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Clay Pell getting traction in Democratic gov primary

July 21st, 2014 at 1:48 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Could Clay Pell win the Democratic nomination for governor on Sept. 9?

No small number of people have scoffed at that suggestion. But with 50 days to go before the primary – and more than $1 million in Pell TV ads saturating the airwaves – there’s reason to think the 32-year-old political newcomer has a real, if still unlikely, shot at victory.

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City Council overrides Taveras veto of landlord tax cut

July 14th, 2014 at 6:37 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Landlords in Rhode Island’s capital city will get their tax break, after all.

The Providence City Council voted Monday to override Mayor Angel Taveras’s veto of an ordinance that reduces the tax rate for rental property owners, but could force the next mayor to raise taxes on homeowners across the city to pay for it.

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RI governor hopefuls have already spent $2M on TV ads

July 14th, 2014 at 5:27 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The campaign to become Rhode Island’s next governor is already getting quite expensive.

The five major candidates for governor have bought $2.1 million worth of television advertising since mid-May, according to an internal campaign tracking document obtained by WPRI.com. The lion’s share of that money – $1.9 million – has been spent by the three Democrats: Gina Raimondo, Clay Pell and Angel Taveras.

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Lorne Adrain drops out of Providence mayor’s race

July 14th, 2014 at 1:29 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The race for Providence mayor is shrinking.

Lorne Adrain, who considered running for the city’s top job as a Democrat before making a last-minute decision to run as an independent, said Monday he is pulling out of race, the clearest sign yet that liberal-minded Providence residents could attempt to rally behind one candidate in the race against former Mayor Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr.

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Mayoral candidate Adrain backs landlord tax cut; others opposed

July 7th, 2014 at 3:13 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Mayoral candidate Lorne Adrain said Monday he supports a city ordinance that reduces the tax rate for rental property owners, while the other leading candidates in the crowded race backed Mayor Taveras’s decision to veto the law.

Adrain, an East Side businessman who originally planned to run as a Democrat before declaring as an independent, called the ordinance an opportunity “to think differently” and pledged to “review and restructure the Providence tax code” if he’s elected mayor in November.

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Mayor Taveras vetoes Providence landlord tax break

July 3rd, 2014 at 11:03 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The mayor of Rhode Island’s capital city has vetoed an ordinance that would lower taxes for rental property owners across the city beginning next year, in part because he believes it will force the next mayor to raise taxes for more than 19,000 homeowners.

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Providence admits actuary questioned its pension math

July 1st, 2014 at 12:54 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Lawyers for Providence Mayor Angel Taveras have rewritten bond documents to acknowledge that its actuary disagrees with the way the city reported how much money is in its cash-strapped pension fund.

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Watch: The entire June 10 RI Democratic primary debate

June 11th, 2014 at 11:10 am by under Nesi's Notes


5 takeaways from Tuesday night’s Democratic RI gov. debate

June 10th, 2014 at 11:05 pm by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

Raimondo Taveras Pell June 2014 debateThe top three Democratic candidates for governor – Angel Taveras, Gina Raimondo and Clay Pell – met Tuesday night for their first TV debate of the primary campaign. For a full recap of what they said, check out Dan McGowan’s full story on WPRI.com. The full video of the entire 60-minute debate is online here.

Here are five quick takeaways from this first primary debate of the season.

1. Nobody bombed. Supporters of the three candidates will point to the best moments each of them had and the occasional stumbles of their rivals, but the truth is there didn’t appear to be any really bad moments that will become a major post-debate headache for their campaigns. Particularly in the first debate, when the candidates are still trying to get their sea legs, they likely have the Hippocratic oath in mind: “First, do no harm.” As WPRI 12 political analyst Joe Fleming put it, “I would say they all held their own tonight. But nobody had a knock-out punch.”

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WPRI/Journal Poll: Taveras still leads Raimondo; Pell slips

June 3rd, 2014 at 5:00 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi and Tim White

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The tight race between Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Treasurer Gina Raimondo for the Democratic nomination for governor has barely budged since last winter, but their opponent Clay Pell has lost ground, an exclusive WPRI 12/Providence Journal poll released Tuesday shows.

The new survey of 506 Rhode Island Democratic primary voters shows Taveras still in the lead at 33%, with Raimondo still a close second at 29% and Pell a distant third at 12%. More than one in five voters – 22% – haven’t decided whom they’ll support in the Sept. 9 primary. Perennial candidate Todd Giroux is at 1.6%.

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Taveras wants ‘study’ on $15 hotel minimum wage

May 29th, 2014 at 4:34 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence Mayor Angel Taveras said Thursday an economic impact study is needed before the city agrees to a $15 minimum wage for hotel workers.

Taveras declined to say whether he would veto an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage if it is approved by the City Council, but urged the council to do its due diligence before it votes on the legislation.

“I think we should do an economic impact study that helps us evaluate the impact of this very unique proposal so we can understand what, if any, consequences we might have there,” Taveras told WPRI.com. “We want to make sure to help the people we want to help.”

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Providence seeks to change high school grad requirements

May 27th, 2014 at 1:31 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – With just 11 days until high school graduation ceremonies begin across the city, the Providence School Board is expected to amend its diploma policy Tuesday, part of a last ditch effort to help hundreds of students who haven’t achieved a qualifying score on the state’s standardized test complete high school.

The latest changes to the policy will provide a waiver to Providence students who have scored “equal to or higher than the lowest passing score of any other student that met the requirement by showing progress toward proficiency” that will allow them to graduate from high school, according to a draft copy of the new requirements obtained by WPRI.com.

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Solomon won’t serve on PEDP board if elected mayor

May 20th, 2014 at 3:36 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – City Council President Michael Solomon said Tuesday he does not intend to serve on the board of the embattled Providence Economic Development Partnership (PEDP) if he’s elected mayor later this year.

Solomon, who is a minority partner in a business that still owes the city more than $400,000 from a taxpayer-funded loan given in 1987, said he wants to “take the politics out of lending” from an agency that has the “potential to catalyze economic development and create jobs in our capital city.”

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Taveras: Cianci comeback ‘up to the voters’

May 9th, 2014 at 4:37 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras on Friday deferred to city voters when asked about the possibility of former mayor and current talk radio show host Vincent “Buddy” Cianci running to succeed him.

“First and foremost, the mayor needs to decide whether or not he wants to enter the race,” Taveras told WPRI.com. “Then it is up to the voters to decide whether or not to support his candidacy.”

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Taveras has support from PAC founded by actress Eva Longoria

May 5th, 2014 at 2:07 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

Providence mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras is getting a little love from Hollywood.

Eva Longoria, who is best known for her role on the television show Desperate Housewives, has launched the Latino Victory PAC – part of the Latino Victory Project – that will help Taveras and six other Latino candidates from around the country this election season. The group is also supporting Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist.

Longoria told the Washington Post:

“We want to build political power within the Latino community and institutionalize what happened in 2012. There needs to be a movement right now,” Longoria said.  “We can really exercise the potential, because people see the demographic shift and are now saying, ‘Hi, Mr. Garcia. Hi, Mrs. Lopez.’ We want to make sure the names on the ballot reflect that power.”

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Taveras: Next mayor must show ‘fiscal discipline’

May 5th, 2014 at 10:44 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Whether it was a word of warning or just friendly advice, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras had a message for the candidates hoping to take the reins of City Hall next year.

“Make no mistake, the painstaking gains we have made over three-and-a-half difficult years could be easily reversed if the city does not continue the fiscal discipline and responsibility that my administration has brought to City Hall,” Taveras said during his final budget address last week.

Now with his eyes on the governor’s office, Taveras isn’t promising that Providence is in “excellent financial condition” the way his predecessor David Cicilline did in 2010, but the first-term Democrat maintains that he is leaving the city “better off than it was the day I became mayor.”

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Taveras budget would keep city tax rates the same

April 29th, 2014 at 6:13 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Read his lips: no new taxes.

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras on Tuesday proposed a budget that would hold the line on all city taxes while investing $10 million on its crumbing public schools, providing more high school students with bus passes and putting 60 new police officers on the streets by October.

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Dems sign ‘People’s Pledge’ to limit spending in gov race

April 28th, 2014 at 10:21 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Democratic candidates for Rhode Island governor said Monday they have reached an agreement to limit outside spending during the campaign, a deal that could significantly limit the influence of Super PACs and other special-interest groups this year.

Known in politics as the “People’s Pledge,” the agreement requires any candidate who benefits from an outside group’s advertisement to contribute 100% of the ad buy to a charity selected by their opponent within three days of the ad’s discovery. In the event that two candidates benefit from the ad, they will each contribute 50% of the cost to the third’s candidate’s charity of choice.

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WPRI 12, Projo will host 2 TV governor debates in June

April 28th, 2014 at 10:19 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

Get out your calendars.

WPRI 12 and The Providence Journal announced Monday they will host two Rhode Island gubernatorial primary debates in June. Democrats Angel Taveras, Gina Raimondo and Clay Pell will debate on Tuesday, June 10 at 7 p.m.; Republicans Allan Fung and Ken Block will debate the following Tuesday, June 17, also at 7.

The debates will be moderated by Tim White, with yours truly and Journal political columnist Ed Fitzpatrick joining him to ask questions. Both debates will be held at PPAC and air live on WPRI 12.


Ahead of Easter, RI governor hopefuls discuss their faiths

April 18th, 2014 at 12:01 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – It’s Holy Week and Passover for Christians and Jews around the world, and among those commemorating the solemn religious periods will be the five major candidates for Rhode Island governor, all but one of whom say they’re Christians.

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Taveras agenda backs pension, weapons bills

April 15th, 2014 at 5:09 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Criminals serving life sentences would be ineligible for pensions, cops would have an easier time seizing weapons and litterers would face stiffer penalties under a variety of state legislation backed by Providence mayor and gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras.

Taveras is scheduled to testify Tuesday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in favor of ten bills that comprise the city’s legislative agenda for 2014, according to Meaghan McCabe, a spokeswoman for the mayor.

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Brown poll: Raimondo has slight lead over Taveras

April 10th, 2014 at 10:53 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – State treasurer and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo is clinging to a slight lead over Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, but more than a third of primary voters are still undecided, according to a Brown University poll released Thursday.

The new survey of 600 registered Rhode Island voters – including 395 Democratic primary voters – put Raimondo in the lead with 29.4%, with Taveras close behind at 25.8%. Clay Pell finished a distant third at 9.6%. More than 35% of those polled said they were still undecided.

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Mayoral candidates want to hire minorities, fix schools

April 1st, 2014 at 6:05 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Five mayoral hopefuls outlined their vision for Rhode Island’s capital city Monday, promising to hire more minorities and women, improve the school system and build a more diverse police force during a candidate forum at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on Cranston Street.

The forum was moderated by Brown University political science professor Marion Orr and hosted by the Rhode Island Black Business Association, a 501(c)6 nonprofit founded in 2010. The candidates included Democrats City Council President Michael Solomon, former Housing Court Judge Jorge Elorza, former Water Supply Board Chairman Brett Smiley, East Side businessman Lorne Adrain and Republican Daniel Harrop.

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Providence’s pension return tops state’s since ’11

March 27th, 2014 at 5:50 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The pension plan in Rhode Island’s capital city has outperformed the state’s fund since Democratic rivals Mayor Angel Taveras and Treasurer Gina Raimondo took office, the city’s longtime financial consultants said Thursday.

The analysis, conducted by Boston-based Wainwright Investment Counsel, shows Providence’s $284 million in investments earned a 10.9% return between 2011 and 2013, while the state pension fund earned a 9.2% return during the same time period.

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Rep. Ray Hull mulling run for Providence mayor

March 17th, 2014 at 10:54 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – State Rep. Ray Hull, a veteran member of the Providence Police Department, is considering tossing his hat into the city’s already-crowded mayor’s race, WPRI.com has learned.

The 50-year-old Providence Democrat confirmed Monday that he is planning to launch an exploratory committee “very soon,” but said he did not wish to comment further until his plans are finalized.

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Most gov candidates oppose NECAP, support testing

March 13th, 2014 at 7:28 am by under General Talk

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – All but one of Rhode Island’s major gubernatorial candidates have found something they agree on: The NECAP standardized test should not be part of the state’s high school graduation requirements.

Democrats Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, state Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Clay Pell as well as Republican Cranston Mayor Allan Fung all said Tuesday they oppose tying results on the test to a high school diploma, but indicated they aren’t completely against the use of standardized testing in education.

Businessman Ken Block, who is challenging Fung in the Republican primary, said he supports the graduation requirements that are already in place, which include the use of the NECAP – short for the New England Common Assessment Program – for the classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016 before moving to another assessment beginning the following year.

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Taveras proposes new job-training program at CCRI

March 11th, 2014 at 11:15 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras on Tuesday put forward a proposal to have the Community College of Rhode Island offer up to 2,000 Rhode Islanders specialized job training tailored to the needs of individual companies.

Gina Raimondo quickly dismissed the Taveras plan as just “baby steps,” which led the Taveras campaign to accuse the treasurer of “trying to score cheap political points.” Republican Ken Block, meanwhile, said both Democrats want “more big government business as usual.”

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• Related: Raimondo rolls out plan to boost RI manufacturing (March 10)


Myrth York, former Taveras ally, backs Raimondo for gov

March 5th, 2014 at 8:30 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi and Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The woman who made three unsuccessful runs for governor of Rhode Island is throwing her support behind a new contender for the job.

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Smiley wants overhaul of Providence loan program

March 4th, 2014 at 4:15 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The mayor of Providence would have no say over a controversial taxpayer-funded small business loan program controlled by the city, under a proposal released by mayoral candidate Brett Smiley Tuesday.

Smiley, an East Side resident and former chairman of the city’s Water Supply Board, is calling for the Providence Economic Development Partnership (PEDP) to establish an independent program that would place “loan-making decisions in the hands of qualified underwriters” rather than the agency’s current 15-member board.

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Taveras, council clash over affordable housing

March 3rd, 2014 at 6:24 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Providence City Council is seeking to override Mayor Angel Taveras’s veto of an affordable housing ordinance that he claims would put Rhode Island’s capital city at “substantial risk.”

The ordinance would provide a tax rate for new and rehabilitated affordable residential housing units at 8% of the previous year’s gross rental income, a policy council members say has already been on the books thanks to a state law that was passed in 1995.

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