Anthony Gemma en TGIF: 10 things to know about Rhode Island politics + media <p>Welcome to TGIF, my new Friday column. As always, feel free to send your tips and thoughts to idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org.</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 9097 at Cicilline crushes Gemma in CD 1 <p>In a resounding show of support from 1<sup>st</sup> District Democratic primary voters, Congressman David Cicilline swamped&nbsp; businessman Anthony Gemma to win renomination, establishing&nbsp; a strong foundation for a general election showdown against Republican Brendan Doherty, of Cumberland, the former state police superintendent.</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 16:57:06 +0000 Scott MacKay & ia 8606 at Where the CD1 campaigns are on primary night <p>Here’s a look at where the CD1 campaigns will be Tuesday night:</p><p><a href="">David Cicilline</a>:</p><blockquote><p>U.S. Congressman David Cicilline will join supporters for a primary night watch party at Blaze Restaurant, 776 Hope Street in Providence. Doors will open at 8:00 PM.&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p><a href="">Brendan Doherty</a>:</p><blockquote><p align="center">Watch the reporting of the official Primary Results with Brendan Doherty&nbsp;</p><p align="center">7:30pm – 10:00pm</p><p align="center">Le Foyer</p> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 21:00:50 +0000 Ian Donnis 8672 at What to watch for in Tuesday’s primary <p>A few things to watch for tomorrow:</p> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 20:00:50 +0000 Ian Donnis 8676 at Cicilline and Gemma down to the wire; Doherty in the wings <p>There is only one Rhode Island primary election tomorrow (Tuesday Sept. 11) that is being watched from Woonsocket to Washington, D.C.&nbsp; RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay brings you the first district Democratic donnybrook.</p><p>The 1<sup>st</sup> District U.S. House primary joust between Democratic David Cicilline and Anthony Gemma has been in-your-face nasty, as rough as it gets in a little state known for big political fights.</p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 19:03:16 +0000 Scott MacKay 8677 at Doherty to side with critics of new toll on Sakonnet River bridge <p>Republican CD1 candidate <a href="">Brendan Doherty </a>is getting a jump start before next Tuesday’s Democratic primary skirmish between David Cicilline and Anthony Gemma. He’s holding a news conference tomorrow to latch onto a populist issue:</p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 19:25:16 +0000 Ian Donnis 8692 at Gemma swings and misses at debate <p>Take your pick: Last night’s televised WPRI debate between 1<sup>st</sup> Congressional District Democratic candidates, U.S. Rep.&nbsp; David Cicilline and challenger Anthony Gemma was A) a reality TeeVee show disguised as political dialogue, B) a Saturday Night Live parody of a congressional debate or C) both.</p><p>We will choose C, but only because the scene, as watched on television, contained elements of farce and the repellent nastiness that too often infects political theater these days.</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 17:23:04 +0000 Scott MacKay 8768 at Gemma staffer says he left campaign due to homophobia <p>Joseph Lazzerini, who says he was Anthony Gemma’s field director and a paid staffer until he quit August 8, says in a statement released moments ago that he left the campaign because of a homophobic atmosphere at the Gemma campaign office.</p><p>Lazzerini, formerly of Providence, says he now lives in South Attleboro.</p><p>His statement reads:</p><p>“I’ve been following the unfortunate events that unfolded today between the Gemma campaign and the Democratic Party of Rhode Island. As a former Gemma campaign staffer, I felt it was important to issue the following statement:’’</p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 19:26:56 +0000 Scott MacKay 8769 at Cicilline holds 12-point primary lead over Gemma <p>Incumbent Democratic Congressman David Cicilline holds a double-digit lead over his primary opponent, businessman Anthony Gemma, according to a WPRI-Channel 12 public opinion survey released tonight.</p><p>The survey of 302 registered voters in the First Congressional District shows Cicilline with 43 percent, Gemma at 31 percent, about 20 percent undecided and 4 percent supporting perennial candidate Christopher Young. A similar Channel 12 poll in May gave Cicilline a 4 point lead over Gemma.</p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 18:30:22 +0000 Scott MacKay 8770 at Gemma campaign takes the low road vs. Cicilline <p>UPDATE: The Associated Press is reporting that Gemma has dismissed Sionni from the campaign. A Gemma spokesman called Sionni’s Twitter comments “inappropriate” and said Sionni, who was not paid, would no longer be working on Gemma’s campaign.</p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 17:33:02 +0000 Scott MacKay 8771 at