Claiborne Pell en Nuala Pell Laid To Rest In Newport <p>The life of Nuala Pell, widow of Sen. Claiborne Pell, was celebrated Monday morning with wit, tradition and family love and devotion in services at Trinity Episcopal Church in Newport, the city she loved and where she died last week at age 89.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:20:40 +0000 Scott MacKay 32407 at Nuala Pell Laid To Rest In Newport NEARI Teachers Go With Pell <p>One of Rhode Island's two teachers' unions, the National Education Association Rhode Island, has endorsed democrat Clay Pell in the race for governor.</p><p>NEARI President Larry Purtill says this gubernatorial race will play a crucial role in the future of public education.</p><p>"We need a candidate who will listen to educators, stop the testing craze and make sure that every Rhode Island student has the opportunity for a great public school education," Purtill said in a written statement.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:47:56 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 30812 at The Real McKay in the U.S. Senate Contest <p>It isn’t a surprise that Rhode Island’s Republican Party is having a difficult time finding a credible candidate to take on Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Jack Reed.</p><p>Reed first won election to the U.S. House in 1990 and moved up to the Senate after the retirement of Sen. Claibone Pell. Reed has never lost an election and in recent campaigns has had easier and easier opponents.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:48:11 +0000 Scott MacKay 30714 at Scott MacKay Commentary: The Clay Pell Dilemma In RI Governor's Race <p>Political pundits love to emphasize that campaigns matter.&nbsp; Clay Pell better hope that adage rings true if he hopes to be Rhode Island’s next governor, says our resident pundit, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Herbert Claiborne `Clay’ Pell&nbsp; IV is the grandson of a legendary Rhode Island U.S. Senator, a Harvard University graduate&nbsp; and at just 32 years old, possessor of a resume that would be the envy of many a decade or two older.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:01:28 +0000 Scott MacKay 28120 at Scott MacKay Commentary: The Clay Pell Dilemma In RI Governor's Race The Clay Pell factor in 2014 RI Governor campaign <p>Just when we thought we knew that next year’s Democratic gubernatorial primary field was set, it suddenly was not. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay talks about the Clay Pell factor.</p><p>Herbert Claiborne `Clay’ Pell&nbsp; IV is a scion of a storied Rhode Island political family. He’s the grandson of U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell, a quirky, even eccentric politician who nonetheless never lost an election in six terms, despite facing the toughest opponents our small state could muster.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:57:51 +0000 Scott MacKay 25234 at Clay Pell for Governor in 2014? <p>Clay Pell, a grandson of the late US Senator Claiborne Pell, is looking at a possible Democratic run for governor in 2014, according to local Democrats.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 18:49:32 +0000 Ian Donnis 23245 at VP Biden Cancels Plan to Come to RI Because of Son's Condition <p>Vice President Joe Biden has canceled plans to headline <a href="">a Newport fundraiser</a> Thursday for the Democratic National Committee and to appear during a <a href=";WorkflowItemID=e8ea2e88-27d1-41b5-873b-016c1be78b87">Salve Regina University event</a> honoring Nuala Pell, the widow of the late senator Claiborne Pell.</p><p></p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:40:20 +0000 Ian Donnis 20411 at VP Biden Cancels Plan to Come to RI Because of Son's Condition Rhode Island Film Fest Highlights Legacy of Sen. Pell <p>The Rhode Island International Film Festival is underway.&nbsp; One movie highlights the loan program named for the late Senator Claiborne Pell.</p><p></p><p></p><p>A documentary about Pell Grants will receive its world premiere in Providence as part of the week-long film festival.</p><p>The movie follows the battle Senator Claiborne Pell fought in Congress to pass the grant program in the seventies.</p><p>It was written and directed by Steven Feinberg, who’s also the executive director of the Rhode Island Film and Television Office.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 18:57:59 +0000 John Bender 19685 at Rhode Island Film Fest Highlights Legacy of Sen. Pell Pell Grants Doc Screening in Providence <p>A documentary about the fight to create Pell Grants will screen Wednesday evening as part of the Rhode Island International Film Festival.</p><p>The film is called "Pell Grants: A Passion for Education." It details the events in Washington leading up the the creation of the federal student loan program named for the late Rhode Island Senator Claiborne Pell.</p><p>As part of the screening at the Veteran's Memorial Auditorium in Providence, Pell’s widow Nuala Pell and his grandson Clay Pell will take part in a question and answer session.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 12:48:10 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 19654 at Joe Biden to launch Salve Regina program honoring Nuala Pell <p>Vice President Joe Biden will visit Salve Regina University on August 22 to honor Nuala Pell, widow of Sen. Claiborne Pell, and&nbsp; to inaugurate a leadership program at the university to be named for Mrs. Pell.</p><p>Called the Nuala Pell Leadership Program in Public Service, the program will support leadership opportunities for Salve Regina students. The university and the Pell family have a long association; Salve Regina has a Pell center named for the late Sen. Pell and Mrs. Pell has been a college trustee.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 20:51:47 +0000 Scott MacKay 18337 at