Providence City Council President Michael Solomon, an expected mayoral candidate next year, joins Political Roundtable this week to talk about Governor Lincoln Chafee's decision not to seek re-election; an attack by a super PAC that supports Gina Raimondo; and Moderate Ken Block's criticism about the advantages enjoyed by political incumbents.
As the $110 million deficit of January 2011 recedes in the rear-view mirror, Providence still faces sharp economic challenges. One of the most serious is how Rhode Island's capital city desperately needs a broader tax base, even as its highest-in-the-nation commercial taxes discourages the very economic development that would improve the situation.
Providence mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza plans to use his just-launched campaign Website to spark his fundraising efforts, hoping to raise an initial $30,000 in the just-under 30 days until the end of the third quarter on September 30.
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Capellan, an educator in Central Falls and veteran of Providence politics, is a bit more oblique with his eponymous site (although not so much with a background shot of the Providence skyline, including the now-vacant Superman Building).
If Providence City Council President Mike Solomon doesn’t win an expected Democratic primary for mayor in 2014, it won’t be for lack of trying.
Solomon has worked in synch with Mayor Angel Taveras, who is widely expected to run for the Democratic nomination for governor. Solomon, has arguably been the most effective council president since Elmwood's Nick Easton, who held the post under Mayor Joseph R. Paolino Jr., in the mid-1980s.
Congressman David Cicilline thinks House Speaker Gordon Fox, his friend and political ally, could do a "terrific" job as the mayor of Providence, if Angel Taveras seeks a different office next year.
During a taping of RIPR's Political Roundtable, Cicilline was asked about indications he's been urging Fox to run for City Hall. (The segment airs Friday at 5:40 and 7:40 am.) Here's Cicilline's initial response:
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Educator Victor Capellan, a veteran of Latino politics in Rhode Island, says he plans to run for mayor of Providence in 2014 if Angel Taveras seeks a different office.
Taveras, like state Treasurer Gina Raimondo, is widely expected to run for governor. Independent Governor Lincoln Chafee plans to seek re-election; the only other declared candidate at this point is former state auditor Ernest Almonte, a Democrat.