To all my WPRO radio listeners : At this time, I have decided to conclude my entertaining weekday 9:a.m. -12pm (noon) radio show on WPRO. Thank you to all my listeners for making 2016 my best year ever in radio, with my coverage of the Trump campaign, my many exclusives, plus my national work on The Savage nation and CNN. I am very grateful for the many loyal listeners who have been entertained by my program on WPRO over the past 10 years. While at WPRO, I was very proud to win " Best Talk Show" by the Associated Press in 2008 and 2014. I was honored to be voted " Best Talk Show" by the readers of Rhode Island Monthly for 2014. It was also life changing to be part of raising money for Hasbro Children's Hospital, the Gabrielle heart fund, Jason Foreman scholarship fund and many others. I am eternally grateful to my Executive Producer Kool Keith, anchor Bill Haberman, engineers Dave Farrah, Duffy Egan, all my clients, sponsors and the people at WPRO. Merry Christmas and Happy New year. Thank you.
Is it appropriate for the Colonel of the Rhode Island state police to display a political sign on the lawn of her Coventry home? On Saturday night November 5, 2016, John DePetro went out to the home of newly selected Colonel Ann Assumpico and found a "Lisa Tomasso for representative "sign displayed on the front lawn,(time stamp ). Assumpico did not answer the door, however a next door neighbor and a member of the Raimondo staff confirmed it was indeed the Assumpico residence. Lisa Tomasso, Democrat for state representative, is identified as a "close ally" of Speaker Nick Mattiello and is running against Republican Sherry Roberts. DePetro returned to the Coventry home of Assumpico earlier today (November 6), and the Tomasso sign had been removed from the Assumpico property(time stamp ). Again, there was no answer at the door of the home. A spokesperson for Governor Raimondo said there is "no prohibition" against members of state police displaying political signs at home. Apparently, this is not the first recent incident regarding political signs, Raimondo and state police. Police sources claim Raimondo staff members filed a complaint against a state trooper who has a " Donald Trump" sign on the lawn of his Cumberland home, which they demanded be removed. A Raimondo spokesperson was " unaware" of any such complaint by the governors staff. Listen to John DePetro weekdays on WPRO radio.
Have you ever seen more political signs for a Republican Presidential candidate in the ocean state? Trump signs are everywhere in Rhode Island, where the voters are tired of the corruption and greed of Hillary and her allies. The mood among voters in the state is " angry," and voters are rejecting the Clinton message from Westerly to Woonsocket. Governor Gina Raimondo is very lucky she is not running this year or her political career would be doomed. "Queena" has a 70% disapproval rating and not one Democrat has asked her to campaign with them or used her photo on a flyer. People want real change and are more than willing to gamble with a Trump administration over the corruption of Hillary. In Rhode Island, lack of transparency, greed, and " pay to play" politics are a theme that has haunted Smith Hill forever. Illegals, insider deals, corrupt government officials, and high taxes have traditional Democrat voters leaning towards Trump. Follow all the election coverage on the John DePetro show on WPRO.
The Raimondo administration and their $364 million dollar computer system continues to create havoc around the state. Some people complain of late payment checks, while others are getting a "lottery" type surprise. Take the case of Kathleen Melberg, who confirmed her basic information to DePetro.com.( Melberg was not the source of the above statement provided to DePetro.com). Kathleen is suppose to receive $252.00 in cash assistance twice a month($504 monthly total). Instead,(as the document above shows) Melberg received 3 electronic payments of $504.00 on October 4, 2016, for a total of $1,512. "I was shocked when I saw my EBT receipt at the grocery store, and it said a balance of $1200 left" said Melberg. "I am honest, and reported it immediately." Melberg , a mother of two, sometimes has to spend a full day at the DHS office trying to rectify the mistakes. One DHS worker who did not want to be identified, said they are trying to catch mistakes but wonder how many overpayments are slipping thru the cracks." The computer system is a nightmare and the director is incompetent,"said one DHS worker. DHS Director Melba Depena Affigne has come under fire for massive problems since she was named by Governor Gina Raimondo. DHS workers tell stories of being assaulted and threatened with acts of violence since the new system came in.
( Editors Note: The above statement was obtained by an inside computer source, and not obtained from Melberg. Melberg merely confirmed her payment amounts.) Listen weekdays to John DePetro on WPRO.