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  • April 09, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    It's not a big surprise that the Providence FOP, as Buddy Cianci reports, is backing Governor Carcieri's executive order on immigration -- in direct contrast to the stance taken by Dean Esserman.

    For his part, Cianci agrees with those who describe the focus on illegal immigration as misplaced. "People want an excuse," he said this morning.

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  • April 08, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    UPDATE: This just in from the gov's office:

    Patricia Martinez, Director of the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF), today issued the following statement regarding Governor Carcieri’s Executive Order on illegal immigration.

    “This afternoon, I met with Governor Carcieri to discuss my recent public comments about his Executive Order on illegal immigration,” DCYF Director Patricia Martinez said.

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  • April 06, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Returning today to the ProJo's op-ep page, Justin makes the case that economic flight is one of the most dire problems facing Rhode Island, and that a fix is needed, pronto.

    First, the problem:

    • Almost 30,000 fewer Rhode Islanders lived in households earning over three times the poverty level (around $60,000 for a family of four) in 2006 than 2005 (U.

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  • April 05, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    More woes concerning the Carcieri administration's problem-plagued Rhode Island Department of Transportation, as revealed by today's Boston Globe:

    State officials initially said Michael P. Lewis had retired.
    Michael P. Lewis didn't retire from his longtime post as the head of the Big Dig project as the state previously said, but was actually fired last year by the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority.

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  • April 03, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Like I said, get ready for all-immigration, all-the-time.

    From the gov's office:

    Governor Donald L. Carcieri will be a live guest on Lou Dobbs’ program on CNN tonight to discuss the Executive Order dealing with illegal immigration in Rhode Island. The measure signed last week requires state agencies and vendors to verify the legal status of all employees, allows the state to inform people whose identity was stolen, and directs the Rhode Island State Police and the Department of Corrections to work with U.

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  • April 03, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    According to audio, via WPRO, from the Providence Police Department's news conference today, Police Chief Dean Esserman says the Providence department won't participate in Governor Carcieri's order calling on local police to work with federal authorities on illegal immigration.

    Esserman expressed concern that the order could make Providence residents less likely to report crime.

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  • April 03, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Carrerainside

    While Governor Carcieri and his critics continue to square off on immigration, Amy Littlefield has a profile in this week's Phoenix of Stella Carrera, coordinator of immigration and advocacy services for the Diocese of Providence, a piece that tells us something about the stories behind the debate.

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  • April 02, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    In a further sign that the cause of renewable energy is moving forward in RI, Governor Caricier's office says that tomorrow, at 1 pm, "[he] will announce that the State of Rhode Island is seeking bids from private companies to construct and operate an off-shore wind farm designed to generate 1.3 million megawatt-hours per year of renewable energy."

  • April 02, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    In "Ready to rumba," my comprehensive 2003 story on increasing political activity by Latinos in Rhode Island, I looked at how the national GOP was trying to make inroads among Hispanics, and what it meant locally:

    A popular East Providence politician once told Dan Garza that being a Republican in Rhode Island is like trying to pee up a rope.

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  • March 28, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Immigration is fast becoming the latest incarnation of the casino story -- the kind of thing that's going to wind up on the front of the ProJo more days than not.

    Speaking today while taping Newsmakers, Joe Trillo said Governor Carcieri's immigration crackdown could save the state a lot of money. Guest panelist Jen Lawless disagreed, contending that the state shouldn't tackle a complicated situation that has, thus far, eluded a new federal approach.

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  • March 28, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Besides Frank J. Williams, Representatives Art Handy (D-Cranston) and Joe Trillo (R-Warwick) also appear on Newsmakers this weekend (Sunday, 5:30 am on Channel 12, 10 am on Fox 64), for a discussion of the state budget and Handy's much-discussed proposal.

    You can expect where this comes down: Handy says his plan would benefit most Rhode Islanders and slightly diminish the bite of property taxes, while Trillo says Rhode Islanders are already overtaxed and that any further tax hikes should be avoided.

  • March 28, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Governor Carcieri entered a long-running debate about the value of the early-education program Head Start this week. Here's what he said in a story yesterday by the ProJo's Steve Peoples:

    “Show me empirical evidence that Head Start has done anything,” he said. “I think it’s been the biggest waste of money, frankly.

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  • March 27, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Matt takes a look at the front of today's ProJo's State House tax-issue coverage and sees a not-so-subtle division:

    Anyone notice the stark contrast on the front page of today's BeloJo?

    Providence Journal Front Page March 27, 2008

    In one corner we have MEN IN SUITS who are longtime advocates for lowering taxes on the richest millionaires and corporate tycoons at the expense of health care and child care!

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  • March 27, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    green5inside

    As demonstrated by National Grid's opposition to a key part of the plan for Allco Renewable's proposed solar farm in Cranston, moving forward with renewable energy in Rhode Island won't be without some fits and starts. Yet change is at hand, and in this week's Phoenix, I write about the push fior renewables:

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  • March 21, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    It's not hard to find critics -- Democrats and Republicans alike -- who will find fault with Governor Carcieri's staff. Now, Jeff Neal, the governor's spokesman, and someone about whom is never heard a discouraging word, is preparing to leave the administration, in or before late June. From the gov's office:

    “Jeff Neal has been an important part of my administration since the very beginning,” Governor Carcieri said.

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