Updating a post from earlier today, Maine Gov. John Baldacci, a Democrat, signed a same-sex marriage bill into law today, making Maine the fifth state in the country to allow gay nuptials.
That leaves just two New England states - New Hampshire and Rhode Island - without a gay marriage law. And New Hampshire's governor should have the opportunity to pull his state of that short list in a matter of days - or even hours - with same-sex marriage legislation working its way to his desk.
And now, guys and dolls, a little brush with Rhody history.
Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis unveiled a portrait at the State House today of John Clarke, co-founder of the nation's Baptist Church, buyer of Aquidneck Island from the Wampanoags and author of the phrase "lively experiment" made famous by the Rhode Island's Royal Charter.
Rhode Island's foot-dragging on same-sex marriage is all the more pronounced today as Maine's state Senate prepares to approve a bill that would legalize gay nuptials in Vacationland.
The New Hampshire legislature is also close to approving a same-sex marriage bill. And both states are waiting to see if Democratic governors, who have opposed gay marriage in the past but signaled they may be reconsidering, will sign the legislation.
Given the precarious nature of the news biz, more than a few Providence media types are keeping a close eye on the Boston Globe drama up the road.
The New York Times Co., owner of the Globe, had threatened to file notification that it would close the paper within 60 days if it had not wrung $20 million in concessions out of the paper's labor unions by yesterday.
Former Atlantic magazine senior editor Ross Douthat, now a New York Times columnist, has an interesting piece today condemning Arlen Specter and "high-profile Yankee moderates like Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins and Lincoln Chafee" who filled the media last week - in the wake of Specter's high-profile defection to the Democratic Party - with invective against a GOP that has marginalized centrists.
Dallas-based A.H. Belo, owner of the ProJo, reported first-quarter losses of $18.1 million - not including some substantial one-time charges, like a big ol' writedown on the value of the ProJo and costs associated with a recent round of company-wide layoffs that claimed some 100 jobs in Providence.
The first-quarter loss, detailed in the Providence Business News, was nearly double the loss for the same period last year.
The leading gubernatorial candidates have submitted their first-quarter fundraising filings and as expected, General Treasurer Frank T. Caprio leads the Democratic field, with $1.2 million on hand to Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch's $500,000 and Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts' $300,000.
But if we already knew the big numbers, the details provide a glimpse into the candidates' pockets of support and early spending habits.
Former Providence Phoenix intern Sarah Rainone will be reading from her debut novel, "Never Tear Us Apart," at the Borders In Cranston at 2 p.m. on May 9.
The book, set at a wedding in lil' Rhody, goes on sale May 5.
We've had The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post pronounce on our economic failures. And now the tsk-tsk has gone international.
A new story in The Economist, the British magazine, is sounding off on our "labour" problems, noting how many "hectares" of land will open up in Providence's "Jewellry District" when the old I-195 comes down and quoting our local doomsayers, including Leonard Lardaro of the University of Rhode Island.