Brett Smiley

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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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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In a move to strengthen support beyond his East Side base, Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley unveiled an endorsement Wednesday by state Representative Ray Hull (D-Providence), a 28-year Providence police officer who lives in the same ward as rival candidate Michael Solomon and was formerly a driver for Buddy Cianci.

During a news conference at his home in the city's Mount Pleasant section, Hull said he decided to back Smiley over the two other leading Democrats, Solomon and Jorge Elorza, because of the East Sider's public safety plan.


So Buddy Cianci is back in the campaign for Providence mayor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay reminds us that he isn’t the only candidate.

Every newsroom used to have a crusty city editor who berated young reporters. Mine was a revered Providence Journal editor named Al Johnson who barked, ``put them in the ambulance before you take them to the hospital’’ when he wanted a story about a car accident.

Heeeee’s back: Vincent A. `Buddy’ Cianci Jr., made official this afternoon what he has been talking about  for months,  that he will try for a Lazarus-like, unprecedented third comeback as Providence mayor, this time as an independent.

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Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley and guest panelist Tim White join Political Roundtable this week to discuss the race to replace Angel Taveras at City Hall; the debate over evaluating teachers; Richard Licht's nomination as a Superior Court judge; and other issues.

Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley joins Bonus Q+A to discuss his campaign and a host of other issues, including taxes, the city's economy, development, and more.

City Council President Michael Solomon has continued his pacesetting fundraising among Providence mayoral candidates, collecting more than $137,000 in the first quarter of 2014 to push his war chest past the $600,000 mark.

Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley Thursday released a seven-point economic plan.  Smiley is among a number of candidates trying to succeed Angel Taveras at City Hall.

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Businessman and community activist Lorne Adrain on Monday formally entered the race for mayor of Providence, saying he'd try to move the city forward through a combination of partnerships, problem-solving and perseverance.

Adrain announced his run at the Friendship Cafe, an eatery operated by the Amos House shelter and whose staff includes formerly homeless individuals. He says he chosen the location as a sign of his commitment to the people of Providence.


Lorne Adrain plans to formally announce his campaign for mayor of Providence Monday.  Adrain is the latest in a string of candidates to join the race.

The year ended as 2013 began: with Rhode Island's political/media class fixated on the looming race for governor in 2014. At least we're a bit closer now. With that in mind, welcome back to my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and your cordially invited to follow me on the twitters. Let's get to it.

Providence Mayoral Candidate Unveils Public Safety Plan

Dec 20, 2013

Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley unveiled a plan Thursday to improve public safety in the capital city.

Smiley wants to use a proposed 10 percent surcharge on gun and ammunition sales to bolster nonviolence programs. He said the legislature can be encouraged to pass that surcharge even though the General Assembly has been reluctant to pass new gun measures.

Rhode Island is the gift that keeps giving -- as the saying goes -- and 2013 was chock full of news. Who knows what the next day could bring? With a few weeks still left to go in December, on the way to a big news year, here's a rundown on the most-read posts this year on our politics blog.

10. The Providence Journal continued to bleed readers.

9. Scott MacKay's analysis of Governor Lincoln Chafee's decision not to seek re-election.

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Democratic businessman and lobbyist Brett Smiley formally launched his Providence mayoral campaign Tuesday morning, vowing to make Rhode Island's capital city a more equitable place. He also called for a supplemental tax on statewide gun and ammunition sales to fund expanded anti-violence efforts.

Speaking before an enthusiastic group of supporters at the Mount Hope Community Center on Camp Street, Smiley touted his progressive credentials while pledging progress in creating jobs and improving schools.