Brett Smiley Responds to Buddy Cianci’s Candidacy

Today, Buddy Cianci announced his candidacy for Mayor of Providence. Cianci previously served​ two stints as mayor and stepped down both times on felony convictions. In response to Cianci’s announcement, Brett Smiley commented, “Providence cannot afford to return to the corrupt politics of the past, and that is what Buddy Cianci’s candidacy represents. Despite his …

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Side of the Rhode: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in RI Politics?

Every Friday, Dan Lawlor breaks down who’s rising and who’s falling in the world of Rhode Island politics. Check out who made the lists this week. HOT Representatives Ruggiero, Gallison, Craven, Serpa, and Trillo - How can we attract business to Rhode Island? This group of legislators offers a bill to eliminate the minimum corporate income …

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Brett Smiley: Create a new program for Providence loans

A few weeks ago, my friend Robin Squibb told me about her attempts to get a loan for her business, Granny Squibb’s Iced Tea, through the Providence Economic Development Partnership. Asking for just $50,000 turned into a 15-month process in which Robin had to keep reaching out to people she knew to gain insight into …

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Smiley proposes Office of Strategic Partnerships

PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) — Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley announced on Friday a proposal for the creation of the Providence Office of Strategic Partnerships (OSP). Smiley, the former chairman of Providence Water Supply Board, is aiming to bridge the gap between the public and private sectors to bring new funds to the city. In a …

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Can Rhode Island Lead the Way on Guns?

In early February, Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley, who is running in the Democratic primary but currently holds no elected position, submitted a bill to the Rhode Island General Assembly with the help of State Senator Gayle Goldin and State Representative Maria Cimini that, if passed, would impose a ten percent sales tax on all …

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Smiley, Goldin and Cimini submit “Guns and Ammo” tax bill

Brett Smiley, running for the position of Mayor of Providence in this September’s Democratic primary isn’t letting the fact that he hasn’t been elected stop him from coming forward with some bold new initiatives. Tuesday morning found Smiley in the State House rotunda with State Senator Gayle Goldin proposing a bill that upon passage would …

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