Ted Nesi

Mayoral candidates Cianci, Elorza spar over religion

September 16th, 2014 at 4:24 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – God has entered the race for Providence mayor.

Independent Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. and Democrat Jorge Elorza are entangled in a battle over religion, with Cianci questioning a 2010 law review article in which Elorza argued that it may be constitutional to teach the “non-existence of a theist God” in schools. Elorza is accusing Cianci of attempting to “distort the facts and mislead the voters.”

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38 Studios lobby hearing decision expected Wednesday

September 16th, 2014 at 2:08 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Tim White

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A decision in the 38 Studios lobby violation hearings is expected to be released Wednesday, the Target 12 Investigators have learned.

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Ken Block: I didn’t recruit Bob Healey to run for gov

September 16th, 2014 at 11:40 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block said Tuesday he’s not yet ready to endorse his former opponent Allan Fung, but emphasized he had nothing to do with Robert Healey becoming the candidate of the fledgling Moderate Party that Block founded.

“I literally haven’t spoken to [Healey], and I won’t, because I just don’t want to,” Block told WPRI.com on Tuesday morning in his first interview since the primary.

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GOP’s Harrop facing pressure to drop mayoral bid, block Buddy Cianci

September 15th, 2014 at 4:58 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Republican Daniel Harrop said Monday he is “fairly confident” he will remain in the race for Providence mayor, despite mounting pressure to end his campaign in an effort to block independent Buddy Cianci from returning to City Hall.

Harrop said he has multiple factors to consider before he makes a final decision, including whether his presence in the race would actually create an easier path to victory for Cianci, the former mayor who served 4 ½ years in prison following a corruption conviction in 2002.

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Aponte, Jackson want new City Council leadership team

September 15th, 2014 at 9:52 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – That didn’t take long.

Less than a week after the Democratic primary, several Providence City Council members are already lining up the votes to overhaul the council’s leadership team beginning in January, WPRI.com has learned.

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Watch Executive Suite: Defense industry; Alashan Cashmere

September 15th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


Watch Newsmakers: Post-primary political roundtable

September 14th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


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

September 13th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site, The Saturday Morning Post

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Cianci: ‘No interest’ in collecting city pension

September 11th, 2014 at 5:39 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Independent mayoral candidate Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. said Thursday he will not seek to collect the taxpayer-funded pension he is eligible for from his previous two stints running Rhode Island’s capital city.

Cianci, 73, also said he isn’t planning to attempt to recoup the $209,000 he contributed to the pension system throughout nearly 22 years as Providence mayor during a taping of Dan Yorke State of Mind on myRITV. The interview will air Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

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Raimondo’s primary victory cost $2.3M more than Coakley’s

September 11th, 2014 at 12:20 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Massachusetts’ population is six times bigger than Rhode Island’s, but it was actually less expensive for Martha Coakley to win a nomination for governor this year in the Bay State than for Gina Raimondo to do so in its small southern neighbor.

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East Side secured Elorza win in Providence mayor primary

September 11th, 2014 at 11:55 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

While opponent Jorge Elorza was racking up votes on the East Side and the two Democrats were running close to even on the South Side, Michael Solomon’s base in the Mount Pleasant, Elmhurst and the Charles neighborhoods didn’t turn out to vote in numbers that would offset Elorza’s dominating performance across the city, according to a WPRI.com review of pre-mail-ballot voting tallies. In the end, Solomon won the rest of the city, but Elorza’s big East Side haul was enough to secure the victory citywide.

Around 9:45 p.m., Solomon called Elorza to concede the race. Fifteen minutes later, Elorza was ushered in a backdoor at Fete nightclub in Olneyville, the site of his victory party. While more than 150 supporters celebrated in the ballroom area, Elorza shared a moment with his closest supporters backstage. He hugged his campaign manager Marisa O’Gara, who left her position in the Taveras administration earlier this year to work for Elorza.

By 10:15, Brett Smiley, the East Side Democrat whose decision to exit the race and endorse Elorza likely helped Elorza win so heavily in Wards 1, 2, and 3, was introducing the Democratic nominee for mayor of Providence.

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Clay Pell campaign spent $111 for every vote he got

September 10th, 2014 at 1:19 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democrat Clay Pell finished the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary right where he started, in third place – but not before dishing out more than $3.4 million of his own money in a failed attempt to win.

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Raimondo, Fung set to face off for RI governor

September 10th, 2014 at 1:05 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Rhode Island is set to elect its first female governor or its first Asian-American governor this November after General Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung won their party’s nominations on Tuesday.

More than 153,000 registered Rhode Island voters cast a ballot in the primary election, with roughly 123,000 votes cast in the Democratic gubernatorial primary and about 31,000 votes cast in the Republican race, according to preliminary results. That would put voter turnout in the primary at roughly 20%.

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Elorza wins Democratic primary for Providence mayor

September 10th, 2014 at 1:04 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Former Housing Court Judge Jorge Elorza used a massive turnout on Providence’s East Side Tuesday to squeak by City Council President Michael Solomon in the Democratic primary for mayor.

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WPRI.com Live Blog: Primary Night 2014 Coverage

September 9th, 2014 at 4:06 pm by under Nesi's Notes

Click here to read our Primary Night 2014 live blog on the new WPRI.com website »


Don’t miss Dan McGowan’s new Cianci story for Politico

September 8th, 2014 at 10:10 pm by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

I know blogging has been rather – ahem – light here on Nesi’s Notes in recent months, with primaries and polls and debates keeping me cranking out main-site stories and TV coverage. But I never forget you, loyal NN readers, and I hope to get back to more regular blogging post-primary and particularly post-election.

For now, though, I have to take a moment and direct your attention to an exciting career milestone by my ace WPRI.com colleague Dan McGowan, who has been a huge asset to WPRI 12 and Nesi’s Notes since joining the team last year.

Politico Magazine – the political news site’s newish long-form-focused offshoot – just posted McGowan’s first-ever national story, a 3,000-plus-word look at the latest comeback attempt by Buddy Cianci. Click here to read it – a great tale, well told by Dan for locals and out-of-towners alike.


Gov. Chafee endorses Clay Pell for RI governor

September 8th, 2014 at 7:02 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Incumbent Gov. Lincoln Chafee has made a last-minute endorsement in the Democratic primary for Rhode Island governor, throwing his support behind political newcomer Clay Pell less than 24 hours before voters go to the polls.

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Watch Executive Suite: Tim Hebert; Newport Grand critics

September 8th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


Watch Newsmakers: Kara Young; Fleming’s primary preview

September 7th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


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

September 6th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site, The Saturday Morning Post

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Guillaume de Ramel’s business record scrutinized

September 5th, 2014 at 11:50 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democrat Guillaume de Ramel’s campaign is sharing new details about the two businesses he incorporated in Rhode Island, following aggressive criticism from Nellie Gorbea, his rival in next week’s primary for secretary of state.

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City Council members pick sides in Providence mayor’s race

September 5th, 2014 at 10:48 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – All but one member of the Providence City Council has picked a horse in the race for mayor, with the majority of the 15-person body backing City Council President Michael Solomon over his Democratic opponent Jorge Elorza and independent Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr.

Only Ward 6 Councilman Michael Correia, who previously endorsed Democrat Brett Smiley before he dropped out of the race last month, has said he’ll wait until after next week’s primary to make a final decision about whom he’ll support to replace one-term Mayor Angel Taveras as he seeks the governor’s office.

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RI governor hopefuls’ campaign spending tops $10M

September 3rd, 2014 at 12:23 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The top five candidates seeking to become Rhode Island’s next governor have spent more than $10 million over the last five months jockeying for advantage in the Democratic and Republican primaries, according to a review of campaign-finance filings by WPRI.com.

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Solomon outspending Elorza 2-to-1 in Providence mayor’s race

September 3rd, 2014 at 12:01 am by under General Talk

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – City Council President Michael Solomon has spent twice as much on his campaign for Providence mayor as opponent Jorge Elorza since the start of the year, as the two Democrats race toward the finish line of the Sept. 9 primary.

Solomon has reported spending $657,169 since the beginning of 2014, while Elorza has spent $293,249, according to a WPRI.com review of campaign filings with the Rhode Island Board of Elections. A third Democrat, Brett Smiley, spent $403,832 before bowing out of the race to endorse Elorza last month.

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Analysis: 5 takeaways from the Republican gov debate

September 2nd, 2014 at 11:22 pm by under Nesi's Notes

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Fung, Block attack each other in TV debate

September 2nd, 2014 at 11:21 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The two Republican candidates for Rhode Island governor on Tuesday jousted over endorsements and taxes while criticizing each other’s conservative credentials during a televised debate.

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• Related: Watch the full debate on WPRI.com | Analysis: 5 takeaways from the debate


Tonight at 7 live on WPRI 12 – Ken Block debates Allan Fung

September 2nd, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


Watch Executive Suite: UMass Law; OpportunitySpace

September 1st, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


Watch Newsmakers: Jorge Elorza debates Michael Solomon

August 31st, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


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

August 30th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, The Saturday Morning Post

Click here to read this week’s Saturday Morning Post on the new WPRI.com website »