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Dee from the Desk: Putting RI Out of Business

You know the state is struggling economically when small business is becoming a charity. Rhode Island has consistently ranked last or next to last in the nation when it comes to business and economic matters and the story of Wilson’s of Wickford showcases Rhode Island’s economic issues.

Dee from the Desk: The GOP's saving grace

Dee from the Desk: The GOP's saving grace

We could be in for a heated political rematch. Yesterday, Catherine Taylor announced that she will be resigning from the Division of Elderly Affairs to run for Lt. Governor as a Republican. It’s not a political shocker or any type of political bomb, it has been pretty obvious that she will run again since she almost ousted sitting Secretary of State Ralph Mollis in 2010. Taylor has been waiting in the wings to run and now instead of running for Secretary of State for a second time, Taylor has...

Dee from the Desk: Where are the veteran plans?

As Memorial Day approaches most people are preparing for backyard barbeques and beer. However, others are remembering the true meaning of the holiday and are honoring those who have given their lives for this nation on the battlefield. The unfortunate truth is for most people Memorial Day is just a day off from work, not a day to honor our service men and woman; a group that is too often forgotten. I see it everyday, in full disclosure here, my father is the President and Founder of Operatio...

Dee from the Desk: Good Government Crusaders

Now that the “Master Lever bill” has passed through committee and is headed to the house floor for a vote, the Democrat Representatives should pass it. Why not? They literally have nothing to lose. House Speaker Nick Mattiello said it the best, he is quoted in today’s Providence Journal saying, “I leave the Senate to their judgment.” So while the House Judiciary Committee looks like heroes of good government for allowing the bill to go to a full vote, every Democrat in the House can sleep e...

Dee from the Desk: A primary issue, GOTV

In September, it is not going to matter who voted for who, or who had a scandal in their police department, but rather who can get out the vote. The Republicans are faced with a difficult task in the September

Dee from the Desk: Opening Pandora's Box

The first attack ad of the campaign season has been released by the Fung for Governor Campaign. The ad takes on Republican Ken Block for voting for President Obama twice in the past elections. It quotes

Dee from the Desk: Taking on a city ordinance

It's been said, many times, many ways: Politics makes strange bed fellows. This time a city ordinance has brought the head of the most conservative faction of the Rhode Island Republican Party and the

Dee from the Desk: Pell takes on the police

New reports indicate that before Clay Pell's Prius was stolen in February the gubernatorial candidate misplaced the car and alerted police back in December. He then found the car an notified the police,

Dee from the Desk: The Alpha Dog

Hamsters, tiger sharks, and some species of spiders are all known to eat their young. For these creatures sometimes it is pure instinctual. Not that they necessarily want to see an end for their own kind

Dee from the Desk: The Block Plan

In a surprise announcement at Taco Industries on Tuesday gubernatorial candidate Ken Block announced: he is running for governor! Block, who has been in the race even before he became a Republican over

Dee from the Desk: Hedge your bets

In politics money speaks louder than words. That's why when it was announced that John Hazen White Jr. CEO of TACO Industries would be speaking at a March 4 fundraiser for gubernatorial candidate Ken

Dee from the Desk: No press is bad press

Have you ever heard the saying no press is bad press? Well, there has been no lack of headlines for Cranston Mayor Allan Fung. First Fung found himself immersed in the center of a parking ticket scandal

Dee from the Desk: Raimondo welcomes Pell to the race

No one was celebrating more at the "announcement" that Clay Pell will make an "announcement" than the Gina Raimondo for Governor Campaign. While Clay Pell gears up to announce his run for Governor of

Dee from the Desk: Block speculates Republican Run

For the next two months you can expect to see a whole lot more of Ken Block. Block, who has announced his candidacy for Governor as a Moderate, has put up 15 billboards throughout Rhode Island. The

Dee From the Desk: A democratic divide: gay marriage

Could gay marriage be the crevassing issue for Rhode Island Democrats? It sure looks that way. The Rhode Island Democratic Party has stood strong through divisive primaries and other issues but this time,

Dee From the Desk: Superman hopes to be saved by the General Assembly

After the Rhode Island economy was crippled by kryptonite, Superman had to drag himself to the floor of the General Assembly to beg for help. And the star struck General Assembly seems ready to come to

Dee from the Desk: Raimondo can't buy the primary

Okay, so Gina Raimondo is a fundraising machine. In 2012 she raised over $900K and only spent a little over $80,000. Not too shabby. The girl's got potential but that doesn't mean she is not in trouble

Dee from the Desk: RISK-Y Re-Brand

Everyone loves a good pun. They are hilarious and memorable. Ask anyone I work with, if I can have a pun in a headline I rave about it. That's why I am not sure why the business group, Rhode Island

Dee from the Desk: Democrats get their hands dirty

The first official jabs in the Democratic primary are being delivered in the latest round of television ads. Gina Raimondo is taking aim at Taveras claiming he has caused the city to bleed jobs by raising taxes on commercial properties.

Dee From The Desk: Will the Real GOP Candidate Please Stand Up

Does it ever feel like the wrong person is running for governor? If you are a member of the Rhode Island Republican Party it may seem that way. We are two months from the Republican Primary and the party is still arguing about former gubernatorial candidate John Robitaille. The Block fans have a renewed call now that “Allan Fung did not support John Robitaille for Governor and did nothing to help him in 2010.” The argument is based on a 2010 mailer sent just days before the election by the “L...

Dee from the Desk: Clay Pell's changing resume?

Clay Pell has continuously touted his experience and skills as a reason he should be elected governor of Rhode Island but when taking a good look at Pell’s resume it seems to change on different platforms. The biography about Pell provided by the Department of Education (here), the biography provided when he was a White House fellow (here) and his biography on his campaign website (here) all have differences tha...

Dee from the Desk: On the Campaign Trail

The Democratic candidates for governor hit the campaign trail hard this week rolling out their policy plans. They, like the Republicans, have a lot of the same ideas, for instance, they all love internship programs and infrastructure. There are some differences in each of their plans. For example, Pell’s plans tend to cater the most to the left but in reality as a whole all their plans have very similar concepts. For a while there, Clay Pell was becoming as scarce as his car. But Wednesday, f...

Dee from the Desk: The GOP endorsement and why it doesn't matter

The one endorsement that might actually make a difference in the Republican primary is not that of the party and it's unlikely to actually happen. There is no surprise that the two gubernatorial hopefuls

Dee from the Desk: Meanwhile, a fire still burns in Coventry

While most Rhode Islanders are focusing on the Boston Marthon bombing suspects and the historic same-sexed marriage bill, a fire is still blazing in Central Coventry. On Wednesday in a 6 to 2 vote the

Dee From the Desk: Poll results... don't count Chafee out & who was forgotten

A new poll by the public policy polling center has Governor Lincoln Chafee slumping in the polls and basically losing all potential election prospects. In the poll, Chafee falls to both the Republican

Dee from the Desk: Snowed in without heat...

After leaving ABC6 on Friday after intense storm coverage, I couldn't wait to go home get toasty and monitor the social media world via my laptop. When I returned to my Pawtucket loft apartment all was

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  • Dee from the Desk: All eyes on Providence

    Dee from the Desk: All eyes on Providence

    Move over Gina Raimondo, Angel Taveras, Clay Pell, Ken Block, and Allan Fung, your race is no long the most interesting race in Rhode Island; the Providence mayor’s race is. As Buddy Cianci made history yesterday announcing that he will run for Mayor of Providence as an independent, the governor’s race was shifted to the back burner as people across the country turned their eyes to the smallest state’s capital city. As an Independent, Cianci will face off against the winner of the Democratic ...More >>
    Move over Gina Raimondo, Angel Taveras, Clay Pell, Ken Block, and Allan Fung, your race is no long the most interesting race in Rhode Island; the Providence mayor’s race is. As Buddy Cianci made history yesterday announcing that he will run for Mayor of Providence as an independent, the governor’s race was shifted to the back burner as people across the country turned their eyes to the smallest state’s capital city. As an Independent, Cianci will face off against the winner of the Democratic ...More >>
  • Dee from the Desk: The Real "Gun" Candidate

    Dee from the Desk: The Real "Gun" Candidate

    Guns have become a political weapon in the 2014 Campaign. The Democrats are trying to prove who is the most in favor of gun control and meanwhile the Republicans need to court the "gun vote." Over 20,000More >>
    Guns have become a political weapon in the 2014 Campaign. The Democrats are trying to prove who is the most in favor of gun control and meanwhile the Republicans need to court the "gun vote." Over 20,000More >>
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