WPRI superblogger Ted Nesi delivered new Public Policy Polling figures on the nascent Rhode Island gubernatorial race this morning. And the headlines were not entirely surprising: Treasurer Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, is the early frontrunner and Governor Lincoln Chafee, an independent, faces a tough road to re-election.
Occupy Providence is planning to "occupy the sidewalk" outside the coming Netroots Nation conference, June 7-10. The action is not meant as a protest against the event, but as a protest against economic injustice; indeed, the Occupyers and the lefty bloggers who populate the netroots are largely simpatico on this and other issues.
Netroots Nation, the lefty bloggers convention, is coming to Providence in June, as the Phoenix first reported (toot! toot!). And it's come into sharper view today with the release of the panels and speakers.
There is some of the building block stuff - a session on building a political base for elections, for instance.
Last week, I wrote in this space about a letter a coalition of seven liberal advocacy groups wrote to Treasurer Gina Raimondo, asking her to return an award she recently accepted from the right-leaning Manhattan Institute for shepherding pension reform through the General Assembly.
The letter cited Manhattan Institute-sponsored writings attacking gay marriage and feminism and suggesting claims about racial profiling are "promoting racial paranoia."