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Providence Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his campaign for City Hall; concerns about public safety in Providence; Republican criticism of state Democratic Party spending on an ad featuring Gina Raimondo; and the flap over Raimondo's support of reproductive rights.

The Rhode Island Republican Party has taken its complaint over a campaign commercial for gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo to the state Board of Elections.  Democrats insist they’re not doing anything wrong.

It was an improbable tableaux that unfolded in a hotel overlooking Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont, on the afternoon of May 24, 2001: A man so unassuming he was known as `Geesum Jim’, from a state of scant consequence in American politics, changed the course of the most powerful government on earth merely by saying he no longer believed in the Republican Party he grew up in.

That was the day then-U.S. Sen. James M. Jeffords, universally known as ``Jim’’ stood in a hotel ballroom and told the world why he was leaving the Republican Party to caucus with U.S. Senate Democrats.

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Catherine Taylor on Monday launched her Republican campaign for lieutenant governor by vowing to use the office as a bully pulpit for improving the state's economic climate.

Taylor is a former aide to the late senator John Chafee, and she stepped down last week as head of the state Division of Elderly Affairs. Speaking outside the Business Innovation Factory in Providence's Olneyville section, Taylor was joined by her family and other Republicans, including gubernatorial candidates Allan Fung and Ken Block, in formally launching her campaign.


Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block touted his status as a political outsider, while GOP rival Allan Fung used a televised debate Tuesday to highlight his experience as the mayor of Cranston. The forum was sponsored by the Providence Journal and Channel 12.

Fung and Block each argued that their separate backgrounds make them qualified to put Rhode Island on a stronger path to the future. Block said his business experience and distance from politics makes him the better choice.

The Rhode Island Republican Party is backing up the GOP’s two gubernatorial candidates in saying that the state pension dispute should be resolved in court.  Two of the state’s leading Democrats still support the push for a settlement between the two sides

A proposed pension settlement unveiled in February was cast in doubt Monday when one of six groups that have to offer initial approval rejected the deal. State GOP chairman Mark Smiley said he agrees with his party’s gubernatorial candidates that the pension conflict should be decided in court.

Whither Clay Pell’s campaign for governor? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts.

How do you know your campaign is in trouble: When your car is getting more attention than your ideas.

That’s what’s happening to the infant campaign of Clay Pell, who would like to be our next governor.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss his Republican gubernatorial campaign and a host of other issues, including how many debates he plans to have with GOP rival Ken Block.

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, a Republican candidate for governor, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his plan for beating rival GOP candidate Ken Block; his opposition to Rhode Island's proposed pension settlement; the impact of Massachusetts gambling on Twin River; and Myrth York's endorsement for Gina Raimondo.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung says he'd consider privatizing RIPTA and other state agencies to find the money to pay for some of his policy proposals.

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.

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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From the Vatican to the White House and the Rhode Island Statehouse, the talk these days is about poverty. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on what our small state can do to alleviate this scourge.

The Gospels tell us that the poor shall always be with us. Pope Francis has dedicated the early months of his papacy to highlighting the need to help the poor and plane the rough edges from unfettered capitalism.

Rhue Reis, a contractor from Saunderstown, plans to announce a Republican challenge to Congressman Jim Langevin on January 23.

Reis, a first-time candidate, outlines some of his issue stances on his Web site. He says Obamacare became law because Congress was "sold a bill of goods on false pretenses." Ress favors returning the power of the federal government "to what I believe the Founders envisioned it to be" and says the Second Amendment should "never be diminished."

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U.S. Senator Jack Reed, who has taken a leadership role in the democratic drive to renew long-term unemployment insurance benefits, has made a national call for Republicans to join the effort.

Reed was one of four Senate democrats who held a nationwide media conference call Sunday in an effort to break a congressional logjam over long-term unemployment insurance. The insurance expired last week when lawmakers failed to extend a recession-era law providing nearly a year of benefits after state jobless benefits run out.