It's almost all over but the crying. After years of run-up, Rhode Island's 2014 election is at hand. So thanks for stopping by, and feel free to drop me a line (idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org) and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.
Why have political campaigns become so relentlessly negative? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it reflects the cynicism of the times and the way political money is raised and spent. (Advance copy of Monday commentary).
Click the television remote as many times as you like but don’t expect to escape the nasty political spots running nonstop until the polls close tomorrow. Hike to the mailbox and you’re greeted by an avalanche of political flyers spreading dirt on one politician or another. Ditto for the Internet.
The winner of the Providence mayor’s race all comes down to who wins which neighborhoods.
Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay has followed Providence politics for more than 25 years. Here’s his take on which wards Independent Buddy Cianci and Democrat Jorge Elorza have to win to become the next mayor of Providence.
During a Friday morning speech at Rhode Island College, President Obama touted economic improvements during his administration and called for enhanced efforts to help women at home and in the workplace. The president didn't mention Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo during his speech, although he did treat her to lunch afterward at the Gregg's restaurant on North Main Street in Providence.
Obama began with some Halloween-related humor and a recognition of Rhode Island's congressional delegation before pointing to a series of economic indicators:
Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.
This week Dave and Mark talk with Kent Dresser, executive director of the nonprofit “Clean Bays”. He’s a licensed captain experienced in marine salvage and towing. They discuss the challenges to clearing old wrecks and pilings that lurk along the bay. The removal is one step toward reviving the waterfront in Providence and East Providence.
When to Listen
You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.
A Republican veteran from Newport is challenging Congressman David Cicilline as Cicilline seeks election Tuesday to his third term in Congress.
Cicilline first won election in the First Congressional District in 2010, after serving two terms as mayor of Providence. Republican challenger Cormick Lynch is a Marine combat veteran of the Iraq war. He points to high unemployment in Rhode Island as a sign that the state’s Democratic congressional delegation isn’t getting the job done.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung and Democratic rival Gina Raimondo sharpened their tone toward one another during their final televised debate Thursday.
Raimondo criticized Fung for being too timid in raising the funding level of one of Cranston’s municipal pensions – from 16 to about 20 percent, she said. Raimondo accused Fung of not making the city’s full payments into the pension system.
Ebola continues to dominate headlines, across the nation and here in Rhode Island. This week the state’s hospitals began conducting Ebola preparedness exercises, and all eyes are on a nurse in Maine who defied a quarantine order. But for the thousands of Liberians living in Rhode Island, the real stories are unfolding, often tragically, back home. Now, many Liberians say the public’s fear of Ebola is affecting daily life.
Our panel of RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay, URI political science professor Maureen Moakley, WPRI.com politics/economics reporter Ted Nesi, and yours truly talk about the state's four down-ballot races and the back and forth over convening a constitutional convention.