State Treasurer Gina Raimondo is adding Eric Hyers, who managed David Cicilline's two successful congressional campaigns, to her stable of political talent as she gears up for a Democratic run for governor next year.
In a telephone interview, Hyers would say only that his role is to "get her and her team ready as we approach the end of the year." He declined comment on other questions, including whether he'll remain part of Raimondo's team through 2014.
Andrew Annaldo, the longtime chairman of the powerful Providence Board of Licenses and a top Rhode Island political insider, plans to leave the board after it came under sharp criticism from city officials for its handling of the latest case involving an underage stripper at Cheaters Gentleman's Club.
In a telephone interview, Annaldo says the criticism of the board was "not at all" a factor for why he asked Providence Mayor Angel Taveras not to re-appoint him when his current term expires in January.
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras wants to use a one-strike policy to close strip clubs that permit a single instance of prostitution or hiring underage strippers. This comes after police found that a 14-year-old girl working at Cheaters was soliciting for sex at the club.
Taveras’ spokesman, David Ortiz, says the mayor was disappointed by how the Providence Board of Licenses recently fined Cheaters 5000 dollars and suspended its license for 45 days. Ortiz said Taveras supports using any permissible legal means to keep Cheaters closed.
Providence rolled out a new bike plan for the capital city.
Bike Providence is an extensive, proposed plan to create safer, more accessible bike routes throughout the city. Providence already has some bike lanes, and shared roads for cyclists; and so much of the new plan proposes connecting them to create a more cohesive system.
As the candidates officially launch their 2014 bids for governor, I plan to ask each of them to lay out their positions on top education issues. I started with democrat Angel Taveras.
As mayor of Providence, Taveras joined several state lawmakers in speaking out against a policy tying the standardized test known as NECAP to high school graduation. Taveras says his concern was with the test itself, not the principal of tying testing to a high school diploma.
Allan Fung, the three-term mayor of Cranston, unveiled himself Monday as Rhode Island's Great Republican Hope, emphasizing his plan for improving the state's economy and education system while paying homage to his family's immigrant roots in kicking off his long-anticipated run for governor.
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has named Maryellen Goodwin, majority whip in the Rhode Island Senate and the chief clerk in the city's Department of Planning & Development, as his acting deputy chief of staff.
The news, relayed in a message to staffers, comes on the heels of plans for the departure of Arianne Lynch as deputy chief of staff and the exit of deputy city solicitor Matt Jerzyk.
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Although General Treasurer Gina Raimondo hasn't yet declared her expected Democratic campaign for governor, she continues to outpace Providence Mayor Angel Taveras in campaign fundraising.
During the third quarter that ended with the close of September, Raimondo raised about $412,000 (bringing her cash on hand to more than $2.3 million), while Taveras brought in $154,000 (bringing his war chest to $759,150.)