Republicans http://ripr.org en Catherine Taylor Sounds Economic Message in Unveiling GOP Run for Lieutenant Governor http://ripr.org/post/catherine-taylor-sounds-economic-message-unveiling-gop-run-lieutenant-governor <p></p><p>Catherine Taylor on Monday launched her Republican campaign for lieutenant governor by vowing to use the office as a bully pulpit for improving the state's economic climate.</p><p>Taylor is a former aide to the late senator John Chafee, and she stepped down last week as head of the state Division of Elderly Affairs. Speaking outside the Business Innovation Factory in Providence's Olneyville section, Taylor was joined by her family and other Republicans, including gubernatorial candidates Allan Fung and Ken Block, in formally launching her campaign.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 18:06:13 +0000 Ian Donnis 35637 at http://ripr.org Catherine Taylor Sounds Economic Message in Unveiling GOP Run for Lieutenant Governor Republican Candidates For Governor Trade Jabs During First Televised Debate http://ripr.org/post/republican-candidates-governor-trade-jabs-during-first-televised-debate <p>Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block touted his status as a political outsider, while GOP rival Allan Fung used a televised debate Tuesday to highlight his experience as the mayor of Cranston. The forum was sponsored by the Providence Journal and Channel 12.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Fung and Block each argued that their separate backgrounds make them qualified to put Rhode Island on a stronger path to the future. Block said his business experience and distance from politics makes him the better choice.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:50:35 +0000 Ian Donnis 35369 at http://ripr.org Republican Candidates For Governor Trade Jabs During First Televised Debate Republican Party Wants Pension Dispute Settled In Court http://ripr.org/post/republican-party-wants-pension-dispute-settled-court <p>The Rhode Island Republican Party is backing up the GOP’s two gubernatorial candidates in saying that the state pension dispute should be resolved in court.&nbsp; Two of the state’s leading Democrats still support the push for a settlement between the two sides</p><p></p><p>A proposed pension settlement unveiled in February was cast in doubt Monday when one of six groups that have to offer initial approval rejected the deal. State GOP chairman Mark Smiley said he agrees with his party’s gubernatorial candidates that the pension conflict should be decided in court.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:09:47 +0000 Ian Donnis 31833 at http://ripr.org Time for Clay Pell to Step Away from The Car http://ripr.org/post/time-clay-pell-step-away-car <p>Whither Clay Pell’s campaign for governor? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts.</p><p>How do you know your campaign is in trouble: When your car is getting more attention than your ideas.</p><p>That’s what’s happening to the infant campaign of Clay Pell, who would like to be our next governor.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:31:44 +0000 Scott MacKay 30373 at http://ripr.org Bonus Q+A: Fung on Taxes, Debates, Paying for his Proposals & More http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-fung-taxes-debates-paying-his-proposals-more <p>Cranston Mayor Allan Fung joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss his Republican gubernatorial campaign and a host of other issues, including how many debates he plans to have with GOP rival Ken Block.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 30062 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Fung on Pensions, Block's Challenge & the Threat to RI's Gambling Revenue http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-fung-pensions-blocks-challenge-threat-ris-gambling-revenue <p></p><p>Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, a Republican candidate for governor, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his plan for beating rival GOP candidate Ken Block; his opposition to Rhode Island's proposed pension settlement; the impact of Massachusetts gambling on Twin River; and Myrth York's endorsement for Gina Raimondo.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 30051 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Fung on Pensions, Block's Challenge & the Threat to RI's Gambling Revenue Fung Wants to Consider Privatizing RIPTA & RI Resource Recovery http://ripr.org/post/fung-wants-consider-privatizing-ripta-ri-resource-recovery <p>Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung says he'd consider privatizing RIPTA and other state agencies to find the money to pay for some of his policy proposals.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 20:32:18 +0000 Ian Donnis 30064 at http://ripr.org Local Republican Calls On Rhode Islanders To Consider GOP Gubenatorial Candidates http://ripr.org/post/local-republican-calls-rhode-islanders-consider-gop-gubenatorial-candidates <p>A leading Rhode Island Republican is calling on GOP voters to keep an open mind about their two choices in this year’s primary.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>By using his Facebook page, former gubernatorial candidate John Robitaille is urging GOP voters to focus on deciding whether Allan Fung or Ken Block has the best plan for moving Rhode Island forward. He says the candidates’ courage and personal authenticity are more important than internal politics within the state Republican Party.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 15:04:37 +0000 Ian Donnis 28782 at http://ripr.org Robitaille Calls for Republicans to Keep an Open Mind on Fung vs. Block http://ripr.org/post/robitaille-calls-republicans-keep-open-mind-fung-vs-block <p>John Robitaille, who came within fewer than three percentage points of winning the 2010 race for governor, took to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/john.robitaille.5?fref=ts">Facebook</a> Wednesday to urge Republican voters to keep an open mind on the Republican primary contest between<a href="http://www.kenblockforgovernor.com/"> Ken Block</a> and <a href="http://www.fungforgovernor.com/">Allan Fung</a>.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:07:12 +0000 Ian Donnis 28718 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: The Rhode Island Politics Of Poverty http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-rhode-island-politics-poverty <p>From the Vatican to the White House and the Rhode Island Statehouse, the talk these days is about poverty. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on what our small state can do to alleviate this scourge.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Gospels tell us that the poor shall always be with us. Pope Francis has dedicated the early months of his papacy to highlighting the need to help the poor and plane the rough edges from unfettered capitalism.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:54:01 +0000 Scott MacKay 27510 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: The Rhode Island Politics Of Poverty