Giannini: What’s In? What’s Out?


What’s In


Hundreds of candidates around the State of Rhode Island have turned in signatures to get a place on the election ballot.

What a week for candidates across RI who have gone out and pounded the pavement getting signatures to get on the ballot. By now everyone knows who made the cut and who did not. So now the races begin. Stay cool, stay informed and let the competitions begin!

Joanne Giannini expects to see far more women elected to office in 2018.

Bill requiring health insurers to pay for mastectomies signed into law.

A bill sponsored by Majority  Leader Joe Shekarchi, requiring health insurers to pay for mastectomies, has been signed into law by the Governor. This bill ensures that insurers must cover all costs of mastectomies without co-pays or deductibles. Thank you Leader Shekarchi for your leadership on this issue. This is a fitting tribute this week to the late Maureen McCarthy, founder of the RI Breast Cancer coalition, who died a few days ago. Maureen fought hard for these issues for over thirty years and she would be proud to see this.

Women Candidates

The Providence Journal reported that 29 percent of the candidates who declared for statewide office, Congress or the General Assembly this election year were women. “ It is the most since Rhode Island’s digital records of declared candidates became available in 2006”. So what does that say for Rhode Island ? It is very clear that women have taken off their white gloves and have decided to add a new dimension o the state offices, especially the General Assembly. So let’s be open to their new ideas and listen to them as they campaign across our great state. 

What’s Out

Conimicut Beach in Warwick was closed due to high bacteria counts.

It’s a shame during the hottest days of the year, some beaches in RI remain closed due to dangerous bacteria in the water. When and will this problem ever be fixed? This is the ocean state and we need to protect our shoreline across the state. Let’s get it done!

The Fane Tower

The Ordinance Committee of the Providence City Council voted no on the zoning change for the Fane Tower Zoning change. This zoning change was needed to proceed with plans to build the Fane Tower. The vote dims the prospect for the project. Pros and cons showed up to voice their support and opposition to the project. Next stop will be the full council vote. Let’s see what happens next. It doesn’t look good for the Towering Tower of Providence. Stay tuned for more on this developing story.

PawSox Update!

Will a new Pawtucket Red Sox Stadium turn into a White Elephant like McCoy?

We still  do not know the outcome of the PawSox

Deal! Mayor Grebien continues to say “At the end of the day, I’m confident enough to say RI is a better place for them”. As Grebien’s team of lawyers and development professionals Continue to meet with the PawSox, it is no secret that the PawSox are considering a Worcester proposal. This continuing saga is one for the record books. This has been going on a long time now–several years in fact.  The public wants to know what’s happening and exactly what is going to happen to McCoy stadium. Will it be knocked down or used for city purposes. It’s such a waste to leave that building vacant. It’s time to unveil all the plans. The public has a right to know!

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