Buddy Cianci

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At age 73, Buddy Cianci’s passion for campaigning still burns bright. He’s the longest serving mayor in Providence history. But scandals have twice forced Cianci from City Hall, first in 1984 and then again in 2002. Yet Cianci keeps coming back, and no one underestimates him in his battle with Democrat Jorge Elorza.

Catherine Welch / RIPR

The latest twist in a Providence mayoral campaign that has seen as many as hula-hoop contest:  A new anti-Jorge Elorza independent expenditure political action committee financed by Morris Flancbaum.

In documents filed with the Rhode Island Board of Elections, the new pac, named the ``Committee for Safer Neighborhoods and Lower Taxes’’ reports a $38,648 television advertising buy with Cox Cable.

A spokeswoman for Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare has confirmed that two men who collected mail ballots for mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci at the Crossroads homeless shelter last week were off-duty city police officers.

A great fun time was had by all last night at the Fund for Community Progress event honoring longtime Providence Journal columnist Bob Kerr.  The time was held at the Pearl Restaurant on Charles Street in Providence.

Several hundred retired and still-working journalists jammed a function room at Pearl for an evening of humor and tributes to Kerr, who was fired by the ProJo in the latest round of job cuts by the newspaper’s new owners, an arm of the Gatehouse media empire.

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Independent mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci released his plan for Providence Public Schools this week.

Noting that Providence students score well below average on standardized state tests, the former mayor, and twice convicted felon, focused on the need to provide quality education to all of the city’s children.

If voters re-elect him, Cianci said he would  give principals more autonomy, echoing a move already afoot in the district towards a policy known as “site-based management.” He proposed giving each school a

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The Republican running in the Providence mayor's race said he's considering dropping out of the race. Daniel Harrop said his three percent showing in the Brown University Taubman Center poll released Thursday forced him to consider the option.

Harrop said he will meet with his team to discuss how bowing out would affect the race, before making a decision. Harrop has sharply criticized independent Buddy Cianci, a former mayor and twice convicted felon.  

A new Brown University poll finds Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo with 41.6 percent of the support, compared with 30.5 percent for Republican Allan Fung, and Democrat Jorge Elorza with 47.6 percent of the backing, compared with 37.2 percent for independent Buddy Cianci.

Catherine Welch / RIPR

Providence mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza said he’ll make it a priority to reduce the bite of the car tax if he wins the race for City Hall.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo joined Elorza at a Silver Lake car lot today Wednesday to talk about the issue. Elorza said it’s important to raise Providence’s car tax exemption of a thousand dollars since the tax hits low-income residents the hardest.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Independent Providence mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci today filed a complaint with the Rhode Island Board of Elections against an East Side group, Priorities PVD, an independent political committee that has been running anti-Cianci advertising.

The complaint, which also names Cianci’s Democratic opponent, former city Housing Court Judge Jorge Elorza, and asserts that the group has formed a political action committee without filing required documents with the state election board and the secretary of state’s office. Cianci also claims that the group has coordinated with Elorza.