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4:00 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras: "We Did Everything That We Could"

Credit Ian Donnis

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is getting ready to leave City Hall after a tumultuous few years. Taveras lost his bid to become governor, but he takes credit for helping to stabilize Providence's finances. The mayor talked about his record and what's next during a wide-ranging exit interview.

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On Politics
12:24 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Hassett Vying with Aponte for Providence City Council Presidency

Hassett gets sworn in following an incident when he was struck by a hit and run driver in 2010.
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Ward 12 Councilor Terrence "Terry" Hassett is pursuing an effort to become the next president of the Providence City Council, raising questions about whether Ward 10 Councilor Luis Aponte will have the votes to gain the council's top position in January.

Hassett declined to identify how many of his 14 council colleagues are supporting him, although he said he has a "healthy" amount of backing in what he called a fluid situation.

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Providence
9:15 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Providence City Councilor To Pay $50K In Fines To Board Of Elections

A councilor who hopes to be the next president of the Providence City Council says he will pay off nearly 50-thousand dollars in fines owed to the state Board of Elections.

Ward 10 Councilman Luis Aponte has represented Washington Park and parts of South Providence since first winning election in 1998. During that time, Aponte has racked up nearly 50-thousand dollars in Board of Election fines for not filing campaign fundraising reports. Aponte said it’s time for him to deal with the issue.

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On Politics
4:18 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Old Providence Or New?

Buddy Cianci and Jorge Elorza face a tight race for mayor's office in Providence.
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Today is Columbus Day, the holiday honoring  explorer Christopher Columbus. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why it’s the day political calendar signals crunch time in the Providence mayoral race.

As revelers feast on sausage and peppers and celebrate Rhode Island’s storied Italian-American culture  on Federal Hill, the three candidates vying to be the capital city’s mayor will be stumping for votes.

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On Politics
3:18 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Providence's Titanic Mayoral Campaign

Jorge Elorza on the night of his Democratic primary win. He now faces Republican Daniel Harrop, and independent Buddy Cianci.
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The Providence mayoral campaign, aka the Buddy Cianci redemption effort, is drawing national media attention. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay talks about the paths to victory for independent Cianci and Democrat Jorge Elorza.

Cianci, Elorza and Republican Dan Harrop faced off in their first campaign debate last week at Laurelmead, an East Side elderly housing complex. There was more heat than light as Elorza, a former city Housing Court judge, and Harrop, a psychiatrist, attacked Cianci’s record as one of New England’s infamously corrupt politicians.

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On Politics
3:02 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: The Providence Mayoral Campaign 11th Hour Scramble

Providence City Hall. The democratic primary for the mayor's office is now down to two candidates: Jorge Elorza and Michael Solomon.
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The Providence mayoral campaign has featured more twists and turns than a Grand Prix auto race. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on what’s next in the run for City Hall.

This we know about Providence politics: One person’s backroom deal is another person’s noble gesture.

That is what voters will decide in the September 9 Democratic primary, when the favorite, City Council president Michael Solomon, faces off against Jorge Elorza, a law professor and political neophyte. (Perennial fringe candidate Christopher Young is also in the mix).

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Scott MacKay Commentary
3:56 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Down To The Wire In Providence Mayoral Campaign

Jorge Elorza, Brett Smiley, and Micheal Solomon, are coming down to the wire as the Democratic primary for Providence Mayor draws close.
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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.

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Providence
8:54 am
Wed August 13, 2014

New Ordinance Cracks Down On Providence Strip Clubs

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.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Salvatore on Providence's Budget, Development Challenges, Taxes & More

Ward 14 Providence Councilor David Salvatore, chairman of the city's Ways and Means Committee, joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss the city's long-term obligations; barriers to economic growth; the vacant Superman Building; and other issues.

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On Politics
2:56 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

RI Armenian Community to mark genoicide with march

The Armenian Community of Rhode Island will sponsor a candlelight march tomorrow in Providence to commemorate the 99 anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The procession begins at 6:45 from the Sts. Vartanantz Church at 402 Broadway to Providence City Hall, followed by a program in the city council chambers.

The event is part of a national and international commemoration of the genocide, where more than a million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks and thousands more were deported.

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