Tad Devine http://ripr.org en The Clay Pell factor in 2014 RI Governor campaign http://ripr.org/post/clay-pell-factor-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 http://ripr.org Rhode Island and Leibovich's `This Town' http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-and-leibovichs-town <p>John O.&nbsp; Pastore was a legendary Rhode Island political figure, the son of immigrants and the first Italian-American elected as a governor and a U.S. Senator. A dominant figure in state politics, Pastore had a distinguished 26-year tenure&nbsp; in the Senate and never lost an election in a long career that began in the doldrums of the Great Depression in the General Assembly and ended with his decision in 1976 to retire rather than run again for a seat he would have easily kept.</p> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 17:24:40 +0000 Scott MacKay 20238 at http://ripr.org