Democratic Party http://ripr.org en Moderate Ken Block Jumps To The Republican Pary http://ripr.org/post/moderate-ken-block-jumps-republican-pary <p>The founder of the Moderate Party of Rhode Island is scrapping that effort to instead run for governor as a Republican. Ken Block got six and a half percent of the vote as a Moderate candidate for governor in 2010.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>When he established the Moderate Party in 2008, Block called it a pragmatic and centrist way to improve Rhode Island politics. But Block says he’s realized that third parties aren’t an effective way to make change.</p><p></p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:58:25 +0000 Ian Donnis 23929 at http://ripr.org Moderate Ken Block Jumps To The Republican Pary Political Roundtable: David Caprio On Unions, The Governor's Race, And A Family In Politics http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-david-caprio-unions-governors-race-and-family-politics <p>The newly elected chair of the Rhode Island Democratic Party is our guest on Political Roundtable this week.&nbsp; David Caprio weighs in on his problems with organized labor, a potentially fractious gubernatorial primary and his goals for the party that dominates Rhode Island politics. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Flo Jonic is filling in for Ian Donnis as moderator.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. <a href="mailto:news@ripr.org">news@ripr.org</a></p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:50:37 +0000 Flo Jonic 23410 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: David Caprio On Unions, The Governor's Race, And A Family In Politics Potential Providence Mayoral Candidates Ramping up Fundraising http://ripr.org/post/potential-providence-mayoral-candidates-ramping-fundraising <p>Two of the Democrats running for mayor of Providence next year are stepping up their campaign fundraising.</p><p></p><p>Roger Williams University Law School professor Jorge Elorza said he hopes to collect 30-thousand dollars by the end of the third fundraising quarter September 30<sup>th</sup>. Elorza said he hopes to collect 30-thousand to 40-thousand a month until the September 2014 primary.</p><p></p><p>Providence’s current mayor, Angel Taveras, is expected to run for governor next year.</p><p></p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 12:34:24 +0000 Person: Ian Donnis 21110 at http://ripr.org Gov. Lincoln Chafee: Bonus Q+A http://ripr.org/post/gov-lincoln-chafee-bonus-qa <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee gained national attention earlier when he switched from an independent to a Democrat earlier this year. Chafee has signaled he intends to seek re-election next year, in what’s expected be a three-way Democratic field.</p><p>The governor stopped by our studio to talk about some of the top issues facing the state.</p><p></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:40:20 +0000 Ian Donnis 20520 at http://ripr.org Providence Bishop Announces Republican Party Affiliation http://ripr.org/post/providence-bishop-announces-republican-party-affiliation <p>The Bishop of Providence, Thomas Tobin, said he has become a registered Republican.</p><p></p><p>Tobin told a group of Rhode Island Young Republicans he blamed himself and the Catholic Church for the legalization of same-sex marriage.</p><p>He also said Catholic lawmakers at the State house quote “let us down.”</p><p>The Dioceses of Providence wrote a "Letter to Catholics on the Approval of Same-Sex Marriage" which was published in the newspaper, Rhode Island Catholic Newspaper following the passage in May.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:14:28 +0000 John Bender 20045 at http://ripr.org Providence Bishop Announces Republican Party Affiliation Chafee using new Democratic label to raise campaign cash http://ripr.org/post/chafee-using-new-democratic-label-raise-campaign-cash <p>Gov. Lincoln Chafee is busy embracing his new party. The RI governor was in Massachusetts with President Barack Obama on the campaign circuit to boost the Senate candidacy of U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, D_Mass.</p><p>Newly minted Democrat Chafee is also ramping up his fundraising for a 2014 reelection bid. The governor has scheduled a fundraising event for Tuesday, June 25<sup>th</sup> at the University Club on Benefit Street in Providence. It is a two-tier fundraiser with suggested contributions of &nbsp;$500 and $1,000.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 17:58:26 +0000 Scott MacKay 16858 at http://ripr.org