The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation has caused quite a stir with its demand that the city of Woonsocket take down a World War I and World War II memorial, featuring a cross, on city land.
Public opinion in Rhode Island is clearly pro-monument. And every pol who can plausibly lay claim to the case - from Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine to Attorney General Peter Kilmartin - is wrapping himself in the cloak of the Good Lord.
The company is looking to link together various buckets of data users leave behind - information on which YouTube videos they're watching, what they're searching for on google.
The affable Amy Kempe, spokeswoman for departing Governor Carcieri, will serve as public information officer for Attorney General-elect Peter Kilmartin. Kempe previously worked for Regan Communications and in public relations for GTECH.
Outgoing Attorney General Patrick Lynch fired a parting shot today at Deepwater Wind, the company that aims to build a largescale wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island.
The AG filed a brief with the state Supreme Court objecting to General Assembly passage of a bill that required the state's Public Utilities Commission to take up Deepwater's proposal for a pilot project off Block Island for a second time - weighing criteria that favored the developer - after initially rejecting it.
Attorney General-elect Peter Kilmartin has announced that he is hanging on to some key staffers from the Patrick Lynch era - Deputy Attorney General Gerald Coyne, civil division chief James Lee, and criminal division chief Stacie Veroni.
But Kilmartin will face some pressure to differentiate from Lynch, whose gubernatorial ambitions leant a political feel to the office and whose ties to disgraced Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau raised embarassing questions, fair or not, about the office's willingness to go after public corruption.
Pawtucket Mayor James Doyle, long thought to be stepping down at the end of this term, says he is "undecided" about whether he will seek re-election in the fall. His decision will have implications for city government, of course, but it could also have an impact on other races.
If he steps down, there would be presumably be a lively race to replace him.
Pawtucket Representative Peter Kilmartin, whose interest in running for attorney general was first reported here, has announced the beginnings of a campaign team. His new manager of communications, research and public affairs, Brett Broesder, says the campaign is still in the process of selecting campaign consultants.