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Rep. Justin Price Has To Go

More glory for the Rhode Island Republican party. State Rep. Justin Price took part in the violent insurrection that took place in Washington D.C. on January 6th. Edward Fitzpatrick writes in the Boston Globe: In a series of tweets, Representative Justin Price, a Richmond Republican, said that he “marched to the Capitol” with “peaceful patriots,” …

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Sackler Means Death

I want to make sure something horrible turns up whenever future Sacklers google their family name. Ditto for the institutions that have plastered that name on buildings and wings, people who might actually care about their reputations. Now comes this development: Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges for Opioid Sales (NYT 10.20.20). The Justice …

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Destruction Of Post Office Delayed For Now

Don’t pop the champagne just yet. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has indicated that he will suspend his dismantling operation . . . for now. According to Politico; In his statement, DeJoy asserted that “mail processing equipment and blue collection boxes will remain where they are” and that “overtime has, and will continue to be, approved …

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A Special Tax Break For La Salle Academy?

La Salle Academy’s recent request for a special state tax break is meeting with some resistance. A scheduled committee vote on the La Salle tax break bill has been cancelled so that may be the end of it. Patrick Anderson writes in the ProJo: State law prevents communities from taxing school and church buildings and …

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Time To Clean House

Specifically, the Aldermen Chambers in Providence City Hall with its undisputed primo portrait real estate. Why has pride of place been given to the image of a corrupt, twice-convicted felon, who spent over four years in federal prison? This portrait should have been relocated years ago. Now we have Sheila Bentley, Buddy Cianci’s ex-wife, sharing …

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New RIDP Bylaws Aimed At Women’s Caucus

In a week where it was revealed that the Democratic Speaker of the House, Nicholas Mattiello, wears Trump ties, it should come as no shock that he and the other conservative cigar-chompers running the Rhode Island Democratic Party (RIDP) have decided that Rhode Island women are getting way too pushy, so let’s change the rules. …

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Fane Tower Hearing At Wexford Bldg.

[Update: The Commission approved the tower. The fight will continue in the courts. Donate at Building Bridges.] An important public meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission takes place this Wednesday, September 25, and the Fane Organization’s tower is on the agenda. Fane is seeking final design approval and four zoning waivers. Look how open …

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Ruggerio Cancels Democracy — Call Your Senators!

This is for everybody living anywhere in Rhode Island! Senator Sam Bell (D-Prov) has just posted this on Facebook. The Senate President has just announced that he will be introducing legislation to ram through the Fane Tower even if the lawsuit succeeds (as it likely will). What this bill does is take away the right …

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Hearing On Fane Tower — Public Comment This Time!

(4.8) [Update in ProJo: “Design panel: Reject Fane tower”] Objection over the proposed Hope Point Tower reaches a critical review on Monday, April 8, and this is your chance to speak up. There will be public comment! The Providence Preservation Society (PPS)* has been in the forefront of this battle: One year ago, the Fane …

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