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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.
The Democratic side of the 2014 race for secretary of state is quickly heating up, with Nellie Gorbea making formal her entry to the tilt and wealthy Newporter Guillaume de Ramel helping to fill his campaign coffers with cash.
In a news release, de Ramel's campaign says it will report raising nearly $110,000 during the second quarter that ended July 31. The release says de Ramel will have a campaign balance in excess of $300,000 after a "personal investment" by the candidate.
Longtime Providence City Councilor Terry Hassett, who had been eyeing a bid for secretary of state in 2014, has decided to seek re-election instead while tossing his support to former state Democratic chairman Edwin Pacheco.
The organization Housingworks RI will receive a $60,000 grant from the National Mortgage Settlement, a state and federal settlement with the country’s five largest mortgage companies over alleged foreclosure practices. The Rhode Island Attorney General's office also distributed a $155,000 grant for Progresso Latino.
Housingworks RI is a coalition dedicated to affordable improving housing opportunities in the state. Executive Director Nellie Gorbea says that the grant will help fund research on RI housing problems.