Why have political campaigns become so relentlessly negative? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it reflects the cynicism of the times and the way political money is raised and spent.
Click the television remote as many times as you like but don’t expect to escape the nasty political spots running nonstop until the polls close tomorrow. Hike to the mailbox and you’re greeted by an avalanche of political flyers spreading dirt on one politician or another. Ditto for the Internet.
The winner of the Providence mayor’s race all comes down to who wins which neighborhoods.
Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay has followed Providence politics for more than 25 years. Here’s his take on which wards Independent Buddy Cianci and Democrat Jorge Elorza have to win to become the next mayor of Providence.
As the hours dwindle until next Tuesday, Republican Allan Fung has a significant edge in campaign money over Democrat Gina Raimondo in the Rhode Island gubernatorial campaign.
Reports filed with the state Board of Elections show that Fung has about $270,000 remaining in his campaign account, while Raimondo’s campaign chest has only about $32,000. Moderate Party candidate Robert Healey, the third candidate in the race to succeed Lincoln Chafee as governor, has not solicited campaign contributions.
The three candidates for mayor of Providence took part in a spirited debate last night at Rhode Island College. The candidates mostly rehashed their stances while tossing sharp remarks at one another.
With a boisterous audience, it didn’t take long for things to get heated between independent Buddy Cianci, Democrat Jorge Elorza, and Republican Daniel Harrop. Cianci took aim at Harrop for contributing to Elorza’s campaign and saying he might vote for the Democrat.
To take a closer look at the Providence mayor’s race, we brought in Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Mike Stanton … who is considered by many the unofficial biographer of Buddy Cianci. A twice convicted felon, Cianci is running again for mayor. As part of our Rhody Votes election coverage, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch sat down with Stanton to talk about Cianci’s past and whether it is prologue.
For all of our election coverage, visit the Rhody Votes page at our website here.
At age 73, Buddy Cianci’s passion for campaigning still burns bright. He’s the longest serving mayor in Providence history. But scandals have twice forced Cianci from City Hall, first in 1984 and then again in 2002. Yet Cianci keeps coming back, and no one underestimates him in his battle with Democrat Jorge Elorza.
A spokeswoman for Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare has confirmed that two men who collected mail ballots for mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci at the Crossroads homeless shelter last week were off-duty city police officers.
A great fun time was had by all last night at the Fund for Community Progress event honoring longtime Providence Journal columnist Bob Kerr. The time was held at the Pearl Restaurant on Charles Street in Providence.
Several hundred retired and still-working journalists jammed a function room at Pearl for an evening of humor and tributes to Kerr, who was fired by the ProJo in the latest round of job cuts by the newspaper’s new owners, an arm of the Gatehouse media empire.