Brett Smiley

Politics
4:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Elorza Fights To Be The New Political Force in Providence

Elorza greeting voters at Dexter Manor on Broad Street.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Democratic candidate Jorge Elorza is the main obstacle keeping Buddy Cianci from regaining control of City Hall in Providence. The contrast between the two men is sharp: Cianci is a legendary political figure and twice-convicted felon. Elorza is a first-time candidate and a former Providence Housing Court judge.

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On Politics
3:18 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Providence's Titanic Mayoral Campaign

Jorge Elorza on the night of his Democratic primary win. He now faces Republican Daniel Harrop, and independent Buddy Cianci.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

The Providence mayoral campaign, aka the Buddy Cianci redemption effort, is drawing national media attention. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay talks about the paths to victory for independent Cianci and Democrat Jorge Elorza.

Cianci, Elorza and Republican Dan Harrop faced off in their first campaign debate last week at Laurelmead, an East Side elderly housing complex. There was more heat than light as Elorza, a former city Housing Court judge, and Harrop, a psychiatrist, attacked Cianci’s record as one of New England’s infamously corrupt politicians.

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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

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

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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On Politics
12:48 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Smiley Ends Mayoral Campaign and Puts Support Behind Elorza

Smiley, right, offering his endorsement to Elorza at Prospect Park.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Brett Smiley ended his Providence mayoral campaign Friday and threw his support behind fellow Democrat Jorge Elorza. The decision basically sets the stage for a head-to-head September 9th primary battle between Elorza and City Council President Michael Solomon, the acknowledged front-runner in the race.

Smiley's announcement came exactly 24 hours after his latest policy proposal, a road-improvement plan touted during a news conference near the Providence train station.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
3:56 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Down To The Wire In Providence Mayoral Campaign

Jorge Elorza, Brett Smiley, and Micheal Solomon, are coming down to the wire as the Democratic primary for Providence Mayor draws close.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

With three weeks to go, the Providence mayoral campaign is heating up. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on what to look for in the Democratic primary as the days dwindle down.

One of Rhode Island’s favorite spectator and participant sports has long been Providence mayor elections. A mélange of circus, street theater and rugby scrum, this year’s campaign is bound to land in the capital city’s political Hall of Fame, and perhaps, shame.

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On Politics
4:09 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: More Twists In Providence Mayoral Contest

Lorne Adrain has dropped out of the Providence mayoral race, bringing the number of general election candidates to three, for now.
Credit RIPR FILE

Just when you thought you knew the candidate field in the Providence mayoral campaign, things changed. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay’s thoughts on the capital city’s revised City Hall election.

Another week, another new twist in the Providence mayor campaign. The departure of independent Lorne Adrain from the race has set off a scramble for his supporters, most of whom hail from his home neighborhood on the city’s affluent East Side.

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On Politics
5:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Elorza Plan Targets Doubling Providence Exports in Five Years

A plan set for release Thursday morning by Providence mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza targets a goal of doubling exports through the Port of Providence over five years -- a move, he says, that could add between 1,500 and 1,600 jobs.

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On Politics
4:10 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Cianci Says He Expected A Two-Man Fight When He Entered the Mayoral Race

Cianci at a Federal Hill event in April.
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

Buddy Cianci says he anticipated when he jumped into the Providence mayoral race last month that it would ultimately become a two-man fight.

"I always anticipated a two-man race when I made the decision to come into the field," Cianci, who is running as an independent, tells RIPR.

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