Friday quick takes: Doherty set for kickoff event
Getting ready for the weekend . . .
— No Rhode Island pol faces a more potent high-risk/high-reward scenario than Providence Mayor Angel Taveras. No one much blames him for the fiscal nightmare he inherited in Providence, and he’s still building a big following. But he’ll be saddled with some responsibility as the Guy Now in Charge is things drift toward receivership or worse. Conversely, he could also become known as the Guy who Saved Providence.
— Governor Lincoln Chafee sees negotiations with Providence’s public-safety retirees as a fruitful path for improving things in the capital city. Whether it will be remains to be seen. Chafee, who taped 10 News Conference and WPRI/WNAC-TV’s Newsmakers today, says he plans to introduce legislation within days that would suspend pension COLAs in Providence.
— Brendan Doherty holds a campaign kickoff and volunteer rally event this Sunday, February 5, at the Lusitana Club in Cumberland, 10 Chase St., from 9-10:30 am.
— Next up on the fundraising circuit: Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio has a time, 6-8 pm, Wednesday, February 8 at the Roger Williams Park Casino.
— Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements has already been sworn in, but he’s due for a ceremonial swearing in at 5 today at City Hall.
— In case you missed my tweet, Ethan Wingfield, a Brown grad from 2007, is running for Congress in North Carolina and making some nice bank. He doesn’t seem to be highlighting his backing as a student for Lincoln Chafee.
— In the left-right blog wars, Anchor Rising is still generating more fresh content that the reinvigorated Rhode Island’s Future. Props to Patrick Laverty who stepped in after Justin Katz announced plans a while back to decrease his output.