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  • December 19, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    I met Robert Warren, the now-former director of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, when he taped Newsmakers with Jack White and myself a few years ago. He seemed like a decent guy, although I didn't appreciate it when he failed to return a call on a subsequent story. Whether that was chance or a reflection of his sense of public responsibility, who knows? Yet when Warren took part yesterday morning in a revealing interview with John DePetro, it became clear that he was working on borrowed time.

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  • December 19, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Downtown Providence and its environs were gripped by bumper-to-bumper gridlock, for reasons not immediately clear, yesterday at about 5:45 pm. The onramp leaving to I-95 from near North Main Street had a barely clear lane, surrounded by plenty of ice, making it fairly likely that some of our more unrestrained drivers will take a big slide.

  • December 19, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Republicans are understandably happy about Steve Coaty's win for the House seat that opened with the death of former longtime Democratic Representative Paul Crowley.

    From the Ocean State Republican:

    In news that should hopefully give Republicans in Rhode Island a reason not to jump off the Newport Bridge, Republican Steve Coaty handily beat J.

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  • December 18, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    -- The Providence Daily Dose holiday party, originally slated for last week, was scrapped because of the snow and has been rescheduled for tonight at Local 121.

    -- The Urban Planet gathering for last week has been postponed until some time in January.

    -- Frank Ferri's swearing-in has been rescheduled for 5 pm tomorrow.

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  • December 18, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    I'm just saying . . . (with apologies to the late, great Spy magazine).

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  • December 18, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Gadfly and former legislator Rod Driver is doing his best to land presidential candidates Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul on the Rhode Island ballot, distributing a flyer he made with picture of both men and the following headline: "You can't vote for both End-the-War candidates for President." The text continues, "But you can help put both of them on the ballot for RI's Presidential Preference Primary by signing their nomination papers."

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  • December 18, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    The ProJo leads today's paper with the question "Who's in charge here?" and a prominent picture of Governor Carcieri. Here are some of the highlights from the story about the governor's response to last week's snow storm.

    Carcieri said he knew nothing about what was happening back in Rhode Island because he was flying from Kuwait to Afghanistan — and probably sleeping — while the storm and the epic traffic jam it created choked most of the state’s major arteries .

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  • December 18, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    My friend Matt Jerzyk, an occasional Phoenix contributor, has weighed in with his endorsement of Obama:

    Judgment matters.America has woken up to this sober reality after being led down a path of international and domestic turmoil by some of the most "experienced" politicians in Washington DC.

    The Iraq War has bankrupted our treasury and stretched our armed forces.

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  • December 17, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    (H/t the Page):

    From USA TODAY/Gallup:

    GOP: Giuliani 27, Huckabee 16, McCain 14, Thompson 14, Romney 14

    Dems: Clinton 45, Obama 27, Edwards 15

    Error margin: 5 points

  • December 17, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    1. The lieutenant governor's office says Roberts will convene tomorrow the Emergency Management Advisory Council, a group that she chairs, for a post-incident review of last week's snow storm, and some other matters.

    2. In a separate news release, Roberts says:

    For Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island to move forward, those five board members, who began serving prior to May 2003 and were therefore responsible for oversight when the illegal actions took place, must step down, including the chairman, Mr.

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  • December 17, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    David Radler, a former publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, has received a 29-month prison sentence for stealing millions from the newspaper's parent company. As I wrote earlier this year, Radler is the father of Melanie Radler, one of the principals in the Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers, which earlier this year bought the Times of Pawtucket, the Call of Woonsocket, and some other local papers.



  • December 17, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    The governor has scheduled a 3:30 media availability to discuss his trip to the Middle East and last week's epic snow calamity.

  • December 17, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Obama and his supporters are way ahead in the signature-gathering lead in Rhode Island, according to the info on the Web site of Secretary of State Ralph Mollis.

    Not that this offers more than a snapshot, but Obama has 1699 sigs (946 qualified), compared with 96 signatures (0 qualified) for Rudy Giuliani, the second-highest total of the moment.

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  • December 17, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    You have to wonder how John Nirenberg made out in the recent snow and rain. Tim Lehnert wrote about him in the current Phoenix:

    Most people are content to mutter and complain as they wait out the final years of the Bush regime. Not John Nirenberg, a 60-year-old professor of organizational behavior from Brattleboro, Vermont, who says, “Justice can’t wait.

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  • December 17, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    An astute take from Seth Gitell:

    Wherever I turn, I’m seeing negative talk about Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The latest story that has moved on the wires has Clinton denying the idea that her campaign is in trouble. I’ve been in New Hampshire a lot recently, and there’s no question that Barack Obama is peaking right now.

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