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5:04 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

TGIF: 15 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Thanks for stopping by for a visit with my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome via idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me all week long on the twitters.

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2:50 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Kilmartin Hires Ernie Carlucci As His Chief of Staff

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has hired Ernest "Ernie" J. Carlucci, a former deputy district director for Congressman David Cicilline, as his chief of staff. The move comes as Kilmartin faces a re-election challenge this year from state Senator Dawson Hodgson (R-North Kingstown).

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1:47 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Taveras Cites Endorsement by 32 State Lawmakers

Angel Taveras' gubernatorial campaign is rolling out endorsements by 32 state lawmakers.

In a statement, Taveras says, “I am grateful to these 32 State Senators and State Representatives for their support and for their belief in the Democratic values that I stand for,” said Mayor Angel Taveras. “I look forward to continuing to work with these officials, and all Rhode Islanders, to convey my message of hope and my plans to move Rhode Island forward.”

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12:07 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Robitaille Calls for Republicans to Keep an Open Mind on Fung vs. Block

John Robitaille, who came within fewer than three percentage points of winning the 2010 race for governor, took to Facebook Wednesday to urge Republican voters to keep an open mind on the Republican primary contest between Ken Block and Allan Fung.

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2:53 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Paolino Coy on Whether He's Interested In Helping to Buy the Providence Journal

Paolino in his downtown offfice, near a copy of a front-page ProJo story heralding his 117-vote victory in the 1984 race for mayor.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Former Providence mayor Joseph R. Paolino Jr., who was part of a group that tried to buy WLNE-TV (Channel 6) in 2011, is keeping his cards close to his vest on whether he's looking at being part of an effort to acquire the Providence Journal.

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12:23 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Caprio Wins Endorsement from Rhode Island State Association of Firefighters

Former state treasurer Frank Caprio has won a coveted endorsement -- from the Rhode Island State Association of Firefighters -- as he fights to regain his former office in a three-way Democratic primary.

The association represents almost 2000 firefighters across Rhode Island, encompassing 36 local unions.

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12:23 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Older Rhode Islanders remember a real Blizzard: 1978

Some of you younger people may think we are in the middle of a snowy winter here in Rhode Island.  

Those of a certain age know better. Thirty –six years ago today, on Feb. 6, 1978, the sky opened with snow that didn’t stop for more than 24 hours.  Providence received two feet of the white stuff in the first 24 hours and more than 4 feet blanketed Woonsocket.

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5:25 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Bill Clinton Expected to Headline March 11 NYC Fundraiser For Seth Magaziner

Former President Bill Clinton is expected to headline a March 11 fundraiser for treasurer candidate Seth Magaziner in New York City, according to Magaziner's campaign manager.

Magaziner's campaign manager, Evan England, says the venue for the fundraiser has yet to be finalized.

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4:57 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Lorne Adrain Formally Enters the Race for Mayor of Providence

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Businessman and community activist Lorne Adrain on Monday formally entered the race for mayor of Providence, saying he'd try to move the city forward through a combination of partnerships, problem-solving and perseverance.

Adrain announced his run at the Friendship Cafe, an eatery operated by the Amos House shelter and whose staff includes formerly homeless individuals. He says he chosen the location as a sign of his commitment to the people of Providence.

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12:19 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Zainyeh Joins Shectman Halperin Savage as Chief Marketing & Development Officer

Zainyeh, at left, applauds Governor Chafee prior to the governor's 2013 State of the State address.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

George Zainyeh, whose departure as Governor Lincoln Chafee's chief of staff was announced last Friday, is taking a job, as chief marketing and development officer, with the law firm of Shectman Halperin Savage LLP.

Shectman Halperin Savage has offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York. Founding partner Jonathan Savage previously served as the receiver for Central Falls.

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