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Friday, November 11

Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump handily in Rhode Island, 53.8 percent to 39.5 percent, but the president-elect would have won locally if the only communities to vote were 10 of the 11 covered by The Breeze.

Clinton had 53,139 votes from all 11 cities and towns covered by the paper, compared to 47,164 votes for Trump. Without Pawtucket factored in, Trump would have held the edge, taking 41,359 votes to Clinton’s 38,676 votes.

Of the 11 communities, only four went Clinton’s way...


Tuesday, November 1

Those who know John Arcaro know he marches to the beat of his own drum. The Pawtucket resident running for mayor under the "Sick of Scandals" party has spent much of his adult life challenging incumbent Democrats, and he's back at it again in 2016.

Arcaro has taken distinct campaigning style to another level with his new commercial promoting himself as "lean, clean, fighting the machine," even shedding his shirt for the performance.

Check it out.

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Tuesday, October 25

I'm not going to get into all the details of the Great Yoga Pants Debate, but I must counter one statement that I've seen all over the internet since the guy from Barrington drew the wrath of women everywhere with his comments about what they shouldn't wear.

I can't tell you how many women I've seen saying that women don't tell men what to wear.

"I can imagine the outrage if a woman wrote a similar piece decrying backward baseball caps or hoodies on men," wrote one woman in...


Tuesday, September 13

Those who have followed the North Providence mayoral race have seen two candidates with dramatically different approaches. Challenger Kristen Catanzaro has characterized the town as an undesirable place in need of having its beauty restored. Incumbent Charles Lombardi has emphasized what he says is going right, including the saving and beautifying of the former Camp Meehan property as the town's biggest park.

The candidates' strategies were again apparent during a Sept. 9 debate on...


Thursday, September 1

Rico Vota, communications and constituent affairs officer for Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien since February of 2015, has landed a new position in Gov. Gina Raimondo's office as the new "community affairs & outreach manager." He starts the new job Sept. 6.

Vota, who previously ran the successful campaign for Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea in 2014, will report to Gabe Amore, the governor's director of public engagement. Norm Birenbaum has transitioned out of Raimondo's outreach...


Thursday, August 25

Most of the attention in North Providence these days is on the mayoral race between Democrats Charlie Lombardi and Kristen Catanzaro. But a third candidate, independent Brian Quirk, says neither of those two will bring real change for North Providence.

Quirk, in a post on his new Facebook page Thursday, promises "cultural change in government" he takes down the winner of the Sept. 13 primary.

In his campaign announcement in June, Quirk invited residents to "be part of something...


Thursday, August 4

Saturday, July 30

For those who don't know already, I had a life-changing experience this week. On July 24, at 1:46 a.m., my little angel, Añalia Elizabeth Shorey, came into this world.

Seems people care about length and weight, so I'll get that out of the way. She was six pounds, 12 ounces, and 19 inches long. The real story is she's the most perfect little bundle I could imagine.

It's easy to get down about the troubles of this world, to get overwhelmed by the tragedy and the heartache, but...


Wednesday, July 6

Independent Kevin Crawley is asking Pawtucket residents to help him decide whether he should actually challenge Mayor Donald Grebien in the 2016 election, proving once again that filling out a declaration of candidacy form does not mean that someone is definitely going to run.

"I need your help. I have to make a final decision whether to run for mayor," wrote the retired city police officer on his Facebook page Wednesday. "This is an enormous task. I don't recall an elected incumbent...


Thursday, June 30

There's been a good deal of discussion about whether John Arcaro can run against Mayor Don Grebien in Pawtucket under the "Sick of Scandals" party he listed on his declaration form.

Gonzalo Cuervo, chief of staff in Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea's office, initially told me Thursday that Arcaro, who previously ran as a Democrat for state representative, would be listed as an independent on the ballot, as the state only recognizes Democrats, Republicans and Moderates. But Cuervo...