Ken Block

On Politics
5:53 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Ken Block, social moderate, financial conservative

Ken Block, founded of the R.I. Moderate Party only to abandon it and become a Republican. Now he’s running for the Republican nomination for governor against Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.

From Block’s opening speech this week, it is evident that he is seeking to carve out an image as a social liberal and financial conservative. A software engineer and entrepreneur, Dartmouth graduate Block is busy staking out positions that appeal to small business owners, a natural constituency in GOP circles.

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Politics
8:54 am
Wed February 26, 2014

GOP Candidate Ken Block Presents Plan To “Fix Rhode Island”

Block's plan calls for ambitious tax reforms, some of which have been brought up, and failed in previous legislative sessions.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block announced his “Block Plan” to “fix Rhode Island,” should he be elected governor.

Block outlined a series of major tax reforms he would pursue, including reducing the corporate sales tax from 9 percent to 7 percent.  That would make it the lowest in New England.

He also called for eliminating a $500 minimum tax for new businesses. Block said the current tax policy makes Rhode Island an uninviting place for businesses and entrepreneurs.

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Governor's Race
10:04 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Local Republican Calls On Rhode Islanders To Consider GOP Gubenatorial Candidates

A leading Rhode Island Republican is calling on GOP voters to keep an open mind about their two choices in this year’s primary.

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.

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On Politics
12:07 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Robitaille Calls for Republicans to Keep an Open Mind on Fung vs. Block

John Robitaille, who came within fewer than three percentage points of winning the 2010 race for governor, took to Facebook Wednesday to urge Republican voters to keep an open mind on the Republican primary contest between Ken Block and Allan Fung.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
2:59 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Political-Economic Reality and Myth

What's really to blame for the state of Rhode Island's economy?
Credit Don Boorman / RIPR

Every serious candidate says Rhode Island’s poor economy is the top issue in this year’s governors’ race. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time for Rhode Island to sort economic myth from reality.

Say hello to any of the five major candidates for governor and you’ll get a marathon run of rhetoric on the need to create jobs in our struggling state.  On the Republican side, Ken Block and Allan Fung have both talked about ushering in a better business climate, lowering taxes and looking for ways to save taxpayer money.

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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.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

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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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.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

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 News
1:48 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Raimondo Kicks Off Campaign For Governor, Rolls Out Ideas

State treasurer Gina Raimondo announces her bid for governor in Pawtucket.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo started fleshing out her vision for Rhode Island as she formally announced her campaign Monday morning.

Raimondo emphasized the economy, laying out ideas that include writing off some college loans to encourage grads to stay in Rhode Island, creating a funding formula for road and bridge improvements, and establishing an institute to foster growth-sector jobs.

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On Politics
5:29 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

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

In the astute words of C. Andrew Morse: "In terms of news density, the holidays are over and the new year has definitely arrived." So read on, and welcome back to my weekly column, dear readers. Your thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Let's head in.

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Governor's Race
8:57 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Block Files Complaint Against State Properties Committee

Ken Block addresses crowd at the Statehouse rotunda.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block has filed a complaint, accusing the state agency that manages state-owned properties with multiple violations of the Open Meetings Act.  The candidate is also calling on the General Assembly to strengthen the law and enhance the penalties for violating it.

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