator and retired businessman, is an Independent candidate for governor. He believes that the state of RI has been heading in the wrong direction for a long time and that a dramatic course correction is needed to put it on a course of better government and prosperity. Trillo believes his extensive background as a small businessman and sixteen years as a legislator is the knowledge and skill set needed to restore prosperity and confidence in government. He asserts that he is for “radical change” because that is what is needed and articulates what he means.
ARCHIVED: 1-8-18 Patricia Morgan for Governor  
Guest: Patricia Morgan, www.patriciaforri.com
Host: John Carlevale     Time: 30 minutes
Patricia Morgan will face off against Allan Fung and Giovanni Feroce in the Republican Party primary in September. Her experience as Minority Leader and active legislator in the RI House of Representatives has helped prepare and motivate her to run for governor. She has formulated “A bold plan to create brighter futures in R.I.” by strong efforts to restore trust; protect free enterprise, cut taxes; implement common sense policies; improve education and focusing on reducing the high cost of living in R. I.

ARCHIVED; 1-8-18 Spencer Dickinson for Governor  
Guests: Spencer Dickinson, www.spencerdickinson.com
Host: Richard August    Time: 30 minutes
Spencer Dickinson will challenge incumbent governor Gina Raimondo in the Democratic Party primary in September. Given his experience as a former legislator and business owner, along with his study of the major issues facing Rhode Island, he believes he has a better approach to governing and managing state agencies. In a discussion of many topics, Dickinson clarifies his position and points out what he believes should have been done and what he would do as governor in contrast to Raimondo.  He offers voters not only a choice but a different style of leadership and direction for state government.
ARCHIVED: 12-11-17 Providence Swings  
Guests: Vivian Madrid, Board Member/Dance Instructor; Jennifer Stout, Board Member/Dance Instructor; Daryl Begin, Dance Instructor     Host: John Carlevale     Time: 30 minutes
Providence Swings is devoted to promoting the music and dance of the Swing Era. It offers dance classes, sponsors events which bring the music and people together in a relaxed and supportive social setting, and much more. The group shall celebrate its 14th Anniversary in February, 2018 and shall host a large international event in April 2018 called Lil’ Rhody Big Swingout. Our guests are Providence Swings dance instructors, two give a dance demonstration at the end of their interview. For more information visit www.providenceswings.com
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/247031579
ARCHIVED: 12-11-17 Let’s Move on to Single-payer  
Guest: Andrew Brem, MD, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at Brown U, Alpert Medical School
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
This interview was prompted by a commentary written by Dr. Brem, entitled “Let’s move on to single-payer,” which appeared in the Providence Journal on 12-2-2017. At the onset, Dr. Brem makes an important distinction between single-payer and socialized medicine. He also points out what we are currently spending on healthcare and health care insurance under the current multitude of providers and insurers. He believes that a single-payer system would work better and be more affordable.


Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/247034947

ARCHIVED: 11-27-17 Lt. Governor McKee Seeks Reelection  
Guest: Daniel McKee, RI Lt. Governor, https://www.danmckeeforri.com  
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
In seeking reelection to a second term, Lt. Governor McKee asserts that “experience counts, achievements matter.” In support of this assertion, he speaks of his implemented initiatives and describes what he has accomplished so far with these and what he continues to strive for. In summation, he also acknowledges that the work is never done and fine tuning is part of the process. We note here that McKee is being challenged in the Democratic primary election by Representative Aaron Regunberg.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/245213217 

ARCHIVED: 11-27-17 Proposed Federal Tax Reform Legislation  
Guests: Mike Stenhouse, CEO-Center for freedom & Prosperity, www.rifreedom.org
               Gregory Porcaro, CPA, Otrando Porcaro & Associates, info@opacpa.com  
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
Mike Stenhouse, a Harvard educated economist, and Gregory Porcaro, a practicing CPA discuss various changes to the federal tax code under formation in the US House and Senate. This interview was prompted by a ProJo commentary written by Stenhouse and an oppositional commentary written by Congressman Cicillini. In addition to the changes offered, our guests also address the opposition of some based on their loss of special interest carve-outs.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/245211193

ARCHIVED: Aristocats: A Rhode Island Jazz, Swing & Dixieland Band
Guests: Lloyd Kaplan; Joe Holtzman-drums; Nat Piccirilli; Dennis Pratt Host: Tom Shaker Time: 60 minutes The Aristocats have been performing in various configurations since 1982/1983. Many musicians, who have earned national and international recognition and themselves have performed with some of the most successful names in Jazz and Swing music, have been members of the Aristocats. Currently, the Band is comprised of its founder Lloyd Kaplan, Joe Holtzman, Nat Piccirilli, and Dennis Pratt, whose ages range from 66 to 97. Not only are these folks great musicians but also they are music educators, authors and inventors. For book information visit www.rijazz.com
Contact Aristocats via Lloyd Kaplan by email Lskshk39@gmail.com or telephone 401-398-2441.
ARCHIVED: 10-23-17 Progressive Legislative Agenda  
Guests: Representative Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, District 5,  & Representative Moira Walsh, District 3,       Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
Representatives Marcia Ranglin-Vassell and Moira Walsh are first term legislators and members of the growing Progressive Democrats faction of the Democratic Party. They share a common philosophy, which includes the idea that government should work for all people, especially those in need. They discuss their support of the progressive legislative agenda which includes a living wage; single-payer health care; earned sick leave; taxing the rich in order to help pay for progressive programs, and more. Both point out that progressive Democrats support greater efficiencies in government spending and doing away with corporate welfare.
ARCHIVED: 9-25-17 Rhode Island Voting Irregularities  
Guest: Ken Block, President – Simpatico Software Systems
Host: Mike Stenhouse     Time: 30 minutes
Ken Block has researched RI voting practices and has presented his findings to the Presidential Commission investigating voting irregularities. Block’s findings are alarming. For example: He asserts that approximately 143 thousand people in RI voted last November who have no license or other corroborating evidence on file. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea refutes Blocks findings but she declined to participate in this important discussion. Block also asserts that his investigation is aimed at shining light on and solving these voting problems.
ARCHIVED: 9-25-17 Legislation That Hurts RI Business and Economy  
Guest: Leonidas Raptakis, RI Senator, District 33
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
Senator Raptakis is among a group of legislators from both chambers of the RI general assembly who believe that some bills recently passes and some pending will hurt Rhode Island businesses and the economy. The legislation discussed include mandatory sick pay; a single-payer healthcare system; minimum wage, truck tolls; free tuition for DACA-Dreamers residing in RI; taking of State House property to build a bus terminal; failure to pass a child protection law for children left in cars; and the yet to be decided matter of public funding of a new PawSox stadium.
ARCHIVED: 9-11-17 Single-payer Healthcare Systems  
Guest: Luis Daniel Munoz, M.D.,
Host: John Carlevale     Time: 60 minutes
Dr. Munoz has studied single-payer healthcare systems and has visited nations which have single-payer healthcare in operation in various forms. This discussion is predicated on the fact that bills before the RI legislature pose to create the RI Comprehensive Insurance Program (RICHIP), which is a single-payer model. A study by the RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity estimates that this would add $5.4 billion to the state budget. Other models from other countries are brought into this discussion, which provides a basis for discussion and comparison.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/233553663
ARCHIVED: 8-28-17 Morgan on Past, Present & Future Considerations  
Guest: Patricia Morgan, House Minority Leader, www.RepMorgan.com
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
Starting with future considerations, August asks about Morgan’s intent to be a candidate for governor. Her discussion of the question is hopeful and explains why she is likely to seek the office. Morgan then addresses past and present concerns, among which are an out-of-balance $9.2 billion budget; costly lingering pending legislation; new hires by the governor totaling $29 million; DCYF problems; Morgan’s continuing investigation of Public Relations firms hired by the governor; and the progressive democrats’ legislative agenda, which would add an additional $6 billion to the existing budget.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/231584782

ARCHIVED: 8-28-17 Charlottesville, VA Event & Aftermath  
Guests: Patrick Conley, Author & Historian, www.drpatrickconley.org
               Ray Rickman, Stages of Freedom, www.stagesoffreedom.org
Host: John Carlevale     Time: 30 minutes
Conley and Rickman are astute historians, who have devoted their adult lives and professional work to teaching history so that we might learn from it and not forget it. Rickman acknowledges that our progress has moved forward and backwards and forward. Extremist on the political right and left worry Conley as progress requires deliberation by level headed people. Rickman supports free speech but is against hate speech; there are limits to free speech. Conley advises: don’t glorify Confederate history; study it. We seem to be in a tug of war of political thought and our views of our national history.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/231581482

ARCHIVES: 8-7-17 The Cost of the Progressive Wave  
Guest: Mike Stenhouse, CEO, The Center for Freedom & Prosperity, www.rifreedom.org
Host: Richard August    Time: 60 minutes
Proposed Progressive legislation would add $6 billion burden on Rhode Island. Details of this legislation are outlined in a new report by the Center for Freedom & Prosperity entitled The Cost of the Progressive Wave. The report can be found at www.rifreedon.org. Stenhouse discusses the more costly of these proposals during this interview: single-payer government-run health insurance; minimum wage increases; mandatory paid time off; new tax on petroleum products/carbon tax; school funding changes; taxpayer payment of student loans; and more.
Link to video is https: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/228840013
ARCHIVED: 7-24-17 Healthcare and Healthcare Insurance  
Guest: Luis Daniel Munoz, MD
Host: John Carlevale     Time: 30 minutes
Dr. Munoz is not only an M.D. but also a medical technology entrepreneur who has worked and studied abroad. He brings this broad perspective into the discussion as he compares and contrasts healthcare systems and healthcare insurance models. Many factors drive the cost of healthcare and healthcare insurance. In this regard, vulnerable populations along with health care systems and insurance competition play an important role. Competition typically drives down cost. Mental health services, suicide and drug abuse are major US challenges.
Link to video is  https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/226942716
ARCHIVED: 7-24-17 Casimiro & Vella-Wilkinson: First Year Highlights  
Guests: Julie Casimiro, House District 31 and Camille Vella-Wilkinson, House District 21
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
The budget impasse leading to a legislative recess was first and foremost on their minds. They are optimistic that the matter will be resolved but unsure when. Concerns about sexual harassment within the R.I. National Guard have yet to be addressed. The Governor’s veto of the “perpetual contracts” bill with a potential override by the general assembly; children dying under DCYF care; domestic violence and gun related matters remain as their outstanding concerns. They noted with satisfaction the bills they sponsored and were passed and those they hope will be passed in the future.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/226940291 
ARCHIVED: 6-26-17 New PawSox Stadium Proposal  
Guest: Donald Grebien, Mayor-City of Pawtucket
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
Mayor Grebien has been working industriously to keep the Pawtucket Red Sox in Pawtucket. To accomplish this may require a private/public partnership as fashioned by the major stakeholders. A bill has been recently introduced in the RI legislature to begin the public discussion, which will likely occur in a special legislative session in September of this year. Grebien believes a through public vetting of the proposal is needed to not only gain public support of the proposal but also to understand the potential it may have to promote greater prosperity in the wider community.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/223317699

ARCHIVED: 6-26-17 RI Economy and Economic Development  
Guests: Greg Gerritt, Director of Research for www.ProsperityForRI.com
               Mike Stenhouse, CEO-RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity www.rifreedom.org
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
Our guests differ widely on the methods needed to promote the RI economy. However, they agree that RI government is failing to promote the economy and its approach to economic development is wrongheaded. Gerrit asserts that our political leaders do not understand the true nature of where the current economy is going and that whatever growth there is will be minimal. Stenhouse agrees that understanding is poor but believes that there is room for substantial growth. They agree that different things have to be done but they disagree on what those methods should be. The juxtaposition of their views is educative. Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/223313232

ARCHIVED: 6-5-17 (2) Travel with Tuttle: Blackstone River Bikeway  

Producer/Host: Mike Tuttle   Time: 42 minutes

Tuttle takes us on a journey as he bikes and films his bike ride on the Blackstone River Bikeway, which is alongside the 48-mile-long Blackstone River as it makes its way from Woonsocket to Pawtucket. Tuttle gives a brief history of development alongside the river and then takes us on a journey of scenic vistas, under passes and overpasses, dams and waterfalls, urban and suburban areas, industrial/commercial/residential locations, rail road tracks, pedestrian walkways, rest areas, mill sites, access points and more, all of which are part of the bikeway/walkway experience. Mike Tuttle is also a member of the State of the State production team.

Link to video is  https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/222356884 

ARCHIVED: Program One: 6-5-17 What’s Needed to Fix Budget Concerns
Guest: Patricia Morgan, Minority Leader-RI House of Representatives
Host: Richard August Time: 30 minutes
RI is facing a huge budget deficit. Leader Morgan believes that some bad laws have to be fixed to remedy some of our budget problems and some new laws have to be created. She offers five major ideas to begin the process of fixing the budget. Create an Office of Inspector General. Remove the tangible personal property tax, which afflicts small businesses. Change disability pension requirements in order to lessen the burden on municipal budgets. Eliminate prevailing wage requirements associated with school infrastructure repair. Establish a line item veto for the governor.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/220494654

ARCHIVED: Program One: 5-22-17 National Health Care Changes  

Guest: Gary Alexander, Health Care Policy Expert, www.garyalexanderri.com

Host: Mike Stenhouse           Time: 30 minutes

Alexander served as Secretary of RI Health and Human Services under Governor Don Carcieri. He is highly regarded for is experience and expertise in health care policy and public welfare. He points out that one of the major changes in national health care policy is based on the Rhode Island model for Medicaid waiver or the aggregate cap on spending, which forced RI administrators to become cost conscience without cutting Medicaid services. Many popular beliefs about upcoming changes to national health care policy are clarified and in some cases “myths” are debunked.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/218634712

ARCHIVED: 5-11-17 Stages of Freedom  
Guest: Ray Rickman, Executive Director, Stages of Freedom, www.stragesoffreedom.org
Host: John Carlevale     Time: 30 minutes
Rickman states the mission of Stages of Freedom is to provide and promote the history and culture of Black Americans for the entire Rhode Island community. Toward that end many programs are employed. Rickman talks about some of these programs specifically; Swim Empowerment; Bow Ties for Boys; Girls Tea Party; the Annual Harlem Rent Party; Walking Tours; and much more. Rickman shares many facts and experiences to help us all better understand these important programs. For more information about these programs and events, visit the website www.stagesoffreedom.org.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/217208581
ARCHIVED: 5-11-17 Operation Stand Down RI  
Guests: Dee DeQuattro, Development Director, Operation Stand Down RI, www.osdri.org
               David Rothermel, Chief, RI Office of Veteran Affairs, www.vets.ri.gov
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
Guests cover the history and mission of Operation Stand Down, now in its 25th year. How many vets are being served by OSDRI, how they are being served, the number of vets estimated to be homeless in R and more. They describe upcoming events including Boots on the Ground, the Black Tie Gala for Gold Star Families, the concert by the 88th Army band, and much more. All these events are part of Memorial Day weeklong observances. For more info about these events, visit www.osdri.org. Monday, May 29th is Memorial Day.  Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/217206583
ARCHIVED: 4-27-17 Firearms Bills Before RI Legislature  
Guest: Nick Grasso, President – Federated RI Sportsmen Club, www.frisc.net
Host: Richard August     Time: 60 minutes
This interview addresses firearms bills before this current session of the RI legislature. The discussion focuses on three major bills supported by gun control advocates, who were invited to participate but declined. The bills in question focus on high capacity firearm magazines; carry permits; and domestic assault firearm surrender requirements. Grasso believes that these laws will further restrict and disaffect primarily legal firearm owners and sportsmen. Criminals don’t obey the laws. Consequently these added restrictions will do nothing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals or mentally ill persons. Other important concerns emerge during this discussion.
Link to video is  https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/215208501
ARCHIVED: 4-13-17 Government Policies Affecting Quality of Life in RI  
Guest: Mike Stenhouse, CEO – RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity, www.rifreedon.org
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
Stenhouse offers an alternative to the progressive democrat perspective on the role of government. He suggests that many government policies impede or diminish the quality of life rather than promote or enhance it. Stenhouse discusses both national and state issues such as health care reform, sales tax reduction; jobs and opportunity index, family prosperity index; proposed marijuana legislation; free college tuition and more and their potential impact.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/213252001 
ARCHIVED: 4-13-17 Ideas for Cutting Government Costs  
Guest: Patricia Morgan, (R) House Minority Leader, rep-morgan@rilin.state.ri.us
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
General assembly Republicans have offered a package of bills labeled “municipal spending reduction tools,” which are intended to help municipalities better manage and control costs. Minority Leader Morgan discusses these ideas for cutting municipal government cost, especially those having to do with helping municipalities better manage and control their budgets particularly regarding disability pensions, prevailing wage requirements, tort reform and more. On statewide level, bridge and road repair; truck tolls; free college tuition and the proposed Pawsox stadium are discussed.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/213247368
ARCHIVED: 3-23-17 Wired: A Story of Political Corruption  
Guest: Paul Caranci, Author, www.paulcaranci.com  
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
Wired is a shocking true story of political corruption and the FBI informant who risked everything to expose it. While serving in the North Providence Town Council, Caranci became increasing frustrated with the political process and workings of the town council. After many person to person attempts to correct what he perceived as blatant violations of the fiduciary responsibility of certain council members and after much agonizing deliberation, he became an FBI informant. Wired is story of the people and circumstances involved and the results of this FBI investigation.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/209915373

ARCHIVED: 3-9-17 Rhode Island Commerce Corporation  
Guest: Stefan Pryor, Secretary, RI Commerce Corporation, www.comerceri.com
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
Secretary Pryor discusses R.I. Commerce Corporation programs, incentives, and successful deals to bring companies and jobs to the state. Particular emphasis was placed on manufacturing incentives and access to capital and growth oriented assets for small manufacturers in particular as well as the small business lending program recently created. The new incentive structures pertaining to the qualified jobs incentives program have performance criteria, which must be met. No payments are made until personal income tax from new jobs is actually paid to the State. Then the State gives back to the company taxes collected up to $7500 for each employee.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/207812442
ARCHIVED: 2-23-17 Rhode Island Marijuana Policy  
Guests: Michael Cerullo, Convenor, What’s the Rush’ RI? www.whatsTheRush-RI.org
Jared Moffat, Director, Regulate RI, www.regulateri.com   Host: Mike Stenhouse   Time: 30 minutes
Our guests represent very different perspectives regarding the legalization of recreational marijuana in Rhode Island. Cerullo believes that State marijuana policy should be evidenced based and that we should not rush into legalization until evidence supports it. Moffat believes it makes sense for the State to regulate marijuana usage and take it out of the hands of illicit vendors. They talk about current state law and proposed legislation. The experience and data coming out of states where recreational marijuana has been legalized is discussed. Judgement is left to the viewers to determine which side makes the most sense and which is actionable in RI.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/205600042
ARCHIVED: 2-23-17 Advance RI and Other Initiatives  
Guest: Dan McKee, RI Lt. Governor, www.ltgov.ri.gov      Host:  Larry Valencia     Time: 30 minutes
McKee provides an update on the Lt. Governor’s small business, education and municipal initiatives. First and foremost, he talks about his newest initiative-Advance RI, which is a public access television show intended to share information; highlight the concerns and successes of the small business community; to promote involvement and to offer small business forums. McKee also discusses his statewide outreach tours. His Municipal Initiatives which address property revaluation and community compacts are discussed as well as his Education Initiative focused on a Call to Action aimed at achieving improvements in student performance.
Link to video is  https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/205596738 
ARCHIVED: 2-16-17 Rhode Island Familly Prosperity Initiative  
Guests: Ray Rickman, ExecutiveDirector, Stages of Freedom
               Mike Stenhouse, CEO, R.I. Center for Freedom and Prosperity
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
Although different in political philosophy our guests agree on the status of individuals and families and the need to develop strategies and practices to preserve and strengthen Rhode Island families. Consequently, they have joined with others with similar values in a common effort under the aegis of the Rhode Island Family Prosperity Initiative. They discuss many factors that affect family prosperity and the wrongheaded nature of many governmental efforts, especially related to economic development strategies, the criminal justice system, educational and work force training needs, jobs and more.
Link to video is
https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/204566293
ARCHIVED: 1-26-17 Current Issues: Minority Leader Morgan’s Perspective  
Guest: Patricia Morgan, (R) House Minority Leader, rep-morgan@rilin.state.ri.us
Host: John Carlevale     Time: 30 minutes
New Minority Leader Patricia Morgan shares her perspective on some very prominent and timely matters. She speaks straightforwardly and courageously about political corruption, addressing the most recent indictment of three former members of the House. Other topics include school choice; two years of free tuition proposed by the governor; how to really repair the foundation of our state economy; how to eliminate the car tax and prevent it from returning and more.
Link to video is 
https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/201329465

ARCHIVED: 1-26-17 New Legislators Share Their First Impressions  

Guests: Rep. Julie Casimiro (D) House 31, jcasihome@cox.net

               Rep. Camille Vella-Wilkinson (D), House 21, vellawilkinson@gmail.com

Host: Richard August             Time: 30 minutes

These two new legislators share their first impressions. Both having been labeled in the media as progressive democrats; they first and foremost address what seems to be a mischaracterization of their political philosophy. The discussion continues as they state their position on such matters as needed school infrastructure repair; increasing the minimum wage; elimination of the car tax; free college tuition; anticipated sales tax revenues from Amazon; the cost of job creation, RI as a sanctuary state; and specific legislation they intend to sponsor.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/201327056

ARCHIVED: 1-12-2017 Understanding Islam-part 2: Islam in the Modern World
Guests: Perofessor Sandra Keating and Imam Farid Ansari Host:  Richard August     Time: 60 minutes
In this follow-up program the focus is Islam in the modern world. Various terms and practices of Islam are interpreted from Islamic writings. Our guests caution that interpretations vary by source and historical context. For example, groups like ISIS can go far back in writings and find “law,” which serves their purposes. Another example is that the word “infidels” applies those who did not subscribe to monotheism. Today, acts of terrorism are directed at atheism and secularism. Today, such distinctions may have become distorted. The challenge facing Muslims today is that there is not a single authority. In contrast to the vast majority of Muslims, Islamic radicals are outliers.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/199346694
ARCHIVED: 12-8-2016 Understanding Islam
Guests: Sandra Keating, Associate Professor of Theology at Providence College
               Farid Ansari, Imam: Muslim American Dawah Center of RI
Host:  Richard August     Time: 60 minutes
The purpose of this program is to promote a better understanding of Islam among Rhode Islanders. Our guests are leaders within the RI community, who work toward this same purpose. Keating provides a history of the emergence of Muhammad as an Islamic prophet. Ansari explains the meaning and usage of many Islamic terms, describes the five pillars and the basic faiths of Islam. A split in Islam occurred following the death of Muhammad; this happening sheds light on present Islamic factions. Both guests help to expand our understanding beyond these basics.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/194997073

ARCHIVED: 11-10-16 A Treasury of R.I. Jazz & Swing Musicians
Guests: Dennis Pratt and Tom Shaker, Authors - A Treasury of R.I. Jazz & Swing Musicians
Host:  Gordon Forman     Time: 32 minutes
The authors talk about their six-year adventure in researching and writing their book, which is a tribute to the musicians who have contributed to the unique tapestry of the Jazz and Swing genre in Rhode Island. From Providence’s legendary Celebrity Club, the first interracial night club in New England, to the renowned Monday night Big Band jazz gigs that began with Duke Belaire and continue today with John Allmark, this book will delight the jazz and swing lover in all of us, whether you’re from Rhode Island or not. This book provides hundreds of reasons to be proud of the cultural contributions of Rhode Islanders.   AVAILABLE AT www.consortiumpublishing.com/musicbookscds.html
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/191349534  
ARCHIVED: 11-10-16 2016 General Election Review
Guests: Richard August, Al Benson, Barry Schiller Hosts-State of the State
               Mike Stenhouse, Gaspee Project
Host:  John Carlevale     Time: 60 minutes
All guests have interviewed candidates on State of the State as part of our Candidate Interview Series. This review of the 2016 general election covers a broad range of topics and issues starting with the presidential race and its speculated implications. Guests share their impression of Donald Trump as candidate and man; their comments are as diverse as those of the general population. Congressional races are discussed before a selective review of Rhode Island senate and house of representative races. What extent has unresolved issues like truck tolls and 38 Studios influenced election outcomes?
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/191183306
ARCHIVED: 10-27-16 General Election-Congress-D2: Langevin vs. Reis vs Johnson vs. Caiozzo
Guests: James Langevin; Rhue Reis; Jeff Johnson; Sal Caiozzo, CandidateS for US Congress-D2,
Host:  Mike Stenhouse     Time: 60 minutes
This candidate forum covers a wide range of varied topics. The first round of questions deals with matters controlled by the federal government: Obamacare; HUD/RhodeMap; school choice, and more. A round of questions requiring a very brief reply follows. The next round focuses on Federal money issues like taxes; federal budget; national debt; the role of Congress, etc. Topics of particular interest to each candidate are included. Each candidate gives an opening statement at the beginning and a closing statement at the end of the interview.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/189282629 
ARCHIVED: 10-13-16 General Election for House 12: Almeida vs. Vargas  
Guests: Joseph Almeida, (D) Candidate for House 12 rep-almeida@rilegislature.gov
              Luis Vargas, (I) Candidate for House 12 www.electluisvargas.com
Host: John Carlevale     Time: 30 minutes
Long term incumbents are being challenged by both “progressive” and “conservative” candidates, who have a similar message: what has been done for many years has not worked. Many old or unsettled issues remain and the public is demanding resolution. This is a feisty discussion of these issues, which include government reform measures like term limits, line item veto and restoring RI Ethics Commission oversight of legislators. Truck tolls; Charter Schools; legislative grants and community service grants demand their share of this discussion as well.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/187534628
ARCHIVED: 10-13-16 Bombing of Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon 1983  
Guest: USMC Col. Craig Wonson, Naval War College, Newport, RI
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
As we approach an anniversary of the bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon in 1983, this interview discusses the conditions before, during and immediately after the bombing and the long litigation journey of obtaining sanctions of and reparation from Iran, which sponsored the attack. Two hundred and twenty Marines were killed, including nine from Rhode Island. Mr. August has been appointed to a commission to place a memorial on the State House lawn commemorating the nine Rhode Islanders. Veterans Day is November 11th. Let us not forget.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/187367756
ARCHIVED: 10-13-16 General Election for House 43: Fellela vs. Gorman  
Guest: Karin Gorman (I), Candidate for House 43 www.karingorman.com
Host: Barry Schiller     Time: 30 minutes
Karin Gorman lost to incumbent Deborah Fellela by a very small margin in 2014. Gorman believes the odds are in her favor this year for a number of reasons, among which is Fellela’s support of tolling legislation passed during the last legislative session. Another distinguishing matter is community service grants. Gorman believes that these should be line items in the budget and should be evaluated and vetted by all members of the legislature. Gorman favors term limits; e-verify; an independent bi-partisan redistricting process; voting with taxpayer interest as the prime consideration; and more.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/187364453
ARCHIVED: 9-22-16 General Election for House 39: Price vs. Valencia  
Guest: Larry Valencia (D), Candidate for House 39 www.larryvalencia.com
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
Valencia regards himself as a progressive Democrat who believes the power of government should be used to help and protect people. He is a fiscally responsible candidate who wants government to be clean, efficient and well run so that tax dollars are not wasted but used wisely. Tax and income inequities must be addressed. He answers question on gun control legislation, the need for an Inspector General, the need for bridge and road repair and the Farm Acquisition Program. He supports the line item veto, restoring Ethic Commission oversight of legislators, and other needed changes.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/183998694 
ARCHIVED: 9-8-16 General Election for House 29: Roberts vs. Tomasso  
Guests: Sherry Roberts (R), Candidate for House 39 www.sherryroberts.weebly.com
               Lisa Tomasso, (D), Candidate for House 39 www.LisaForStateRep.com
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
This race is a rematch for these two candidates, who faced each other in the general election of 2016. They discuss their perspectives on such matters as road and bridge repair and how to best pay for the needed work; the government’s role in addressing the opioid epidemic and other social problems; E-verity legislation; Voter ID Law; term limits for general assembly members; farm land acquisition by government; and other timely matters.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/182232899

ARCHIVED: 9-8-16 General Election for Senate 13:  Paiva-Weed vs. Rebecchi
Guest: Sav Rebecchi (I), Candidate for Senate 13 www.SavForSenate.org
Host: John Carlevale     Time: 30 minutes
Rebecchi is challenging Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed. His candidacy has been a long journey from young entrepreneur, to small business owner, to founder of a software corporation, to retirement leading to community public service. In the latter he has served on the Jamestown Charter Commission and observed the workings of government close up for the first time, which lead to his establishing www.OnTheRecordRI.com . After trying to recruit candidates for several years, he finally recruited himself to seek local elective office and now a state office.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/182231540
ARCHIVED: 9-8-16 General Election for House 32: Craven vs. Zaccaria  
Guests: Robert Craven (D), Candidate for House 32 www.votebobcraven.com
               Mark Zaccaria, (R), Candidate for House 32 www.zaccaria4house.org
Host: Robert Benson     Time: 30 minutes
Both candidates have served on the North Kingston Town Council. Craven is the incumbent Representative being challenged by Zaccaria. The economic status of the state looms most important for both candidates, who differ on the role government should play in promoting economic develop and improving the business climate. The approach to bridge and road repair is discussed along with other timely topics such as the status of education; the need for a line item veto and ethics reform; the redistricting process; judicial selection, and the question do we need a constitutional convention.. .

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/182232243

ARCHIVED: 8-25-2016 Scoundrels Among Us.  
Guest: Paul Caranci, Author, Historian, Political Analyst
Host: Barry Schiller     Time: 30 minutes
Caranci served on the North Providence Town Council and as Deputy Secretary of State. He received a national award recognizing his acts of courage as an FBI cooperating witness regarding corruption in North Providence. He has authored six books on Rhode Island matters. He discusses four of these books during this interview: Essential Guide for Running for Local Office; Scoundrels; North Providence; Hanging of John Gordon. Each book presents the good, the bad or ugly aspects of Rhode Island. All books offer a little of the rich and interesting history of RI.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/180321312
ARCHIVED: 8-24-2016 James Cawley for RI House 72.
Guest: James Cawley, (D) Candidate for RI House 72
Host: Richard August         Time: 30 minutes
James Cawley is in a Democratic Party primary election race with former Representative Linda Finn for House District 72. Cawley is the endorsed candidate who has been describe as a moderate Democrat in contrast to Finn who is regarded as a progressive Democrat. Cawley describes himself as a “blue collar guy” and small business owner. The poor conditions of te state and poor business climate standing are among things he lists a motiving his candidacy. Cawley’s expressed positions on many issues are in sharp contrast to his opponent’s.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/180320050

ARCHIVED: 8-11-2016 Michael Gazdacko (D) Candidate for House District 9
Guest: Michael Gazdacko, www.gazdecko2016.com
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
Michael Gazdacko is in the Democratic Party primary election challenging incumbent Anastasia Williams, who did not reply to our invitation to participated in a joint interview with Gazdacko. Many issues are cited as a concern to Gazdacko. They include economic resilience; safe and affordable housing; community health and wellness; criminal justice; immigrant rights; abortion; equal rights, Voter ID law, education and safer streets. Other important and current political topics were also discussed.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/178735906

ARCHIVED: 8-11-2016 Jonathan Hernandez (D) Candidate for Senate District 6
Guest: Jonathan Hernandez, www.jonathanhernandez.com
Host: Richard August         Time: 30 minutes
Jonathan Hernandez is in the Democratic Party primary election challenging incumbent  Senator Harold Metts, who did not reply to our invitation to participated in a joint interview with Hernandez. Hernandez was born in Providence. He left RI to earn his college degrees, one of which is a Master’s degree in Architecture. He now resides in Providence. His main political interest/goals are statewide funding of schools; debt-free public college; living wage and repeal of tipped wages; sustainable environment and communities; repeal of the Voter ID law. Other important and current political topics were also discussed.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/178735167
ARCHIVED: 7-28-2016 Steve Frias for House District 15
Guest: Steve Frias, Candidate for House District 15, www.FriasForRep.com  
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
Steve Frias of Cranston aims to unseat the Speaker of the House, Nicolas Mattiello in the general election. The first step for Frias is to win the Republican primary election on September 13. Frias cites a list of matters, which prompted him to be a candidate; The short list includes the proposed Paw Sox move to Providence, truck tolls, the poor business climate, ineffective economic development strategies, and the misbehavior of two particular legislators, who were both part of the Mattiello House leadership team. Legislator misbehavior caused Frias’ to finalize his decision to run.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/176783975

ARCHIVED: 7-14-2016 Charter Schools, Education Moonshot; Municipal Services….

Guest: Daniel McKee, R.I. Lt. Governor

Host: John Carlevale             Time: 30 minutes

McKee has been a devoted advocate for improving public schools, encouraging charter school development; regionalizing municipal services and generally improving Rhode Island’s business friendliness. In this interview he discusses the negative impact of recently enacted legislation on charter schools and the Lt. Governor’s Education Moonshot initiative. McKee’s efforts to regionalize municipal services continues. The Lt. Governor has been selected by his peers to be chairman of the National Lt. Governors Association.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/174819778

ARCHIVED: 6-23-2016 2016 Legislative Session Review
Guest: Patricia Morgan, Representative, House District 26
Host: Richard August     Time: 60 minutes
In this special extended edition Representative Morgan offers one participant’s perspective on the 2016 legislative session. She comments on the good, bad and ugly of it. Regarding the way the session ended, Morgan notes that it was “beyond foolish” and there “is no excuse for such a late night session,” which extended into the early morning hours of the next day. Many topics were discussed. Morgan characterized the budget process as “a flawed process.” Other topics included economic incentives, ethics reform, legislative grants, marijuana legislation, truck tolls, line item veto, Superman building, gun control legislation and more.
Link to video is
https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/172122824

ARCHIVED: 6-9-2016 What Will It Take to Make Needed Change in RI?

Guest: Jeffrey Deckman, CEO – Capability Accelerators, www.CapabilityAcellerators.com  

Host: John Carlevale Time: 30 minutes

Deckman, a businessman and an experienced political activist, was asked a few crucial questions: What will it take to effectuate the kind of change RI needs? Will the recent misbehavior of legislators at both the state and municipal level be an impetus for change? Will RhodeWorks, truck tolls, 38 Studios, and other wrong-headed legislative acts add fuel to the fire? Deckman’s reply is a case study example of what is needed to make change. His example illustrates the value and effectiveness of strategic and unified pushback.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/170449674

ARCHIVED: 6-9-2016 Gaspee Business Network

Guests: Mike Collins, Committee Captain, Gaspee Business Network, www.Gaspee.biz

               Walter McLaughlin, Committee member, Gaspee Business Network, www.Gaspee.biz

Host: Richard August Time: 30 minutes

Lead by volunteer business owners, the Gaspee Business Network was established for small business owners in order to give them a voice in the general assembly and the political influence to improve the business climate in Rhode Island by supporting pro-growth policies and candidates and to oppose those candidates who are not supportive of such policies. Some of the strategies GBN plans to employ are direct public policy advocacy, legislative lobbying, and using its resources in targeted general assembly elections.   Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/170450929

ARCHIVED: 6-26-2016 Legislative Misbehavior and Preventative Measures
Guest: Ken Block, Founder, www.LineItemVeto.org
Host: Rebecca Quigley Powers           Time: 30 minutes
Block discusses the most recent examples of legislator misbehavior, which further adds to the public’s frustration and disappointment of their elected officials and underscores the need for preventive measures. Some of the needed measures include a line item veto, restoring ethics commission oversight of legislators, and a better balance of power not only between the legislative branch and the executive branch but also within the legislature itself. The dominance of one political party withing the legislature is contrary to a balance of power and a deliberative legislative process.
Link to video is  https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/168386298
ARCHIVED: 5-26-2016 Restoring Ethics Commission Oversight of Legislators
Guest: William Felkner, Project Coordinator, www.CleanRI.org
Host: John Carlevale           Time: 30 minutes
Felkner is project coordinator of CleanRI.org, an initiative to restore Ethics Commission oversight of legislators. This oversight was taken away by a RI Supreme Court decision in 2009. Felkner explains the history leading to this decision and its erosive effects. Recent examples of legislator misbehavior have strengthened the public’s call for ethics reform, which includes restoring Ethics Commission oversight of legislators. Bills intended to do so have languished in the general assembly. Felkner expresses optimism about the bill House Speaker Mattiello has introduced. Only time will tell if leadership is serious about such reform.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/168383726

ARCHIVED: 5-12-2016 Eminent Domain Violated in Rhode Island

Guests: Kevin Breene, W. Greenwich Town Administrator; Victor Moffitt, Financial Planner & Author

Host: John Carlevale                         Time: 30 minutes

This is a story fifty years in the making. It is another example of RI government’s good intentions gone wrong. It is another example of government waste and abuse. It is another example of the people of RI being stuck with the cost. It is another example of state government’s inability to admit to a mistake and self-correct. Land taken to build the Big River Reservoir now resides as open space, a use not permissible under eminent domain uses and purposes. This sage is chronicled in Moffitt’s book, Eminent Domain Violated in Rhode Island.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/166856659  

ARCHIVED: 5-12-2016 Legislator Misbehavior and Legislation Needed

Guest: Lou Raptakis, RI State Senator Host: Richard August Time: 30 minutes

There is a long list of elected officials, whose misbehavior has placed them in the RI Hall of Shame. Recently a member of the RI House of Representatives and a member of the Providence City Council have joined this notorious group who have betrayed the public trust and committed either questionable or unlawful acts. Raptakis openly discusses these unfortunate matters and the legislation needed to curb such misbehavior and get at fraud and corruption in Rhode Island. Many of the remedies discussed are not new; nor is the general assembly’s refusal to tackle these often recurring problems.   

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/166854824

ARCHIVED: Program One: 4-28-2016 Are State Officials Out of Step with the People?
Guest: Mike Stenhouse, CEO-Center for Freedom & Prosperity, www.rifreedom.org
Host: John Carlevale Time: 60 minutes
Stenhouse advocates for public policy based on research and experience. As many Rhode Islanders, he is frustrated that state officials seem to have a blind eye and deaf ear to public input. Consequently, they are out of step with what the public wants or does not want. In addition to addressing this topic, Strenhouse updates his efforts to influence public policy. His experience further supports the notion that state official are out of step and motivated by an agenda that is often not shared with the public.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/164747711

ARCHIVED: 4-14-2016 Should Marijuana Use Be Legalized?
Guests: Michael Cerullo, Jr., Founder-What’s the Rush RI? www.WhatsTheRush-RI.org
                 Jared Moffat, Director-Regulate RI, www.RegulateRI.com
Host: Barry Schiller       Time: 30 minutes
Our guests offer two differing views about legalizing marijuana use. Cerullo advocates for an evidenced based marijuana policy. In contrast to this “let’s wait and see” attitude, Moffat advocates for an end to marijuana prohibition and establishing regulation and taxation of legalized marijuana use. They each offer research data in support of their respective views. Cerullo calls for a 5-year robust study of legalized marijuana states to be used to guide public policy. Moffat reminds us that prohibition has failed and that regulation would yield health, safety and financial benefits.
Link to video is  https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/163082454
ARCHIVED: 4-14-2016 Driven Away by RI Politics
Guest: Dexter Liu, RI Businessman, product design and development specialist
Host: Richard August       Time: 30 minutes
After 30 years of living and doing business in RI, Dexter Liu is planning to leave. His commentary, “Driven away by RI politics” cites the many reasons behind his decision to leave. Among these is the chronic indifference of state policy makers, which has created a very poor business climate. Consequently, career opportunities for well educated, highly skilled workers are lacking. RI has many assets but these are minimized by the State’s hostile attitude toward business. Liu objects to government venture capital practices of trying to pick winners and losers as part of its economic policy. When it does so, taxpayers are the losers.
Link to video is   https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/163080452
ARCHIVED; 3-28-2016 Robert J. Healey, Jr. Remembered
Guest: Robert J. Healey, Jr., founder-Cool Moose Party
Robert Healey died on March 20, 2016. He was also known as the “Cool Moose.” Many Rhode Islanders, including myself, had high regard for him as a person and as a political figure. We recognized his great intellect. We appreciated his sense of humor, wit and political satire. We enjoyed his unique political style and persona. Above all, we came to know his kind, gentle and generous manner. Healey worked on many good government issues with many groups and individuals.
    The following are excerpts from a few of his many appearances on State of the State.
    10-9-2014 Robert Healey for Governor
    10-9-2010 Candidates for Lt. Governor: Robert Healey and Robert Venturrini
    6-24-2010 Make Every Vote Count: Eliminating the Master Lever
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/160589253   
ARCHIVED: 3-24-2016 Transportation Issues 2106
Guest: Barry Schiller, Advocate for effective transportation services
Host: John Carlevale      Time: 30 minutes
Barry Schiller is a long-time advocate for better and effective transportation services. Schiller has been a member of the State Planning Council’s Transportation Advisory Committee. He was a member of the RIPTA Board of Directors. He currently serves on the Highway Safety Council. What makes Schiller even more qualified and unique is that he is a regular user of public transportation; consequently, he is speaks of transportation matters with unparalleled experience and knowledge. Schiller shares his perspective about the effectiveness of RIDOT; rail and bus transport; biking; highway projects planned; and funding.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/160379637
ARCHIVED: 3-24-2016 Gun Control Legislation for 2016
Guests: Gail Hogan and Steve Hogan, Members- R.I. Revolver and Rifle Association
Host: Richard August      Time: 30 minutes
Steve and Gail Hogan are members of the Board of Directors of the R.I. Revolver and Rifle Association. Steve is a registered lobbyist for the Association. Both provide training in firearm use. They comment on various bills currently before the legislature from both a pro and con perspective. They offer specific reasons why they support some and oppose other proposed legislation. What is especially interesting is their expressed support of the intent of certain bills while taking issue with or expressing concerns about the bills implementation methods or requirements.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/160378100
ARCHIVED: 3-10-2016 Immigration, Its Costs, Is the Issue This Year
Guest: Tom Ward, Publisher – The Valley Breeze newspaper, www.valleybreeze.com
Host: Richard August      Time: 30 minutes
Ward believes that Trump has touched a nerve of a vast number of Americans, who believe illegal immigration has gone too far too long without a reasonable solution. Congress’ failure to address and remedy the matter further inflames the issue. Ward speaks with genuine concern and heartfelt compassion, rarely seen in one individual. Ward agrees with many that it is time to close the border and to figure out a reasonable solution. Deportation of all illegal immigrants is not likely to happen, nor solve the problem, because some Americans, municipalities and states have chosen to look the other way and not enforce federal immigration law.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/158667968 
ARCHIVED: 3-10-2016 Tomaquag Museum’s Indigenous Empowerment Initiative
Guest: Loren Spears, Director – Tomaquag Museum, www.tomaquagmuseum.org
Host: John Carlevale      Time: 30 minutes
The fifty-eight year old Tomaquag Museum is the only museum devoted solely to indigenous/native Americans of Rhode Island. The museum is a 2016 Finalist - National Medal for Museum and Library Service and is a recipient of a grant to expand its Indigenous Empowerment Initiative, which is the focus of this interview. The IEI program develops career opportunities within the museum and beyond; it includes internships, paid positions, fellowships and more. In partnership with higher education facilities, the program seeks the creation of a Museum Studies degree and a Native Studies degree. Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/158665949 
ARCHIVED: 2-25-2016 Line Item Veto, Tolls, Ethics, RIDOT, Public  Action
Guest: Ken Block, Founder of www.WatchDogRI.org and www.LineItemVeto.org
Host: Richard August      Time: 30 minutes
Through his continuing exercise of his political citizenship, Ken Block is working to make a difference in Rhode Island by supporting legislative action on key issues and systemic changes in how government conducts itself. He founded WatchDogRI.org and LineItemVeto.org in order to focus attention on key issues and to encourage public action. He discusses the need for a line item veto, the wrongheaded truck toll law, the need to restore RI Ethics Commission oversight of legislators, the dysfunctional RI DOT. Ultimately the change that is needed requires significant public action. Block encourages folks to join in this effort.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/156881645

ARCHIVED: 2-25-2016 R.I. Regional Transition Centers
Guests: Therese Curran, West Bay Regional Transition Center, www.westbaycollaborative.org
                 Cindy VanAvery, Northern RI Regional Transition Center, www.nric-ri.org   
Host: Donna Perry      Time: 30 minutes
Rhode Island Regional Transition Centers support middle and high schools, students, families and communities in preparing students for adult life. These Centers provide a wide array of support services to students which include mentoring, internship opportunities, personal and career planning, and much more. High school transition support begins during the junior year and beyond the 12th grade and years 18 through 21. This may include independent living opportunities in apartment settings. There is an emphasis on employment in order to support independent adult living. 

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/156879917

ARCHIVED: 2-11-2016 Truck Tolling Plan: Another 38 Studios?
Guests: Patricia Morgan, State Representative and Member of StopTollsRI AND
                  Marc Perlman, CEO – Ocean State Job Lot   
Host: Richard August      Time: 30 minutes
Our two guests discuss the truck tolling law from very different perspectives. Morgan is a state legislator; Perlman is a successful businessman. Their testimony compliments each other’s. Morgan is chairman of the Republican Policy Group, which formulated an alternative plan for bridge repair. She asserts that the tolling plan is a “bad law.” Perlman asserts that the tolling plan will harm not only his business; but also, every company doing business in Rhode Island and every person living in RI. Listen and decide for yourself. Is the truck tolling law another 38 Studios?
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/155166532 
ARCHIVED: 2-11-2016 Russell Taub for US Congress
Guest: Russell Taub, Candidate for US Congress, www.russforcongress2016.com  
Host: John Carlevale      Time: 30 minutes
Taub asserts: “I am a servant of the people of Rhode Island. They are my boss, not the other way around.” He is new to being a candidate; but he is not new to the political process, having work on political campaigns and discovering the exhilaration of meeting people and politicking. Being disappointed in Congressman Cicilline’s performance and being encouraged by many to run, Taub has declared his candidacy. In this interview, Taub talks about jobs and government’s role; the right to bear arms and background checks; Obamacare; diversity; foreign policy; his support of Israel; Syrian refugees, and Congressman’s Cicilline’s failures.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/155164144
ARCHIVED: 1-28-2016 Health Care Models & Health Care Cost
Guest: Ted Almon, CEO-Chaflin Co., Member: Working Group on Health Care   
Host: Richard August      Time: 30 minutes
With over twenty-five years of studying the health care field, Almon brings a wealth of knowledge with a businessman’s perspective. He questions if cutting health care cost will result in any substantial savings, especially where Medicaid is concerned given the role of Obamacare. He points out that health care is both a cost center and a revenue generating center. Having studied many models, he doubts if the free-market approach can effectively cut cost and he is coming to believe that health care perhaps should be treated as a utility.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/153552490
ARCHIVED: 1-28-2016 Books and Games About Rhode Island
Guest: Roberta Humble, Author and Rhode Island booster
Host: John Carlevale      Time: 30 minutes
Humble has written many books and created games about the state of Rhode Island. Her first book, The Right to Crow, gave Rhode Islanders bragging rights and provides real reasons to feel good about our state and ourselves. Her most recent book, Little Rhody and the Other 49, is a look at some of the more fascinating points about 49 of our states and how Rhode Island compares. Humble shares photos of her travel to some other states and gives us a peek at her newest book. For books and games visit www.WesterlyArmory.com
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/153551147
ARCHIVED: 1-14-2016 P2 PayGo Plan: Alternative Bridge Repair
Guest: Mike Stenhouse, CEO- RI Center for Freedon & Prosperity, www.rifreedon.org
Host: Richard August      Time: 30 minutes
P3 PayGo Plan is offered as an alternative to the bridge and road repair plan of the Raimondo Administration. P3 represents a Public-Private-Partnership approach which is currently being employed in Pennsylvania. The P3 plan has no tolls, no bonding to pay for tolling gantries, no tax increases, no new taxes. Bridge and road projects are send out for bid by general contractors with requisite experience. This approach removes DOT from this general contractor role. Legislation is soon to be introduced to enable a P3 approach to bridge and road projects in Rhode Island.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/151940650
ARCHIVED: 1-14-2016 Meet Senator John Pagliarini
Guest: John Pagliarini, john@senate11.com   
Host: Richard August      Time: 30 minutes
Newly elected Senator John Pagliarini won in a special election in Senate District 11 on a strong “no toll” message. Pagliarini is a smart, well-spoken, mild-mannered person who has been paying close attention to what his constituents want and do not want. They obviously do not want tolls having pushed back strongly against the plan to loll the Sakonnet River Bridge in the recent past; yet the toll gantries remain in place. Notwithstanding this, Pagliarini is not a one-issue official. He believes the RI Ethics Commission should have oversight of legislators, is a second amendment proponent and has thoughtful ideas about taxation and more.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/151944001 
ARCHIVED: 12-10-2015 Cost of Immigration/Refugee Services
Guest: Terry Gorman, Rhode Islanders for Immigration Law Enforcement, www.riile.org  
Host: Richard August      Time: 30 minutes
The costs of immigration and refugee services at the national level are staggering. The figures at the local level are equally staggering; but these figures are often extrapolations from federal government and Census Bureau data. Obtaining data from RI government is difficult, if not impossible. Consequently, it is not difficult to conclude that RI government is not being transparent, perhaps even outright deceitful. Notwithstanding the lack of state data, Gorman has done an admirable job in trying to shed light on this topic and to put it in perspective what these services are costing Rhode Islanders.
Link to video is https: //vimeo.com/channels/365354/149416589
ARCHIVED: 12-10-2015 A Discussion with Roger Williams
Guest: Ranger John McNiff as Roger Williams, john_mcniff@nps.gov
Host: Roy Pruett      Time: 30 minutes
Roger Williams looks back to recall and clarify the founding of the Rhode Island and Providence Plantations colony, the first to declare its independence from England. He asserts that this place was to serve as a refuge for people to protect their beliefs and to allow them to follow their conscience without government restriction. He points out that government can control what we do but not what we believe. Williams emphasizes the distinction between religious tolerance and religious freedom. This place was “the lively experiment” for the world to witness and to replicate, if it chose. His comments on politics and politicians are worth noting.  Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/148721816
ARCHIVED: 12-10-2015 RI Farm Bureau 2015 Navigator Award Recipients
Guests: Patricia Morgan, State Representative, rep-morgan@rilin.state.ri.us; Wayne Salisbury, Vice President, R.I. Farm Bureau, www.rifb.org; Susan Sosnowski, State Senator, sen-sosnowski@rilin.state.ri.us; Mike Stenhouse, CEO, R.I. Center for Freedom and Prosperity, www.rifreedom.org; Host: Barry Schiller      Time: 30 minutes
The R.I. Farm Bureau has recognized three individuals for their work on behalf of agricultural matters as well as their work on other issues, which affect all Rhode Islanders. The 2015 Navigator Award recipients are Representative Morgan, Senator Sosnowski and Mike Stenhouse. Each recipient talks about the work which gained the recognition of the Farm Bureau. On behalf of the organization, Wayne Salisbury discusses the purpose of RIFB and the current issues and concerns it is focused on as well as acknowledging the important work of these three award recipients. 
Link
to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/148721131

ARCHIVED: 11-12-2015 Republican Policy Group Bridge Repair Plan

Guest: Patricia Morgan, State Representative, District 26, Twitter @repmorgan

Host: Richard August      Time: 30 minutes

The Republican Policy Group (RPG) chaired by Representative Morgan has developed a plan for needed bridge repairs which requires no borrowing and no tolling. It is offered as a common sense alternative to Governor Raimondo’s Rhode Works plan, which requires borrowing and tolling with an overall cost of 1.1 billion dollars above and beyond the existing budget. Morgan states that the RPG has studied the existing budget and has identified money already in the budget, which could be used if the legislature does its work and prioritizes how taxpayer money is best utilized. The money earmarked by the plan does not come from social programs or vital services to citizens.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/145675764

ARCHIVED: 11-12-2015 Homelessness in Rhode Island

Guest: Jim Ryczek, Executive Director, R.I. Colatition for the Homeless, www.rihomeless.org

Host: Rebecca Quigley      Time: 30 minutes

The R.I. Coalition for the Homeless is a public policy and advocacy group whose goal is to eliminate homeless as we know it. Although coalition members have been able to lower the number of homeless people in R.I., there are approximately more than four thousand still without homes. Over one thousand people each night use shelters. Ryczek discusses the many factors which lead to homelessness and the different services coalition members offer to aid homeless Rhode Islanders. Zero 2016 is a national campaign giving urgency to this problem with a goal to end chronic homelessness by the end of 2016.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/145673298

ARCHIVED: 10-22-2015 38 Studios Matters – The Discussion Continues
Guests: Daniel Reilly, State Representative, Member of House Oversight Committee
              Gary Sasse, Director-Bryant University Hassenfeld Institute
Host: John Carlevale      Time: 30 minutes
The release of 38 Studios court documents has led to a resurgence of public interest in matters relating to 38 Studios. The House Oversight Committee will look into 38 Studios again. A coalition of good government groups and citizens are demanding an independent investigation of 38 Studios. Both guests concur that both investigations are needed and they expect somewhat different outcomes from each. They also agree with John Marion of Common Cause-RI that “38 Studios must spur R.I. Change.” They discuss what they believe needs to be done to accomplish these functional changes. 

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/143404022

ARCHIVED: 10-22-2015 Racial Justice – Awareness and Understanding
Guests: Rev. Ellen Quaadgras, Westminster Unitarian Church  
              James Vincent, President-RI Chapter NAACP
Host: Richard August      Time: 30 minutes
The Civil Right Act of the 1960’s placed the matter of racial justice in the forefront of American consciousness. Yet racial inequities remain relatively unchanged in many areas according to Quaadgras and Vincent. They and many state and national organizations continue to strive toward greater awareness and understanding. All lives matter, but recent events involving the killing of Black citizens by police has led to the mantra “Black lives matter” in order to call attention to this recurring problem and the need to address it now. Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/143401901
10-8-2015 Investigate 38 Studios Now!
Guests: Ken Block, Watch Dog RI; Larry Fitzmorris, RI Taxpayers; Mike Stenhouse, RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity.      Host: Richard August      Time: 60 minutes
Guests and other good government leaders have established www.Investigate38StudiosNow.org a grassroots initiative to convince legislative and executive leaders to conduct a full independent investigation to uncover and tell the story of how the business loan program was conceived and how 38 Studios failed and who the political players were. Understanding and exposing the political process involved is essential to preventing such a debacle from happening again and to move the state in the right direction economically and ethically. This discussion also leads to talk about the state’s failed economic development approach and its counterproductive negative business climate and remedies needed.
Link to video is  https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/142057755

ARCHIVED: 9-24-2015 CleanRI.org - Initiative to Restore RIEC Oversight of Legislators
Guests: William Felkner, Project Coordinator, www.CleanRI.org
              Margeret Kane, President, Operation Clean Government, www.ocgri.org
Host: John Carlevale       Time: 30 minutes
Newly established CleanRI.org is an initiative to restore RI Ethics Commission oversight of legislators. What we know now as the Ethics Commission was a product of the 1986 Constitutional Convention. In 2009 a RI Supreme Court opinion concluded that the “speech in debate clause” of the RI Constitution gave immunity to legislators on matters relating to their legislative actions and thereby it diminished the power of Ethics Commission oversight of legislators. The history leading to this court decision and the goals of CleanRI.org are discussed.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/140461747 

ARCHIVED: 9-24-2015 Occupy Providence: Issues and Concerns
Guests: Liandra Medeiros; Peter Nightingale; Randall Rose - Occupy Providence, www.occupyprovidence.com             Host: Richard August       Time: 30 minutes
Guests are members of Occupy Providence, an organization which asserts that it speaks for the 99% of Rhode Islanders, who have little or no voice in RI government. Occupy Providence has taken a stand on many different issues of concern to its members, which include but are not limited to crony capitalism, 38 Studios; the PawSox proposed move; homelessness; lack of affordable housing; and our dependency on fossil fuels. On the national level, they observe that presidential candidates are as much victims of the political system as the citizens of this country.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/140458245

ARCHIVED: 9-10-2015 Issues and Challenges Facing RI School Districts
Guest: Timothy Duffy, Executive Director, RI Association of School Committees
Host: Donna Perry     Time: 30 minutes
Mr. Duffy shares his knowledge and insight regarding the issues and challenges facing RI school districts. A broad range of topics are discussed, which include but are not limited to the following: new education commissioner Ken Wagner; student testing changes and graduation requirements; early enrollment of high school students in college level courses; preparation and readiness for college level work; drop in SAT scores; RIDE requirements/mandates; education funding formula vis-à-vis charter schools; aging school buildings and much more.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/138963547

ARCHIVED: 8-27-2015 HPV Vaccine Mandate

Guests: Christopher Black, Chiropractor, www.docblack.com

               Shawna Lawton, Riers Against Mandated HPV Vaccine, www.vaccinechoiceri.com

Host: Rebecca Quigley         Time: 30 minutes

Both guests are affiliated with RIers Against Mandated HVP Vaccine. The vaccine is mandated by the RI Department of Health, which requires all 7th grade students, male and female, to have the HPV vaccine. Members of this group are not against all vaccines. Their focus is solely on the HP Virus, which is a sexually transmitted virus. They assert that this particular issue is about freedom of choice and the parent’s right to decide, if their child is to be vaccinated. There are waiver options for medical and religious purposes, which do not cover the vast portion of parents who choose to opt out.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/137615271

ARCHIVED: 8-27-2015 Citizen Groups Demand 38 Studios Investigation

Guest: Mike Stenhouse, CEO – RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity, www.rifreedon.org

Host: Richard August      Time: 30 minutes

A gathering of citizen groups recently held a press conference to demand that the 38 Studios debacle be fully investigated in order to examine the contributing factors of its failure. This failure will cost approximately one hundred million dollars in taxpayer payments to bond holders. Stenhouse, who participated in the press conference, discusses the particulars of this press conference. He further talks about the problems Rhode Island must address regarding Medicaid, HealthSource RI and health insurance for needy Rhode Islanders.  

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/137613380 

ARCHIVED: 8-13-2015 Cost of Fire Service and Public Records

Guest: Ken Block, www.WatchdogRI.org

Host: Richard August       Time: 30 minutes

Ken Block and his organization WatchdogRI continue to gather information regarding the cost of fire service in Rhode Island, which according to his research finds Rhode Island to be the highest among comparable communities in the USA. His most recent obstacle is the high cost of obtaining public records from the City of Providence, estimated to be in excess of one thousand dollars. To meet this challenge, Block has established a “fund me” account online, which allows citizens to contribute to the cost of obtaining these public records. For more information, visit www.WatchdogRI.org.

ARCHIVED: 8-13-2015 ecoRI News

Guests: Frank Carini, Editor, ecoRI News, www.ecoRI.org

               Joanna Detz, Director, ecoRI News, www.ecoRI.org

Host: Barry Schiller       Time: 30 minutes

Carini and Detz are cofounders of ecoRI an online media organization located on the world-wide-web at www.ecoRI.org. Their purpose is to cover environmental issues and concerns to help educate Rhode Islanders about environmental matters and more. The organization offers free subscription to its newsletter, ecoRI News. The website and the newsletter covers a wide array of issues and concerns and provide a mechanism for public input, editorial contribution and comment. ecoRI News is holding its sixth birthday bash on Wednesday, September 16. Visit the website for more information.

ARCHIVED: 7-23-2015 Should Marijuana and Hemp Be Legalized in RI?

Guests: Michael Cerullo, What’s The Rush, RI? www.whatstherush-ri.org
              Tammy Duxbury, Councilwoman, Coventry Town Council       Host: Rebecca Quigley 
The complexity and effects of legalizing marijuana use and growing hemp are discussed from different perspectives. Cerullo advises that we should learn from the states where marijuana has been legalized before Rhode Island takes a similar action as significant problems have arisen, among which is the increased use among adolescents. Duxbury is concerned that the proposed law that would permit the growing of hemp is at odds with local zoning laws and threatens local authority and sovereignty. Both advise caution and getting it right first with regulating the medicinal use of marijuana.
Link to videois https://vimeo.com/134483756 

ARCHIVED: 7-23-2015 Gun Control Legislation: A Proponent View
Guest: Jerry Belair, President, RI Coalition Against Gun Violence, www.ricagv.org
Host: Richard August       Time: 30 minutes
RI Coalition Against Gun Violence president Jerry Belair is a proponent of gun control legislation especially as these laws relate to cases of domestic violence; carrying concealed guns on school grounds; and large capacity ammunition magazines. This discussion includes related concerns regarding proposed exemptions to existing and proposed laws, who should be allowed to carry a concealed gun and the level of training for those who have the right to carry. Although 95% of school committee members polled are against permitting guns on school property, some believe that it might serves a determent to school guns violence. A dilemma indeed.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/134483347

ARCHIVED: 7-9-2015 Status of Charter Schools in RI

Guest: Tim Groves, Executive Director, RI League of Charter Schools.

Host: Donna Perry      Time: 30 minutes

Given the number of bills introduced during the 2015 legislative session to change the approval process for and to otherwise limit the growth of charter schools, a look at the status of charter school is timely. Tim Groves, the new Executive Director of RI League of Charter Schools, discusses his concerns about how such legislation would disaffect charter schools. However, he recognized that the school funding formula needs open discussion. RI charter schools have received national recognition and acclaim for their innovative models and student performance. Yet in RI, they seem to be regarded as outliers.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/133171250

ARCHIVED: 7-9-2015 2015 Legislative Session: Review and Assessment

Guests: Richard August and Barry Schiller - State of the State Hosts

Host: John Carlevale       Time: 30 minutes

The guests are astute observers of the workings of Rhode Island government. They share their insight and assessment about what did and did not take place during the 2015 legislative session. Topics include the abrupt ending of the session and what they infer from it, a unanimously passes budget, bridge and road repair and the proposed truck toll, attempted legislative intervention regarding firefighter overtime, HealthSource RI, and RhodeMap RI. They also offer some examples of the legislative process at its best and at its worst.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/133172819

ARCHIVED: 6-25-2015 Fire Service Cost and Management
Guests: Al Benson, Political Observer and Commentator
              Fred Gralinski, President – Central Coventry Fire Department  
Host: Richard August        Time: 30 minutes
Gralinskji describes the dynamic set of conditions that led to the Central Coventry Fire District entering into receivership. He identified a bloated union contract, excessive use of debit cards by firefighters, no co-pay of health insurance and excessive overtime as the leading factors. Scheduling changes have been made but the Department still has $4 million in debt. Benson addresses the North Kingstown situation where scheduling changes were made, which led to a union legal challenge. N.K. prevailed in court but this victory has led to proposed legislation, which aims to take away municipal management rights. Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/131961938
ARCHIVED: 6-25-2015 Gun Control Legilation
Guests: Dario Bruno, Firearms Trainer
              Glen Valentine, RI Firearms Owners League  
Host: Richard August        Time: 30 minutes
Both guests are actively involved in monitoring gun control legislation in Rhode Island. They believe that much of the proposed legislation emerges from an anti-second amendment mindset with few measures genuinely aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. The larger effect of such legislation continues to make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to exercise their second amendment rights. Both guests continue to testify to these effects and to try to offer changes in proposed and existing laws that get at the outcomes they desire.

ARCHIVED: 6-11-2015 HealthSource RI: Cost, Performance, Future Funding
Guest: Anya Rader Wallack, Director - HealthSource RI, www.HealthSourceRI.com
Host: Richard August            Time: 30 minutes

The cost, performance and future funding of HealthSource are discussed. The new Director of the state-run health insurance exchange, under Governor Raimondo, has been given the task to keep HealthSource RI operational at a cost less than of replacing it with the federal exchange. To help accomplish this, a tax on health insurance premiums has been imposed. Other topics include HealthSource serving as a single access point for all types of state assistance and social services; the great increase in Medicaid enrollment through the exchange; the effect of future changes in Medicaid funding; and more.      

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/130574509 

ARCHIVED; 6-11-2015 Lt. Governor McKee: First Five Months in Office
Guest: Dan McKee, R.I. Lt. Governor, www.ltgov.ri.gov
Host: John Carlevale           Time: 30 minutes

Lt. Governor McKee discuss his three major initiatives: 1. which includes an Executive Order to work with municipal leaders to find ways to share or consolidate services and to find other cost cutting, tax saving methods; 2. to work with small business to improve the business climate; 3. to assist municipal leaders in their efforts to share their issues and concerns with state policy-makers and law-makers. McKee continues to be a leader and advocate for addressing the cost of firefighter services, charter schools, school choice, energy costs and other public interest concerns.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/130573171 

ARCHIVED: 5-14-2015 Sex for Sale; Sex Trafficking, Harassment and Stalking
Guests: Tammy Duxbury, Coventry Town Councilwoman
              Sherry Roberts, Represetative, Coventry/West Greenwich
Host: Rebecca Quigley        Time: 30 minutes
Following an expose by Parker Gavigan of NBC 10 News concerning questionable illegal activity taking place at the Cascade Spa, Coventry residents alerted Councilwomen Duxbury, who took immediate action to notify town authorities of the complaints and concerns. This mobilized Coventry Town Council to enact an ordinance to prohibit and stop sex for sale activities. With concern for the welfare of children, Representative Roberts, in association with other similarly minded legislators, has sponsored legislation to address sexual harassment and stalking; sex trafficking; and sex for sale.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/128006385

ARCHIVED: 5-14-2015 Proposed PAWSOX Move to Providence

Guests: Jeffrey Deckman, Consultant, www.CapabilityAccelerators.com 

              Greg Gerritt, Writer/Activist. www.prosperityforri.com 

              Samuel Zurier, Councilman, Providence City Council        

Host: Richard August             Time: 52 minutes

The new PAWSOX owners have made their plans public to move the team to an I-195 site in Providence and their request for taxpayer support. Many prominent Rhode Islanders have expressed their views especially as it relates to public subsidy of the project. Others have expressed concerns about the business/financial viability of the move and that it is simply moving the team and ball park personnel from one location to another with little net gain. Of course the Owners say their project is much more than a simple relocation and that it will further serve as an economic catalyst for the I-195 site. Our guests have made their concerns public and share them during this interview.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/128017165 

ARCHIVED: 4-9-2015 HealthSource-RI: Cost, Performance, Future Funding
Guest: Justin Katz, R.I. Center for Freedon and Prosperity, www.rifreedon.org 
Host: Richard August       Time: 30 minutes
Katz has been tracking the progress of HealthSource-RI, the state version of the federal health insurance exchange. The cost, performance and future funding of HealthSource are discussed. Other topics include what happens should the state join the federal system; HealthSource serving as a single access point for all types of state assistance and social services; the great increase in Medicaid enrollment through the exchange; the effect of future changes in Medicaid funding; health insurance tax credits; new tax on health insurance premiums. Most of these result in a greater burden on taxpayers, concludes Katz.  Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/124710744 

ARCHIVED: 4-9-2015 Ken Block on Fire Service Cost
Guest: Ken Block, Watch Dog-RI, www.watchdogri.org
Host: Barry Schiller       Time: 30 minutes
Block’s organization, Watch Dog-RI, has embarked on an extensive study of fire serve cost in Rhode Island and has compared the data to comparable locations nationally. Rhode Island ranks highest in cost, with other comparable communities, which have far less cost along many variables. Block shows data in chart form and discuses each. Comparisons include basic cost of personnel, equipment, pensions, disability pensions and more. Fire service costs are compared among each city and town, showing the cost of fire service per family of four. 

Visit www.watchdogri.org for more information and details. 
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/124696783

ARCHIVED: 4-9-2015 Strategies to Improve Business Climate & National Standing
Guests: Larry Girouard and Larry Fitzmorris, RI Taxpayers, www.ritaxpayers.com
Host: John Carlevale       Time: 30 minutes
Girouard and Fitzmorris discuss low cost, high impact strategies to improve the Rhode Island business and its national standing. Implementing these simple strategies will enhance the Rhode Island brand and send a message to the business community that Rhode Island is serious about changing the status quo. Strategies include but are not limited to more efficient government functioning with improved response time; more open and transparent management of pension systems; restoring RI Ethics Commission oversight of legislators; reducing, in some cases eliminating, regulations; line item veto for the governor; changes to open meetings law to diminish the excessive use of “executive sessions.”
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/124697817 

ARCHIVED: 3-26-2015 R.I. Taxpayers 2015 Legislative Agenda
Guests: Larry Girouard and Larry Fitzmorris, RI Taxpayers, www.ritaxpayers.com
Host: John Carlevale       Time: 30 minutes

RI Taxpayers is a good government advocacy group whose focus is taxpayer concerns. Girouard and Fitzmorris discuss a number of concerns which include RhodeMap-RI; the state’s business climate and competitiveness as they measure up in Governor Raimondo’s first budget. They also address new taxes introduced in that budget; the potential cost of pension settlement outside of court and what will result as an unanswered question of the constitutionality of the pension revision law; and more.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/123428044

ARCHIVED: 3-26-2015 Restoring Ethics Commission Oversight of Legislators
Guests: Mark Gee, RI Senate District 35, sen-gee@rilin.state.ri.us
               John Marion, Common Cause-RI, www.commoncauseri.org
Host: Robert Benson       Time: 30 minutes
Guests Gee and Marion provide a history lesson in how the R.I. Ethics Commission came about, having it genesis in the 1986 Constitutional Convention, and how it came to lose it statutory oversight of R.I. legislators in a R.I. Supreme Court decision. They also discuss their dissatisfaction with one Senate bill and their preference for another bill, sponsored by Senator O’Neill, intended to restore Ethics Commission oversight of legislators. Host Benson makes the connection between ethics and the lack of desire for business to want to come to and conduct business in Rhode Island.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/123426427

ARCHIVED: 3-12-2015 Mike Stenhouse Updates Initiatives

Guest: Mike Stenhouse, CEO, RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity, www.rifreedon.org

Host: John Carlevale             Time: 30 minutes

           Stenhouse joins us to provide an update on various initiatives of the Center for Freedom & Prosperity. He begins with dispelling some of the myths often associated with school choice and discusses the recently introduced legislation, which establishes the Bright Today Scholarships. A review of the Center’s opposition to RhodeMap RI focuses on its infringement on property rights, land use, municipal sovereignty and the use eminent domain. Legislation addressing these issues has been/will be introduced. Other topics include minimum wage increase; sales tax reduction and HealthSource RI. 

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/122114497 

ARCHIVED: 2-26-2015 Line Item Veto, State Budget and More
Guests: Ken Block, www.lineitemveto.org  and Edward O’Neill, sen-oneill@rilin.state.ri.us  
Host: Donna Perry      Time: 30 minutes
      Citizen Block and Senator O’Neill, both good government advocates, discuss the initiative to give the governor the budgetary tool of the line item veto. A line item veto will give the governor a stronger role in budget outcomes. Rhode Islanders can participate in this initiative by signing a petition on the website www.lineitemveto.org.  They also discuss other matters relating to the state budget, particularly measures which will help improve the business climate and make Rhode Island more competitive with neighboring states.     
ARCHIVED: 2-26-2015 Meet 2015 Freshmen Legislators Nardolillo and Reilly
Guests: Robert Nardolillo, (R) R.I. Representative, District 28, rep-nardillo@rilin.state.ri.us
              Daniel Reilly, (R) R.I. Representative, District 72, rep-reilly@rilin.state.ri.us 
Host: Richard August      Time: 30 minutes
      These two freshmen legislators initially talk about their campaigns regarding fundraising and their door-to-door contact with voters, the latter being the key to their success. Local issues focused their discussion and were carried to the legislature for action and implementation; among these are their support of voter ID and opposition to driver licenses for illegal immigrants and tolling of RI roads. The continuation of HealthSourceRI; the increasing cost of Medicaid; and budget deficits weight heavily.

ARCHIVED: 2-12-2015 School Choice in Rhode Island

Guest: Mike Stenhouse, CEO, R.I.Center for Freedom and Prosperity

Host: Rebecca Quigley                     Time: 30 minutes

            Stenhouse asserts that the demand for school choice exceeds the supply in Rhode Island. There is a large and growing non-partisan coalition, which plans to address the supply side shortage. Part of the solution is to create legislation to establish education saving accounts, which parents can use to choose schools better suited to their children’s needs. Such legislation will position Rhode Island as a national leader in school choice, empower parents, maintain public funds, save local taxes for local purposes, and more. For more information visit www.brighttoday.org and www.edchoiceri.org and http://rifreedom.org          Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/119577956 

ARCHIVED: 2-12-2015 Meet 2015 Freshmen Legislator Mark Gee

Guest: Mark Gee, (R) R.I. Senator District 35

Host: Barry Schiller                Time: 30 minutes

          Newly elected RI Senator Mark Gee joins us to be part of our Meet Freshmen Legislators series. He shares his personal and professional background and how politics became a growing interest and public service commitment for him. His most candid remark is his acknowledgement that what he has learned so far as a senator is miniscule to what he needs to learn. He identifies what is most currently of interest to him legislatively as well as what he intends to support if and when these come before him for a vote.          Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/119575716

ARCHIVED: 1-22-2015 RhodeMap RI: A Proponent’s Update
Guest: Scott Wolf, Grow Smart RI, www.growsmartri.com  Moderator: Richard August  Time: 30 minutes
The RhodeMap RI plan has been accepted and temporarily shelved. However, controversy continues as proponents want to implement it and opponents want to prevent implementation. This show is an update featuring a supporter of the plan. Wolf acknowledges that the RhodeMap plan is consistent with Grow Smart RI’s support of promoting compact and sustainable communities, especially in urban areas. Wolf explains his understanding of the seven major goals of the RhodeMap plan and he asserts his support of them. He reminds us that Rhode Island has been living with and benefitting from HUD money since the Fair Housing Act of 1968.
Link to video is http://vimeo.com/channels/365354/117613402 

ARCHIVED: 1-8-2015 RhodeMap RI: An Oppositional Update
Guests: Gary Morse, Retired Communications Consultant and Public Policy Commentator
Mike Stenhouse, RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity, www.rifreedom.org
Moderator: Richard August Time: 30 minutes
    The RhodeMap RI plan has been accepted and temporarily shelved. However, controversy continues as proponents want to implement it and opponents want to prevent implementation. This show is an update from opponents, who discuss the reasons for their opposition. They see the plan not as an economic development plan but rather as a social engineering scheme. They are especially concerned about the plan’s taxation policy, which will result in unequal taxation within local communities and the mandates imposed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) should the RhodeMap RI plan be implemented.  Link to video is http://vimeo.com/channels/365354/116367868 

ARCHIVED: 1-8-2015 Meet 2015 Freshmen Legislators Lancia and Roberts
Guests: Robert Lancia, (R) R.I. Representative District 16 and Sherry Roberts, (R) R.I. Representative District 29    Moderator: John Carlevale Time: 30 minutes
    Representatives Lancia and Roberts introduce themselves and discuss what prompted them to seek elective office. They talk about their own agenda and what they learned from their constituents during the course of their campaigns and how constituent input has affected their own focus as newly elected legislators. They both express a feeling of optimism after listening to legislative leaders and the governor as the latter describe their emphasis on jobs and the economy. What worries these two legislators is the magnitude and complexity of the budget and the looming deficit. 

Link to video is http://vimeo.com/channels/365354/116369870 

ARCHIVED: 1-8-2015 Meet 2015 Freshmen Legislators Price and Morgan
Guests: Elaine Morgan, (R) R.I. Senator District 34 and Justin Price, (R) R.I. Representative District 39
Moderator: John Carlevale Time: 30 minutes
    Senator Morgan and Representatives Price introduce themselves and discuss what prompted them to seek elective office. They talk about their own agenda and what they learned from their constituents during the course of their campaigns and how constituent input has affected their own focus as newly elected legislators. They both express a feeling of optimism after listening to legislative leaders and the governor as the latter describe their emphasis on jobs and the economy. What impressed them both was an emphasis on constituent services. What concerns them most is the need for tax relief.
Link to video is http://vimeo.com/channels/365354/116421960

ARCHIVED:  9-11-2014 John Carlevale for Secretary of State

Guest: John Carlevale, (R) Candidate for Secretary of State, www.johncarlevale.com

Host: Ian Lonngren                 Time: 30 minutes

            Carlevale discusses his professional and political activism background as a prerequisite to the office of Secretary of State. He distinguishes himself from his democratic opponent on two crucial matters: His support of the Voter ID Law and holding a constitutional convention. His opponent wants to repeal the Voter ID Law and does not support holding a constitutional convention. Carlevale further discuss his passion for restoring civics education to public school curriculum and expanding it to the adult population in order to help all Rhode Islanders become more fully and intelligently involved in government. Carlevale commonly refers to this involvement as the “exercise of political citizenship.” Link to video is http://vimeo.com/channels/365354/106011427