2014 governer's race http://ripr.org en TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-12-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media-31 <p>There are few places better than Rhode Island in the summer -- and that's doubly true for political junkies thanks to our very busy election season. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column, and feel free to share your tips and thoughts via idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. You can also follow me all week long <a href="https://twitter.com/IanDon">on the twitters</a>. Let's get to it.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:08:04 +0000 Ian Donnis 36942 at http://ripr.org TGIF: 10 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-10-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media-11 <p>Welcome back to my weekly column, and thanks for stopping by. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me all week long on the twitters. Here we go.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:13:02 +0000 Ian Donnis 36591 at http://ripr.org Pell's Education Plan Targets Relieving College Debt, Reducing Drop-outs http://ripr.org/post/pells-education-plan-targets-relieving-college-debt-reducing-drop-outs <p></p><p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell says the top goals of <a href="http://www.claypell.com/issues/education">his education plan </a>include cutting the high school dropout rate and relieving debt for college students.</p><p>Pell outlined his vision Wednesday as children played outside the Agnes Hennessey elementary school in&nbsp; East Providence.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:53:58 +0000 Ian Donnis 32868 at http://ripr.org Pell's Education Plan Targets Relieving College Debt, Reducing Drop-outs TGIF: 19 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media (Ghost Dog Edition) http://ripr.org/post/tgif-19-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media-ghost-dog-edition <p>Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips, insights, and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me<a href="https://twitter.com/IanDon"> on the twitters</a>, too. We're up to something special this week. (Why Ghost Dog? It's a riff on my nickname of being the I-Dog) So let's get right to it ....</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:56:07 +0000 Ian Donnis 29470 at http://ripr.org Local Republican Calls On Rhode Islanders To Consider GOP Gubenatorial Candidates http://ripr.org/post/local-republican-calls-rhode-islanders-consider-gop-gubenatorial-candidates <p>A leading Rhode Island Republican is calling on GOP voters to keep an open mind about their two choices in this year’s primary.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>By using his Facebook page, former gubernatorial candidate John Robitaille is urging GOP voters to focus on deciding whether Allan Fung or Ken Block has the best plan for moving Rhode Island forward. He says the candidates’ courage and personal authenticity are more important than internal politics within the state Republican Party.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 15:04:37 +0000 Ian Donnis 28782 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: The Clay Pell Dilemma In RI Governor's Race http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-clay-pell-dilemma-ri-governors-race <p>Political pundits love to emphasize that campaigns matter.&nbsp; Clay Pell better hope that adage rings true if he hopes to be Rhode Island’s next governor, says our resident pundit, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Herbert Claiborne `Clay’ Pell&nbsp; IV is the grandson of a legendary Rhode Island U.S. Senator, a Harvard University graduate&nbsp; and at just 32 years old, possessor of a resume that would be the envy of many a decade or two older.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:01:28 +0000 Scott MacKay 28120 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: The Clay Pell Dilemma In RI Governor's Race Taveras Announces Proposal To Hike State Minimum Wage http://ripr.org/post/taveras-announces-proposal-hike-state-minimum-wage <p>Providence Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras announced his plan Thursday to raise the state’s minimum wage over the course of the next four years; should he be elected governor.</p><p></p><p>At the start of the New Year, Rhode Island’s minimum wage went from $7.75 cents to 8 bucks. Now Taveras wants the state to incrementally raise its minimum wage to ten dollars ten-cents by 2018.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 20:04:06 +0000 John Bender 28053 at http://ripr.org Taveras Announces Proposal To Hike State Minimum Wage Cranston Mayor Allan Fung Announces His Run For Governor http://ripr.org/post/cranston-mayor-allan-fung-announces-his-run-governor <p></p><p><a href="http://www.allanfung.com/home">Allan Fung</a>, the three-term mayor of Cranston, unveiled himself Monday as Rhode Island's Great Republican Hope, emphasizing his plan for improving the state's economy and education system while paying homage to his family's immigrant roots in kicking off his long-anticipated run for governor.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 16:34:39 +0000 Ian Donnis 24257 at http://ripr.org Cranston Mayor Allan Fung Announces His Run For Governor Moderate Ken Block Jumps To The Republican Pary http://ripr.org/post/moderate-ken-block-jumps-republican-pary <p>The founder of the Moderate Party of Rhode Island is scrapping that effort to instead run for governor as a Republican. Ken Block got six and a half percent of the vote as a Moderate candidate for governor in 2010.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>When he established the Moderate Party in 2008, Block called it a pragmatic and centrist way to improve Rhode Island politics. But Block says he’s realized that third parties aren’t an effective way to make change.</p><p></p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:58:25 +0000 Ian Donnis 23929 at http://ripr.org Moderate Ken Block Jumps To The Republican Pary Taveras And Raimondo Spar on Third-Party Spending http://ripr.org/post/taveras-and-raimondo-spar-third-party-spending <p></p><p>Providence Mayor Angel Taveras -- who faces a fundraising disadvantage in his expected Democratic gubernatorial primary battle next year with state Treasurer Gina Raimondo -- is calling on Raimondo to shun third-party spending by sources including super PACs and national and state party committees. Raimondo's campaign organization says Taveras' pitch "isn't a good faith offer."</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:31:04 +0000 Ian Donnis 23646 at http://ripr.org Taveras And Raimondo Spar on Third-Party Spending