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  • October 15, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    It's not like it's a secret that Patrick Lynch is in the 2010 gubernatorial mix, but still . . .

    Matt put this post up last Wednesday:

    Attorney General Patrick Lynch has some recent staff shakeups that continue to position him for a 2010 run for governor.

    He has named Jeff Guimond, a former top policy and campaign aide to LG Charlie Fogarty, as his Director of Policy and Legislation.

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  • October 03, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Okay, so the firefighters might hate him, but Wall Street is showing the love to the mayor of Providence.

    From Karen Southern at City Hall:

    Mayor David N. Cicilline today announced that two major municipal bond rating agencies, Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s Investment Service, have affirmed the city’s strong financial position by once again issuing “A” bond ratings.

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  • September 24, 2007
    By webteam

    Back in March, when I reported on how Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian represents a rare bright spot for the perenially struggling Rhode Island Republican Party, my story included this information from Lincoln Chafee:

    Asked about 2010, Chafee says he thinks Avedisian will “probably run for governor.” The former senator adds, “I do think he’d like to work in Washington, but a Republican pretty much needs an open seat [to win a congressional office].

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  • September 19, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    UPDATE: As Dan Barbarisi reported Wednesday, this development followed weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations.

    . . . .

    In a sharp move against a union representing Providence firefighters, Mayor David N. Cicilline has resigned his position as co-chair of Hillary Clinton's Rhode Island campaign and says he won't attend an upcoming Hillary event in Providence.

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  • September 10, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Speaking of the Brown poll, Matt digs into the fine print to consider the implications for the 2010 gubernatorial race:

    Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts

    • Excellent or Good Job - 37% (up from 28%)

    Attorney General Patrick Lynch

    • Excellent or Good Job - 48% (up from 40%)

    Secretary of State Ralph Mollis

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  • September 10, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

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    You didn't have to be a genius to realize that the publication of Steve Laffey's book would mark his formal reemergence on Rhode Island's political stage. So, not surprisingly, he turned up last week on RIPBS' A Lively Experiment and was the subject of two pieces in the Sunday ProJo. He's also slated to talk Thursday to the South Kingstown Republican Town Committee.

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  • August 29, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Via Anchor Rising, N4N learned that the American Spectator has an early look at Steve Laffey's Primary Mistake: How the Washington Republican Establishment Lost Everything in 2006 (and Sabotaged My Senatorial Campaign).

    Unsurprisingly, the piece by associate editor W. James Antle III is rather sympathetic toward Laffey, who, as I've theorized, wrote the book to set the stage for a gubernatorial run in 2010.

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  • August 20, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Charlie Bakst yesterday broke the interesting news that Brett Smiley, who helmed Charles Fogarty's gubernatorial run last year, has signed on with Providence Mayor David Cicilline's political organization. Bakst also noted how Cicilline fundraiser Amy Gabarra is now with Frank Caprio, one of the mayor's prospective gubernatorial rivals for 2010.

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  • July 31, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Frank Caprio demurred when recently asked about his political plans, but RI Report has the details of how the general treasurer has considerably strengthened his war chest. Matt also has the scoop here:

    Update 7/31: With the final numbers in, Treasurer Frank Caprio has taken the overall fundraising lead and he, along with Mayor David Cicilline, remain at the top of the Cash on Hand (CoH) category.

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  • July 30, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    While we await word on Buddy Cianci's future in broadcasting, the ProJo's Dan Barbarisi today takes a look at a question with broader implications: how will the rascal king's return to Rhode Island affect David Cicilline? (I wrote about the same question in July 2006.)

    “Buddy’s return will change the public conversation about Providence.

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  • July 27, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    POWER TRIO: Although Judge Caprio (left) has no interest in moving to a higher court, brothers Frank T. and David A. Caprio could play increasingly influential roles at the State House.

    General Treasurer Frank Caprio offered the standard boilerplate when asked about his political future during a taping today of WPRI/WNAC-TV's Newsmakers. In response to the query from Steve Aveson, Caprio basically said that, for now, he remains focused on the job at hand.

    While Caprio has been on a short list of possible Democratic gubernatorial candidates, Matt recently reported that he might also be looking at a Providence mayoral bid.

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  • July 25, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    We all know that Rhode Island can (and should) do a lot better in terms of economic development, job-creation, and the like.

    But how does the following statement, as told to Ed Achorn . . .

    “We are not a place where anyone would consider right now starting and growing a business,” Mr. [Steve] Laffey said.

    jibe with the far more optimistic view sounded by Rhode Island's geek entrepreneurs .

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  • July 20, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Former Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey, a likely gubernatorial candidate in 2010, today declined to comment on his political future, although he said a new Web site, www.stevelaffey.com, will be unveiled within the next couple of days or so. While it might help to market his forthcoming book, Primary Mistake, the Web site seems yet another preparatory move for Laffey's reentry to the political arena.

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  • July 03, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Matt Jerzyk, an occasional Phoenix contributor, has blogged the second quarter fundraising numbers of top Rhode Island officials, and he offers some smart handicapping as the early maneuvering continues for 2010.

  • June 29, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    As the ProJo's Daniel Barbarisi made clear a few months back, Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline's budget was overly rosy, since it included no money for expiring contracts for four city unions and counted on the General Assembly supporting a series of new targeted fees. The latter didn't happen, and, as could be anticipated, new contracts will almost certainly come with new costs.

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