New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is slated to return to Rhode Island to campaign Tuesday with Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung. First Lady Michelle Obama is expected here later in the week.
Christie stumped for Fung in Johnston earlier this month, and pledged to return. Plans call for Christie to visit some Federal Hill merchants this afternoon and to tour businesses in Cranston. An advisory says reporters will be able to speak with Christie, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, only at the second event.
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.
For some indication of what Sen. Jack Reed’s reelection campaign will look like: Today’s announcement of top Obama Administration officials who will be visiting Rhode Island in the coming weeks.
On Monday, August 18, Jane Chu, chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts will touch down in Pawtucket, Providence and East Providence to meet with non-profit and community leaders and local artists.
The website Politico reports President Barack Obama is scheduled to be in the resort town on August 29th.
He's expected to be at a fundraising event in Newport for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
The site reports that though the president's approval rating remains rather low, he's still a big draw on the fundraising circuit. As mid-term elections approach, Obama has attended 16 fundraisers this cycle.
UPDATE: This was approved: Rhode Island’s low-skill minimum wage workers will very likely get a wage increase under legislation that the Rhode Island House is poised to approve before the end of the current legislative session.
The measure would jump the state’s floor wage for workers from the current $8 per hour to $9 on January 1, 2015. Such legislation has been approved by the state Senate and the House Labor Committee and has been posted for action by the full House tomorrow.