2014 providence mayoral race http://ripr.org en Smiley Ending Mayoral Campaign and Putting Support Behind Elorza http://ripr.org/post/smiley-ending-mayoral-campaign-and-putting-support-behind-elorza <p></p><p>Brett Smiley plans to announce during an 11 am news conference Friday that he's ending his run for mayor of Providence and putting his support behind fellow Democrat Jorge Elorza, as the best hope to defeat <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/15/331586776/colorful-politician-buddy-cianci-wants-to-be-providences-mayor-again">Buddy Cianci</a>. Smiley's decision sets up a head-to-head Democratic primary on September 9th between Elorza and City Council President Michael Solomon.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:48:18 +0000 Ian Donnis 38589 at http://ripr.org Smiley Ending Mayoral Campaign and Putting Support Behind Elorza Providence East Side: Where democracy flourishes in House District 4 http://ripr.org/post/providence-east-side-where-democracy-flourishes-house-district-4 <p>While pols and pundits lament the lack of competition in R.I. House elections across Rhode Island – almost half of all lawmakers are unopposed – that isn’t the case on Providence’s East Side House District 4.</p><p>The seat opened up after the incumbent, former House Speaker Gordon Fox, stepped away after his capitol office and home were raided by state and federal agents in March. Fox hasn’t been charged with any crimes yet, but he wisely decided against running again.</p><p>Three well-qualified Democrats are vying for their party’s nomination in the September 9 primary.</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:45:39 +0000 Scott MacKay 38502 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Down To The Wire In Providence Mayoral Campaign http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-down-wire-providence-mayoral-campaign <p>With three weeks to go, the Providence mayoral campaign is heating up. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on what to look for in the Democratic primary as the days dwindle down.</p><p></p><p></p><p>One of Rhode Island’s favorite spectator and participant sports has long been Providence mayor elections. A mélange of circus, street theater and rugby scrum, this year’s campaign is bound to land in the capital city’s political Hall of Fame, and perhaps, shame.</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 19:56:02 +0000 Scott MacKay 38290 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Down To The Wire In Providence Mayoral Campaign Joe Paolino vs. Edie Ajello? http://ripr.org/post/joe-paolino-vs-edie-ajello <p>State Rep. Edie Ajello, D-Providence, a veteran Democratic East Side lawmaker, says that former Democratic Mayor Joseph Paolino Jr., was behind recruiting a candidate to run against her in the September 9 Democratic primary.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:53:51 +0000 Scott MacKay 37307 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Start Taking Off The Gloves http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-democratic-gubernatorial-candidates-start-taking-gloves <p>The televised air wars have started in the Democratic primary for governor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if voters are paying attention yet.</p><p></p><p></p><p>As the weeks dwindle towards the September primary, the advertising rhetoric among the major Democratic candidates has heated up. This is especially true of the campaigns of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:38:15 +0000 Scott MacKay 37289 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Start Taking Off The Gloves 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 TGIF: 17 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-17-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media-3 <p>Happy Independence Day! Thanks for stopping by for my Friday column. Feel free to share your tips via idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org and to follow me <a href="https://twitter.com/IanDon">on the twitters</a>. Without further ado, and with a lot more political fireworks on the way, let's get going.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 17:05:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 36059 at http://ripr.org