Side of the Rhode: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not? - August 4, 2017

Friday, August 04, 2017

 

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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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Nicholas Mattiello

The budget standoff has come to an end, and the main crux of the impasse, the car tax, has been resolved in Speaker Mattiello’s favor as the Senate has agreed to pass the budget passed by the House of Representatives. That means the car tax phaseout is on, which is a win for Mattiello. (Yet that doesn’t mean deals weren’t cut on other pieces of legislation that will be passed in the Senate’s favor.

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Nellie Gorbea

The state legislature passed automatic voter registration legislation this year, which was a top priority for the Secretary of State. This represents a bright feather in Gorbea’s cap and makes her even more marketable for higher office in the future.

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Jeff Flath

The President and CEO of eNow, a Rhode Island based company that’s leading the way in renewable energy solutions for the transportation industry, continues to demonstrate that it doesn’t take government handouts to be successful (even in Rhode Island). The company just announced new solar panels for the roofs of trucks that will increase the vehicle’s battery life, reduce gas consumption, and decrease maintenance costs.

It’s great to see green technologies being developed in Rhode Island!

Click here to see Flath on GoLocal LIVE

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Bucktown

Buon Appetit Magazine ranks the new Rhode Island eatery as one of the Best New Restaurants in America--the only spot in Rhode Island to make the list. Bucktown, located on 471 West Fountain Street in Providence, features a ton of excellent fried foods, which helped land the hot spot on the list.

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Ray Watson

Watson, a community leader from Providence’s Mount Hope section, made a passionate and well thought out plea for more racial and ethnic diversity within the capital city’s leadership positions, particularly in government, in light of a GoLocal report that found a small percentage of minorities within Mayor Elorza’s cabinet. “I’ve always looked at diveristy as a strength. Particularly in a place like Providence, it would...make sense that the (administration) would reflect the diversity of our city,” said Watson.

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Rob Sullivan

The Chairman of the Rhode Island Young Republicans is aiming to become the Chairman of the State Chairman Association at the RI Young Republicans convention tomorrow in Maryland. In 2016, Sullivan, 30, a South Kingstown, resident was voted the Southern RI Young Professional of the Year. Best of luck to Sullivan in his pursuit of the chairmanship tomorrow.

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Warwick Girl’s Softball

The Warwick North Juniors Softball team is absolutely killing it Kirkland, Washington this week, winning their first two games. Best of luck to the girls as they move forward in this tournament.

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Jorge Elorza

The Providence Mayor’s top administrators are mostly white. Just 16 percent of his top lieutenants are minorities according to a GoLocal report this week. It would be nice if the Mayor’s administration reflected the diversity of the capital city. However, let’s give the mayor some credit: he has appointed a large number of women as his top administrators.

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RI Education

So Rhode Islanders pay the 5th most in the nation to support education, yet we get the 28th best results when compared to the rest of the state’s in the nation. So that means we do less with more. We should be proud.

Meanwhile, Massachusetts has the best educational results in the nation.

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Anthony Scaramucci

Has Washington ever seen anyone every risen, and fallen, as quickly as Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci. Just 10 days after he was appointed White House Communications Director, Scaramucci was fired, ironically after seeing his arch rival, former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus get fired. Scaramucci was a sharp, smooth talking, loyal guy. This is a setback, but Scaramucci has been successful everywhere he’s been. I’m sure he’ll be successful again in the future.

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Donald Trump

The President of the United States made himself look indecisive, wavering, and weak by firing his communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, after 10 days. Why did he fire Scaramucci? Was it because Scaramucci used foul language? That’s the height of hypocrisy from our foul-mouthed President. For all Trump’s talk about loyalty, he doesn’t show much to others. That’s not hot.

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Wayland Square

Three prominent major retail stores at the historic shopping center-- jewelry, a bookstore, and a furniture store--have closed over the past few months. Meanwhile, Providence Place mall is struggling as well, offering reduced parking rates at slow hours. At the same time, Garden City in Cranston is thriving. Does anyone doubt that the violence plaguing Providence has something to do with this phenomena?

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Violence in Providence

GoLocal gained access to a disturbing video that was shot outside of a local adult entertainment club “Wonderland” earlier this week. What I’m wondering, is why anyone would bother going to Providence after dusk once they’ve seen this video. What an absolute nightmare for the city’s tourism efforts. And where were the city’s police officers during this violent and disgusting melee? The city better get its crime problem under control--and fast.

 
 

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