Attorney General Patrick Lynch's departure from the gubernatorial race would seem to be a plus for his brother Bill Lynch, the former state Democratic Party chief running for Congress. There was some concern, after all, that voters wouldn't vote for two brothers on the same ballot.
But it says here that the conventional wisdom was overblown.
The Providence Journal's Kathy Gregg has a piece on the paper's web site intimating that Attorney General Patrick Lynch will drop out of the governor's race tomorrow.
If she's right, it'll be a nice coup for the paper. Joel Coon, Lynch's campaign manager, declined to comment when reached by N4N - hardly a strong signal that Lynch is in the race to stay.
When former Democratic Party chairman Bill Lynch left his post to run for Congress, it was but one in a series of departures that left the party with little infrastructure heading into one of the hottest political seasons in decades. New chairman Ed Pacheco has now named a new team for the party. Seems to have a progressive tilt.
The Boston Globe reports on Massachusetts state officials' efforts to hold onto former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's video game company.
Schilling is set to meet with Rhode Island officials on Thursday to discuss up to $75 million in loan guarantees designed to draw his company here. Rhody would seem to have a leg up: it is one of about 20 states that offer financial incentives to lure video game developers.
Congressional candidate Bill Lynch's call for term limits this morning highlights an interesting subplot in the race to succeed Patrick Kennedy: a campaign to be crowned Mr. Clean Government.
Fixing a broken Washington is a time-honored campaign trope, of course. But it is of particular urgency in this season of deeper-than-usual voter discontent.
Daniel Harrop, a psychiatrist who was gearing up for a GOP run for Providence mayor, has made a last-minute switch to a General Assembly race - taking on longtime Providence Representative Edith Ajello. It'll be a long shot. But the move, coming after the deadline to register interest in a race, invokes an interesting bit of election law.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio continues to impress on the fundraising front. His campaign announced today that he hauled in $320,000 in the last quarter and has some $1.7 million on hand.
Money matters. A lot. But it is worth noting that the law of diminishing returns is particularly pronounced in a state as small as Rhode Island, which has just one major media market.