Giannini: What’s In? What’s Out?


WPRI 12 Gubernatorial Poll

It’s just in and Governor Gina Raimondo is at 43%, Cranston Mayor Alan Fung at 36%, and former Representative Joe Trillo at 7%. 

Fung is within striking distance.

We all knew would be a hot race and it will probably get hotter. The Governor has increased her lead over Fung and Trillo trails at 7%. Nine percent are voters are undecided. Will these numbers change as the weeks go on? We seem to be in a repeat mode of four years ago. But, hey you know what they say about polls? The only poll that counts is Election Day! And even then I still wonder.

Debate 2018

Meanwhile, the much anticipated Gubernatorial debate of the political season is scheduled for Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 7:00 PM live at Roger Williams University in Bristol. All three candidates for Governor are scheduled to attend. The much awaited debate will include Governor Gina Raimondo, Mayor Alan Fung and former Rep. Joe Trillo. The debate will be moderated by WPRI channel 12 reporters Tim White and Ted Nesi.

Defectors at the State House

So far six Democrats in the RI House of Representatives have announced they will not be voting for Speaker Nicholas Matiello–should he be reelected. They are Rep. Moira Walsh, Rep. Jason Knight, Rep. Deborah Ruggiero, Rep. Mary Duffy Messier, Rep. John Lombardi and Rep. Ray Hull. 

Rep. John Lombardi has stated that he would be interested in pursuing a run for speaker himself, stating that “no one should have that much power in the room”.  Rep. Ruggiero expressed her disappointment with the speaker on many women’s issues which never saw the light of day, including pay equity. Rep. Hull has stated that if the vote were held today he would vote no on keeping Matiello as Speaker  saying the people expect more of them. Rep Messier expressed frustration with the process of bills such as the PawSox bill, which lingered too long according to her. 

Six Democrats have said they won’t support Speaker Nicholas Mattiello if he’s reelected.

Rep. Knight said he did not like the fact that Matiello chose to work against certain Democrats by supporting their opponents openly in the  Democratic primary. But will all this matter if the Speaker is unopposed in his bid to remain Speaker? Also, Mattiello has to make it through a General election in November against a former and formidable opponent Steve Frias.  Rep. Walsh said she gave the current Speaker two years and does not see the issues that matter to her being addressed.

This year some of the women in the House of Representatives were unhappy about the pay equity bill not passing, the bill to change the statue of limitations in sexual abuse cases not passing, and the women’s reproductive health care bill not passing.

Many issues still remain undecided such as the line item veto and the gun safety in schools issues, just to name a few. These issues are campaign issues and will be asked at the doors when legislators are campaigning.

It looks like things are starting to sizzle, even though it’s the beginning of fall. Stay tuned for the elections in November, as more change may be in the air!

What’s Out

Bed Bugs

Those nasty critters are terrorizing the Garrahy Judicial Complex, leaving workers afraid and nervous. The union wants to shut down the courthouse. The Administrator of the court says no to the closing, it is not needed. Meanwhile, the bed bugs are spreading to another floor. What are a menace. These blood sucking insects are a deterrent to anyone who works or has to go to the court house. Maybe a Judge should rule on the closing. Anyway, the problem has to be taken care of as soon as possible. Meanwhile, goodnight and don’t let the bed bugs bite!

Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Windstorms

Just because we escaped the serious wrath of Hurricane Florence, it does not mean we will be as lucky next storm. So Hurricane season is here, be aware. Stock up on batteries, flashlights, spare radios, bottled water and canned goods. Don’t wait till last minute to be prepared. Don’t be left out in the storm!

Joanne Giannini
Joanne Giannini is a former State Representative from Providence. A freelance journalist, consultant and writer, she has previously written commentary for The Providence journal, GolocalProv and WPRO radio. Contact her at