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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.