Lt Governor Elizabeth Roberts says the governor’s decision not to seek re-election in no way changes her political plans. Due to term limits, she cannot seek re-election for Lt Governor.
Roberts says right now she’s focused on rolling out the state’s health insurance exchange, and while she understands she’s next in line should Governor Lincoln Chafee leave office, she’s focused now on the exchange.
Governor Lincoln Chafee’s decision not to seek re-election hasn’t changed the political plans of one prominent Republican. Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian still plans to choose between seeking re-election and running for lieutenant governor.
Avedisian won a special election to become mayor of Warwick in 2000 and he’s gone on to become the longest-serving mayor in that city’s history. The moderate Republican hasn’t been in any rush to seek a different office, and he said Chafee’s move doesn’t alter his plans.
Rhode Island State Police and other law enforcement agencies have rounded up 30 wanted fugitives in an early morning warrant sweep throughout the state.
Most of them were wanted for failing to appear in Family Court or failure to pay child support. Collectively, those arrested owe close to $370,000 in child support payments. One person arrested owed nearly $38,000.
State police Colonel Steven O’Donnell praised the officers involved in the arrests, saying, “it is unfortunate that this was necessary to ensure that they meet the obligations they have to their families.”
For the first time this year, mosquitoes trapped in Rhode Island have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, a virus characterized by the sudden onset of headache, high fever, chills and vomiting. A second mosquito batch has tested positive for West Nile Virus.
With Congress on its August recess, Rhode Island Pubic Radio invited the four members of the Rhode Island delegation in to our studio to talk about major issues facing the state and the nation. We conclude our series with Congressman Jim Langevin.
We’d like to note this interview was recorded before President Obama asked Congress to authorize a strike against Syria.
As the media burst with news that Gov. Lincoln Chafee was not seeking re-election, the state’s top elected officials crafted statements praising the governor.
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and state treasurer Gina Raimondo, who are both expected to run for Chafee’s office, released statements thanking him for his years of public service. Taveras called him a man of integrity, while Raimondo called Chafee an unfailing optimist who always had the state’s best interest at heart.
Two of the Democrats running for mayor of Providence next year are stepping up their campaign fundraising.
Roger Williams University Law School professor Jorge Elorza said he hopes to collect 30-thousand dollars by the end of the third fundraising quarter September 30th. Elorza said he hopes to collect 30-thousand to 40-thousand a month until the September 2014 primary.
Providence’s current mayor, Angel Taveras, is expected to run for governor next year.