Andrew Annaldo en Andrew Annaldo to Leave Providence Board of Licenses <p>Andrew Annaldo, the longtime chairman of the powerful Providence Board of Licenses and a top Rhode Island political insider, plans to leave the board after it came under sharp criticism from city officials for its handling of the latest case involving an underage stripper at Cheaters Gentleman's Club.</p><p>In a telephone interview, Annaldo says the criticism of the board was "not at all" a factor for why he asked Providence Mayor Angel Taveras not to re-appoint him when his current term expires in January.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 17:53:08 +0000 Ian Donnis 24511 at Bryant, Smithfield should negotiate, not litigate <p>Rhode Island politicians are increasingly looking to non-profit institutions to finance local government. The latest tug-of-war between town and gown is in Smithfield, where the town thinks Bryant University is not paying its fair share. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its time for cooperation, not confrontation.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 16:39:10 +0000 Scott MacKay 18702 at