Rhode Islanders go to the polls in less than a week. Their choices, the state’s new leaders, will have to contend with the state’s budget shortfall. A huge chunk of that budget goes to health care.
So, as part of our Rhody Votes ’14 coverage, Rhode Island Public Radio health care reporter Kristin Gourlay asks some of the state’s top health care stakeholders what steps those newly elected leaders can take to help.
With precisely two weeks to go until Rhode Islanders elect a new governor, supporters of Democrat Gina Raimondo have launched a series of efforts to support her campaign while trying to erode backing for Republican opponent Allan Fung.
The approaches include the commercial aired by a new independent group with Democratic ties, the Alliance for a Better Rhode Island.
This week we’re looking at the three main candidates running for governor. Yesterday we went on the campaign trail with Democrat Gina Raimondo, today Rhode island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay catches up with the Moderate Party candidate, Bob Healey.
Tomorrow we profile the Republican running for governor, Allan Fung. You can find all of our election coverage at the Rhody Votes section of our website here.
Gina Raimondo has enjoyed a meteoric rise since winning office as Rhode Island’s general treasurer in 2010, and she could make history November 4 as the state’s first woman governor. Raimondo has received national media attention for spearheading the 2011 overhaul of the state pension system. Yet pension cuts have left some of the public employees who form a key part of the Democratic coalition angry at Raimondo.
The major candidates for Rhode Island governor have spent much of their campaigns focused on the economy. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on what they aren’t telling voters.
All of the Rhode Island political campaigns this year are talking about our state’s sluggish economy. In the governor’s contest between Republican Allan Fung, the Cranston mayor, and Democrat Gina Raimondo, the state treasurer, jobs and the economy often seem to be the only topic.
President Obama has endorsed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo.
Raimondo’s campaign detailed the president’s support in a statement. President Obama says Raimondo has the business experience to create jobs, and the ability to bring people together to solve tough problems. The president was slated to appear at Rhode Island College Thursday, but canceled to focus on the ongoing Ebola crisis.
Meanwhile, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney is due to visit Providence Thursday to campaign for Raimondo’s Republican opponent, Allan Fung.
President Barack Obama’s campaign trip to Rhode Island Thursday has been canceled due to the Ebola situation, the White House announced a few minutes ago.
The statement issued to the press states that the president’s scheduled travel to R.I. and New York has been cancelled. ``The president will remain at the White House to follow –up on the government’s Ebola response,’’ said the White House statement.
In a boost for Gina Raimondo as she tries to gain support among union households, two of the most influential labor leaders in the state -- RI AFL-CIO president George Nee and Robert Walsh, executive director of the National Education Association Rhode Island -- on Wednesday expressed their personal support for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate.
The top candidates running for governor said they are energized by the latest Providence Journal/Channel 12 poll. Democratic Treasurer Gina Raimondo leads Cranston Mayor Allan Fung with 42 percent to his 36 percent.
The poll shows Raimondo doing well among women, while Fung is polling strongly with men. Fung also has a higher favorability rating. Fung said the poll shows that his campaign is gaining momentum.
In a rare move, the Rhode Island AFL-CIO has endorsed a Republican candidate for statewide office – Catherine Taylor, who is running for lieutenant governor against Democrat Dan McKee, the mayor of Cumberland.
In a statement, George Nee, president of the state AFL-CIO, said, `` the Rhode Island AFL-CIO is proud to endorse Catherine Taylor for the office of lieutenant governor.’’