Rhody Votes '14

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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Politics
3:10 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

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

Robert Healy
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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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Politics
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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Politics
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.
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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.
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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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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.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

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
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

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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