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Monday, August 20, 2018

Raimondo lost the Pawsox and Rhode Island wants to lose Raimondo

Raimondo Campaign

The legacy of Governor Gina Raimondo will be the Governor who drove Benny's out of business and lost the Pawtucket Red Sox. Raimondo has been an unmitigated disaster as Governor of Rhode Island and will not see another four years on Smith Hill after the November election. You read it here first. In what could only be described as a combination of incompetence mixed with arrogance, Raimondo was exposed as an ineffective buffoon who was caught completely off guard by the Pawsox gang.  The Governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker laughed at the notion Raimondo would " go down swinging" trying to save the deal to keep the Pawsox in Pawtucket, as she was too busy campaigning to even find out what was going on.  

 How weak is the Governor of Rhode Island? Gina is still trying to fight off Progressive Matt Brown and was too afraid to even mention the name " Speaker Mattiello" at her pathetic Friday night press conference. Sources confirm Mattiello instructed the Raimondo team " not to mention his name" and Raimondo sheepishly went along. What a spineless, gutless jellyfish who only talks tough when it is politically convenient. Raimondo will go down in history as a governor "worse then Chafee" and we did not think that was possible.  The Raimondo poll numbers keep going down as the campaign has shifted into full fledged panic mode. Raimondo lost the Pawsox! McCoy will be the new version of where a place "use to be." 

The roads are a mess, tolls are up, UHIP is now costing close to $700 million and businesses are leaving the state. Sources say the Pawsox owners had nothing good to say about Raimondo who they described as "weak and useless."Sources also say the  Pawsox owners described the Speaker as " slimy as they come and not a guy you want to do business with." This time and there no "handshakes and hugs." Raimondo and Mattiello are two elected leaders who are not ready for prime-time. To find out what is really happening in the state, listen to the John DePetro Radio Show.

Monday, August 13, 2018

The 2018 Rhode Island Republican Gubernatorial Debate on the John DePetro Radio Show


The 2018 Rhode Island Republican Gubernatorial Debate will be broadcast live on the John DePetro Radio Show on Friday August 31, 2018 from 12:noon-1:p.m. featuring Giovanni Feroce, Allan Fung and Patricia Morgan. The John DePetro Show is heard weekdays from 11:a.m-2:p.m. on AM 1380 and 99.9 FM and also WNRI.com. The debate will be commercial free and moderated by nationally known radio talk host John DePetro. The debate will also be streamed on Facebook Live on the John DePetro Facebook page.  All media are welcome to cover the only debate featuring all three candidates. The debate can also be heard on the Simple Radio ,Tune-In radio apps and also listen on Google or Alexa by searching "WNRI." 

John DePetro 

John DePetro has moderated over 15 political debates including the 2010 Gubernatorial debate between Lincoln Chafee, John Robitaille, Ken Block and Frank Caprio. DePetro also moderated the U.S. Senate debate between Lincoln Chafee and Bob Weygand, the GOP primary debate between Jim Bennett and Don Carcieri, and the Gubernatorial debate between Don Carcieri and Myrth York. DePetro has been named "Best Talk Show" by the Associated Press several times and was voted "Best Talk Show" by the readers of Rhode Island Monthly in 2014. In 2017, John DePetro was the first and the only New England radio host ever skyped into a White House press briefing. In 2004 DePetro broadcast from the Democrat convention in Boston and the  Republican convention in New York City. John DePetro is the only member of the Rhode Island media who has interviewed four U.S. Presidents( President Bush, President Clinton, President Obama and President Trump.) DePetro has appeared numerous times on  MSNBC, CNN, HLN and Fox News Channel including both the Sean Hannity show and Bill O'Reilly. For more debate updates, follow DePetro.com.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Have Rhode Island voters become "ABG": Anyone but Gina?

cars all over the state

The murmurs, whispers and complaints are becoming louder and louder all over the Ocean state. Rhode Islanders have always had endless debates on whether it is better to live on the "East Bay or the West Bay," "Newport or Narragansett" in the summer, and "PC or URI" in college hoop. Although people in Rhode Island don't always agree on much, everyone seems to becoming united on a common theme for the election in November of "ABG" or "anybody but Gina.

 No matter where you go or who you speak with the same message is repeated of "ABG." Governor Gina Raimondo has become the most polarizing figure in the state since Joe Mollicone, and Mollicone was hated. Despite her endless message of how great things are, people do not like her and want her out. People seem more eager to vote against Gina rather than excited to vote for another candidate. There is no question that "Queena" is a brilliant individual who has succeeded at very high levels of academic achievement and in business. The First Gentleman seems like a swell guy and her two children seem adorable. Raimondo has made a name for herself on a national level and has raised the bar on how to raise money in ways the state has never seen. Then what is the problem? It all seems to stem that from the beginning of her becoming Governor, it was all about Gina, not the people of the state. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker talks about what is best for Massachusetts, yet Raimondo only seems to talk about what is best for "Gina." "ABG" is real and not going away. Chafee proved to be an imbecile and a national joke, but Raimondo was suppose to be different as a Democrat who would work with business and improve the business climate.  It never happened. The Raimondo staff were arrogant and acted like Smith Hill was beneath them. Who dare challenge her in a primary? A Progressive who is giving her a run for the money.  Matt Brown continues to climb in the polls and even Republicans are cheering him on when he goes on the attack.


Can Gina win in November? "Goodbye Neighbor" and see you later? The only factor voters seem to mention is her campaign war chest, as opposed to how much people want her around for another term. Even her own party is against her as the Projo reported on the dirty dealings of the Speaker and his crew. For the latest on campaign 2018, listen to the John DePetro show.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Are Illegals working in Rhode Island identified as "misclassified employees?"

 Hard to believe but true. The following information was obtained by DePetro.com through access to public records. The following documents how J.S. construction, who was caught with "29 misclassified employees" by the Department of Labor and Training, had to pay the workers plus a fine. What is incredible is each worker is payed $750 by J.S. construction, and $750 (per worker) is paid as a fine to DLT. Take a look at the names on the list. No " Joe Smiths." Sources tell us all 29 are illegals. There is no mention of citizenship status or if ICE was contacted. How much of this is going on? What is a "misclassified employee?" Is it a non-union worker? Are there illegals who are members of the unions? Crime pays in the sanctuary state. For the latest on the Rhode Island invasion, follow DePetro.com.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

What happened to the Rhode Island State Police?

the trooper who "lost" the Carnevale tapes.

 Raimondo strikes again. Under the Raimondo "Reign of Error" more damage has been done to a well respected Rhode Island institution, with the state troopers becoming the "keystone cops' of the state. The state police were at one time regarded as one of the finest law enforcement agencies around with incredible credentials. 

not even in uniform

Under Colonel Ann Assumpico, the troopers have become a very sloppy operation. Does anyone truly believe the troopers "lost" 1400 hours of surveillance tape of former Rep John Carnevale? The working theory is that favors were called in to make the tapes disappear. Let's see if another trooper gets rewarded with a $100,000 job as soon as they hit the magic year of 25. Back in November, a trooper had his cruiser stolen by a criminal on RT 146, resulting in the shooting death of an unarmed man. Not much has been reported on the "no bid emergency diversity training" that went to Chicago political operatives in exchange for donations to Raimondo from the Chicago crowd. 

The main reason for the downfall is the incompetent Chief Ann Assumpico, who is nothing more than a puppet for Raimondo. Assumpico is rarely seen and seems unable to conduct basic media interviews. As much as Queena has destroyed UHIP, her lasting legacy will be one of compromising the integrity of the state police. To find out what is really going on in Rhode Island, listen to the John DePetro Radio show.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

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Governor Raimondo announces "greetings from beach meetings"


The Gov is ready to mingle with the little people. Governor Gina Raimondo has brought back "beach campaigning" in the form of "beach meetings" during work hours( http://turnto10.com/politics/rhode-island-governor-to-hold-office-hours-at-the-beach-07-14-2018). Gina may get an earful since Rhode Islanders have been complaining louder than ever this year about the failed "carry on,carry home"  trash policy of people expected to drag their dirty trash home with them in a plastic garbage bag. 

Raimondo finds herself  in the political fight of her life as her Progressive primary challenger Matt Brown continues to gain ground on the fundraising queen. It seems a little "tone deaf" for the Gov to hang at the beach while UHIP remains a mess, a new state police screw up, she is neck deep in a "pay to play" scheme, and CNBC ranks the state the 5th worst in the nation to do business.  Gina is desperate to try and connect with voters, even if it means in the seaweed and sand. Raimondo keeps watching her polling numbers go down and a feeling of "ABG"(anybody but Gina) seems to be the mood of  2018. Raimondo has become the most hated politician the state has seen since Governor Sundlun closed the credit unions. 

The clock is ticking on what could be the final months of the Raimondo "Reign of error." The real show will be during the debates when Gina will be forced to defend her failure as governor and relentless fundraising. Listen to the John DePetro Radio show for the latest on Campaign 2018.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Raimondo meltdown 2018

 It was a shocking week for Governor Gina Raimondo and her allies as both the Trump campaign and Progressives notched victories that threatened her political future. On Sunday night, challenger Matt Brown tore into Raimondo at the Democrat convention leaving her fit to be tied and in a full meltdown. Sources at the event say they have never seen Raimondo so angry as she screamed at her staff at the end of the night. 

President Trump and John DePetro

Brown stole the show and demonstrated he is neither afraid of "Queena" or intimidated by her and her political machine. Raimondo could not believe her staff let Brown mock her and become the story of the night. Friends of the Governor said she went off script and they had never her seen her unravel on what should have been a night of celebration. Tuesday saw a progressive unknown beat a Raimondo type democrat in New York, giving the socialist progressives more momentum. The Supreme Court ruled against Labor Unions stealing dues from it's members, dealing another blow to the democrat party. Trump and the Progressives are winning and Gina and the old style democrat party is fading. 

A Democrat source revealed polling numbers for Matt Brown continue to rise, while polling numbers for Raimondo continue to fall. Gina continues to proclaim that all is well yet democrats are starting to realize Matt Brown can beat her in the September primary. For election 2018, listen to the John DePetro Radio show.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Raimondo campaign sinking


The month of June is off to a roaring start as the Governor  Raimondo campaign is plunging faster then the 195 sinkhole. In a matter of 7 days, the 7th least popular Governor in the nation as been dealing with crisis of gigantic proportions. June was suppose to be the official kick-off of her reelection campaign but it has turned into a nightmare scenario for team Gina. Raimondo and her staff have made terrible sloppy mistakes which can not happen if you promise to run an efficient operation. If you don't have charisma in politics then you need to run as the candidate that "dot all the i's and cross all the t's."Right now, Raimondo has neither. Her defenders say," in person she is very likable" which is a code for poor approval numbers. Unless the Governor plans to meet with every voter in person, she seems better suited to run a condo board. The Titanic was called the "Queen of the Ocean" and right now the campaign of the  "Queen of Ocean State" is going under. Voters are tired of the endless self promotion and non-stop fundraising trips out of state. Certain members of the press note that Raimondo is "well thought of outside the state," but that is like the relatives who see a problem nephew or niece at the holidays and say the "kid seems great" while the parents are at the end of their rope.

Last week a sinkhole developed on 195 during the afternoon commute which became a commuter nightmare as DOT had to close the highway. Raimondo announced her dream for a 2nd term and unveiled a slick produced TV spot designed to pretend "Queena" has turned the state around. Friday began with Raimondo expressing her support for the new Pawsox stadium, admitting there was "risk to the state" which contradicted what the Speaker had said. News hit over the weekend of a massive screw-up at DHS resulting in a possible $24 million dollar email mistake. The Governor hid from the media all day Monday as the crisis worsened by the hour, finally to turn up at 6:20 Monday night  during the evening news. Where was the missing Raimondo all day? Campaigning at a senior center in North Providence. 

News continues to develop that apparently being hired by the state as "senior legal counsel" does not require one to actually be able to practice law in Rhode Island. Raimondo has no public events scheduled for the week but instead plans to head to NYC to collect even more campaign cash. The Projo reported "the Gov"has been out of state for 90 days campaigning around the country in the past 17 months, instead of fixing problems in Rhode Island. DHS has become a weekly reminder of incompetence from the administration going on 2 years. Handing out free tuition at CCRI, banning bump-stocks and being " a mom" is falling on deaf ears for anyone paying attention. Where is Brett Smiley? What is going on at DHS? Where is the bottom? Why are people hired as lawyers who cannot practice law? Who wants 4 more years of this? And now, here come the tolls! To find out what is really going on, tune into the John DePetro Radio show now at a new time and place on the dial.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The true missing Linc

 Linc Chafee made it official that he is not running for office and is he officially lost. It is hard to believe Chafee was actually the Governor of the state just 4 years ago when now he seems nothing more than Chris Young with a trust fund. The latest Chafee humiliation was deciding that although he was "95% there" in running for Senate, that he would skip the Senate  race. This was after Linc said he was "90%" looking at jumping into a Democrat primary against Governor Raimondo. 

The man who ran for President on the "metric system" is now officially dead in politics. It is an incredible fall from grace of someone who served in the Senate and then became Governor in 2010. Now Chafee is reduced to a bumbling fool who holds up the line at the deli because he can't decide what type of soup he wants for lunch. He has no party, no base support and no agenda or theme. The man who was polling at 1% of the Democrat vote running for President has become a walking punch line in the political world. Chafee has never recovered from his "Holiday tree" fiasco and never will. Linc treated making a decision on running for Governor or the U.S. Senate like it is was a casual decision that changed by the day. Chafee has also become nasty towards anyone currently holding office, revising history to make himself seem like an individual who always delivered.

 The Linc surrounded himself with lightweights who could never make changes or improvements. Now he floats around like a tourist lost in a strange land. Listen to the John DePetro Radio show now at a new time and place on the dial.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Will Matt Brown tear Raimondo down?

 Game on. Progressive Matt Brown has Governor Gina Raimondo rattled with his challenge to her in the Democrat primary for Governor. This could be a rematch of "Bernie vs. Hillary" and we know how that turned out in Rhode Island with Sanders crushing Clinton and the party faithful back in April of 2016. Matt Brown is smart, likable and not involved with Smith Hill corruption like Raimondo. Sources say team Raimondo has 30 PAID staffers already in the field canvassing  for new voters with more than 6 months to go before the election. 

The Raimondo campaign plan to spend huge money on an organized ground game in a manner that Rhode Island has never seen. They are not waiting for the polls to open on election day but instead plan to secure ballots in the weeks leading up to the election. Sources say Raimondo is a "nervous wreck" behind the scenes and snaps at any staffer who delivers bad news. Polls show that close to 65% of the state want "anybody but Gina" and the arrogant Raimondo is tired of trying to sell herself to the voters. 

Raimondo won in 2014 with just 40% of the vote but cannot get above 38% in current polls. President Trump continues to see his approval ratings climb and the first female governor watches as her ratings go down. Raimondo has high negatives and a primary against Matt Brown will only cause her negatives to rise. 

Matt Brown will watch his numbers climb as Raimondo will watch her numbers decline. Follow campaign 2018 on the John DePetro Radio show, new time and new place on the dial.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Can Speaker Mattiello survive?

 Smith Hill is buzzing with rumors of a major scandal involving Speaker Nick Mattiello that is set to explode and it is one that could cause him to resign. Mattiello has been plagued with allegations of corruption among his leadership team but this time sources say it falls right at his feet. The Speaker is desperately clinging to hold onto his seat as the next wave of scandal could be the death knell of his leadership. 

 The Board of Elections is set to move forward on the team that ran his campaign and stole the election in November of 2016 with Mattiello claiming no knowledge of the fraud. Now, sources say one member of his team is set to "play ball" and finger the speaker as the mastermind. 

The other big news involves a the ex-spouse of a former rep. who is set to expose what has really been going on behind the scenes at the State House. To find out what is really going on in politics, listen to the John DePetro Radio show, now at a new time and new place on the dial.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Raimondo takes over Warwick

The new mayor of Warwick

When was the last time a sitting mayor left during their term to take a bus job? Political rumors are flying that Governor Gina Raimondo made Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian an offer he could not refuse in order to stage a "coup" of the city of Warwick. With the mayor gone, team Raimondo will take over Warwick in an attempt to gain traction on Cranston Mayor Fung. In Rhode Island, Warwick is the key city to win and recent polling numbers had Raimondo getting crushed by Fung with Independent voters. Raimondo has been hiring reporters who were digging into UHIP and buying national press coverage. Why not buy a city? Mayor Avedisian is a good man and who is well liked and respected, but the timing cannot be ignored. Mayor Cianci was known for hiring rivals but taking over an entire city is another level. 

Cranston first couple

A team of Avedisian/Fung campaigning in Warwick and Cranston could be too much for Gina to overcome. A democrat source claims it was a campaign consultant that came up with the idea of finding a way to remove Mayor Avedisian. Another political source claims the RIPTA job is a reward to Avedisian for keeping Chafee from running for Governor in a democrat primary against Raimondo. When you control city hall in a city, you control the power of the city and now the democrats are in control of Warwick. The RIPTA job has been open for over a year so why now? Why not wait 6 more months? A slew of Gina signs are headed to Warwick and the Raimondo staff will work to identify every possible Warwick voter with control over the office of the mayor. The Warwick city council will follow orders and do as they are told with the promise of state jobs. One of the conditions of the RIPTA job was to wait until May so there would be no time for a special election.

 Remember in politics there are no coincidences, and timing is everything. To find out what is really happening in campaign 2018, listen to the John DePetro Radio show.