Politics

Governor's Race
10:31 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Candidates Make Final Push For Votes On Primary Day

The three major Democratic candidates for governor.
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Candidates are making a last-minute push for votes a day ahead of Rhode Island’s statewide primary election. Democrat and Republican battles for governor will top the ticket facing voters Tuesday.

Five major candidates are running to succeed Lincoln Chafee in January as Rhode Island’s next chief executive. The Democrats squaring off are former federal education official Clay Pell, state treasurer Gina Raimondo and Providence mayor Angel Taveras. On the Republican side, the candidates are Barrington businessman Ken Block and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.

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Governor's Race
10:54 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Clay Pell Was Once A Registered Republican

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell was a registered Republican as a young man in Arizona.  Pell registered as a Democrat when he moved to Newport in 2003.

Pell says he registered as a Republican at age 17 because that was the party of his parents. Pell has described himself in this campaign as the progressive Democrat in the race, and he says there’s no contradiction between that message his earlier GOP affiliation.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Political Roundtable: Previewing the Primary Races for Governor & Mayor of Providence

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Scott MacKay, Maureen Moakley, and guest panelist Ted Nesi of WPRI.com join me as we discuss the Democratic and Republican gubernatorial primaries that will be decided Tuesdat, and the Providence Democratic primary between Michael Solomon and Jorge Elorza.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Bonus Political Roundtable: Primary Races for Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer & Secretary of State

With the statewide primary on Tuesday, Scott MacKay, Maureen Moakley, and WPRI.com's Ted Nesi join me to discuss the races for lieutenant governor, treasurer, secretary of state, and the November campaign for attorney general.

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Politics
5:23 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Reed, Whitehouse Push Bill Lowering Student Loan Debt

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on the Senate floor.
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Rhode Island senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse listened to stories from Rhode Islanders about struggling to pay off student loan debt.

A bill that will start moving in the Senate next week lowers the rate for many borrowers to 3.86 percent. Whitehouse said it faces strong resistance from Republicans in the Senate, but he believes that if any bill can gain traction it’s this one.

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Politics
9:25 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Dems In Race For General Treasurer Debate

Frank Caprio announcing his run for General Treasurer in 2013.
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The two democrats running for General Treasurer traded barbs yesterday during a televised debate less than a week before the September 9th primary.  It was a contest between old school and new school.

Former state treasurer Frank Caprio is trying to get his old job back after an unsuccessful run for governor. He didn’t miss an opportunity to criticize his opponent political newcomer Seth Magaziner for his lack of experience.

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Governor's Race
9:12 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Pell, Taveras, And Raimondo Trade Jabs During Final Televised Debate Before Primary

Todd Giroux, Clay Pell, Gina Raimondo, and Angel Taveras at their final televised debate before the September 9th primary.
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The 5 major candidates for governor discussed a range of issues during two separate debates Wednesday). The forums sponsored by Rhode Island Public Radio and Channel 10 came just six days before the statewide primary September 9th.

With less than a week to go until the primary election, the candidate hit on familiar themes while making a late push for votes.

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Politics
10:21 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Block and Fung Spar in Debate A Week Ahead of Primary

Block and Fung share a light moment before the debate
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Republican gubernatorial candidates Allan Fung and Ken Block squared off Tuesday night during a televised debate. The skirmish sponsored by Channel 12 and the Providence Journal took place exactly one week before the statewide primary next Tuesday. 

After months of campaigning, the two Republicans found common ground on a few issues. But they made their appeal to voters through different messages and clashed on different parts of their platforms.

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Politics
3:45 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Elorza Gains Endorsement, Solomon Launches Attack Ad in PVD Mayor’s Race

Democratic candidate for mayor, Jorge Elorza, has received his first endorsement from a Providence city council member. Elorza is running against city council president Michael Solomon who has launched an ad critical of Elorza.

Councilman Bryan Principe represents the 13th Ward on Providence’s west side. His endorsement came during an event where Elorza outlined a public safety plan tied to community development and education.

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Politics
9:18 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Scoop GOP Endorsements

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has received an endorsement from Mitt Romney, while businessman Ken Block is expected to receive endorsement from RI Republican John Robitaille.
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With the primary election just a week away, Republican Mitt Romney is throwing his support behind Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.  Romney says Fung has a strong record of financial reform in Cranston.

Republican John Robitaille is expected to endorse businessman Ken Block for Governor in the upcoming primary. Robitaille ran for Governor in 2010, losing narrowly to then-independent Lincoln Chafee.  Block also ran in that election, as a Moderate.  Robitaille is scheduled to make his endorsement at the Statehouse later today.

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