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.
Every serious candidate says Rhode Island’s poor economy is the top issue in this year’s governors’ race. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time for Rhode Island to sort economic myth from reality.
Say hello to any of the five major candidates for governor and you’ll get a marathon run of rhetoric on the need to create jobs in our struggling state. On the Republican side, Ken Block and Allan Fung have both talked about ushering in a better business climate, lowering taxes and looking for ways to save taxpayer money.
In this month’s Artscape, RI Public Radio’s Scott MacKay speaks with Rhode Island author Rosemary Mahoney. Mahoney spent time in India and Tibet volunteering at a school for the blind. Her new book about that experience is entitled `For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches from the World of the Blind.’
She spoke with Scott MacKay in our Providence studios.
In the run up to a Super Bowl between two teams from states that have legalized marijuana, thus giving whole new meaning to the term Bud Bowl, pollsters are taking the pulse of public opinion on the issue in other states.
Today, Public Policy Polling released a public opinion survey that shows 53 percent of Rhode Island voters support changing the state’s laws to sell, regulate and tax pot in a manner similar to alcohol.
In what would be a serious threat to Rhode Island’s state gambling revenue stream, Fall River is eyeing yet another attempt to enter the casino market.
Mayor William Flanagan has scheduled an announcement for Tuesday on a deal for a $750 million casino in the seen-better-days onetime textile center in southeastern Massachusetts that practically straddles the R.I. border, according to several Massachusetts media outlets, including WBUR.
Partnering with Fall River would be Foxwoods, the Connecticut-based tribal gambling empire.
Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy has endorsed Seth Magaziner for the Democratic nomination for Rhode Island state general treasurer.
In a news release, Kennedy said, ``I am proud to support Seth because I know he is the best candidate to move Rhode Island forward.’’
Kennedy also said, ``Not only will bring a steady hand to the state’s finances, he will bring new energy and fresh ideas that will put Rhode Islanders to work and make our state competitive in the 21st Century economy.’’
Former Providence Mayor Vincent `Buddy’ Cianci Jr., is being treated at Miriam Hospital for rectal cancer. Cianci, WPRO’s chief talk show host and a political analyst for ABC 6 said in a news release, ``I have been absent from the airwaves for the past week due to hospitalization for a recent diagnosis of cancer.’’
Cianci, 73, said that medical opinions indicate that ``the cancer is completely curable’’ and that the prognosis ``is for a full recovery.’’
The two sides in Rhode Island’s ongoing lawsuit over the state’s pension overhaul meet today to update a judge on their efforts to reach a settlement. The case has been in mediation for about a year now, but
little is known about how the closed door negotiation has been playing out. The outcome could have a major impact on the state’s bottom line, since architects crafted the pension overhaul to reduce the amount of money Rhode Island has to pay to retired state workers.
For more insight, we turn to Rhode Island Public Radio’s Political Analyst Scott MacKay.