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Governor's Race
9:11 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Party Lines Drawn Over Minimum Wage Increases Between Gubernatorial Candidates

Cranston Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung, along with fellow Republican candidate Ken Block, says now is not the time to raise the state minimum wage. The two Democratic candidates disagree.
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In the governor's race Republicans are responding to Democratic proposals to raise the state’s minimum wage.

It’s an issue that’s dividing candidates along party lines.

Providence Mayor and Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras was the first to give specifics about a plan to hike the minimum wage.

He’s proposing a two-dollar ten cent increase over the next four years; from eight dollars to ten-dollars ten cents by 2018.

Fellow Democratic candidate for governor, and state treasurer Gina Raimondo wants to see the same increase, but by 2015.

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Governor's Office
12:17 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Governor Chafee To Give Final State Of The State

Governor Lincoln Chafee at previous State of the State address.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Lincoln Chafee will unveil his last state budget during a State of the State address Wednesday at the Statehouse. As Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis reports, Chafee announced last year he wouldn’t seek re-election

Chafee will present his spending plan during a public address to the legislature, which typically makes significant changes to the budget before ending its session in June. During a recent interview, Chafee said his spending priorities remain unchanged.

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RI News
1:48 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Raimondo Kicks Off Campaign For Governor, Rolls Out Ideas

State treasurer Gina Raimondo announces her bid for governor in Pawtucket.
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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo started fleshing out her vision for Rhode Island as she formally announced her campaign Monday morning.

Raimondo emphasized the economy, laying out ideas that include writing off some college loans to encourage grads to stay in Rhode Island, creating a funding formula for road and bridge improvements, and establishing an institute to foster growth-sector jobs.

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On Politics
5:29 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media

In the astute words of C. Andrew Morse: "In terms of news density, the holidays are over and the new year has definitely arrived." So read on, and welcome back to my weekly column, dear readers. Your thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Let's head in.

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Governor's Race
8:57 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Block Files Complaint Against State Properties Committee

Ken Block addresses crowd at the Statehouse rotunda.
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Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block has filed a complaint, accusing the state agency that manages state-owned properties with multiple violations of the Open Meetings Act.  The candidate is also calling on the General Assembly to strengthen the law and enhance the penalties for violating it.

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Governor's Race
9:17 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Chafee Yet To Give Endorsement To Any Democratic Gubenatorial Candidate

Democratic governor Lincoln Chafee will not seek another term in office, and has yet to endorse any possible candidate.
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Governor Lincoln Chafee says he still hasn’t decided which candidate to support in this year’s gubernatorial race but he’s decided one thing.  Chafee, a Republican-turned independent-turned Democrat, said there’s no way he would endorse a Republican.

"I’m a democrat and I’m a very proud member of the democratic party now. It’s been an evolution, as you know. And I’m proud to become a democrat and stand up for the values of building the middle class and closing the disparity of wealth that exists in this country and that’s what I care about," said Chafee.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Political Roundtable: Newberry on Pension Mediation, 38 Studios + The Race for Governor

Newberry on the House floor in 2012.
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House Minority Leader Brian Newberry (R-North Smithfield) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the possible fate in the General Assembly of the 2011 pension overhaul; continued fallout from the failure of 38 Studios; and the intensifying race for governor.

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On Politics
2:56 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

TGIF: Rhode Island's 12 Top Unanswered Political Questions for 2014

Your faithful correspondent is breaking from TGIF's usual format this week to gaze ahead into 2014. Thanks for stopping by and feel free to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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On Politics
1:28 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Via Emailed Video, Raimondo Announces Campaign for Governor

State General Treasurer Gina Raimondo -- who developed a national profile after spearheading a significant overhaul of Rhode Island's pension system in 2011 -- announced in a four-and-a-half-minute video emailed to supporters today that she is indeed running to become governor next year.

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On Politics
5:12 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Can Taveras raise enough money to beat Raimondo?

Money isn’t everything in political campaigns. Yet, it is a lot of things, explains Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay who ponders the role of campaign cash in the 2014 RI Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Jesse Unruh, speaker of the California Assembly, coined the term back in 1966. ``Money,’’ said Unruh. ``is the mother’s milk of politics.’’

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