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A leading Rhode Island Republican is calling on GOP voters to keep an open mind about their two choices in this year’s primary.
By using his Facebook page, former gubernatorial candidate John Robitaille is urging GOP voters to focus on deciding whether Allan Fung or Ken Block has the best plan for moving Rhode Island forward. He says the candidates’ courage and personal authenticity are more important than internal politics within the state Republican Party.
Political pundits love to emphasize that campaigns matter. Clay Pell better hope that adage rings true if he hopes to be Rhode Island’s next governor, says our resident pundit, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay.
Herbert Claiborne `Clay’ Pell IV is the grandson of a legendary Rhode Island U.S. Senator, a Harvard University graduate and at just 32 years old, possessor of a resume that would be the envy of many a decade or two older.
Providence Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras announced his plan Thursday to raise the state’s minimum wage over the course of the next four years; should he be elected governor.
At the start of the New Year, Rhode Island’s minimum wage went from $7.75 cents to 8 bucks. Now Taveras wants the state to incrementally raise its minimum wage to ten dollars ten-cents by 2018.
Allan Fung, the three-term mayor of Cranston, unveiled himself Monday as Rhode Island's Great Republican Hope, emphasizing his plan for improving the state's economy and education system while paying homage to his family's immigrant roots in kicking off his long-anticipated run for governor.
The founder of the Moderate Party of Rhode Island is scrapping that effort to instead run for governor as a Republican. Ken Block got six and a half percent of the vote as a Moderate candidate for governor in 2010.
When he established the Moderate Party in 2008, Block called it a pragmatic and centrist way to improve Rhode Island politics. But Block says he’s realized that third parties aren’t an effective way to make change.
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras -- who faces a fundraising disadvantage in his expected Democratic gubernatorial primary battle next year with state Treasurer Gina Raimondo -- is calling on Raimondo to shun third-party spending by sources including super PACs and national and state party committees. Raimondo's campaign organization says Taveras' pitch "isn't a good faith offer."
The newly elected chair of the Rhode Island Democratic Party is our guest on Political Roundtable this week. David Caprio weighs in on his problems with organized labor, a potentially fractious gubernatorial primary and his goals for the party that dominates Rhode Island politics. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Flo Jonic is filling in for Ian Donnis as moderator.
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A new Brown University poll shows state Treasurer Gina Raimondo leading Providence Mayor Angel Taveras among likely Democratic primary voters. Raimondo and Taveras are expected to square off in a gubernatorial primary next September.
Brown pollsters talked with 433 likely Democratic primary voters. In a two-way matchup, 42 percent of respondents say they’d vote for Raimondo, just under 34 percent prefer Taveras, and 24 percent were undecided. That poll has a margin of error of four and a half percentage points.
Here's how a Rolling Stone headline sums up muckraker Matt Taibbi's story on the pension overhaul championed in Rhode Island by state Treasurer Gina Raimondo in 2011: "Looting Pension Funds. All Across America, Wall Street is grabbing money meant for public workers."
The first comment from Raimondo comes eight pages into the story, the equivalent of an 11-page printout, after Taibbi presents his case in his signature profanity-laden style.