Fox caught in the hen house — again

Ethics shmethics; Thursday morning quarterback; music news
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 5, 2014

Isn’t it nice when the state’s Speaker of the House, Gordon Fox, arguably the most powerful politician in the state, gets jacked up once again by the Rhode Island Ethics Commission?

What a punk.

As Tom Mooney reported last week in The Other Paper, “House Speaker Gordon D. Fox agreed to pay a $1500 fine on [January 28] for violating the state’s code of ethics by failing to disclose nearly $43,000 he earned preparing loan documents for a city economic development agency during the years 2007 through 2009.”

For those keeping score at home, this is the second time Gordo has been nailed for an ethics violation. Back when he was House Majority Leader, he also got popped by the Ethics Commission in January 2004 for voting on a $770-million lottery deal for GTECH that assured that his law firm would get work from the company. Fox agreed to pay a $10,000 fine.

Just another sleazy deal by the king of sleaze.

Who are the new RI music Hall of Famers?

Your superior correspondents would like to mention a press release we received noting that Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame will be holding a press confer-ence to announce its inductees for 2014 on Friday, February 7 at 11 am at RIMHOF’s Museum space at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket. (Disclosure: Jorge — Rudy Cheeks — is a founder and member of the board of directors of the RIMHOF).

The new inductees will be celebrated at “a two-day spring event to be held at Lupo’s in downtown Providence and the Met,” the release says. A number of the Hall of Fame inductees from the 2012 and 2013 classes will be attending the press conference (photo ops!), as will most of the Hall of Fame’s board of directors.

P&J mention this because the general public is invited and if you haven’t seen it before, it’ll be a great opportunity to check out the physical museum space and find out more about the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame.

More at the Met

Speaking of the Met. . . if you happened to catch any of the Unity Concerts (a Rhode Island Hall of Fame event for its “Tune In & Tune Up” Musicians’ Health Awareness Program) at the Ocean Mist in Matunuck last November, you may have noticed two newer bands among great veteran performers  — Roomful of Blues, Pendragon, John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band, James Montgomery, Ken Lyon, etc. They were Longshot Voodoo and the 100 Watt Suns.

The one thing the two bands have in common is the drummer/percussionist, Don “DC” Culp, but, other than that happy coincidence, they’re quite different in sound and style. The two bands will share a bill this Sunday, February 9 at the Met (also at Hope Artiste in Pawtucket) and there is a lot of excitement surrounding this show, which will be taped for airing on Meet Me At the Met on WSBE.

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