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On Politics
12:00 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Solomon’s war chest towers over council colleagues ahead of big Monday fundraiser

As he prepares for a possible mayoral run in 2014, Providence City Council President Michael Solomon has a big fundraising edge over his 14 council colleagues.

Solomon’s war chest was reported at almost $114,000 in a third quarter filing with the state Board of Elections — up from $84,923 at the end of Q1.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Doherty commercial attacks Cicilline’s 2010 remark about Providence’s “excellent” condition

Campaign watchers have long anticipated a spot criticizing Congressman David Cicilline’s 2010 evaluation of Providence’s supposedly “excellent” fiscal condition. Republican challenger Brendan Doherty has now launched such a commercial, entitled “Cover Up.”

Via news release, the Doherty campaign says:

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On Politics
1:22 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Brown survey: Providence voters bullish on Taveras, less so on schools

Brown University’s Taubman Center is out with a new Providence-based survey. Some highlights:

– Mayor Angel Taveras has a 60 percent approval rating in the survey of 425 registered voters, up 10 points from last year, according to Brown. (MoE is just under five percentage points.)

– President Obama’s approval rating in Providence is 68 percent.

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On Politics
12:55 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Who’s the next mayor of Providence, Part II

A few updates since we last month floated 16 names to consider for the 2014 Providence mayoral race (assuming Angel Taveras runs for another office).

Buddy Cianci made our original list, and Scott has the chatter touting a third Cianci comeback.

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On Politics
3:18 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Who’s the next mayor of Providence? 16 names to consider

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo could be headed for a seismic clash in the 2014 Democratic primary for governor. If that happens, who will be in the hunt to suceeed Taveras at City Hall?

To stand a shot, candidates will need to build a strong East Side base while develping crosstown support. Being a solid fundraiser is important, although not necessarily decisive, considering how Taveras was outspent by Steven Costantino in 2010.

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On Politics
1:53 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Taveras: “It’s a question of how you resolve your differences”

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is understandably downplaying dissension on the City Council, and he denies that he’s losing support among the majority of councilors who’ve backed him since he took office.

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On Politics
12:56 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

More City Council chaos in Providence; FinCom meeting scrapped

Here’s a tangible sense of how things are going sideways with the Providence City Council: a Finance Committee meeting with a litany of important items, originally scheduled for 5:30 today, was cancelled at 9:32 this morning.

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On Politics
2:06 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Providence City Hall slams council faction’s plan for allocating road repair money

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is “completely opposed” to a plan by some city councilors to use a ward-based approach in allocating money for road repairs, says spokesman David Ortiz:

Ortiz says the council proposal would claim half of the money from a planned $40 million money road-repair bond “to break into pots of money they can spend at their discretion.”

He adds:

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On Politics
1:09 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Providence council pushing for ward-based approach to road repairs

A special meeting at 6 pm today will take up a push by some Providence City Councilors to use a ward-based approach in making $40 million in envisioned road repairs.

Ward 12 Councilor Terry Hassett says councilors plan to review the bonding authority for the improvements:

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On Politics
4:00 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Providence solicitor backs FinCom’s power to change its leader

Providence City Solicitor Jeffrey Padwa is backing the ability of the City Council’s Finance Committee to change its chairman.

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