2014 governor's race

On Politics
9:33 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Taveras To Announce Campaign for Governor Monday

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Angel Taveras, who emerged from Providence's inner city to become one of Rhode Island's most popular politicians, will formally announce on Monday his Democratic campaign for governor, setting the stage for an expected clash with another rising star -- General Treasurer Gina Raimondo -- and perhaps a grandson of the late former US Senator Claiborne Pell.

Taveras' announcement will come Monday morning at a yet to be revealed location, according to campaign spokesman Peter Baptista.

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On Politics
4:48 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Taveras and Raimondo Continue Back-and-Forth on Third-Party Spending

With the Democratic field for governor next year still coming into focus, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo continue to scrap over the issue of third-party spending.

On Thursday, a day after Taveras unveiled his proposal for a "People's Pledge" to squelch super PACs and other forms of third-party spending in next year's primary race, the mayor's campaign organization released a copy of a letter to Raimondo. It calls on her to sign the pledge and reads in part:

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On Politics
5:02 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Raimondo's retort to pension critics: Send her campaign cash

So here is State General Treasurer Gina Raimondo’s response to criticism of her state pension investment strategy: Send campaign cash!

In an e-mail message, Raimondo denounces critics of her pension investments as partisans. ``You might haved seen the latest round of attacks against me by a `pension expert’ who was paid tens of thousands of dollars by a Rhode Island special interest group to criticize our work stabilizing our state’s failing pension system. Make no mistake: These attacks were personal, recycled an an attempt to take down pension reform.’’

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On Politics
5:28 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

TGIF: 14 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media

Contrary to popular belief, TGIF was not MIA last week due to the presence of a Friday afternoon post-season Red Sox game. Regardless, we're back this week, and Rhode Island keeps on giving, so let's get going. (Gratuitous reminder: you can follow me on Twitter.)

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Political Roundtable: Cromwell on Judicial Selection; the New Brown Poll + More

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Political consultant Cara Cromwell, who has worked for politicians as varied as Bruce Sundlun and John Loughlin, joins us on Political Roundtable this week to discuss Richard Licht's pursuit of a Superior Court judgeship; Frank Caprio's proposal to restore pension COLAs; Lisa Baldelli-Hunt big primary win in Woonsocket; and the new Brown University poll.

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On Politics
10:46 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Brown Poll Shows Raimondo Leading Taveras Among Likely Democratic Voters

With 11 months until Rhode Island's Democratic gubernatorial primary next September, a new Brown University poll shows state Treasurer Gina Raimondo with an eight percentage point lead over Providence Mayor Angel Taveras.

The survey of 433 likely Democratic primary voters has a 4.5 percentage point margin of error, and it shows Raimondo with 42 percent of the support, Taveras with 33.6 percent, while 24.4 percent of respondents remain undecided.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Political Roundtable: Mollis on 2014, Whether RI Needs a LG + the Government Shutdown

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Secretary of State Ralph Mollis joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the partial federal government shutdown; his plans for 2014; whether Rhode Island really needs a lieutenant governor; and the Rolling Stone story on pension cuts.

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On Politics
11:38 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Will Latino Donors Help Level the Playing Field for Taveras?

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Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has a potentially powerful message to use in seeking out of state contributions for his expected gubernatorial run next year: with the exception of former Florida governor Robert Martinez (who served from 1987-91), a Latino governor has never been elected east of the Mississippi.

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On Politics
5:47 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

TGIF: 10 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media

Welcome back to my Friday column. Feel free to send me tips and thoughts to idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. You can follow me through the week via Twitter. As always, thanks for stopping by.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:43 am
Mon September 23, 2013

The Harsh Realities of Rhode Island's Economy

Jump starting Rhode Island's economy will take more than the typical statehouse spin.
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Rhode Island’s politicians are talking about the economy again. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay warns of a campaign cliché voters ought to view with skepticism

As predictable as the turning of autumn leaves, Rhode Island’s political campaigns will once again be filled with talk about creating jobs and jump-starting our stalled economy. Expect to hear the ancient Ocean State chestnut from the pols who’ll say, the biggest economic fear of Rhode Islanders is that their children can’t stay in our state because there aren’t enough jobs.

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