Clay Pell en Nuala Pell, Spouse And Political Partner Of Sen. Claiborne Pell, Dies <p>Nuala Pell, widow of revered Sen. Claiborne Pell, confidante of Pastores, Kennedys and European royalty, a force in Rhode Island politics for decades and a woman who was as at ease at a Democratic Party rally at a Portuguese Club as she was with the well-born swells of Newport society at Bailey’s Beach, died early this morning at Newport Hospital. She was 89.</p><p><strong>The Pell family has announced a memorial service to be held Monday, April 21 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Newport, at 11 a.m.</strong></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:13:52 +0000 Scott MacKay 31993 at Nuala Pell, Spouse And Political Partner Of Sen. Claiborne Pell, Dies Brown Poll Shows Raimondo and Taveras Locked In A Virtual Tie <p>The race to pick Rhode Island's next governor is still up for grabs.</p><p><a href="">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 Republican Party Wants Pension Dispute Settled In Court <p>The Rhode Island Republican Party is backing up the GOP’s two gubernatorial candidates in saying that the state pension dispute should be resolved in court.&nbsp; Two of the state’s leading Democrats still support the push for a settlement between the two sides</p><p></p><p>A proposed pension settlement unveiled in February was cast in doubt Monday when one of six groups that have to offer initial approval rejected the deal. State GOP chairman Mark Smiley said he agrees with his party’s gubernatorial candidates that the pension conflict should be decided in court.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:09:47 +0000 Ian Donnis 31833 at Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off At Economic Forum <p>The four Democrats running for governor mostly agreed with one another on a host of issues during a forum Monday sponsored by a liberal think tank, the Economic Progress Institute. The issues included jobs, safety net programs, and taxes.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:39:18 +0000 Ian Donnis 31697 at Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off At Economic Forum Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Set To Square Off At EconomicForum <p>The Democratic candidates for governor are slated to discuss a series of economic issues during a forum this evening in Warwick. The event comes with just about five months until the September 9th primary election.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Democrats Angel Taveras, Gina Raimondo and Clay Pell are expected for the 5 pm candidates’ forum at the Ocean State Theatre Company in Warwick. The discussion is being sponsored by a liberal think tank, the Economic Progress Institute.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:50:46 +0000 Ian Donnis 31639 at Giroux Kicks Off Campaign For Governor <p>Todd Giroux officially announced Tuesday that he’s running for governor. Giroux declared he’d run as a democrat back in October.</p><p>Giroux is a 43-year-old Woonsocket native. He’s a general contractor who specializes in historic preservation. He ran for governor in 2010 as an independent.</p><p>Giroux said he’ll be a governor who listens and responds. “We need a governor that has a steady hand on the rudder of this state,” he said. “And if we provide a commerce fund, an infrastructure fund then we have the tools that support the jobs plan.”</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:08:34 +0000 Catherine Welch 31064 at As Expected, Pell Gets National Education Association Rhode Island endorsement <p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell has won the endorsement of the political action committee of the National Education Association Rhode Island, whose leadership has enthusiastically supported Pell's campaign.</p><p>In a statement, NEARI president Larry Purtill says, “This race for governor is critical to the state of Rhode Island and public education. 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."</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:30:20 +0000 Ian Donnis 30773 at Scott MacKay Commentary: Time For Clay Pell To Step Away From The Car <p></p><p></p><p><em>What does "Dude where's my car?" have to do with Clay Pell's campaign for&nbsp;governor? Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay has&nbsp;some thoughts.</em></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:50:43 +0000 Scott MacKay 30568 at Scott MacKay Commentary: Time For Clay Pell To Step Away From The Car TGIF: 22 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media <p>It's a time of transition, in the weather, the political landscape (item #1), and the media (#5), so thanks for stopping by for my Friday column. Your thoughts and tips are always welcome, and you can follow me all week long <a href="">on the twitters</a>. Let's get to it.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:37:59 +0000 Ian Donnis 30452 at Bonus Q&A: Raimondo on Wall Street, Hedge Funds, Transparency, Inequality & More <p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q+A to discuss government transparency, Wall Street, how to reduce inequality, hedge fund investments in the state pension, and much more.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 30411 at