2014 governor's race http://ripr.org en Taveras Reports $500K+ for Q1; Raimondo Brings in $1.1M+ http://ripr.org/post/taveras-reports-500k-q1-raimondo-brings-11m <p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras recorded his best fundraising performance yet by collecting more than $500,000 in the first quarter of 2014, although rival Democrat Gina Raimondo bested that by taking in more than $1.1 million, their campaigns said Thursday.</p><p>Taveras' communications director, Dawn Bergantino, said more than three-quarters of Taveras' take for the quarter "came from within Rhode Island."</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:06:45 +0000 Ian Donnis 32564 at http://ripr.org Pell Unveils Jobs Plan; Says His Ideas Will Elevate His Campaign http://ripr.org/post/pell-unveils-jobs-plan-says-his-ideas-will-elevate-his-campaign <p></p><p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell unveiled Wednesday<a href="http://www.claypell.com/issues/body/Pell_Seizing_The_Future.pdf"> his plan for improving Rhode Island’s economy,</a> as part of the first in what he said will be a series of forthcoming policy initiatives.</p><p>In broad strokes, Pell said if elected governor he would focus on improving the state's public schools, strengthening infrastructure, and leveraging Rhode Island's assets.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:00:26 +0000 Ian Donnis 32504 at http://ripr.org Pell Unveils Jobs Plan; Says His Ideas Will Elevate His Campaign Taveras Unveils Seven-Point Environmental Proposal http://ripr.org/post/taveras-unveils-seven-point-environmental-proposal <p></p><p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras on Tuesday -- Earth Day -- unveiled <a href="https://app.box.com/s/hl7p8fiwf1ryxz0g86en">a seven-point environmental proposal</a> that he called a blueprint for making Rhode Island the national leader in environmental stewardship.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:58:16 +0000 Ian Donnis 32434 at http://ripr.org Taveras Unveils Seven-Point Environmental Proposal TGIF: 15 Things to Know About Rhode Island Media & Politics http://ripr.org/post/tgif-15-things-know-about-rhode-island-media-politics <p>Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and my short missives can be found <a href="https://twitter.com/IanDon">on the twitters</a>. Let's head right in:</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:05:06 +0000 Ian Donnis 32257 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Reis on Arming URI Police, Block vs Fung, and His Run Against Langevin http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-reis-arming-uri-police-block-vs-fung-and-his-run-against-langevin <p></p><p>Second Congressional District Republican Rhue Reis joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his challenge to Democratic Congressman Jim Langevin; arming URI police; the intensifying GOP gubernatorial primary between Ken Block and Allan Fung; and the outlook on litigating the 2011 overhaul of the state pension system.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 32208 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Reis on Arming URI Police, Block vs Fung, and His Run Against Langevin Block Dings Dems & Fung; Touts Himself as Change Agent http://ripr.org/post/block-dings-dems-fung-touts-himself-change-agent <p></p><p>Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block used a Statehouse news conference Wednesday afternoon to present a hat trick of related assertions: 1) Rhode Island Democrats are bad for previously supporting former House Speaker Gordon Fox; 2) rival GOP candidate Allan Fung is wrong to accept campaign contributions from members of the police union Fung negotiates with as mayor of Cranston; 3) all this, combined with Block's distance from politics as usual, makes Block the embodiment of change in the race for governor.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:10:05 +0000 Ian Donnis 32165 at http://ripr.org Block Dings Dems & Fung; Touts Himself as Change Agent Fung Proposes $200M Tax Cut Plan; Takes Dig at Block http://ripr.org/post/fung-proposes-200m-tax-cut-plan-takes-dig-block <p></p><p>Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung on Tuesday unveiled a $200 million tax-cutting proposal that he billed as a way to jump-start Rhode Island's economy.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:48:16 +0000 Ian Donnis 32082 at http://ripr.org Fung Proposes $200M Tax Cut Plan; Takes Dig at Block Raimondo: State Needs to Streamline, Modernize Regulations http://ripr.org/post/raimondo-state-needs-streamline-modernize-regulations <p></p><p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo says the state needs to streamline and modernize regulations to encourage entrepreneurs.</p><p>Speaking at Foolproof Brewing in Pawtucket, Raimondo cited the company as part of Rhode Island’s growing craft-brewing sector. But Raimondo says startups like Foolproof are succeeding in spite of excessive and antiquated regulations. She says entrepreneurs are sometimes left feeling like they’ve done something wrong after filling out government applications and permits.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:10:27 +0000 Ian Donnis 32036 at http://ripr.org Raimondo: State Needs to Streamline, Modernize Regulations TGIF: 10 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-10-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media-8 <p>Just another quiet Friday in Rhode Island. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome and you can follow me all week long <a href="https://twitter.com/IanDon">on the twitters</a>. Let's head in.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:40:23 +0000 Ian Donnis 31922 at http://ripr.org Brown Poll Shows Raimondo and Taveras Locked In A Virtual Tie http://ripr.org/post/brown-poll-shows-raimondo-and-taveras-locked-virtual-tie <p>The race to pick Rhode Island's next governor is still up for grabs.</p><p><a href="http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2014/04/survey">A new Brown University poll </a>shows Democratic gubernatorial candidates Angel Taveras and Gina Raimondo locked in a virtual dead heat, with Clay Pell lagging behind in the race. The poll (albeit from a tiny sample size of 86 somewhat or very likely GOP voters) shows a similar scenario with Republicans Ken Block and Allan Fung.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:17:30 +0000 Ian Donnis 31834 at http://ripr.org