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5:37 am
Tue October 19, 2010

Chafee, Caprio trade charges

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The two gubernatorial frontrunners, independent Lincoln Chafee and Democrat Frank Caprio, traded charges Monday over which of them would be more fiscally responsible.

Caprio has repeatedly criticized Chafee's proposal to add a one percent sales tax on currently exempt items. During a Providence news conference, Chafee says that's hypocritical since Caprio backed a series of tax and fee increases during his long legislative career.

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8:12 am
Fri October 15, 2010

Candidates square off at debate

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The four candidates running for governor all said they would not take the words "and Providence Plantation" out of the state's official name. The question was posed Thursday night at a debate at Brown University.

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6:54 am
Fri October 15, 2010

Kevin McKenna makes his pitch for attorney general

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – All this week, WRNI Political Analyst Scott MacKay is talking with the candidates in Rhode Island's attorney general race. We continue today with Independent candidate Kevin McKenna.

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5:33 am
Thu September 30, 2010

Caprio proposes cut in number of state departments

Frank Caprio, left, is seen at the Wednesday news conference. Photo by Louis Oppenheimer.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio says he wants to cut spending by reducing the number of departments in state government.

But during a news conference Wednesday, Caprio declined to say which departments he would cut, or what other specific steps he would take to save money.

"You've got to look at what the plan and the vision is," Caprio says. "I'm not laying out today all the X, Ys, and Zs of it, because we're not there yet."

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8:04 am
Tue September 28, 2010

Segal takes job with progressive action committee

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – State Rep. David Segal has taken a job at a new national progressive political action committee after losing the Democratic nomination to succeed Rhode Island's Patrick Kennedy in Congress.

Segal on Monday says he's joined Demand Progress, which launched last week. It was started by Aaron Swartz, who co-founded news filtering service Reddit.

Segal lost a four-way primary to Providence Mayor David Cicilline this month.

The PAC is based in Cambridge, Mass., but Segal says he plans to stay in Rhode Island.

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6:42 am
Mon September 20, 2010

Chafee, Caprio hold Newport fundraisers

Lincoln Chafee is pictured, left. Photo by Louis Oppenheimer. Frank Caprio is pictured at right. Courtesy photos.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Gubernatorial candidates Lincoln Chafee and Frank Caprio held fundraisers in Newport yesterday. Caprio's was closed to the press but Chafee's was not.

Chafee, who has spent more than $800,000 of his family's money on his independent race for governor, got some help Sunday from Newport society. In a fundraiser that spanned three adjoining mansions, 125 guests donated a combined total of $35,000.

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6:49 am
Thu September 16, 2010

Bloomberg endorses Chafee in RI governor's race

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, of New York, left, is pictured next to gubernatorial candidate Lincoln Chafee. Photo by Louis Oppenheimer.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says investing in infrastructure and reaching across political lines is how Rhode Island and the rest of the country will dig its way out of the recession.

Bloomberg made the comment during his endorsement Thursday of Independent gubernatorial candidate Lincoln Chafee. Bloomberg says it takes leadership to reach across party lines and to raise taxes.

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5:30 am
Tue September 14, 2010

Cicilline & Taveras big winners of the night

Voter instructions are seen at a polling location on the East Side of Providence. Photo by Marielle Segarra.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The unofficial results show David Cicilline clinching the Democratic nomination for the 1st Congressional District and Angel Taveras beating the other three Democrats running for Mayor of Providence.

1st Congressional District
Providence Mayor David Cicilline held the lead all night, ending up with 37 percent of the vote. Unofficial results show Anthony Gemma with 23 percent, David Segal with 20 percent, and Bill Lynch with 20 percent.

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6:35 am
Tue September 7, 2010

Analyst: Caprio favorite in RI governor's race

Providence, R.I. – Democrat Frank Caprio has a strong likelihood of winning the governor's office, according to one political analyst.

A forecast done by analyst Nate Silver and published by the New York Times finds that as of Sept. 3 Caprio has a 61 percent chance of winning. That's based on a matchup with independent candidate Cincoln Chafee -- who is said to have a 34 percent chance of victory -- and republican john robitaille -- who is given a five percent chance.

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7:03 am
Tue August 31, 2010

Republicans debate in 2nd Congressional District

Providence, R.I. – Three of the four Republican candidates vying for the 2nd Congressional District seat said fixing the illegal immigration problem involves a mix of board security and documenting the illegal workers already in the country.

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