Politics

2014 Providence Mayoral Race
9:44 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Candidates For Providence Mayor Trade Barbs In First Televised Debate

Providence mayoral candidates independent Vincent 'Buddy' Cianci, Democrat Jorge Elorza and Republican Daniel Harrop.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

With five weeks until Election Day, the three candidates running to be the next mayor of Providence squared off during a televised debate last Tuesday.  Front runners Buddy Cianci and Jorge Elorza emphasized their competing messages.

Republican candidate Daniel Harrop provided the best laugh line during the one-hour skirmish at Rhode Island College when he was asked whether he’ll still be in the race on November 4th.

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Rhody Votes 2014
4:22 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Rhody Votes ’14: Attorney General Candidate Dawson Hodgson

Republican State Senator Dawson Hodgeson is running for Rhode Island's Attorney General.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Republican State Senator Dawson Hodgson is challenging incumbent Attorney general Peter Kilmartin. As part of our election coverage, Rhody Votes ’14, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch  sat down with Hodgson to talk about open records, strengthening gun laws and legalizing marijuana.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@ripr.org

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Politics
9:21 am
Tue September 30, 2014

New Group Joins Growing Support For Constitutional Convention

Just Reform Rhode Island, the newest group advocating for a constitutional convention gathers for it's inaugural press conference at the Statehouse Tuesday.
Credit RIPR FILE

A new group advocating for a Constitutional Convention holds its inaugural event Tuesday. They join a growing coalition supporting a convention, which voters must approve on November 4th.

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Rhody Votes 2014
1:36 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Mayoral Candidate Elorza Unveils His Plans For Providence

Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza sketched out his plans for Providence at a press conference at Asa Messer Elementary School.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Democratic Providence Mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza wants to create what he calls “one Providence” where all neighborhoods benefit from a cooperative city hall. Elorza made the comment during a press conference Monday sketching out his vision for the city

Elorza’s plan includes boosting the public schools, putting more cops on the street, and luring businesses to the capital city. He plans to pay for the officers through federal grants, and wants to create a plan for the city’s working waterfront.

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Politics
9:56 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Groups Kick Off Push To Promote Arts Referendum

A group of arts organizations from across the state are joining forces to garner support for major arts funding. The money must be approved by voters on a referendum November 4th.

At stake is $35 million in funding.  23 million would go towards matching funds for construction and renovation projects at nine facilities across the state.  Those include Trinity Repertory Company, the Chorus of Westerly, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Music School.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Political Roundtable: Cianci On His Latest Comeback Attempt

Independent Providence mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci joins Political Roundtable to discuss his latest run, as well as questions about troubles in his past administrations, pensions, and negotiating with city unions.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Cianci on Taxes, Pensions, Public Safety & More

Buddy Cianci, independent candidate for mayor of Providence, joins Bonus Q+A to talk about his campaign and a variety of other issues.

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Politics
3:40 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

GOP Rivals In RI Governor’s Race Show Unity

Bitter rivals in the primary, Ken Block and Allan Fung hug at a press conference where Block endorsed Fung's run for governor.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Rivals in the heated Republican primary for governor, Ken Block and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, hugged in front of the media Monday and vowed to work together to get a Republican in the governor’s office.

They attacked each other in debates and television ads, but at a press conference at the Statehouse Fung and Block hugged, saying they share a belief in reduced spending and more oversight of the General Assembly. Block said the two are now united going into the November election.

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Politics
5:47 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Taveras And Pell Back Raimondo At Democratic Unity Event

Jack Reed looks on as Raimondo (center) and Taveras chat.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Gina Raimondo’s top two Democratic primary rivals expressed their support for her during a unity event in Cranston Friday. The gathering took place in the home city of Raimondo’s GOP opponent, Allan Fung.

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Politics
2:59 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Audio: The September 17 Providence Mayoral Debate

Here's the almost complete audio of the September 17 debate at the Laurelmead retirement home on the East Side between Buddy Cianci, Jorge Elorza, and Daniel Harrop.

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