Politics

Politics
4:00 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Diossa on The Changing Face of Politics in Central Falls

Central Falls Mayor James Diossa outside Central Falls City Hall
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The mayor of Central Falls, 28-year-old James Diossa, won’t face any competition when voters in Rhode Island’s smallest city go to the polls in November. Diossa is backing a slate of city council candidates – and most of them don’t face any competition, either. The tiny and financially struggling city is still emerging from the shadow of bankruptcy. But the political landscape marks quite a change from last year, when Diossa beat the city’s former police chief to win election as Central Falls’ first Latino mayor.

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Politics
8:44 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Capellan Drops Out of Providence Mayoral Race

The Providence mayoral race is continuing to come into focus, as Victor Capellan ducks out.
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An educator who works in Central Falls has decided not to run for mayor of Providence.  The decision by Victor Capellan leaves the field with just one Latino candidate.

Capellan is a longtime political activist who took steps to organize a campaign earlier this year. He said the demands of his job as a deputy school superintendent in Central Falls are why he’s pulling out of the race.

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Politics
8:35 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Diossa Runs Unopposed For Mayor of Central Falls

Central Falls mayor James Diossa will run unopposed in the upcoming election.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Central Falls Mayor James Diossa won’t have any competition when he seeks re-election this fall.  Diossa won election last year as the first Latino mayor in the predominantly minority city.

Diossa will have a clean shot to win a three-year term when Central Falls voters go to the polls in November. The 28-year-old mayor says he’s humbled by what he calls a vote of confidence in his leadership.

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Politics
8:38 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Lt. Governor Roberts: Chafee's Decision Doesn't Affect Her Political Plans

Lt Governor Elizabeth Roberts says the governor’s decision not to seek re-election in no way changes her political plans. Due to term limits, she cannot seek re-election for Lt Governor.

Roberts says right now she’s focused on rolling out the state’s health insurance exchange, and while she understands she’s next in line should Governor Lincoln Chafee leave office, she’s focused now on the exchange.

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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.
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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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Politics
8:09 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Avedisian Not Considering A Run For Governor

Warwick mayor Scott Avedisian says he's not considering a run for Governor now that Chafee has announced he won't seek re-election.
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Governor Lincoln Chafee’s decision not to seek re-election hasn’t changed the political plans of one prominent Republican. Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian still plans to choose between seeking re-election and running for lieutenant governor.

Avedisian won a special election to become mayor of Warwick in 2000 and he’s gone on to become the longest-serving mayor in that city’s history. The moderate Republican hasn’t been in any rush to seek a different office, and he said Chafee’s move doesn’t alter his plans.

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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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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Political Roundtable: Solomon on Chafee, the 2014 Campaign, and Why He Wants to Be Mayor

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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.

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Politics
10:55 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Congressional Q+A Langevin on Syria, Data Collection, and the Sequester

Congressman Jim Langevin stopped by the Rhode Island Public Radio Studios.
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With Congress on its August recess, Rhode Island Pubic Radio invited the four members of the Rhode Island delegation in to our studio to talk about major issues facing the state and the nation. We conclude our series  with Congressman Jim Langevin.

We’d like to note this interview was recorded before President Obama asked Congress to authorize a strike against Syria.

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Politics
4:40 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Rhode Island Politicians Praise Chafee for his Public Service

As the media burst with news that Gov. Lincoln Chafee was not seeking re-election, the state’s top elected officials crafted statements praising the governor.

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and state treasurer Gina Raimondo, who are both expected to run for Chafee’s office, released statements thanking him for his years of public service. Taveras called him a man of integrity, while Raimondo called Chafee an unfailing optimist who always had the state’s best interest at heart.

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