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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

State House season of crime

And the hits keep coming. Speaker Mattiello has become the biggest crime boss the state has seen since Raymond "ran the Hill " out of Coin-O-Matic. The Spring 2016 session will be remembered more for the police log than any bills passed on Smith hill. Each week we watch another member of the House "go down in flames" over unethical behavior or questionable grants. Mattiello went to war with the Projo, Williams went after Channel 12 and now Carnevale is covering his face like a criminal , while unable to answer where he lives. Gallison remains under an FBI probe and other reps can't explain where grant money ended up. What is next? Listen to John DePetro weekdays on WPRO for the latest. 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Was Gallison wearing a wire for the FBI ?

den of thieves

Rumors are spreading like wildfire over the reason why former Rep. Ray Gallison was quiet after his home was raided by law enforcement in March: did Gallison began wearing a wire for the Feds? Investigators have confirmed a raid took place inside the Gallison Bristol home in March, yet Gallison never said a word to anyone up on Smith hill about the raid.  How paranoid was Speaker Mattiello over his former Finance chairman? Mattiello used his chief of staff to communicate with Gallison, and when he  did meet with Ray Gallison, the Speaker made sure it was at a noisy public place( Newport Creamery). State house sources say members of the General Assembly are in a panic over private conversations they have had with Gallison since March, with many of them taking place in his office. One law enforcement official said the Mattiello/Gallison Sunday meeting at Garden City Newport Creamery brought things out into the open, with officials afraid the Speaker could claim entrapment if Gallison lied about the situation. Mattiello admits he was very cautious at the meeting, and was not interested in any long discussions about why Gallison was " in trouble." Gallison may have shut off the mic of Rep. Morgan , but he may have been turning on a mic for the FBI. Listen to John DePetro on WPRO for news on the latest scandal.

FBI moves in on the Rhode Island State House

Where have we seen this before? Smith hill is once again not only the political capitol of the state but the crime capitol.  Ray Gallison , the powerful chairman of House Finance , jumps ship and tries to swim ashore as the FBI continue their investigation into questionable state grants. Where does the $81,000 per year go ? Good question. Since when is prostitution not allowed at the Rhode Island state house? Gallison has been a problem for quite some time and now he has become an even bigger problem for the speaker. A grand jury is always a good way to separate fact from fiction when it comes to the sleazy on Smith hill. Who are the names of others involved? Stay tuned to the John DePetro show. 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Will there be no "Joy" in Raimondo-land?

Joy Fox with Queena

Is Fox on the run? Rumors continue to swirl that Governor Gina Raimondo is set to lower the boom on her controversial, embattled communications director Joy Fox. The Governor is plagued by low approval ratings and mounting frustrations that her message is just not getting out properly to voters. Fox, who is paid over $126,000 a year, seems clearly  in over her head and unable to muster any support from the  Raimondo faithful. Insiders describe Fox as limited in her ability and unable to manage the communication office.  The latest attempt is sending "Queena"  on a "listening tour" of Rhode Island , less than 18 months into taking office. "There is a feeling that somebody is getting fired and it has come down to the chief of staff, or Joy Fox," said one Democrat insider. Stay tuned to the John DePetro show for all the details. 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Gina we hardly knew ye


Was it an explosion or implosion? No reason to believe Governor Gina Raimondo had an inkling her political life was going to end in April of 2016, or maybe she would have grabbed money from URI and taken a trip out of town. The month of April will be remembered as the month Queena went from a struggling Governor to a lame duck defeated one. Now, she is forced to finish out the rest of her term as a walking/talking  Rhode Island failure, almost a " human 38 studios." A combination of arrogance and incompetence has sealed her fate as the " new Chafee." Voters will be laughing all Summer over the botched " cooler and warmer," while waiting for the next Raimondo gaffe. The Governor has now announced a new " state listening tour,"acknowledging she is out of touch with people,  but all she is hearing is more complaining and laughing. The Brown poll released was quickly dismissed as having about as much credibility as a 2nd grade science project, and even that poll had the Raimondo approval rating around 30%. The problem for Queena, is her inner circle knows her approval rating is closer to 20%, but not a clue what to do about it.  The biggest defeat fell on primary night with Raimondo failing to deliver Rhode Island for Hillary, a national humiliation that will never be forgotten. Rhode Islanders may disagree and argue over various things, but the general dislike over Governor " Tollmondo" has actually brought people together. The media is waiting for a major staff shakeup which could include her communication director, but nothing is certain. Do you see cranes in the sky? I don't .

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Here they come for the Rhode Island primary

April 26 is looming large for both campaigns. Follow DePetro.com for the latest and listen to John DePetro on WPRO radio.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Can Providence be saved?


Storm clouds continue to circle above Providence while the finances of the city seem to be going from horrible to terrible. Panhandlers have been given the "green light" by Mayor Elorza to beg for more "$ green," while the number of empty buildings continues to grow with each passing day. The biggest news of the week in Providence was not a building be built, but a mob grave on Branch avenue being dug up. No " cranes in the sky" in Providence but plenty of FBI backhoes in the ground. If Mayor Elorza ever gets tired of being mayor, it seems his incompetent manner makes him a perfect candidate for a high paying job with the Raimondo administration. Sources tell me high level executives with Citizens bank did a polite walk-through on the potential of renting the " Superman  building," and while under-whelmed by the building they were overwhelmed by the smell of urine surrounding the building. One executive said," We weren't holding our noses at the price, but literally holding our noses over the foul stench." How bad is it? Citizens bank  would rather deal with the stench from the landfill in Johnston than deal with the mess of Providence. With the homeless treating the downtown area as a giant urinal, Kennedy plaza has developed an odor similar to the odor on I-95 when you pass the Warwick sewage treatment plant near the prison.  The city of Providence should be put into a bankruptcy/ restructuring, yet there are still no planned layoffs or any major cuts in spending. So what is the mayors latest plan now that trolley cars are not happening ? The " Olneyville tunnel" which he promises will  connect the illegals from the west side to the downtown area. When you recruit illegals from third world nations to come live in your city, they bring their third world habits with them.  Just what the city needs: a mile-long homeless shelter underground. Hard to believe the 195-land sits empty as a giant mud pit of vacant land. Providence is the home of high taxes, empty buildings, aggressive panhandlers, drug addicts, junkies, derelicts and illegal aliens. And that is just in the " knowledge" district. GE must be kicking themselves for choosing Boston over Providence, or perhaps maybe not. Listen to the John DePetro show weekdays on WPRO radio.