Bob Healey spent $0.0005 for every vote he got

November 5th, 2014 at 5:36 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Moderate Party gubernatorial nominee Bob Healey may have set a new record when it comes to how little money a candidate has to spend to win piles of votes.

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Big East Side victory helped Elorza beat Buddy Cianci

November 5th, 2014 at 9:37 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The East Side has spoken. Democrat Jorge Elorza will be the next mayor of the city of Providence.

Elorza won a convincing victory over independent former Mayor Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. Tuesday, riding a tidal wave of support to capture every precinct from Fox Point to the Pawtucket line on the vote-rich East Side. Republican Daniel Harrop, who said he was voting for Elorza, placed third.

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Analysis: 18 takeaways from the 2014 election in RI

November 5th, 2014 at 3:25 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Gina Raimondo will be the next governor of Rhode Island and Jorge Elorza will be the next mayor of Providence.

Those are the big headlines from Tuesday’s election in Rhode Island. Here are 18 other takeaways from the election, what it means for the state and what it tells us about local politics going forward.

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Republicans pick up seats in RI General Assembly

November 5th, 2014 at 1:10 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – On an otherwise tough night for local Republicans, the party could find a silver lining in the results for Rhode Island House elections, as six incumbent House Democrats went down to defeat.

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Colder Than Normal Stretch Ahead

November 4th, 2014 at 2:17 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

It has always amazed me how a storm system on one side of the Earth can impact the weather on the other side.  This will be the case during the next 10 days.

First, here’s the Climate Prediction Center’s forecast for the next 6-10days.   The blue and red represent the amount of confidence the forecaster has in whether it will be cooler or warmer than normal.   Notice the higher confidence in cooler-than-normal temperatures in the eastern half of the country during the period November 9-13.

Part of the reason why is on the other side of the world.


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Marathon campaign for Providence mayor ends today

November 4th, 2014 at 4:46 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – If you think the race for Providence mayor started when Buddy Cianci launched his campaign in June, think again.

Tuesday’s election marks the end of a marathon campaign that began in 2012, when incumbent Mayor Angel Taveras started preparing his bid for governor, and quietly built up steam over the next two years as the longshots formed alliances with the frontrunners and everyone kept one eye on Cianci.

Now it’s down to Cianci, Democrat Jorge Elorza and Republican Daniel Harrop, although Harrop confirmed Monday he intends to vote for Elorza in an attempt to “do all I can to stop Mr. Cianci” from winning the race.

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RI, Mass. voters head to polls to choose new govs

November 4th, 2014 at 12:01 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi and Staff

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Voters in Rhode Island and Massachusetts are heading to the polls Tuesday to choose new governors, elect lawmakers, decide on ballot questions and make dozens of other big decisions about their states’ futures.

The last time the two states held an election for governor – back in 2010 – roughly 340,000 voters went to the polls in Rhode Island and about 2.3 million did so in Massachusetts. It remains to be seen how turnout in this year’s election will compare with four years ago.

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GOP’s Harrop: I’m voting for Elorza in mayor’s race

November 3rd, 2014 at 7:38 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – It has been 36 years since Providence last elected a Republican mayor. On Tuesday, even the GOP nominee for the city’s top job intends to vote Democrat.

Republican mayoral candidate Dr. Daniel Harrop confirmed Monday he will vote for Democrat Jorge Elorza as his final contribution to the campaign to block former Mayor Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. from winning back his old job.

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Cranston will have to elect a new mayor if Fung wins

November 3rd, 2014 at 6:01 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) – Voters in Rhode Island’s third-largest city could be heading to the polls on a regular basis next year depending on the outcome of Tuesday’s election.

If Allan Fung defeats Gina Raimondo, Cranston will soon be left without a mayor once the Republican leaves City Hall to become governor. That would trigger a special election early next year in the city of 80,566 to replace Fung, according to Steven Sepe, Cranston’s city registrar.

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Still undecided? Watch our Campaign 2014 debates here

November 3rd, 2014 at 5:18 pm by under Nesi's Notes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Tuesday is Election Day in Rhode Island, but if you still aren’t sure who you want to vote for, has you covered.

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Watch Executive Suite: RI ballot questions; background checks

November 3rd, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes

Season’s First Snow

November 2nd, 2014 at 11:40 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Most communities in Southern New England saw snow on Sunday.  Most saw just snow flakes mixing with rain while others saw some accumulations.   The accumulating snow was mainly limited to Southeastern Massachusetts, and mainly on the grass and decks.

Courtesy Derek Adesso:  East Freetown Snow

Courtesy Derek Adesso: East Freetown Snow

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Here are some snow totals from across the area on Sunday.


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Storm Not Quite Done: Sunday Update

November 2nd, 2014 at 9:55 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

It’s been a windy and wild past 24 hours and we still have to get through more wind and rain before we are completely done with this storm.  In fact, some snow flakes have been mixing with the rain this morning…we have received reports in Warren, Coventry,  and Greenville.  I also noticed some very light flakes mixing with the rain from our City Cam in Providence when we were on the air this morning.

Here is a look at some of the strongest wind gusts which occurred overnight:


As for what to expect for the rest of the day, here is a timeline:

Morning Until 1pM:

Showers (heavy at times will continue through about noon).  The showers will tend to be a bit heavier south and east of I-95.  Some snow will mix with the rain at times, although little to no accumulation is expected.  We will have to keep an eye on eastern Bristol County Mass and Plymouth County Mass into the early afternoon (Fall River, New Bedford, and points east)….these locations have a chance of getting a coating to an inch or 2 of snow.


Winds will continue to be strong, gusting between 30 and 45 mph.  Some additional isolated wind damage and power outages are possible.


1PM Until 7PM:

The showers (and snow mix) will start to move out from west to east.  Providence and points west should be done with the precipitation by early afternoon, areas east of Providence could hang onto it until 2 or 3 PM.


The gusts will continue to be busy with 30-40 mph gusts, although we will start to get on the low end of this range by 7PM.

It should be a dry kickoff for the Pats/Broncos, but dress in layers because the wind will make it FEEL like it’s in the 30s even though actual temperatures will be in the 40s around kickoff.  Winds will likely be gusting 30-40 mph at kickoff, and then 20-30 mph by the then of the game.  Therefore, the 2nd half may not be QUITE as affected (passing and kicking game) by the wind as the first half.

 After 7PM:

Although it will still be breezy, the rain/snow will be over and the wind will drop below advisory levels.  Into Monday morning, temperatures will drop to around freezing….bundle up Monday morning! -Pete Mangione



Watch Newsmakers: Lt. Governor Debate – McKee vs. Taylor

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

Saturday Evening Storm Update

November 1st, 2014 at 6:58 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

We’ve seen some rain and gusty winds today and this evening, but the worst of the storm is yet to come.  I’m thinking the strongest of the winds will be between 2am and noon on Sunday.  The worst of the rain will be this evening until about 7am.  Here’s what to expect from the storm in a nutshell…

  • Rain, heavy at times
  • 1-1.5″ of rain possible.
  • Bit of snow possible inland early Sunday (no accumulation).
  • Wind gusts to 45mph possible in our area through Sunday.
  • Wind gusts to 60mph possible for E’rn MA through Sunday

Here’s how the storm will play out…

As of 6:30pm on Saturday, the storm was a broad and complex area of low pressure with multiple low centers off the coastlines of the Mid-Atlantic and New England.  The central pressure was approximately 997mb.  The storm will intensify through the night and develop into one main area of low pressure by morning.   We’re anticipating the pressure to drop to approximately 984mb by tomorrow afternoon.  A typical Category 1 Hurricane has a central pressure of 980mb.   This low central pressure combined with a strong area of high pressure to our west will create very strong winds in Southern New England through Sunday.


Again, the strongest of the winds will be early on Sunday as the storm is strengthening and making its closest apporach to Southern New England.   During this time, the rain will continue and may change to a little wet snow as cold air moves into the area late tonight.

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Weekend Wind/Rain Machine, Saturday Update

November 1st, 2014 at 8:52 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Data coming in this morning continues to show wind will be the biggest impact from this coastal storm.  However, rain will play a role as well.  Here is a timeline of what to expect:

Morning Through Noon:

Some showers will be moving through, but there will be plenty of time when it’s not coming down heavy (or not at all).  Bring the jacket if you are out doing errands: Temperatures will be in the 40s, but stiff breezes will make it FEEL like it’s in the upper 30s to around 40.  Here is a look at the wind gusts by noon.  They will be strong enough to blow your car door around a little bit in the parking lot, but not strong enough for any wind damage.



Noon Through 8PM: 

Showers will become more frequent and heavier at times.  Some localized street flooding is possible (especially in eastern Massachusetts), but we are not expecting a widespread flooding event.  The wind also increase from during this time.  Here is a look at winds gusts by 8PM.



Notice the wind gust range is now between 30-40 mph…with the strongest gusts from Newport to points east.  You will want 2 hands on the steering wheel if you are driving around tonight.  In addition, a few small tree limbs and loose Halloween decorations may be out there on the roads with you.


8PM Tonight to 8AM Sunday:

Showers will continue, heavy at times. By early Sunday morning, rainfall totals should range from 05. to 2.0 inches.

The strongest of the wind will also arrive.  Note gusts of over 50 mph are possible form the southeastern RI coast out towards Cape Cod.  If you are sleeping, don’t be surprised is some rattling windows wake you up!



Plymouth County and Cape Cod may see widespread power outages; our viewing are is more likely to get isolated pockets of wind damage and power outages.

Early Sunday morning, some snow flakes may mix with lingering rain showers, but at this point, we are not expecting accumulations.


Rest of Sunday:

Winds will continue to be gusty (3o to 40 mph).  Dress warmly if you are headed to the Pats game.  Temperatures will be in the low 40s at kickoff…but the wind will make it FEEL like it’s in the upper 20s to 30s!

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

November 1st, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site, The Saturday Morning Post

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Coastal Storm Update…Rain, Strong Wind Gusts

November 1st, 2014 at 12:16 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Morning From Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca..

Yes its early in the morning, still in weather office as of 12:35am.  Latest data still points to a strong ocean storm passing  just east of Cape Cod later Saturday into Sunday….the storm is represented by the red “L” on map below just off Cape Cod Sunday morning.  Latest forecast track will bring cold rain Saturday along with strong winds thru Sunday Morning..



















Confidence is growing that the strongest winds (up to 60 mph) will be on Cape Cod.  This means power outage likely there.  The rest of our area will see gusts in the 30-50 mph range. Winds of that magnitude will produce a low to moderate risk of power outages ( see yellow shaded area on our forecast gust map below…)

wind gusts










As far as storm impacts…the biggest concern would be wind.  An inch or two of rain may produce minor street flooding, since some low lying streets may have leaf clogged storm drains..It looks like northern Maine and New Hampshire will get several inches of snow. However it is possible for some wet snow to mix in with rain by Sunday morning here in southern New England. This is something that will need to be monitored



McKee, Taylor tout experience in lt. governor debate

October 31st, 2014 at 6:00 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – With just days left before Election Day, the two leading candidates for lieutenant governor touted their experience Friday as they made a final pitch to voters during their final televised debate.

Democrat Dan McKee and Republican Catherine Taylor largely agreed on ways to improve an office that has long been criticized for having little constitutional authority other than being first in line to take over if the governor is unable to complete his or her term.

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Race for RI gov now a ‘toss up,’ top forecaster says

October 31st, 2014 at 3:48 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – One of Washington’s top election prognosticators is upgrading Republican Allan Fung’s chances of winning the race for Rhode Island governor next week.

Separately, the Democratic Governors Association disclosed it has now spent $755,000 in Rhode Island on Raimondo’s behalf through Thursday; the Republican Governors Association had spent $125,000 on Fung’s behalf through Oct. 20, R.I. Board of Elections disclosures show.

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East Side write-in campaign could shape race for council president

October 31st, 2014 at 1:20 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Standing outside the Rochambeau Library on Hope Street earlier this month, a woman asked the senior-most member of the Providence City Council if he had an opponent in the upcoming election. Councilman Kevin Jackson shook his head, trying not to lie but avoiding the whole truth.

Jackson, who has represented Ward 3 on the East Side since 1995, is the only name on the ballot Tuesday, but he’s facing a spirited write-in challenge from Marcus Mitchell, the founding president of the Providence Community Library.

The outcome of the race could play a significant role in deciding the next president of the City Council, where current favorite Luis Aponte, Ward 10, has already said he would make Jackson the Democratic majority leader and chairman of the Finance Committee.

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Weekend Coastal Storm Update

October 31st, 2014 at 8:33 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Here we go again… another potent coastal storm will be impacting southern New England this weekend…. in fact, our computer models this morning have shifted to a track CLOSER to the coast, which means more rainfall and strong winds for Saturday and Sunday.  Here’s the 06z GFS model showing heavy rain over southeastern New England Saturday afternoon and evening with part 1 of the coastal storm sitting east of Cape Cod.

temp 1

06z GFS Model Valid Saturday 8pm

Rain will be heaviest between noon Saturday and 12am Sunday, with as much as 1-2″ possible in Rhode Island and southeastern MA.  We’re still thinking that Cape Cod and Nantucket see the heaviest rain and highest winds from this evening.

Far eastern MA is also likely to see the strongest winds from this storm… 50mph+ for a few hours on the outer Cape and Nantucket…. further west into RI, wind gusts 35-50mph are possible.  That could lead to some wind damage–including downed limbs and branches and possibly some isolated power outages.  temp 1

temp 3

This is a potentially dangerous situation for mariners–along with 50kt+ wind gusts in the open waters east of MA, seas of 15-20ft are possible.  In Narragansett Bay, a Gale Watch has been issued for Saturday morning through late Sunday night, with waves building to 2-3ft and gusts up to 35kt.

There’s been a lot of buzz about the first snowflakes of the season.  While a few wet flakes are possible by late Saturday Night or early Sunday morning,  it looks like the best shot at snow will be in Maine, where several inches are possible.  Around here, the ground will stay bare.


Fire chief faces questions after months-long investigation

October 30th, 2014 at 11:21 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Tim White

COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) – A Target 12 Investigation that involved months of undercover work has raised serious questions over a lack of accountability and public safety concerns about the chief at the Coventry Fire District, which charges the highest residential tax rate levied in any of Rhode Island’s 44 local fire districts.

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Fung, Raimondo stay on attack in last TV debate

October 30th, 2014 at 9:17 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The two leading candidates for Rhode Island governor attacked each other fiercely and frequently during their final debate on Thursday night, lobbing charges and countercharges about everything from 38 Studios to pension funding.

Democrat Gina Raimondo and Republican Allan Fung clashed throughout most of the 60-minute debate, televised live from Rhode Island College on WJAR-TV before a boisterous crowd, as they sought to press their cases to the undecided voters who are likely to decide what polls show to be a tight race.

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Progressive Democrat files elections complaint against Cianci

October 30th, 2014 at 4:47 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A local activist has filed a complaint with the R.I. Board of Elections accusing mayoral candidate Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. of violating several campaign-finance laws before he officially entered the race for mayor in June.

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Mayoral candidates stay on the attack in final debate

October 30th, 2014 at 12:22 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Keeping with the tone of the entire campaign, the three candidates for mayor of Providence didn’t lead with the issues during their final televised debate Wednesday evening.

Instead independent Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr., Democrat Jorge Elorza and Republican Dr. Daniel Harrop used the hour-long debate at Rhode Island College to squawk about mail ballot fraud and defaced signs while hurling insults at one another. The debate was aired on WJAR-TV.

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RI Democrats have 10-to-1 financial edge over GOP

October 29th, 2014 at 7:25 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Republican Allan Fung had a big edge over rival Democrat Gina Raimondo judging by how much money was in their campaign accounts at the start of this week. But Raimondo’s political party will go into the final days of the race far better-funded.

R.I. Board of Elections filings reveal how Raimondo and other top Democrats have moved to take advantage of the higher limits on contributions to state party committees, which can get up to $10,000 from an individual, compared with the limit of $1,000 on donations to individual candidates.

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Mail ballots suggest a big turnout in Providence this year

October 29th, 2014 at 5:30 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Wondering how many people will show up to vote in next week’s Rhode Island election? Try looking into the same crystal ball used by local political professionals: mail ballot requests.

Figures obtained by this week from the secretary of state’s office show 15,509 mail ballots have been requested across Rhode Island to cast votes in next week’s election, a sizable increase from the last gubernatorial election in 2010, when 13,485 were requested. But the increase is almost entirely due to a whopping 123% jump in the number requested in Providence.

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Sandy: 2 Years Later

October 29th, 2014 at 1:08 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

We didn’t take a direct hit from Sandy, but it was reminder (as was Irene the year before) of what hurricanes and tropical storms can do.  Sandy side-swiped Rhode Island, after it came up the East Coast and made an unusual left turn into New Jersey.  We were spared the worst, New Jersey and New York were not.

Parts of Rhode Island were still devastated.  Hurricane-force wind gusts battered the south coast.  A 3-5 foot storm surge inundated coastal communities and large waves eroded our fragile shoreline.

Hurricane Sandy off the East Coast
Hurricane Sandy off the East Coast

Here’s Sandy by the numbers:

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