State Representative Robert Watson – the sometimes bombastic and always quotable East Greenwich Republican who served for years as the articulate voice of GOP opposition in the House — is leaving the General Assembly after more than two decades.
Former RI state police col. Brendan Doherty of Cumberland , the GOP candidate for U.S. House in the 1st District, has been moving his feet lately. Besides picking up endorsements from some Democrats, including onetime Boston Mayor Ray Flynn (a PC basketball star), former Newport State Rep. Jimmy Mahoney and former RI State Rep. Joanne Giannini of Providence’s Mount Pleasant district, Doherty has been holding meet-and-greets and fund-raisers almost every evening.
State Revenue Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly has strong words for state Representatives Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, Jon Brien, and Robert Phillips after they failed to back a supplemental tax for cash-strapped Woonsocket in last-minute negotiations in the waning hours of the legislative session:
A journalism scholarship fund has been established in the name of Peter Lord, the superb Providence Journal environmental reporter who died in April. The deadline for making contributions — June 30 — is fast approaching, as a family member notes:
Former Boston mayor and Vatican ambassador Ray Flynn is set to take part in a “Democrats for Doherty” event June 14 at a leading Democratic redoubt, Patrick’s Pub in Providence, according to the Republican candidate’s campaign:
As the General Assembly rushes to rap up the legislative year, the state Senate is slated to consider at 2 pm today the nominations of Luis Matos (as a Superior Court judge) and Mary McElroy (as state Public Defender).
Also on tap are the nominations of former lawmaker Charles Levesque as magistrate of the Family Court, and House legal counsel John Flynn as Drug Court magistrate of Superior Cour
House Speaker Gordon Fox cut a comfortable figure on the rostrum last night as the chamber made its way through another mind-numbing 12-hour budget debate, adjourning shortly before 4 am with an $8.1 billion spending plan.
When Representative Daniel Gordon invoked Moses (“Let my people go!” Gordon said, in a protest of possible tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge, Fox had a game response. “Should I touch this?” Fox said to rippling laughter from the reps. ”Because, Representative Gordon, if you truly can channel Moses and you can part those seas, we don’t even need the bridges!”