guillaume de ramel

Watch Newsmakers: De Ramel, Gorbea debate for SoS

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


Dem sec. of state candidates oppose voter ID law in debate

July 25th, 2014 at 2:40 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Democratic candidates for secretary of state said Friday they support bringing in an independent investigator for an active inquiry into Rhode Island’s failed 38 Studios deal and each expressed opposition to the state’s voter identification law.

Guillaume De Ramel and Nellie Gorbea largely agreed on ways the $109,000-a-year state office can oversee elections, regulate lobbyists and create a more efficient system to register businesses during a 30-minute debate on WPRI 12’s Newsmakers.

Read the rest of this story »


Mollis investigating lobbyist Rickman’s loan to Gordon Fox

July 2nd, 2014 at 5:37 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis said Wednesday his office is investigating whether former state Rep. Ray Rickman violated Rhode Island’s lobbying laws by extending a personal loan to former House Speaker Gordon Fox.

Read the rest of this story »


RI Dems make endorsements; stay neutral in gov’s race

June 23rd, 2014 at 9:29 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Rhode Island Democrats endorsed a slate of candidates for state and federal office at their party’s nominating convention Sunday, but opted to stay neutral in the state’s hotly contested race for governor.

Read the rest of this story »


Gorbea, Mattiello trade barbs after he backs De Ramel

June 19th, 2014 at 5:43 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – One of the two Democrats running for secretary of slate is less than pleased with House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello for backing her rival in the race. And the speaker isn’t taking the criticism lying down.

Read the rest of this story »


Opponents criticize Mollis, Kilmartin over 38 Studios

May 6th, 2014 at 5:39 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi and Tim White

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Critics of R.I. Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin on Tuesday seized on Target 12′s new findings about possible undisclosed lobbying by 38 Studios insiders to argue they’ve failed to scrutinize the deal closely enough.

“It’s unfortunate that it took an investigative report by WPRI’s Tim White to get the secretary of state to do the work needed to protect taxpayers,” CJ Macklin, campaign manager for Cumberland mayor and Mollis rival Dan McKee, said in a statement.

Read the rest of this story »


Watch Newsmakers: Guillaume De Ramel; Rep. Jay Edwards

March 9th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


Pell loans his campaign $1M; Raimondo has $2.5M

February 2nd, 2014 at 4:15 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democrat Clay Pell has jumped to the front ranks of Rhode Island’s best-funded politicians after putting more than $1 million of his own money into his campaign for governor, as his rivals Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Mayor Angel Taveras continue to sock away six-figure sums.

Here’s a rundown of how much money all the candidates for statewide office had as of Dec. 31.

Read the rest of this story »

• Related: Ex-Enron trader Arnold gave $100K to pro-Raimondo PAC (Jan. 31)


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.

Read the rest of this story »

• 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.

Read the rest of this story »


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.

(more…)


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.

Read the rest of this story »

• 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.

(more…)


Newport Dem Guillaume de Ramel will run for secretary of state

January 24th, 2013 at 2:30 pm by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

​By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Newport businessman Guillaume de Ramel has become the first candidate formally say he’ll run for secretary of state in 2014.

Read the rest of this story »

• Related: Taylor may run for secretary of state again after close ’10 race (Dec. 12)