Angel Taveras

7:59 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Newest poll has no surprises

Governor Lincoln Chafee
Credit RIPR file

Sixty percent of Rhode Islanders support same-sex marriage. That’s according to a new Brown University poll.  26 percent of respondents say they oppose same-sex marriage.

In other findings, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has the best approval rating in the Brown survey. Almost 64 percent of respondents approve of his job performance.

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo has a 56 percent approval rating, while just under 26 percent of respondents approve of Governor Lincoln Chafee’s job performance.

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On Politics
12:31 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Four key takeaways from the new Brown University poll

Brown University's new poll is full of findings that, on the surface, are familiar and not particularly surprising. Yet they do point to some larger messages:

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8:48 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Providence teacher accused of taking teen to FL

A Providence school teacher accused of taking a teenage boy to Florida will have a lot of time on his hands when he returns to Rhode Island.  56 year old David Jones has been placed on administrative leave while the Providence School Department launches an investigation.  

David Jones may have bailed out of jail over the weekend. The Dade County, Florida  jail, where Jones had been detained on $9,000 bond, said it had no one by that name Sunday morning.  

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On Politics
3:33 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media

We remain stuck in the pit of winter, judging by the forecast for the latest in a string of storms. Yet things are already percolating for our next massive political season, so let's get to it. As always, your thoughts, tips, and reactions are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Political Roundtable: The Station Anniversary, Raimondo's New Hire, and Dems Helping Chafee

Pablo Rodriguez.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Pablo Rodriguez joins the panel this week as we discuss the 10th anniversary of the Station fire disaster; why Rhode Island's Democratic congressman are helping independent Governor Lincoln Chafee stage a DC fundraiser; whether it's appropriate for Treasurer Gina Raimondo to hire a campaign operative as her chief of staff; and the local impact of the latest federal budget showdown.

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On Politics
2:08 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Central Falls Moves Forward on Ethics; Senate Compromise on Ethics Commission Remains Elusive

Diossa pledged as a candidate to bolster ethics in Central Falls.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The tiny city of Central Falls  is moving ahead Thursday evening with what is considered one of the toughest ethics reforms for a small municipality in the country,  even as efforts to restore state Ethics Commission oversight of the General Assembly continue to languish.

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On Politics
5:08 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Raimondo bringing in experienced campaign veteran as chief of staff

Gina Raimondo
Credit RIPR file

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo is hiring Andrew Roos, an experienced campaign operative who helmed Myrth York's 2002 gubernatorial general election campaign, as her chief of staff, RIPR has learned. The move is the latest signal that Raimondo is very likely to run for governor in 2014.

Raimondo's chief of staff since 2011, Joe Pratt, will reportedly get a different job within her office.

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On Politics
5:58 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Chafee raises $$ with Democratic support

Governor Lincoln Chafee tells anyone who will listen that he is running for reelection in 2014, despite poll numbers that show him lagging behind other aspirants, including Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo. Well, Chafee, an independent is getting back into the fund-raising game with a big-ticket fund-raiser in Washington D.C. on Feb. 25, when Chafee is scheduled to be in the nation’s capitol for the winter meeting of the National Governors Association.

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RI News
2:19 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Providence inducts two new members into the MLK Jr. Hall of Fame

Providence Mayor Angel Tavares, and City Council President, Michael Solomon have inducted two new members into the city’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall of Fame. The awards ceremony honored two Providence men for their contributions.

John “Johnny” Britto and Dr. Wayne Montague, Sr. were selected as this year’s inductees from a list of nominees submitted by the Providence Human Relations Commission.

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On Politics
1:07 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Raimondo sets the pace with a $1M bump in her war chest for 2012

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo lived up to her reputation as a high-flying political fundraiser in 2012, closing the year with an increase of more than $1 million in her campaign account.

Raimondo's Q4 report shows her with a balance of $1,359,191. That's an increase of $1,049,153 from where her campaign account stood ($310,038) at the start of 2012. It also puts her considerably ahead of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, who closed 2012 with a balance of $413,283 (a gain of $288,148 from the start of the year).

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