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slides: Side of the Rhode: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not? - April 14, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

 

Russ Moore

Every Friday, GoLocalProv's Russ Moore breaks down who is rising and who is falling in RI politics, business, and sports. Moore has worked on both sides of the desk in Rhode Island media, both for newspapers and on political campaigns. 

 

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Dr. Michael Fine

The former Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health points out that the legalization of marijuana is a very nuanced issue, and that lawmakers are going to need to tackle this issue very carefully. Fine, at first blush, supported the bill currently being pushed at the state legislature, but then withdrew his support and now opposes it given the fact that it would curtail the ability of local city and town councils to restrict marijuana sales. Fine is correct in pointing out that the state needs to move very cautiously on this issue. 

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Jennifer Duffy

Renowned political pundit Jennifer Duffy, of The Cook Report, who also happens to be a native Rhode Islander, pointed out this week on GoLocal LIVE that Rhode Islanders should view a recent poll by Washington-based Moring Consult, that found Governor Gina Raimondo’s popularity spiking, with suspicion, given that the poll was conducted using only online outreach. Duffy, one of the most respected pundits in America, is an astute political commentator whose analysis is always a valuable asset, is right to point out that the polls methodology is highly suspect. 

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Dr. Deborah L. Myers

The Women & Infants’ Doctor who is a board certified female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgeon and director of the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at the hospital, was awarded the Distinguished Surgeon Award at the 43rd annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons. This is another nice feather in the cap of Women & Infants’ hospital.

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Makai Ashton-Langford

Providence College and head basketball coach Ed Cooley received a huge get this week after Ashton-Langford committed to attend the school next year, giving the Friars one of the highest rated players in next year’s recruiting class. Ashton-Langford can do it all, he can shoot, pass, and defend. But here’s what’s best about him: he’s a winner. Ashton-Langford teams (his AAU and Prep School team) are a combined 54-0 in their last 54 games. Ashton-Langford is red hot, and therefore, so are the Friars!

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The Taxpayer on April 15

Tax filing deadline day is synonymous with stress and apprehension for businessmen and women everywhere in America since it’s a reminder that they have to fork over such significant portions of their hard-earned income to a government that so many feel like they have no control over and behaves in ways that they might even oppose on moral grounds (wars, pork barrel projects, etc.). Let’s take a moment and remember tomorrow the ones who truly makes America great, the taxpayers. Without the taxpayer, who grinds and toils away to achieve The American Dream, we wouldn’t be the greatest country in world history.

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Happy Easter

Sunday marks the Easter celebration for Christians, the most important day of the year for folks of that faith. Meanwhile, Jewish folks are in the midst of celebrating Passover. Let’s remember the tenets of both faiths, which are to do good, avoid evil, and remain humble during these celebrations.

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Sean Spicer

The press secretary for President Donald Trump, who has Rhode Island roots, finds himself in hot water after saying that Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons on his own people. It’s alarming that someone so insensitive and lacking in eloquence holds such an important job in the Trump administration.

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Jorge Elorza

The Mayor of Providence needs to provide the taxpayers with a logical answer as to why he granted an extremely generous severance package, worth roughly $34,000, to his former, short-term Director of Administration, Robin Muksian, who resigned (she wasn’t fired), after a GoLocal report revealed that she pushed an unqualified candidate to become the administrator to the Board of Licenses (who just so happened to have a close relationship with her family). The size of that severance is unconscionable given that Muskian began with the city late last summer.

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David A. Bennett

The House recently passed legislation sponsored by Bennett that would “eliminate requirements that firefighters or police officers in Rhode Island live within the state”. This is a wrongheaded bill that would cost Rhode Islanders jobs, and allow firefighters to live in neighboring lower taxed Massachusetts--meaning that they would be able to extract large salaries from Rhode Island, but not have to give back. Unsurprisingly, Bennett has been the recipient of roughly $25,000 in union contributions.

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United Airlines

The airline disgraced itself this week after it forcibly ejected a ticket holding passenger named David Dao, who refused to give up his seat after the staff demanded that he do so in order to accommodate the wishes of the company, which needed to transport flight staff to another airplane. Almost as disgraceful in their actions were the mainstream media outlets that began digging into the past of the passenger in an attempt to vilify the victim.

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Black Bears

While we’re all welcoming of the increases in temperature and sunny skies, the Rhode Island DEM is warning that the Black Bears are experiencing an awakening. They’re coming out of hibernation and that means we need to do whatever possible to limit our contact with these sometimes ornery creatures. That means folks should remove bird feeders and shy away from leaving uncovered food outside--or else you could get a visit from some uninvited guests.

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Food Bank Closure

One of the larger food pantries in the state of Rhode Island, South Providence Neighborhood Matters, which was located on Broad Street in Providence, was forced to close its doors after more than 30 years due to financial problems. It’s disconcerting that the state of Rhode Island, which fashions itself as so progressive and helping of the poor, would let this organization that’s been so dedicated to helping the less fortunate, fail. 

 
 

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