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Rhode Island legislature passes anti-BDS law

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 1:10pm 6/18/2016 at 1:10pm
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The Rhode Island legislature has joined numerous other states in passing legislation prohibiting the state and its subdivisions from contracting with entities involved in discriminatory boycotts, which would cover the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Signature by the Governor is expected.

The recognition that boycotts based on religion and national origin are d...

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Rhode Island drops new “Cooler and Warmer” slogan after massive ridicule

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, April 1, 2016 at 8:30pm 4/1/2016 at 8:30pm
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My formerly home State of Rhode Island and [do you remember the rest of the official state name?] recently mourned the loss of Robert Healey, founder and perennial candidate of the Cool Moose Party:

Robert J. Healey Jr. was a fixture at Rod’s Grille in Warren — so much so that words...

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Rhode Island Bill Would Punish Parents for Latch-key Kids

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 5:00pm 3/19/2016 at 5:00pm
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You may recall the Silver Spring, Maryland case of parents being charged with “unsubstantiated neglect” for allowing their children, ages 10 and 6, to walk home from a local park.  This, along with similar incidents, sparked a debate about “free-range kids,” the role government should take in parenting, and the relative...

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RIP Buddy Cianci

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 11:04am 1/28/2016 at 11:04am
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Former Providence Mayor Vicent “Buddy” Cianci, Jr. has died, The Providence Journal reports.

He was a lovable rogue, but definitely a rogue. He transformed Providence from a washed-out industrial blight to the jewel of New England. He was larger than life, and came to epitomize both the power and excesses of personality.


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Victory over Japan Day

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, August 14, 2015 at 1:00pm 8/14/2015 at 1:00pm
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Victory Day, formerly known as VJ Day, formerly known as Victory Over Japan Day, no longer is celebrated anywhere in the U.S. except in my formerly home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.  It is celebrated the second Monday in August, even though Japan didn’t actually formally surrender until September...

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R.I.P. Sgt. Andrew McKenna

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 8:36pm 8/9/2015 at 8:36pm
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There I was, minding my own business on Twitter, when Kurt Schlichter retweeted this tweet and it hit me in the gut:

What jumped out at me was not just...

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Obama sidewalks

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 7:00am 7/7/2015 at 7:00am
Sidewalks Stimulus Plan Warren RI 2015

Remember the Miles of New Sidewalks, and Empty Stores I wrote about on July 6, 2010?

It concerned federal Stimulus Plan “shovel ready” construction of miles of sidewalks in Warren, Rhode Island, which were built pretty much just for the sake...

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Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Ithaca anymore

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 6, 2015 at 7:00am 7/6/2015 at 7:00am
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I spent July 4 weekend back in my previous home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

Having lived full time in Ithaca (NY) for the past two years, I had forgotten what it’s like in ‘merica.

It felt really good.

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Wut? Former RI Senator and Governor Linc Chafee for President?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 11:48am 4/9/2015 at 11:48am
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Former U.S. Senator and Rhode Island Governor Linc Chafee has announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee.

When Rhode Island reader and blogger Tony emailed me about it, I thought it was a joke. Chafee has a reputation of a buffoonish political character who switches political sides on a whim. On...

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Former RI House Speaker Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 6:15pm 3/3/2015 at 6:15pm
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My formerly home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations is keeing up its long history of corrupt politicians.

In March 2014, we reported how Gordon Fox, the RI House Speaker and most powerful politician in Rhode Island was

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Absolutely classic Rhode Island story

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 2:00pm 10/12/2014 at 2:00pm
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You may not fully appreciate this unless you are from my former home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

As mentioned here before, twice-convicted former Providence Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci not only is running for Mayor a third time (as an Independent), he is leading in the polls. Buddy’s first conviction...

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The new normal? Beheading threats empty RI elementary schools

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 11:17am 10/9/2014 at 11:17am
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After the Oklahoma workplace beheading, I asked if the threat level had shifted From Going Postal to Going ISIS.

Regardless of whether we see more actual beheadings in the U.S., it appears that threats of beheadings may be...

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Buddy Cianci leading in poll for Providence Mayor

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, September 26, 2014 at 5:03pm 9/26/2014 at 5:03pm
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Oh man.

Good times could be just around the corner in the Capital city of my former home State of Rhode Island and [if you don’t know by now how it ends, you obviously haven’t been paying attention].

Remember, I said it:

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Buddy Cianci running for Mayor of Providence again, and he can win

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 10:02am 9/9/2014 at 10:02am
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I saw this bumper sticker over Labor Day weekend in downtown Providence, in my former home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. My wife had seen one on a different car a couple of days earlier.

Former Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci has been covered here before regarding his conviction under the Racketeer Influenced  and Corrupt Organizations Act.

In his first act as Mayor of Providence, Buddy resigned in 1984 after being convicted of assaulting his wife’s alleged paramour with a fire log and lit cigarette.  (Seriously.)

Buddy had a comeback but in 2002 was convicted of running a criminal enterprise, namely, Providence City Hall. Cianci was found not guilty of 26 specific criminal charges. The only charge on which he was convicted was RICO conspiracy.

Buddy has been out of federal prison for several years, and has a very successful radio show.  He is still adored by many, regardless of his legal problems.  He is a natural retail politician.

Politics is in Buddy’s soul, and he’s running for Mayor again as an Independent:

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Sounds like a plan

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 7:00am 8/9/2014 at 7:00am
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From Tony at Redneck Republic in my former home State of Rhode Island and [do you know the rest of the State’s name?]:

This is the Tailgate of a Chevy 4X4.

I took the Pic just a few hours ago Riverside Rhode Island.

Started jawin’ with the owner, another riled Redneck with plenty to say bout Government.

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Rhode Island State Senator when challenged on gun control legislation: “Go F*** Yourself”

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 9:43am 3/25/2014 at 9:43am
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Oh, how I miss my formerly home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

A State run by the best and the brightest — and the indicted and the investigated and the Democrats and the Unions.

Just a few days ago the feds and State Police raided the office and home of the...

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Rhode Island House Speaker resigning after fed and state police raid

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 5:54pm 3/22/2014 at 5:54pm
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The most powerful politician in my former home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations is not the Governor.

It’s the Speaker of the House.

And Mr. Speaker, Gordon Fox, is stepping down as Speaker after the feds and state police raided his office and home yesterday.

Projo reports:

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