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Thursday, June 19

State Rep. J. Patrick O’Neill says he plans to defend his House District 59 seat this fall. He said his decision to put his Pawtucket home on the market this month has no bearing on his plan to run again.

O’Neill listed his 35 Sterling St. at $279,900 on June 9. He said Thursday that he’ll be filing his declaration papers to run again at the start of the declaration period “first thing Monday morning.”

Listing the Sterling Street home for sale should be seen only as “trying to...


Thursday, June 19

Many will remember Paul Caranci as the man who helped take down three former North Providence Town Council members for corruption by turning them in to the FBI. Without Caranci and his work to record the councilmen, those convictions would have been a whole lot harder to achieve.

Caranci tells me he was both "shocked" and "thrilled" to learn that someone had nominated him for the Margaret Chase Smith American Democracy Award, especially since no one had ever been nominated as a member...


Tuesday, June 17

The hotly contested GOP primary campaign between Allan Fung and Ken Block was on full display Tuesday evening during a televised debate on WPRI.

The two candidates came out aggressive early, repeating the criticisms they've leveled throughout the campaign. Fung harped on Block's lack of experience in governing and his previous support for President Obama, while Block tied Fung to the "political insiders" he says have crippled the state and accused him of poor leadership during the...


Saturday, June 14

The Pawtucket GOP has become much more active in their home city since Scott Rotondo took over more than a year ago, and Rotondo is promising that members of the small but active group will make noise in the 2014 elections. They may not win, says Rotondo, but people will know who they are.

Rotondo informed me on Friday that Sen. Donna Nesselbush, a Democrat serving District 15 in Pawtucket and North Providence, would have a Republican opponent in 2014. Steve Lemois is a Pawtucket GOP...


Wednesday, June 11

Three Democrats running for governor, Gina Raimondo, Clay Pell and Angel Taveras, participated in a televised debate Tuesday night. The debate, sponsored by WPRI and The Providence Journal, covered topics like jobs, taxes, the 38 Studios debacle, the job performance of Gov. Lincoln Chafee, and minimum wage.

Watch the full 60-minute debate here.

Ted Nesi, digital...


Wednesday, June 4

The dance video by seniors at North Providence High School has reached and exceeded 12,400 views this week. The video, directed by NPHS teacher Glenn Williams, features senior video students dancing to the song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. Check it out:


Friday, May 30

Sandra Cano, a freshman member of the Pawtucket School Committee who was easily the top vote-getter when she won two years ago, will seek to ride that popularity to a seat on the Pawtucket City Council. A Facebook page inviting people to her official announcement next Wednesday already has more than 100 people planning to attend.

Cano, a Democrat and part of a rapidly expanding group of Latin Americans in area politics, would presumably face off against three incumbents, Veterans...


Thursday, May 29

Someone found this bunny near the intersection of Ambrose Street and Gillen Avenue in North Providence. Workers at the North Providence Animal Shelter are looking for its owner. Call 401-719-1516 with information.

Tuesday, May 27

Rep. William San Bento, who is in his 22nd year representing the residents of House District 58, says he’s ‘teetering on the fence’ about running again in 2014.

San Bento told me Tuesday that he hasn’t made a final decision yet about defending his seat against a likely challenge from Carlos Tobon, and probably won’t decide before "the end of June." Tobon narrowed the gap against the incumbent to just one vote on his second try two years ago.

San Bento said he had been leaning...


Saturday, May 24

Seniors at North Providence High School made a video to the song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams.

The video appears to be going viral, getting nearly 10,000 hits on YouTube in a week. Check it out.