providence politics http://ripr.org en Bonus Q&A: Salvatore on Providence's Budget, Development Challenges, Taxes & More http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-salvatore-providences-budget-development-challenges-taxes-more <p>Ward 14 Providence Councilor David Salvatore, chairman of the city's Ways and Means Committee, joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss the city's long-term obligations; barriers to economic growth; the vacant Superman Building; and other issues.</p><p></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 32952 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Salvatore on Providence's Finances, the People's Pledge, Master Lever & More http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-salvatore-providences-finances-peoples-pledge-master-lever-more <p></p><p>Providence Ward 14 City Councilor David Salvatore, chairman of the council's Ways and Means Committee, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the emergence of Providence's finances as a campaign issue; the impact of a "People's Pledge" in the Democratic primary; the soaring cost of growing state Medicaid enrollment; and the possible effect of eliminating the master lever.</p><p></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 32930 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Salvatore on Providence's Finances, the People's Pledge, Master Lever & More Former Rep. Peter Wasylyk heads back to RI Statehouse http://ripr.org/post/former-rep-peter-wasylyk-heads-back-ri-statehouse <p>On occasion the best way to pick up Rhode Island political tidbits is to head to Boston, specifically to Fenway Park on the afternoon of the home opener, aka the Big Papi show.</p><p>As usual, former Providence Democratic state and devout Sawx fan Rep. Peter Wasylyk was in his seat near the first base line cheering on the team. During a brief conversation, he confirmed that he is going back to the Statehouse to become legal counsel to the new House Majority Leader, Rep. John DeSimone, D-North Providence.</p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 17:36:42 +0000 Scott MacKay 31585 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Adrain on His Mayoral Campaign, Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants & More http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-adrain-his-mayoral-campaign-licenses-undocumented-immigrants-more <p></p><p>Providence mayoral candidate Lorne Adrain joins the Roundtable this week to discuss his campaign; third-party spending in the race for governor; a proposal to offer a different kind of driver's license to undocumented immigrants; and John Robitaille's call for a wait-and-see approach to the GOP gubernatorial primary.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 28741 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Adrain on His Mayoral Campaign, Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants & More Paolino on Downtown Providence, Buddy Cianci, the ProJo & More http://ripr.org/post/paolino-downtown-providence-buddy-cianci-projo-more <p></p><p>Former Providence mayor Joseph R. Paolino Jr. sat down at his Dorrance Street real estate office earlier this week to talk about his recent property acquisitions; downtown Providence; the city's economic challenges; the Superman Building; a possible mayoral run by Buddy Cianci; and the future of the Providence Journal.</p><p></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 28700 at http://ripr.org Paolino on Downtown Providence, Buddy Cianci, the ProJo & More Smiley Formally Launches Providence Mayoral Run http://ripr.org/post/smiley-formally-launches-providence-mayoral-run <p></p><p>Democratic businessman and lobbyist<a href="http://smileyformayor.com/"> Brett Smiley </a>formally launched his Providence mayoral campaign Tuesday morning, vowing to make Rhode Island's capital city a more equitable place. He also called for a supplemental tax on statewide gun and ammunition sales to fund expanded anti-violence efforts.</p><p>Speaking before an enthusiastic group of supporters at the Mount Hope Community Center on Camp Street, Smiley touted his progressive credentials while pledging progress in creating jobs and improving schools.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 19:58:06 +0000 Ian Donnis 25699 at http://ripr.org Smiley Formally Launches Providence Mayoral Run Brown Poll: Providence Voters Bullish on Taveras, Less So on the Economy http://ripr.org/post/brown-poll-providence-voters-bullish-taveras-less-so-economy <p>Providence Mayor Angel Taveras continues to enjoy strong support from Providence voters, but most of them also consider city's economy to be rough shape, according to <a href="http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2013/11/citysurvey">a new Brown University poll</a>.</p><p>The poll shows that 59 percent of respondents think Taveras is doing a good or excellent job, down from 60 percent last year. About 40 percent don't think Taveras is doing a good job.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:13:55 +0000 Ian Donnis 25163 at http://ripr.org Elorza Sounds Populist Notes in Announcing Providence Mayoral Run http://ripr.org/post/elorza-sounds-populist-notes-announcing-providence-mayoral-run <p></p><p>After progressives won mayoral races in New York City and Boston, does <a href="http://www.elorzaformayor.com/">Jorge Elorza</a> hope to become Providence's equivalent of<a href="https://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/07-2"> Bill de Blasio </a>and <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2013/11/06/boston-new-york-races-hint-at-economic-populism-strain-within-democratic-party/">Martin Walsh</a> next year?</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:33:21 +0000 Ian Donnis 24998 at http://ripr.org Elorza Sounds Populist Notes in Announcing Providence Mayoral Run Political Roundtable: Obamacare, Tax Stabilizations in Providence + the LG Race http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-obamacare-tax-stabilizations-providence-lg-race <p></p><p>Pablo Rodriguez joins the Political Roundtable this week as we discuss the troubled rollout of Obamacare; back and forth over pensions; the merits of tax stabilization in Providence; and the Democratic race for lieutenant governor.</p><p></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 24828 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Obamacare, Tax Stabilizations in Providence + the LG Race Andrew Annaldo to Leave Providence Board of Licenses http://ripr.org/post/andrew-annaldo-leave-providence-board-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 http://ripr.org