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 on the twitters. Let's get to it.
Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley unveiled a plan Thursday to improve public safety in the capital city.
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.
Democratic businessman and lobbyist Brett Smiley 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.
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.
Rhode Island Monthly political columnist Ellen Liberman joins us this week to talk about the 2014 race for governor; Clay Pell's organization of a campaign; Jorge Elorza's formal launch of his mayoral campaign; and the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy.