2014 governor's race

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell was a registered Republican as a young man in Arizona.  Pell registered as a Democrat when he moved to Newport in 2003.

Pell says he registered as a Republican at age 17 because that was the party of his parents. Pell has described himself in this campaign as the progressive Democrat in the race, and he says there’s no contradiction between that message his earlier GOP affiliation.


Scott MacKay, Maureen Moakley, and guest panelist Ted Nesi of WPRI.com join me as we discuss the Democratic and Republican gubernatorial primaries that will be decided Tuesdat, and the Providence Democratic primary between Michael Solomon and Jorge Elorza.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

The 5 major candidates for governor discussed a range of issues during two separate debates Wednesday). The forums sponsored by Rhode Island Public Radio and Channel 10 came just six days before the statewide primary September 9th.

With less than a week to go until the primary election, the candidate hit on familiar themes while making a late push for votes.

Ken Block and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung  clashed in their second debate within 24 hours this afternoon, a meeting that produced more heat than enlightenment and revealed few major policy differences between the two candidates vying for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in the September 9 primary.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Republican gubernatorial candidates Allan Fung and Ken Block squared off Tuesday night during a televised debate. The skirmish sponsored by Channel 12 and the Providence Journal took place exactly one week before the statewide primary next Tuesday. 

After months of campaigning, the two Republicans found common ground on a few issues. But they made their appeal to voters through different messages and clashed on different parts of their platforms.

In a joust that broke little new ground, Ken Block and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung hammered away at each other tonight in a WPRI-Channel 12-Providence Journal televised debate that came a week before their September 9 Republican gubernatorial showdown.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Rhode Island’s 2010 GOP gubernatorial candidate, John Robitaille, on Tuesday endorsed Ken Block, one of the two Republicans running for governor in the primary next Tuesday. The other Republican, Allan Fung, rolled out his own support from former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

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With the primary election just a week away, Republican Mitt Romney is throwing his support behind Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.  Romney says Fung has a strong record of financial reform in Cranston.

Republican John Robitaille is expected to endorse businessman Ken Block for Governor in the upcoming primary. Robitaille ran for Governor in 2010, losing narrowly to then-independent Lincoln Chafee.  Block also ran in that election, as a Moderate.  Robitaille is scheduled to make his endorsement at the Statehouse later today.

If the Rhode Island political news is coming this hot and heavy, what's it going to be like next week? The September 9 primary witching hour is steadily approach, so welcome back for another edition of my Friday column. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and the land of 140-character notes awaits you via the twitters. Here we go.

Aaron Read, RIPR

When politicians want to launch nasty, negative messages about their opponents, they often choose direct mail because it leaves fewer fingerprints than such other media as television, radio or print.

That looks like the path State General Treasurer Gina Raimondo is traveling in the waning days of the Democratic gubernatorial primary, which takes place September 9. Her camp has fired off a mail piece that blames Providence Mayor Angel Taveras for shootings in Providence.

As the clock ticks in the Democratic primary election for governor, it is becoming apparent that Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is caught in a left-right pincer movement between newcomer Clay Pell and State General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

Raimondo tacks right, Pell to the left and Taveras is stuck in the middle, which is not always a great place to be in a primary historically dominated by the liberal, progressive side of the party. The other challenge for Taveras, who has pretty clearly become the underdog, is that he is not nearly as well financed as either Pell or Raimondo.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

The three major Democratic candidates for governor each say improving Rhode Island’s economy would be their top focus if they win election in November.

The trio squared off during a televised debate Tuesday sponsored by Channel 12 and the Providence Journal.

Clay Pell, Gina Raimondo, and Angel Taveras generally stuck with familiar themes during the hour-long debate. Pell said he’s the progressive candidate, Taveras called himself the candidate of working families, and Raimondo said the pension overhaul she spearheaded in 2011 shows her ability to get results.

With just over two weeks until the September 9 primary, Democrat Gina Raimondo and her supporters used a flood-the-zone approach Monday in responding to rival Angel Taveras's charge that Raimondo "works for Wall Street." 

It's been another wild week in Rhode Island politics and things will only get more intense on the way to the September 9th primary. So strap yourself in, send your tips and thoughts to me at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and follow me on the twitters whenever you're lucid and awake. Here we go.

The field director for Angel Taveras' gubernatorial campaign, Whitney Larsen, has left that job to work for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on one of the nation's most high-profile US House races, RIPR has learned.

Larsen will working on the effort to help elect Democrat Andrew Romanoff, a former speaker of the Colorado House, in his challenge to Republican Representative Mike Coffman. Larsen did not respond to a request for comment.