Politics This Week with John DePetro: Closing Out the Year


My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for December 28, included talk about:

  • The Guv’s house as the new protest spot
  • A whittled down RI Congressional delegation
  • 2020 winners and losers
  • Things to watch for in 2021
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I’ll be on again Monday, January 4, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

  • ShannonEntropy

    **IF** we lose a congressional seat ?? We are absolutely gonna lose it; that’s been clear from annual census estimates and our ever-dropping position for a second seat in their apportionment calculations going back at least five years. Last year we were in dead-last position for a second seat and sinking fast

    That seat is going to Texas, which is gaining three seats cuz of all the people moving there, esp to liberal Austin

    My prediction for 2022: Cicilline will run unopposed and win, natch. Langevin will run for governor. If for some reason the guv job seems out of reach, he will retire “for health reasons”… dog knows he’s got enough of them

    On a personal note… the 2022 election will the last in my lifetime to fall on my birthday. The next time after that will be the POTUS election of 2044 which I would have to be extremely lucky to participate in

    • Christopher C. Reed

      Well then…Permanent Calendar!
      Fixed it for ya!

      • ShannonEntropy

        I don’t like it for two reasons:

        1.) It makes Monday the first day of the week, which is weird, but that makes my birthday a Wednesday every year so the election is never on my birthday

        2.) It’s horribly inaccurate — prolly why it is only calculated thru year 2200. Even by then it would off by almost two whole days. You could ‘tweak’ that by skipping an “xtra week” once every 800 yrs, but Hanke-Henry didn’t get that far

        By contrast the Gregorian calendar is amazingly accurate. It will be accurate thru year 20,000 — which ordinarily would not be a leap year ( cuz it’s divisible by 4,000 )…but it will be to correct for the one day it is off by then. Then the 20,000 year cycle starts over again

        Let’s see you do *that*, Hanke-Henry !!

        • Christopher C. Reed

          yeabut think of all the fun people would have with the ‘leap week’ every 6 years!

          • ShannonEntropy

            Yeah, having to pro-rate rents, salaries, property taxes or any other time-fixed costs: sounds like a blast