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  • June 22, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    With the Democrat-controlled General Assembly having imposed its will on Governor Carcieri this week, Giovanni Cicione, chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Party, remains sanguine about the outlook for GOP legislative gains in the 2008 election. With some Rhode Islanders frustrated about Dems' handling of the budget issue, there's "a great chance to get independent thinkers engaged," Cicione says.

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  • June 21, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Legislation that would provide for the disposal of out-of-state medical waste at the Central Landfill in Johnston has died at the State House in recent years. The environmental community is today watching with concern, however, because the latest bill, H6375, introduced by Representative Tim Williamson, is slated for a 3:30 hearing by the House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.

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  • June 21, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    As we all know by know, Robert Pelosi makes an excellent poster child for what's wrong with state government in Rhode Island. Pelosi's behavior is outrageous, and Jim Hummel deserves props for bringing this story to the public.

    Meanwhile, Governor Carcieri is scheduled to veto the General Assembly-backed budget at noon today.

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  • June 19, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Governor Carcieri is getting his beads read at the moment by Dan Yorke, who cites Ed Achorn's column today as a crystalization of a lot of his own previous commentary about the governor. Here's the meat of what Achorn has to say, in a piece headlined, "Failure of Leadership Imperils RI":

    Unfortunately, Governor Carcieri spent most of this year in hiding.

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  • June 19, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    UPDATE: Speaking on the John DePetro Show, Representative Charlene Lima just said that she gave details of her anti-priviatization legislation to Channel 10's Bill Rappleye in time for the 6 o'clock news on Friday, and to the ProJo by 8 pm. "There was no dark of the night here," Lima says.

    As previously reported on this blog, the Rhode Island Statewide Coalition (RISC) has been demonstrating greater activity in recent months, if only by sending a daily e-mail bulletin.

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  • June 18, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Like Rhode Island's Future, I think the Sunday Journal pretty much nailed the budget situation with these words in an editorial:

    Clearly, the state has not done the hard work needed to restructure government so that Rhode Island is living within its means. That is the crucial step toward re-energizing the state’s economy, helping to create the jobs needed to pay for government.

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  • June 14, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    ProJo sports columnist Bill Reynolds seems to be the coiner of the phrase "A Full Rhode Island," as a reference for the state's prototypical boondoggles. Well, if on average, we experience an AFRI every couple of weeks -- and sometimes much more frequently -- what's happening now is completely off the charts (although, as Bill would no doubt note, there is no apparent Bruce Sundlun connection).

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  • June 13, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    The Carcieri administration is backing away from Gio Cicione's aforementioned lawn sign campaign.

    Steve Kass told John DePetro a short time ago that the governor didn't particularly support the concept. "I"m sure he's going to have a conversation with Gio and see where it goes next," Kass said.

    Earlier, GOP spokeswoman Donna Perry was somewhat fuzzy while discussing the issue with DePetro, who is her brother.

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  • June 13, 2007
    By webteam

    As someone who broke the news of Giovanni Cicione's ascent, N4N is not without some sympathy for the state GOP chairman. Single-party dominance tends not to be good for civic life, and Republicans have been a marginal force in Rhode Island for as long as anyone can remember. As Phil West, then of Common Cause, told me when I wrote about efforts to make GOP legislative gains back in January 2004:

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  • June 12, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    With the unions and the Carcieri administration running dueling radio spots (as well as a TV commercial), the governor has been actively working the talk-radio circuit.

    The governor told John DePetro a short time ago that he plans to forge ahead with plans to cut 1000 state employees. Asked if a greater number of state workers might be axed, the governor said, "Could be."

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  • June 12, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Today's Boston Globe has the details of how the town of Middleboro, Massachusetts, appears to be closing in on a deal to host a casino:

    The Middleborough Board of Selectmen has agreed to support an Indian-owned casino in exchange for a promise from developers to pay the town $7 million a year in compensation for accommodating the millions of expected visitors, according to town officials.

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  • June 11, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    The ProJo's State House bureau chief had another terrrific story, about the Plexus Corporation's $9 million state contract, in the Sunday Journal. This one has some classic Rhode Island hallmarks involving relatives and money, not to mention how auditors disqualified $240,544 of $953,426 in questionable costs for the company in 2004.

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  • June 08, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    The deficit-reduction plan offered yesterday by the governor is classic Carcieri: 1) set himself firmly against the status quo and the Democrat-dominated General Assembly; 2) target greater privatization and fewer state employees; and 3) leave the legislature to try to figure it out.

    Rumors started circulating yesterday morning of a gubernatorial plan to cut 1000 employees.

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  • June 07, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Governor Carcieri, who is slated to join Dan Yorke today at 5 pm, says, "YES!!!"

    Brian C. Jones, who wrote about this in 2003, came up with the following:

    Do state workers have it too cushy?

    HERE ARE some general points:

    On average, public workers appear better paid than those in the private sector. But there are plenty of instances where state jobs are paid lower than what private business offers.

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  • June 07, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    The rumors are true. Governor Carcieri is proposing cutting 1000 state workers to help resolve the budget deficit. As indicated in Brian C. Jones' story on the governor in this week's Phoenix, Carcieri plans to use his bully pulpit to challenge what he calls the excessive costs associated with the state workforce.

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