2014 governor's race

On Politics
1:59 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Clay Pell Unveils Campaign; Proposes $10M Fund for Entrepreneurs

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Then there were three*.

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On Politics
8:38 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Clay Pell Enters RI Governor's Race Via Video Announcement

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Democrat Clay Pell, who had already telegraphed his entry into the 2014 gubernatorial race, made it formal with a video emailed Monday night, focusing on the need to restore Rhode Island's economy and arguing that he's the one to do it.

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On Politics
4:52 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

TGIF: 15 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Another busy political week looms ahead, so let's get into it. As always, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org and to follow me all week long on the twitters.

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Governor's Race
9:11 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Party Lines Drawn Over Minimum Wage Increases Between Gubernatorial Candidates

Cranston Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung, along with fellow Republican candidate Ken Block, says now is not the time to raise the state minimum wage. The two Democratic candidates disagree.
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In the governor's race Republicans are responding to Democratic proposals to raise the state’s minimum wage.

It’s an issue that’s dividing candidates along party lines.

Providence Mayor and Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras was the first to give specifics about a plan to hike the minimum wage.

He’s proposing a two-dollar ten cent increase over the next four years; from eight dollars to ten-dollars ten cents by 2018.

Fellow Democratic candidate for governor, and state treasurer Gina Raimondo wants to see the same increase, but by 2015.

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On Politics
4:54 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Welcome back to my weekly column. The political year is quickly gaining momentum, so let's head on in. As always feel welcome to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org and to follow me on the twitters.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Political Roundtable: Licht on Chafee's Budget, 38 Studios & the 2014 Race for Governor

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State Department of Administration Director Richard Licht joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss Governor Lincoln Chafee's budget proposal; lingering debate over 38 Studios; the 2014 race for governor; and the Cranston ticket controversy.

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On Politics
4:22 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Clay Pell Talks Like He's Made His Mind Up To Run for Governor

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Although Clay Pell doesn't plan to make a formal decision until later this month, he's already speaking as if he's mind up his mind to enter the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

"I believe that Rhode Island is at a crossroads and that we have to inject a new level of energy into moving the state forward, to thinking creatively about the economy, to thinking boldly about how we're going to equip our students with the skills that they need. And I believe we can't wait any longer; I want to take action now."

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Governor's Office
12:17 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Governor Chafee To Give Final State Of The State

Governor Lincoln Chafee at previous State of the State address.
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Governor Lincoln Chafee will unveil his last state budget during a State of the State address Wednesday at the Statehouse. As Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis reports, Chafee announced last year he wouldn’t seek re-election

Chafee will present his spending plan during a public address to the legislature, which typically makes significant changes to the budget before ending its session in June. During a recent interview, Chafee said his spending priorities remain unchanged.

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RI Elections
12:12 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung's Political Future

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung
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Now that Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has made public that he killed a man in a car accident 25 years ago, the question remains: how will this affect his run for governor?

Veteran Rhode Island pollster Joseph Fleming says he is almost certain that with his emotionally-charged news conference, Fung successfully put the fatal crash in his rear view mirror. 

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RI News
5:44 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

An Emotional Fung Recalls His Role In A Fatal Accident 25 Years Ago

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung talked with reporters Monday about the deadly accident that happened 25 years ago.
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Rhode Islanders were exposed to an extraordinary display of political courage Monday when Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, one of four candidates hoping to be the state’s next governor, publicly discussed a tragic fatal accident he caused 25 years ago.  Fung was so overcome with emotion during a news conference in Cranston that he left the room to regain his composure. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Flo Jonic attended the emotionally-charged press conference.

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