The Scoop: Taveras Confirms Gov. Run, GOP Reacts to Block; More
Monday, October 28, 2013
Taveras Confirms Run for Governor
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras formally declared his candidacy for governor of Rhode Island this morning at the Meeting Street School in Providence—becoming the first major Democrat to enter the 2014 race. If elected, Taveras would become Rhode Island’s first Latino governor.
Democratic state Treasurer Gina Raimondo has stated she’s considering running, but has not made an official announcement. A recent Brown University poll showed Raimondo leading Taveras in a potential Democratic gubernatorial primary 42% to 34%.
GoLocal first reported earlier this month that Clay Pell, grandson of six-term Rhode Island senator Claiborne Pell, is also weighing a run for governor.
Bristol businessman Todd Giroux, an Independent candidate for governor in 2010, recently announced that he would seek the Democratic nomination in 2014.
Ken Block, who GoLocal reported this morning will run as a Republican in 2014, is the only official candidate on the GOP side. In 2010, Block ran for governor representing the Moderate Party, the party which he founded.
Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, who announced an exploratory committee for governor last month, is also expected to enter the race.
Taveras, a former lawyer and graduate of Harvard University, has enjoyed impressive favorability rating during his tenure as mayor—including possessing the highest approval rating amongst any public official in the state, according to Brown University’s latest polling.
Despite high favorability ratings, Taveras has courted controversy over issues involving the mass firing of 2,000 teachers in 2011 and the recent closure at the Davey Lopes recreation center in Providence.
Prior to becoming mayor, Taveras served as an Associate Judge on the Providence Housing Court from 2007 to 2010.
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GOP on Block Announcement
RIGOP Chairman Smiley welcomes Block to Party.
Despite Ken Block’s disparaging comments recently waged against the leadership of the Rhode Island Republican Party, RIGOP chairman Mark Smiley says he’s happy that Block has decided to run as a Republican in the 2014 Rhode Island Governor's race.
"The members of the Moderate Party are invited to join us, help us, to fix this State. I welcome Ken coming into our primary, which in my estimate, allows for a Republican victory next November. The Republican Primary will now be to choose who will be the next Governor of Rhode Island," said Smiley today in a statement.
Block, who is the founder and former head of the Moderate Party, previously told GoLocal, “The opinion of the GOP leadership, who have confused the Rhode Island Republican Party’s message and brought the party to such a low state in terms of effectiveness in Rhode Island politics, is not important to me.”
Block gave the statement in response to GoLocal's report that certain members of the RIGOP were against him joining the party.
Block is currently the only official Republican candidate in the governor's race, but will likely face Cranston Mayor Allan Fung in the Republican Primary.
Last month, Fung formed an exploratory committee to help him decide whether he should run for governor. Recently, Fung scheduled a “major announcement,” which his camp says will be revealed on Nov. 4.
Block, a Barrington businessman, founded the Moderate Party of Rhode Island in 2009, and ran as the Party’s gubernatorial candidate in 2010—garnering 6.5% of the vote.
Center condemns heavy handed tactics and secrecy of SEIU unionization election.
The Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity today condemned what it calls the “heavy handed tactics,” which led to arrest threats against individuals trying to observe unionization elections on Saturday in Newport, Kingston, and Lincoln.
"Imagine this: The insiders who colluded to bring this SEIU unionization scheme to a vote - the SLRB, the SEIU, and the State of Rhode Island - are allowed full access as so-called officials of the election; yet the taxpayer, who will bear the cost of the election and the cost of unionization are not allowed anywhere near the polling place, under threat of arrest", said Mike Stenhouse, CEO for the Center. "What are they so afraid of and why has this supposedly democratic process been kept so secret? Something is very wrong here."
Volunteers organized by the Center who attempted to observe the proceedings were stopped by state troopers, who presented a copy of the SLRB's General Rules and Regulations (Title 28, Labor and Labor Relations, Chapter 28-7 of the Labor Relations Act, Section 8.02.7 - Prohibited Election Conduct) that prohibits electioneering within 200 feet of the polling place or interference with the election process.
"Absolutely no electioneering took place; no protests; no signs; no materials passed out; and no volunteer, in any way, attempted to interfere with the election process, yet they were threatened with arrest for merely being in the vicinity. Meanwhile, union supporters were allowed to wear their purple SEIU scarves all the way inside," continued Stenhouse. "Since when does the SLRB have the authority to give orders to the State Police?"
The Center calls upon the SLRB to follow its own regulations and for the State Police to allow peaceful civilian observation, specifically calling upon:
- the SLRB and its administrator, Robyn Golden, to retract its self-serving, broad interpretation of its own rules and regulations
- the SLRB to provide a full accounting of the costs of the election, and the names of the individuals it authorized to serve as "official observers"
- the State Police to: a) conduct its own, independent interpretation of the regulations and instruct its troopers to act accordingly; namely taking action only if improper electioneering or interference takes place, and; b) to specify under what authority it can be deputized by the SLRB.
In an earlier statement prior to the election, the Center criticized the SLRB for refusing to release information about how the voting process will be fair, transparent, or fraud-free with regard to voter validation, intimidation, and public access, as well as for its overall lack of transparency with the entire unionization scheme.
For further background information on the Center's position visit rifreedom.org.
Business Owners Wanted
Center urges business owners to participate in tomorrow’s Sales Tax Commission hearing.
The Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity is calling on business owners to take part in Tuesday evening’s Sales Tax Study Commission, which will be focused on the impact that the state’s sales tax has on local businesses.
Business owners are encouraged to speak on the following topics regarding the elimination of sales tax:
- Reduced accounting costs and time
- Eliminating compliance burden
- Cheaper prices, more productivity, and more job growth
At the meeting, the Center will recommend a review and rollback of the punitive penalties, interest, and enforcement procedures wielded by the State to collect owed taxes, at Tuesday's hearing of the Special Joint Legislative Commission to Repeal the Sales Tax, which will be focused on the effects of sales tax repeal on the small business sector.
At the hearing, the Center will debut a video it produced of a small business owner who was forced to shut down for failure to be able to pay the sales taxes he owed.
"The question is: Do we want businesses open, flourishing, and paying sales and income taxes; or do we want them closed, facing insurmountable hurdles, and paying fines", commented Mike Stenhouse, CEO for the nonpartisan Center. "Every business owner is encouraged to testify tomorrow about how repeal of the sales tax will lower their costs, eliminate compliance headaches, and bring them new customers".
At a prior Commission hearing, the Center submitted a report, 0.0% Sales Tax States: How Do They Do It?, which demonstrated how other no-sales-tax states are able to collect the revenues they need to manage their affairs.
Tomorrow's hearing will be televised by Capitol TV (Channel 15 for Cox Communications and Full Channel; Channel 34 for Verizon). It will be the fourth time the Commission has met.
WaterFire for Veterans
Governor Chafee Announces WaterFire salute to Veterans.
Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today the first WaterFire entirely dedicated to raising community awareness and offering gratitude to Veterans. The WaterFire Salute to Veterans is scheduled for November 9 at sunset, which is at 4:31 p.m., and will occur two days prior to Veterans Day. RIPTA will be providing free rides to Veterans from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. during the special event.
"I am pleased that WaterFire will be honoring the fine men and women and their families who have and currently sacrifice so much for our State. Rhode Island must be a place that honors and respects Veterans by doing all we can during and after their service." Governor Chafee said. "On behalf of the State of Rhode Island, I want to thank the major sponsor of this event, Alex and Ani, for supporting this salute to the men and women who have worn and are currently wearing the uniform of our nation."
During the WaterFire Salute to Veterans, Rear Admiral Walter E. "Ted" Carter, Jr., President of the U.S. Naval War College, will give the keynote speech.
The WaterFire will include a mix of arts and Veteran educational and advocacy activities including military recruiters in Station Park. In addition, Memorial Park will be alight with blue stars to honor the Blue Star Families of Rhode Island or those families that have a loved one serving in the military.
For more information or to donate, visit: www.waterfire.org.
Congressman Cicilline to be honored by Planned Parenthood.
U.S. Congressman David Cicilline will be recognized for his work in safeguarded women’s health at Planned Parenthood of Southern New England’s “A Providence Affair: Honoring the Men Who Champion Women’s Health” event on Thursday, November 7 at Roger Williams Park Casino.
Cicilline, along with Dr. Pablo Rodriguez and Don E. Wineberg, will be celebrated for their continued efforts to protect women’s health in Rhode Island.
Tickets for the event range from $75 to $10,000 for a Platinum sponsor ticket.
All proceeds go directly toward providing health care for students, single mothers, working poor and middle-class men and women.
For more information visit: https://giving.ppsne.org/rimen2013
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