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Michael Solomon Annouces Candidacy For Mayor

PROVIDENCE - Today, Michael Solomon, president of the Providence City Council, announced his candidacy for Mayor of Providence. Michael, who owns several businesses in the city, spoke before family, friends, and supporters at Building Futures in Olneyville this morning, a non-profit organization dedicated to building career pathways for unemployed Providence residents. LPR Coverage of Solomon's Bid for Providence Mayor "I am running for Mayor to make Providence a city of opportunity for all," Michael said. "We must build upon the progress and hard work of the last three years. We must focus on growing the city's middle class, rebuilding our schools, and revitalizing our neighborhoods. We have come…
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President’s State of the Union

During tonight's State of the Union Address, President Obama expressed his desire to work with COngress to improve the nation's economy. But he also stressed that if necessary he would take executive action. One big theme of the night was income inequality. Obama urged Congress to increase the minimum wage for all Americans, while issuing an executive order to increase the minimum wage for some federal workers from $ to $ an hour. He touched on concerns that the gap between the rich and poor is increasing and said that these trends must be reversed. That includes redressing inequality for…
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Gordon Fox Fined $1500 by Ethics Commission

After failing to disclose the income he earned from legal work he performed for the Providence Economic Development Partnership (PEDP), House Speaker Gordon Fox on Tuesday agreed to pay a $1,500 fine. The Ethics Commission voted unanimously to approve a settlement with Fox. All state-appointed and elected officials are required to file annual financial disclosures that detail certain sources of income – including payments from any state or municipal agency. The PEDP is quasi-public agency within the city’s Department of Planning and Development that administers a federally funded small business loan fund. Because the speaker was paid by the law…
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Fung Releases Documents Pertaining to Fatal Car Crash

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, Republican candidate for Rhode Island governor, has released four pages of his 1995 application to practice law, where applicants are asked about their criminal history. Fung said he lost consciousness while driving and hit a man who was changing a tire on Interstate 95 in Cranston in 1989, when he was 18. He said drugs and alcohol weren’t involved and a grand jury declined to indict him. He had his arrest record sealed in the 1990s. Fung publicly revealed the accident two weeks ago.  
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Top Republicans to Present Idea on Immigration Reform

Top Republicans will call this week for a path to legal status, but not citizenship, for many of the 11 million adult immigrants who are in the country illegally. A path towards citizenship would be offered for immigrants brought to the United States illegally as young children. Despite this many party strategists and conservative voices are pushing for this reform to be anbandoned or postponed until next year, for fears that it would start an internal party rupture before the midterm elections. At the same time, many Republicans recognize the importance of the Latino vote, especially at a time they…
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