Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Providence gets a snow job

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Boston is competing to get the Summer Olympic Games and apparently Providence is trying to get the Winter Games. The new events will be the " slip and fall" and " trash barrel " jumping. The new Mayor of Providence,Mayor Elorza ,has quickly become the most hated man in a snow clogged city with residents asking for a " recall." Providence  has turned into the "snow capitol" with heavy storms pounding the already battered roads of the state.  Providence would need a trusted hand " at the wheel" to guide them thru a tough winter, but instead they have Elorza and Smiley.  A mayor ( and Vice-mayor)who gave himself an " A" during the blizzard, despite a city shutdown due to snow and ice. College Hill looks like Yawgoo and the city is filled with snow covered sidewalks and mounds of snow banks. In the midst of the crisis, Mayor Elorza continues to proclaim the city looks great and his staff is doing fine. The I-95 land looks like " Alaska", with empty acres abound. Residents look out their windows and see piles of snow and ice, yet the new mayor carries on as if all is well. For the latest, follow DePetro.com.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Pawtucket : where the Pawsox used to be?

"If the phone doesn't ring, it's me. "-Red Sox brass.

If the "soon to be "new owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox plan to keep the team playing at McCoy stadium, they have an odd way of showing it. The silence is deafening coming out of Yawkey way in regards to the future of the Sox triple AAA franchise in Pawtucket. The mere mention( or lack of denial) of the team leaving Rhode Island has the new governor scrambling and the mayor of Pawtucket admit " something is going on." In 2015, fans want more than just a game, they expect a full " game experience" complete with themed restaurants and stores to shop in. All you have to do is ride 20 minutes north to Patriot Place and McCoy stadium looks like the  old Polo grounds (ranked 131.) http://www.stadiumjourney.com/news/09-09-2013/464/2013-minor-league-baseball-stadium-rankings/.The Pawtucket River bridge of I-95 was under construction for at least 5 years, side roads a mess filled with detours and the area surrounding McCoy is not exactly " tourist friendly." Throw in a state(RI) that is broke and a reputation of corruption ( second to none) and you see why the new owners like the sound of the New Hampshire Red Sox. Sources within the Pawsox say the city of Pawtucket has long considered the team a " cash cow ", with police and fire gauging  the organization for overtime at every possible opportunity. Massachusetts has new casino operators moving to town who would be more than happy to build a new stadium in exchange for the possibility of 1 million visitors to see the team. Follow DePetro.com for the latest.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Can Raimondo save the state?

Gina Raimondo becomes governor at a time when Rhode Island has hit rock bottom thanks to four years of Governor Gump.  Raimondo must come out of the gate swinging and establish very quickly she will not allow the unions to run Smith Hill and trample over business. It is hard to imagine how things could get any worse then they are now, but let's remember  the brain power of the " den of thieves" is not that strong to begin with. The new gov needs to handle "Speaker Matty" and his cronies or makes some deals and get rid of him in a late year coupe. Providence  remains a huge problem and is a ticking time bomb  (financially ) with a  brand new mayor that does not have a clue, nor the team around him to figure it out. The first 100 days will be key to find out if Raimondo really knows how to navigate the sleaze and corruption that permeates Smith Hill. Some interesting battles are taking shape between the senate, house, General Treasurer's office and Team Raimondo. Keep in mind the " Yale out-of-towners" have no allegiance to any of the state reps or their many family members who demand state jobs and other perks. The first battle ground will be the outrageous demands and control that  labor has over the empty 195 land. Battle #2 will be over the union pension settlement negotiations. Let the games begin. Follow all the action on DePetro.com.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Happy New Year from DePetro.com

2015 will be a big year on the John DePetro show.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Merry Christmas from DePetro.com

Thank you for making 2014 our best year ever.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Final days of Chafee

DR Gump

It is almost over. How does it feel having Linc Chafee as governor? The feeling of having the stomach bug,  plus you feel hung-over and have the flu. Except 10 times worse. People around the state are counting down the final days of what has felt like a " hostage situation" for the past 4 years under the " Governor Gump" reign of disaster. Chafee is finishing up what has been the worst performance of any modern-day leader, with the state basically tied with Hatiti as the worst run island. It is only fitting that Chafee finish in December since it is the " Holiday tree" that he will be most remembered for. Apparently Governor Chafee enjoyed giving a boost to Fox News this time of year to demonstrate to the entire country he did not have the slightest clue as to what he was talking about. North Korea is seen as having a friendlier business climate than Rhode Island and it is no wonder the state has led the nation with the highest unemployment.  Four more years? No chance. The joke of " Trust Chafee" has more than wore thin from Westerly to a Woonsocket, and that is saying something in a state known for amusing, corrupt politicians. Governor Chafee will be remembered for bad roads, crumbling bridges, bridge tolls, beach fees, and empty 195 land. And those are the highlights. Chafee makes Clay Pell seem intelligent and reasonable. Follow DePetro.com for the final days of Chafee.