Ken Cuccinelli http://ripr.org en Twilight for the tea party in Rhode Island GOP http://ripr.org/post/twilight-tea-party-rhode-island-gop <p>What is the tea party’s future in Rhode Island Republican politics? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay talks tea with the two announced GOP candidates for governor.</p><p>In April, 2010, at the height of the tea party insurgency, then-Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri addressed a boisterous rally on the south steps of the Statehouse. To 500 or &nbsp;so&nbsp; tea party activists, Carcieri bellowed, ``I love the tea party, I love the tea party.’’</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 20:02:15 +0000 Scott MacKay 24533 at http://ripr.org From RI to Virginia Guv race: The Caramadre-McAuliffe connection http://ripr.org/post/ri-virginia-guv-race-caramadre-mcauliffe-connection <p>The Washington Post has the story on how Rhode Island's Joseph Caramadre case has reverberated in the Virginia governor's race. The story, by Post reporter Laura Vozzella, describes how ``a dying mechanic wanted a few thousand dollars to leave to his wife, two sons and infant daughter. A politically connected millionaire, now running for Virginia governor, wanted to make some money. And a Rhode Island estate planner wantd to become ambassador to the Vatican.</p><p>``All three came together in late 2006 in a deal struck just two months before the 44-year old mechanic died of cancer.''</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 16:00:29 +0000 Scott MacKay 23940 at http://ripr.org