Catherine Taylor, the State’s director of the Division of Elderly Affairs is stepping down from her post to jump into the race for Lieutenant Governor. This will be the second time Taylor will run against Ralph Mollis.
The first time the two sparred for political office was in 2010, in the race for Secretary of State. Mollis won that contest by a razor thin margin of 1.2 percent beating Taylor by less than four thousand votes; not enough to prompt a recount. Since then Taylor has served director of the Division of Elderly Affairs for Rhode Island.
State Representative Frank Ferri (D-Warwick), one of three Democrats running for lieutenant governor, joined Political Roundtable this week discuss his campaign and other issues, including 38 Studios and the Democratic race for governor.
The Democratic primary election for governor is shaping up as a close contest between Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.
The early Channel 12/ProJo public opinion surveys conducted by veteran Rhode Island pollster Joe Fleming show this to be the case. Now comes last night’s endorsement confab held at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick by the R.I. Association of Democratic City and Town Chairs, which failed to reach consensus on an endorsement for governor.
Rhode Island’s Democratic secretary of state primary between Newport investor Guillaume De Ramel and Nellie Gorbea is shaping up as one of the state’s most interesting down ballot elections in this 2014 campaign cycle.
De Ramel will announce this afternoon that he has secured the endorsement of former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, who represented the state’s First District from his first election in 1994 until he decided against running for reelection in 2010.
Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Daniel McKee, the mayor of Cumberland, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his support for mayoral academies; more revelations about 38 Studios; transparency in the I-195 process; and the outlook on Smith Hill for tax cuts.
Eliminating the master lever in Rhode Island elections is picking up steam in the General Assembly. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says getting rid of straight party voting may be much ado about not much.
The Rhode Island House of Representatives recently voted unanimously to end the so-called master lever, a relic of the state’s urban political machine past. A conga line of statewide elected politicians, from Gov. Lincoln Chafee down to Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, support this change.
Rep. Frank Ferri, D-Warwick, said today he may become the third candidate to vy for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.
Ferri represents House District 22. He was first elected in a 2007 special election to fill the seat vacated by former Rep. Peter Ginaitt, who left the House for an executive post at the Lifespan hospital chain.
Dozens of people gathered in Providence Wednesday to protest a proposed constitutional convention in Rhode Island. The debate whether to hold this convention comes up every 10 years.
The constitutional convention gives Rhode Island voters an opportunity to change their state constitution. Delegates outside the general assembly are chosen to represent districts across the state in a meeting to draft referenda that will appear at state-wide elections.
Secretary of State Ralph Mollis officially kicked off his campaign Monday for Lt. Governor. One of Mollis’s goals is to put the lieutenant governor and governor on a single ticket.
And that would require changing the state’s constitution, which means voters would have to decide whether they want their governors and lieutenant governors running on a single ticket. Mollis said linking the two offices would turn a lieutenant governor into a more formal advisor to the governor.