Rhody Votes '14

Rhody Votes 2014
1:36 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Mayoral Candidate Elorza Unveils His Plans For Providence

Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza sketched out his plans for Providence at a press conference at Asa Messer Elementary School.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Democratic Providence Mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza wants to create what he calls “one Providence” where all neighborhoods benefit from a cooperative city hall. Elorza made the comment during a press conference Monday sketching out his vision for the city

Elorza’s plan includes boosting the public schools, putting more cops on the street, and luring businesses to the capital city. He plans to pay for the officers through federal grants, and wants to create a plan for the city’s working waterfront.

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3:40 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

GOP Rivals In RI Governor’s Race Show Unity

Bitter rivals in the primary, Ken Block and Allan Fung hug at a press conference where Block endorsed Fung's run for governor.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Rivals in the heated Republican primary for governor, Ken Block and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, hugged in front of the media Monday and vowed to work together to get a Republican in the governor’s office.

They attacked each other in debates and television ads, but at a press conference at the Statehouse Fung and Block hugged, saying they share a belief in reduced spending and more oversight of the General Assembly. Block said the two are now united going into the November election.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Political Roundtable: Fung on Running for Governor & Providence's Mayoral Race

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his win over Ken Block last week; his general election race against Gina Raimondo; Moderate Party candidate Robert Healey's place on the ballot; and the race for mayor of Providence.

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Rhody Votes 2014
6:15 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Board Of Elections: Bob Healey Can Be Moderate Party’s Candidate For Governor

Bob Healey defends his right to run for governor as the Moderate party's candidate in front of the Board of Elections.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The State Board of Elections has cleared the way for Bob Healey to be the Moderate Party’s candidate for governor. The state’s Republican Party challenged the Moderate Party’s move to put Healey on the ballot once James Spooner pulled out for health reasons.

Three questions needed to be answered: Did Spooner properly drop out of the governor’s race, was the Moderate Party authorized to tap Healey to replace Spooner, and was Healey eligible to run for governor. The Board of Elections answered all three questions with a yes.  

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3:10 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Can The Moderate Party Tap Healey For Governor’s Race?

Robert Healy

The state Board of Elections will hold a hearing Wednesday on whether Bob Healey can run as the Moderate Party’s candidate for governor. The state GOP is fighting the Moderate Party’s move for Healey to replace James Spooner, who bowed out of the race for health reasons.

The secretary of state’s office says the thousand signatures Spooner collected to get on the ballot can transfer to Healey, but the state GOP says that circumvents the nominating process.

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4:33 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Cool Moose’s Bob Healey Running For RI Governor

Moderate Party candidate Bob Healey will be on the ballot for governor.
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Bob Healey, known for running for office under the Cool Moose Party, has thrown his hat in the ring for governor. This time for the Moderate Party.

Healey said he will refrain from taking any campaign contributions, and instead engage voters through what he calls “guerilla warfare style politics” – a low-budget campaign that will roll out its objectives through an online journal.

Healey said the Moderate Party approached him to run for governor after the initial candidate, James Spooner, had to bow out for health reasons.

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On Politics
5:46 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Cianci Downplays Impact of Democrats Lining Up For Elorza

Credit Ian Donnis / RINPR

Buddy Cianci calls himself the best qualified person to be the next mayor of Providence, and says he's not concerned about Rhode Island Democrats lining up behind his chief rival in the November 4 election, Jorge Elorza.

Cianci made the statement Wednesday at a news conference kicking off his general election campaign.

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On Politics
10:55 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Raimondo, Fung Win Primaries to Set Stage for November Showdown; Elorza Triumphs

Raimondo is mobbed by supporters and reporters after her victory.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Powered by the top-spending campaign, state Treasurer Gina Raimondo scored a decisive Democratic gubernatorial victory over her two main rivals Tuesday, in a campaign dominated by debate about Rhode Island's long-suffering economy and the pension overhaul spearheaded by Raimondo in 2011.

Unofficials returns showed Raimondo with 42.2 percent of the vote, compared with 29.2 percent for Angel Taveras, and 26.9 percent for Clay Pell

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11:08 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Voter Turnout Expected To Be Decent, For A Primary

Roughly 20 percent of registered voters expected to cast their ballots for the primary election.
Credit Joe O'Connor / RIPR

Major races are expected to be decided today, as Rhode Island holds a primary. The Democratic and Republican gubernatorial races top the ballot.  Voter turnout is expected to be decent.

Strong, that is, for a primary election, which, historically, has far lower turnout than the general election held in November. For Rhode Island that means only about twenty percent of register voters are expected to go to the polls.  That’s roughly one-hundred forty thousand people. But Secretary of state Ralph Mollis said there’s a chance turnout could be a little better this year.

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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.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

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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