Clay Pell

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Allan Fung, the three-term mayor of Cranston, unveiled himself Monday as Rhode Island's Great Republican Hope, emphasizing his plan for improving the state's economy and education system while paying homage to his family's immigrant roots in kicking off his long-anticipated run for governor.

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Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has named Maryellen Goodwin, majority whip in the Rhode Island Senate and the chief clerk in the city's Department of Planning & Development, as his acting deputy chief of staff.

The news, relayed in a message to staffers, comes on the heels of plans for the departure of Arianne Lynch as deputy chief of staff and the exit of deputy city solicitor Matt Jerzyk.

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Although General Treasurer Gina Raimondo hasn't yet declared her expected Democratic campaign for governor, she continues to outpace Providence Mayor Angel Taveras in campaign fundraising.

During the third quarter that ended with the close of September, Raimondo raised about $412,000 (bringing her cash on hand to more than $2.3 million), while Taveras brought in $154,000 (bringing his war chest to $759,150.)

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Providence Mayor Angel Taveras formally launched his long-anticipated Democratic gubernatorial campaign on Monday, describing himself as the person best suited by experience and temperament to lead Rhode Island forward.

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is scheduled on Monday to become the first Democrat to formally announce his candidacy for his party’s 2014 gubernatorial nomination. The 43-year-old Harvard-educated lawyer’s State House ambitions have been one of Rhode Island’s worst-kept secrets.

Taveras, who would be the state’s first governor of Latino ancestry, will make his announcement at 10 a.m. at Meeting Street School. He will speak to a relatively small gathering of family, friends, elected officials who support him and reporters, then take questions from members of the media.

Out with old and in with the new. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why that may be the theme of Rhode Island’s 2014 election cycle.

John F. Kennedy put it eloquently in his 1961 inaugural address: ``Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.’’

The Ocean State elections promise to turn friend into foe, but that happens every two years in our insular political culture. What is becoming notable as the parade forms for the 2014 is the changing of the generational guard.

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Angel Taveras, who emerged from Providence's inner city to become one of Rhode Island's most popular politicians, will formally announce on Monday his Democratic campaign for governor, setting the stage for an expected clash with another rising star -- General Treasurer Gina Raimondo -- and perhaps a grandson of the late former US Senator Claiborne Pell.

Taveras' announcement will come Monday morning at a yet to be revealed location, according to campaign spokesman Peter Baptista.

With the Democratic field for governor next year still coming into focus, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo continue to scrap over the issue of third-party spending.

On Thursday, a day after Taveras unveiled his proposal for a "People's Pledge" to squelch super PACs and other forms of third-party spending in next year's primary race, the mayor's campaign organization released a copy of a letter to Raimondo. It calls on her to sign the pledge and reads in part:

Clay Pell, a grandson of the late US Senator Claiborne Pell, is looking at a possible Democratic run for governor in 2014, according to local Democrats.

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