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  • June 15, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    A few weeks ago, as regular readers may recall, I penned a piece on Attorney General Patrick Lynch's labor problem. Though Lynch, who is running for governor, has secured some important labor endorsements, he faces skepticism in some corners of the labor movement.

    Among the concerns: he opposed legislation that was designed to clear the way for an offshore wind farm that labor hopes will be a jobs engine.

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  • May 21, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Interesting new piece in Mother Jones suggesting that Tea Party activism could be giving an unintended boost to moderate Republicans in the Northeast. But the story, which touches down in New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, does not make more than passing reference to Rhode Island - just another sign that the state's GOP is, to date, fumbling a once-in-a-generation attempt to make inroads in an anti-incumbent environment.

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  • May 17, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Former Providence city solicitor Joe Fernandez will formally annouce his bid for attorney general tomorrow across from the State House, unveiling what his campaign is calling a "Rhode Island Anti-Corruption Bill of Rights" that he is pledging to put at the center of his campaign.

    Fernandez's camp has suggested, for weeks, that he would use his work in the Cicilline administration as a platform for a campaign built around ethics - looking to capitalize on the mayor's push to clean up city government in the post-Buddy era.

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  • May 12, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Does a candidate with no opposition need a campaign team? Apparently. Especially if you'd like to scare off any last-minute competitors. Here's the announcement from venture capitalist Gina Raimondo, whose campaign for treasurer got awfully lonely when Tom Sgouros dropped out of the race:

    Rhode Island – Today, Gina Raimondo, Democratic candidate for General Treasurer, announced her team of campaign consultants.

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  • May 05, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Pawtucket Mayor James E. Doyle's long-expected decision to retire at the end of the term sets up what should be a competitive joust to replace him.

    That should mean a lively debate on the city's future, which is good for voters. But it should also be a boon for a pair of Pawtucket-based candidates for statewide office - Bill Lynch, running for Congress, and Peter Kilmartin, running for Attorney General.

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  • May 03, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Joseph M. Fernandez, Democratic candidate for Attorney General, continues to impress - and, for some observers, to surprise - when it comes to fundraising.

    Fernandez raised $130,000 in the first quarter. Peter Kilmartin and Stephen Archambault, rivals for the Democratic nomination, raised about $75,000 and $40,000, respectively.

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  • April 16, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Venture capitalist Gina Raimondo, candidate for treasurer, is reporting that she raised $300,000 in the first quarter. That's more, by far, than any of the gubernatorial candidates. Raimondo, who now has $535,000 on hand, is shaping up as a formidable challenger to Tom Sgouros, a progressive favorite with a long history of activism in the state.

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  • April 05, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    N4N has the scoop on the campaign team assembled by Joe Fernandez, candidate for attorney general. Campaign manager Rose Jackson, long scheduled to take up a fellowship in Kenya, is leaving her post early after that fellowship was bumped up by six months.

    Dan Herkert, who worked as downstate field director for Dan Hynes' near-miss primary challenge to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn this year, will serve as the new campaign manager.

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  • April 01, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    The health care debate was, of course, saturated in political posturing. And passage of the bill has done nothing to sate the appetite of a political class eager to strike a pose. Exhibit A: the 14 Republican attorneys general who filed or joined suits challenging the constitutionality of the reform bill.

    Legal experts agree the legal challenges have little chance of success.

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  • March 30, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Peter Kilmartin, a candidate for attorney general, is claiming the first high-profile union endorsement in that race. The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 328 has backed the state representative and former police officer in his bid for the state's top law enforcement job.

  • March 19, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    This morning I taped my first appearance on WPRI-TV's "Newsmakers" alongside intrepid host Tim White. We spoke with David Smith, executive director of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, about the flooding from the recent storm - and the agency's reposnse.

    We also spoke with Stephen Archambault, a Democratic candidate for attorney general.

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  • March 09, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Pawtucket Mayor James Doyle, long thought to be stepping down at the end of this term, says he is "undecided" about whether he will seek re-election in the fall. His decision will have implications for city government, of course, but it could also have an impact on other races.

    If he steps down, there would be presumably be a lively race to replace him.

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  • February 23, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Gina Raimondo, Democratic candidate for treasurer, has added Mark Rhoads, a former aide to Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline, to her campaign staff. Rhoads will serve as director of operations, managing day-to-day affairs. “Mark is a very talented individual and we are thrilled to welcome him to the campaign as we continue to gather momentum,” Raimondo said, in a statement.

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  • February 18, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    This just in from the Archambault campaign:

    Steve Archambault, Democratic candidate for Attorney General, today announced that Samantha Cotter has been hired to serve as his campaign manager. Cotter will be responsible for coordinating all day-to-day campaign activities.

    Samanth Cotter served as a New Hampshire field organizer for President Obama in the 2008 general election--a winning state for Obama.

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  • February 04, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    In a General Assembly not exactly known for moral rectitude: an outbreak of ethics. Majority Leader Gordon Fox, who has a large ethics fine in his past, is proposing a constitutional amendment - to be approved by voters - that would restore Ethics Commission oversight of legislators after a controversial state Supreme Court ruling last summer stripped much of it away.

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