2014 governor's race

Politics
4:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Pension Fallout a Wild Card in Raimondo's Run for Governor

Raimondo walking in Woonsocket's AutumnFest parade with daughter Ceci.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Gina Raimondo has enjoyed a meteoric rise since winning office as Rhode Island’s general treasurer in 2010, and she could make history November 4 as the state’s first woman governor. Raimondo has received national media attention for spearheading the 2011 overhaul of the state pension system. Yet pension cuts have left some of the public employees who form a key part of the Democratic coalition angry at Raimondo.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
3:57 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Fung, Raimondo Should Answer These Questions Before They Get Your Vote

Rhode Island Statehouse
Credit RIPR FILE

The major candidates for Rhode Island governor have spent much of their campaigns focused on the economy. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on what they aren’t telling voters.

All of the Rhode Island political campaigns this year are talking about our state’s sluggish economy. In the governor’s contest between Republican Allan Fung, the Cranston mayor, and Democrat Gina Raimondo, the state treasurer, jobs and the economy often seem to be the only topic.

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Governor's Race
9:24 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Raimondo Picks Up Endorsement From President Barack Obama

Gina Raimondo at the announcement of her run for governor.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

President Obama has endorsed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo.  

Raimondo’s campaign detailed the president’s support in a statement.  President Obama says Raimondo has the business experience to create jobs, and the ability to bring people together to solve tough problems.  The president was slated to appear at Rhode Island College Thursday, but canceled to focus on the ongoing Ebola crisis.

Meanwhile, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney is due to visit Providence Thursday to campaign for Raimondo’s Republican opponent, Allan Fung.

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On Politics
9:06 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Obama Cancels RI Campaign Trip RIC Speech

President Barack Obama’s campaign trip to Rhode Island Thursday has been canceled due to the Ebola situation, the White House announced a few minutes ago.

The statement issued to the press states that the president’s scheduled travel to R.I. and New York has been cancelled. ``The president will remain at the White House to follow –up on the government’s Ebola response,’’ said the White House statement.

More details will be released tomorrow morning.

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On Politics
5:13 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

RI AFL-CIO's Nee And NEARI's Walsh Back Raimondo

In a boost for Gina Raimondo as she tries to gain support among union households, two of the most influential labor leaders in the state -- RI AFL-CIO president George Nee and Robert Walsh, executive director of the National Education Association Rhode Island -- on Wednesday expressed their personal support for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

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Rhody Votes 2014
4:59 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

RI Gov. Candidates Encouraged By Latest Poll Numbers

The top candidates running for governor said they are energized by the latest Providence Journal/Channel 12 poll. Democratic Treasurer Gina Raimondo leads Cranston Mayor Allan Fung with 42 percent to his 36 percent.

The poll shows Raimondo doing well among women, while Fung is polling strongly with men. Fung also has a higher favorability rating. Fung said the poll shows that his campaign is gaining momentum.

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On Politics
4:33 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

AFL-CIO endorses Catherine Taylor for lt. gov, first Republican to get labor's nod

In a rare move, the Rhode Island AFL-CIO has endorsed a Republican candidate for statewide office – Catherine Taylor, who is running for lieutenant governor against Democrat Dan McKee, the mayor of Cumberland.

In a statement, George Nee, president of the state AFL-CIO, said, `` the Rhode Island AFL-CIO is proud to endorse Catherine Taylor for the office of lieutenant governor.’’

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Governor's Race
8:57 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Raimondo Ahead Of Fung In Latest Governor's Race Poll

Democratic candidate for governor Gina Raimondo in Bristol.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

A new poll from WPRI and the Providence Journal, shows Democrat Gina Raimondo has a 6 percentage point lead over Republican Allan Fung.  

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On Politics
5:08 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

RIC students line up to see Obama

President Obama may not as popular as he once was, according to the latest public opinion polls. Yet  if you were on the Rhode Island College campus his afternoon, you wouldn’t hold that view.

By 3:30 p.m., more than 500 students and many others who appeared much older than the traditional college-age students, were lined up to get tickets for Obama’s speech at 3 p.m. on Thursday. RIC political science professor Kay Israel said that interest has been high among students and faculty for the presidential visit.

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Governor's Race
9:29 am
Tue October 14, 2014

New Governor's Race Poll Results Out Tomorrow

Republican candidate for governor Allan Fung, was 5 percent behind Democrat Gina Raimondo, in a poll from September.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

A new poll in the governor’s race comes out Tuesday from The Providence Journal and WPRI.  It’s the second poll in the governor’s race since the primary. It comes with just three weeks remaining before the general election.

The first poll came out in late September, and showed Democratic state treasurer Gina Raimondo with a slight lead over Republican Cranston Mayor Allan Fung. 

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