Buddy Cianci

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9:30 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Providence Official Indicted In 'Plunder Dome' Scandal Dies

Providence City Hall
Credit RIPR FILE

A former Providence tax official who was convicted of extorting bribes in the Operation Plunder Dome case has died.  David Ead testified against Buddy Cianci during the trial that landed Cianci in prison.

Ead was a former Providence police officer who ran a vending machine company. During the Plunder Dome trial in 2002, Ead testified that a $5000 payment and a call from Cianci got a family friend a job in the Providence planning department.

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On Politics
3:24 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Speaker Fox resigns, is the RI House ready for a chaotic speaker transfer?

This just in: Gordon Fox has resigned as RI House Speaker. Here's why in a post that predicted this and was posted several hours before the Fox announcement:

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Scott MacKay Commentary
5:01 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Is Fox Yet Another RI Rascal Pol?

Former House Speaker Gordon Fox during the 2014 budget.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Once again, Rhode Island is attracting national attention for all the wrong reasons. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts about the federal raid on Speaker Gordon Fox’s office.

The specter of corruption in high political office haunts Rhode Island. As it has seemingly forever. For a state still in the grip of the recession, there are few things worse than the scene at the Statehouse Friday.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
4:39 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Buddy Cianci, The NEXT Mayor Of Providence?

Will Buddy Cianci sit, again, at the helm of the Capital City.
Credit RIPR FILE

Love him or loathe him, Vincent A. `Buddy’ Cianci Jr., has long been Rhode Island ‘s political Rascal King. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay ponders the talk about another Cianci comeback.

F. Scott Fitzgerald said famously that there are no second acts in American life. The Jazz Age novelist never met Buddy Cianci.

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On Politics
2:53 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Paolino Coy on Whether He's Interested In Helping to Buy the Providence Journal

Paolino in his downtown offfice, near a copy of a front-page ProJo story heralding his 117-vote victory in the 1984 race for mayor.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Former Providence mayor Joseph R. Paolino Jr., who was part of a group that tried to buy WLNE-TV (Channel 6) in 2011, is keeping his cards close to his vest on whether he's looking at being part of an effort to acquire the Providence Journal.

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12:31 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Buddy Cianci Diagnosed With Cancer, Says Prognosis Good

Former Providence Mayor Vincent `Buddy’ Cianci Jr., is being treated at Miriam Hospital for rectal cancer. Cianci, WPRO’s chief talk show host and a political analyst for ABC 6 said in a news release, ``I have been absent from the airwaves for the past week due to hospitalization for a recent diagnosis of cancer.’’

Cianci, 73,  said that medical opinions indicate that ``the cancer is completely curable’’ and that the prognosis ``is for a full recovery.’’

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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
10:56 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Elorza Moving Ahead With Providence Mayoral Run

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Jorge Elorza, a professor at Roger Williams University Law School, is gearing up to run for mayor of Providence if Angel Taveras seeks another office.

"If Angel decides to run for governor, I will run for mayor," Elorza said Wednesday, in his first interview on the subject.

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2:49 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Stanton Hopeful For the Future of Investigative Reporting

For sportswriter-turned-investigative reporter Mike Stanton, finding a good lead -- on one occasion in the '90s, at least -- didn't require more than a visit with his friends in the Providence Journal's sports department.

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12:53 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Cianci Not Ruling Out a Run for Mayor in 2014

In contrast to a New York Times interview suggesting he doesn't plan on pursuing a comeback, Providence political legend Vincent A. Cianci Jr. says he hasn't ruled out a run for mayor next year.

"You never say never," Cianci said Friday afternoon, adding that he may not reveal his plans until the candidate filing deadline in June 2014. "That's when you'll know," he said.

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