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  • December 11, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    This news from the RI Bar Association:

    December 10, 2007

    The Honorable Donald L. Carcieri

    Governor

    State of Rhode Island

    State House, Room 115

    Providence RI 02903

    RE: Judicial Vacancies

    Dear Governor Carcieri,

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  • December 11, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Representative Steven M. Costantino, chairman of House Finance, has scheduled a 2 pm State House (Room 35) news conference for tomorrow "to unveil legislation he plans to introduce in the upcoming legislative session to reorganize and streamline parts of state government."

  • December 11, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Because of the writers' strike, a lot more "reality shows" are on the way. And according to Reality Blurred:

    Just when it seemed like the days of FOX catering to the lowest common denominator were behind us, FOX has started production on a series tentatively titled When Women Rule the World.

    FOX’s Mike Darnell, who’s responsible for series such as Joe Millionaire, describes the series to Variety: “You take 12 attractive women who feel like it’s still a man’s world and who think they’ve hit a glass ceiling, and you give them their own society to run.

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  • December 11, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Take it away, Andy Williams.

    -- The Providence Daily Dose will have its holiday party this Thursday night (9 pm start) at Local 121.

    -- South Kingstown Republicans will have a holiday get-together tonight (7 pm) at Casey's Grill and Bar in Wakefield.

    -- The Rhode Island faction of Urban Planet will have its holiday celebration on Thursday (5:30 start) at MoJoe's Bar and Grill, Broadway, Providence.

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  • December 11, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Not if you're a presidential campaign anxious about your competitors.

    -- As predicted here yesterday, Romney is going after Huckabee.

    -- Hillary has been sharpening her attacks on Obama.

    -- And The Caucus, the NYT's political blog, has a juicy bit about the Clinton camp seeking dirt on Obama.

    If there was any question whether Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign was concerned about the rise of Senator Barack Obama, here is a fresh example: A deputy campaign manager for Mrs.

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  • December 11, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    First, there was Google Maps and Google Earth. Now, there's Google's Street View (in Boston, anyway). Like I a lot of people, I find Google indispensable, but how long will it be before this company is in our bathtubs?

    The Boston Globe reports today:

    Google Inc.'s controversial Street View feature, which offers 360-degree, street-level images of urban life so clear that passersby often can be identified, is set to make its Boston debut this morning.

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  • December 11, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    You never know who will pop up on the World Wide Web. Although the Iranian president's site has been up for a while, the Times catches up with it today:

    TEHRAN, Dec. 10 — Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, is not the first name that comes to mind when thinking of net surfers and instant messages. Yet, it turns out, the man is a blogger.

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  • December 10, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Just another week in the Ocean State:

    -- My friend nun-turned-attorney general-turned-talk-show-host and analyst Arlene Violet is making a musical based on her life.

    -- A poker enthusiast, for reasons that are not entirely clear, says he bought the rights to Ralph Mollis's 2006 campaign Web site.

    -- Uber-capitalist and conservative strategist Grover Norquist will make the scene Wednesday at an Olneyville restaurant partially inspired by the Cuban Revolution.

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  • December 10, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    With Mike Huckabee having emerged as a GOP frontrunner in Iowa, the long knives are no doubt being drawn by Mitt Romney and other opponents. This front-pager, from yesterday's New York Times, is an example of the growing examination and dropped dimes that Huckabee will no doubt face:

    As new polls highlight Mike Huckabee’s ascent in the Republican presidential field, he is drawing new scrutiny of his record in Arkansas, particularly his actions in the release of a convicted rapist who went on to murder a woman and his response to a questionnaire in which he said people with AIDS should be quarantined.

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  • December 10, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    We all know how far Radiohead has come since Pablo Honey. The band's pay what you want approach for In Rainbows has gotten tons of ink (or pixels, or something like that). Yesterday, the New York Times' Jon Pareles offered a deep look at one of my favorite bands:

    SHORTLY after Radiohead released its album “In Rainbows” online in October, the band misplaced its password for Max/MSP, a geek-oriented music software package that the guitarist Jonny Greenwood uses constantly.

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  • December 10, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    -- Democrat Frank Ferri, the newest progressive member of the General Assembly, is slated to be sworn in at 6 pm this Thursday in the House chamber. (For P+J's take on Ferri's victory, step right in here.)

    -- Clean Water Action has endorsed Bud Cicilline for the District 75 House vacancy created by the death of Paul Crowley.

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  • December 10, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Last week, N4N reported that Republican Spencer Maguire, who ran a spirited challenge to Representative Ray Gallison (D-Bristol) in 2006, had decamped for Washington, DC (thanks to Matt for sharing some initial glimmers about this), robbing the Rhode Island GOP of a potentially strong candidate for 2008. This morning, I caught up by phone with Maguire, who took a job as legislative counsel for DC Councilman David A.

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  • December 10, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Check out this fascinating graphic that ran with a Matt Bai piece, about the effect of the Internet on political campaigns, in yesterday's New York Times Magazine:

    While Paul isn't going to get the nomination, he has clearly struck a Howard Dean-like chord with a thin slice of the electorate. It's telling, too, that among the major candidates, Obama is way out in front in his number of YouTube subscribers, with almost twice as many as Hillary.

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  • December 09, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Kudos and congrats to WPRI-TV reporter John Mone, who tells N4N that he's leaving to take a job with The Associated Press in Los Angeles. On Friday, a merry bunch of his colleagues feted Mone, who was joined by his wife, Kerry, a legislative publicist on Smith Hill, at the Local 121 Taproom.

  • December 07, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Here's the word from Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders:

    The Rhode Island Supreme Court released a 3-2 decision today preventing Cassandra Ormiston and Margaret Chambers from obtaining a divorce.

    The women are Rhode Island residents who married in Fall River, Massachusetts in 2004, and mutually sought a divorce in Rhode Island Family Court in October 2006.

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