Brett Smiley http://ripr.org en 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 Lorne Adrain Formally Enters the Race for Mayor of Providence http://ripr.org/post/lorne-adrain-formally-enters-race-mayor-providence <p></p><p>Businessman and community activist <a href="http://www.lorneforprovidence.com/">Lorne Adrain</a> on Monday formally entered the race for mayor of Providence, saying he'd try to move the city forward through a combination of partnerships, problem-solving and perseverance.</p><p>Adrain announced his run at the Friendship Cafe, an eatery operated by the<a href="http://www.amoshouse.com/default.aspx"> Amos House</a> shelter and whose staff includes formerly homeless individuals. He says he chosen the location as a sign of his commitment to the people of Providence.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:57:22 +0000 Ian Donnis 28574 at http://ripr.org Lorne Adrain Formally Enters the Race for Mayor of Providence Adrain To Throw Hat Into Providence Mayoral Race http://ripr.org/post/adrain-throw-hat-providence-mayoral-race <p>Lorne Adrain plans to formally announce his campaign for mayor of Providence Monday. &nbsp;Adrain is the latest in a string of candidates to join the race.</p><p></p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 14:01:22 +0000 Ian Donnis 28552 at http://ripr.org Adrain To Throw Hat Into Providence Mayoral Race TGIF: 15 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-15-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media-1 <p>The year ended as 2013 began: with Rhode Island's political/media class fixated on the looming race for governor in 2014. At least we're a bit closer now. With that in mind, welcome back to my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and your cordially invited to follow me <a href="https://twitter.com/IanDon">on the twitters</a>. Let's get to it.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:48:38 +0000 Ian Donnis 26598 at http://ripr.org Providence Mayoral Candidate Unveils Public Safety Plan http://ripr.org/post/providence-mayoral-candidate-unveils-public-safety-plan <p>Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley unveiled a plan Thursday to improve public safety in the capital city.</p><p>Smiley wants to use a proposed 10 percent surcharge on gun and ammunition sales to bolster nonviolence programs. He said the legislature can be encouraged to pass that surcharge even though the General Assembly has been reluctant to pass new gun measures.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:49:19 +0000 Person: Ian Donnis 26591 at http://ripr.org