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Rhode Island’s power players

September 28, 2010
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Rhode Island Monthly is teasing its next cover story — Who really runs this state — the 28 most influential Rhode Islanders in 2010. The new issue is due to hit newsstands Thursday, so let’s consider some of the biggest power players in politics.

The Ocean State’s senior senator, Jack Reed, who is gaining seniority while moving up on the Banking and Armed Services committees, will no doubt rank high on the list.

Other leading power players: House Speaker Gordon Fox, super-lobbyist Robert Goldberg, and AFL-CIO president George Nee.

Howard Sutton would be an unsurprising choice as publisher of the ProJo. But Jay Howell, GM of WPRI-WNAC/TV, also ranks high, in part since the station has put some serious dough into polls (the latest is due to drop tomorrow) and prime-time political debates. (Disclosure: I’m a regular panelist on WPRI’s Newsmakers.)

O. Rogeriee Thompson is moving up in the world. Curt Spalding is a top enviro-advocate. And what’s a most-powerful list without the singular Bert Crenca?

Look for the whole story on Thursday. There might even be something in Rhode Island Monthly’s new issue on this blog.

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