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Raimondo, McKee, de Ramel, Caprio lead political money race

August 1st, 2013 at 1:00 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The latest quarterly finance reports from Rhode Island’s state and local politicians were due to the R.I. Board of Elections by midnight last night, and the results offer a glimpse at who’s got an early advantage heading into next year’s campaign.

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• Related: DreamWorks CEO, Facebook executive among Raimondo donors (July 31)


Raimondo’s war chest hits $1.7M; Taveras tops $500K

May 1st, 2013 at 10:35 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi and Tim White

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Treasurer Gina Raimondo continued to raise campaign cash at a rip-roaring pace during the first three months of 2013, far outpacing the other leading candidates for the state’s top job.

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Nellie Gorbea mulling run for sec. of state

April 30th, 2013 at 9:55 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

Add Nellie Gorbea to the growing list of potential candidates for secretary of state.

Gorbea, who currently serves as executive director of HousingWorks RI, told WPRI.com she is giving “serious thought” to joining outgoing Democratic Party Chairman Ed Pacheco and Newport businessman Guillaume de Ramel in the race to replace the term-limited Ralph Mollis next year.

“A lot of people have been asking if I’m considering it,” Gorbea told WPRI.com. “I’m looking into it. I’m having thoughtful conversations.”

Gorbea, a Democrat, is a veteran in local politics, having served as a top aide to former Secretary of State Matt Brown and as president of the Rhode Island Latino Political Action Committee (RILPAC). As head of Housing Works RI, she helped craft last year’s successful bond referendum campaign that generated $25 million for affordable housing in the state.

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Pacheco will run for secretary of state, resigns as Dem chair

April 22nd, 2013 at 5:22 pm by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – R.I. Democratic Party Chairman Edwin Pacheco said Monday he’s resigning as head of the party to run for secretary of state, becoming the second Democrat to jump into the race.

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• Related: Newport Dem Guillaume de Ramel will run for secretary of state (Jan. 24)


Poll: Raimondo is favorite for gov; Chafee does best as a Dem

January 31st, 2013 at 9:22 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

Democrat Gina Raimondo is the early favorite to win the 2014 governor’s race, according to a new poll released Thursday morning to WPRI.com.

The Public Policy Polling survey [pdf] shows Raimondo would win anywhere from 32% to 46% of the vote depending on which hypothetical opponents she faces. She is the only candidate to crack 40% support in any of 10 ballot tests conducted by PPP.

If Raimondo is out of the picture, however, there’s no clear frontrunner: the leading candidates in non-Raimondo scenarios shift between Republican Brendan Doherty, Republican Allan Fung and Democrat Angel Taveras depending on the match-up. Moderate Party founder Ken Block starts out with double-digit support in most scenarios, suggesting his presence could have a major impact on the outcome.

Independent Gov. Lincoln Chafee faces an unsurprisingly uphill battle to win a second term, with more than half of voters saying they don’t want him to run again. His strongest shot at re-election comes if he runs as a Democrat: running under the party banner, Chafee starts out trailing Republicans Doherty and Fung by just four points. Among voters who do want Chafee to run again, 20% say he should run as an independent and 18% say he should run as a Democrat.

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Watch Newsmakers with John Ward, Zaccaria and Pacheco

June 24th, 2012 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site


It’s a surprise bipartisan Thanksgiving for RI Dems, Hinckley

November 24th, 2011 at 6:31 pm by under Nesi's Notes

The holidays are a special time. In Rhode Island, the season even manages to bring together the two parties.

On Wednesday morning, Rhode Island Democratic Party Chairman Ed Pacheco sent warm wishes to his email list (emphasis mine):

The holiday season is upon us. A time to give thanks for the health and well being of ourselves and our loved ones. As we gather with family and friends in gratitude for the good in our lives, let us remember our fellow Rhode Islanders who will continue to struggle through the holidays in these difficult economic times. In the words of President Kennedy, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

A lovely sentiment – so lovely that on Thursday morning, it reappeared in a number of inboxes from none other than Barry Hinckley, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate running against Sheldon Whitehouse (emphasis mine):

From my family to yours, I want to take a moment to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Today, we gather with family and loved ones to celebrate the blessings of liberty and prosperity. Most importantly, we remember those who have sacrificed to secure those blessings for our great nation.

I believe that it is time for each of us to recommit ourselves to those principles that have made America the greatest nation in the world. As President John F. Kennedy said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

Thank you to the dishwasher-avoiding tipster who pointed this out to me. Happy Thanksgiving!


Top Democrat noncommittal on Chafee joining party

April 14th, 2011 at 3:16 pm by under Nesi's Notes

Rhode Island’s top Democrat says Gov. Lincoln Chafee is more than welcome to join his party – and seek its 2014 gubernatorial nomination just like anybody else – if he wants.

“That’s his choice, one way or the other,” Democratic Party Chairman Ed Pacheco told WPRI.com this morning.

In an interview with WPRI.com this week, Chafee left open the possibility he could join the Democratic Party before the 2014 election, noting he currently lacks a party apparatus to help marshal support for his policies. But the governor also said it “would be a hard step, just because of history,” and said he likes being an independent.

“Until he proves otherwise, he’s the independent governor of Rhode Island,” Pacheo said. “He sought the seat as an independent, so as it stands today, it’s not even a question one way or the other.” Chafee left the Republican Party, with which his family has long been identified in Rhode Island, in 2007 based on his opposition to the Bush administration’s policies.

“We have an open process – Republicans, Democrats, independents – anyone can declare as they wish what party they want to align themselves with,” Pacheco said. “But ultimately it’s up to the primary voters in the Democratic Party to dermine whether Lincoln Chafee would be suitable as the Democratic nominee for governor in 2014.”

Pacheco also emphasized that his party will have a credible candidate to run against Chafee – whose support is strongest among Democrats – in 2014 even if the governor runs for reelection as an independent. But he also argued it’s way too soon to be thinking about that.

“Four years is a long time in politics, and our focus right now is 2012 and making sure we do our best to make sure our three congressional officeholders are reelected,” he said.

Republican Party Chairman Ken McKay, on the other hand, said in no uncertain terms the GOP would not welcome Chafee back during an appearance on WPRI 12′s “Newsmakers” last winter.

(photo: Pacheco campaign committee)