Providence Mayor Angel Taveras' latest State of the City speech celebrates the value of overcoming complex problems through collaboration -- a not-so-subtle contrast with the state pension overhaul championed in 2011 by the mayor's prospective Democratic gubernatorial rival in 2014, state Treasurer Gina Raimondo.
In comments Tuesday evening to the City Council, Taveras notes the contrast to February 2012 when "Providence was running out of cash, and running out of time. In the months that followed, there were some who said Providence could not avoid filing for bankruptcy."
Unless you want to be seated on Route 6 near the big neon sign, you had better get your Providence Newspaper Guild Follies tickets ASAP.
Tickets are moving out the door for the 40th anniversary edition of the Follies, to be held on Feb. 22 at the Venus deMilo in Swansea, Mass. As always, the show is held on the last Friday in February at the Venus, so the cast and audience will be outside the reach of Rhode Island law. This is an event that sells out every year.
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras faces a sharply different landscape as he prepares to deliver his second State of the City address at 5:30 pm Tuesday in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. A year ago at this time, Taveras warned of how Providence faced the possibility of going bust. Now, the mayor can tout considerable improvements in the city's fiscal standing - a narrative that meshes with his expected gubernatorial run in 2014.
As is always the case during debate on emotional social issues, the verbal parrying at the State House can drift into seriously ridiculous misinformation. Such is the case in Sunday’s gay marriage page one ProJo story by Phil Marcelo.
In this piece, Marcelo quotes Sen. Frank Ciccone III, D-Providence. Ciccone is a prominent opponent of same gender marriage; he has introduced legislation calling for a voter referendum on the issue.
Being Providence mayor is a tough job, but it isn’t all about filling potholes and budget deficits and cajoling municipal union leaders. On Sunday, Mayor Angel Taveras showed up at Veterans Memorial Auditorium to greet jazz great Wynton Marsalis.
Before introducing Marsalis, Taveras told the packed house that being mayor ``comes with certain privileges.’’
That phrase drew a ripple of knowing Rhode Islandesque laughter. Taveras quickly deadpanned, ``I’m not Buddy.’’
Same sex marriage has won overwhelming approval in the Rhode Island House. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on what’s next in this historic debate.
If you don’t believe the political landscape in Rhode Island has undergone a seismic shift, you weren’t at McKim, Mead and White’s State House for the historic House vote on same sex marriage. The measure won overwhelmingly on a 51 to 19 tally.
Two of the nation’s leading African-American intellectuals will be speaking at Brown University and the University of Rhode Island.
URI will host Charles Ogletree on Feb. 5. Ogletree is a nationally-known Harvard University Law School professor and longtime mentor and adviser to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Both the Obamas were Ogletree’s students at Harvard. Ogletree is an expert on criminal and civil rights legal issues.
Same-sex marriage legislation has cleared its first hurdle in the Rhode Island General Assembly. The House Judiciary Committee approved marriage equality legislation proposed by Rep. Art Handy, D-Cranston on a unanimous vote. The historic move represents the first time any committee in either RI legislative chamber has approved a gay marriage measure.
We’ve all heard that old New England adage, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. When it comes to education in Rhode Island, RIPR’s Scott MacKay has this collorary: if it is broken make sure you fix it before you change it.
At the end of the last General Assembly session, when nobody was looking, Rhode Island lawmakers decided to junk the state’s boards that oversee education. Without any hearings or studies, the Assembly, in its infinite wisdom, abolished both of the boards that made policies for higher education and kindergarten through grade 12.