Politics

Block Makes Statement On Ethics In Ri Politics

Providence, RI - Today, Republican Candidate for Governor Ken Block called for the need to change how politicians operate in Rhode Island. Citing the contributions Treasurer Raimondo, Mayor Fung, and Mayor Taveras made to Speaker Fox, as well as Treasurer Raimondo's and Mayor Taveras' walking with Speaker Fox in his district, all while allegations of pay-to-play and corruption in the 38 Studios deal and PEDP Loans were being made, Mr. Block said, "We need a change agent as Governor, and these career politicians kissed the brass ring of power despite the stench of 38 Studios." Additionally, Mr. Block highlighted the fact that…
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Gorbea responds to de Ramel’s refusal to release taxes: Calls Openness and Accountability a Matter of Public Trust

Providence – Nellie Gorbea, Democratic candidate for Secretary of State released her tax returns for the past five years and many other candidates for state office agreed to do so as well. Her opponent, Guillaume de Ramel, refused to release his. "I was disappointed to hear that my opponent refused to release his tax returns,” said Gorbea. “I'm sure Rhode Islanders are now wondering: What does he have to hide? Why won't he just be open about his finances? Rhode Islanders' trust has been broken too many times. Those of us running for office need to be completely open and accountable…
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Barrington Democrats Endorse Gina Raimondo For Governor

BARRINGTON – The Barrington Democratic Town Committee overwhelmingly endorsed Gina Raimondo for governor last night. After hearing from each of the candidates in the Democratic Primary, the committee voted to endorse Gina because of her proven track record of solving big problems and commitment to fixing our economy. The final vote tally was 16 for Gina, three for Clay Pell and one for Mayor Taveras. "We are so proud to be endorsing Gina for governor," said Chairwoman Mary Alyce Gasbarro. "Gina gets results and she has what it takes to tackle the big challenges facing Rhode Island. She is a…
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Education

Solomon Unveils Plan to Create 2,000 Jobs, Rebuild City Schools

PROVIDENCE, RI - *Providence mayoral candidate and City Council President Michael Solomon unveiled a detailed 10-year vision to rebuild Providence's neighborhood schools and create 2,000 jobs today. In an eight page plan available on his website<;, Solomon proposes investing $250 million to rebuild the city's schools over the next 10 years. The plan will create 2,000 jobs and ensure proper learning environments for students and teachers. "Our campaign's big idea is to strategically invest in education and jobs: the two keys to expanding opportunity and rebuilding our city's middle class," said Solomon. "Rebuilding our city schools will achieve many important…
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Carlos M. Diaz To Seek Providence City Council Post In Ward 8

Long time Providence activist Carlos M. Diaz announces today he will seek a position on the Providence City Council representing Ward 8! Diaz, 42 immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic in 1983. “Since moving to this great country, I have had to watch my neighborhood continue to deteriorate,” Diaz said. Pointing to high crime and high unemployment, Diaz believes “enough is enough”. Carlos Diaz and his wife (Emilia) reside at 140 Burnett Street in Providence. A 1991 graduate of Central High School he also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from New England Institute of Technology. From his early days as a…
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Operating Engineers Endorse Gina Raimondo For Governor

PROVIDENCE – Earning her sixth labor endorsement, and second within the last week, Gina has been endorsed for governor by the Local 57 Operating Engineers. Representing over 1150 workers and retirees in Rhode Island, the Operating Engineers are backing Gina in the Democratic Primary because she has the record and skills to tackle the biggest challenges facing our struggling state. In a letter to the campaign, Jim White, Local 57 Business Manager and President said that Gina's “work experience and tenacity will make her a very proficient Governor." “The outpouring of support from across Rhode Island has been incredible," said…
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Ken Block Statement On Report From RI Center For Freedom & Prosperity

Warwick – Republican Candidate for Governor Ken Block issued the following statement on the Rhode Island Center for Freedom&Prosperity’s "Spotlight on Spending" report on wasteful spending: “The Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity's report is absolutely correct.  We need to cut wasteful spending from the budget and reduce taxes.  This is the only way we will be able to create new jobs and stabilize Rhode Island’s budget. Too many career politicians think it is fine to simply maintain the status quo on taxes and increase government spending, but this will not accomplish what Rhode Island needs.  'No New Taxes'…
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Raimondo Rolls Out Part Four of Her Blueprint for Rhode Island: Promoting Tourism

BRISTOL - Rhode Island has incredible resources -- a gorgeous coastline, top-notch restaurants, a thriving arts scene and a rich history -- but we are not best utilizing these resources to drive our economy. As we continue to struggle with the highest unemployment rate in the country, we have to take advantage of our state’s assets to grow our economy and create new jobs. This morning, Gina was joined by members of Explore Bristol, elected officials and local business owners to roll out the fourth component of her Blueprint for Rhode Island: promoting tourism. Following her tourism plan release, she…
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Block: Appointment Of Reps. Macbeth And Dickinson Encouraging

Warwick -  Republican Candidate for Governor Ken Block issued the following statement on the appointment of new leadership for the House Oversight Committee. "I congratulate Representative MacBeth on her appointment as Chair of the House Oversight Committee and Representative Dickinson on his appointment as Vice-Chairman. They both have records of standing up to the political establishment and fighting against the back room corruption of the 38 Studios deal.  When I was testifying to the legislature against the 38 Studios loan repayment, passed by Democratic leadership over the objections of the House Republican Caucus, Representative MacBeth was already advocating for subpoenas…
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