Unionized teachers plan to protest a fundraiser being held to benefit State Treasurer Gina Raimondo this afternoon Thursday. Providence Mayor Angel Taveras also attracted protestors during a fundraiser earlier this week.
Raimondo is slated to start her day with a speaking appearance sponsored by Brown University’s Office of Women and Medicine in Science. The topic for the talk is: “Making an Impact: How to Think Strategically and Get Results.”
The state Ethics Commission on Tuesday decided to investigate a complaint filed against House Speaker Gordon Fox. The question is whether Fox needed to disclose legal work done for the City of Providence.
Jason Gramitt, a staff attorney for the Ethics Commission, calls the step taken by the commission "preliminary. The commission only looks at the complaint and decides whether or not it should authorize an investigation, and so that's all they've done. They didn't offer any opinion as to whether the complaint is a good complaint or a bad complaint."
Former state rep David Caprio has House Speaker Gordon Fox’s blessing to become the next chair of the Rhode Island Democratic Party. Rhode Island Democrats are expected to formally endorse Caprio during an October 3rd state committee meeting in Cranston.
David Caprio is a member of one of Rhode Island’s most prominent political families. His brother Frank ran for governor in 2010 and hope to win back his old job as state treasurer next year. Their father, also named Frank Caprio, is the chief municipal judge in Providence.
Brett Smiley, a candidate for mayor of Providence in 2014, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.; his campaign to succeed Angel Taveras; the passing of former secretary of state Susan Farmer; and a new poll showing Taveras leading expected Democratic gubernatorial rival Gina Raimondo.
A new poll commissioned by Angel Taveras’ campaign organization shows Taveras with a significant lead over his expected Democratic primary rival for governor, Gina Raimondo. The poll sampled 400 likely Democratic primary voters.
The poll by a Washington DC polling firm shows Taveras with a 19-point lead over Raimondo. According to the poll, 49 percent of the respondents want Taveras to be governor, while 30 percent prefer Raimondo. An additional 21 percent of respondents were undecided. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus five percentage points.
A legislative task force created in the last General Assembly session to examine the intersection of gun violence and mental health issues has yet to meet. The panel is unlikely to meet a January deadline for reporting its findings.
Every year, when Rhode Island lawmakers start working on a new budget, they face a spending plan mired in red ink. By law, the budget must be balanced by the end of the legislative session, usually in June. But like a boomerang, projected budget deficits zoom back to Smith Hill by the time the new session starts in January. Next year will no different -- Rhode Island already faces the fiscal year starting in July 2014 with an estimated $149 million hole. And the state lacks a plan for overcoming budget deficits that are projected to get far worse with time.
Former Secretary of State and public television executive Susan Farmer has died after a long fight with cancer.
Farmer became the first woman elected to statewide office when she won an election for secretary of state in 1982. Former Providence Journal political columnist M. Charles Bakst said Farmer was the leader in a wave of GOP women winning political office.