2014 providence mayoral race

Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Political Roundtable: Mike Solomon on Running for Mayor, the Ethics Issue & the Race for Governor

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Providence mayoral candidate Michael Solomon, president of the city council, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his campaign; the probe he faces by the state Ethics Commission; this week's Democratic gubernatorial debate; and extending the moratorium on using high-stakes testing as a graduation requirement.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Solomon on Taxes, Schools, Development & More

Providence mayoral candidate Michael Solomon joins Bonus Q&A to discuss his campaign and a host of other issues facing the city.

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On Politics
10:17 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Elorza Campaign Says Ex-Advisor Wrote Statement With Borrowed Language

Elorza (left) and Smiley at last week's news conference.
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Jorge Elorza's Providence mayoral campaign says an ex-advisor wrote a recent statement about Elorza's arrest for shoplifting at age 18 that replicates precise parts of a similar statement released in 2012 by Central Falls Mayor James Diossa.

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On Politics
3:56 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Down the stretch in RI Democratic governor campaign

As the clock ticks in the Democratic primary election for governor, it is becoming apparent that Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is caught in a left-right pincer movement between newcomer Clay Pell and State General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

Raimondo tacks right, Pell to the left and Taveras is stuck in the middle, which is not always a great place to be in a primary historically dominated by the liberal, progressive side of the party. The other challenge for Taveras, who has pretty clearly become the underdog, is that he is not nearly as well financed as either Pell or Raimondo.

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On Politics
1:17 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Solomon Fires Back At Elorza; Cites Poll In Calling Himself Toughest Rival for Cianci

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City Council President Michael Solomon released findings from an internal poll Tuesday in arguing he's a stronger Democrat than Jorge Elorza in taking on independent candidate Buddy Cianci in the November election.

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On Politics
3:23 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

TGIF: 15 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

It's been another wild week in Rhode Island politics and things will only get more intense on the way to the September 9th primary. So strap yourself in, send your tips and thoughts to me at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and follow me on the twitters whenever you're lucid and awake. Here we go.

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On Politics
1:52 pm
Sat August 23, 2014

Buddy Cianci campaign line of the day

The Farmers Market at Lippitt Park on Providence’s East Side is a bustling venue on Saturday mornings as people line up to choose from a cornucopia of fruits, vegetables, sweets, seafood and pasture-feed beef. It was also a beehive of political activity this morning as candidates milled among prospective voters. Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, who is running in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor was spotted, along with Buddy Cianci, who is trying to make a comeback for Providence mayor as an independent.

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On Politics
3:02 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: The Providence Mayoral Campaign 11th Hour Scramble

Providence City Hall. The democratic primary for the mayor's office is now down to two candidates: Jorge Elorza and Michael Solomon.
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The Providence mayoral campaign has featured more twists and turns than a Grand Prix auto race. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on what’s next in the run for City Hall.

This we know about Providence politics: One person’s backroom deal is another person’s noble gesture.

That is what voters will decide in the September 9 Democratic primary, when the favorite, City Council president Michael Solomon, faces off against Jorge Elorza, a law professor and political neophyte. (Perennial fringe candidate Christopher Young is also in the mix).

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Elorza on Providence's Economy & Why He Thinks He's Buddy's Toughest Opponent

Providence mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss his campaign and related issues, including why he considers himself the strongest Democratic challenger for Buddy Cianci in November.

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Politics
4:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Political Roundtable: Elorza on His Run for Mayor of Providence

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Providence mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his campaign; the new Channel 12-Providence Journal findings on the race for mayor; and the state Ethics Commission's decision to review an ethics complaint against Providence City Council President Michael Solomon.

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