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Avory Brookins / RIPR

About 80 supporters, friends, family members and volunteers for Elorza's campaign clapped and chanted "four more years" as the mayor wrapped up his victory speech during his election night watch party.

Lynn Arditi

On a rainy primary day, incumbent Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo secured her party's nomination for a second run for governor. Republican Allan Fung, of Cranston, did the same. And a significant number of progressive candidates won in Democratic primaries for General Assembly.

Voters Head To The Polls On Rainy RI Primary Day

Sep 12, 2018
Elisabeth Harrison

In several races, progressive candidates sought to upend establishment-backed Democrats. Rhode Island's 2018 primary was unusual in that it happened on a Wednesday instead of the traditional Tuesday. State officials moved the voting day back to accommodate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. 

John Bender / RIPR

Rhode Island residents will take to the polls for primary elections Wednesday, and one of the candidates isn’t letting her age from stopping her run for Senate. 81-year old Pat Fontes is running against incumbent Democratic Sheldon Whitehouse for U.S. Senate. Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon spoke with the former educator who says she is running her campaign on an anti-war platform.

Avory Brookins / RIPR

The power of progressive Democrats faces a local test Wednesday. In the Rhode Island primary, a group of progressives are challenging candidates backed by the party establishment.

The Public's Vote 2018: Meet The Candidates

Sep 6, 2018
John Bender

Ever find yourself at a polling place wondering who all those candidates on the ballot are, and what they really stand for? We sure have. So we asked every candidate in the local 2018 election to answer a few questions about their positions on key issues.

John Bender / RIPR

Six mayors from Northern Rhode Island gathered Tuesday in a show of support for Lt. Governor Dan McKee. He’s facing a primary challenge next week from Providence State Representative Aaron Regunberg.

McKee served for six terms as Mayor of Cumberland and said that experience informed his priorities as Lieutenant Governor. Standing on the Statehouse steps, he said he has the connections with municipal leaders and the practical experience to keep doing the job.

Elisabeth Harrison

The candidates for mayor of Providence shared their views Tuesday night of a proposed skyscraper in the city's jewelry district, how to solve billions of dollars in unfunded pension liabilities, and how to improve public schools.

(PRESS)ed: Your Questions

Aug 31, 2018

Now’s your chance to get involved - we need your help to shape an upcoming episode! We’re eager to hear your questions about how journalists cover the political divide and politics in general.

(Press)ed Episode 1: The Other Side Of The Street

Aug 24, 2018

In this episode, we meet Bonnie and Dave, two friends who have lived on opposite sides of the street for decades.

They also have opposing political views, but they mostly avoid talking about that.

That's about to change...

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Jim Vincent, NAACP president in Providence, joins Political Roundtable to discuss a conviction and another guilty plea for people close to President Trump, sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church, Rhode Island officials addressing the breakdown of their deal with the PawSox and more. 

Ian Donnis / RIPR

In less than five weeks, Rhode Islanders will go to the polls for a primary election. And because the state has so few Republican voters, primaries sometimes decide who will hold a political office even before the general election. That's the case in a Providence race between a former Trump supporter and an incumbent Democrat.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

WPRI-TV and Roger Williams University have released a new poll on the race for governor in Rhode Island and some other issues. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison and political reporter Ian Donnis unpack the poll's findings. 

WPRI RWU Poll: Raimondo & Fung Still Locked In Close Matchup 

A new poll shows that Democrat Gina Raimondo and Republican Allan Fung are still locked in a virtual dead heat in the race for governor.


President Donald Trump said Sunday that he would consider shutting down the government if Democrats refuse to vote for his immigration proposals, including his plan for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. 

ACLU Rates RI Legislative Session 'Mixed'

Jul 4, 2018
RIPR file photo/Elisabeth Harrison

Rhode Island’s ACLU is calling the 2018 state legislative session a "mixed bag" for civil liberties.

Steve Brown, the group's executive director, said there were some wins, but he was particularly frustrated by the failure of two bills, one supporting equal pay and another addressing sexual harassment.

"The fact that neither of these two bills passed during a year of the 'Me Too' movement and lots of interest in these issues, not just in Rhode Island but nationwide, was a real disappointment," Brown said.