Giannini: What’s In? What’s Out in Rhode Island?


What’s In


Governor Gina Raimondo sailed to victory with 52% of the vote! Election Day was no surprise to many because polls showed her in the lead all along. She spent over $6 million dollars to win the race. Gina is well on her way to becoming a Washington hot item.  She will be heading the National organization of Governors and will definitely get national recognition .


Her opponents Mayor Alan Fung and Joe Trillo could not compete with her war chest but they tried to fight their way to the top.  Running for office is no easy road and all who do so should be commended for their hard work and commitment. Mayor Fung will continue to be Mayor in Cranston, while Joe Trillo may pursue other ventures. The election process has come down to having the money to get your message to the public. The power of incumbency is strong and one can not underestimate it. Good luck to all in their future endeavors.


Congressman David Cicilline sailed  to victory on Tuesday for his fifth term in the House of Representatives. He will be running for a leadership position under Speaker Nancy Pelosi which will put him in the National spotlight.


Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea and General Treasurer Seth Magaziner will serve their second and last term at the State House. Will they run for Governor in four years? State Officials will be lining up for a Gubernatorial run because they are all term limited.


What’s Out


Rep. Nicholas Mattiello  won re-election and had a Caucus on Thursday night. There were invites from “Uprise RI”  all over social media, calling for the public to go picket outside the Democratic caucus, which was a closed caucus at Chapel view Restaurant in Cranston. About nineteen State Representatives have stated that they will not vote for Mattiello as Speaker in January when the House returns to session. (Mattiello reportedly maintained his position, garnering the votes he needed.)


Terror in California ! Eleven people were shot in a mass shooting in a nightclub in Los Angeles Wednesday night at a country and western club.

Most of the victims were young people because it was college night at the club. Many more were injured and as I write this. The killer, who also was killed, has not been identified. A deputy sheriff was also killed. These are sad days for our country when no one knows when and where terror will strike!


Pawtucket Blues

Mayor Don Grebien of Pawtucket held a press conference to express concern over the possible move of HASBRO Co. out of Pawtucket. This would be the third devastating blow to Pawtucket. The loss of Pawtucket Memorial Hospital is certainly the worse blow and it saddens me that we rarely hear about it.  What’s being done to rectify this mistake?  The loss of the PawSox was a surprise to Grebien but not unexpected.  Now with the rumors running rampant about HASBRO leaving Pawtucket, the Mayor is at wits end. 


No more political commercials

The election is over and we are done seeing all those political commercials. But don’t fret! In just a few months, candidates will be lining up for the Presidential race. Meanwhile, we have plenty of  Christmas advertisements to watch to keep us going!  On to the Holidays! Feliz Navidad!  

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