Detail on WPRI Debate

N4N was supposed to be out of town this week, but our trip has been postponed. So the blog keeps a-hummin'.

First up today, some detail on WPRI's Congressional debate: it'll be Tuesday, July 13 at the Providence Performing Arts Center, at 7 p.m. Expect an open format, with questions on everything from the economy to health care to taxes. WPRI's Tim White, who ably moderated the station's gubernatorial debate, will be at the helm again.

The station's gubernatorial debate fared quite well in the ratings - an indication that voters are tuned in early to what is shaping up as one of Rhode Island's most intriguing political seasons in years.

The Congressional debate will draw all four Democratic candidates: Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline, who - no surprise - just won the Democratic Party's endorsement, former party chairman Bill Lynch, State Representative David Segal, and businessman Anthony Gemma.

Cicilline is the only well-known candidate in the bunch, so this could prove an important introduction for his rivals.

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