michael solomon

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.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

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
6:01 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Why did Taveras flunk his swim lesson?

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is scheduled on Monday to become the first Democrat to formally announce his candidacy for his party’s 2014 gubernatorial nomination. The 43-year-old Harvard-educated lawyer’s State House ambitions have been one of Rhode Island’s worst-kept secrets.

Taveras, who would be the state’s first governor of Latino ancestry, will make his announcement at 10 a.m. at Meeting Street School. He will speak to a relatively small gathering of family, friends, elected officials who support him and reporters, then take questions from members of the media.

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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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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Smiley Says He Has the Experience to be Mayor of Providence

Providence Mayoral candidate Brett Smiley joins Bonus Q+A to talk about his campaign, his qualifications, his background, and other issues.

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On Politics
4:10 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Smiley Blames Carcieri for Providence's 2011 Fiscal Crisis

Democrat Brett Smiley, who hopes to win the endorsement of Congressman David Cicilline for his 2014 Providence mayoral campaign, says the fiscal problems inherited by Angel Taveras in early 2011 are mostly due to state cuts in local aid under former Republican governor Don Carcieri.

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On Politics
11:04 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Capellan Exits the Providence Mayoral Field; Lombardi Leaning Toward "Yes"

Central Falls educator Victor Capellan has folded the tent on his 2014 Providence mayoral run, leaving Jorge Elorza as the lone Latino candidate in the race.

Capellan, a longtime political activist, says Elorza didn't encourage him to leave the campaign. Yet it's clear that the departure, coming on the heels of Ward 15 Councilwoman Sabina Matos' decision last week to seek re-election, accrues to Elorza's benefit.

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Politics
8:26 am
Fri September 6, 2013

No Easy Answers To Providence's High Tax Rate

Providence's commercial tax rate remains among the highest in the country.
Credit RIPR FILE

The head of the Providence City Council says there aren’t any easy answers for cutting high commercial taxes in the capital city. Providence has among the highest commercial tax rates in the country.

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has frozen the commercial tax rate in Rhode Island’s largest city. But the cost of the tax is still seen as an obstacle to new development.

City Council President Michael Solomon says city officials are limited in their ability to improve the situation beyond trying to encourage a broader tax base.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Solomon on Providence's Challenges

Providence City Council President Michael Solomon, a likely candidate for mayor next year, joins Bonus Q+A to talk about school, the economy, the vacant Superman Building and other issues facing Rhode Island's capital city.

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