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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Statement from John DePetro December 24, 2016

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.

John DePetro 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Statement from John DePetro

Statement from John DePetro 

To all of my listeners : 

Unfortunately , I  have a health situation I am dealing with, which will keep me off the air for now. I will update you when I can. 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Exclusive: New Rhode Island State Police Colonel displays political sign on her lawn

   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 the radio.

This story is developing...

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Can Trump win Rhode Island?

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.

Smith hill crime family

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Exclusive flashback :The E-B-T Lottery! Overpayments at Rhode Island DHS

Exclusive: media must credit DePetro.com.

Statement obtained 

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 11:AM-2:PM to John DePetro on AM1380 and 95.1 FM WNRI.

DHS Melba "De-clueless" Affigne

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The 7th least popular governor in the USA

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.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Are the Homeless running Providence?

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

Nation at war

President Obama continues to be the war time President, but the war is at home . Our nation is in the middle of a race war with no end in sight. Listen to John DePetro weekdays for the latest on WPRO.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

State House season of crime

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

Was Gallison wearing a wire for the FBI ?

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.

FBI moves in on the Rhode Island State House

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

Will there be no "Joy" in Raimondo-land?

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

Gina we hardly knew ye


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

Here they come for the Rhode Island primary

April 26 is looming large for both campaigns. Follow DePetro.com for the latest and listen to John DePetro on WPRO radio.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Can Providence be saved?


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

Time to grade her majesty........ the Governor


 Governor Gina Raimondo, (aka " Queena Toll-mondo") has now been in office over one year and it is time for her loyal peasants (the voters) to grade her performance. Never have we witnessed such an arrogant, egotistical, elitist  who acts more like royalty than someone with an office on Smith street. Do you see  cranes in the sky? The Governor likes to hand out high paying jobs to friends and insiders and grab money from colleges to pay for her trips and pet projects.  The Queen cut deals for a rigged vote on tolls to throw billions to the unions in exchange for campaign donations.  Last year was her failed effort to move the Pawsox to Providence and failure to fix the roads.  It is going to be a long two years until the next election for governor in 2018. So what grade to you give " Queena" and do you think she will be a one-term governor? 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Ocean state job killer

The Rhode Island GOP came up with the line about  Governor Gina Raimondo that best sums up the toll debate. As much as the governor thinks her toll bill will be good for business, Ocean State Job Lot proclaimed loud and clear that the tolls will hurt business. The toll bill is all about creating a separate revenue source for unions to pave the roads and fix the bridges forever. The money from the tolls will go directly to the unions for a  road construction job that will never end. The unions will then turn around and donate to the campaign of " Queena" Raimondo. The toll bill has nothing to with making the state " business friendly," and everything to do with providing the unions their own source of money. What will the speaker get in return for the toll bill?  There is big money to  be made off the legal fees surrounding the tolls and the local cities and towns. The toll bill is a pivotal moment for Raimondo. Listen to John DePetro on WPRO radio weekdays from 9-12noon.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

For whom the polls tolls

Rolling out tolls during an election year is either a bold move or a very stupid move, depending on how things shake out in the end. Will voters hold " tolls" against elected officials when they go to the polls in November? Speaker Mattiello and Governor Raimondo under-estimated voter anger when they proposed moving the Pawsox to Providence and look how that turned out. The leaders on Smith Hill seem oblivious to the fact that voters don't trust them and have lost complete faith in local government. How do you make the state even more business unfriendly? Putting up truck tolls to grab money out of trucks passing through Westerly to Woonsocket in the latest attempt to " move the economy forward." It doesn't seem to be a matter of " if" cars will be added but " when" tolling on cars begins. Follow the latest on the John DePetro show on WPRO.