Brett Smiley

On Politics
4:48 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

TGIF: 15 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media

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.

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Providence Mayoral Race
10:49 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Providence Mayoral Candidate Unveils Public Safety Plan

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.

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On Politics
5:30 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Counting Down On Politics' Top 10 Posts of 2013

Rhode Island is the gift that keeps giving -- as the saying goes -- and 2013 was chock full of news. Who knows what the next day could bring? With a few weeks still left to go in December, on the way to a big news year, here's a rundown on the most-read posts this year on our politics blog.

10. The Providence Journal continued to bleed readers.

9. Scott MacKay's analysis of Governor Lincoln Chafee's decision not to seek re-election.

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On Politics
2:58 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Smiley Formally Launches Providence Mayoral Run

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

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.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
10:37 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: 2014 Providence Mayoral Campaign Up For Grabs

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras will be vacating the mayor's office, and who steps into the role is still anyone's guess.
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The 2014 campaign for Providence mayor has become a most difficult campaign to handicap. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why.

With Mayor Angel Taveras running for governor, the parade is forming to take over City Hall in New England’s second largest city..

So far, five serious candidates are preparing campaigns: Four Democrats and Republican aspirant Dr. Daniel Harrop, a psychiatrist.

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On Politics
12:33 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Elorza Sounds Populist Notes in Announcing Providence Mayoral Run

Elorza and campaign staffer Emily La Plante following his campaign announcement.
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After progressives won mayoral races in New York City and Boston, does Jorge Elorza hope to become Providence's equivalent of Bill de Blasio and Martin Walsh next year?

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On Politics
4:46 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

TGIF: 11 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media

Welcome back to my Friday column. Thanks for stopping by and, as always, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org and to follow me on the twitters. Let's get to it.

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On Politics
3:08 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Lorne Adrain Jumps Into Providence Mayoral Race

After considering a possible Providence mayoral run for months, Lorne Adrain has filed notice with the state Board of Elections that he plans to pursue a campaign.

The story was first reported by Dan McGowan of WPRI.com.

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On Politics
4:36 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Gordon Fox Tells Dem Reps He's Not Running for Mayor

House Speaker Gordon Fox has put an end to the suspense about his political future, telling Democratic state reps at a closed caucus Monday that he won't be running for mayor of Providence.

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On Politics
12:49 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Smiley Says He Raised 100K+ in Q3 for his Providence Mayoral Run

Providence Mayoral candidate Brett Smiley is touting some strong fundraising numbers in the first quarter of his money hunt: $101,292 for the period ending September 30.

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