Ted Nesi

Clinton swings through RI to boost Raimondo bid

October 24th, 2014 at 5:28 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi and Susan Campbell

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a full-throated endorsement to Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gina Raimondo on Friday, using a campaign rally to tie Raimondo’s themes to those Clinton may run on in a 2016 presidential bid.

Raimondo’s Republican opponent, Allan Fung, dismissed the Clinton rally as something that isn’t a big deal to most voters. He spent the morning visiting Brutopia, a brewery and restaurant in Cranston that he said demonstrated how his stewardship of that city has prepared him to improve the state’s economy.

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Providence cop connection eyed in mail-ballot probe

October 24th, 2014 at 12:17 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan and Walt Buteau

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The head of the Rhode Island State Police confirmed Friday investigators are looking into whether two men who were collecting mail ballots at the state’s largest homeless shelter were Providence police officers.

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New Brown U. polls give Raimondo, Elorza the lead

October 23rd, 2014 at 12:45 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democrat Gina Raimondo has a double-digit lead over her Republican opponent Allan Fung in the race for Rhode Island governor, with less than two weeks to go before voters head to the polls, according to a new survey released Thursday by Brown University.

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By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – With less than two weeks before Election Day, Democratic Jorge Elorza holds a commanding lead over independent Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr in the race for Providence mayor, according to a poll released Thursday by Brown University.

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Cianci files complaint against group attacking him in ad

October 22nd, 2014 at 5:59 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The race for Providence mayor has its first cease-and-desist letter.

Lawyers for independent candidate Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci filed a complaint with the R.I. Board of Elections Wednesday accusing a prominent East Side political figure of breaking a slew of campaign finance laws, including one that prohibits third-party advocacy groups from coordinating directly with campaigns.

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Outside groups pouring big money into RI gov race

October 22nd, 2014 at 10:32 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A huge amount of outside money is suddenly pouring into Rhode Island’s tight race for governor.

In the last 24 hours, two groups with no previous history in the state – one backed by the Democratic Governors Association and one backed by the Republican Governors Association – have dropped a combined $849,014 into the race to air TV ads attacking the top two candidates, Democrat Gina Raimondo and Republican Allan Fung, according to a WPRI.com review of R.I. Board of Elections filings.

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Analysis: 5 takeaways from the RI governor debate

October 21st, 2014 at 11:45 pm by under Nesi's Notes

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Fung, Raimondo go on the attack in first TV debate

October 21st, 2014 at 11:42 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The two leading candidates for Rhode Island governor questioned one another’s leadership skills during their first televised debate Tuesday evening, launching attacks at political decisions each has made in recent years while touting their plans to create jobs and turn the state’s lagging economy around.

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


For Elorza and Cianci, South Side is the key battleground

October 21st, 2014 at 2:44 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – With two weeks to go before Election Day, Providence mayoral candidates Jorge Elorza and Buddy Cianci are sprinting to lock up votes on the city’s South Side, the majority-minority community that campaign experts say could be the deciding factor in what appears to be a tight race.

Democrat Elorza, independent Cianci and Republican Dr. Daniel Harrop have spent much of the last four months attempting to make inroads on the South Side, which includes Washington Park, Upper and Lower South Providence, Elmwood and South Elmwood, Reservoir and part of the West End. In political speak, the South Side spans Wards 8, 9, 10 and 11.

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Mayoral candidates want to change Providence car tax

October 20th, 2014 at 2:53 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A 2011 decision by city officials to impose a tax on all vehicles worth between $1,000 and $6,000 while reducing taxes on vehicles valued at more than $25,000 has become a hot topic in the race for mayor, with all three candidates pledging to do what they can to fix a policy they say unfairly targets Providence’s poorest residents.

Independent Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr., Democrat Jorge Elorza and Republican Daniel Harrop all say they want to reduce – or outright eliminate – the city’s current tax on motor vehicles, but none of the candidates have released a plan explaining how they’ll get it done in a city that is projecting a budget gap of between $15 million and $24 million for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2015.

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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

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


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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