Providence City Council

Most of the media coverage of last week’s Rhode Island primaries focused on the statewide contests for governor and lieutenant governor. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says if you are seeking clues to change, look at General Assembly and city council contests.

Summer is zipping by, so enjoy the beach and warm weather while you can. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments remain welcome. And you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Katherine Kerwin, unopposed Providence City Council candidate in Ward 12, and communications director for the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of issues involving Providence politics and youth activism.

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Katherine Kerwin, who is running unopposed to be the Ward 12 city councilor in Providence, and who also serves as communications director for the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, joins Political Roundtable to discuss her campaign, the reluctance of gubernatorial frontrunners to take part in debates, and the legislative debate over guns.

August is here, signaling the run-up to the September primary. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Providence City Council President David Salvatore is calling on the web site GoLocalProv.com to return about $67,500 in ad revenue to the city, due to what Salvatore described as a questionable deal arranged before he became council president.

In a statement released by the council, Salvatore said the past advertising arrangement with GoLocalProv was uncovered through an audit.

Just when you think the PawSox stadium might be down for the count this legislative session, a new proposal emerges on the scene. 

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New York developer Jason Fane’s proposal for a 600-foot residential tower in Providence’s I-195 District has sparked sharp debate. Fane calls his concept an iconic structure that would bring fresh vitality to Rhode Island’s capital. But opponents say the scale of the project is too big, and that the I-195 District is the wrong location.

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Ward 2 Providence City Councilor Sam Zurier used his weekly note to constituents to announce he won't be seeking re-election this year.

Zurier, who was first elected in 2010, said he based his decision on an assessment of "the current state of the city, the work I believe City Hall needs to carry out, and my own skills and limitations."

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A Providence city council member is supporting a proposed statewide ban on plastic bags and disposable plastic containers. This comes after Providence’s mayor vetoed a similar measure.  

Only about two months remain until the filing deadline to run for public office in Rhode Island this year, so a more active phase of campaign season is approaching. With that in mind, thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has vetoed an ordinance that would have charged a fee of at least 10 cents for single-use paper and plastic bags in the city.

Who needs holiday presents when Rhode Island politics is the gift that keeps on giving? Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Legislation to rename Magee Street in Providence’s College Hill neighborhood to Bannister Street has been introduced by City Councilman Sam Zurier, a Democrat who represents the neighborhood.

The measure would change the street named for 19th century Providence slave trader William Fairchild Magee to one honoring two of that era’s leading African-American citizens – Christiana and Edward Bannister.

Christiana Bannister was a business leader and philanthropist and Edward was a celebrated painter.

Your humble correspondent never expected to be in the Statehouse for a budget vote in August. Then again, Rhody politics is full of surprises, right? So thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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