Angel Taveras en Taveras promotes Dormody, hires Hull <p>Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has announced some staff changes in his office, including the hiring of Brian Hull as director of municipal and intergovernmental affairs.</p><p>Taveras, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, said in a news release that Hull will begin work April 28<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; The job is basically a government relations post that includes representing the administration before the Providence City Council.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:04:23 +0000 Scott MacKay 32029 at Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Set To Square Off At EconomicForum <p>The Democratic candidates for governor are slated to discuss a series of economic issues during a forum this evening in Warwick. The event comes with just about five months until the September 9th primary election.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Democrats Angel Taveras, Gina Raimondo and Clay Pell are expected for the 5 pm candidates’ forum at the Ocean State Theatre Company in Warwick. The discussion is being sponsored by a liberal think tank, the Economic Progress Institute.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:50:46 +0000 Ian Donnis 31639 at Providence Mayoral Candidate Smiley Unveils Economic Development Plan <p>Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley Thursday released a seven-point economic plan.&nbsp; Smiley is among a number of candidates trying to succeed Angel Taveras at City Hall.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:22:19 +0000 Ian Donnis 31537 at TGIF: 15 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media <p>Welcome back to my Friday column. Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to drop me a line with feedback or juicy tips at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and remember you can follow me all week long<a href=""> on the twitters</a>. Here we go.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:08:36 +0000 Ian Donnis 31183 at Giroux Kicks Off Campaign For Governor <p>Todd Giroux officially announced Tuesday that he’s running for governor. Giroux declared he’d run as a democrat back in October.</p><p>Giroux is a 43-year-old Woonsocket native. He’s a general contractor who specializes in historic preservation. He ran for governor in 2010 as an independent.</p><p>Giroux said he’ll be a governor who listens and responds. “We need a governor that has a steady hand on the rudder of this state,” he said. “And if we provide a commerce fund, an infrastructure fund then we have the tools that support the jobs plan.”</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:08:34 +0000 Catherine Welch 31064 at Bonus Q&A: Raimondo on Wall Street, Hedge Funds, Transparency, Inequality & More <p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q+A to discuss government transparency, Wall Street, how to reduce inequality, hedge fund investments in the state pension, and much more.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 30411 at Political Roundtable: Raimondo on Her Jobs Plan, I-195 Development, High-Stakes Testing & More <p></p><p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her plan meant to add manufacturing jobs; high-stakes testing; tax policy; the slow start to redeveloping former I-195 land; and other issues.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 30399 at Political Roundtable: Raimondo on Her Jobs Plan, I-195 Development, High-Stakes Testing & More Raimondo & Taveras Spar on Point Judith Disclosure Issue <p>Democratic gubernatorial candidates Gina Raimondo and Angel Taveras continue to scrap over the unwillingness of <a href="">Point Judith Capital</a>, the venture capital firm Raimondo founded, to disclose details of a limited partnership agreement it made with the City of Providence.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:50:44 +0000 Ian Donnis 30415 at Time for Clay Pell to Step Away from The Car <p>Whither Clay Pell’s campaign for governor? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts.</p><p>How do you know your campaign is in trouble: When your car is getting more attention than your ideas.</p><p>That’s what’s happening to the infant campaign of Clay Pell, who would like to be our next governor.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:31:44 +0000 Scott MacKay 30373 at Pell Calls for Raising Minimum Wage, Effective July 1 <p>While fellow Democrats Angel Taveras and Gina Raimondo support raising the minimum wage, Clay Pell is upping the ante by calling for pushing the wage to $10.10, effective July 1.</p><p>In letters to legislative leaders, Pell also called for annual adjustments to the wage based on the Consumer Price Index.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:19:04 +0000 Ian Donnis 30369 at