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Catherine Welch / RIPR

There’s a photograph on Cranston Mayor Allan Fung’s desk of his first inauguration. He’s being sworn into the mayor’s office he has the family Bible and his parents are by his side. “I can see the pride in my mom’s eyes, in my dad’s eyes as I was getting sworn in,” said Fung.

He looks at this photo almost every day, “and it just reminds me of who I am and how far they’ve come, and because of what they did I’m where I am.”

John Bender / RIPR

Former delegates to the 1986 Constitutional Convention are speaking out against the event Rhode Islanders will vote on November 4th. 

1986 was the last time the state held a Constitutional Convention.  The state can hold one once every ten years, pending voter approval.  Delegates are elected to the convention which creates legislation then voted on by the public; bypassing the general assembly.  Critics say the delegates can be easily swayed by special interest groups, because they are not seeking reelection.  Tom Izzo was a delegate in 1986.


The three main candidates for governor will square off during a televised debate Tuesday evening.

Democrat Gina Raimondo, Republican Allan Fung, and Moderate Party candidate Robert Healey will take part in the 7 pm debate at the Providence Performing Arts Center. The forum will be the first televised debate since Raimondo and Fung won their respective party primaries on September 9th.

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Republican Providence mayoral candidate Daniel Harrop has filed a complaint with the city solicitor over Buddy Cianci’s campaign signs.   Harrop says some of the signs are violating city ordinances because they are too large.

Catherine Welch / RIPR

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.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

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.

Independent state treasurer candidate Ernest Almonte joins Bonus Q+A to discuss his campaign, the state's issues with funding long-term obligations, whether to pay back 38 Studios' investors, and other issues.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Independent candidate for treasurer Ernest Almonte joins Political Roundtable to discuss his campaign; the latest WPRI-TV/Providence Journal poll; how state and federal officials are faring in responding to Ebola; and the end of the road for The Providence Phoenix.

Catherine Welch / RIPR

Some 150 people showed up for fundraiser featuring former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in support of GOP gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung. The Fung campaign said the event with the former GOP presidential candidate is estimated to have raised more than $50,000.

Romney said he’s endorsed Fung since the primary because Fung will improve schools and help people get better jobs.  Romney said the national Republican Party thinks the governor’s race is a race Fung can win.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

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.

All this week, we’ve been talking with the candidates running for offices down the ballot. We’ve heard from the candidates running for lieutenant governor, now we’re talking with two running for secretary of state. It’s all part of our Rhody Votes '14 coverage.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay chats with republican John Carlevale; discussing early voting, government transparency, and giving adults a civics lesson.

Catherine Welch / RIPR

The three men vying to be the next mayor of Providence debated Wednesday night at Brown University. The debate was organized by the Taubman Center at Brown University.

Buddy Cianci is one of those candidates and as Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch reports, the debate focused not just on the city’s future but on its past including decisions made during Cianci’s nearly 22 years as mayor.

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.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

A new poll from WPRI and the Providence Journal, shows Democrat Gina Raimondo has a 6 percentage point lead over Republican Allan Fung.  

Ian Donnis / RIPR

This week, we’ve been talking with the candidates running for offices down the ballot. We've heard from the candidates running for lieutenant governor. today we start our conversations with the two running for secretary of state. It’s all part of our Rhody Votes '14 coverage. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay caught up with democrat Nellie Gorbea to discuss early voting, government transparency, and cutting red tape for new businesses.