With more than a hint of fall in the air, the general election candidates are driving toward the finish line. So sit back, take a read of my weekly notes, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and take a gander at the twitters. Here we go.
Gina Raimondo’s top two Democratic primary rivals expressed their support for her during a unity event in Cranston Friday. The gathering took place in the home city of Raimondo’s GOP opponent, Allan Fung.
Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.
This week Catherine Welch sits in for Dave, she and Mark talk with the CEO of International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum, Todd Martin. They discuss the Hall of Fame’s expansion and what it’s doing to bring the facility to a global audience.
When to Listen
You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.
The Providence mayoral campaign, aka the Buddy Cianci redemption effort, is drawing national media attention. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay talks about the paths to victory for independent Cianci and Democrat Jorge Elorza.
Cianci, Elorza and Republican Dan Harrop faced off in their first campaign debate last week at Laurelmead, ran East Side elderly housing complex. There was more heat than light as Elorza, a former city Housing Court judge, and Harrop, a psychiatrist, attacked Cianci’s record as one of New England’s infamously corrupt politicians.
Rhode Island health officials are waiting to find out if enterovirus D68 has hit the Ocean State. The virus has been confirmed in 18 states so far, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health officials in Connecticut confirmed the first case there earlier this week.
That’s the closest state to Rhode Island to have any confirmed cases of the virus, though the Rhode Island Department of Health says it’s seen increases in respiratory problems in emergency rooms across the state.
Community College of Rhode Island President Ray DiPasquale has been named as a finalist in Louisiana's search for a new commissioner of higher education.
DiPasquale served as Rhode Island's interim commissioner of higher education for several years. He remained as president of CCRI during that time and was offered the extra job as part of a bid to keep him from leaving.
The other named finalists for the position in Louisiana are Robin Capehart, president of West Liberty University in West Virginia and Joseph Rallo, a vice chancellor from Texas Tech University.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung joins Bonus Q+A to talk about his campaign, whether his tax plan adds up, whether it was a mistake to support making Rhode Island a right to work state, and much more.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his win over Ken Block last week; his general election race against Gina Raimondo; Moderate Party candidate Robert Healey's place on the ballot; and the race for mayor of Providence.