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  • December 07, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    We already knew how the Celebrated City rocks out.

    Now it's official: on the fun scale, we're wedged right between Philadelphia and Miami.

  • December 07, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    From the gov's office:

    “I believe this is the appropriate result based on Rhode Island law,” Governor Carcieri said. “It has always been clear to me that Rhode Island law was designed to permit marriage – and therefore divorce – only between a man and a woman.”

    “While I understand the Supreme Court’s statement that the General Assembly is the appropriate venue for this public policy issue to be decided, I strongly believe that this type of fundamental change to the laws that govern our society should only occur with the approval of the people of Rhode Island at a referendum,” the Governor said.

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  • December 07, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Also making the scene this week on Newsmakers is Ann Nolan, executive director of Crossroads Rhode Island, who says worsening homelessness in the state will be exacerbated by the weaking economy, the budget deficit, and the foreclosure crisis.

    In contrast to those who believe most of the homeless are a permanent population, Nolan says, 80 percent of such individuals go temporarily through this phase because of financial hardship and related issues.

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  • December 07, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Ryan Bilodeau and Devin Driscoll, the respective leaders of the College Republicans and College Democrats of Rhode Island, stopped by WPRI-WNAC this morning for a taping of Newsmakers. The show will be broadcast Sunday, at 5:30 am on Channel 12 and at 10 am on Fox 64.

    Bilodeau, a fifth-year student at URI, and Driscoll, a PC senior, are each articulate and passionate.

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  • December 07, 2007
    By Ian Donnis
    Friends of Spencer Maguire

    Spencer Maguire, who mounted an aggressive Republican challenge to state Representative Ray Gallison (D-Bristol) in 2006, has taken a job in Washington, DC -- a move that RI GOP chairman Gio Cicione calls "a huge loss" as the party continues to gear up for next year's legislative races.

    Cicione says Maguire left a few weeks ago to take a policy job with a DC councilman, reportedly a Republican-turned-independent.

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  • December 06, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Arlene Violet, my co-panelist on Newsmakers, nails the distinction between John F. Kennedy's speech on Catholicism and the presidency, and Mitt Romney's attempt to do likewise with Mormonism. This is from her column in the Valley Breeze:

    Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney did a “JFK” speech. He declared that he was a man of faith but, as President, he would serve no one religion, no one group, no one cause.

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  • December 06, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    As coincidence would have it, both the ProJo's Charlie Bakst and Mary Ann Sorrentino, writing in the Phoenix, take a look today at the intersection between URI, basketball, and CVS CEO Tom Ryan.

    Bakst first:

    We are at the University of Rhode Island’s terrific $54-million Thomas M. Ryan Center and here is Thomas M.

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  • December 06, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    With parties as disparate as Brown students and conservative Andrew Sullivan rallying behind Barack Obama, supporters of the Democratic candidate will be out gathering signatures Saturday morning to get him on the Rhode Island ballot:

    A grassroots, all-volunteer effort kicks off this weekend to ensure that Barack Obama qualifies for the March 4 th Rhode Island Presidential Primary.

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  • December 06, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Is it because his "softness" on immigration would neutralize the issue in the 2008 election, or is something else going on? The Nation's Katha Pollitt wants to know.

    Have you noticed how liberal white male reporters get crushes on rightwing male candidates? For years John McCain had Democratic and even left men swooning at his feet -- a straight talker! A war hero! He's cool and macho, and he'll invite you over for barbecue! Never mind that McCain was basically a militaristic reactionary with occasional twinges of sanity.

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  • December 06, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    EZ DMV

    N4N was dreading a dismal multi-hour experience when I went to the Pawtucket branch of the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles to renew my license this morning. Much to my surprise, I was in and out in about 15 minutes. Whether it's the Carcieri administration or something else, the DMV showed itself to be a model of efficient government service.

  • December 06, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

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    Every November, the Audit Bureau of Circulations releases more sad news about the sinking circulation of America's biggest newspapers. The Providence Journal hasn't been immune from this trend, but as I describe in this week's Phoenix, the paper is fairing relatively well: it maintains its traditionally strong market penetration, its crown jewels (including the four-person investigative team) remain intact, and if the ProJo is thinner and less ambitious than in the past, it has also been spared the big layoffs seen at a number of once-great metro dailies.

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  • December 05, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Moments ago, from a caller to the Dan Yorke Show on WPR0 AM, responding to a bus advertisement in which some religious leaders back gay marriage (and I might be off by a word or two on the phrasing):

    "That we're even using the word 'gay' shows that we're buying into their agenda."

    This caller, apparently unaware that Governor Carcieri, Speaker Murphy, and Senate President Montalbano are all heterosexual pro-lifers, also asserted, "The homosexual mafia up there is running things."

  • December 05, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    AS220, the Providence arts organization, and its artistic director, Bert Crenca, are facing some very ill-founded, and in some cases juvenile, criticism in a forum over at Lots of Noise, the local music and art site.

    What is the offense that has caused such concern?

    It's Crenca slated participation in a panel discussion tomorrow morning, sponsored by RI Nexus and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, "on creating next-generation working environments for Rhode Island's info-tech and digital media community, moderated by Internet strategy consultant and Providence Geeks co-founder Jack Templin."

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  • December 05, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    While it's interesting to hear Michael Townsend's thoughts about loving and leaving Providence Place, I think Greg Smith buried the lead yesterday. Of arguably more importance is this information, which came near the end of the piece:

    The artists are now grappling with a legal challenge from General Growth Properties, the Chicago company that owns Providence Place as well as 223 other malls and shopping centers.

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  • December 05, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    One of the most tasty parts of last week's CNN-YouTube debate came when Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani began digging into each other, with Fred Thompson throwing in a veiled Bernie Kerik reference. To recap, Romney faulted Giuliani for supposedly making New York into a sanctuary city, and Giuliani responded by noting how illegals had toiled at Romney's residence -- a "sanctuary mansion," if you will.

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