2014 governor's race

On Politics
8:29 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Myrth York Endorses Raimondo for Governor

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Myrth York, who made three unsuccessful Democratic attempts to become governor, threw her support to Gina Raimondo Wednesday morning as Raimondo tries to become Rhode Island's first woman chief executive.

York outlined her backing during an event at the Rue de L'Espoir restaurant on Hope Street in Providence, featuring Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts and about two-doxzen predominantly female supporters.

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On Politics
4:57 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

TGIF: 17 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Welcome back to my weekly column. Don your ear muffs, cook up some cocoa and settle in for another exciting seven days in Rhode Island politics. Your thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and feel free to follow me on the twitters. Let's get to it.

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On Politics
5:53 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Ken Block, social moderate, financial conservative

Ken Block, founded of the R.I. Moderate Party only to abandon it and become a Republican. Now he’s running for the Republican nomination for governor against Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.

From Block’s opening speech this week, it is evident that he is seeking to carve out an image as a social liberal and financial conservative. A software engineer and entrepreneur, Dartmouth graduate Block is busy staking out positions that appeal to small business owners, a natural constituency in GOP circles.

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On Politics
5:49 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Bill Fischer Leaving Clay Pell's Campaign

Bill Fischer, who has brought communications discipline to the early phase of Clay Pell's Democratic gubernatorial campaign as Pell's spokesman, is transitioning out of the campaign this week.

"I'm certainly proud of what we accomplished with Clay, working with his team to get the campaign off the ground successfully," Fischer told RIPR Wednesday afternoon.

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Politics
8:54 am
Wed February 26, 2014

GOP Candidate Ken Block Presents Plan To “Fix Rhode Island”

Block's plan calls for ambitious tax reforms, some of which have been brought up, and failed in previous legislative sessions.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block announced his “Block Plan” to “fix Rhode Island,” should he be elected governor.

Block outlined a series of major tax reforms he would pursue, including reducing the corporate sales tax from 9 percent to 7 percent.  That would make it the lowest in New England.

He also called for eliminating a $500 minimum tax for new businesses. Block said the current tax policy makes Rhode Island an uninviting place for businesses and entrepreneurs.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Bonus Q+A: Pell on the Economy, Taxes, Education, Campaign Finance & More

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell joins the Bonus Q+A to talk about jobs, education, Obamacare, campaign finance and many other issues related to Campaign 2014.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Political Roundtable: Pell on the Pension Dispute, His Campaign for Governor & More

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the dispute over the state pension overhaul of 2011; his campaign for governor; the new Providence Journal-WPRI poll; and more.

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On Politics
10:28 am
Wed February 12, 2014

WPRI/ProJo Poll Shows a Wide-Open Race for Governor

The latest WPRI-TV/Providence Journal poll shows Angel Taveras clinging to a small lead among the three major Democratic candidates for governor, although the main takeaway is the wide-open nature of the contest.

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Providence
8:28 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Providence Mayor Taveras Says The City Is Better Off Than When He Took Over

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras shakes hands at his final state of the city address.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras used his final State of the City address to say Rhode Island’s capital is in better condition than when he took office in 2011.  Taveras is part of a three-way Democratic field for governor.

Taveras says a small surplus has replaced the 110 million dollar deficit he inherited upon taking office. He says his administration has bolstered startups, improved graduation rates, and cut the waiting term for permits from City Hall. Taveras called that a decided improvement after he inherited a city facing possible bankruptcy.

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On Politics
2:21 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Pension settlement and the General Assembly: Is it doomed this year?

What everyone in the Rhode Island political swirl should understand about the state pension overhaul settlement details that are due for release tomorrow: This is very likely to be only the beginning of a protracted process.

One thing we know for sure. Even if it is fair and reasonable, not everyone is going to like it. Some unionized state employees and teachers will not be satisfied with anything less than a full restoration of the pension benefits that were sliced dramatically in the 2011 special General Assembly pension session.

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