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Rhode Island Tip Sheet: new media paradigm for 2012

January 31, 2011

STATE OF THE MEDIA: Back when former Boston Mayor Kevin H. White was schooling Tip Sheet at BU on media and politics, he introduced us to The Boys on the Bus, Timothy Crouse’s wonderful record of life on the road for the ink-stained wretches covering the 1972 presidential campaign. It was an utterly original work, and one that would be subject to much imitation. Now, as we head toward the 2012 campaign, the NYT notes how sites like Politico, TPM (launched by Brown grad Josh Marshall), and RealClearPolitics aspire to be The Blogs on the Bus: “We were a garage band in 2008, riffing on the fly,’ said Jim VandeHei, Politico’s executive editor and co-founder. ‘Now we’re a 200-person production, with a precise feel and plan.” Meanwhile, Politico today formally announced the launch of 2012 Live, a page devoted to the next presidential race. The demand for this kind of specialized coverage is a positive flip to the running down of journalistic resources at newspapers over the last decade (even if it doesn’t compensate for shrinking coverage in other places).

SHELDON’S BIG TIME: Scott has a recap of last night’s Providence fundraiser for Senator Whitehouse.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY: House Labor due to take up a bill tomorrow, sponsored by Reps. Peter Palumbo and Joseph Trillo, that would restore the mandates of Governor Carcieri’s immigration executive order . . . . Gay marriage bill on for House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday . . . . A Deborah Gist appearance Wednesday before the Senate Education Committee has been postponed; scheduling conflict cited.

PROVIDENCE: Mayor Angel Taveras has appointed lawyer Zachary Darrow, managing partner of DarrowEverett LLP, as his special adviser and counsel on issues “related to the development of property recovered through the relocation of I-195 and the surrounding Knowledge District. Darrow will advise the Mayor and his team on legal, business and real estate development issues that affect how the I-195 property is brought to market and ultimately developed, as well as issues related to the overall development of the Knowledge District.”

MELTDOWN: A former top exec at Boston’s WHDH-TV, after what the Herald calls “a drunken airport tirade in 2008,” has been arrested again after imitating a pole dancer in Florida.

CITY COUNCIL: GoLocal notes the rising political fortunes of Michael Solomon.

THE BENJAMINS: Treasurer Gina Raimondo announces “a comprehensive review of every aspect of the Treasury,” naming the following volunteers as part of an advisory group: Arthur X. Duffy, president of the Rex Capital Advisors, LLC; Timothy V. Geremia, chief investment officer of Coastline Trust Company; Martha Conn Hultzman, principal at Lefkowitz, Garfinkel, Champi & DePienzo P.C. (LGC&D); Douglas L. Jacobs, retired executive vice president and treasurer of FleetBoston Financial Group; Peter D. Kiernan, III, chief executive officer of Kiernan Ventures; Edwin J. Santos, former group executive vice president and general auditor for Citizens Financial Group . . . .  Ted Nesi notes that four of these six were among Raimondo’s vast base of campaign contributors . . . . Monique Chartier says Nesi had a partial answer on the depth of RI’s pension woes back in October.

R.I.P: John Barry, who composed music for some of the classic James Bond films, like Goldfinger and Thunderball.

OUT-OF-TOWN VIEW: The Wall Street Journal says it all went downhill in Central Falls once public employess got the right to collectively bargain.

RUMFORD POSSE: Adding to the growing profile of East Providence, Governor Chafee has appointed Colin P. Kane, Principal of Peregrine Group LLC of Rumford, as Admiral of the Rhode Island Commodores. Chafee’s late father, John Chafee, established the Commodores in 1968 as a non-partisan, private sector group meant whose members are meant to promote economic development and serve as goodwill ambassadors.

BIRTHDAY: Ray Sullivan.

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