September, 2012

A key point about comparisons between RI and Massachusetts

September 30th, 2012 at 4:06 pm by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

From this morning’s Providence Journal (emphasis mine):

Jim Stergios, of Boston’s Pioneer Institute, said Rhode Island should be careful about copying Massachusetts.

“While Rhode Island may consider Massachusetts is doing better,” Stergios said, “the fact of the matter is Massachusetts is Greater Boston and three Rhode Islands grafted onto it.

“The high unemployment rates you see in those areas are similar to those in Rhode Island.”

Right! Rhode Island doesn’t want an economy that’s more like, say, Fall River’s – Rhode Island wants an economy that’s more like Boston’s (or Stamford’s). And that’s a big, long-term project.

• Related: It could be worse, Rhode Island – we could be Connecticut (June 30, 2011)


If you must be outside, dress is key

September 30th, 2012 at 9:29 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Today will be a great day to stay in and watch the Pats! However, if you are one of those people that MUST get outside for exercise today, make sure you bring along something warm AND waterproof.  Even though it will not be a washout, some showers are possible (a few could be heavy).  There is nothing worse than getting soaked with no protection….especially with temps in the upper 50s to 60. Below is the forecast for the Blackstone River Bikeway. –Pete Mangione


Watch Newsmakers with Ian Prior on Doherty and Carlos Tobon

September 30th, 2012 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


Tad Devine says Obama could ‘get close to 350 electoral votes’

September 29th, 2012 at 2:31 pm by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

Speaking of Tad Devine, the prominent Democratic operative from Providence I mentioned in today’s Saturday Morning Post, he’s quoted in a new Politico story on how the Electoral College map is looking for Obama:

Democratic strategist Tad Devine thinks Obama could win an Electoral College blowout if Romney doesn’t turn his campaign around in the first debate this Wednesday in Denver.

“He’s in a position to get close to 350 electoral votes, without a doubt,” said Devine, who played key roles for Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004. “The president and his campaign successfully identified states where they could beat Romney, set out to define Romney in those places and did so well through the course of the spring and summer.”

“It ain’t pretty for Romney right now,” Devine added. “He’s in a precarious position.”

Though I suppose Tad would say that, wouldn’t he?

• Related: What a President Romney would do first if he wins office (Sept. 28)

(photo: Bipartisan Policy Center)


Wheel of Misfortune

September 29th, 2012 at 8:30 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

That big circle sitting over the Great Lakes will be responsible for some unsettled weather over the next several days.  Like a bicycle wheel, it will send spokes of energy into southernNew England.  The spokes will give us occasional showers and periods of drizzle.  (Some steadier showers are possible overnight Saturday, especially for eastern Mass).  The bicycle wheel will finally “roll” away on Monday, and that could set up a dry and partly sunny Monday afternoon.  –Pete Mangione


The Saturday Morning Post: Quick hits on politics & more in RI

September 29th, 2012 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site, The Saturday Morning Post

Welcome to another edition of my weekend column – as always, send your takes, tips and trial balloons to tnesi@wpri.com.

1. I consider The Providence Journal’s State House bureau chief Katherine Gregg one of my chief competitors. She’s a dogged reporter who fights – hard – for every scoop. This week, though, I’d like to express my admiration for her and in particular her reporting on the disputed William San Bento-Carlos Tobon recount. Gregg’s indefatigable efforts to track down voter rolls, ballot lists, election officials and individual voters’ stories is the kind of vital shoe-leather reporting that decides whether a problem pierces the collective consciousness and whether the powerful people who oversee our democracy get held to account. All Rhode Islanders should want to have confidence that the state’s elections are being administered fairly, thoroughly and competently. Circulation stats be damned: Tough daily coverage on the front page of the statewide paper of record still has a powerful impact, and Gregg is still providing it after 33 years there. So if you missed her latest piece on the District 58 mess, read it here.

2. Kathy isn’t alone: The Valley Breeze’s Ethan Shorey has also kept close tabs on the San Bento-Tobin recount. And if you missed these before, read Common Cause’s John Marion on how to repair Rhode Island electionsTim White on the ACLU’s lawsuitAaron Frechette on why it all matters and yours truly on the Board of Elections’ pay rate and District 58′s pathetic voter turnout. Tobon himself is on this weekend’s Newsmakers, too.

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WPRI 12 announces October political debate TV schedule

September 28th, 2012 at 4:13 pm by under Nesi's Notes

WPRI 12 will air three major debates in prime time, all on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Here’s the schedule:

  • Oct. 9: Langevin vs. Riley (Fox Providence)
  • Oct. 16: Cicilline vs. Doherty (WPRI 12)
  • Oct. 23: Whitehouse vs. Hinckley (WPRI 12)

Tim White is moderating all of them and I’ll be there with him. Full release after the jump. (more…)


Lawsuit to be filed Monday over San Bento-Tobon recount

September 28th, 2012 at 2:32 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Tim White

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) – Hoping the state’s high court will force the Board of Elections to conduct a manual recount in a tight legislative race, the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is expecting to file a lawsuit Monday.

Read the rest of this story »

• Related: Marion: After San Bento v. Tobon, here’s how to fix voting in RI (Sept. 25)


38 Studios’ assets going up for auction next month in Md., RI

September 28th, 2012 at 1:49 pm by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

Dave Tach reports for The Verge:

The remaining assets for 38 Studios, the bankrupt developer founded by former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, are being auctioned off, and the sale includes Xbox 360 XDK developer units that Microsoft hopes to reclaim.

According to an online listing, auctioneers at the SJ Corio Company have scheduled two events — one on October 16th in Maryland and one on October 23rd in Rhode Island. The auctions list assets including computers, printers, copiers, projectors, and televisions. Under the “Gaming consoles” category, the October 16th auction lists “Xbox 360 XDK consoles,” referring to the Xbox Development Kits that Microsoft provides to Xbox developers.

The local auction will be held Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 10:30 a.m. at 38 Studios’ former headquarters, One Empire Plaza in downtown Providence. Potential buyers can inspect what’s available starting at 9 a.m. The listing says there will be computers, recording studios, microphones and projectors, as well as refrigerators, a ping-pong table, libraries, a 20″ conference table “and so much more.”

Microsoft isn’t pleased about the inclusion of its Xbox kits – the software giant told Joystiq: “We will be contacting the appropriate parties involved in the auction of 38 Studios’ assets to remove the XDK units from the auction listing and to secure the return of the consoles to Microsoft.”


Is RI’s 7-member Board of Elections earning its $49,000 a year?

September 28th, 2012 at 12:40 pm by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

One of our guests on this morning’s taping of Newsmakers was Carlos Tobon, who is challenging the outcome of the disputed House District 58 Democratic primary he lost to longtime Rep. William San Bento. The main issue at this point is whether the Board of Elections is doing its job well.

It would be particularly disturbing if it turns out the members are not, in fact, doing a credible job administering elections – because, unlike most public board members in Rhode Island, they’re getting paid to do so.

Under state law, each of the Board of Elections’ seven members gets paid $7,000 annually for their service, which comes out to $49,000 annually for the whole board. The only other panels whose members still get paid are those on the Personnel Appeal Board ($7,200 a year) and the Labor Relations Board (set by Department of Administration Director Richard Licht). The General Assembly rejected Governor Chafee’s proposal last spring to no longer pay them.

Chafee has appointed one board member: former Secretary of State Susan Farmer, whose term expires in 2020. Five were appointed by Governor Carcieri: Chairman Frank Rego (expires 2015), Vice-Chairman Richard Pierce (2021), Richard DuBois (2018), Martin Joyce Jr. (2017) and William West (2013).

The seventh member is Florence G. Gormley, according to the board’s website, though the secretary of state’s office lists her as a Florence G. Johnson who was appointed by Governor Sundlun and says her term expired in 2005.

State law says the board members should be appointed based on “their knowledge of and/or experience in the working of the election laws of the state” and “diverse points of view.”

Update: Robert Kando, executive director of the Board of Elections, reports the former Florence G. Johnson married a Mr. Gormley and is now Florence G. Gormley. Mazel tov!


What a President Romney would do first if he wins office

September 28th, 2012 at 9:32 am by under Nesi's Notes

The Republican’s advisers get specific in a Politico must-read:

Yet many of the folks who are despairing about Romney would actually love what he would do in office. Romney’s metric-obsessed transition team is fleshing out a “200-day plan” (100 days wasn’t enough time to pass a bunch of big bills) aimed at goosing the recovery and creating jobs by bringing corporate cash off the sidelines in the United States and attracting investment from abroad.

The weapons would include tax and regulatory policy and what one aide called a “very aggressive” series of executive orders, many already on the drawing board. Two of Romney’s friends told POLITICO he would be eager to sign a bipartisan grand bargain in the first four months in office to calm markets and ease partisan tensions.


Cranston father-daughter dance dispute hits New York Times

September 28th, 2012 at 9:04 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

You never know what will get Rhode Island into the paper of record. Jess Bidgood reports from Cranston:

The members of the parent-teacher organization at Stadium Elementary School had no idea that the father-daughter dance they were planning last spring was, in fact, against the law.

But a complaint from a single mother about the event led to a renewal of a ban on such dances here, a move that has, in recent weeks, become a fiercely debated political flash point. …

It is not the first time Cranston has crossed paths with the civil liberties union. The city and the schools owe about $150,000 in legal fees after losing a lawsuit brought by the organization over a prayer banner that hung in Cranston High School West. The A.C.L.U. said displaying a prayer was inappropriate in a public school.


Legal bills in 38 Studios bankruptcy case reach $119,911

September 28th, 2012 at 8:18 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Tim White

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A law firm assigned to handle some of the legal work in the 38 Studios bankruptcy filing has asked the courts to be reimbursed $28,716 for just over two months of work.

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On This Date In Weather History…

September 27th, 2012 at 7:00 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

 

Good evening from Meteorologist Tony Petrarca

On this date Hurricane Gloria marched up the east coast making landfall in Long Island and Connecticut. This placed our area on the windiest side of the storm.

Gloria was one of the strongest Hurricanes that ever formed in the Atlantic. At one point, it had wind speeds up to 145 miles-per-hour near the Bahamas.

When the storm made landfall on Long Island and Connecticut on September 27th, 1985, it had weakened considerably. However, Gloria still packed a punch. She hammered Rhode Island with heavy surf and winds up to 100 miles-per-hour.

The storm brought down hundreds of trees and power lines. Close to 300,000 Rhode Island households lost power, and 500,000 were in the dark in Massachusetts. Some people were in the dark for over a week. Crews from Canada came in to help restore power.

Gloria also damaged hundreds of building and boats. Damage estimates were around $900 million.

One Rhode Islander was among the eight people who were killed during the storm. A Scituate man died when a tree fell on him.

Gloria was the first big test for the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier. It successfully prevented the storm surge from flooding downtown.

Watch The YouTube Video Of  The Storm 27 years ago...Click Here

 

Gloria’s long track across the Atlantic..


Silver: Obama on track to beat his RI blowout margin of 2008

September 27th, 2012 at 2:31 pm by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

It’s hard to imagine Barack Obama doing better in Rhode Island this year than he did back in 2008, when the future president won 63% of the vote locally. Only his home state of Hawaii and nearby Vermont gave him a larger landslide four years ago.

Yet New York Times numbers guru Nate Silver says the president is on track to do just that.

Silver’s “now-cast” forecast model projects that if the election were held today Obama would beat Romney in Rhode Island by 29.7 percentage points, improving on his 27.8-point margin of victory over John McCain here in 2008. Only three states – Alaska, Arizona and Tennessee – are projected to shift in the president’s favor more than Rhode Island; they are among 14 states where Obama’s margin is currently projected to grow.

“There is an interesting split this year among the six New England states, with Mr. Obama running very well in [Vermont, Maine and Rhode Island], which are poorer, but not as well in Connecticut, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, where voters are better off,” Silver noted in his analysis.

Right now Silver’s Electoral College model gives Obama an 81.9% chance of winning on Nov. 6. He also sees “about a 20% chance that Mr. Romney will win, but also about a 20% chance that Mr. Obama will actually beat his 2008 margin in the popular vote.”

• Related: Silver: GOP may refocus on Whitehouse in push to win Senate (Sept. 18)

(photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)


National Review’s Reihan Salam hearts Brendan Doherty

September 27th, 2012 at 12:52 pm by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

Reihan Salam, one of the sharpest intellectuals of the present-day political right, has a soft spot for Brendan Doherty.

“I think @Doherty2012 is my favorite Republican congressional candidate,” Salam, who’s writing about Doherty’s campaign to unset David Cicilline, wrote Thursday in a tweet. “Seems exceptionally smart and thoughtful, but he’s in a tough race.”

Salam, 32, is a contributing editor at National Review and lead editor of the magazine’s influential blog The Agenda. He previously worked as New York Times columnist David Brooks’ editorial researcher and co-authored the book “Grand New Party” with another Times columnist, Ross Douthat. And yes, he’s linked to Nesi’s Notes.

The tweet makes this a funny flashback: “Votes don’t expect Doherty to become Reihan Salam, but they do expect a certain level of familiarity with federal issues; say what you will about David Cicilline, but the congressman knows his stuff (and his talking points).”

(photo: Wikipedia)


Dry Air Returns Today, but Doesn’t Stick Around for Long

September 27th, 2012 at 8:54 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

A cool front is sweeping across southern New England this morning, taking the clouds and showers that were scattered about our area yesterday and last night with it.  Skies will become mostly sunny later this morning and last through the afternoon…. humidity levels will drop and temperatures are expected to climb into the low 70s.  Overall, it should be a beautiful late September afternoon.

This Afternoon

My advice would be to enjoy it.  It looks like the nicest day we’ll see until early next week.  The cold front will end up stalling just off shore today, with another storm system riding along the front and bringing rain, drizzle and chillier temperatures to southern New England starting early Friday morning and lingering off and on through the day.

New data in for the weekend is suggesting a slightly more optimistic outcome…. lots of clouds and cool temperatures, with dry stretches in between lighter showers and pockets of drizzle.  Certainly not perfect, but a bit better than it was looking earlier this week.

 

 


Patrick Kennedy speaks at anti-Ahmadinejad rally in New York

September 27th, 2012 at 8:50 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

Patrick Kennedy is keeping busy in his post-congressional life. He visited Rhode Island to campaign for David Cicilline earlier this month, and now the AP reports he was among the speakers at a rally outside the United Nations organized by Iranian opposition groups this week:

Outside the building, thousands of anti-Ahmadinejad demonstrators rallied in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza opposite the world body. ..

Outside, former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich praised the administration of Democratic President Barack Obama for recently taking the Iranian dissident group Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, or MEK, off the U.S. terrorist watch list. The group is a major anti-Ahmadinejad force that was allied with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in the 1980s. …

A coalition of Iranian-American groups organized the protest against Ahmadinejad – one of the largest gatherings staged against the Iranian leader in recent years during the General Assembly.

Speakers at the protest included two former U.S. ambassadors to the U.N., U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island.

CNN reports Kennedy has been paid to lobby for the MEK.

Update: The New York Times notes that Kennedy “admitted on camera last year that he had been paid $25,000 to voice his support for the M.E.K. at a rally in Washington.”


Taveras, Avedisian ask Congress to head off deep budget cuts

September 27th, 2012 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

Local leaders are worried as Washington barrels toward the edge of the fiscal cliff.

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian joined 147 of their fellow mayors from across the country last week in sending a letter to congressional leaders that urges them to reach a budget deal which would avoid the deep budget cuts that are otherwise coming thanks to “the sequester.”

“Discretionary spending has already been significantly reduced in recent years,” the letter [pdf] says. “As our local metro economies – which drive the national economy – continue the struggle to recover from the worst national recession in decades, we cannot bear the financial burden that additional discretionary spending cuts would require just to meet the most emergent needs of our constituents.”

In addition to major cuts in defense spending, the sequester would reduce non-defense discretionary spending, a category that includes education, housing and urban development, health, the environment, worker training and public safety. The mayors said Congress should instead pair “spending cuts with additional revenue from sources such as tax code reform and closing unfair corporate tax loopholes.”


Lawyer: Steward withdrawing offer to buy Landmark hospital

September 26th, 2012 at 11:42 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) – Struggling Landmark Medical Center’s would-be buyer is apparently backing out of the deal for good.

The lawyer overseeing Landmark revealed on Tuesday that he no longer expects Boston-based Steward Health Care System, which has been in talks to buy the cash-strapped hospital since 2009, to go through with the transaction.

Read the rest of this story »

• Related: Steward’s CEO slams AG Kilmartin over Landmark (Aug. 20)


Brown U. Poll: Taveras approval rating hits 60% in Providence

September 26th, 2012 at 10:28 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

Brown University is out with a new poll of Providence residents that shows first-term Mayor Angel Taveras is gaining popularity in the city.

Taveras’s approval rating is 60% among city voters, up from 47% a year ago, according to the new poll. The mayor’s fellow Democrat President Obama is even more popular, with a 68% approval rating in Providence. The telephone survey of 425 registered city voters was conducted Sept. 13 to 22 by Brown’s Taubman Center. Its overall margin of error is plus or minus 4.7 percentage points.

Taveras is doing significantly better than his predecessor David Cicilline was toward the end of the previous mayor’s second term. Cicilline’s approval rating was 41% in Brown’s September 2009 poll of city voters, down from 62% in an October 2006 survey.

Providence voters remain concerned about the city’s finances, with 86% characterizing its budget problems as serious or very serious, basically unchanged from a year ago. On pensions, nearly two-thirds of voters said they were aware of the issue. About the same share said retirees, current workers and future workers should share the burden of fixing the problem and also that city employees should switch to a 401k-style plan.

Other ideas were less popular: raising the retirement age (46% support, 44% oppose); raising health insurance co-pays (42% support, 46% oppose); eliminating cost-of-living adjustments (49% support, 35% oppose). As for the pension deal Taveras and retirees struck last spring, 45% of voters were satisfied with it and 21% were dissatisfied, while 24% chose neither option.

Providence’s economy remains a concern, with 82% of voters calling it not so good or poor. Voters were split on the city’s overall direction, with 38% saying it’s going in the right direction and 37% saying it’s off on the wrong track. Only 23% of voters said their families are better off financially now than they were a year ago.


What’s the Deal for the Weekend?

September 26th, 2012 at 8:55 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

We’ve been mentioning it in our futurecast for days–that showers will be threatening our area this weekend.  As we close in on the second half of the work week, we’re becoming more confident that the weekend will, in fact, be unsettled.  An upper-level area of low pressure will be sitting over the eastern Great Lakes this weekend, cut off from the flow of the jet stream.  With it essentially “stuck” to our west, it will bring bursts of energy through New England that will lead to bouts of rain starting later Friday and lasting through Sunday or Monday.  The challenge over the next few days will be to try to nail down whenthose bouts of rain occur.  It can be a tricky task more than 24hrs out.

This Weekend

The bottom line is that, while it won’t be raining all the time this weekend, there will likely be some interruptions in any outdoor plans from the rounds of showers that are expected.  Either make a back-up plan, or pack your umbrella.


Watch: Breaking down RIPEC’s EDC study, and what’s next

September 26th, 2012 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


Chamber: Gov, lawmakers should overhaul EDC within 90 days

September 25th, 2012 at 4:24 pm by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce is applauding a study issued Tuesday calling for an overhaul of Rhode Island’s economic development strategy – and wants state leaders to act fast in implementing it.

Laurie White, the chamber’s president, said Governor Chafee and state lawmakers should act within the next 90 days to implement the proposals put forward by the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council. Those include demoting and renaming the R.I. Economic Development Corporation and creating a new secretary of commerce position in the governor’s office to oversee economic strategy.

“I think it’s important that action occur quickly,” White told WPRI.com. “Our view is that economic development in Rhode Island has to be the main event. … We need a very dramatic, aggressive effort to change the path that we’re on.”

White called the RIPEC study “very well done,” saying she appreciates the amount of outreach the business-backed think tank conducted and agrees strongly with the idea that there is a lack of focus inside state government on supporting commerce in Rhode Island.

“This is an excellent foundation to launch from,” she said. “Let’s act swiftly and move quickly, but not just rearranging what we have – we’ve got to do something new and dramatic and bold, or else we’re going to get the same old same old. We don’t want these reports to become a caricature of themselves.”

Update: Charlestown Rep. Donna Walsh, co-chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development, tells WPRI 12′s Susan Campbell that it’s “probably not possible” for lawmakers to pass new legislation by December, since a new class will be elected on Nov. 6 and an emergency session would be required. But Walsh said legislation could be drafted and pre-filed in December to be acted on the following month if there is a consensus around changes.

• Related: Demote EDC, says study ordered by Chafee after 38 Studios (Sept. 25)

An earlier version of this story misstated Laurie White’s title.


Watch: The 3 candidates running for mayor of Central Falls

September 25th, 2012 at 3:27 pm by under Nesi's Notes


Off-duty officer injured in possible case of mistaken identity

September 25th, 2012 at 1:50 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Tim White

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – State and Providence police are investigating whether several of their own officers injured an off-duty Providence patrolman during a fight in a possible case of mistaken identity.

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Chafee reacts coolly to long-awaited study saying demote EDC

September 25th, 2012 at 12:11 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The R.I. Economic Development Corporation would be demoted and supplanted by a new secretary of commerce who reports directly to the governor if Rhode Island officials embrace the recommendations of an independent study ordered in the aftermath of the 38 Studios debacle.

During a press conference on Tuesday, Chafee thanked RIPEC for its “terrific, hard work” in putting together the study, which involved 75 interviews with more than 100 people. But the governor didn’t embrace its findings – and left the event without listening to the presentation by John Simmons, RIPEC’s executive director.

“I’m very impressed with what has happened in the last few months down at EDC,” Chafee said. The governor later added: “We’re moving forward. … I have full confidence in what is occurring at EDC right now.”

Read the rest of this story »

• Related: Read the full RIPEC study on economic development (PDF)


Shorter Days

September 25th, 2012 at 12:10 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Even though the Autumnal Equinox was on Saturday, today is the day in southern New England when we have equal day and night…. with 12hrs of daylight and 12hrs of darkness.  From here on out, the balance tips with longer nights straight through till the shortest day of the year–the Winter Solstice on December 21.  Here’s a look at how the amount of daylight we see each day changes through the Autumn season.

Amount of Daylight

 


Marion: After San Bento v. Tobon, here’s how to fix voting in RI

September 25th, 2012 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

By John Marion

It has quickly entered the folklore of Rhode Island politics: the election decided by a single vote after four different counts. What really happened in the Democratic primary in House District 58 and what lessons can we learn from it? Here’s what I saw when I attended last week’s recounts and what I think we should do differently.

On the night of Sept. 11, Rhode Islanders were told District 58 had cast 543 votes for veteran incumbent Rep. William San Bento and 540 for challenger Carlos Tobon. But the winner was not yet clear, because while that initial count included all mail (or absentee) ballots, it didn’t include 11 “provisional” ballots.

Provisional ballots are cast for a variety of reasons – for example if a voter arrives at a polling place but isn’t listed on the rolls or, starting this year, if a voter doesn’t show up with an approved form of idenitifcation. The local canvassers then must decide whether the provisional ballot should be counted. The Pawtucket Board of Canvassers counted only three of 11 provisionals that were cast in the District 58 primary – it’s not clear why the other eight were rejected.

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Planning A Foliage Trip…?

September 24th, 2012 at 6:38 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening From Meteorologist Tony Petrarca..

Already seeing some spotty color on some trees in our back yards. The map below shows the average dates of “peak” colors in New England. The forecast this Autumn are for the colors top be more vibrant than what we had last year…