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  • December 17, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    The two biggest beneficiaries of last Thursday's snow storm and the related mess? AG Patrick Lynch and General Treasurer Frank Caprio, according to Buddy Cianci on his WPRO radio show, since they had nothing to do with it.

    Cianci also asserts that the storm-related problems have effectively dashed the gubernatorial hopes of David Cicilline and Elizabeth Roberts.

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  • December 17, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    With state Representative Peter Palumbo (D-Cranston) and state Senator Christopher B. Maselli (D-Johnston) due to have a news conference at this moment to introduce illegal immigration-related legislation, it's worth considering the wider impact of this issue. The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza happens to have an article, entitled Return of the Nativist, on the subject in last week's issue.

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  • December 16, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    UPDATE: New endorsements.

    The coveted endorsement of the Des Moines Register goes to Hillary Clinton and John McCain. The Boston Globe has endorsed Barack Obama and McCain.

    . . . .

    During a broadcast this morning of WJAR-TV's 10 News Conference, former US Representative Bob Weygand and Brown University professor Darrell West predicted that Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney will be the respective Democratic and Republican presidential nominees.

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  • December 15, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    We read the Saturday New York Times so that you don't have to. Get a glimpse of these gems:

    -- China, the biggest importer exporter of seafood to the US, is awash in "water supplies contaminated by sewage, industrial waste, and agricultural runoff that includes pesticides. The fish farms, in turn, are discharging wastewater that further pollutes the water supply."

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  • December 14, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    This following e-mail just arrived in my inbox. And how does this help, as was the case yesterday, when the roads were a) Unplowed; b) clogged with cars; or c) both?

    Hi Ian,

    Winter is officially upon us—as you are well aware of from the weather you are currently experiencing! In light of the forecasted weekend snowstorm in Providence, now is a great time to remind your readers about the importance of preparing for winter weather.

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  • December 14, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    From National Journal:

    Of all the states and territories in the union, balmy, laid-back Hawaii -- halfway around the world from Iraq and Afghanistan -- has the highest rate of deployments of Army National Guard soldiers since September 11, 2001. For every 1,000 soldiers in its Army Guard, Hawaii has deployed individuals 976 times in support of the Bush administration's global war on terrorism, according to a National Journal analysis of Pentagon data.

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  • December 14, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    CNN's bulletin yesterday about the Mitchell Report carried this message:

    -- MLB steroid report: Use widespread, includes biggest stars

    Really? I mean, c'mon. MLB basically turned the other way when juicers fueled the post-strike home run boom, bringing fans back to the ball park, in the '90s. Juicing the Game, by former Boston Herald columnist Howard Bryant, for one, offers an incisive look at baseball in the steroids era.

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  • December 14, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts says, "It is [a concern], in many ways," that Governor Carcieri's office did not inform her of his plans to travel out of the country. "I understand that under the Constitution he is charge," even if out of state. "[But] I think the public is looking for a visible presence," during an event like yesterday's storm.

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  • December 14, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Talk about basic stuff. Longtime Providence GOP activist Dave Talan is worried that Republican presidential candidates may not receive enough signatures to wind up on the Rhode Island ballot.

    According to an e-mail he sent today:

    WE NEED YOUR HELP TO GET ALL THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT ON THE RHODE ISLAND PRIMARY BALLOT !!!

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  • December 14, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Need a laugh after yesterday's aggravation? P+J might have what you're looking for:

    Phillipe + Jorge are alerted to how Las Vegas plans to create a museum paying tribute to organized crime and the role played by the Mob in creating this living monument to neon, excess, kitsch, Elvis, and gambling in the Nevada desert.

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  • December 14, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    One way of assessing Rhode Island's response to yesterday's snowstorm is by looking at how things went elsewhere; did other cities and states do a better job, or did they have the same problems seen here?

    Here's the top of the Boston Globe's coverage:

    Boston and its environs seized up at the first sight of snow yesterday, as an unfortunately timed and unusually intense storm sent thousands of commuters racing from their jobs, virtually in unison, only to endure a gridlock of epic frustration.

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  • December 14, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    A few weeks ago, in a piece on the prominence lent by our local TV affiliates to the weather, Tim Lehnert noted the siege mentality that has become common when even a few flakes start to fall:

    While quick-changing coastal conditions and New England’s four seasons play a role, the biggest factor in explaining the prominence afforded local weathercasts is the collective memory of the Big One.

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  • December 13, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    When the news broke yesterday that Governor Carcieri was in Iraq, Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts learned about this in the same way as other Rhode Islanders -- through the media.

    "We were not informed that the governor would be in Iraq," Paul Tencher, Roberts's chief of staff, told me when I asked about this. He says that Roberts learned of Carcieri's trip "from media sources early yesterday."

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  • December 13, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Vowing to brave the winter weather, the Rhode Island Young Democrats have a holiday fundraiser set for tonight (6-9) at the Cuban Revolution in Olneyville. (In 2005, I wrote about growing political organizing in RI among Young Dems and Young Republicans.)

    Perhaps most impressive is the host committee, via RI's Future:

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  • December 13, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    From the US Attorney's office:

    The United States Government and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) have reached an agreement under which the insurer will pay $20 million to resolve matters related to the government’s ongoing public corruption investigation. BCBSRI has also agreed to a series of ethical reforms concerning the insurer’s relationship with state officials.

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