Cianci and Elorza chasing undecided voters in race for Providence mayor

September 25th, 2014 at 5:08 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The candidates for Providence mayor will spend the six weeks between now and the election courting the 21% of voters who say they still haven’t picked a candidate in the race, according to several campaign experts, former city aides and political operatives.

That means independent Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. and Democrat Jorge Elorza will stop at nothing as they seek to define one another, a strategy that will likely include vicious television ads and brutal mailers in the coming weeks, political observers say.

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WPRI 12/Journal Poll: Buddy Cianci on top for mayor

September 23rd, 2014 at 5:43 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi and Tim White

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Former Providence Mayor Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. has a small lead over Jorge Elorza six weeks ahead of the election to replace Mayor Angel Taveras, but many voters are still undecided, an exclusive WPRI 12/Providence Journal poll released Tuesday shows.

The new survey of 503 likely voters in Providence shows independent Cianci on top at 38%, with Democrat Elorza in second place at 32% and Republican Daniel Harrop a distant third at 6%. Roughly one in five Providence voters – 21% – said they remain undecided about the Nov. 4 election for mayor.

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• Interactive: Dig into complete results of the September WPRI 12/Journal poll

Coming at 10 p.m., more poll results on city voters’ mood; at 4:30 a.m., their take on Cianci’s convictions.


Police, fire unions endorse Cianci for Providence mayor

September 23rd, 2014 at 4:51 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence’s two public safety unions have both endorsed former Mayor Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. in his bid to return to City Hall.

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Daylight on the Decline

September 23rd, 2014 at 11:58 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Welcome to Autumn!  It’s a great season here in New England, with vibrant colors, sweater (and boots) weather and all things pumpkin.  What’s not to love?!  Well, for many, the shorter days that come with fall.  With the Autumnal Equinox, we mark the time where the sun’s direct rays cross the equator and head into the Southern Hemisphere.  It’s easy to notice with each passing day that the sunrises are getting later and the sunsets earlier.  In fact, we are losing about 3 minutes of daylight each day…. and those minutes quickly add up.

While equinox means “equal night”… that’s not exactly the case as we still have slightly more than 12 hours of daylight the first few days of Autumn.  Enjoy it, because by Saturday our nights will exceed our days for the first time since the start of spring.  And from there, we await the shortest day of the year…. December 21 when we only see the sun for a mere 9 hours and 13 minutes.  The sunset on  that day will be at 4:20pm.

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Along with the shorter days, inevitably comes the cooler temperatures due to the longer nights and weaker, indirect rays of the sun.  Our average high temperature drops from 72° today, to 58° on November 1 and 41° by December 21.

 


Mayor Taveras: ‘Nothing left to negotiate’ on teachers pact

September 23rd, 2014 at 8:30 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Outgoing Providence Mayor Angel Taveras said Monday he refuses to saddle his successor with “an unreasonable labor contract” for city teachers, the latest shot across the bow in an escalating conflict between his administration and the union.

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Six months later, Gordon Fox probe moving forward

September 22nd, 2014 at 6:01 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Tim White, Dan McGowan and Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Six months after state and federal law-enforcement agents triggered the resignation of former House Speaker Gordon Fox by raiding his home and office, Fox has yet to be identified as the target of their investigation, let alone charged with any crime.

But the Target 12 Investigators have learned the Fox probe is still extremely active. Sources tell Target 12 prosecutors in the office of U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island Peter Neronha are moving forward after spending months digging into the evidence they gathered in the raids.

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• Related: RI transplants Regunberg, Gyles vying to succeed Gordon Fox (Sept. 22)


RI transplants Regunberg, Gyles vying to succeed Fox

September 22nd, 2014 at 6:00 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Aaron Regunberg moved to Providence from Chicago in 2008 to attend Brown University and quickly became known as a progressive rabble-rouser who fought for healthier school lunches, helped elect Angel Taveras mayor and organized high-school students against standardized testing.

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• Related: Six months later, Gordon Fox probe moving forward (Sept. 22)


Watch Executive Suite: UnitedHealthcare’s Stephen Farrell

September 22nd, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


Autumn Officially Arrives Monday

September 21st, 2014 at 8:57 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The leaves are beginning to change color and the temperatures are getting cooler….autumn is upon us.   Autumn will officially be here at 10:29pm Monday evening — the time of the Autumnal Equinox.

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What is an equinox exactly? Equinox comes from a Latin word, aequus, which means equal — equal days and equal nights.   Astronomically, it’s the tilt of the Earth that causes the solstices and equinoxes.  The Earth is always tilted about its axis.  At a summer solstice, the Northern Hemisphere is tilted toward the sun.  In winter solstice, the Southern Hemisphere gets the sun’s more direct rays.  At the time of an equinox, however, the sun’s direct rays fall on the equator.  This year that exact time is 10:39pm.

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Big Waves and Rip Currents Expected Monday

September 21st, 2014 at 8:03 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

A fairly potent ocean storm passing to our south and east is creating some big waves.  These waves will have a big impact on our coastline on Monday.  This system is passing closer than Bertha, Cristobal and Edouard did this summer.  While the system is weaker, its proximity to Southern New England will create larger and more frequent waves.

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This low is non-tropical, but it has a fairly deep central pressure of 997mb and winds of 25-30mph with higher gusts. These winds are creating the big waves which will impact Southern New England’s coastline on Monday.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for Monday 8am-5pm.

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Sunday Morning Update: CVS 5K and Pats

September 21st, 2014 at 8:38 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

So far, the showers have been primarily staying to our north and west this morning.  Here is a breakdown for what to expect for  the rest of the day:

CVS Health 5K: It will be warm and muggy at the start of the race with temperatures in the mid 70s.  There will be a threat of a shower or downpour, but most of the time it is rain free.  I would say shorts and t-shirts if you are a runner; if you are a spectator a rain jacket or poncho might not be a bad idea in case you get hit by a brief downpour.

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Pats Game: Similar to the 5K, most of the time will be rain free, warm and muggy.  There could be a brief shower or downpour for tailgating or during the game.  Temperatures will be in the upper 70s from start to finish (exception would be if a shower comes through), so you don’t have to worry about a cool down for the end of the game.

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Enjoy your Sunday! -Pete Mangione

 

 

 


Watch Newsmakers: Buddy Cianci on his run and his record

September 21st, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


CVS Downtown 5K and Patriots Futurecast: Showers

September 20th, 2014 at 11:57 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Moisture was working its way up the coastline Saturday evening and it’ll  be here in Southern New England on Sunday.  Expect some showers in the area, but we are not expecting a washout.  The bulk of the rain should remain offshore.  That moisture is associated with an area of low pressure that developed off the Carolina coast on Saturday.

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We expect the showers to develop in Southern New England before dawn on Sunday.   These showers will be mostly around during the morning on Sunday and they should be fairly scattered in nature.

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Watching a Low Center off the Carolina Coast

September 20th, 2014 at 10:50 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

We are watching an area of low pressure off the Carolina coastline very closely.  This steadily developed and strengthened through the day on Saturday.

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If this low were to sit off the coast another day or so, this system could become a tropical storm.  As of 10:15pm Saturday, the winds around the center were strengthening.  This is some weather information from a buoy just to the northeast of the center.

Courtesy: NOAA/National Data Buoy Center

Courtesy: NOAA/National Data Buoy Center

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CVS Health 5K: Mild Temperatures, but Showers Possible

September 20th, 2014 at 8:33 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The CVS 5K starts at 11:15AM tomorrow (Sunday), and we are tracking the CHANCE for a few showers.  I have done this race a few times over the past few years and the weather has been fantastic, so hopefully we can keep it that way!

A tricky forecast is developing for Sunday because a chunk of tropical moisture will make a close pass to southern New England.

What we know about Sunday: A mild air mass will be in place, so even if we end up with morning showers and a lot of clouds, temperatures should be in the 70s for most of the day.  Temperatures should be in the low 70s around 11:15AM for the start of the race.  That is almost ideal for running in terms of temperature, but it will be muggy.

What we still need to fine tune: There is still a lot of uncertainty in the threat of Sunday showers.  If this “chunk” of tropical moisture stays well offshore, then we end up with just a brief sprinkle or no showers at all.  If this chunk of tropical moisture moves further inland, then some downpours and even a thunderstorm is possible Sunday morning.   My forecast for now leans towards the drier scenario, with a few brief sprinkles possible Sunday morning and then a dry afternoon.

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If you are running in or watching the 5K, I would at plan on a few showers for Sunday morning.  Tune in to TJ tonight, and then catch me at 6AM tomorrow morning on WPRI 12.  We will be going live in Providence for the race preparations, and I will be tracking potential showers with Live Pinpoint Doppler 12 RADAR.  -Pete Mangione

 

 

 


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

September 20th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site, The Saturday Morning Post

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Former Solomon campaign manager tapped to lead anti-Cianci effort

September 19th, 2014 at 11:57 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The effort to prevent former Mayor Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. from winning back his old job is beginning to take shape.

Jake Bissaillon, who served as chief of staff to the City Council between 2011 and 2014 and led Michael Solmon’s unsuccessful mayoral campaign this summer, has been tapped to coordinate a third party group aimed at attacking Cianci’s independent run for mayor, according to Lorne Adrain, one of the group’s top organizers. Bissaillon confirmed he is working with the group.

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Cold Morning, Cold Tonight, Warmer Weekend

September 19th, 2014 at 11:24 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Brrrrr…..temperatures this morning were pretty cold (by September standards) throughout New England.  Here in Southern New England, temperatures were between 42 and 50 at sunrise…a little milder on the Cape and on the Islands.

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In Northern New England and Upstate New York, temperatures were winter-like…and it’s not even officially Fall yet! The low was 21° in Saranac Lake, NY!!

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Taveras: I’ll do ‘everything I can’ to help Elorza beat Cianci

September 18th, 2014 at 10:22 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence Mayor Angel Taveras said Wednesday he plans to do “everything I can” to ensure that city government remains “free of corruption” by helping Democrat Jorge Elorza defeat Buddy Cianci in the race to lead Rhode Island’s capital city.

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Elorza, Harrop take aim at Cianci during mayoral forum

September 18th, 2014 at 10:21 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – This one got ugly in a hurry.

The first candidate forum between Providence mayoral hopefuls Jorge Elorza, Daniel Harrop and Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. quickly turned into a war of words Wednesday, as Elorza and Harrop took turns attacking Cianci over his indiscretions during his two prior tenures as mayor and Cianci fired back with criticism of his own.

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A handful of RI cities powered Raimondo and Fung victories

September 17th, 2014 at 11:59 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

Raimondo Fung primary night 2014Rhode Island may have 39 cities and towns, but the state doesn’t have an Electoral College, so it doesn’t matter how many different municipalities a candidate wins – run up the score enough in a few and you could conceivably win an election while losing a majority of the 39.

That’s not what happened in last week’s Democratic and Republican gubernatorial primaries; both Gina Raimondo and Allan Fung came out on top in a majority of the 39 cities and towns, with Raimondo winning 36 of them and Fung winning 28 of them.

But a closer look at the results shows a majority of Raimondo’s votes came from just seven cities and towns, while a majority of Fung’s votes came from only eight.

Raimondo’s top three cities for votes matched the state’s top three cities for population precisely: Providence (9,738 votes), Warwick (4,387) and Cranston (3,593). Her fourth-best community was Cumberland, only the eighth-biggest by population, which gave her 3,150 votes. Add in Pawtucket (2,912), North Providence (2,599) and East Providence (2,527), and you have a majority of Raimondo’s 54,041 accounted for. Her biggest outlier was probably Central Falls, which ranks 19th by population but was 30th for Raimondo votes. (Angel Taveras won the city with help from Mayor James Diossa.)

Raimondo got 50,041 votes total; here are the rankings with cumulative percentages:

  1. Providence: 9,738 (18%)
  2. Warwick: 4,387 (26%)
  3. Cranston: 3,593 (33%)
  4. Cumberland: 3,150 (39%)
  5. Pawtucket: 2,912 (44%)
  6. North Providence: 2,599 (49%)
  7. East Providence: 2,527 (54%)

Fung’s vote totals don’t match up as precisely with population centers. His top cities were his hometown of Cranston (3,040 votes) and Warwick (2,428), which together contributed almost one in three Fung votes. But his third-best town was North Kingstown (834), which ranks 13th by population, whereas the state’s biggest city, Providence, gave him only 616 votes, even fewer than Coventry (734). Another town with outsized impact was East Greenwich (512 votes), 26th by population but sixth for Fung votes. The rest of his majority came from South Kingstown (506) and East Providence (477).

Fung got 17,531 votes total; here are the rankings with cumulative percentages:

  1. Cranston: 3,040 (17%)
  2. Warwick: 2,428 (31%)
  3. North Kingstown: 834 (36%)
  4. Coventry: 734 (40%)
  5. Providence: 616 (44%)
  6. East Greenwich: 512 (47%)
  7. South Kingstown: 506 (49.5%)
  8. East Providence: 477 (52%)

The results in Central Falls were even more striking for Fung than for Raimondo. He won more votes on Block Island (36) than he did in Central Falls (26), even though the latter has 18 times more residents.

Ted Nesi ( tnesi@wpri.com ) covers politics and the economy for WPRI.com and writes the Nesi’s Notes blog. Follow him on Twitter: @tednesi


Hurricane Edouard Weakens, But Still Strong In Central Atlantic

September 16th, 2014 at 7:01 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening from chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca…

AFTER REACHING 115 MPH EDOUARD BEGINS TO WEAKEN…

SUMMARY OF 500 PM AST
LOCATION…32.3N   57.5W
ABOUT 425 MI…685 KM EAST OF BERMUDA

ABOUT 1670 MI…2685 KM W OF FAYAL ISLAND IN THE WESTERN AZORES

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…105 MPH

PRESENT MOVEMENT…NORTH AT 15 MPH

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…958 MB

 

 

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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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