Giannini: What’s In, What’s Out 8-17


What’s in…


The Chicken Dance

They’re doing the chicken dance at Cranston City Hall. Gubernatorial candidate Patricia Morgan stood next to an unidentified man in a chicken suit to criticize Cranston Mayor Alan Fung for not participating in more debates. She brought with her a list of scheduled debates in which she challenged him to. Morgan also said he had to “stop hiding and come out from under the bed” and debate the issues. Give her credit: this certainly was a new way to draw attention to one’s political campaign. The debate debacle continues and there’s more to come.

But the only debate scheduled for the Republican candidates will be on the John DePetro show on WRNI on Friday, August 31st at 12 Noon. To listen you can go to, or 99.9 FM, or 1380 AM, or Facebook live. So get your popcorn ready!

Patricia Morgan wants more debates with Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.

The Leaders of the Pac–Money, Money, Money

The figures are in the latest campaign finance reports show Governor Gina Raimondo has spent approximately $1 million in television commercials and still has a balance of $2.8 million in her campaign war chest. Yet all that money hasn’t moved her poll numbers.

Meanwhile, Cranston Mayor Alan Fung has spent $200,000 leaving him a balance of approximately $335,000 left. Candidates Patricia Morgan and Gio Feroce are trying to raise funds as their campaigns are trying to compete with the.  “ The Leaders of the Pac”.

What’s Out

Poor Infrastructure

A new study shows Rhode Island has nation’s worse infrastructure which refers to roads, bridges and dams, according to a new study by 24/7 Wall Street

In RI, nearly a 1/4 of the roads are in poor shape,(24.6% the highest in nation), 23.3% of the RI bridges are deficient ( highest in nation) and 42.3% of the state’s dams are at high hazard risk. The report calls this catastrophic conditions.

The road conditions in Rhode Island are terrible as this comic jokes about.

The recent collapse of a motorway bridge in Genoa Italy is proof of just how hazardous it can be to drive over a deteriorating bridge. People were trapped and there were at least 40 deaths and many more injured. Others more have not been found.

Everyone knew of the conditions of these bridges, but no one did anything. This all brings us to the realization that we need to be careful when driving in Rhode Island over our bridges and roads. Let’s not be fooled by it not being closed. If it looks in bad shape, it probably is. So don’t use it!

Election Fever

Is everyone ready for it? This sleepy summer has been quiet except for national news. But just wait. Look for some blockbuster campaign commercials and negatives coming forward from candidates.

Be warned! It won’t be pretty! Stay Tuned 

Get ready, political football is about to begin!

Worcester Gets Paw Sox

The Paw Sox are out, and the Woosox are in. In an unsurprising move, “This week in Worcester” has announced that Worcester will be announcing Friday night that the team is moving to the Canal section of Worcester. The announcement will be made at a local bar. The team owners decided it was a better deal in Worcester. Good for them. 

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