F. Scott Fitzgerald said famously that there are no second acts in American life. The Jazz Age novelist never met Vincent A. ``Buddy’’ Cianci Jr.
Cianci, believe it or not, is said to be seriously thinking of making one last run for mayor of Providence, the office he left in disgrace in 2002. According to sources familiar with Cianci’s thinking, he would only run, obviously, if he thought he had a chance at regaining City Hall.
US Attorney Peter Neronha says the sentencing this week of former Central Falls mayor Charles Moreau is a stark reminder of a blinkered view of public service held by a string of corrupt Rhode Island politicians.
Just about every good government group in Rhode Island is pushing for an end to the so-called master lever option on state ballots. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why this is not a panacea for what ails our state’s political culture.
It has become an article of faith in Rhode Island among the self-styled government reform groups, most statewide elected politicians and the chattering pundit classes that our state needs to get rid of that relic of urban machine politics, the master lever.
State Representative Joseph Shekarchi, who still has more than $82,000 in his campaign account after aggressively raising money during his rep run last year, is keeping a close eye on City Hall in Warwick.
The freshman Democrat from Warwick says he'd "absolutely" consider seeking the mayor's office if incumbent Scott Avedisian doesn't seek a ninth term in 2014.
In the latest setback for the state Economic Development Corporation, Governor Lincoln Chafee's choice to lead the agency, William J. Parsons, has asked that his nomination we withdrawn due to a " recent serious health issue." Chafee has accepted the request by Parson, whose tenure with the EDC goes almost to the agency's inception.
It is with a sublime sense of irony that some of us are watching the latest State House utterances about taxes, especially the chatter by state Rep. Jan Malik, D-Warren about eliminating the state sales tax.
``Our sales tax is killing small businesses, especially in border communities,’’ says Malik. Now, there is of course, no conflict with his interest. Our good Warren rep runs a liquor store (full disclosure: yours truly and his better 75 percent shop there) off Route 136 that kisses the Massachusetts border.
Governor Lincoln Chafee seems to have hit upon a simple solution to the tuition waiver issue at state colleges and the University of Rhode Island: require recipients of the waivers to disclose them publicly.
The free tuition plans for faculty families and several other categories of Rhode Islanders became an issue after a Providence Journal investigation revealed that URI allowed an employee of the privately run Institute for International Sport to obtain full tuition by misclassifying her as a university employee.
Raymond S. DeLeo, a central figure in a 1983 incident that became a storied part of Rhode Island's political history and that led to Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci Jr.'s first departure from City Hall, has died at age 89.