Brett Smiley http://ripr.org en Scott MacKay Commentary: More Twists In Providence Mayoral Contest http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-more-twists-providence-mayoral-contest <p>Just when you thought you knew the candidate field in the Providence mayoral campaign, things changed. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay’s thoughts on the capital city’s revised City Hall election.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Another week, another new twist in the Providence mayor campaign. The departure of independent Lorne Adrain from the race has set off a scramble for his supporters, most of whom hail from his home neighborhood on the city’s affluent East Side.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:09:33 +0000 Scott MacKay 36892 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: More Twists In Providence Mayoral Contest Elorza Plan Targets Doubling Providence Exports in Five Years http://ripr.org/post/elorza-plan-targets-doubling-providence-exports-five-years <p><a href="http://elorzaformayor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Export-Providence-Plan.pdf">A plan set for release Thursday morning</a> by Providence mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza targets a goal of doubling exports through the Port of Providence over five years -- a move, he says, that could add between 1,500 and 1,600 jobs.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:00:23 +0000 Ian Donnis 36845 at http://ripr.org Cianci Says He Expected A Two-Man Fight When He Entered the Mayoral Race http://ripr.org/post/cianci-says-he-expected-two-man-fight-when-he-entered-mayoral-race <p></p><p>Buddy Cianci says he anticipated <a href="http://ripr.org/post/buddy-cianci-running-again-providence-mayor">when he jumped into the Providence mayoral race last month</a> that it would ultimately become a two-man fight.</p><p>"I always anticipated a two-man race when I made the decision to come into the field," Cianci, who is running as an independent, tells RIPR.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:10:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 36836 at http://ripr.org Cianci Says He Expected A Two-Man Fight When He Entered the Mayoral Race In Move To Build Support Beyond East Side, Smiley Unveils Hull's Endorsement http://ripr.org/post/move-build-support-beyond-east-side-smiley-unveils-hulls-endorsement <p></p><p>In a move to strengthen support beyond his East Side base, Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley unveiled an endorsement Wednesday by state Representative Ray Hull (D-Providence), a 28-year Providence police officer who lives in the same ward as rival candidate Michael Solomon and was formerly a driver for Buddy Cianci.</p><p>During a news conference at his home in the city's Mount Pleasant section, Hull said he decided to back Smiley over the two other leading Democrats, Solomon and Jorge Elorza, because of the East Sider's public safety plan.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:29:45 +0000 Ian Donnis 36823 at http://ripr.org In Move To Build Support Beyond East Side, Smiley Unveils Hull's Endorsement Scott MacKay Commentary: The Providence Mayoral Race, It's Not All About Buddy http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-providence-mayoral-race-its-not-all-about-buddy <p>So Buddy Cianci is back in the campaign for Providence mayor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay reminds us that he isn’t the only candidate.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Every newsroom used to have a crusty city editor who berated young reporters. Mine was a revered Providence Journal editor named Al Johnson who barked, ``put them in the ambulance before you take them to the hospital’’ when he wanted a story about a car accident.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:04:23 +0000 Scott MacKay 35899 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: The Providence Mayoral Race, It's Not All About Buddy Cianci Runs: Heeee's Back http://ripr.org/post/cianci-runs-heeees-back <p>Heeeee’s back: Vincent A. `Buddy’ Cianci Jr., made official this afternoon what he has been talking about &nbsp;for months, &nbsp;that he will try for a Lazarus-like, unprecedented third comeback as Providence mayor, this time as an independent.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:19:41 +0000 Scott MacKay 35796 at http://ripr.org Bonus Q&A: Smiley on Providence's Economy, Taxes, Pensions, Development & More http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-smiley-providences-economy-taxes-pensions-development-more <p>Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley joins Bonus Q+A to discuss his campaign and a host of other issues, including taxes, the city's economy, development, and more.</p><p></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 34385 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Smiley on the Mayoral Race; Evaluating Teachers, Licht's Nomination & More http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-smiley-mayoral-race-evaluating-teachers-lichts-nomination-more <p></p><p>Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley and guest panelist Tim White join Political Roundtable this week to discuss the race to replace Angel Taveras at City Hall; the debate over evaluating teachers; Richard Licht's nomination as a Superior Court judge; and other issues.</p><p></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 34365 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Smiley on the Mayoral Race; Evaluating Teachers, Licht's Nomination & More Solomon Raises $137K+ in Q1; War Chest Tops $600K http://ripr.org/post/solomon-raises-137k-q1-war-chest-tops-600k <p>City Council President Michael Solomon has continued his pacesetting fundraising among Providence mayoral candidates, collecting more than $137,000 in the first quarter of 2014 to push his war chest past the $600,000 mark.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:28:49 +0000 Ian Donnis 31850 at http://ripr.org Providence Mayoral Candidate Smiley Unveils Economic Development Plan http://ripr.org/post/providence-mayoral-candidate-smiley-unveils-economic-development-plan <p>Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley Thursday released a seven-point economic plan.&nbsp; Smiley is among a number of candidates trying to succeed Angel Taveras at City Hall.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:22:19 +0000 Ian Donnis 31537 at http://ripr.org