Clay Pell

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The four Democrats running for governor mostly agreed with one another on a host of issues during a forum Monday sponsored by a liberal think tank, the Economic Progress Institute. The issues included jobs, safety net programs, and taxes.

The Democratic candidates for governor are slated to discuss a series of economic issues during a forum this evening in Warwick. The event comes with just about five months until the September 9th primary election.

Democrats Angel Taveras, Gina Raimondo and Clay Pell are expected for the 5 pm candidates’ forum at the Ocean State Theatre Company in Warwick. The discussion is being sponsored by a liberal think tank, the Economic Progress Institute.

Todd Giroux officially announced Tuesday that he’s running for governor. Giroux declared he’d run as a democrat back in October.

Giroux is a 43-year-old Woonsocket native. He’s a general contractor who specializes in historic preservation. He ran for governor in 2010 as an independent.

Giroux said he’ll be a governor who listens and responds. “We need a governor that has a steady hand on the rudder of this state,” he said. “And if we provide a commerce fund, an infrastructure fund then we have the tools that support the jobs plan.”

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell has won the endorsement of the political action committee of the National Education Association Rhode Island, whose leadership has enthusiastically supported Pell's campaign.

In a statement, NEARI president Larry Purtill says, “This race for governor is critical to the state of Rhode Island and public education. We need a candidate who will listen to educators, stop the testing craze and make sure that every Rhode Island student has the opportunity for a great public school education."

What does "Dude where's my car?" have to do with Clay Pell's campaign for governor? Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts.

How do you know your campaign is in trouble: when your car is getting more attention than your ideas.

That’s what’s happening to the infant campaign of Clay Pell, who would like to be our next governor.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q+A to discuss government transparency, Wall Street, how to reduce inequality, hedge fund investments in the state pension, and much more.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her plan meant to add manufacturing jobs; high-stakes testing; tax policy; the slow start to redeveloping former I-195 land; and other issues.

Clay Pell’s campaign, which is in need of some good tidings after a run of `Hey Dude Where’s My Cah’ coverage, has gotten the endorsement of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals, a nod that Democratic politicians covet.

``Rhode Island desperately needs principled and dynamic leadership to get our state moving in the right direction again. Clay represents our best opportunity for a new beginning and a clean break away from the same old politics that have left far too many Rhode Islanders without hope,’’ said Linda McDonald, a registered nurse who is president of UNAP.

Whither Clay Pell’s campaign for governor? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts.

How do you know your campaign is in trouble: When your car is getting more attention than your ideas.

That’s what’s happening to the infant campaign of Clay Pell, who would like to be our next governor.

While fellow Democrats Angel Taveras and Gina Raimondo support raising the minimum wage, Clay Pell is upping the ante by calling for pushing the wage to $10.10, effective July 1.

In letters to legislative leaders, Pell also called for annual adjustments to the wage based on the Consumer Price Index.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras on Tuesday unveiled a plan to help provide unemployed Rhode Islanders with the skills needed to find jobs. 

Taveras says even though tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders are out of work, Rhode Island lacks a comprehensive job training program. If elected governor, he says he’d implement an initiative so that unemployed residents obtain the right skills through CCRI to get hired.

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In the first of a series of economy-related campaign events, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo says Rhode Island needs to take action to get a piece of the pie as more manufacturing jobs are returning to the US.

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Myrth York, who made three unsuccessful Democratic attempts to become governor, threw her support to Gina Raimondo Wednesday morning as Raimondo tries to become Rhode Island's first woman chief executive.

York outlined her backing during an event at the Rue de L'Espoir restaurant on Hope Street in Providence, featuring Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts and about two-doxzen predominantly female supporters.

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