House Speaker Gordon Fox and his legislative opponent, Mark Binder, squared off during a taped debate this morning on WPRI/WNAC-TV’s Newsmakers.
The topics included Fox’s campaign contributors, Rhode Island’s economy, 38 Studios, same-sex marriage legislation, last year’s pension overhaul, and much more. The skirmish is expected to be their last debate, following one earlier this week, before Election Day.
Second District Democratic Congressman Jim Langevin is up with his first TV commercial against Republican challanger Michael Riley. It uses Riley’s self-description as a Wall Street-type and links him with Mitt Romney.
Jennifer Duffy of the Cook Political Report says a presidential cliffhanger — like when Al Gore won the popular vote in 2000, but lost the Electoral College to George W. Bush — isn’t out of the question next month.
During a taping today of RIPR’s Bonus Q+A (airing Friday at 6:40 and 8:40 am), she said:
More good news for Democratic Congressman David Cicilline, even after a better than expected debate performance this week by Republican opponent Brendan Doherty: The respected Cook Political Report in Washington, DC, has moved the RI CD1 race from “Toss up” to “Lean D.”
In most election years, someone like House Speaker Gordon Fox could laugh off a challenge by a relatively obscure challenger. But in the aftermath of the state’s disastrous investment in 38 Studios, independent Mark Binder is using that epic fail – among other issues – in a pointed campaign against perhaps the most powerful person in Rhode Island politics.
Kudos and congrats to Jay Howell, the longtime president/general manager at WPRI/WNAC-TV, who has gotten a promotion to VP for regional television with the stations’ parent company, LIN Media. Also moving up is news diretor Joe Abouzeid, to a new role as president/GM of WDTN-TV and WBDT-TV in Dayton, Ohio.
Howell will remain in Providence, while Abouzeid has already set off for the Buckeye State.
Here’s the word on Howell’s successor, via a news release from Channel 12:
The Rhode Island Public expenditure Council (RIPEC) will honor Middletown Police Chief Anthony Pesare and Sharon Reynolds Ferland, fiscal advisor for the Rhode Island House of Representatives, with public service awards at the group’s annual meeting tonight at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
Cook Political Report editor and Rhode Island native Jennifer Duffy will deliver the keynote address. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, D-Newport and House Speaker Gordon Fox, D-Providence, will also speak at the 69th RIPEC annual meeting.
Darrell West, the former Brown political science professor and pollster, will analyze the election results in a Nov. 9 speech at Central Congregational Church in Providence.
West, who is now vice president of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., will speak in the ninth annual lecture of the church’s annual West series of speeches on politics and religion at the church, where he was an active member during the years he lived in Providence.