Clay Pell

Bill Fischer, who has brought communications discipline to the early phase of Clay Pell's Democratic gubernatorial campaign as Pell's spokesman, is transitioning out of the campaign this week.

"I'm certainly proud of what we accomplished with Clay, working with his team to get the campaign off the ground successfully," Fischer told RIPR Wednesday afternoon.

RI Democratic gubernatorial aspirant Clay Pell has picked up the endorsement of the Johnston Democratic Committee, Pell’s campaign announced.

``Clay Pell is the right candidate at the right time to move Rhode Island’s economy forward,’’ said Richard Delfino, the town’s Democratic chairman. ``Members of the committee….were impressed by his experience at the White House and the fresh perspective he can bring to solving our challenges. As governor he will be a honest broker and tireless advocate for the state of Rhode Island.’’

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In their first comment since a proposed pension settlement was unveiled Friday afternoon, House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed steer clear of either endorsing or opposing the deal.

Here's a joint statement from the two legislative leaders:

What a week in Rhode Island politics. Welcome back to my weekly column, and thanks for stopping by. As always, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Let's get snapping.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell joins the Bonus Q+A to talk about jobs, education, Obamacare, campaign finance and many other issues related to Campaign 2014.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the dispute over the state pension overhaul of 2011; his campaign for governor; the new Providence Journal-WPRI poll; and more.

The latest WPRI-TV/Providence Journal poll shows Angel Taveras clinging to a small lead among the three major Democratic candidates for governor, although the main takeaway is the wide-open nature of the contest.

This week brings crucial developments in the 2014 Rhode Island governor’s race: tomorrow a WPRI-Providence Journal public opinion survey releases veteran pollster Joe Fleming’s numbers on the race. Then on Wednesday, the most important new twist comes when the legal settlement in the 2011 state public employee pension overhaul is made public.

Campaign managers of the three main democrats running for governor met Monday to start hammering out a pledge to limit outside spending in the race. John Marion, president of the good government group, Common Cause, facilitated the two-hour meeting.

The so-called People’s Pledge made headlines in the Massachusetts senate race between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren. In that race the candidates agreed to discourage outside spending on TV, radio and the internet, but not direct mail.

Angel Taveras' gubernatorial campaign is rolling out endorsements by 32 state lawmakers.

In a statement, Taveras says, “I am grateful to these 32 State Senators and State Representatives for their support and for their belief in the Democratic values that I stand for,” said Mayor Angel Taveras. “I look forward to continuing to work with these officials, and all Rhode Islanders, to convey my message of hope and my plans to move Rhode Island forward.”

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras released a proposal Tuesday to try to ensure women receive the same pay for their work as men.

Taveras spoke at Craftland, a woman-owned business on Westminster Street in downtown Providence, to highlight disparities in pay for women and men. He says if elected governor, he’ll appoint more women to office, examine the equity of pay for state workers, and impose stiffer penalties for violations of Rhode Island’s pay equity laws. Taveras says paying women and men the same for the same work is the right thing to do.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidates Angel Taveras and Gina Raimondo are sparring over campaign spending by independent third-party groups.

A Texas hedge fund billionaire, John Arnold, recently gave $100,000 to a super PAC backing Raimondo’s campaign for governor. Taveras’ campaign says if Raimondo wants to keep Wall Street and other special interests out of the race, she should call for the American LeadHERship PAC to return Arnold’s contribution.

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Every serious candidate says Rhode Island’s poor economy is the top issue in this year’s governors’ race. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time for Rhode Island to sort economic myth from reality.

Say hello to any of the five major candidates for governor and you’ll get a marathon run of rhetoric on the need to create jobs in our struggling state.  On the Republican side, Ken Block and Allan Fung have both talked about ushering in a better business climate, lowering taxes and looking for ways to save taxpayer money.

Gina Raimondo's gubernatorial campaign says it raised $485,507 in the final three months of 2013, raising her campaign account to a balance of $2,508,647. Meanwhile, the new Democrat in the race, Clay Pell, shows a balance of $1.1 million, with more than $1 million of it coming from a loan to himself.

Here's how Raimondo touted her latest numbers.

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