2014 governor's race http://ripr.org en Scott MacKay Commentary: Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Start Taking Off The Gloves http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-democratic-gubernatorial-candidates-start-taking-gloves <p>The televised air wars have started in the Democratic primary for governor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if voters are paying attention yet.</p><p></p><p></p><p>As the weeks dwindle towards the September primary, the advertising rhetoric among the major Democratic candidates has heated up. This is especially true of the campaigns of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:38:15 +0000 Scott MacKay 37289 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Start Taking Off The Gloves Taveras, Raimondo Scrap Over Wall Street Influence http://ripr.org/post/taveras-raimondo-scrap-over-wall-street-influence <p>Angel Taveras' Democratic gubernatorial campaign used a statement released Monday to press its central line of attack against his main rival, Gina Raimondo, charging she's closely aligned with Wall Street interests. Raimondo's campaign responded by disputing the message and expressing disappointment "in the increasingly personal and negative nature of the mayor's campaign."</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:14:50 +0000 Ian Donnis 36708 at http://ripr.org House Speaker Mattiello Claims Improvement on RI's Business Climate http://ripr.org/post/house-speaker-mattiello-claims-improvement-ris-business-climate <p></p><p>House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello emerged in March with a strong hold on what is commonly called the state's most powerful political office. Following the unveiling of a probe of former speaker Gordon Fox, Mattiello won a brief succession fight and pledged a stronger focus on jobs and the economy. Mattiello sat down last week to discuss his first few months as speaker and some of the top issues facing the state, including his choice for governor and Buddy Cianci's latest comeback attempt.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 36127 at http://ripr.org House Speaker Mattiello Claims Improvement on RI's Business Climate Scott MacKay Commentary: We're Trying To Keep Politics Focused On Issues. Will You Help? http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-were-trying-keep-politics-focused-issues-will-you-help <p>You may be fed up with Rhode Island politics. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says now is no time for Rhode Islanders to retreat into a cocoon of apathy.</p><p></p><p></p><p>It’s the high season of summer in our corner of southeastern New England. A time of blue skies, fluffy whipped cream clouds and sun-washed surf. It’s what many of us consider our best season. Proust had his madeleines. Rhode Island natives have our childhood memories stirred by plates stacked high with steamers, saugys and clambakes on the beach.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:04:57 +0000 Scott MacKay 36150 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: We're Trying To Keep Politics Focused On Issues. Will You Help? Mattiello: Cianci's Effect on RI's Image is For Voters to Decide http://ripr.org/post/mattiello-ciancis-effect-ris-image-voters-decide <p></p><p>House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says he considers Buddy Cianci "a great guy," but the speaker isn't taking sides in the debate about whether Cianci's latest comeback attempt is good or bad for Rhode Island's reputation.</p><p>"I'll leave that to the citizens of the City of Providence to make that determination," Mattiello said during a Statehouse interview Tuesday afternoon.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:15:03 +0000 Ian Donnis 36089 at http://ripr.org Mattiello: Cianci's Effect on RI's Image is For Voters to Decide Political Roundtable: Smiley on Block vs. Fung; the Budget, 38 Studios & More http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-smiley-block-vs-fung-budget-38-studios-more <p></p><p>State Republican Chairman Mark Smiley joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the GOP gubernatorial primary between Allan Fung and Ken Block; the budget signed into law by Governor Lincoln Chafee; the outlook for electing more Republicans to the General Assembly; and the latest developments on 38 Studios.</p><p></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 35461 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Smiley on Block vs. Fung; the Budget, 38 Studios & More Republican Candidates For Governor Trade Jabs During First Televised Debate http://ripr.org/post/republican-candidates-governor-trade-jabs-during-first-televised-debate <p>Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block touted his status as a political outsider, while GOP rival Allan Fung used a televised debate Tuesday to highlight his experience as the mayor of Cranston. The forum was sponsored by the Providence Journal and Channel 12.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Fung and Block each argued that their separate backgrounds make them qualified to put Rhode Island on a stronger path to the future. Block said his business experience and distance from politics makes him the better choice.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:50:35 +0000 Ian Donnis 35369 at http://ripr.org Republican Candidates For Governor Trade Jabs During First Televised Debate Incumbent Mayor Fung, outsider Block play to Republican conservative base http://ripr.org/post/incumbent-mayor-fung-outsider-block-play-republican-conservative-base <p>Providence – It was Mr. Inside, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, against Mr. Outside, Barrington businessman Ken Block, &nbsp;as the two Republican candidates for governor clashed in the first televised debate of a campaign in which neither candidate has been shy about criticizing each other&nbsp; in the early going.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 01:42:45 +0000 Scott MacKay 35358 at http://ripr.org Democratic Gubernatorial Hopefuls Spar At First Televised Debate http://ripr.org/post/democratic-gubernatorial-hopefuls-spar-first-televised-debate <p>The three major Democratic candidates for governor offered their views on jobs, education and other issues during an hour-long debate Tuesday. The forum sponsored by WPRI and the Providence Journal came with less than three months until the September 9<sup>th</sup> primary.</p><p></p><p></p><p>State Treasurer Gina Raimondo pointed to the pension overhaul she spearheaded in 2011 as proof of her leadership skills. Raimondo said the overhaul significantly reduced Rhode Island’s long-term pension bill.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:56:56 +0000 Ian Donnis 34994 at http://ripr.org Democratic Gubernatorial Hopefuls Spar At First Televised Debate New Poll Shows Raimondo And Taveras Neck And Neck http://ripr.org/post/new-poll-shows-raimondo-and-taveras-neck-and-neck <p>A new poll shows that Angel Taveras and Gina Raimondo remain locked in tight battle in the Democratic primary for governor.&nbsp; The WPRI/Providence Journal poll surveyed 506 Democratic primary voters.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:36:38 +0000 Ian Donnis 34703 at http://ripr.org New Poll Shows Raimondo And Taveras Neck And Neck