As you slog your way through a marathon budget session on
a Friday night, it’s nearly impossible not to dream up every possible scenario
in which you could leave the State House at a decent hour. (What if I pull the
fire alarm? Could the Speaker speak if I stole his gavel? Is it possible to pay
the interns to go on strike?)
The best idea I came up with would have to come directly
from press row.
Faithful readers - I'll be out of action for the next couple of weeks, but keep an eye on this space. If all goes according to plan, we should have a lively guest blogger in place. In the meanwhile, if you didn't catch it, a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how New York's recently approved gay marriage bill got through the legislature there in the New York Times this weekend.
The liberal blogger's conference Netroots Nation, as the Phoenix first reported, is coming to Providence next year. And the ProJo reports that the group is looking to keep RightOnline, a conservative counter-conference that has been following it around the country, at arm's length. Netroots, it seems, has signed non-compete agreements with the Rhode Island Convention Center and two downtown hotels that will be hosting Netroots.
And they're off.
The Rhode Island Democratic Party fired an opening volley in the 2012 Congressional races today when it released a statement attacking GOP Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty for asking former Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri to headline a fundraiser:
Less than two months since announcing his bid for U.
Less than two months since announcing his bid for U.
As first reported in the Phoenix, Netroots Nation - an annual conference of influential liberal bloggers - will be coming to Providence next summer.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse made it official with an announcement at this year's Netroots Nation in Minneapolis over the weekend.
This is good for Providence: a small economic infusion, some election-year atttention, bold-faced names, and a little bump for a city attempting to build a reputation as a high-tech hub.
The murder conviction of Nicholas Gianquitti, a Cranston man who shot and killed his next-door neighbor Jim Pagano in a dispute over a child's stray tennis ball, was upheld by the state Supreme Court today. The case has a special resonance for this reporter; I covered it as a reporter at the Providence Journal.
A few days after the shooting, I spent a long night in Fitzpatrick's Pub in Cranston, chatting with some of the Garden City Boys - an extraordinarily large and tight-knit group of friends that grew up together in the Garden City neighborhood and came home to bury their friend, Jim.
Don't worry, I'm not talking about the Vancouver looters. No, I'm talking about Geoffrey Canada who is, to my mind, one of the most intriguing figures of our time.
Canada runs Harlem Children's Zone, which provides intense social and educational supports - "cradle-to-college" - for 10,000 children in a 100-block section of New York City's Harlem neighborhood.
Don't look now, but Rhode Island Republicans are winning at the polls in 2011. They've won special elections for a Barrington school committee seat and a Coventry town council seat. And in North Kingstown, voters overwhelmingly rejected a ballot measure to boost the local school district's budget last week.
Hardly a sign of a revolution - Barrington, Coventry, and North Kingstown are hardly liberal bastions.
The death of Governor Chafee's two-tiered sales tax proposal and the gay marriage bill he advocated have prompted more than a few declarations of irrelevance.
But with Smith Hill Democrats set to caucus today, and a formal budget proposal expected in the coming days, it may be time to re-evaluate.
That budget, by most accounts, will include some sort of sales tax expansion.
Golocalprov's piece on underage drinking at Providence Police Chief Dean Esserman's home has focused attention on the state's "social host" law, which imposes penalties on parents who knowingly allow underage drinking on their property.
Esserman, of course, maintains that he did not knowingly allow underage drinking - that he broke up the party when he discovered the booze.
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras' top-to-bottom review of city finances, which revealed a two-year, $180 million structural deficit, has badly damaged the reputation of his predecessor, David Cicilline, who stands accused of covering up the capital's fiscal problems while running a successful campaign for Congress last fall.
At the height of the David-Cicilline-left-Providence-bankrupt story, it was hard to imagine him ever escaping its harsh glare. But veteran political observers noted that the year-and-a-half until the next election is the proverbial "eternity in politics" and that attention would inevitably shift elsewhere - especially as the Taveras Administration began the painful process of cutting.
Striped across the top of today's Providence Journal: "Stanley Cup Game 3: Bruins shut out Canucks, 4-0." The actual score: 8-1.
Perhaps it's just some wishful thinking. It'd be nice to save those other four goals for Game 4.
Retired Representative Patrick Kennedy got a nice little boomlet of media coverage last month with his push for a new "moonshot" - a la his famous uncle's push for a moon landing. This one, he says, would take us inside the human mind, unlocking the mysteries of mental illness.
Kennedy's familial ties add some resonance to his call.