Ian Donnis http://ripr.org en TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-12-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media-31 <p>There are few places better than Rhode Island in the summer -- and that's doubly true for political junkies thanks to our very busy election season. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column, and feel free to share your tips and thoughts via idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. You can also follow me all week long <a href="https://twitter.com/IanDon">on the twitters</a>. Let's get to it.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:08:04 +0000 Ian Donnis 36942 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Fecteau on Why He's Running Against David Cicilline http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-fecteau-why-hes-running-against-david-cicilline <p></p><p>Matt Fecteau, the Democratic primary challenger to Congressman David Cicilline, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his campaign; the departure of Lorne Adrain from the Providence mayoral race; this week's Republican gubernatorial debate at RIPR; and how to reduce violent crime in Rhode Island.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 36878 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Fecteau on Why He's Running Against David Cicilline Bonus Q&A: Fecteau on Jobs, Campaign Finance, Veterans & Running for Congress http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-fecteau-jobs-campaign-finance-veterans-running-congress <p>First Congressional District candidate Matt Fecteau joins Bonus Q+A to discuss his Democratic primary run against Congressman David Cicilline and related issues.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 36891 at http://ripr.org Elorza Plan Targets Doubling Providence Exports in Five Years http://ripr.org/post/elorza-plan-targets-doubling-providence-exports-five-years <p><a href="http://elorzaformayor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Export-Providence-Plan.pdf">A plan set for release Thursday morning</a> by Providence mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza targets a goal of doubling exports through the Port of Providence over five years -- a move, he says, that could add between 1,500 and 1,600 jobs.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:00:23 +0000 Ian Donnis 36845 at http://ripr.org Cianci Says He Expected A Two-Man Fight When He Entered the Mayoral Race http://ripr.org/post/cianci-says-he-expected-two-man-fight-when-he-entered-mayoral-race <p></p><p>Buddy Cianci says he anticipated <a href="http://ripr.org/post/buddy-cianci-running-again-providence-mayor">when he jumped into the Providence mayoral race last month</a> that it would ultimately become a two-man fight.</p><p>"I always anticipated a two-man race when I made the decision to come into the field," Cianci, who is running as an independent, tells RIPR.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:10:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 36836 at http://ripr.org Cianci Says He Expected A Two-Man Fight When He Entered the Mayoral Race In Move To Build Support Beyond East Side, Smiley Unveils Hull's Endorsement http://ripr.org/post/move-build-support-beyond-east-side-smiley-unveils-hulls-endorsement <p></p><p>In a move to strengthen support beyond his East Side base, Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley unveiled an endorsement Wednesday by state Representative Ray Hull (D-Providence), a 28-year Providence police officer who lives in the same ward as rival candidate Michael Solomon and was formerly a driver for Buddy Cianci.</p><p>During a news conference at his home in the city's Mount Pleasant section, Hull said he decided to back Smiley over the two other leading Democrats, Solomon and Jorge Elorza, because of the East Sider's public safety plan.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:29:45 +0000 Ian Donnis 36823 at http://ripr.org In Move To Build Support Beyond East Side, Smiley Unveils Hull's Endorsement Taveras, Raimondo Scrap Over Wall Street Influence http://ripr.org/post/taveras-raimondo-scrap-over-wall-street-influence <p>Angel Taveras' Democratic gubernatorial campaign used a statement released Monday to press its central line of attack against his main rival, Gina Raimondo, charging she's closely aligned with Wall Street interests. Raimondo's campaign responded by disputing the message and expressing disappointment "in the increasingly personal and negative nature of the mayor's campaign."</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:14:50 +0000 Ian Donnis 36708 at http://ripr.org TGIF: 10 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-10-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media-11 <p>Welcome back to my weekly column, and thanks for stopping by. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me all week long on the twitters. Here we go.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:13:02 +0000 Ian Donnis 36591 at http://ripr.org Despite Objections, Hearing Into Possible 38 Studios' Lobbying Violations Moves Ahead http://ripr.org/post/despite-objections-hearing-possible-38-studios-lobbying-violations-moves-ahead <p>A lawyer for Michael Corso, who was involved in talks to bring 38 Studios from Massachusetts to Rhode Island, on Friday challenged the legal basis for a hearing into whether Corso violated state lobbying laws.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:56:41 +0000 Ian Donnis 36580 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: de Ramel on Lobbyists, Newport Grand & The Race for Governor http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-de-ramel-lobbyists-newport-grand-race-governor <p></p><p>Democratic secretary of state candidate Guillaume de Ramel joins Political Roundtable to discuss his campaign; disclosure shortcomings involving lobbyists; the Democratic race for governor; and other issues.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 36517 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: de Ramel on Lobbyists, Newport Grand & The Race for Governor