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4:42 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Solomon Formally Enters the Race for Mayor of Providence

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Joined by his family and supporters, Providence City Council President Michael Solomon on Wednesday formally entered the race to succeed Mayor Angel Taveras, backed by the by-far largest war chest in the race and a coalition of supporters from across the city.

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2:01 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Taveras Raises $325K in Q4; War Chest tops $1M

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Providence Mayor Angel Taveras' gubernatorial campaign is taking the initiative to publicize its fourth-quarter fundraising for 2013, two days ahead of the deadline. The campaign says Taveras raised $324,920 in Q4, bringing cash on hand to $1,025,981.62.

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4:19 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

New Poll shows RI voters favor legal pot

In the run up to a Super Bowl between two teams from states that have legalized marijuana, thus giving whole new meaning to the term Bud Bowl, pollsters are taking the pulse of public opinion on  the issue in other states.

Today, Public Policy Polling released a public opinion survey that shows 53 percent of Rhode Island voters support changing the state’s laws to sell, regulate and tax pot in a manner similar to alcohol.

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1:59 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Clay Pell Unveils Campaign; Proposes $10M Fund for Entrepreneurs

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Then there were three*.

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On Politics
8:38 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Clay Pell Enters RI Governor's Race Via Video Announcement

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5:54 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Fall River and Foxwoods to announce casino plan tomorrow

In what would be a serious threat to Rhode Island’s state gambling revenue stream, Fall  River is eyeing yet another attempt to enter the casino market.

Mayor William Flanagan has scheduled an announcement for Tuesday on a deal for a $750 million casino in the seen-better-days onetime textile center in  southeastern Massachusetts that practically straddles the R.I. border, according to several Massachusetts media outlets, including WBUR.

Partnering with Fall River would be Foxwoods, the Connecticut-based tribal gambling empire.

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4:53 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Patrick Kennedy endorses Seth Magaziner for RI Gen. Treasurer

Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy has endorsed Seth Magaziner  for the Democratic nomination for Rhode Island state general treasurer.

In a news release, Kennedy said, ``I am proud to support Seth because I know he is the best candidate to move Rhode Island forward.’’

Kennedy also said, ``Not only will bring a steady hand to the state’s finances, he will bring new energy and fresh ideas that will put Rhode Islanders to work and make our state competitive in the 21st Century economy.’’

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12:31 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Buddy Cianci Diagnosed With Cancer, Says Prognosis Good

Former Providence Mayor Vincent `Buddy’ Cianci Jr., is being treated at Miriam Hospital for rectal cancer. Cianci, WPRO’s chief talk show host and a political analyst for ABC 6 said in a news release, ``I have been absent from the airwaves for the past week due to hospitalization for a recent diagnosis of cancer.’’

Cianci, 73,  said that medical opinions indicate that ``the cancer is completely curable’’ and that the prognosis ``is for a full recovery.’’

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4:52 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

TGIF: 15 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Another busy political week looms ahead, so let's get into it. As always, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org and to follow me all week long on the twitters.

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5:13 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Reis Says He's Running for Congress Because the Status Quo Isn't Getting It Done

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Rhue Reis, a 56-year-old small businessman from North Kingstown, says he's making a long shot challenge to seven-term Democratic Congressman Jim Langevin because Congress is failing to get the job done for ordinary Americans.

Joined by his wife and their two daughters, Reiss announced his campaign during a news conference Thursday afternoon at the American restaurant on Providence's West Side. The first-time candidate says he doesn't consider Congress an entry-level job, before adding:

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