Catherine Taylor

In a rare move, the Rhode Island AFL-CIO has endorsed a Republican candidate for statewide office – Catherine Taylor, who is running for lieutenant governor against Democrat Dan McKee, the mayor of Cumberland.

In a statement, George Nee, president of the state AFL-CIO, said, `` the Rhode Island AFL-CIO is proud to endorse Catherine Taylor for the office of lieutenant governor.’’

The two candidates running for lieutenant governor differ on what should be done with the state’s health insurance exchange HealthSource RI. Right now federal dollars are funding the exchange, but soon Rhode Island will have to come up with $20 million to keep it running.

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We're looking at the lieutenant governor's race as part of Rhody Votes '14.  Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay sat down with Dan McKee to talk about health insurance, a Constitutional Convention, and whether the office should even exist. 

Listen to Scott MacKay's interview with the Republican running for lieutenant governor, Catherine Taylor, here.  For all of our election coverage visit the Rhody Votes section of our website here.

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Now for some Rhode Island election coverage that doesn’t involve the red-hot governor’s race.  Instead, we’re looking at the race one notch down on the ballot: lieutenant governor.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay sat down with Republican Lt. Governor candidate Catherine Taylor to talk about health insurance, a constitutional convention, and whether the office should even exist.

Will the stars align for a nail-biting November 4 election eve with key races hanging in the balance? Read on, dear reader, and thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Feel free to send your comments and tips to idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Let's hit it.

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Rhode Island has been a laggard in electing women to high office. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay  on why that may change on November 4.

By most measures, Rhode Island is one of America’s most liberal and deepest blue of the 50 states. Our Washington, D.C. delegation is all-Democratic and no Republican holds any statewide or federal elected office.

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.

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Catherine Taylor on Monday launched her Republican campaign for lieutenant governor by vowing to use the office as a bully pulpit for improving the state's economic climate.

Taylor is a former aide to the late senator John Chafee, and she stepped down last week as head of the state Division of Elderly Affairs. Speaking outside the Business Innovation Factory in Providence's Olneyville section, Taylor was joined by her family and other Republicans, including gubernatorial candidates Allan Fung and Ken Block, in formally launching her campaign.

Republican Catherine Taylor, who came within a whisker of beating Democrat Ralph Mollis in the 2010 race for secretary of state, has confirmed she's running this year for lieutenant governor.

In a statement, Taylor says she'll step down from her current post as director of the state Division of Elderly Affairs on June 20.

Catherine Taylor, the State’s director of the Division of Elderly Affairs is stepping down from her post to jump into the race for Lieutenant Governor.  This will be the second time Taylor will run against Ralph Mollis.

The first time the two sparred for political office was in 2010, in the race for Secretary of State. Mollis won that contest by a razor thin margin of 1.2 percent beating Taylor by less than four thousand votes; not enough to prompt a recount. Since then Taylor has served director of the Division of Elderly Affairs for Rhode Island.

State officials want to make it easier for people living with Alzheimer’s and those who care for them. Nearly 25,000 Rhode Islanders suffer from the disease, and an estimated 60,000 are their unpaid caregivers.

A work group spearheaded by Lt Gov Elizabeth Roberts and Division of Elderly Affairs chief Catherine Taylor has issued a set of recommendations in the state’s first comprehensive Alzheimer’s plan.

Division of Elderly Affairs

Catherine Taylor, Director of Rhode Island's Division of Elderly Affairs, joined us in our studio earlier to help us kick off our series, The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island. You'll find a link to listen to that interview below.

She also sent us these thoughts about how Rhode Island seniors can break out of isolation and find help.

Director of Division of Elderly Affairs Catherine Taylor
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Rhode Island has the largest percentage of people age 85 and older in the nation, and the number is only going to grow as baby boomers begin to join that group. This week, Rhode Island Public Radio takes an in-depth look at older Rhode Islanders in a new series we’re calling The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island.  To start us off, RIPR Morning Edition Host Elisabeth Harrison spoke with Catherine Taylor, Director of the State Division of Elderly Affairs.

Under the health care reform act, many preventive services like diabetes screenings, bone mass measurement, and so-called “Wellness” visits are now available for free (no co-payment) to Medicare recipients. (Medicare is health coverage for people over age 65.