With three weeks to go, the Providence mayoral campaign is heating up. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on what to look for in the Democratic primary as the days dwindle down.
One of Rhode Island’s favorite spectator and participant sports has long been Providence mayor elections. A mélange of circus, street theater and rugby scrum, this year’s campaign is bound to land in the capital city’s political Hall of Fame, and perhaps, shame.
The city of Providence has adopted a new “one-strike” policy for strip clubs. The new ordinance is aimed at cracking down on prostitution.
The Providence City council approved the ordinance after pushback from the Mayor’s office and the police department over an incident at Cheaters Gentlemen’s club last year. Police found a fourteen year old girl working at the club, and soliciting for sex. The city’s board of licenses gave Cheaters a five-thousand dollar fine, and suspended their license for 45-days. But critics said that was little more than a slap on the wrist.
A plan set for release Thursday morning by Providence mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza targets a goal of doubling exports through the Port of Providence over five years -- a move, he says, that could add between 1,500 and 1,600 jobs.
In a move to strengthen support beyond his East Side base, Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley unveiled an endorsement Wednesday by state Representative Ray Hull (D-Providence), a 28-year Providence police officer who lives in the same ward as rival candidate Michael Solomon and was formerly a driver for Buddy Cianci.
During a news conference at his home in the city's Mount Pleasant section, Hull said he decided to back Smiley over the two other leading Democrats, Solomon and Jorge Elorza, because of the East Sider's public safety plan.
Some smokers say they wouldn't oppose a proposed ordinance that would ban smoking in all Providence public parks. The ban would make it illegal to use any form of tobacco in city parks and playgrounds, with a $50 fine for violators.
City council president and mayoral candidate Michael Solomon says the primary goal is to reduce children's exposure to tobacco. Cumberland resident Zach Judge, says he's only 18 but has been smoking for 2 years; he thinks the ban makes sense.
So Buddy Cianci is back in the campaign for Providence mayor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay reminds us that he isn’t the only candidate.
Every newsroom used to have a crusty city editor who berated young reporters. Mine was a revered Providence Journal editor named Al Johnson who barked, ``put them in the ambulance before you take them to the hospital’’ when he wanted a story about a car accident.
Heeeee’s back: Vincent A. `Buddy’ Cianci Jr., made official this afternoon what he has been talking about for months, that he will try for a Lazarus-like, unprecedented third comeback as Providence mayor, this time as an independent.
Providence’s Ward 11 Democratic Committee unanimously endorsed City Council President Michael Solomon for mayor and denied incumbent Council member Davian Sanchez an endorsement for reelection.
The committee gave the Ward 11 nod for city council to a political newcomer, Mary Kay Harris. The action came at a meeting last night where both Sanchez and Harris were interviewed by the committee, which represents Democrats in the ward on the city’s South Side, according to a statement released by Joe Vileno, chairman of the ward committee.
He puffed on the Monte Cristo in his right hand, sipped Cognac with his left and regaled a table of cronies and hangers-on with jokes and florid commentary.
It was vintage Buddy Cianci, perched at an outdoor table on a balmy evening at the Capital Grille late last Tuesday night, entertaining the crowd long after the thick sirloins and fancy wines had been devoured.