michael solomon http://ripr.org en 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 Providence Considers Smoking Ban For Public Parks http://ripr.org/post/providence-considers-smoking-ban-public-parks <p>Some smokers say they wouldn't oppose a proposed ordinance that would ban smoking in all Providence public parks.&nbsp; The ban would make it illegal to use any form of tobacco in city parks and playgrounds, with a $50 fine for violators.</p><p></p><p>City council president and mayoral candidate Michael Solomon says the primary goal is to reduce children's exposure to tobacco.&nbsp; Cumberland resident Zach Judge, says he's only 18 but has been smoking for 2 years; he thinks the ban makes sense.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:42:22 +0000 Molly Malinowski 36509 at http://ripr.org Providence Considers Smoking Ban For Public Parks 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 Providence Ward 11Democratic Committee endorses Solomon, nixes Sanchez http://ripr.org/post/providence-ward-11democratic-committee-endorses-solomon-nixes-sanchez <p>Providence’s Ward 11 Democratic Committee unanimously endorsed City Council President Michael Solomon for mayor and denied incumbent Council member Davian Sanchez an endorsement for reelection.</p><p>The committee gave the Ward 11 nod for city council to a political newcomer, Mary Kay Harris. The action came at a meeting last night where both Sanchez and Harris were interviewed by the committee, which represents Democrats in the ward on the city’s South Side, according to a statement&nbsp; released by Joe Vileno, chairman of the ward committee.</p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:20:10 +0000 Scott MacKay 35767 at http://ripr.org Cianci mayoral Hamlet act ends Wednesday http://ripr.org/post/cianci-mayoral-hamlet-act-ends-wednesday <p>He puffed on the Monte Cristo in his right hand, sipped Cognac with his left and regaled a table of cronies and hangers-on with jokes and florid commentary.</p><p>It was vintage Buddy Cianci, perched at an outdoor table on a balmy evening at the Capital Grille late last Tuesday night, entertaining the crowd long after the thick sirloins and fancy wines had been devoured.</p> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 18:42:44 +0000 Scott MacKay 35599 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 TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-12-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media-24 <p>Thanks for stopping by for my Friday column. You can follow me through the week <a href="https://twitter.com/IanDon">on the twitters</a> and your thoughts and feedback are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let's head in.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 21:01:52 +0000 Ian Donnis 33685 at http://ripr.org