RI 2018 Governor campaign

The first general election poll is out in the Rhode Island governor campaign and the kickoff television debate is Thursday. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says Republican Allan Fung’s biggest obstacle is the lack of unity in his own party. (Advance copy of comentary scheduled to air Monday.)

It wasn’t that long ago that the Rhode Island Republican Party was a viable force in state elections. Voters in what has been a reliably Democratic state since Franklin Roosevelt’s administration once regularly elected Republicans to the governorship and the U.S. House and Senate.

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Rhode Island voters head to polls in primary elections Wednesday. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has been thinking about what’s at stake as candidates jockey for positions in the November midterm elections.

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Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Patricia Morgan is criticizing GOP rival Allan Fung after WPRI-TV reported that Fung's campaign wound up not paying developer Carpionato Group rent for its campaign headquarters at Chapel View in 2016.

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo recently announced her reelection campaign with a splashy tv ad. The spot is airing as the governor faces criticism after a state lawyer dropped the ball on a big case involving Medicaid payments. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses this development and its potential impact on the governor’s campaign. 

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Take a deep breath Rhode Island. It's been a crazy couple of days in state politics.

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It’s that time of year again: income tax filings are due. And candidates for governor are talking about cutting taxes. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says voters should be wary of political tax promises.

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The Rhode Island economy is sure to be a crucial topic in the state’s 2018 political campaigns. RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay says there is improvement, but the Ocean State is still a long way from flourishing.

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The first public opinion poll of the 2018 Rhode Island campaign for governor shows a near dead heat between Republican Allan Fung and incumbent Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo.  RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay parses the bad news for Raimondo.


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The Rhode Island governors’ race is getting underway. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says the campaign’s negative start doesn’t bode well for voters seeking a serious discussion of state issues.


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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has delivered her annual state budget proposal to the General Assembly. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says her objective this year for the $9.4 billion tax and spending proposal is focused on voters.