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6:15 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Board Of Elections: Bob Healey Can Be Moderate Party’s Candidate For Governor

Bob Healey defends his right to run for governor as the Moderate party's candidate in front of the Board of Elections.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The State Board of Elections has cleared the way for Bob Healey to be the Moderate Party’s candidate for governor. The state’s Republican Party challenged the Moderate Party’s move to put Healey on the ballot once James Spooner pulled out for health reasons.

Three questions needed to be answered: Did Spooner properly drop out of the governor’s race, was the Moderate Party authorized to tap Healey to replace Spooner, and was Healey eligible to run for governor. The Board of Elections answered all three questions with a yes.  

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Politics
4:40 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Elorza and Cianci Trade Jabs During Providence Debate

Cianci, Elorza, and Harrop during the debate at Laurelmead.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

With just under seven weeks to go until Election Day, the three men vying to be the next mayor of Providence took part in a sharp debate Wednesday. Independent Buddy Cianci, Democrat Jorge Elorza, and Republican Daniel Harrop offered very different messages during the exchange.

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The Pulse
4:12 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Thoughts On A New Bill To Expand Addiction Treatment

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, along with Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), has introduced legislation that's designed to provide some incentives and resources for states to develop more addiction treatment and prevention programs. It's called the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2014, and here are a few of its provisions, according to a news release from the Senator's office:

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On Politics
2:36 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Reed, Whitehouse, Cicilline & Langevin Staging Fundraiser for Elorza

Cianci (left) and Elorza during the debate at Laurelmead.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

In a sign of how Rhode Island's Democratic establishment is closing ranks around Jorge Elorza as he competes with Buddy Cianci to be the next mayor of Providence, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Representatives David Cicilline and Jim Langevin are hosting an October 2 fundraiser for Elorza at the Providence Marriott on Orms Street.

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Politics
1:26 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Taveras Throws Support Behind Raimondo In Governor's Race

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras on primary election night, at which he lost to State Treasurer Gina Raimondo.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says he has no regrets about his thwarted campaign for governor, nor does he wish he sought a second term as mayor. He’s is officially throwing his support behind General Treasurer Gina Raimondo in the Governor’s race.

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Environment
8:06 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Hundreds Of Conservation Activists Expected In Rhode Island

More than 2000 land conservation leaders from around the country are flocking to Rhode Island this week for a conference.  They’ll get to tour special protected places around the state.

Rhode Island has more lands trusts per square mile than anywhere else in the country: 45 of them. And they’ve conserved about a quarter of the state’s protected lands. Rupert Friday, director of the Rhode Island Land Trust Council, says that accomplishment is one reason why Rhode Island was picked for the second time to host the conference.

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Local Features
5:36 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Anonymity

In an interview with Mother Jones Magazine, singer, songwriter, and poet Ani DiFranco once said, “I’m a little hibernating animal. Anonymity is one of my favorite things.”  Some of us yearn for anonymity, to be out of the spotlight and fly below radar.  Others of us find anonymity and invisibility painful, especially when we’ve worked so hard to achieve something terribly important.  Jane Medas Fleury shares some special thoughts about working hard in a quiet way that leads to neither fame nor fortune.

Jane Medas Fleury has worked in information technology since the days when it was called data processing, most recently at the Rhode Island School of Design.  She is now trying her hand at poetry and writing.

RI News
4:00 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Pawsox Take On Storm Chasers In National Championship Game

The Pawsox take on the Omaha Storm Chasers in a showdown game tonight for the national championship.

The Storm Chasers won the national championship last year, while the Pawsox lost it to Reno back in 2012. But the Pawsox are riding high after beating the Durham Bulls for the Governor’s Cup. Team spokesman Bill Wanless said the $72.5 million Red Sox recruit, Rusney Castillo, has been a real asset to the team.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Can The Moderate Party Tap Healey For Governor’s Race?

Robert Healy
Credit RIPR FILE

The state Board of Elections will hold a hearing Wednesday on whether Bob Healey can run as the Moderate Party’s candidate for governor. The state GOP is fighting the Moderate Party’s move for Healey to replace James Spooner, who bowed out of the race for health reasons.

The secretary of state’s office says the thousand signatures Spooner collected to get on the ballot can transfer to Healey, but the state GOP says that circumvents the nominating process.

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On Politics
2:53 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

How Fung's positions helped Raimondo with organized labor

The Rhode Island AFL-CIO’s COPE (Committee on Political Education) convention that was held in Providence last Friday decided to put the labor organization on record against Republican Allan Fung’s campaign for governor.

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