Rhode Island

Rhody Votes 2014
11:14 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Rhode Islanders Making Up Their Minds Ahead Of Election Day

On Election Day Providence voters will choose their next mayor among independent Buddy Cianci, Democrat Jorge Elorza, and Republican Daniel Harrop.

With just one full day left to campaign before Election Day, Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung hosted New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie this morning at a rally at his Cranston headquarters. Meanwhile, former president Bill Clinton is backing Democrat Gina Raimondo in a recorded message.

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The Bottom Line
12:44 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

The Bottom Line: The Challenges Of Pulling Wrecks & Pilings Out Of The Bay

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Kent Dresser, executive director of the nonprofit “Clean Bays”. He’s a licensed captain experienced in marine salvage and towing. They discuss the challenges to clearing old wrecks and pilings that lurk along the bay. The removal is one step toward reviving the waterfront in Providence and East Providence.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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Governor's Race
10:42 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Gubernatorial Candidates Make Final Arguments In Last Televised Debate

Republican Allan Fung, and Democrat Gina Raimondo face off in Tuesday's governor's race. Moderate Bob Healy is also running.
Credit RIPR FILE

Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung and Democratic rival Gina Raimondo sharpened their tone toward one another during their final televised debate Thursday.

Raimondo criticized Fung for being too timid in raising the funding level of one of Cranston’s municipal pensions – from 16 to about 20 percent, she said.  Raimondo accused Fung of not making the city’s full payments into the pension system.

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Rhody Votes 2014
12:27 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

First Lady Headlines Rally In Providence In Support of Raimondo

First Lady Michelle Obama headlining a rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo
Elisabeth Harrison RIPR

First Lady Michelle Obama called on the public to turn out for the upcoming election during a campaign rally for Gina Raimondo. The first lady joined the Democratic nominee for governor at the Juanita Sanchez school in Providence. 

Obama called on attendees to convince friends and family to vote, and asked them to consider volunteering for Raimondo’s campaign.

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2014 Providence Mayoral Race
9:47 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Providence Mayoral Candidates Spar In Final Broadcast Debate Before Election

Buddy Cianci, Jorge Elorza, and Daniel Harrop at the RIPR/WJAR debate.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The three candidates for mayor of Providence took part in a spirited debate last night at Rhode Island College.  The candidates mostly rehashed their stances while tossing sharp remarks at one another.

With a boisterous audience, it didn’t take long for things to get heated between independent Buddy Cianci, Democrat Jorge Elorza, and Republican Daniel Harrop. Cianci took aim at Harrop for contributing to Elorza’s campaign and saying he might vote for the Democrat.

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Politics
9:35 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Digging Into Question 5: The Cultural Economy Bonds

The Rhode Island Philharmonic and Music School stands to get about $2 million dollars for infrastructure upgrades if the bonds pass. It's just one of many organizations that could benefit from the funds.
Credit Rhode Island Philharmonic

Rhode Islanders head to the polls in just a few short days.  In addition to the major races, voters will also decide on spending bonds.  There are four of them. 

For this month’s Artscape, and as part of our Rhody Votes ’14 coverage we’re looking into question Five: the arts and culture bond.  Rhode Island Public Radio's John Bender spoke with morning host Elisabeth Harrison.

For all of our election coverage, visit the Rhody Votes '14 page at our website here

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Politics
8:14 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Unofficial Buddy Cianci Biographer Looks At The Politician's Past And Future

Vincent 'Buddy' Cianci has made a second comeback, as he attempts to with the Providence Mayor's seat for a third time.
Credit RIPR FILE

To take a closer look at the Providence mayor’s race, we brought in Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Mike Stanton … who is considered by many the unofficial biographer of Buddy Cianci. A twice convicted felon, Cianci is running again for mayor. As part of our Rhody Votes election coverage, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch sat down with Stanton to talk about Cianci’s past and whether it is prologue.

For all of our election coverage, visit the Rhody Votes page at our website here.

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Theater Reviews
4:44 am
Thu October 30, 2014

The Gamm’s Hedda Gabler Sparkles and Delights

Marianna Bassham as Hedda Gabler
Credit Peter Goldberg / The Gamm Theatre

That's it. Last time out, you may remember, the Gamm did “Grounded,” a high altitude look at an American female fighter pilot that was quick and memorable.

This time artistic director Tony Estrella and his crew have moved to Norway for a dog fight with one of the great, groundbreaking plays of all time, Henrik Ibsen's “Hedda  Gabler.”

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Politics
4:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: At 73, Cianci Vies For A Second Comeback in Providence

Cianci greets voters at the Davey Lopes Recreation Center in upper South Providence last weekend.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

At age 73, Buddy Cianci’s passion for campaigning still burns bright. He’s the longest serving mayor in Providence history. But scandals have twice forced Cianci from City Hall, first in 1984 and then again in 2002. Yet Cianci keeps coming back, and no one underestimates him in his battle with Democrat Jorge Elorza.

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Rhody Votes 2014
6:06 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: A Heated Debate Over The ConCon

Voters will decide on Tuesday whether to approve a Constitutional Convention, known as the ConCon. This is a delegation of elected representative who would recommend changes to the state’s constitution.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay gathered two men for a lively debate: Phil West, retired Executive Director of Common Cause of Rhode Island for the ConCon and Steven Brown, Executive Director of the ACLU of Rhode Island against it.

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