moderate party http://ripr.org en The New Face Of the Governor's Race http://ripr.org/post/new-face-governors-race <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee’s departure from next year’s Rhode Island governor’s campaign has scrambled the field. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay takes on the new generation of leaders likely to vie for the Statehouse.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Whatever you think of his governorship or his policies, Chafee’s decision to drop out of the race passes the torch to a new generation of Rhode Island politicians. Unless you live in a yurt or have totally abandoned following state government, you’ve probably heard of Angel&nbsp; Taveras, Gina Raimondo or Allan Fung.</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 12:48:48 +0000 Scott MacKay 21346 at http://ripr.org The New Face Of the Governor's Race What Chafee's pullout leaves http://ripr.org/post/what-chafees-pullout-leaves <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee’s departure from next year’s Rhode Island governor’s campaign has scrambled the field. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay takes on the new generation of leaders likely to vy for the Statehouse.</p><p>Whatever you think of his governorship or his policies, Chafee’s decision to drop out of the race passes the torch to a new generation of Rhode Island politicians. Unless you live in a yurt or have totally abandoned following state government, you’ve probably heard of Angel&nbsp; Taveras, Gina Raimondo or Allan Fung.</p> Sun, 08 Sep 2013 21:54:04 +0000 Scott MacKay 21329 at http://ripr.org Ken Block Announces Run for Governor in 2014 http://ripr.org/post/ken-block-announces-run-governor-2014 <p></p><p>Moderate Party founder <a href="http://thephoenix.com/boston/news/59593-moderate-party-touted-as-an-antidote-for-ris-woes/">Ken Block</a>, who has hinted for months about a second run for governor, made it official Tuesday, unveiling<a href="http://www.blockforgovernor.com/"> a campaign Web site </a>and an announcement:</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 14:27:50 +0000 Ian Donnis 15581 at http://ripr.org Ken Block Announces Run for Governor in 2014 Of Gov run in '14, Block Says He's Trying to "Figure it All Out" http://ripr.org/post/gov-run-14-block-says-hes-trying-figure-it-all-out <p>Moderate Party founder Ken Block, who's had a winning week in the news cycle, says he's still thinking about a possible gubernatorial run in 2014. He got 6.5 percent of vote in a four-way field in 2010.</p><p>"I'm just trying to figure it all out," Block said during a taping of RIPR's Bonus Q+A.</p><p>The full segment -- covering his fraud and waste report, the master lever, and why more businessmen don't become politically active, among other topics --&nbsp; airs Friday at 6:40 and 8:40 a.m.</p><p>Block says he's still in assessment mode on a future campaign:</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 21:26:19 +0000 Ian Donnis 11967 at http://ripr.org Governor Lincoln Chafee Defends Report Secrecy http://ripr.org/post/governor-lincoln-chafee-defends-report-secrecy <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee is trying to explain why he’s withholding a report that details waste, fraud and abuse in the state’s Medicaid and food stamp programs. The report was done by former Moderate Party gubernatorial candidate Ken Block.&nbsp; Chafee says he asked Block to conduct the investigation about a year ago. But now that it’s done, the governor is refusing to release it.</p><p></p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 12:23:36 +0000 Flo Jonic 11783 at http://ripr.org Governor Lincoln Chafee Defends Report Secrecy Are there too many lawyers in the General Assembly? http://ripr.org/post/are-there-too-many-lawyers-general-assembly <p>As the General Assembly starts a new session on Tuesday, one legislative constant will remain unchanged -- a lot&nbsp;of the 113 lawmakers on Smith Hill are lawyers.</p><p>The ProJo's <a data-mce-="" href="http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODE/ProJo/LandingPage/LandingPage.aspx?href=VFBKLzIwMTIvMTIvMzE.&amp;pageno=Mg..&amp;entity=QXIwMDIwMA..&amp;view=ZW50aXR5"><u><font color="#0000ff">Political Scene&nbsp;</font></u></a>says there are 24 lawyers in the legislature -- 15 in the 75-member House and nine in the 38-member Senate:</p> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:22:03 +0000 Ian Donnis 4585 at http://ripr.org