State of the City: Yea or nay?

I know the weather’s looking B-E-A-U-tiful this morning, but nay! to weather.com. I just can’t get over the fact that you’re advertising a social site for people to talk about the weather?

Nay! for unemployment. Today, WPRI reported that if not for Sacremento, CA, Providence would be the only city in America to have job losses this year. Rhode Island currently has the second highest unemployment in the nation, standing at 11%.

Yea! for truth in the form of PolitiFact, which has repeatedly corrected presidential contender Mitt Romney’s claim that 92 percent of jobs lost in the last three years belonged to women. Romney visited the Ocean State and boasted this statistic on Wednesday.


State of the City: Yea or nay?

   Yea! for creative Sen. Herald Metts, who wants to pull funding from state casino revenue into the public school system. Who knew gambling and education could go hand in hand?

   Yea! for the rumblings of Occupy Wall Street‘s spring awakening. This reporter is interested to see what revival looks like for Providence (and Portsmouth).

 

Nay! to Fitch Ratings, for downgrading Providence’s bond rating.  Aw, come on guys, why‘d you have to go do that?

 


State of the City: Yea or nay?

Yea! for local anonymous Powerball winner in Smithfield. For a state so unlucky with current finances, this second winner in a month is incredible. Will that 2.6 million in tax revenue help the deficit?

Nay! for city administrators who recently stumbled upon a box of uncashed checks, to the sum of $334,000. What was that doing just lying around?


State of the City: Yea or nay?

Yea! for Occupy Joe Biden. The Herald is still upset we couldn’t get press passes.

Yea! for Governor Chafee’s appointment to Obama’s re-election campaign. With him and Eva Longoria, how can he lose?

Yea! for the news that Providence will host X Factor auditions this spring. Get your sing on.

 
It’s been a good week, Providence.


State of the City: Yay or nay

Yay for local advocates who have started to hold a lunchtime soup kitchen at the State House, serving PB&J sandwiches and fruit to call attention to homelessness in Rhode Island. But be careful — we hear Taveras has a peanut allergy…

$172 million? That’s Rhode Island’s cut of a national settlement for wrongfully foreclosed homes. I think that gets a WOOHOOO.

Nay to MBTA’s proposed increases on student fare and cuts in service. A girl’s gotta get to Boston.


Former undergrad declares candidacy

Libby Kimzey may not have her undergraduate degree yet, but she could be on her way to a seat in Rhode Island’s House of Representatives. As of today, she is officially a candidate for the District 8 seat where Representative Mike Tarro, a first-termer, currently resides.

Originally admitted in the class of ’09, Kimzey has since taken off several semesters to lobby and organize for political groups in the state.

Kimzey started lobbying for Rhode Islanders for Fair Elections in Spring ’09. At the time, “there were certainly some people that didn’t take me seriously because…I was 19 years old,” Kimzey said. Later, when she worked as campaign manager for Teresa A. Tanzi (D-34, Narragansett, South Kingstown), she helped unseat one of those representatives, David Caprio.

Working on the Tanzi campaign has taught Kimzey to effectively communicate the issues, even to people who might not agree with her, she said. “She’s been my role model in a lot of ways,” Kimzey said. Tanzi’s campaign proved that to take on an incumbent, “You have to work in coalition and you have to start early and you have to think about your resources.” Continue Reading