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Pell calls on mediation parties to set deadline

Providence, RI -- Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell issued a statement this morning calling on all parties in the mediation process of the state's pension system to set a deadline to end the closed-door proceeding that have gone on for over a year at a cost of over one half million dollars to the taxpayers. Pell issued the statement after learning that a scheduled news conference for this afternoon, where mediators had planned to give an update on the settlement talks in the long-running lawsuit over the overhaul of the state's pension system, had been cancelled. "The secretive nature…
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Mayor Angel Taveras 2014 State of the City Address Working and Investing in Providence

Mr. President, honorable members of the Providence City Council, distinguished guests, and fellow residents of our great Capital City – In April, I had the pleasure to be present for the Omni Group’s purchase of the Fox factory. Anyone who drives on Route 95 South through our city knows the Omni Group has been hard at work renovating the complex at the entrance to historic Federal Hill. The Omni Group is a homegrown company, headquartered in Providence. Like most businesses, they went through some tough times beginning in 2008. Financing their project became a major challenge when Wall Street imploded…
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Mayor Taveras Delivers 2014 State of the City Address

PROVIDENCE, RI - Delivering his 2014 State of the City address this evening at Providence City Hall, Mayor Angel Taveras spoke of a city that has weathered hard times and is improving with hard work and new investments in city services, public education, public safety and quality of life. "We've been through the hard times of the Great Recession. But we never lost hope. And we never stopped believing that better days were ahead," Mayor Taveras said. "We are working hard and making investments that will propel Providence into a future of greater economic strength and prosperity." During the 30-minute…
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Jorge Elorza, Democratic candidate for Mayor of Providence, issued the following statement on Providence Public School Department’s busing policy

Providence - Our city’s public high school students are not eligible for bus passes unless they live more than three miles from school. Students that fall into the far end of that range could be walking for as long as 45 minutes to an hour just to make it to their first period classes. As a community, we have to do everything in our power to make sure our students are in their classrooms and learning. Our students face too many challenges for us to be creating additional institutional barriers for them. Denying students who live between 2-3 miles away…
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Cicilline Delivers Almost 4,000 Valentines to Rhode Island Veterans

PAWTUCKET, RI – In an effort to support our nation’s veterans and thank them for their service, Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) monday delivered almost 4,000 Valentine’s Day cards prepared by Rhode Island school children to veterans at the VA Medical Center in Providence and the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol. “We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to our veterans who have served with honor and sacrificed so much to protect our country," said Cicilline. "This is one small way to say thank you and I am pleased so many student volunteers showed their support for our veterans…
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Secretary of State Mollis and Staff to Highlight their Efforts to Make it Easier for Rhode Island Businesses to Start and/or Expand Businesses

PROVIDENCE, RI -- As a result of legislation passed by the General Assembly, creating the FIRST STOP Business Information Center, it is now easier for Rhode Islanders to open, maintain, and grow their businesses. On Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 3:00 Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis and his staff will speak to members in the House Lounge, which will highlight the services available to constituents who are interested in turning their vision for a business into a reality. The presentation will be repeated at the Rise for those who can’t make it at 3:00 “I want every Rhode Islander…
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Lorne Adrian for Providence Mayor

Lorne Adrian spoke about the support of Latinos and understanding the needs of Latinos as well as the state tuition, his opposition, licenses for undocumented immigrants and his own family security. Adrian also spoke of the importance of public service which he learned from his parents who worked very hard to support their family of eight children but found time to serve their community by volunteering, his father as a Boy Scouts master and his mother at Meals on Wheels.
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Seth Magazine first interview on LPR

Seth Magaziner is running for Rhode Island Treasurer, this is his first time running for political office. Dr. Pablo Rodriguez asked about his qualifications to run for treasurer and what is his position in the controversial pension reform. During the interview, Magaziner gives Gina Raimondo credit for dealing with this issue of the pension while others before her delayed on making it worst. Listen to Seth Magazine first interview on LPR
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BRETT SMILEY ‘S INTERVIEW on LPR was about the “Gun and Ammunition Tax Bill” officially introduced Thursday at the RI General Assembly

During his interview Smiley was asked how the campaign is going and what are the people asking. His responds was “The people want to see more action and progress”. He explained that there are three things the people are concern about, economics, public safety and quality public education. Interview on LPR
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Raimondo and Fung “engage in destructive political games,” says Ken Block

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block says Democrat Gina Raimondo and Republican Allan Fung are "engaging in destructive political games instead of working to solve the state's problems." "There is one main reason why Rhode Island has wound up as one of the worst states for jobs in the country: career politicians who pander for votes and make awful decisions as a result," said Block. Block pointed to a Wall Street Journal article describing how Treasurer Raimondo got the State Investment Commission to pull pension investments out of one of the highest-performing funds in the portfolio due to pressure from the…
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