2014 governor's race

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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On Politics
5:12 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

TGIF: 10 Things to Know About RI Politics + Media

Welcome back to my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. You can follow my short takes all week long via Twitter. Let's head in.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Political Roundtable: Smiley on Guns, His Campaign for Mayor, Susan Farmer + More

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Brett Smiley, a candidate for mayor of Providence in 2014, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.; his campaign to succeed Angel Taveras; the passing of former secretary of state Susan Farmer; and a new poll showing Taveras leading expected Democratic gubernatorial rival Gina Raimondo.

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Politics
11:24 am
Thu September 19, 2013

New Poll Shows Taveras Edging Out Raimondo In Potential Democratic Primary for Governor

A new poll shows Providence Mayor Angel Taveras edging out State treasurer Gina Raimondo in potential Democratic Governor's primary.
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A new poll commissioned by Angel Taveras’ campaign organization shows Taveras with a significant lead over his expected Democratic primary rival for governor, Gina Raimondo.  The poll sampled 400 likely Democratic primary voters.

The poll by a Washington DC polling firm shows Taveras with a 19-point lead over Raimondo. According to the poll, 49 percent of the respondents want Taveras to be governor, while 30 percent prefer Raimondo. An additional 21 percent of respondents were undecided. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus five percentage points.

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Politics
4:00 am
Thu September 19, 2013

RI Lacks a Plan for Curbing "Crippling Effect" of Persistent Budget Deficits

Rhode Island's budget must be balanced by the end of the legislative session. But projected deficits for the next fiscal year are a constant -- and the long-term outlook is getting worse.
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Every year, when Rhode Island lawmakers start working on a new budget, they face a spending plan mired in red ink. By law, the budget must be balanced by the end of the legislative session, usually in June. But like a boomerang, projected budget deficits zoom back to Smith Hill by the time the new session starts in January. Next year will no different -- Rhode Island already faces the fiscal year starting in July 2014 with an estimated $149 million hole. And the state lacks a plan for overcoming budget deficits that are projected to get far worse with time.

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On Politics
5:17 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Taveras Poll Shows Him Leading Raimondo Among Likely Dem Primary Voters

A poll released by Providence Mayor Angel Taveras' campaign organization shows him leading state Treasurer Gina Raimondo 49 percent to 30 percent in a matchup for governor. The survey of 400 likely Democratic primary voters says an additional 21 percent of the voters are undecided.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Raimondo on Education, Campaign Finance, Transparency + More

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q+A to talk about her political future, education policy, campaign finance, transparency in government and other topics.

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On Politics
3:01 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

On Jump-Starting RI's Economy, Gina Raimondo Sounds A Lot Like ... Lincoln Chafee

Raimondo during a House Finance appearance earlier this year
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If gubernatorial-candidate-in-waiting Gina Raimondo has bold ideas for sparking Rhode Island's economy, she's keeping them to herself. Instead, during a taping Thursday of RIPR's Political Roundtable, Raimondo sounded a lot like Rhode Island's current governor, Lincoln Chafee, in emphasizing a focus on improving the economic fundamentals.

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On Politics
3:19 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Fung Unveils Exploratory Committee For Expected Gov Run

Fung during a City Hall news conference earlier this year
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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has tapped a host of prominent Republicans -- including former governors Don Carcieri and Lincoln Almond, Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, and Lincoln Town Administrator Joseph Almond -- as part of an exploratory committee for his anticipated GOP gubernatorial run.

Via news release, Fung said Rhode Islanders are hungry for leadership, "someone who has both the private and public sector experience necessary to get Rhode Islanders back to work and get this state back on track.”

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