With less than two weeks until Election Day, Republican Brendan Doherty’s campaign is criticizing Democratic Congressman David Cicilline for having accepted what it says is about $12,000 in campaign contributions from people connected to strip bars and other adult entertainment businesses. Cicilline’s campaign calls the criticism “a new low” and a distraction from the bread-and-butter issues facing struggling Rhode Islanders.
House Speaker Gordon Fox – one of the most powerful people in state government – wants to defer to “the entire General Assembly” on whether the state should consider defaulting on the moral obligation bonds for 38 Studios.
The move comes after Fox, during a taping of a televised debate last Friday, said considering defaulting on the bonds is “an option.”
State Representative Spencer Dickinson (D-South Kingstown), who wrote a well-publicized letter condemning House Speaker Gordon Fox’s leadership style, is slated on Wedneday to endorse Fox’s opponent, Mark Binder, according to Binder’s campaign.
Dickinson is set to back Binder during a Wednesday appearance at Laurelmead and also stump with him at the Jewish Community Center, Binder’s campaign says.
Mark Binder has run a vigorous and aggressive campaign for state representative against House Speaker Gordon Fox D-Providence, on the city’s East Side. Binder deserves credit for his focus on Fox’s record and for turning up the spotlight on the things about the State House that makes voters’ blood boil – the wee hours votes on the controversial legislation, the 38 Studios fiasco, the lack of transparency that too often is the rule, rather than the exception, on Smith Hill.
New Hampshire has just four electoral votes — the same puny number as Rhode Island. Yet the neck-and-neck race between President Obama and Mitt Romney has sparked a situation in which the Granite State, as Politico noted, could punch above its weight in presidential politics.
New Hampshire offers the closest opportunity for Ocean State partisans who want to get involved in Romney-Obama race beyond writing a check.
House Speaker Gordon Fox and his legislative opponent, Mark Binder, squared off during a taped debate this morning on WPRI/WNAC-TV’s Newsmakers.
The topics included Fox’s campaign contributors, Rhode Island’s economy, 38 Studios, same-sex marriage legislation, last year’s pension overhaul, and much more. The skirmish is expected to be their last debate, following one earlier this week, before Election Day.