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Side of the Rhode: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not? - July 6, 2018

Friday, July 06, 2018


Every Friday, GoLocalProv breaks down who is rising and who is falling in Rhode Island politics, business, and sports.

Now, we are expanding the list, the political perspectives, and we are going to a GoLocal team approach while encouraging readers to suggest nominees for who is "HOT" and who is "NOT." 

Email GoLocal by midday on Thursday anyone you think should be tapped as "HOT" or "NOT."  Email us HERE.


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With its flaws and blemishes, America continues to be an amazing experiment.

“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

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Mastectomy Coverage

Legislation ensuring that mastectomies are covered by insurance in Rhode Island is now law.

The bill was sponsored by House Majority Leader Joseph Shekarchi and Senator Hanna Gallo.

“This bill makes it clear that insurers must cover all of the costs of mastectomies, without copays and deductibles. Breast cancer is a very emotional cancer, one that can leave even those who fight it very successfully with a tremendous feeling of loss. That loss should not be compounded by struggles to pay for their treatment, heal and recover their lives," said Shekarchi. 

The legislation is to ensure that mastectomies are covered by insurance in Rhode Island.

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Bristol 4th of July Parade

It's Rhode Island at its very best. The annual Bristol 4th of July celebration began in 1785 when Rev. Henry Wight of the First Congregational Church and a Veteran of the Revolutionary War conducted the first Patriotic Exercises.

“It is not known exactly when the Parade started but it is thought that it evolved from the procession of community members walking to Patriotic Exercises. The Parade, the Military, Civic and Firemen’s Parade, is believed to have begun in the early 1800s.”

Chief Marshals have included John Adams, Samuel Colt, T.F. Green, Manny Correira, and even the infamous Ray Gallison.

PHOTO: H.C. Williams via Flickr

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East Providence singer and songwriter Collington returned to the Alex and Ani Lounge on Tuesday following the release of his newest single "Here We Go."

The single is part of his new album titled "In Between," which is set to be released in August of 2018. 

Collington says he should know "an exact date in about a week," but there is a release show at The Met on August 17.


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RI Students

40 Rhode Island students placed in the top ten in the country in the SkillsUSA National Championships out of 87 Rhode Island students who competed.

In the championships, a total of 6,800 students compete in 108 occupational leadership skill competition areas.

“SkillsUSA programs help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom. These industry-driven competitive events are modeled after the Olympics where the top three individuals/teams receive gold, silver, or bronze medals,” says SkillsUSA 


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Moira Walsh

The first term progressive Democrat became a national celebrity when the Rhode Island Democratic party chose to endorse a pro-Trump challenger to punish her for her votes and outspokenness during the session.

Walsh 1

Democratic Machine 0

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Tax Credit Enforcement

Union members in Rhode Island picketed outside the taxpayer-subsidized Commons at Providence Station this week, demanding greater accountability from both the developer and general contractor, after a sub-contractor was found to have misclassified employees by the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training.

“When an employer does this, it’s lucrative — they can shed their tax burden and worker's comp insurance,” said Justin Kelley, Business Representative with the Rhode Island Painters and Allied Trades, of the area standards picket this week after JS Interior Construction agreed to pay civil penalties for 29 misclassified employees.

The Commons at Providence Station was approved for $5.5. million in tax credits by the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation in January 2016

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Endorsement of John Carnevale

Not sure which is worse, John Carnevale receiving the Democratic endorsement or no Democratic party leader condemning it.

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Rep. Joseph McNamara

The state Democratic party chair had a brutal week. Miscues and blunders in the endorsement process made national news - not the good kind of national news.

Progressive Democratic candidate for Governor Matt Brown continues to beat the drum for McNamara's resignation.

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Gina Raimondo

Another week of political errors is quickly turning the Democratic gubernatorial primary race into a horserace. 

Do you really support all incumbents?

Are you really not able to condemn Carnevale's candidacy?

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The Heat

Dangerous, miserable and stifling. Too much too soon. We could use a little cold spell - in the 70s.


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