Saturday, December 24, 2016
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Sunday, November 6, 2016
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.
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Saturday, November 5, 2016
|Can he win?|
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.
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Exclusive: media must credit DePetro.com.
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.
|DHS Melba "De-clueless" Affigne|
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
How did it end so quickly? Rhode Island Governor Gina "Queena" Raimondo received the horrifying news that her approval ratings continue to plunge down and her disapproval ratings climb higher. https://morningconsult.com/governor-approval-rankings-september-2016/. 2016 is proving to be a year of complete disaster for the first Democrat Governor the state has seen since Bruce Sundlun. Bernie beat Hillary in the state primary, the debacle of the Rhode Works rollout," Cooler and Warmer", the 38 Studio hidden documents, and now the tolls. Even the staff shake-up seems to have done little to stop the political bleeding. The leader who was touted as one of the "TOP 38 Leaders in the World," is not even one of the top governors in the country. Voters had such high hopes for the Raimondo agenda, only to see more cronies get jobs and more staff get high paying jobs, with no results. The roads and bridges remain the worst, the 195-land is vacant, no jobs, corruption, and empty buildings. The city of Providence is like "3rd World land" consisting of panhandlers, parking meters and poor neighborhoods. Is this the change Gina spoke of? Hi Neighbor? Or High neighbor? Listen to the John DePetro show weekdays on WPRO.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Is the "death watch" on in Cranston where Speaker Nick Mattiello is clinging to his political life by a weak thread? 2016 is the year of the "angry voter" and the Speaker is at the top of the Rhode Island hit-list. Insiders concede there is little to nothing Mattiello can do to stop the wave of discontent that is crashing down all around him. He has watched his leadership team go down in flames and now he is cornered like a rat on a sinking ship. " I almost feel bad for him," said one Democrat rep. " He seems to know it is over and he is now just going through the motions." Some voters claim stories of "gleefully" slamming the door on anyone connected to the Mattiello campaign. Tough to brag about accomplishments when you pushed the tolls and have an FBI investigation taking place on your top people. The Speaker even failed to "properly interfere" with the GOP primary, by not getting enough friends to cross-over and vote. He has money and a top political team ( Doyle and Britt), but will it be enough to save him? Follow all the campaign 2016 action on the John DePetro radio show.
Monday, August 15, 2016
The creative capitol has become the " Panhandlers of Providence." Can anything be done to stem the tide? Empty buildings, potholes,panhandlers and parking tickets are not business friendly or tourist friendly. The panhandlers claim to be homeless, the homeless claim to be misunderstood. Listen to John DePetro weekdays on WPRO.
Monday, July 18, 2016
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
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
Sunday, April 3, 2016
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.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016