Panelists include:

RI House GOP Leader Blake Filippi (R-New Shoreham) first won election as a state representative in 2014. His district includes all of Block Island and Charlestown and parts of Westerly and South Kingstown. Filippi is a lawyer and organic cattle farmer. He previously served in the second-ranking GOP post in the House before being elected by his Republican colleagues as their leader in 2018.

RI state Sen. Jeanine Calkin (D-Warwick) is co-chair of the progressive RI Political Cooperative. She won election last year, after previously winning a term in the Senate in 2016. Calkin is the founder of RI for Bernie and one of the influential voices among the left side of RI politics.

Brown University political science professor Wendy Schiller did her undergraduate work at the University of Chicago, served on the staffs of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Governor Mario Cuomo and then earned a PhD from the University of Rochester. She has written extensively both as an author and in political journals. Schiller has offered commentary for outlets including CNN, NPR and Bloomberg.

Ian Donnis has served as the political reporter for The Public’s Radio since 2009. Donnis is the host of the weekly Political Roundtable interview show on The Public’s Radio. He has served as a debate panelist for four different Rhode Island television stations.