Allan Fung

With just over a month until Election Day, the post-primary lull is rapidly fading into the past. So thanks for stopping by, feel to send your tips and thoughts my way at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go:

The Rhode Island Republican Party has taken its complaint over a campaign commercial for gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo to the state Board of Elections.  Democrats insist they’re not doing anything wrong.

Democrat Gina Raimondo clings to a narrow lead over Republican Allan Fung in Rhode Island’s campaign for governor, according to the latest poll released by Rasmussen Reports, a national pollster. The survey has Raimondo, the state general treasurer, at 42 percent, and Cranston Mayor Fung at 37 percent, with 11 percent preferring another candidate (Bob Healey is the Moderate Party candidate for governor) and 11 percent undecided. The survey of 750 likely Rhode Island voters was taken between September 23 to 25 and carries a margin of sampling error of 4 percent.

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The Center for Public Integrity, a non-partisan investigative group in Washington, DC, says Rhode Island led the nation in the amount of spending per voter on political ads so far in 2014.

Pennsylvania led the country with the most overall spending on political ads, with more than $37 million dollars, and Rhode Island placed 15th in that category. Yet the CPI says the Ocean State’s hard-fought Democratic gubernatorial primary sparked the most spending per-voter on campaign commercials.

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Rivals in the heated Republican primary for governor, Ken Block and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, hugged in front of the media Monday and vowed to work together to get a Republican in the governor’s office.

They attacked each other in debates and television ads, but at a press conference at the Statehouse Fung and Block hugged, saying they share a belief in reduced spending and more oversight of the General Assembly. Block said the two are now united going into the November election.

Gubernatorial candidates Gina Raimondo and Allan Fung have agreed to do a limited number of joint appearances and televised debates before the general election.  A coalition of environmental groups is disappointed its invitation for a debate didn’t make the list.

With more than a hint of fall in the air, the general election candidates are driving toward the finish line. So sit back, take a read of my weekly notes, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and take a gander at the twitters. Here we go.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung joins Bonus Q+A to talk about his campaign, whether his tax plan adds up, whether it was a mistake to support making Rhode Island a right to work state, and much more.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his win over Ken Block last week; his general election race against Gina Raimondo; Moderate Party candidate Robert Healey's place on the ballot; and the race for mayor of Providence.


The state Board of Elections will hold a hearing Wednesday on whether Bob Healey can run as the Moderate Party’s candidate for governor. The state GOP is fighting the Moderate Party’s move for Healey to replace James Spooner, who bowed out of the race for health reasons.

The secretary of state’s office says the thousand signatures Spooner collected to get on the ballot can transfer to Healey, but the state GOP says that circumvents the nominating process.

The Rhode Island AFL-CIO’s COPE (Committee on Political Education) convention that was held in Providence last Friday decided to put the labor organization on record against Republican Allan Fung’s campaign for governor.

In a sign of more labor support for Gina Raimondo's Democratic gubernatorial run, Service Employees International Union, 1199 NE, has endorsed Raimondo. The union represents more than 4,000 healthcare and service workers in Rhod Island.

In a statement, 1199's executive president, Patrick Quinn, says, “Gina Raimondo understands that the private sector and the public sector need to work in tandem for the economy to grow. Strategic investment in people and industries are the way to grow the RI economy and close the growing income gap."

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The primaries are over and now it’s time for the main event. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the Rhode Island campaign for governor.

Rhode Island voters will make history in November by choosing either Republican Allan Fung or Democrat Gina Raimondo as their next governor. Raimondo would be the first woman governor;  Fung would be the first Asian-American.

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Democratic nominee for state treasurer Seth Magaziner and guest panelist Ted Nesi join Political Roundtable this week to discuss primary victories for Gina Raimondo and Allan Fung; Magaziner's triumph over Frank Caprio; Jorge Elorza's victory in Providence; and Nellie Gorbea's upset of Guillaume De Ramel.


Every election has winners and losers. Yesterday’s Rhode Island primaries fit that mold on steroids.

On the Republican side, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung forged a comfortable win over Ken Block, the angry Barrington businessman. The GOP primary voters favored a mayor who had a record against an outsider who promised little more than putting the bully in Bully Pulpit and campaigned as if being governor was all about arousing public opinion to fight the Statehouse establishment.