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Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung on Tuesday unveiled a $200 million tax-cutting proposal that he billed as a way to jump-start Rhode Island's economy.

The race to pick Rhode Island's next governor is still up for grabs.

A new Brown University poll shows Democratic gubernatorial candidates Angel Taveras and Gina Raimondo locked in a virtual dead heat, with Clay Pell lagging behind in the race. The poll (albeit from a tiny sample size of 86 somewhat or very likely GOP voters) shows a similar scenario with Republicans Ken Block and Allan Fung.

The Rhode Island Republican Party is backing up the GOP’s two gubernatorial candidates in saying that the state pension dispute should be resolved in court.  Two of the state’s leading Democrats still support the push for a settlement between the two sides

A proposed pension settlement unveiled in February was cast in doubt Monday when one of six groups that have to offer initial approval rejected the deal. State GOP chairman Mark Smiley said he agrees with his party’s gubernatorial candidates that the pension conflict should be decided in court.

In a preview of things to come as Rhode Island's Democratic primary grows more intense, the campaigns of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo are trading sharp jabs over the handling of the high-stakes state pension conflict.

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.

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss his Republican gubernatorial campaign and a host of other issues, including how many debates he plans to have with GOP rival Ken Block.

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, a Republican candidate for governor, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his plan for beating rival GOP candidate Ken Block; his opposition to Rhode Island's proposed pension settlement; the impact of Massachusetts gambling on Twin River; and Myrth York's endorsement for Gina Raimondo.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung says he'd consider privatizing RIPTA and other state agencies to find the money to pay for some of his policy proposals.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block sits down with host Elisabeth Harrison and Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott Mackay to discuss a variety of issues including public school, the floundering economy, and his switch from Moderate to Republican.

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On tap this week, Republican Ken Block’s plan to rescue the Rhode Island economy, and the outlook for the settlement aimed at ending the lawsuit over the state pension system.  Host Elisabeth Harrison sits in for Ian Donnis, and is joined by Rhode Island Public Radio’s political analyst Scott MacKay, and University of Rhode Island Political Science Professor Maureen Moakley.

Ken Block, founded of the R.I. Moderate Party only to abandon it and become a Republican. Now he’s running for the Republican nomination for governor against Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.

From Block’s opening speech this week, it is evident that he is seeking to carve out an image as a social liberal and financial conservative. A software engineer and entrepreneur, Dartmouth graduate Block is busy staking out positions that appeal to small business owners, a natural constituency in GOP circles.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block announced his “Block Plan” to “fix Rhode Island,” should he be elected governor.

Block outlined a series of major tax reforms he would pursue, including reducing the corporate sales tax from 9 percent to 7 percent.  That would make it the lowest in New England.

He also called for eliminating a $500 minimum tax for new businesses. Block said the current tax policy makes Rhode Island an uninviting place for businesses and entrepreneurs.

A leading Rhode Island Republican is calling on GOP voters to keep an open mind about their two choices in this year’s primary.

By using his Facebook page, former gubernatorial candidate John Robitaille is urging GOP voters to focus on deciding whether Allan Fung or Ken Block has the best plan for moving Rhode Island forward. He says the candidates’ courage and personal authenticity are more important than internal politics within the state Republican Party.

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