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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• Watch: Newsmakers Lt. Governor Debate: Catherine Taylor vs. Dan McKee (Oct. 31)


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.

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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

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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 WPRI.com 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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Fung keeps big cash advantage over Raimondo

October 29th, 2014 at 1:10 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Republican Allan Fung continues to hold a big financial advantage over Democrat Gina Raimondo in the race to be Rhode Island’s next governor, with just a week left before voters cast their ballots, 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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Spending on Providence mayor’s race tops $3 million

October 29th, 2014 at 12:01 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Six candidates for mayor of Rhode Island’s capital city combined to spend more than $3 million over the last 14 months, according to WPRI.com review of campaign filings with the R.I. Board of Elections.

Of the three candidates still in the running, independent Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr., the last man to enter the race, has spent the most, shelling out $745,802 in just four months. Democrat Jorge Elorza nearly matched Cianci by spending $726,584, but his first expenditure came in Sept. 2013. Republican Daniel Harrop has spent just under $83,000 on his campaign.

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Raimondo, Fung break little new ground in 2nd debate

October 28th, 2014 at 9:08 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The two leading candidates for Rhode Island governor clashed over familiar topics and themes in their second debate on Tuesday night, just as a new poll showed an extremely tight race between them with a week left until the election.

Democrat Gina Raimondo and Republican Allan Fung sparred over their records and plans during much of the 60-minute debate televised from Roger Williams University, but it was Moderate Bob Healey who frequently stole the show by turning in a much more animated performance than in last week’s debate on WPRI 12.

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Cold Windy Weekend. Storm “Potential” Saturday?

October 28th, 2014 at 8:47 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening From Chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca….

One more mild day Wednesday before much colder air moves in for Weekend.  A storm will form offshore Saturday, but exact location and track is still uncertain….a track well offshore means cold windy and dry…….A track closer to shore means cold and windy with rain Saturday, mixing with wet snow across inland areas Saturday Night…stay tuned thru out the week.. Sunday looks dry, but very windy and chilly.

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RI Dems seek $652K fine against ‘dark-money’ group

October 28th, 2014 at 5:17 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Rhode Island Democratic Party filed a formal complaint Tuesday with the R.I. Board of Elections against an Ohio nonprofit that’s spending nearly a half-million dollars on TV attack ads but won’t disclose its donors.

WPRI.com first reported Monday that the Government Integrity Fund Inc. – a Grove City, Ohio-based 501(c)4, that contributed to Mid America Fund Inc., another Ohio nonprofit, to help defeat Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gina Raimondo – has not filed paperwork revealing its financial backers, unlike other outside groups making major independent expenditures in the race.

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Poll: Raimondo, Fung ‘effectively tied’ for governor

October 28th, 2014 at 12:47 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democrat Gina Raimondo and Republican Allan Fung are “effectively tied” in the race to be Rhode Island’s next governor, with Moderate Bob Healey now winning double-digit support, according to a new survey released Tuesday by Brown University.

The results are in marked contrast with the Brown poll released last week that showed Raimondo with an 11-point lead; however, that survey was 44% Providence voters, even though the city only made up about 10% of the vote in the 2010 election, and was strongly criticized by Fung’s campaign manager.

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Providence Journal circulation continues to slide

October 28th, 2014 at 9:41 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Providence Journal’s print circulation continued to slide over the last six months, while online readership continued to grow, new data released Tuesday shows. Local papers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island also reported lower sales.

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Anti-Cianci campaign has defined Providence mayor’s race

October 28th, 2014 at 7:04 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Five days before Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. entered the race mayor of Providence, then-Democratic candidate Lorne Adrain wrote an op-ed for The Providence Journal calling for the city to “move on from its Buddy fixation” and “shout a final no to a culture of corruption.”

And so began the relentless effort to block Cianci, a two-time felon who served as mayor for nearly 22 years between 1975 and 2002, from winning back his old job.

Over the next four months, the widespread – although not necessarily coordinated – campaign to defeat the 73-year-old former mayor would see Adrain and Democrat Brett Smiley cite Cianci as their reason for dropping out of the race, the state’s leading newspaper run a barrage of anti-Cianci editorials and the Republican candidate in the race donate $1,000 to Democratic nominee Jorge Elorza.

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Wealthy developer funding anti-Elorza effort

October 27th, 2014 at 6:52 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A New Jersey-based multimillionaire who specializes in waterfront development is funding a last-minute television campaign targeting Democrat Jorge Elorza in the race for Providence mayor.

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Donors backing anti-Raimondo group still a mystery

October 27th, 2014 at 3:48 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – For nearly a week, an Ohio nonprofit called the Mid America Fund Inc. has been airing TV ads attacking Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gina Raimondo. But Rhode Island voters still don’t know who’s actually paying for them.

The nonprofit’s biggest funding source – a second Ohio nonprofit, this one known as the Government Integrity Fund Inc. — is the only one of the major outside groups spending big on the race for governor that has failed to disclose its underlying donors.

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Double Show in Our Skies Monday Evening

October 27th, 2014 at 11:50 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

TUESDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE:  The launch of the Antares rocket was scrubbed Monday evening due to a vessel within the launch zone.  The new launch time is set for 6:22pm Tuesday evening.  It will be visible in Rhode Island skies at 6:25pm, low in the southern sky (about 5° above the horizon).  The weather in Rhode Island won’t be as pristine as Monday evening’s weather.  There are lots of clouds out there, but if you have a good view of the southern sky, it’s worth a look.  Unfortunately, the International Space Station will not be visible in our skies this evening.

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For once, the weather should cooperate with something cool in the sky Monday evening — actually two things within minutes of each other.  We’ll have the opportunity to see a rocket launch and the International Space Station.

Courtesy:  NASA/Patrick Black.  Antares rocket on the launch pad.

Courtesy: NASA/Patrick Black. Antares rocket on the launch pad.

At 6:45pm, an Antares rocket is scheduled to launch from NASA’s Wallop Flight Facility in Virginia.  Approximately 3 1/2 minutes after launch, the launch will be visible in our skies.   It will be low in our sky, so you will need to go to a place with a clear view of the southern horizon.  The rocket will be visible only about 5° above the horizon.   Places where there will be a good view include

  • Misquamicut Beach in Westerly
  • Matunuck Beach in South Kingstown
  • Point Judith in Narragansett
  • Beavertail State Park in Jamestown
  • Brenton Point State Park in Newport

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President Obama endorses Elorza over Cianci in race for mayor

October 27th, 2014 at 10:38 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Even President Obama wants Buddy Cianci to lose the race for mayor.

The president on Monday endorsed Democrat Jorge Elorza for Providence mayor, calling the 37-year-old former Housing Court judge the candidate who will bring “honest leadership” to city government.

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NYT/CBS/YouGov Poll: Raimondo maintains lead over Fung

October 27th, 2014 at 10:30 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democrat Gina Raimondo continues to hold a small but clear lead over Republican Allan Fung in the race to be Rhode Island’s next governor, according to a new online-only poll released Sunday by The New York Times, CBS News and YouGov.

The new results came the same day the Alliance for a Better Rhode Island, an outside group partly funded by the Democratic Governors Association that’s been attacking Fung in TV ads, disclosed nearly doubling its total spending in the state to $561,776 as of Thursday.

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Bishop Tobin takes abortion off the table for convention

October 27th, 2014 at 5:01 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Roman Catholic Bishop of Providence Thomas Tobin says he wouldn’t push for a Rhode Island constitutional convention to tackle social issues such as abortion, potentially depriving opponents of a key argument they’ve been using to sway voters.

“If there is a constitutional convention, I don’t think it would or should deal with cultural/moral/religious issues,” Tobin told WPRI.com in an email sent through his spokeswoman. “These particular, discrete issues are better dealt with in the normal legislative process.”

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Watch Executive Suite: Rob Atkinson and Laurie White

October 27th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


Temperature Roller Coaster Ride This Week

October 26th, 2014 at 11:03 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The week ahead will feature significant ups and even more significant downs.  We are going on a temperature roller coaster ride during the next 7days.  And if you don’t get dizzy from that, the remnants of a tropical system, which was near Hawaii last week, could affect our weather this week!

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The first half of the week will feature a nice warm up.   The average high temperature for this time of year is 60°F and that’s where the work week will start.  A warm front will be approaching on Tuesday.  As the warm air edges closer, we’ll see some extra clouds, and temperatures will begin to rise.  After the warm front passes, Wednesday will be a little milder and a tad more humid, too.

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Also on Wednesday, a cold front will approach the area, and with it we’ll get some showers.   Behind the front, temperatures will fall below normal for Thursday…into the 50s.

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Poll: Jack Reed has a 45-point lead for re-election

October 26th, 2014 at 11:02 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – U.S. Sen. Jack Reed continues to hold a massive lead in his bid for a fourth six-year term ahead of next month’s election, according to a new online-only poll released Sunday by The New York Times, CBS News and YouGov.

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Watch Newsmakers: WPRI 12/Journal RI Governor Debate

October 26th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


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

October 25th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site, The Saturday Morning Post

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