Tuesday, June 14, 2016
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
|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.
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
|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