Allan Fung http://ripr.org en 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? Fung (surprise, surprise) slams RI General Assembly http://ripr.org/post/fung-surprise-surprise-slams-ri-general-assembly <p>From the No Republican Ever Lost a Gubernatorial Primary Vote by Slamming the RI General Assembly Department: Cranston Mayor Allan Fung blasted the Assembly in a campaign press release today, saying the annual late rush to legislation created too many ``missed opportunities for Rhode Island.’’</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:53:40 +0000 Scott MacKay 35725 at http://ripr.org 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 Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Governor Campaign, Democrats as Republicans, Republicans as Democrats http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-ri-governor-campaign-democrats-republicans-republicans-democrats <p>Rhode Island’s modern political history is filled with bitter Democratic primaries for governor. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay&nbsp; says this campaign season it is the Republicans who are bashing each other.</p><p></p><p>Rhode Island voters have not elected a Democratic governor since 1992, when Bruce Sundlun decisively beat Republican Betty Leonard. There are many factors contributing to this Democratic Statehouse futility.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:18:49 +0000 Scott MacKay 35086 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Governor Campaign, Democrats as Republicans, Republicans as Democrats Fung Recieves Endorsement From Former Governor Lincoln Almond http://ripr.org/post/fung-recieves-endorsement-former-governor-lincoln-almond <p>Former governor Lincoln Almond Wednesday endorsed Cranston Mayor Allan Fung for the state’s top job.&nbsp; Almond calls Fung the best-qualified Republican in the GOP primary for governor.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Almond says he reached out to Fung after being unimpressed with a recent TV appearance by Fung’s GOP rival, Ken Block. Almond says it’s not realistic to think Block can cut a billion dollars from the state budget over four years. The former governor said Fung’s experience as a mayor is what sets him apart.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 13:32:16 +0000 Ian Donnis 34342 at http://ripr.org Fung Recieves Endorsement From Former Governor Lincoln Almond TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-12-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media-24 <p>Thanks for stopping by for my Friday column. You can follow me through the week <a href="https://twitter.com/IanDon">on the twitters</a> and your thoughts and feedback are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let's head in.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 21:01:52 +0000 Ian Donnis 33685 at http://ripr.org Fung Wants To Split RI Board Of Education http://ripr.org/post/fung-wants-split-ri-board-education <p>Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung wants Rhode Island to go back to having separate state boards for K-through-12 and higher education.</p><p></p><p>Fung unveiled his education plan Thursday. He said he’d make the state education commissioner report directly to the governor, and eliminate a separate post for commissioner of higher education. Fung said he believes these structural changes will improve public education in Rhode Island.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:25:33 +0000 Ian Donnis 32621 at http://ripr.org Fung Wants To Split RI Board Of Education 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