Angel Taveras http://ripr.org en Rhody Votes '14: Dems for Governor Debate http://ripr.org/post/rhody-votes-14-dems-governor-debate <p>The Democratic candidates running for governor took part in a special, live edition of The Political Roundtable. Todd Giroux, Clay Pell, Gina Raimondo and Angel Taveras answered questions from our moderators and asked each other questions.&nbsp;</p><p>You can hear the program in its three segments here:</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:25:43 +0000 Catherine Welch 36435 at http://ripr.org Rhody Votes '14: Dems for Governor Debate Joe Paolino moving to Newport, planning strong table games campaign for Newport Grand http://ripr.org/post/joe-paolino-moving-newport-planning-strong-table-games-campaign-newport-grand <p>Former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino has been a stalwart booster of Buddy Cianci’s redemption tour. But now that Cianci has filed for election for Providence mayor and Charles Mansolillo has been appointed Cianci’s campaign manager, Paolino is turning his political attention to Newport, where he is part of a group that wants to buy and improve the Newport Grand gambling emporium.</p><p>(Rhode Island being Rhode Island, Paolino and Mansolillo are well-acquainted; the two ran against each other for mayor in 1986 in a campaign won comfortably by Paolino).</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:02:56 +0000 Scott MacKay 36121 at http://ripr.org In Time For Hot Weather, Davey Lopes Pool Reopens http://ripr.org/post/time-hot-weather-davey-lopes-pool-reopens <p>The Davey Lopes pool reopened in Providence’s Southside today.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Dozens of local officials, city council members, and political candidates were on hand to see the pool reopen after being closed for a year.</p><p>Notably absent was Providence Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras, who defended the pool’s initial closure last summer.</p><p>State Senator Harold Metts of Providence was a critic of the pool closing<strike>,</strike> and was influential in its reopening.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:47:08 +0000 John Bender 36021 at http://ripr.org In Time For Hot Weather, Davey Lopes Pool Reopens Davey Lopes Pool To Reopen In Providence http://ripr.org/post/davey-lopes-pool-reopen-providence <p>The Davey Lopes pool in South Providence is set to reopen for the season after extensive repairs. The pool closed last summer despite an outcry from the public.</p><p></p><p>Community leaders in the neighborhood say the pool is vital to keeping the youth of South Providence busy during the summer months.&nbsp; The neighborhood has one of the highest crime rates in the city. Leah Williams Metts, is a local activist who helped spearhead the project.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:18:29 +0000 John Bender 35995 at http://ripr.org Davey Lopes Pool To Reopen In Providence Cianci Runs: Heeee's Back http://ripr.org/post/cianci-runs-heeees-back <p>Heeeee’s back: Vincent A. `Buddy’ Cianci Jr., made official this afternoon what he has been talking about &nbsp;for months, &nbsp;that he will try for a Lazarus-like, unprecedented third comeback as Providence mayor, this time as an independent.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:19:41 +0000 Scott MacKay 35796 at http://ripr.org Buddy Cianci Running Again For Providence Mayor http://ripr.org/post/buddy-cianci-running-again-providence-mayor <p>After claiming not to have his mind made up before taking to the airwaves for his afternoon talk show, 73-year-old Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci Jr. revealed Wednesday he's staging an improbable comeback to become the next mayor of Providence.</p><p></p><p>Cianci is running as an independent -- the same approach he used during his 1990 return to power&nbsp; -- in a close three-way race, after having first won office in 1974 as a Republican.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:06:22 +0000 Ian Donnis, Catherine Welch & Scott MacKay 35755 at http://ripr.org Buddy Cianci Running Again For Providence Mayor Democratic Gubernatorial Hopefuls Spar At First Televised Debate http://ripr.org/post/democratic-gubernatorial-hopefuls-spar-first-televised-debate <p>The three major Democratic candidates for governor offered their views on jobs, education and other issues during an hour-long debate Tuesday. The forum sponsored by WPRI and the Providence Journal came with less than three months until the September 9<sup>th</sup> primary.</p><p></p><p></p><p>State Treasurer Gina Raimondo pointed to the pension overhaul she spearheaded in 2011 as proof of her leadership skills. Raimondo said the overhaul significantly reduced Rhode Island’s long-term pension bill.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:56:56 +0000 Ian Donnis 34994 at http://ripr.org Democratic Gubernatorial Hopefuls Spar At First Televised Debate TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-12-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media-26 <p>Welcome back to my Friday column. You know summer isn't far behind when a budget emerges in the General Assembly and gubernatorial candidates increasingly take to the airwaves. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me through the week<a href="https://twitter.com/IanDon"> on the twitters</a>. Let's get to it.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:16:05 +0000 Ian Donnis 34788 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Ferri on Running for LG; RI's Healthcare Exchange; 38 Studios & More http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-ferri-running-lg-ris-healthcare-exchange-38-studios-more <p></p><p>State Representative Frank Ferri (D-Warwick), one of three Democrats running for lieutenant governor, joined Political Roundtable this week discuss his campaign and other issues, including 38 Studios and the Democratic race for governor.</p><p></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 34733 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Ferri on Running for LG; RI's Healthcare Exchange; 38 Studios & More New Poll Shows Raimondo And Taveras Neck And Neck http://ripr.org/post/new-poll-shows-raimondo-and-taveras-neck-and-neck <p>A new poll shows that Angel Taveras and Gina Raimondo remain locked in tight battle in the Democratic primary for governor.&nbsp; The WPRI/Providence Journal poll surveyed 506 Democratic primary voters.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:36:38 +0000 Ian Donnis 34703 at http://ripr.org New Poll Shows Raimondo And Taveras Neck And Neck