National anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist visits Rhode Island Thursday for an event supporting a Constitutional Convention. Voters will decide in November whether the state should hold the convention.
It’s been 28 years since the last time Rhode Island held a Constitutional Convention. They are formed by a body of delegates that creates proposals then voted on by the public. Bypassing the General Assembly.
Here's my ongoing look at legislators who have decided to leave the General Assembly -- and the candidates trying to make their way into the 113-seat legislature. (You can email me tips and news releases at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org). As it stands, the General Assembly consists of 101 Democrats, 11 Republicans, and 1 independent. (UPDATE: A lot of stuff happening Wednesday, but I'll continue updating this list as time permits today and perhaps tomorrow).
As the media burst with news that Gov. Lincoln Chafee was not seeking re-election, the state’s top elected officials crafted statements praising the governor.
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and state treasurer Gina Raimondo, who are both expected to run for Chafee’s office, released statements thanking him for his years of public service. Taveras called him a man of integrity, while Raimondo called Chafee an unfailing optimist who always had the state’s best interest at heart.
With more than a year until Rhode Island’s next statewide primary, a growing number of candidates are emerging for some key offices.
Nellie Gorbea is the latest candidate in a three-way Democratic field for secretary of state. She boasts two decades of public and private sector and experience, and was a high-ranking aide when Matt Brown served as secretary of state.
Gorbea joins two other Democrats in the race for that seat: Guillaume de Ramel, who ran for secretary of state in 2006, and Edwin Pacheo, a former state Democratic chairman.
Governor Lincoln Chafee is shrugging off his lower approval ratings. A survey by the Taubman Center at Brown University shows 25 percent of Rhode Islanders approve of the way Chafee is governing. That’s down from 28 percent in October.
Chafee says he isn’t worried. "I just do my job and that’s what I’ve done in my whole career as a councilman, as a mayor, as a senator, in private practice. I’ve won elections. I’ve lost elections but all I care about is doing my job."