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  • July 17, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    After some delay, here's what Governor Carcieri has to say:

    The Department of Administration has initiated an internal review of the two companies involved in the recent ICE action, Falcon and Tri-State, to ensure compliance with state and federal employment and immigration laws and contract service levels. The Department is taking all necessary steps to ensure the cleaning and maintenance operations are not disrupted at the buildings contracted to the two companies.

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  • July 03, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    The gov's office released this optimistic statement earlier this week:

    Governor’s Renewable Energy Plan Gains Momentum

    Funding Approved for SAMP

    Governor Donald L. Carcieri today announced that the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund Board of Trustees approved funding for the development of a Special Area Management Plan (SAMP) covering Rhode Island’s offshore waters, executed by a joint partnership between the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) and the University of Rhode Island (URI).

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  • July 03, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    From the gov's office:

    Governor Donald L. Carcieri will be taping a brief interview on Monday, July 7, 2008 with Bill O'Reilly of Fox network's O'Reilly Factor, for broadcast later that evening. The topic of the conversation will be the Governor's Executive Order on illegal immigration, which was issued on March 27, 2008.

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  • July 01, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Popping back into public view with an op-ed in today's ProJo, Steve Laffey resumes the mantra for his forthcoming 2010 gubernatorial campaign.

    While there are some good things in the budget, that it is balanced on over $100 million in savings from Medicaid and personnel that are unlikely to be attained means that elected officials continue to manage the decline of this great state.

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  • June 24, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Ari Savitzky, major domo of Fair Vote RI, will be offering a talk tomorrow, entitled "Electoral College Dropout."

    Wednesday, June 25th
    7pm
    @Blue State Coffee

    A growing movement is calling for the National Popular Vote compact, a plan to directly elect presidents by popular vote. Every state entering into the NPV compact agrees to give electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote, and the compact goes into effect once states making up a majority of the Electoral College have entered into the agreement.



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  • June 23, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    From the gov's office:

    Governor Donald L. Carcieri today decried the City of Providence's continued refusal to work with Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to prevent illegal immigrants from committing reprehensible crimes against Rhode Island citizens. The Governor said that the recent arrest of Marco Riz, an illegal immigrant who had been ordered deported, is a sad but vivid example of why he issued his Executive Order on illegal immigration.

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  • June 09, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Governor Carcieri might have precluded the stormy reaction to his executive order on immigration if he had initially talked with some of the people on his new oversight panel. Instead, we got a lot of distracting side battles at a time when the state remains challenged by a fiscal crisis.

    And now, by backtracking, the governor has angered Terry Gorman and some others by not including a RIILE representative on the oversight group.

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  • May 23, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Michael Lewis, the recently hired director of the state Department of Transportation, seems like a nice guy. But his answers to questions during a taping this morning of WPRI-WNAC's Newsmakers were generally straight out of PR 101.

    While preparing yesterday for the show, I reviewed some of the recent controversies that have beset DOT, including the typist with the six-figure salary, and the Federal Highway Administration's demand that the state return $3.

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  • May 22, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    From the gov's office:

    Governor Donald L. Carcieri today issued the following response to a television advertisement being run by state employee unions. The attack ad specifically assails four state employees under the Governor’s authority: Deputy Secretary of the Office of Health and Human Services Adelita Orefice; Deputy Chief of Staff and former Department of Administration Director Beverly Najarian; former Director of the Department of Mental Health, Retardation and Hospitals, Dr.

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  • May 22, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    I take a long view at this question with my cover story in this week's Phoenix:

    Once upon a time, there was a very smart man, Ira Magaziner, who devised a 1000-page plan — dubbed the Greenhouse Compact — to reinvent Rhode Island’s flagging economy by using $750 million in public investment to seed the high-tech businesses and high-wage jobs of the future.

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  • May 21, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    As Rhode Island continues to wrestle with massive deficits, we're starting to hear some novel suggestions about how to deal with the situation. Bob Walsh has floated a few concepts, such as privatizing a 10 percent chunk of the state Lottery and putting a one-way (incoming) toll booth at the point where I-95 leads from Connecticut into Rhode Island.

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  • May 20, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    From the gov's office:

    Governor Donald L. Carcieri today announced that he has appointed Newport resident Amy Kempe as his new press secretary and spokesperson.

    Kempe replaces Jeff Neal, who announced his intention to step down in March after more than five years. “I’m very pleased that Amy has agreed to take on this important role,” Governor Carcieri said.

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