Frank Caprio

Anthony Pesaturo, the veteran pollster and political consultant, and Andrew Annaldo, former Democratic city councilman and mayoral candidate, are conducting exit polls today at voting precincts in the Elmhurst and Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods of Providence. The neighborhoods are redoubts of old Providence, the city of Italian and Irish Americans, but a smattering of Latinos have moved in recent years. (Mayor Angel Taveras and his family live there, as does City Council President Michael Solomon).It has long been a Democratic Party redoubt.

With the statewide primary on Tuesday, Scott MacKay, Maureen Moakley, and's Ted Nesi join me to discuss the races for lieutenant governor, treasurer, secretary of state, and the November campaign for attorney general.

Dems In Race For General Treasurer Debate

Sep 4, 2014

The two democrats running for General Treasurer traded barbs yesterday during a televised debate less than a week before the September 9th primary.  It was a contest between old school and new school.

Former state treasurer Frank Caprio is trying to get his old job back after an unsuccessful run for governor. He didn’t miss an opportunity to criticize his opponent political newcomer Seth Magaziner for his lack of experience.

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Former President Bill Clinton came to Rhode Island Wednesday to lend his support to an old family friend, Seth Magaziner, one of two Democrats vying to be the state's next treasurer. More than 200 people turned out for the fundraiser ($50 suggested contribution) at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

In the race for state treasurer, first-time candidate Seth Magaziner is leading former treasurer Frank Caprio, 43 percent to 31 percent, with 24 percent of voters undecided, according to a new WPRI-TV/Providence Journal poll.

The survey measures 503 likely Democratic primary voters.

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Seth Magaziner is one of two Democrats running for state treasurer. On Monday, we heard from former treasurer Frank Caprio, who’s trying to regain his old job. At age 31, Magaziner might be a first-time candidate, but he’s no stranger to politics; his father, Ira Magaziner, was a top aide in the Clinton White House, and Bill Clinton is coming to campaign for Magaziner later this month.

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Former state treasuer Frank Caprio is trying to win back his old job. After losing a race for governor in 2010, Caprio is one of two Democrats running in the September 9 primary to succeed outgoing Treasurer Gina Raimondo, who is running for governor. And as he told Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis, Caprio insists he will be a more transparent treasurer than Raimondo. The two talked as part of our Rhody Votes coverage of the 2014 election.

There's already hint of fall in the air as the political calendar inexorably moves toward Rhode Island's September 9 primary. So thanks for stopping by for my Friday column, and, as always, feel free to send your tips and thoughts my way, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

In December, 1991 Bill Clinton swooped into Providence for a University Club fund-raiser for his nascent presidential campaign. He arrived at Green Airport in a small  private plane and was met by former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino, Suzanne Magaziner and her young son.

As Clinton got off the plane, he reached out and patted the young boy on the head. ``Hey Seth, how areyah?, said the Arkansas governor in the drawl that would become known around the world after his 1992 election as president.

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The Democratic primary election for governor is shaping up as a close contest between Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

The early Channel 12/ProJo public opinion surveys conducted by veteran Rhode Island pollster Joe Fleming show this to be the case.  Now comes last night’s endorsement confab held at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick by the R.I. Association of Democratic City and  Town Chairs, which failed to reach consensus on an endorsement for governor.

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Frank Caprio has won the endorsement of two key Latino elected officials -- Central Falls Mayor James Diossa and state Representative Grace Diaz (D-Providence) -- as he tries to win a three-way Democratic primary fight with Ernest Almonte and Seth Magaziner.

While Magaziner has attracted help from Bill Clinton, and state Senator Juan Pichardo (D-Providence) endorsed Almonte this week, Caprio has also attracted support from the mayors of Johnston and North Providence.

Former state treasurer Frank Caprio has won a coveted endorsement -- from the Rhode Island State Association of Firefighters -- as he fights to regain his former office in a three-way Democratic primary.

The association represents almost 2000 firefighters across Rhode Island, encompassing 36 local unions.

Former President Bill Clinton is expected to headline a March 11 fundraiser for treasurer candidate Seth Magaziner in New York City, according to Magaziner's campaign manager.

Magaziner's campaign manager, Evan England, says the venue for the fundraiser has yet to be finalized.