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slides: Side of the Rhode: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not? - November 18, 2016

Friday, November 18, 2016

 

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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HOT

Ken McKay

The former Chief of Staff to Governor Don Carcieri who also served as Chairman of the Rhode Island GOP is in line for a big position with the administration of President-elect Donald Trump. A Rhode Island native, McKay served in senior positions on Trump’s Presidential Campaign initially, and then joined the pro-Trump super pac, which helped get him elected. In addition to serving Trump, McKay has also served as an aide to US Senator Ron Johnson, and Florida Governor Rick Scott. McKay’s diversity of experience would likely be a valuable asset to the Trump administration. 

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Patricia Morgan

The statehouse Republicans and lone Libertarian (Blake Fillippi) have elected the Patricia Morgan (West Warwick, Coventry) as the state’s newest House Minority Leader. Morgan is the perfect choice for the job, since there’s been no louder voice for good government and fiscal conservatism over the last six years.

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Giovanni Feroce

The CEO of BENRUS, and former executive at Alex and Ani, who is also a retired Army Major, penned a letter to Brown President Christina Paxson, asking her to take action to defend the honor of our nation’s veterans by cracking down on students who are intolerant of our veterans--the very people who make academic freedom possible. Good for Feroce, as our veterans shouldn’t be made to feel unwelcome at any colleges or universities.  

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Vinny Pazienza

Today is the release date of “Bleed For This”, starring Miles Teller, and tells the story of the Pazmanian Devil’s improbable, (most considered it impossible) comeback from a spinal cord injury that resulted from a devastating car accident. It’s about time his inspirational story about one of the state’s most colorful characters is introduced to a new generation of youngsters, despite the fact that his real-life character has quite a few foibles, which have, at times, gotten him into contact with law enforcement. 

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Lippitt House Museum

The Lippitt House Museum, located at 199 Hope Street, which was the home to Rhode Island Governor Henry Lippitt, is hosting a number of interesting and fun events this holiday season, including “holiday teas” on Sundays, November 27, December 4, 11 & 18, a Christmas Scotch Tasting Party on Thursday, December 1, and a Holiday Lippit Lab on Saturday, December 17, in which folks will be shown, among other things, how to make holiday decorations. The events will be fun and interesting for all involved.

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Tony Romo

In an era where taunting and tacky touchdown dances dominate, good sportsmanship doesn’t seem to be in style in the NFL. So it was delightfully refreshing to see Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo’s classy endorsement of rookie quarterback Dak Prescott and willingness to stay in the background in the best interests of his team. “You see football is a meritocracy. You aren't handed anything. You earn everything, every single day...A great example of this is Dak Prescott. He's earned the right to be our quarterback,” Romo said. Romo’s classy statement will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of this season.

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Thanksgiving

Yes, tempers are flaring right now in America, with more than half of the voters upset with the outcome of the Presidential election. So when we sit down with our families next Thursday, let’s try to talk about more pleasant things than politics. And let’s be happy for the things we do have--such as family and friends, the well from which true happiness springs.

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Jorge Elorza

This mayor frequently speaks with a forked tongue. At the rally at Hope High School last Saturday evening, Elorza reportedly told those gathered that he wouldn’t “sacrifice any of our people” because Donald Trump is going to be our new President and wants to crack down on illegal-immigration. Trump, for his part, said he wanted to deport illegal aliens who have also committed crimes. Yet on Monday, Elorza said, through a spokeswoman, that the city would “continue to arrest individuals on federal criminal arrest warrants issued by the ICE or any other federal criminal investigatory body”. Elorza’s statements are contradictory and call into question whether he has a firm position, or is merely trying to capitalize on the anger felt by some due to Trump’s winning the election.  

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Aaron Regunberg

The state representative from the East Side of Providence organized a rally to resist President-elect Donald Trump’s “agenda” at Hope High School earlier last week. The time has come for all Americans to band together and work with one another to create a better country. Trump won fair and square and he deserves a chance to govern. It’s fine to challenge certain policies, but it’s hard to see how increasing the divisiveness helps heal the wounds of a very contentious election.

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Doreen Costa

The outgoing state legislator from North Kingstown is on the opposite end of the political spectrum than Regunberg and Elorza. Costa said that if the Mayor of Providence fails to follow a “mandate” set forth by the President, he should be arrested. “If the Mayor of our capital city refuses to honor the federal or state law, I believe he should be arrested.” So much for state’s rights. That sort of rhetoric is also incendiary and doesn’t unify the country in the way Costa said she wanted to in her Op-Ed to GoLocalProv.com.

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Dan McKee

Has anyone seen or heard from the Lieutenant Governor lately? What have been McKee’s accomplishments over the last two years since he was elected to an office so many people think is useless? McKee was supposed to lead efforts to consolidate municipal services, but as far as I can tell, that advocacy has borne very little, if any, fruit. Here’s hoping Mckee can do more to help regionalize services and expand charter schools in the next two years--two of his hallmarks.

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American Flag Desecration

No, it’s not against the law to desecrate an American flag. But anyone who does so, like that ingrate student from Brown University who was caught on video, ought to be ashamed of his or herself. There are far too many soldiers who have lost their lives fighting for our freedoms (like the one flag desecrators perversely abuse) under the sacred American flag that anyone, even people with serious (even legitimate) criticisms of our great nation, should have enough decency to respect that symbol of sacrifice and freedom.

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Democrats

The Republican Party controls the Presidency, the US Senate, and the House of Representatives. Furthermore, there are only four states in the country where Democrats control both houses of the legislature and the Governorship, with Rhode Island being one. (What do we understand here that 46 other states don’t?). The Democratic Party better do some real soul searching to figure out why their style of government isn’t appealing to the middle and working classes of America--and quickly. 

 
 

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