Politics

Politics
4:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Pension Fallout a Wild Card in Raimondo's Run for Governor

Raimondo walking in Woonsocket's AutumnFest parade with daughter Ceci.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Gina Raimondo has enjoyed a meteoric rise since winning office as Rhode Island’s general treasurer in 2010, and she could make history November 4 as the state’s first woman governor. Raimondo has received national media attention for spearheading the 2011 overhaul of the state pension system. Yet pension cuts have left some of the public employees who form a key part of the Democratic coalition angry at Raimondo.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Almonte on the Pension Case, His Experience, Payday Lending & More

Independent state treasurer candidate Ernest Almonte joins Bonus Q+A to discuss his campaign, the state's issues with funding long-term obligations, whether to pay back 38 Studios' investors, and other issues.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Political Roundtable: Almonte on His Campaign, Pensions & The Race for Governor

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Independent candidate for treasurer Ernest Almonte joins Political Roundtable to discuss his campaign; the latest WPRI-TV/Providence Journal poll; how state and federal officials are faring in responding to Ebola; and the end of the road for The Providence Phoenix.

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Rhody Votes 2014
3:46 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Mitt Romney Helps GOP Gov. Candidate Fung Raise Money In Rhode Island

Republican candidate for governor Allan Fung and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney talk with the press after a fundraiser in the Biltmore Hotel.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Some 150 people showed up for fundraiser featuring former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in support of GOP gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung. The Fung campaign said the event with the former GOP presidential candidate is estimated to have raised more than $50,000.

Romney said he’s endorsed Fung since the primary because Fung will improve schools and help people get better jobs.  Romney said the national Republican Party thinks the governor’s race is a race Fung can win.

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Governor's Race
9:24 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Raimondo Picks Up Endorsement From President Barack Obama

Gina Raimondo at the announcement of her run for governor.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

President Obama has endorsed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo.  

Raimondo’s campaign detailed the president’s support in a statement.  President Obama says Raimondo has the business experience to create jobs, and the ability to bring people together to solve tough problems.  The president was slated to appear at Rhode Island College Thursday, but canceled to focus on the ongoing Ebola crisis.

Meanwhile, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney is due to visit Providence Thursday to campaign for Raimondo’s Republican opponent, Allan Fung.

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Politics
9:03 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Interview With Republican Candidate For Sec. Of State John Carlevale

Republican candidate for secretary of state John Carlevale.

All this week, we’ve been talking with the candidates running for offices down the ballot. We’ve heard from the candidates running for lieutenant governor, now we’re talking with two running for secretary of state. It’s all part of our Rhody Votes '14 coverage.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay chats with republican John Carlevale; discussing early voting, government transparency, and giving adults a civics lesson.

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Rhody Votes 2014
10:59 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Much Of The Brown University Debate Focused On Cianci’s Past

Buddy Cianci, Jorge Elorza and Daniel Harrop at the Brown University debate.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The three men vying to be the next mayor of Providence debated Wednesday night at Brown University. The debate was organized by the Taubman Center at Brown University.

Buddy Cianci is one of those candidates and as Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch reports, the debate focused not just on the city’s future but on its past including decisions made during Cianci’s nearly 22 years as mayor.

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Rhody Votes 2014
4:59 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

RI Gov. Candidates Encouraged By Latest Poll Numbers

The top candidates running for governor said they are energized by the latest Providence Journal/Channel 12 poll. Democratic Treasurer Gina Raimondo leads Cranston Mayor Allan Fung with 42 percent to his 36 percent.

The poll shows Raimondo doing well among women, while Fung is polling strongly with men. Fung also has a higher favorability rating. Fung said the poll shows that his campaign is gaining momentum.

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Governor's Race
8:57 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Raimondo Ahead Of Fung In Latest Governor's Race Poll

Democratic candidate for governor Gina Raimondo in Bristol.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

A new poll from WPRI and the Providence Journal, shows Democrat Gina Raimondo has a 6 percentage point lead over Republican Allan Fung.  

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Politics
8:31 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Interview With Democratic Candidate For Sec. Of State Nellie Gorbea

Democratic candidate for secretary of state Nellie Gorbea
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

This week, we’ve been talking with the candidates running for offices down the ballot. We've heard from the candidates running for lieutenant governor. today we start our conversations with the two running for secretary of state. It’s all part of our Rhody Votes '14 coverage. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay caught up with democrat Nellie Gorbea to discuss early voting, government transparency, and cutting red tape for new businesses.

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