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Politics
4:40 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Elorza and Cianci Trade Jabs During Providence Debate

Cianci, Elorza, and Harrop during the debate at Laurelmead.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

With just under seven weeks to go until Election Day, the three men vying to be the next mayor of Providence took part in a sharp debate Wednesday. Independent Buddy Cianci, Democrat Jorge Elorza, and Republican Daniel Harrop offered very different messages during the exchange.

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Politics
1:26 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Taveras Throws Support Behind Raimondo In Governor's Race

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras on primary election night, at which he lost to State Treasurer Gina Raimondo.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says he has no regrets about his thwarted campaign for governor, nor does he wish he sought a second term as mayor. He’s is officially throwing his support behind General Treasurer Gina Raimondo in the Governor’s race.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Can The Moderate Party Tap Healey For Governor’s Race?

Robert Healy
Credit RIPR FILE

The state Board of Elections will hold a hearing Wednesday on whether Bob Healey can run as the Moderate Party’s candidate for governor. The state GOP is fighting the Moderate Party’s move for Healey to replace James Spooner, who bowed out of the race for health reasons.

The secretary of state’s office says the thousand signatures Spooner collected to get on the ballot can transfer to Healey, but the state GOP says that circumvents the nominating process.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Magaziner on the Pension Fight, Payday Loans & More

Democratic treasurer candidate Seth Magaziner, along with guest panelist Ted Nesi, join Bonus Q+A to discuss Magaziner's view of the treasurer's office, the ongoing court fight over the state's pension overhaul & more.

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Politics
4:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Political Roundtable: Magaziner's Win, Elorza in Providence & Fung vs Raimondo

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Democratic nominee for state treasurer Seth Magaziner and guest panelist Ted Nesi join Political Roundtable this week to discuss primary victories for Gina Raimondo and Allan Fung; Magaziner's triumph over Frank Caprio; Jorge Elorza's victory in Providence; and Nellie Gorbea's upset of Guillaume De Ramel.

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Politics
4:33 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Cool Moose’s Bob Healey Running For RI Governor

Moderate Party candidate Bob Healey will be on the ballot for governor.
Credit file / RIPR

Bob Healey, known for running for office under the Cool Moose Party, has thrown his hat in the ring for governor. This time for the Moderate Party.

Healey said he will refrain from taking any campaign contributions, and instead engage voters through what he calls “guerilla warfare style politics” – a low-budget campaign that will roll out its objectives through an online journal.

Healey said the Moderate Party approached him to run for governor after the initial candidate, James Spooner, had to bow out for health reasons.

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Politics
11:08 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Voter Turnout Expected To Be Decent, For A Primary

Roughly 20 percent of registered voters expected to cast their ballots for the primary election.
Credit Joe O'Connor / RIPR

Major races are expected to be decided today, as Rhode Island holds a primary. The Democratic and Republican gubernatorial races top the ballot.  Voter turnout is expected to be decent.

Strong, that is, for a primary election, which, historically, has far lower turnout than the general election held in November. For Rhode Island that means only about twenty percent of register voters are expected to go to the polls.  That’s roughly one-hundred forty thousand people. But Secretary of state Ralph Mollis said there’s a chance turnout could be a little better this year.

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Governor's Race
10:34 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Candidates Make Final Push For Votes On Primary Day

The three major Democratic candidates for governor.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Candidates are making a last-minute push for votes a day ahead of Rhode Island’s statewide primary election. Democrat and Republican battles for governor will top the ticket facing voters Tuesday.

Five major candidates are running to succeed Lincoln Chafee in January as Rhode Island’s next chief executive. The Democrats squaring off are former federal education official Clay Pell, state treasurer Gina Raimondo and Providence mayor Angel Taveras. On the Republican side, the candidates are Barrington businessman Ken Block and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.

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Governor's Race
10:31 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Candidates Make Final Push For Votes On Primary Day

The three major Democratic candidates for governor.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Candidates are making a last-minute push for votes a day ahead of Rhode Island’s statewide primary election. Democrat and Republican battles for governor will top the ticket facing voters Tuesday.

Five major candidates are running to succeed Lincoln Chafee in January as Rhode Island’s next chief executive. The Democrats squaring off are former federal education official Clay Pell, state treasurer Gina Raimondo and Providence mayor Angel Taveras. On the Republican side, the candidates are Barrington businessman Ken Block and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.

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Governor's Race
10:54 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Clay Pell Was Once A Registered Republican

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell was a registered Republican as a young man in Arizona.  Pell registered as a Democrat when he moved to Newport in 2003.

Pell says he registered as a Republican at age 17 because that was the party of his parents. Pell has described himself in this campaign as the progressive Democrat in the race, and he says there’s no contradiction between that message his earlier GOP affiliation.

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