Ted Nesi

GOP’s Harrop donates $1,000 to Elorza in race for Providence mayor

October 19th, 2014 at 7:11 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – First it was the state’s congressional delegation. Now Democrat Jorge Elorza is getting financial support from one his opponents in the race for mayor of Providence.

Elorza’s campaign confirmed Sunday that Republican candidate Dr. Daniel Harrop recently contributed $1,000 to the 37-year-old Democrat, the latest sign that the two rivals have formed an unlikely alliance to help block independent Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. from winning back City Hall.

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Watch Newsmakers: Political roundtable on Campaign 2014

October 19th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


Watch Executive Suite: Philip Eil, Providence Phoenix

October 19th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


The Saturday Morning Post: Quick hits on politics & more in RI

October 18th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site, The Saturday Morning Post

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For mayoral candidates, repetition is everything

October 17th, 2014 at 11:50 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – When Buddy Cianci gets upset with Jorge Elorza during a mayoral forum, he likes to say, “This isn’t your classroom, professor.”

Elorza always has the same response. “This isn’t your talk show, Buddy.”

With under three weeks to go before the Nov. 4 election, the professor, the talk show host and Republican Dr. Daniel Harrop have perfected their acts, repeating the same talking points for new crowds as they travel across the city making the case for why one of them should be elected Providence’s next mayor.

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School reform advocate spending big to help Elorza beat Cianci

October 17th, 2014 at 5:49 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A millionaire charter school advocate from Connecticut is dipping his hands into the race for Providence mayor.

Jonathan Sackler, a wealthy investment manager and trustee for charter school operator Achievement First, contributed $25,000 to the 50CAN Action Fund to support Democrat Jorge Elorza, according to a disclosure filed with the Rhode Island Board of Elections Tuesday.

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GOP-union alliance scrambles RI lieutenant gov. campaign

October 16th, 2014 at 12:00 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Organized labor is usually one of the most reliable constituencies for Democratic politicians in Rhode Island, but this year many unions are taking an unusual step: backing a Republican.

It reflects how the sleepy race for lieutenant governor is scrambling some of Rhode Island’s usual political alliances. A WPRI 12/Providence Journal poll released Tuesday showed Democrat Dan McKee leading Republican Catherine Taylor 36% to 27%, but nearly one in three voters – 31% – were still undecided.

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Arnold donates another $100K to pro-Raimondo super PAC

October 15th, 2014 at 8:42 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The wealthy Texas billionaire who previously backed a pro-pension-overhaul group has donated another $100,000 to a “super PAC” formed to boost Treasurer Gina Raimondo’s bid for governor, with the money set to be used against her GOP rival.

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Elorza wants more youth sports teams in Providence

October 15th, 2014 at 7:35 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Saying that sports and recreation has “simply not been a priority” for the city in recent years, Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza unveiled Wednesday a plan to expand sports programs and boost support for recreation centers in Providence during his first term in office.

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Filing argues Corso owes $232,800 to 38 Studios

October 15th, 2014 at 5:55 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Tim White

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The trustee handling 38 Studios’ bankruptcy case is demanding that Providence attorney Michael Corso return a six-figure payment he received from the company, arguing 38 Studios overpaid him while it was in financial free fall, Target 12 has learned.

According to an undated invoice attached to the filing, Corso billed 38 Studios $232,800 for “professional services rendered July 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011,” charging $485 an hour for 480 hours of work.

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Providence mayor hopefuls get heated at business forum

October 15th, 2014 at 12:58 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Another day, another shouting match between the candidates for mayor.

A question-and-answer session between Democrat Jorge Elorza, independent Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. and Republican Daniel Harrop led Elorza and Cianci, the former mayor, to yell over one another as more than 100 of the state’s top business leaders looked on during a morning forum hosted by the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.

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New WPRI 12/Journal Poll: Raimondo holds a slim lead

October 15th, 2014 at 4:30 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi and Tim White

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democrat Gina Raimondo has a slim lead over Republican Allan Fung in the race for Rhode Island governor, with Moderate Robert Healey pulling a meaningful share of the vote, an exclusive WPRI 12/Providence Journal survey released Wednesday shows.

The new survey of 505 likely Rhode Island voters shows Raimondo in the lead at 42%, Fung in second place at 36% and Healey far behind at 8%. An additional 12% of voters remain undecided.

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• Related: New WPRI 12/Journal Poll: Dems lead for 4 RI lower offices (Oct. 14)


New WPRI 12/Journal Poll: Dems lead for 4 RI lower offices

October 14th, 2014 at 5:09 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi and Tim White

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democratic candidates are currently on top in all four down-ballot races for Rhode Island’s statewide offices with just three weeks left before the election, an exclusive WPRI 12/Providence Journal survey released Tuesday shows.

  • Lieutenant Governor: McKee 36%, Taylor 27%
  • Secretary of State: Gorbea 41%, Carlevale 27%
  • Attorney General: Kilmartin 46%, Hodgson 32%
  • General Treasurer: Magaziner 47%, Almonte 34%

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Coming up Wednesday at 4:30 a.m.: poll results in the race for Rhode Island governor.


Three former US attorneys blast Cianci comeback bid

October 14th, 2014 at 1:36 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Three former U.S. attorneys – including current U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse – held a press conference Tuesday urging city voters to reject former Mayor Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci’s bid to return to City Hall.

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Study: Bond questions could cost RI nearly $400M

October 14th, 2014 at 12:01 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The price tag for four bond referendum questions on the Rhode Island ballot next month could hit nearly $400 million once interest payments are totaled up, according to a report released Tuesday by the nonprofit Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council.

All four questions have well-funded campaigns being run in support of them, using everything from lawn signs to TV ads to drum up support from voters, R.I. Board of Elections filings reviewed by WPRI.com show.

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Happy Columbus Day from Nesi’s Notes

October 13th, 2014 at 11:42 am by under Nesi's Notes

Today is the day Rhode Island discovered its exploding Italian-American population, 104 years ago.


Watch Executive Suite: Dunkelman on ‘Vanishing Neighbor’

October 13th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


Watch Newsmakers: AG Debate – Kilmartin vs. Hodgson

October 12th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


The Saturday Morning Post: Quick hits on politics & more in RI

October 11th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, The Saturday Morning Post

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NYT/CBS/YouGov Poll: Raimondo, Fung in tight race

October 11th, 2014 at 12:45 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democrat Gina Raimondo holds a slim lead over Republican Allan Fung in the race for Rhode Island governor, according to a newly released online-only poll by The New York Times, CBS News and YouGov.

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Kilmartin, Hodgson battle in heated attorney general debate

October 10th, 2014 at 4:50 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democratic Attorney General Peter Kilmartin defended himself against a barrage of verbal attacks from Republican challenger Dawson Hodgson during a debate Friday, touting his record as the state’s top prosecutor over the last four years.

Kilmartin and Hodgson also argued over the ongoing 38 Studios investigation, public corruption and crime in Rhode Island’s capital city during an hour-long debate on a special edition of WPRI 12’s Newsmakers.

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Doherty backs Raimondo as Fung stays on attack

October 9th, 2014 at 5:39 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Former GOP congressional candidate Brendan Doherty announced Thursday he is backing Democrat Gina Raimondo for governor, even as his fellow Republican Allan Fung launched a new TV ad attacking her as too close to the financial sector.

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Elorza: I’ll empower Ethics Commission that’s never met

October 9th, 2014 at 4:55 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza pledged Thursday to jumpstart Providence’s dormant Ethics Commission, a panel that has no members and has never met since it was created by city officials in late 2006.

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Providence Phoenix to publish last issue next week

October 9th, 2014 at 4:48 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Alt-weekly local newspaper the Providence Phoenix will cease publication next week after more than three decades in Rhode Island, its parent company announced Thursday.

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Cianci rolls out Democratic endorsements for mayor

October 9th, 2014 at 3:45 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The wide tent that covers Rhode Island’s Democratic Party was on full display Thursday when a group of veteran lawmakers endorsed Buddy Cianci over party standard-bearer Jorge Elorza in the race for Providence mayor.

Cianci, running as an independent, held a press conference on Neutaconkanut Hill in the city’s Silver Lake neighborhood to roll out two dozen endorsements from current and former Democratic city councilmen and state lawmakers, including Deputy House Speaker Charlene Lima, a Cranston resident.

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Providence fire union attacks Elorza, praises Cianci in mailer

October 8th, 2014 at 10:29 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Two weeks after endorsing mayoral candidate Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr., the Providence firefighters’ union is taking the fight to Democrat Jorge Elorza.

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Super PAC aiding Gina Raimondo after ban ruled out

October 8th, 2014 at 3:24 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A “super PAC” formed to support Democrat Gina Raimondo announced Wednesday it’s going on the air with a TV ad attacking Republican Allan Fung, just weeks after Raimondo’s campaign refused to discuss a ban on outside spending in the race.

John Marion, executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island, told WPRI.com he was asked by Fung campaign manager Patrick Sweeney to set up a meeting to discuss the possibility of a so-called “People’s Pledge” agreement between the two sides to limit outside spending in the gubernatorial race, but Raimondo campaign manager Eric Hyers refused to discuss the idea when Marion approached him.

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Fung has financial edge over Raimondo in gov race

October 8th, 2014 at 11:12 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Republican gubernatorial nominee Allan Fung is entering the final four weeks of the campaign with a sizable financial advantage over his Democratic rival Gina Raimondo, according to R.I. Board of Elections disclosures filed Tuesday.

Here’s how the money race is playing out for statewide offices on the ballot this year in Rhode Island.

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Cianci has cash lead over Elorza in race for Providence mayor

October 8th, 2014 at 10:28 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Former Providence Mayor Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. has raised more than $480,000 and loaned his campaign another $200,000 in his quest to return to his old job, according to a R.I. Board of Elections disclosure filed Tuesday.

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Elorza pitches $5M loan program to rehab vacant homes

October 7th, 2014 at 4:45 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza pledged Tuesday to create a $5 million revolving loan fund aimed at rehabilitating most of the city’s vacant properties within four years, a strategy he argues would improve neighborhoods and boost homeownership in Providence.

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