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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Pawsox road show begins

so long

 Get ready for the best dog and pony show the state as seen since the push to bring West Warwick a casino. Major money is at stake at the Pawsox owners and their supporters begin a series of " public meetings" to get Smith Hill fully on-board the Pawtucket stadium train. Watch for a "pep-rally" style show filled with hats, shirts, and loud supporters. It would seem that the new Pawsox stadium is a done deal, with the lone exception of pretending the public actually has a voice. Watch for the unions to be out in full force with the prospect of building a public stadium with " no bid" contracts and money no object. 

The only minor detail is to make an argument that gives the state reps and senators cover for when election season rolls around. The new stadium will be an " I know a guy" dream with inside deals that would make Ed Diprete blush. Who is against the public financing the deal? Who cares? Since when does the Smith hill crowd care about anything that is a bad deal for the citizens who pay the bills. 

 If you are in the state senate and plan to vote no, plan on getting a primary next September. Get ready for the glitz and glamour. Senate is labor, Gina gets the donations, but what does the Speaker get?  Listen to the John DePetro Radio show for all the inside dirt, weekdays from 1:PM-5:PM. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Is Mattiello at war with Kilmartin?


A rare war of words and insults breaks out between Speaker Nick Mattiello and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin. The Speaker takes a shot at " Mr Florida" by suggesting he recuse himself from the pension investigation. Sources say Mattiello does not like the way the A.G. is handling the Frank Montanaro college tuition situation, and took an opportunity to throw Kilmartin under the bus. Pawtucket sources say Kilmartin, a former Pawtucket cop, does not like the way the Speaker is treating the Pawsox and the people of Pawtucket over the proposed new Pawsox stadium. The infighting among the state Democrat leaders is the political story of 2017 with no end in sight. Listen to the John DePetro show for more details.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Is Gina Raimondo the worst Governor in the history of Rhode Island?

God save the Queena. Although she has raised close to $2.7 million, Governor Gina " Queena" Raimondo remains hated in the state of Rhode Island as she prepares to run for a second term in 2018. Once touted as a smart, aggressive, talented, rising star, Raimondo seems to be unable to achieve more than a 45% approval rating among the people of the state. 

ready to serve

Raimondo talked a big game upon being elected the first female governor with just 40% of the vote in 2014, but she  has struggled to reach out and gain the trust and support of Independent voters. Team Raimondo seem to be all about photo-ops and catch phrases. Queena even changed her twitter handle to "Gov", as if that might appeal to the middle class. She held a quick press conference during the budget show-down, then sat on the sidelines like a spectator at a U6 soccer game.

do you see....

 At her core, Raimondo has failed to convince people that publicity for her is somehow good for them. Even her strongest supporters admit there are "no cranes in the sky", and Massachusetts Governor Baker is the rising star governor in New England. Governor Chafee was a fool who quickly became a joke around the country, but Raimondo was suppose to be different. Gina was suppose to take charge and get it done. 

There is little doubt Queena needs a three-way race to have a shot in November 2018, otherwise she get crushed in a two person race. Listen to the John DePetro Show weekdays from 1:00-5:00 PM on AM 1540. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

State Police move in on key member of Mattiello crime family

Get ready for plenty of nights at Newport Creamery. CH 12 drops a bomb and reveals the state police are now investigating Frank Montanaro and the possible fraud involving URI and Rhode Island College. Sources say this is an investigation that could involve the FBI and extend beyond Montanaro. CH 12 exposed that Montanaro grabbed $50,000 of free tuition while grabbing another $160,000 for a part-time job working for the Speaker. 

mister " no story"

The key shoe to drop is those involved at Rhode Island College and who instructed them to commit fraud. What does Frank have on the Speaker? Is there a mole in the Mattiello camp? Frank worked full-time on the Mattiello campaign and he knows about early voting, mail ballots, and plenty more. 

inmate in federal prison

The folks at Rhode Island College are extremely nervous about the files involved in the alleged scam and how many people were aware of it. The FBI could get involved with potential mail fraud and federal funds that flow to colleges and universities. This could be a scandal that could explode inside the dome on Smith Hill. Sources say the I.R.S. are interested in the arrangement of receiving the " free " benefit. 

inmate Gordon Fox

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Who will win the state house showdown?

the Godfather

All eyes on Smith hill as the power struggles continues between Speaker Nick Mattiello and the Senate President Ruggerio. Governor " Queena" Raimondo sits on the sidelines praying the " Godfather" Dom the Prez of the senate will get the " Nick-tator" to backdown.  A modern day " Crimetown" plays out during July with all three sides having plenty on the line. It was one thing last year when the Speaker made Paiva-Weed cry, but the " Godfather" is not the crying type. Plenty of deals to be made over the 195 land, and why make things tougher for everyone. The dispute is about the " paid-leave act ", which is about as business friendly as the giant inflatable rat outside Twin River. Queena loathes the Speaker, and wants to see him knocked out politically in the worst way.

handshakes and hugs

 The new Senate President is not accustomed to public disputes, and wants to move forward on the Pawsox stadium deal. Did the Speaker over play his hand? Is there a way out for everyone to save face? Have we seen the end of " handshakes and hugs?" Listen to the John DePetro Show weekdays from 1:00-5:PM on AM 1540 WADK to learn more.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Raimondo booed at Bristol parade

The loudest noise coming out of the Bristol parade was not cheers, but boos for Governor "Queena" Raimondo. The failed governor received almost a " Chris Christy" reception from the crowd as she trudged along the route. 

 Raimondo is seeking a second term next year but continues to suffer low approval ratings and an angry voter base. Can Queena survive? Follow the John DePetro Show for all the details.


Monday, June 12, 2017

Will Raimondo be one and done?

If there are supporters of Queena Raimondo, they are very silent about it. The obsessed fund raiser in-chief continues to have low approval ratings and a dismal record of getting things done. It is hard to find anyone who feels Raimondo has put the state on the right path and instead she already seems focused on her next move. Raimondo got off to a shaky start and has never found her footing with one mishap after another. Lurking in the wings seems to be Gump, with his own agenda to try and prevent her receiving 4 more years. The state has not seen "cranes in the sky" under the watch of Queena. Follow the John DePetro Radio show for the latest.