RI Governor ’10

“I campaigned on it…I can’t go back on a campaign pledge.”

By Marc Comtois | November 15, 2010 |

So says our governor-elect when talking about his pledge to revoke the E-verify Executive order. Hey, he’s honest, right? I guess that means we can be sure that a 1% sales tax increase is coming. Yippee.

Scions United

By Marc Comtois | November 15, 2010 |

As has been reported (I saw it tweeted first by Ian Donnis), governor-elect Chafee has tabbed erstwhile liberal Democrat political insider–lobbyist, Chairman of the Board of NARAL—Richard Licht (h/t Ted Nesi for the link to Licht’s bio) to head up the Department of Administration. The liberalness isn’t a surprise, but lest we forget, there is…

Wherefore All the Debates

By Justin Katz | November 5, 2010 |

Ed Fitzpatrick devoted a column, the other day, to the profusion of gubernatorial debates, this election cycle: Of course, the candidates didn’t participate in all these events simply out of the goodness of their hearts. This was an open seat, so there was no incumbent telling us he or she had too many important things…

Mixed Metaphor Alert: Just Covering the Bases or Throwing a Hail Mary?

By Carroll Andrew Morse | November 2, 2010 |

Should anything be read into the fact that the Caprio campaign is apparently sending out turn-out-the vote e-mails as of abut 6:19 this evening?

Truth in Advertising? Petty (Non)Vandalism? Or a Wholesale Swap Out?

By Monique Chartier | November 1, 2010 |

One of many edited “Chafee” signs placed in the public right of way along Route 295 North and elsewhere. Check out the disclaimer at the bottom.

The Basic Structure of a Voting Plan

By Justin Katz | November 1, 2010 |

Governance is never as straightforward in practice as it is in theory, but Republican gubernatorial candidate John Robitaille provides the basic foundation for a voting strategy: I will veto any new tax increase that comes to my desk and work vigorously to empower the entrepreneurs who will lead our economy back and position Rhode Island…

On Second Thought – Backing Away from the “Shove” Five Days Later

By Monique Chartier | October 31, 2010 |

We all remember what gov candidate Frank Caprio said to John Depetro Monday morning on WPRO. Tuesday, he defiantly told Meredith Vieira and a national television audience watching the Today Show I stand by my comment. Now, however, NECN is reporting that the Dem candidate issued the following statement yesterday. I have had a lot…

Some Final Gubernatorial Campaign Wonkery

By Carroll Andrew Morse | October 29, 2010 |

In recent debates, Republican Gubernatorial candidate John Robitaille has drawn criticism from other gubernatorial candidates for his answer on how he would decide where to cut the state budget, i.e. by asking for 5%, 10% and 15% reduction options from each department. But what Robitaille is describing is a straightforward and reasonable method for dealing…

RI Reformers Split on Governor

By Marc Comtois | October 29, 2010 |

RISC is buying what Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio is selling and have endorsed him for Governor over Republican John Robitaille. Their reasoning: RISC wants to acknowledge that Republican John Robitaille, who is a friend and member of RISC has run a very competent and credible campaign- -and yes, as of this writing- -is running…

Caprio Drops to Third in Latest Poll

By Carroll Andrew Morse | October 28, 2010 |

This is the latest poll result in the Governor’s race, according to WJAR-TV‘s (NBC 10) latest poll released last night…The poll put independent Lincoln Chafee in the lead with 35 percent of the vote, followed by Republican John Robitaille with 28 percent and Caprio with 25 percent. The margin of error leaves Robitaille and Caprio…