Rhode Island voters have twice turned down the chance to bring Las Vegas style casinos in the Ocean State. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says things will probably be different this year.
Rhode Island once had a vigorous anti-casino movement whose members lobbied at the State House and campaigned across the state. Our state once had an anti-casino governor, Republican Lincoln Almond, who considered state promotion of gambling little more than a cheap tax on the poor. The state’s media, led by the Providence Journal, once editorialized against the expansion of gambling.
As Charles Moreau yields the mayor’s office in Central Falls in advance of a plea deal with federal prosecutors, city councilor James Diossa is seriously considering a run for mayor, sources tell RIPR.
The ProJo, which is cutting employees once again, is really penny-pinching with this one. The state’s largest newspaper is ending the `Papers for Patients’ program, according to a letter from Lori Gardnier, director of consumer sales for the ProJo, to hospital officials.
Congressman Jim Langevin’s campaign manager, Seth Klaiman, has released a statement in response to an ad blitz criticizing Langevin’s record by GOP opponent Michael Riley. The response takes a page from David Cicilline’s campaign, linking Riley with congressional Republicans.
The Boston Globe has a thorough look at the challenge facing the Boston Phoenix as it moves this week to a new format, scrapping the traditional alternative newsweekly template while adding a big helping of lifestyle content.
Phoenix owner and publisher Stephen Mindich, 69, tells the Globe the rejiggered Phoenix in Boston “is right for the time.”