2014 state general offices

Ian Donnis

State Senator Dawson Hodgson (R-North Kingstown), the Republican candidate for attorney general in last week's election, joins Political Roundtable to talk about what went wrong; the outlook on the state budget; the transitions for the state's new elected officials; and more.

It's almost all over but the crying. After years of run-up, Rhode Island's 2014 election is at hand. So thanks for stopping by, and feel free to drop me a line (idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org) and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

Our panel of RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay, URI political science professor Maureen Moakley, WPRI.com politics/economics reporter Ted Nesi, and yours truly talk about the state's four down-ballot races and the back and forth over convening a constitutional convention.

Independent state treasurer candidate Ernest Almonte joins Bonus Q+A to discuss his campaign, the state's issues with funding long-term obligations, whether to pay back 38 Studios' investors, and other issues.

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Independent candidate for treasurer Ernest Almonte joins Political Roundtable to discuss his campaign; the latest WPRI-TV/Providence Journal poll; how state and federal officials are faring in responding to Ebola; and the end of the road for The Providence Phoenix.

Democrats hold the upper hand in the four statewide down-ballot races to be determined November 4, although large percentages of undecided voters in a new WPRI/TV-Providence Journal poll suggest possible changes in the outcomes.

Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee, a Democrat, leads Republican Catherine Taylor, 36 to 27 percent in the race for lieutenant governor. Thirty-one percent of voters are undecided.

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Democratic Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is seeking a second term as the state’s chief law enforcement officer. As part of our election coverage, Rhody Votes ‘14, Kilmartin sat down to talk about open records, strengthening gun laws and legalizing marijuana.

Democratic treasurer candidate Seth Magaziner, along with guest panelist Ted Nesi, join Bonus Q+A to discuss Magaziner's view of the treasurer's office, the ongoing court fight over the state's pension overhaul & more.

With the statewide primary on Tuesday, Scott MacKay, Maureen Moakley, and WPRI.com's Ted Nesi join me to discuss the races for lieutenant governor, treasurer, secretary of state, and the November campaign for attorney general.

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Former President Bill Clinton came to Rhode Island Wednesday to lend his support to an old family friend, Seth Magaziner, one of two Democrats vying to be the state's next treasurer. More than 200 people turned out for the fundraiser ($50 suggested contribution) at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

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Cumberland Mayor Dan McKee is one of three Democrats running for lieutenant governor. Term limits prevent the state’s current LG, Elizabeth Roberts, from seeking re-electon. As part of our Rhody Votes coverage of the 2014 election, McKee says his work as mayor shows he can make a difference as lieutenant governor.

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Ralph Mollis is one of three Democrats running for lieutenant governor. Term limits prevent the state’s current LG, Elizabeth Roberts, from seeking re-electon. Mollis has served two terms as secretary of state since first winning election in 2006. As part of our Rhody Votes coverage of the 2014 election, Mollis says his work as secretary of state shows he has what it takes to move up.

Frank Ferri is one of three Democrats running for lieutenant governor, along with Secretary of State Ralph Mollis and Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee. Term limits prevent the state’s current LG, Elizabeth Roberts, from seeking re-electon. Ferri has represented Warwick as a state rep since 2007, and he owns a bowling alley in Johnston. As part of our Rhody Votes covererage of the 2014 election, Ferri says he can speak for the concerns of small business owners.

In the race for state treasurer, first-time candidate Seth Magaziner is leading former treasurer Frank Caprio, 43 percent to 31 percent, with 24 percent of voters undecided, according to a new WPRI-TV/Providence Journal poll.

The survey measures 503 likely Democratic primary voters.

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Seth Magaziner is one of two Democrats running for state treasurer. On Monday, we heard from former treasurer Frank Caprio, who’s trying to regain his old job. At age 31, Magaziner might be a first-time candidate, but he’s no stranger to politics; his father, Ira Magaziner, was a top aide in the Clinton White House, and Bill Clinton is coming to campaign for Magaziner later this month.

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