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Political View: Campaign finances – governor’s race; Pawsox stadium; local legislators

With just a couple of days before the latest campaign finance filings, covering the first quarter of 2018, little has changed, with Gov. Gina Raimondo well-financed, while candidates jockey for position in what’s a crowded gubernatorial field. Meanwhile, a look at a number of leading legislators and local leaders can raise considerable speculation, from the […]

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Understanding the Census, a live virtual video conversation with John Marion, executive director of Common Cause

Rhode Island dodged a bullet in the recent census, retaining its two seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, its electoral votes, and perhaps of hundreds of millions of dollars that would have been lost had the state lost a Representative seat. But this was just the first step, the raw numbers, with more detail […]

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Letter To The Editor: One way I evaluate candidates is to see how they are raising money to run for office

I live in House District 71 (Portsmouth, Tiverton & Little Compton).  I’m paying close attention to the Democratic primary.  One way I evaluate candidates is to see how they are raising money to run for office. In RI, campaign finance information is easily accessed on the Board of Elections website.  This data informs voters about […]

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Magaziner wins first-quarter fundraising sweepstakes

General Treasurer Seth Magaziner has won the first quarter campaign finance sweepstakes, but other potential gubernatorial candidates are not far behind, according to reports the candidates filed today (Friday, April 30) with the state Board of Elections for first quarter campaign fundraising and expenses. Magaziner raised $286,460 from individuals and $12,750 from Political Action Committees, […]

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Money Talks – sometimes

Money talks – often in elections. Those candidates with the most robust campaign funds can find multiple ways to reach voters and deliver their message and gain name recognition. In this era of COVID-19 you would think that a well-funded campaign could reach voters through multiple media messages, brochures, lawn signs, and the like. Door […]

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You can have an impact. Help power What’s Up Newp’s coverage of COVID-19, the election, and your community

Today, What’s Up Newp is launching our September supporter drive. Over the next 10 days, our goal is to see 250 of our loyal readers become What’s Up Newp supporters to help power our daily reporting on COVID-19, the 2020 Election, school reopenings, people & profiles, the social justice movement, arts & culture, and important journalism […]

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Influencing the Influencers

As a member of the state Senate or state House of Representatives winning not only your election, but one of the coveted leadership positions can be quite lucrative. A review of several legislators, particularly those in leadership positions, shows that those with increased influence are rewarded mightily by those who covet that influence. We looked […]

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RI Board of Elections likely to collect only small portion of $3.6 million owed in campaign fines

The likelihood of the Rhode Island Board of Elections collecting even a small portion of the $3.6 million owed in election fines is slim, according to a Board of Elections official. “Much of that is bad debt, not collectable,” said Richard Thornton, the board’s Director of Campaign Finance. As of July 31, according to Board […]

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Governor far outdistances rivals, with campaign fund exceeding $4.3 million

(This story has been updated from an earlier version, reflecting campaign contributions posted on the state Board of Elections website on  May 1) Raising some $1.3 million during the first quarter of 2018, Gov. Gina Raimondo’s campaign war chest now exceeds $4.3 million. During the quarter, according to her campaign finance report filed late this […]

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What’s Up in Newp today: May 6

by Ryan M. Belmore Subscribe | Past Issues | Support | WhatsUpNewp.com Good Morning, Salve Regina University President Kelli J. Armstrong will personally award diplomas to members of the graduating Class of 2021 when the University celebrates its seventy-first commencement. The graduate ceremony will be held today at 3 pm, while undergraduate commencement will be held in three separate ceremonies on Sunday, May 9, beginning […]

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What’s Up in Newport County today: May 5

by Ryan M. Belmore Subscribe | Past Issues | Support | WhatsUpNewp.com Good Morning, Vice President Kamala Harris and U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo will visit Rhode Island today. Most of their day will be spent at events focused on small businesses and women-led small businesses. [WPRI with the story] The Nitro Bar opens their new location at 404 Thames Street […]

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What’s Up In Newport today: May 5

by Ryan M. Belmore Subscribe | Past Issues | Support | WhatsUpNewp.com Good Morning, Vice President Kamala Harris and U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo will visit Rhode Island today. Most of their day will be spent at events focused on small businesses and women-led small businesses. [WPRI with the story] The Nitro Bar opens their new location at 404 Thames Street […]