Barry Hinckley en Barry Hinckley + Gary Alexander's New Business Pledges Drastic Health Care Savings <p></p><p>Former US Senate candidate <a href="">Barry Hinckley</a> and Gary Alexander, the controversial Carcieri-era secretary of Rhode Island's Executive Office of Health and Human Services, have launched a new business, <a href="">Velum Health</a>, that pledges to "drastically reduce health care costs."</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 19:03:56 +0000 Ian Donnis 18948 at Barry Hinckley + Gary Alexander's New Business Pledges Drastic Health Care Savings Washington gridlock and the RI Senate campaign <p>The federal government is mired in gridlock and it now takes a super-majority to pass legislation in the U.S. Senate. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay considers Rhode Island’s U.S. Senate race as Washington, D.C. slouches toward the fiscal precipice.</p><p>That Washington, D.C. is “broken’’ has become the campaign cliché of 2012, shouted across the land by both Democrats and Republicans. The combatants in House and Senate seats from California to Cranston point fingers of blame at each other like school children tattling at recess.</p> Sun, 28 Oct 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Scott MacKay 8644 at TGIF: 14 things about Rhode Island politics + media <p>It’s time for the second rendition of my new Friday column. Thanks for reading, and as always, feel free to send me tips or thoughts at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org.</p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 9076 at Five takeaways from the new Brown University poll <p><a href="">We offered highlights </a>this morning from the new Brown poll. Here’s some additional analysis:</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 9085 at Sheldon Whitehouse is limiting his debates with challenger Barry Hinckley <p>Senator<a href=""> Sheldon Whitehouse </a>appears to be&nbsp;using a modified Rose Garden strategy in his campaign with Republican challenger <a href="">Barry Hinckley</a>, agreeing to a relatively sparse debate schedule.</p> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 17:52:05 +0000 Ian Donnis 8562 at Hinckley to mount $500,000 media buy in race against Sen. Whitehouse <p>Republican U.S. Senate candidate Barry Hinckley’s campaign says he has made an advertising buy of about $500,000 in broadcast, radio and cable television time.</p><p>Republican Hinckley, of Newport, says the advertising will begin Aug. 29 and run through Election Day, Nov. 6, in his campaign to unseat incumbent Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse.</p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 17:51:31 +0000 Scott MacKay 8780 at Hinckley accuses Whitehouse of hypocrisy on accepting special interest money <p>;v=EyQprGHbrtU</p><p>Republican challenger <a href="">Barry Hinckley </a>is faulting Senator <a href="">Sheldon Whitehouse </a>for decrying the influence of special interest money while having accepted <a href=";type=I&amp;cid=N00027533&amp;newMem=N">more than $2 million in PAC money </a>since his first Senate run in 2006.</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 18:02:28 +0000 Ian Donnis 8808 at Six things about campaign finance — and why they matter <p>1. Republican Senate candidate <strong>Barry Hinckley</strong> says <strong>Rhode Islanders don’t much care about campaign finance reform</strong>. “I have been around for 16 months, traveling Rhode Island,” Hinckley said during a press event yesterday. “Not one person has brought up campaign finance reform to me, not one, in 16 months.”</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 9633 at Hinckley seizing on campaign finance issue to rap Whitehouse <p><strong>UPDATE: Whitehouse strikes back.</strong></p><p>Shortly after the end of Hinckley’s news conference this afternoon, Whitehouse released a statement criticizing the GOP:</p><blockquote><p>Today, for a second day in a row, Senate Republicans blocked debate on the DISCLOSE Act, a bill to end secret spending in elections by corporations and other groups.&nbsp; The vote failed to overcome a filibuster by a vote of 53 in favor to 45 against.&nbsp; 60 votes were required.&nbsp; Following the vote, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement:</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 9733 at Hinckley says he’ll have enough money to get his message out against Whitehouse <p>Republican<a href=";utm_medium=Search&amp;utm_term=SenatorWhitehouse&amp;utm_content=BootSheldonWhitehouse&amp;utm_campaign=HINKPROF081"> Barry Hinckley </a>continues to lag far behind the fundraising pace set by Democratic Senator <a href="">Sheldon Whitehouse</a>, but Hinckley says he’ll have enough money to get his message out on the way to the November election.</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 9745 at