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Rhode Island’s Gubernatorial Race Is Wide Open

RHODE ISLAND -With a dozen candidates to chose from, half of them serious, voters have a tough choice Rarely has solidly Democratic Rhode Island seen such political drama: To date, the race to be the next Rhode Island governor has already seen party switching, two political dynasties and an Olympic figure skater star in a campaign spot. The race began in earnest when incumbent Lincoln Chafee, a former GOP senator whose father was former Governor and Senator John Chafee, switched parties from Independent to Democratic. Chafee was hoping to draw support from the state’s powerful Democrats, but soon withdrew from…
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President Barack Obama attending a fundraiser in Newport

President Barack Obama was in Newport attending a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Friday night. Air Force One landed about 6:15 pm, then took off before 10pm. The President was greeted by Governor Lincoln Chafee and the Senator Jack Reed. He took a few minutes with supporters before boarding Marine 1 for the fundraiser. Rhode Island Democratic Congressmen David Cicilline and Jim Langevin were expected to attend along with House Speaker Nick Mattiello and Senate President Theresa Paiva Weed. Newport Mayor Harry Winthrop and Central Falls Mayor James Diossa was also expected to be in attendance. The event…
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Business, Labor Leaders Say Gina Raimondo Is Best Candidate To Put Rhode Islanders Back To Work

PROVIDENCE, RI - Several Rhode Island business and labor leaders today announced their support for Gina Raimondo's comprehensive jobs plan. With one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, the question Rhode Islanders are asking is which candidate is best suited to lead an economic comeback. Today, leaders from academia, small business, food, labor, and major state employers answered: “Innovation is the key to Rhode Island’s future. We can help our existing businesses grow, and create hundreds of new businesses, if we can harness the good ideas coming out of Rhode Island’s world-class colleges and universities. Gina’s jobs plan calls…
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Rhode Island Federation of Teachers And Health Professionals Unanimously Endorses Clay Pell

PROVIDENCE, RI* -- The Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals (RIFTHP) today announced their unanimous endorsement of Democrat Clay Pell's candidacy for Governor.   "Clay Pell is a tireless advocate for public education, and he is the candidate with a clear plan for ensuring all Rhode Islanders have access to a world-class education," said RIFTHP President Frank Flynn. "The Ocean State needs a governor who is going to focus on improving and investing in the quality of our public schools. As Clay made clear in the recent WPRI debate, he opposes unnecessarily divisive issues like using high-stakes testing…
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RI unveils new voter app for mobile devices

PROVIDENCE, -- The Rhode Island secretary of state's office has unveiled a new application, designed to assist voters from mobile devices such as cellphones and tablets. Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis says the app known as RI VIC helps Rhode Islanders learn their voter status, find out where to vote, research district information, and even get GPS directions to their polling place. Mollis says the app is user-friendly and puts voter information literally in the palm of residents' hands no matter where they are. The app is free and available for online download for Apple devices at the Apple…
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Elorza Calls for Creation of Festival to Showcase City’s Arts and Culture on National Level

Providence, RI – Democratic candidate for Mayor of Providence Jorge Elorza today unveiled his plan to showcase the city’s vibrant arts and culture scene on a regional and national level through the creation of a weeklong festival. He sees this festival as a “cultural calling card” that will better enable Providence to market itself as a national destination with a clear and unique brand identity. “Our city has all the essential strengths to be a magnet city – attracting visitors, new residents, money, and talent – on par with hotbeds like Portland, OR, Austin, TX, or even Boston,” Elorza said.…
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