Angel Taveras

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Providence Mayor and Democratic candidate for governor Angel Taveras joins the Political Roundtable this week to talk the Governor's race, the pension reform settlement, and income equality in the Ocean State.

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In their first comment since a proposed pension settlement was unveiled Friday afternoon, House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed steer clear of either endorsing or opposing the deal.

Here's a joint statement from the two legislative leaders:

Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza has zeroed in on bussing as he seeks to succeed Providence Mayor Angel Taveras.

Elorza, a professor at Roger Williams Law School, issued a statement yesterday saying Providence’s bussing policy forces many children to walk more than a mile to school each morning.

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Providence Mayor Angel Taveras used his final State of the City address to say Rhode Island’s capital is in better condition than when he took office in 2011.  Taveras is part of a three-way Democratic field for governor.

Taveras says a small surplus has replaced the 110 million dollar deficit he inherited upon taking office. He says his administration has bolstered startups, improved graduation rates, and cut the waiting term for permits from City Hall. Taveras called that a decided improvement after he inherited a city facing possible bankruptcy.

Campaign managers of the three main democrats running for governor met Monday to start hammering out a pledge to limit outside spending in the race. John Marion, president of the good government group, Common Cause, facilitated the two-hour meeting.

The so-called People’s Pledge made headlines in the Massachusetts senate race between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren. In that race the candidates agreed to discourage outside spending on TV, radio and the internet, but not direct mail.

Steven Smith, a former state representative and the longtime president of the Providence Teachers Union, is retiring.

Smith says his retirement after 33 years as a teacher and union leader is scheduled to be considered by the Providence School Board at a meeting tomorrow.

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Former Providence mayor Joseph R. Paolino Jr. sat down at his Dorrance Street real estate office earlier this week to talk about his recent property acquisitions; downtown Providence; the city's economic challenges; the Superman Building; a possible mayoral run by Buddy Cianci; and the future of the Providence Journal.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras released a proposal Tuesday to try to ensure women receive the same pay for their work as men.

Taveras spoke at Craftland, a woman-owned business on Westminster Street in downtown Providence, to highlight disparities in pay for women and men. He says if elected governor, he’ll appoint more women to office, examine the equity of pay for state workers, and impose stiffer penalties for violations of Rhode Island’s pay equity laws. Taveras says paying women and men the same for the same work is the right thing to do.

Former state treasurer Frank Caprio has won a coveted endorsement -- from the Rhode Island State Association of Firefighters -- as he fights to regain his former office in a three-way Democratic primary.

The association represents almost 2000 firefighters across Rhode Island, encompassing 36 local unions.

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Every serious candidate says Rhode Island’s poor economy is the top issue in this year’s governors’ race. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time for Rhode Island to sort economic myth from reality.

Say hello to any of the five major candidates for governor and you’ll get a marathon run of rhetoric on the need to create jobs in our struggling state.  On the Republican side, Ken Block and Allan Fung have both talked about ushering in a better business climate, lowering taxes and looking for ways to save taxpayer money.

The rhetorical battle over who plays the role of "Wall Street Democrat" in this year's race for governor has started.

A fundraising ask emailed Thursday afternoon by Angel Taveras' gubernatorial campaign is subject lined, "Stand up to Wall Street." Without naming fellow Democrat Gina Raimondo, the email goes on to say: "After taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from her former colleagues on Wall Street, one of our opponents is trying to redefine herself, but it’s clear who she stands for."

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Joined by his family and supporters, Providence City Council President Michael Solomon on Wednesday formally entered the race to succeed Mayor Angel Taveras, backed by the by-far largest war chest in the race and a coalition of supporters from across the city.

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Democrat Clay Pell, who had already telegraphed his entry into the 2014 gubernatorial race, made it formal with a video emailed Monday night, focusing on the need to restore Rhode Island's economy and arguing that he's the one to do it.


Political pundits love to emphasize that campaigns matter.  Clay Pell better hope that adage rings true if he hopes to be Rhode Island’s next governor, says our resident pundit, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay.

Herbert Claiborne `Clay’ Pell  IV is the grandson of a legendary Rhode Island U.S. Senator, a Harvard University graduate  and at just 32 years old, possessor of a resume that would be the envy of many a decade or two older.

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In the governor's race Republicans are responding to Democratic proposals to raise the state’s minimum wage.

It’s an issue that’s dividing candidates along party lines.

Providence Mayor and Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras was the first to give specifics about a plan to hike the minimum wage.

He’s proposing a two-dollar ten cent increase over the next four years; from eight dollars to ten-dollars ten cents by 2018.

Fellow Democratic candidate for governor, and state treasurer Gina Raimondo wants to see the same increase, but by 2015.