Side of the Rhode: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not? - December 29, 2017

Friday, December 29, 2017
GoLocalProv Political Team

Every Friday, GoLocalProv breaks down who is rising and who is falling in Rhode Island politics, business, and sports. 

Now, we are expanding the list, the political perspectives, and we are going to a GoLocal team approach while encouraging readers to suggest nominees for who is "HOT" and who is "NOT." 

Email GoLocal by midday on Thursday anyone you think should be tapped as "HOT" or "NOT."  Email us HERE.

  • HOT

    Jorge Elorza and Stephanie Gonzalez 

    Congratulations to the couple who are expecting their first child in June.

    All will be good. The Capitol City will enjoy meeting the little one.  

    A baby should make Providence a little kinder.

  • HOT

    Steve Silas 

    Former Brown University guard and son of former NBA great Paul Silas is now the interim Head Coach for the Charlotte Hornets.

    For those that saw Silas play at Brown in the early 1990s, they knew him to be silky smooth. For those that knew him at Brown, they were impressed with the human being.

  • HOT

    17 Who Made a Difference in 2017

    The folks who made GoLocal's annual list are Rhode Islanders who impacted the White House, the State House, the courthouse -- and your house.


    They led, transformed, and were assigned to clean up financial and political catastrophes.

    Each of the 17 impacted 2017 in many ways that were unforeseen.

    The economy showed signs of life driven by incentives and innovation, but Rhode Island also faced a range of challenges.

    The UHIP failure, which left thousands of the neediest without benefits along with the St. Joseph pension fund collapse are both dramatic and heartbreaking episodes that carry into the new year.

  • HOT

    R.W. Alley

    R.W. Alley, the award-winning illustrator of Paddington Bear and more, joins GoLocal weekly as a political cartoonist.

    Alley debut will be Sunday, December 31, 2017

    For the last twenty years, Alley has illustrated Michael Bond’s Paddington Bear books, in all their formats.

    He has also created with his wife, author Zoë B. Alley, two large comic formatted retellings of classic fairy tales that garnered many awards including a Washington Post Best Book of the Year note.

    In 2010, Alley received a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award for the illustrations in Pearl and Wagner One Funny Day by Kate McMullan.

  • HOT

    James Harrison

    The former Pittsburgh Steeler All-Pro linebacker got cut and just days later signs with the New England Patriots.

    Football is a business and Harrison is motivated by the poor treatment of his former employer. If Harrison has anything "left in the tank" this could be the leadership and linebacking boost the Patriots need on defense.

  • NOT

    Brutal Temperatures

    The region’s weather is most certainly not hot. Brutally frigid weather takes its tolls on car batteries, pipes, and heating bills. 

    But, the cruelest part of the nasty weather is the impact it has on the poor and the homeless.

  • NOT

    Bishop Thomas Tobin

    Bishop Thomas Tobin went on a PR tour Christmas week claiming that neither he nor the Diocese of Providence has legal, financial or moral responsibility for the pension collapse at St. Joseph pension fund.

    Deja vu all over again?

    Let's see if he is still making these claims a year from now.

  • NOT

    Memorial Hospital

    The RI Health Department pulled the plug on the Pawtucket Hospital on Thursday and gave the go-ahead to pull close the hospital’s emergency room January 1.

    At the end of the day, it is another example of the butchered and ugly way Rhode Island manages the State's healthcare system.



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