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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Salvatore on Providence's Budget, Development Challenges, Taxes & More

Ward 14 Providence Councilor David Salvatore, chairman of the city's Ways and Means Committee, joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss the city's long-term obligations; barriers to economic growth; the vacant Superman Building; and other issues.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Political Roundtable: Salvatore on Providence's Finances, the People's Pledge, Master Lever & More

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Providence Ward 14 City Councilor David Salvatore, chairman of the council's Ways and Means Committee, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the emergence of Providence's finances as a campaign issue; the impact of a "People's Pledge" in the Democratic primary; the soaring cost of growing state Medicaid enrollment; and the possible effect of eliminating the master lever.

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On Politics
1:36 pm
Sat April 5, 2014

Former Rep. Peter Wasylyk heads back to RI Statehouse

On occasion the best way to pick up Rhode Island political tidbits is to head to Boston, specifically to Fenway Park on the afternoon of the home opener, aka the Big Papi show.

As usual, former Providence Democratic state and devout Sawx fan Rep. Peter Wasylyk was in his seat near the first base line cheering on the team. During a brief conversation, he confirmed that he is going back to the Statehouse to become legal counsel to the new House Majority Leader, Rep. John DeSimone, D-North Providence.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Political Roundtable: Adrain on His Mayoral Campaign, Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants & More

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Providence mayoral candidate Lorne Adrain joins the Roundtable this week to discuss his campaign; third-party spending in the race for governor; a proposal to offer a different kind of driver's license to undocumented immigrants; and John Robitaille's call for a wait-and-see approach to the GOP gubernatorial primary.

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Politics
4:00 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Paolino on Downtown Providence, Buddy Cianci, the ProJo & More

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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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On Politics
2:58 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Smiley Formally Launches Providence Mayoral Run

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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.

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On Politics
12:13 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Brown Poll: Providence Voters Bullish on Taveras, Less So on the Economy

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras continues to enjoy strong support from Providence voters, but most of them also consider city's economy to be rough shape, according to a new Brown University poll.

The poll shows that 59 percent of respondents think Taveras is doing a good or excellent job, down from 60 percent last year. About 40 percent don't think Taveras is doing a good job.

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On Politics
12:33 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Elorza Sounds Populist Notes in Announcing Providence Mayoral Run

Elorza and campaign staffer Emily La Plante following his campaign announcement.
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After progressives won mayoral races in New York City and Boston, does Jorge Elorza hope to become Providence's equivalent of Bill de Blasio and Martin Walsh next year?

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Political Roundtable: Obamacare, Tax Stabilizations in Providence + the LG Race

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Pablo Rodriguez joins the Political Roundtable this week as we discuss the troubled rollout of Obamacare; back and forth over pensions; the merits of tax stabilization in Providence; and the Democratic race for lieutenant governor.

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On Politics
12:53 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Andrew Annaldo to Leave Providence Board of Licenses

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.

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