Sandra Cano

Primary night belongs to Gabe Amo in 1st Congressional District race

BY: and - September 5, 2023

Growing up in a working-class household in Pawtucket, Gabe Amo always dreamed he’d become a big name in Rhode Island — at least that’s what his father, Gabe Sr. says. “That’s what he’s wanted for 35 years,” he said. Now, Amo’s dreams are coming true after defeating 10 other Democrats Tuesday in the race to […]

Amo in clear lead in CD1 Democratic primary; Leonard easily wins Republican race

BY: - September 5, 2023

Democrat Gabe Amo catapulted to the top in the primary race for Rhode Island’s open 1st Congressional District seat in early unofficial results after the polls closed Tuesday night. Amo had 32.1% of the vote to rival Aaron Regunberg’s 24.8%, with 86 of 94 polling places reporting as of 8:52 p.m. State Rep. Sandra Cano […]

Race, gender are focal points of final CD1 Democratic debate

BY: - August 31, 2023

The internet never forgets. Just ask Aaron Regunberg, whose since-deleted tweet in February suggesting he would sit out Rhode Island’s special congressional election to support  “progressive women who care about climate,” reemerged during a debate Thursday. Regunberg, a former state representative, was one of six Democrats to share the stage in Rhode Island College’s Sapinsley […]

Carlson drops out of CD1 race, endorses Cano

BY: - August 27, 2023

As Vermont’s U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders wrapped up a speech in support of 1st Congressional District Democratic front-runner Aaron Regunberg in Providence Sunday, a rival candidate bowed out of the race. Jamestown alternative energy entrepreneur Donald Carlson suspended his campaign with an announcement on Twitter, two days after he released a YouTube video offering his […]

Meet the candidates running for Rhode Island’s open 1st Congressional District seat

BY: - August 22, 2023

Ten of the 14 Democrats vying to represent Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives responded to Rhode Island Current’s request for biographical information and answers to three questions. Below in alphabetical order are their answers which have been lightly condensed and edited. Democratic candidates Rhode Island Rep. Stephen Casey, Sen. […]

CD1 candidate tax returns: Who is releasing them? Who isn’t?

BY: - August 3, 2023

July 31 could be the newest state holiday, marking the day when three candidates in the 1st Congressional District race independently released their 2022 tax returns. As of Thursday, at least six of the 14 candidates in the race — all Democrats — have publicly shared their personal tax statements from 2022. Three more contenders […]

CD1 campaign finance reports highlight haves and have-nots in crowded race

BY: , and - July 18, 2023

Jamestown investor Don Carlson is flaunting his deep pockets in the 1st Congressional District race by pouring $600,000 into his own campaign, according to newly published federal campaign finance reports.  Thanks to that six-figure personal loan, Carlson, a Democrat, closed the second quarter with the biggest war chest: $769,988. That’s nearly double the amount of […]

How late Sen. Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin influenced policy after her death

BY: - June 23, 2023

A black tarp covering an empty Senate desk and a vase of white flowers perched atop served as a visual reminder of the late Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin’s influence on the Rhode Island State House through the final days of the legislative session. Goodwin died in April at age 58  after a nearly four-year […]

How much do endorsements matter? In crowded CD1 race, more than you think.

BY: - June 5, 2023

Pressure is mounting and time is ticking down in the race to replace former U.S. Rep. David Cicilline in Congress.  A month ahead of the declaration deadline, 1st Congressional District Democratic candidates are already vying for endorsements from elected officials and political organizations – and making a fuss when they get passed over. Last week, […]

Minority business advocates call for reforms to troubled MBE program

BY: - May 18, 2023

Five years have passed since Vennicia Kingston registered her construction firm as a state-certified woman- and minority-owned company. Yet only now has Kingston started to see benefits from the state designation, winning five recent or upcoming government subcontracts for her seven-person construction company, Eagle Eye Post-Construction Services. Still, it’s a struggle, as Kingston told Senate […]

Could it be magic? Barry Manilow among donors in CD1 special election

BY: - April 19, 2023

Mixed in among the familiar business moguls and political leaders who have donated to candidates in the Rhode Island 1st Congressional District race, one name stands out: Barry Manilow. The 79-year-old soft rock superstar known for ’70s hits like “Copacabana” and “Mandy” donated $3,300 to Nicholas Autiello’s campaign, according to first-quarter fundraising reports filed with […]

Rhode Island could finally send a woman of color to Congress

BY: - March 21, 2023

During her first run for elected office in 2006, Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos was painfully self-conscious. A Dominican immigrant who spoke no English when she moved to the United States as a young adult, Matos worried her accent would make it hard for Providence voters to understand her. “Even just door-knocking, I was terrified,” she […]