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.
Money isn’t everything in political campaigns. Yet, it is a lot of things, explains Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay who ponders the role of campaign cash in the 2014 RI Democratic gubernatorial primary.
Jesse Unruh, speaker of the California Assembly, coined the term back in 1966. ``Money,’’ said Unruh. ``is the mother’s milk of politics.’’
Out with old and in with the new. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why that may be the theme of Rhode Island’s 2014 election cycle.
John F. Kennedy put it eloquently in his 1961 inaugural address: ``Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.’’
The Ocean State elections promise to turn friend into foe, but that happens every two years in our insular political culture. What is becoming notable as the parade forms for the 2014 is the changing of the generational guard.
The Rhode Island Republican Party said the state should default on the roughly 100 million dollars it owes due to the failure of video game maker 38 Studios. The GOP notes how the state isn’t legally required to pay back so-called moral obligation bonds.
State Republican Chairman Mark Smiley said the people who purchased the bonds bought an insurance policy as part of their investment. Smiley said the potential return on investment was higher because of the risky nature of the bonds. He also said taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for a decision they didn’t make.
The state Republican chairman says the GOP plans to field a candidate when Senator Jack Reed seeks re-election next year. A fundraiser on Monday, featuring Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, helped pour even more money into Reed’s campaign war chest.
Reed is considered to have one of the safest seats in the US Senate, and he’s sitting on a war chest of about $2 million. Reed, a Democrat, plans to seek his fourth term next year.
Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has hired an experienced campaign operative as a consultant. Fung is considered a likely Republican candidate for governor next year.
Patrick Sweeney is a former director of the Rhode Island Republican Party and he ran Barry Hinckley’s losing GOP challenge last year to US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. Sweeney started work as a consultant for Fung April first. The veteran GOP staffer was guarded when asked if this signals a gubernatorial run for Fung.
Rhode Island Republican State Central Committee failed last night to elect a new Party Chair for the 2014 cycle. The vote was invalidated after one more vote was counted than there were delegates registered, despite double-checking systems.
According to outgoing Chair Mark Zaccaria, the crowd of delegates created a level of chaos at the meeting. And the race was close enough that each vote was crucial; contenders Dr. Daniel Harrop of Providence and Mr. Mark Smiley of Warren received 93 and 94 votes, respectively.
A Senate committee is scheduled to hear testimony on two competing bills regarding same-sex marriage. Two lawmakers want to offer in-state tuition rates to all in-state residents, including those which do not have documented status. These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast. Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rhode Island Republican Party will select its next chairman when GOP activists gather Thursday evening in Cranston. The GOP has wrestled with turnover in the chairman’s position in recent years.
Warren businessman Mark Smiley and Providence psychiatrist Daniel Harrop are competing to be the next state party chairman. They’re running to succeed former congressional candidate Mark Zaccaria, who announced plans to step down last year.