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  • December 23, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    I recap 2008 in this week's Phoenix:

    For a good metaphor of the year experienced by Rhode Island in 2008, consider the economic-development summit called by Governor Carcieri in November.

    On the surface, the notion of seeking fresh thinking about the Ocean State's deteriorating economy was eminently reasonable.

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  • December 23, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Governor Carcieri touts a federal Medicaid waiver as a ticket to savings in the Rhode Island budget, but it seems as if an awful lot of questions about how this will work remain unanswered. Given how the Ocean State has a very high percentage of elderly residents, this plan comes with considerable risk.

    From the ProJo:

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  • December 22, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    From Governor Carcieri's office. Look for more such departures as the governor's time in office ticks down.

    Governor Donald L. Carcieri today accepted the resignation of Jerome F. Williams, Director of the Department of Administration. Director Williams has accepted a position at Roger Williams University as Senior Vice President and Chief Business and Administration Officer.

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  • December 10, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Some speculate that Saul Kaplan was asked to give up his job as executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. As we know, Governor Carcieri said via a statement that Kaplan plans to return to the private sector. At minimum, the timing is striking, given the state's very serious economic problems.

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  • November 22, 2008
    By Ian Donnis
    With an op-ed in today's ProJo, Tom Sgouros notes how the Republican label -- though not necessarily somewhat conservative politics, aka old-school RI Repulicanism -- was lethal for General Assembly candidates earlier this month.
    [A]ll is not bleak for the Republicans. There were two notable Republican winners.

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  • November 19, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    Back in June, I reported that WJAR-TV's Bill Rappleye was pursuing the time-honored adversarial relationship between reporters and elected officials when he asked Governor Carcieri about a nepotism-related matter. The gov's people -- and even some folks affiliated with Channel 10 -- didn't much like it.

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  • November 05, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Let us count the ways.

    1. Dan Yorke is making a plausible case that the party, because of its utter incompetence, should cease operations for about 12 or 18 months.

    2. AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer George Nee, a Democratic stalwart, recognizes the state GOP is so feeble that he cites to the ProJo the (theoretical) importance of a competitive two-party system.

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  • November 03, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    From Governor Carcieri's office:

    Governor's Forum on the Rhode Island Economy
    Thursday, November 6, 2008
    8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
    Rhode Island Convention Center, Ballroom A
    One Sabin Street, Providence

    Governor Donald L. Carcieri will join national economists, elected officials, representatives from the state's colleges and universities, and business, labor and community leaders for the Governor's Forum on the Rhode Island Economy on Thursday, November 6, 2008.





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  • October 30, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    WPRO broadcast a campaign commercial a short time ago that, pointing to the downside of longstanding Democratic dominance of the General Assembly, urged listeners to vote for Republican lawmakers. Governor Carcieri's campaign fund, according to a tagline, paid for the spot.

    Yet not much can be expected to change in Rhode Island politics this Election Day, as I write in this week's Phoenix, mostly since the overall partisan balance is unlikely to change much.

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  • October 29, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Considering how RI is so deep in the hole, Governor Carcieri's expression of support for eliminating the state income tax seemed grounded in philosophical abstraction. Nonetheless, it was enough to stir his opponents.

    Rhode Islanders to protest Governor for advocating the ultimate tax shift from rich onto the backs of working families

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  • October 23, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    UPDATE: Caprio announcement.

    Meanwhile, General Treasurer Frank Caprio says he will be making "an important financial announcement concerning the state," tomorrow, at 10 am in his office.

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    Struggles with economic development are a hardy perennial in RI, as I noted earlier this year, there's plenty of blame to go around, and steady efforts are needed to make progress.

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  • October 10, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Governor Carcieri is scheduled to be interviewed on the topic today for a report on ABC World News' "50 States in 50 Days," which is being done as a partnership with USA Today.

    In response to an inquiry from N4N, press secretary Amy Kempe writes,

    The focus of the segment will be Rhode Island's economy, specifically how the state has felt the impact of the housing market crisis, unemployment, drop in state revenue.

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  • September 30, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    From the gov's office:

    Today at the netWORKri One-Stop Career Center in West Warwick, Governor Donald L. Carcieri announced the Industry Skills Development Initiative, a $3.3 million collaboration among public agencies and private industry designed to raise the skill levels of Rhode Island workers in strategically

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  • September 30, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    State Senator Josh Miller is rasing concerns about the wind farm project announced by Governor Carcieri last week.

    “While the General Assembly has fully supported developing renewable energy projects in Rhode Island, I am concerned that Governor Carcieri has unilaterally moved Deepwater Wind to the front of the line when major questions remain about their experience and background.

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  • September 11, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    We all know how the Northeast is facing a looming crisis because of growing heating costs this winter.

    So how effective a regulatory watchdog is the little-known state Public Utilities Commission? (The PUC's three commissioners are pictured above, along with their most outspoken critic, two-time AG candidate Bill Harsch.

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