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Thursday, September 05, 2013

 

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Welcome to The Scoop, the 4 p.m. report on everything politics in Rhode Island – the inside daily report exclusively on GoLocalProv.com.

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Cumberland Resident Announces He’s Running For Cicilline’s Seat

A 26-year-old Jonathan Maciel from Cumberland has announced he is running as an Independent candidate for the 1st District Congressional seat presently held by Democrat David Cicilline.

Despite just declaring his candidacy, Maciel—a first time seeker of political office—is already making waves. GoLocal spoke to Maciel earlier today to discuss why he’s running and what issues he’ll be focusing on.

“I think we're at a critical juncture that is very time sensitive, a crossroads where we can continue down the path we're on of destroying the working class or fix the problems that plague our nation. I personally don't believe we have years and years to wait to fix our problems,” said Maciel.

As for what issues he’ll focus on, Maciel remarked: “My main response is the economy. But it's more than that. It's tax reform, broad interest rate reform, budget reform, financial services reform, and the creation of an apprenticeship program for youth and veterans. It all stems from a clear fact that trickle-down economics doesn't work and it has never worked.”

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Smiley Resigns From Providence City Posts

Brett Smiley announced today that he is resigning as Chair of the Providence Water Authority and as a lobbyist for the City. Smiley is planning to run for Mayor of Providence in the September 2014 Democratic Primary.

“I am proud of my work at the Water Supply Board, leading a successful reorganization that reduced costs and improved service and as an advocate for Providence at the Statehouse and in Washington, fighting for important policies and funding essential to moving the City forward," said Smiley. "Now, I must devote all of my attention and energy to putting together a campaign for Mayor.”

Smiley is the founder and owner of a successful development, election compliance and advocacy business.

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Fox, Taveras, Host Ribbon Cutting for Providence Youth Center

House Speaker Gordon Fox, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Bank of America Rhode Island President Bill Hatfield hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Billy Taylor House, a new youth community center in Providence’s Mount Hope neighborhood.

“When I was approached by the board members, I was proud to work with Mayor Taveras and Bank of America to facilitate the house donation and the exciting plans that they have for our young people,” said Fox, who also obtained a $5,000 legislative grant for the new organization’s recently completed summer programming.

The new youth center is named after Billy Taylor, who was a mentor to hundreds of Mount Hope youth before he passed away in 1986 at the age of 29 from a life-long heart ailment.

Registration Deadlines Announced for Upcoming Central Falls and Woonsocket Elections

Secretary of State Ralph A. Mollis has announced the registration deadlines for the upcoming municipal elections in Central Falls and Woonsocket. The dates are as follows:

Central Falls Municipal Election

  • September 8 – Deadline to register to vote in Primary (if there is a primary)
  • September 17 – Deadline to request a mail ballot for Primary (if there is a primary)
  • October 6– Deadline to register to vote in Election
  • October 8 – Primary (if there is a primary)
  • October 15 – Deadline to request a mail ballot for Election
  • November 5 – Election

 

Woonsocket Municipal Election

  • September 8 – Deadline to register to vote in Primary
  • September 17 – Deadline to request a mail ballot for Primary
  • October 6– Deadline to register to vote in Election
  • October 8 – Primary
  • October 15 – Deadline to request a mail ballot for Election
  • November 5 – Election

 

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Chafee’s Fundraising Totals Prior to Dropping Out

Prior to announcing that he would not seek reelection in 2014, Governor Lincoln Chafee trailed Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras—two candidates that he was expected to face—in fundraising.

So just how much was Chafee lagging behind? The data below is from the 2013 On-Going Quarterly (2nd) filed report with the period end date of June 30, 2013. It shows each candidate’s ending cash balance for the quarter.

  • Treasurer Gina Raimondo: $2,063,548.54
  • Mayor Angel Taveras: $692,590.12
  • Gov. Lincoln Chafee: $377,391.11

 

Cranston Mayor Allen Fung, an expected candidate for the Republican nomination finished the second quarter with $256,498.

Source of data: ricampaignfinance.com

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