By Steve Ahlquist on June 28, 2017
Less than two weeks after the un-debate, four of the five candidates who qualified for the ballot in the race to be the Ward 3 city councilor from Providence once again took the stage, this time to answer questions, not just listen to the concerns of residents.
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By Steve Ahlquist on July 13, 2016
Mayor Jorge Elorza has a chance to do the right thing today. After everything he said about Buddy Cianci and the political culture of corruption during his campaign, allowing John Carnevale to run would be a betrayal.
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By Steve Ahlquist on May 12, 2016
Ward 3 could vote for a candidate that both looks after our interests and doesn’t play fast and loose with his campaign cash. We could vote for a candidate that has not been accused of embezzlement. We could vote for a candidate that does not embarrass us but instead represents us.
By Andrew Stewart on January 29, 2016
Andrew Stewart takes on the Patron Saint of Patronage.
By Steve Ahlquist on January 15, 2015
“It makes me so angry that I am doing everything I can to provide for my family and do my job the best I can and Noboa doesn’t care about anything but making money for himself,” said Flor Salazar, former employee of Café Atlantic, “Some of us are single mothers and are barely getting by.”
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By Frymaster on November 9, 2014
In the 2014 Providence mayoral election, municipal unions broke unanimously for Buddy Cianci, as did the Teamsters and others. When a huge margin from the East Side put Jorge Elorza over the top, Cianci’s union supporters immediately called it “class warfare,” saying there were two Providences—the East Side and everywhere else. The data don’t support this […]
By Dan Lawlor on November 4, 2014
Imagine if there had been a Providence Renaissance in education? Responsive policing since the early 1990s? How many lives would be different? How many lives would still be here? When my father first heard Cianci was running for office again, he was silent. Shaking his head, he sighed. “Well, everything is going back to normal.” Normal. […]
By Dan Lawlor on November 3, 2014
From his earliest elections, Cianci builds coalitions of those alienated from the status quo and those who yearn for power, and some people float both camps. For decades, incompetence by the city’s Democratic establishment has created alienated communities – alienation Cianci used to create his own base and his own agenda. Cianci has left a […]
By Mark Binder on October 30, 2014
I’m an idealist. I think that government can be by the people and for the people. It’s why I ran a hard campaign against Gordon Fox and it’s why I am supporting a diverse group of people for public office. There needs to be both a positive change and a counterbalance to the ‘way things are […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 24, 2014
All stops conducted by police officials with such equipment shall be recorded. The recording shall begin no later than when an officer first signals the vehicle or individual to stop or arrives at the scene of an ongoing stop begun by another law enforcement officer, and the recording shall continue until the stop is completed and the subject departs, or until the officer’s participation in the stop ends.
By Steve Ahlquist on October 23, 2014
Jorge Elorza, Dan Harrop and Buddy Cianci gave remarkably similar answers to all the questions and largely supported all the suggestions the community groups proposed. Even when the candidates disagreed with the ideas presented by the community, they mostly agreed with each other.
By Dan Lawlor on October 22, 2014
Cianci’s record from the 1990s raises many questions about for whom the city was better for when he was mayor. “Every few years,” Ian Donnis wrote in the Providence Phoenix at the time, “an incident involving Providence police has provoked outrage and prompted calls for a greater degree of public accountability. In 1992, it was […]
By Dan Lawlor on October 20, 2014
Cianci was elected three times in the 1990s – why did he wait until 2001, while under federal investigation, to appoint a chief committed to the idea of community policing? Richard Sullivan, who served as interim chief from 2001-2002, was introduced to the public by Cianci as “Mr. Accountable.” Urbano Prignano, full chief from 1995-2001, was […]
By Fred Ordoñez on October 20, 2014
More than a dozen community-based organizations, along with advocates, activists, organizers, students and community leaders are collaborating to ask the mayoral candidates tough questions about the solutions these groups have proposed to fix the most serious problems that plague our city. Too often, politicians continue to express support for the same tired policies that are […]
By Dan Lawlor on October 16, 2014
Forget the razzle-dazzle of Buddy Cianci incanting the good old days and the paranoia around Achievement First. Consider the character of the man – read Emma Sloan’s harrowing piece – and look at Cianci’s most recent term in office (1999-2002). His record simply doesn’t justify another term. Despite a larger police force, the capital city […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 14, 2014
During his second administration, said Corrente, Cianci ran the Providence City Hall as an organized criminal enterprise for nearly a decade before being convicted on RICO charges, yet the former mayor characterized his conviction as “some guy down the hall who took a g-note.” Corrente called Cianci’s statement an “outrageous mischaracterization.”
By Emma Sloan on October 14, 2014
I was raped when I was 18. We were kissing, and he asked me to take off my pants. I told him I didn’t want to have sex. He assured me he only wanted to touch me with his hands. But once I took them off, he forced his penis inside me, and restrained me […]
By Bruce Reilly on October 12, 2014
When ProJo ran my opinion piece, “Why Cianci’s conviction matters,” I knew what to expect. Someone would probably bring up my past in an effort to shoot the messenger. I figured it would be a Cianci supporter, or even a staffer, as any political campaign will typically have a comprehensive media strategy. Perhaps it would […]
By Bob Plain on September 30, 2014
Buddy Cianci was the biggest presence on the stage, but that doesn’t mean he won the WPRI/Providence Journal mayoral debate Tuesday night. Or picked up many undecided voters, which is probably the only definition of ‘winning’ that really matters. Cianci stuttered at times, he misspoke – or perhaps lied? – often and raised the ire, […]
By Dan Lawlor on September 29, 2014
Maribeth Reynolds-Calabro, the president of the Providence Teachers Union, says her group is [sic]”progressive and solutions-driven and steadfastly committed to teacher’s rights.” You could have fooled me. Based on its recent endorsement of Vincent A Cianci, Jr for mayor of Providence, the labor union’s executive board seems blind to the past, and ignores the present. Some […]