Angel Taveras

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has announced some staff changes in his office, including the hiring of Brian Hull as director of municipal and intergovernmental affairs.

Taveras, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, said in a news release that Hull will begin work April 28th.  The job is basically a government relations post that includes representing the administration before the Providence City Council.

The Democratic candidates for governor are slated to discuss a series of economic issues during a forum this evening in Warwick. The event comes with just about five months until the September 9th primary election.

Democrats Angel Taveras, Gina Raimondo and Clay Pell are expected for the 5 pm candidates’ forum at the Ocean State Theatre Company in Warwick. The discussion is being sponsored by a liberal think tank, the Economic Progress Institute.

Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley Thursday released a seven-point economic plan.  Smiley is among a number of candidates trying to succeed Angel Taveras at City Hall.

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Todd Giroux officially announced Tuesday that he’s running for governor. Giroux declared he’d run as a democrat back in October.

Giroux is a 43-year-old Woonsocket native. He’s a general contractor who specializes in historic preservation. He ran for governor in 2010 as an independent.

Giroux said he’ll be a governor who listens and responds. “We need a governor that has a steady hand on the rudder of this state,” he said. “And if we provide a commerce fund, an infrastructure fund then we have the tools that support the jobs plan.”

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q+A to discuss government transparency, Wall Street, how to reduce inequality, hedge fund investments in the state pension, and much more.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her plan meant to add manufacturing jobs; high-stakes testing; tax policy; the slow start to redeveloping former I-195 land; and other issues.

Democratic gubernatorial candidates Gina Raimondo and Angel Taveras continue to scrap over the unwillingness of Point Judith Capital, the venture capital firm Raimondo founded, to disclose details of a limited partnership agreement it made with the City of Providence.

Whither Clay Pell’s campaign for governor? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts.

How do you know your campaign is in trouble: When your car is getting more attention than your ideas.

That’s what’s happening to the infant campaign of Clay Pell, who would like to be our next governor.

While fellow Democrats Angel Taveras and Gina Raimondo support raising the minimum wage, Clay Pell is upping the ante by calling for pushing the wage to $10.10, effective July 1.

In letters to legislative leaders, Pell also called for annual adjustments to the wage based on the Consumer Price Index.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras on Tuesday unveiled a plan to help provide unemployed Rhode Islanders with the skills needed to find jobs. 

Taveras says even though tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders are out of work, Rhode Island lacks a comprehensive job training program. If elected governor, he says he’d implement an initiative so that unemployed residents obtain the right skills through CCRI to get hired.

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, a Republican candidate for governor, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his plan for beating rival GOP candidate Ken Block; his opposition to Rhode Island's proposed pension settlement; the impact of Massachusetts gambling on Twin River; and Myrth York's endorsement for Gina Raimondo.

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Myrth York, who made three unsuccessful Democratic attempts to become governor, threw her support to Gina Raimondo Wednesday morning as Raimondo tries to become Rhode Island's first woman chief executive.

York outlined her backing during an event at the Rue de L'Espoir restaurant on Hope Street in Providence, featuring Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts and about two-doxzen predominantly female supporters.

Ken Block, founded of the R.I. Moderate Party only to abandon it and become a Republican. Now he’s running for the Republican nomination for governor against Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.

From Block’s opening speech this week, it is evident that he is seeking to carve out an image as a social liberal and financial conservative. A software engineer and entrepreneur, Dartmouth graduate Block is busy staking out positions that appeal to small business owners, a natural constituency in GOP circles.

Providence mayor Angel Taveras sits down with Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison, and our political analyst Scott MacKay, about a variety of issues including the proposed pension settlement, charter schools in Providence, and the Superman Building.