Rivals in the heated Republican primary for governor, Ken Block and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, hugged in front of the media Monday and vowed to work together to get a Republican in the governor’s office.
They attacked each other in debates and television ads, but at a press conference at the Statehouse Fung and Block hugged, saying they share a belief in reduced spending and more oversight of the General Assembly. Block said the two are now united going into the November election.
Democratic Providence mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza has won key endorsements from elected officials on the city's South Side: state Representatives Grace Diaz and Scott Slater; state Senator Juan Pichardo; and Ward 15 Councilor Sabina Matos.
Elorza won the September 9 primary, but he lost the South Side to Michael Solomon, who won four of the area's five wards.
Picking up support from some of Solomon's more visible supporters could help Elorza as he battles with Buddy Cianci for South Side votes.
A new study from Women and Infants Hospital researchers finds that newborn intensive care patients fare better in single family rooms than in the traditional open wards found in most NICUs. The hospital opened its new NICU five years ago. Now researchers believe they can answer why it’s better for babies.
Providence Mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci on Monday outlined a neighborhood improvement plan with particular emphasis on Broad and Public streets -- key thoroughfares in the respective Latino and black communities where he needs to pick up votes.
Cianci said his internal polling shows him with strong support among blacks and Latinos, and he said his initiative is not about gaining votes.
The Rhode Island Association of School Committees is warning school districts about a scam involving false invoices.
RIASC Executive Director Tim Duffy says districts may want to keep an eye on their accounts payable. The scammers tried to target North Smithfield with a fake invoice from a company calling itself Scholastic School Supply.
Duffy says districts in other states have reported receiving similar invoices. The amount billed is the same in each case: $647.50.
Bills that would have given farmers a license to sell unlimited amounts of beer at their farm breweries and at farmer’s markets didn’t pass in the most recent legislative session. But, Rhode Island has just licensed the state's first farm brewery.
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.
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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, an 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.