President Obama may not as popular as he once was, according to the latest public opinion polls. Yet if you were on the Rhode Island College campus his afternoon, you wouldn’t hold that view.
By 3:30 p.m., more than 500 students and many others who appeared much older than the traditional college-age students, were lined up to get tickets for Obama’s speech at 3 p.m. on Thursday. RIC political science professor Kay Israel said that interest has been high among students and faculty for the presidential visit.
We're looking at the lieutenant governor's race as part of Rhody Votes '14. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay sat down with Dan McKee to talk about health insurance, a Constitutional Convention, and whether the office should even exist.
Listen to Scott MacKay's interview with the Republican running for lieutenant governor, Catherine Taylor, here. For all of our election coverage visit the Rhody Votes section of our website here.
The main candidates in the race for Providence Mayor faced off Wednesday night in a debate at Moses Brown School. The forum focused on education, and Rhode Island Public Radio's political analyst Scott MacKay was there. He joined Rhode Island Public Radio host Elisabeth Harrison to discuss their positions.
Jorge Elorza’s Providence mayoral campaign has garnered an important endorsement from a leader of the city’s African-American community – State Sen. Harold Metts.
In what Metts said was a ``soul-searching’’ decision, Metts said, ``I have concluded that we need a mayor who can bring all neighborhoods together, with the leadership and vision to move beyond personal agendas and do what is best for our city. That is why I am supporting Jorge Elorza for mayor.’’
Elorza, the Democratic mayoral nominee, has picked up two building trades union endorsements – Ironworkers Local 37 and the International Painters and Allied Trades District Council 11.
``Jorge understands the challenges working families face and he has a plan to create good-paying blue collar jobs in Providence,’’ said Scott Duhamel, business representative of UPAT District 11. ``Jorge will act with a sense of urgency to take Providence in a new direction that benefits every resident in every neighborhood. We look forward to helping him win on November 4.’’
Narragansett Bay has encircled Rhode Island’s history and culture since the colonial era. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay kicks off our One Square Mile series on the bay.
Narragansett Bay was ours before we were Rhode Island. In 1524, the Italian explorer Giovanni de Verrazano sailed into the uncharted waters of the bay. He was impressed with what he saw, says Christopher Pastore, a professor at the SUNY at Albany and author of the new book `Between Land and Sea’ a history of the bay.
UPDATE: La Salle has decided to remove all the photographs of La Salle alums from the ``Wall of Notables'' reports Tom Mooney at the ProJo.
The school's Board of Trustees voted to take down all of the photos because they had become a distraction to learning, the ProJo reported. On of those photos was of U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, who, like Raimondo is a La Salle alum. There were 25 photos on the notables wall.
Democrat Gina Raimondo clings to a narrow lead over Republican Allan Fung in Rhode Island’s campaign for governor, according to the latest poll released by Rasmussen Reports, a national pollster. The survey has Raimondo, the state general treasurer, at 42 percent, and Cranston Mayor Fung at 37 percent, with 11 percent preferring another candidate (Bob Healey is the Moderate Party candidate for governor) and 11 percent undecided. The survey of 750 likely Rhode Island voters was taken between September 23 to 25 and carries a margin of sampling error of 4 percent.
Ernie Almonte, independent candidate for general treasurer, has picked up two union endorsements – the R.I. State Association of Fire Fighters and the R.I. Brotherhood of Correctional Officers.
``I am honored to be endorsed by Rhode Island fire fighters and correctional officers,’’ said Almonte, in a statement. ``As treasurer I will work tirelessly to restore confidence in Rhode Island’s finances and ensure those who have dutifully paid into their pension plans never have to worry about their retirement hanging in jeopardy.’’
Update: The Providence Teachers Union announced its endorsement of Buddy Cianci today. The unions representing firefighters and police have also endorsed Cianci. In once of those grand ironies that limn Rhode Island politics, the police union has endorsed a two-time felon over a judge, Jorge Elorza.
So it looks like Providence mayoral campaign politics reared its head in the negotiations between the union representing public school teachers and the administration of Mayor Angel Taveras?