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Politics
7:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Next Governor Faces Environmental Challenges

Gov. Lincoln Chafee along with state officials and environmental advocates celebrating the passage of the Resilient Rhode Island Act at the ceremonial signing of the bill.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Rhode Island's high unemployment rate is at the top of many voters’ minds this election season. This year’s gubernatorial candidates have offered different ways to create jobs. But the Ocean State’s next governor will also need to tackle a wide range of environmental issues. As part of our Rhody Votes ’14 coverage, Rhode Island Public Radio environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza explores what those issues are.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Raimondo on Jobs, Ethics, the Economy & More

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q&A to discuss her campaign and a range of other issues, including the economy, manufacturing, the state Ethics Commission & more.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Political Roundtable: Raimondo on the Debate, Campaign Finance and Providence

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her campaign, the impact of outside money, the outlook on solving the pension dispute, and the race for mayor in Providence.

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Rhody Votes 2014
8:45 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

GOP Mayoral Candidate Harrop Considers Dropping Out Of Race

Republican Daniel Harrop previously said he would not drop out of the Providence Mayoral race, but a new poll showing he has only 3 percent of the vote could change his mind.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The Republican running in the Providence mayor's race said he's considering dropping out of the race. Daniel Harrop said his three percent showing in the Brown University Taubman Center poll released Thursday forced him to consider the option.

Harrop said he will meet with his team to discuss how bowing out would affect the race, before making a decision. Harrop has sharply criticized independent Buddy Cianci, a former mayor and twice convicted felon.  

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2014 Providence Mayoral Race
9:28 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Elorza Says He'll Make Reducing Providence Car Tax A Priority

Elorza plans to reduce the city's car tax if elected, which he says hurts Providence's poorer residents.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Providence mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza said he’ll make it a priority to reduce the bite of the car tax if he wins the race for City Hall.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo joined Elorza at a Silver Lake car lot today Wednesday to talk about the issue. Elorza said it’s important to raise Providence’s car tax exemption of a thousand dollars since the tax hits low-income residents the hardest.

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Politics
5:11 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Education In The Governor's Race

Credit Elisabeth Harrison

As the days tick down before the November election, we’re looking at the major issues and the candidates in Rhode Island’s race for governor. Today in our Rhody Votes ’14 coverage, Rhode Island Public Radio education reporter Elisabeth Harrison delves into the front runners' positions on education, from expanding charter schools to preparing graduates for the workforce needs of the 21st Century.

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Politics
2:56 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

A Day After Debate, Fung + Raimondo Keep Sparring

On the heels of a heated debate, the front runners in the race for governor continued the sparring Wednesday.

Republican Allan Fung is criticizing Democratic rival Gina Raimondo for not having attending a board meeting of Rhode Island Housing in more than a year. Given a series of problems at the agency, Fung says Raimondo should have personally attended meetings to offer oversight.

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Politics
8:51 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Healthcare Issues Candidates Should Be Focusing On

Newly elected officials will need to make big decisions regarding healthcare, which makes up a major portion of the state budget.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

Rhode Islanders go to the polls in less than a week. Their choices, the state’s new leaders, will have to contend with the state’s budget shortfall. A huge chunk of that budget goes to health care.  

So, as part of our Rhody Votes ’14 coverage, Rhode Island Public Radio health care reporter Kristin Gourlay asks some of the state’s top health care stakeholders what steps those newly elected leaders can take to help.

        

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Rhody Votes 2014
4:24 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Republican Fung Campaigning To Be Rhode Island’s First Asian-American Governor

Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung works the crowd at a Sons of Italy event in West Warwick.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

There’s a photograph on Cranston Mayor Allan Fung’s desk of his first inauguration. He’s being sworn into the mayor’s office he has the family Bible and his parents are by his side. “I can see the pride in my mom’s eyes, in my dad’s eyes as I was getting sworn in,” said Fung.

He looks at this photo almost every day, “and it just reminds me of who I am and how far they’ve come, and because of what they did I’m where I am.”

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Politics
6:17 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Former Delegates Voice Opposition To RI Constitutional Convention

Tom Izzo served as a delegate during the 1986 Constitutional Convention, he now opposes the convention.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Former delegates to the 1986 Constitutional Convention are speaking out against the event Rhode Islanders will vote on November 4th. 

1986 was the last time the state held a Constitutional Convention.  The state can hold one once every ten years, pending voter approval.  Delegates are elected to the convention which creates legislation then voted on by the public; bypassing the general assembly.  Critics say the delegates can be easily swayed by special interest groups, because they are not seeking reelection.  Tom Izzo was a delegate in 1986.

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