Post-Gasoline Angst: I used gallons and gallons for day trip to Rhode Island

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  I put $50 of gasoline in before I headed out of Connecticut on I-95 to Rhode Island.    Branding careers Current Affairs Media Personal Musings Politics Travel ValuesAt $4.19 a gallon here in New Haven, Connecticut, gasoline has become a campaign issue.    But those of us who have gotten beyond the price angst might be making the right investment in our creativity, mental health, and future employability.

The Campbell Brand - Conduct Contest for New Name and Logo

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Among what Campbell has to start getting right is its branding. The current one reaches back to the time of other old-line brands such as A &P.   Campbell can conduct a contest inviting ideas for a new branding and a new logo. It can be national or just limited to design schools such as the one in Rhode Island.   Branding Film Food and Drink Games Generational Divide Media Personal Musings Rebranding Selling Values

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"People V. ARCO" - Implications For Sherwin-Williams' Investors, Branding

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Sherwin-Williams was among the three defendants in the Rhode Island lead paint public nuisance lawsuit which had been let off the hook by the state's supreme court - Download Statev.LeadIndustriesAssoc.,Inc. That's only part - a small part - of the financial and branding challenge facing Sherwin-Williams. I had been hired by a public relations agency to blog the Rhode Island lead paint trial.

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Superhero Branding - Municipal Leaders Who Take on Former Lead Paint Companies

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Many recall that the high-profile Rhode Island one had been tossed by that state's supreme court.  Branding careers Content-provider Current Affairs DigitalInfluencer Games legal Media Personal Musings Politics Science Values WritingThe op-ed for WBUR urges Massachusetts to follow the example of California. Of course, CA is always a kind of pioneer.    It was the first state to win a class action public nuisance lead paint lawsuit.

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Brand Connecticut - In The Crapper

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" Here you can read that insightful deep dive into the erosion of Brand Connecticut. Metro in 1982, the brand was both classy and cool. On weekends my dog Lee and I would go to Westerly, Rhode Island and hang around the Atlantic Ocean with non-WASPs.   Branding careers Personal Musings Selling In influential New York Magazine, Annie Lowrey publishes her article "What's The Matter with Connecticut?"

Brand Jersey Shore: Eroded by more than just Sandy

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 Brand erosion is being blamed on Sandy.   Instead, we can travel to Westerly, Rhode Island.   Branding Current Affairs Selling Business this summer at the Jersey Shore is down about 40% from last year. That's what the state's governor Chris Christie told CBS NEWS.  That's not on the money. Why should those from western Connecticut like myself pay through the nose to get to the Jersey Shore?

The Buddy Cianci Brand - Embedded with Shakespearean Comedy and Tragedy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In Providence, Rhode Island convicted felon and former jailbird Buddy Cianci is running for mayor.     Books Branding careers Content-provider Current Affairs legal Media Personal Musings Politics Public Speaking Selling Values Here is Dan McGowan's take on that in Politico. The job of mayor is the one Cianci had had before spending four years in prison. His current day job is hosting his own radio program.

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A Brilliant Mind Is Terrible Thing to Waste on Nanoscience - Charles Lieber Also Focused His on Pumpkins

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It was in 2014 at a competitive event in Rhode Island that he killed it. Branding Extreme Pleasure Food and Drink Media Personal Musings ValuesCharlie Lieber's name is now associated with the alleged sale of proprietary research to the Chinese. So, in some scientific communities, that brandname is now tarnished. That could include Harvard colleagues where he specialized in nanoscience. But those in the pumpkin patch remain loyal to Lieber.

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Buddy Cianci Was Voice Of Experience - But That Experience Also Involved Prison

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In Providence, Rhode Island, Buddy Cianci's campaign meme was:  experience.  But in Rhode Island, Cianci remains iconic.      Branding careers Current Affairs Politics   Maybe that was a mistake. After all his experience included time in the slammer. Also, in this disruptive era, newness can be valued over knowing how things had been doing.

The New Superheroes - State Attorneys General Poking Around Facebook

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The old type had been those like Sheldon Whitehouse in Rhode Island. Branding careers Current Affairs Intuitive legal Media Personal Musings Politics Power Rebranding Values Web/TechNew York state attorney general Letitia James is investigating Facebook. That probe is separate from those being conducted by the DOJ and FTC.

Vice Media - Its Beef About Google's Advertising Business Could Be Documented in Federal/State Antitrust Lawsuits

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In Rhode Island, the state-level public nuisance class action lead paint litigation helped then attorney general Sheldon Whitehouse's journey to the U.S. Branding Current Affairs DigitalInfluencer Games legal Media Personal Musings Politics Rebranding Selling Values Web/Tech Writing"Both the Justice Department and a group of state attorneys general are likely to file antitrust lawsuits against Alphabet's Google - are well into planning for litigation."

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Lincoln Chafee - That He Ran For U.S. President Will Be First Line In His Obituary

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Probably, at his age, the game of running for office is over for this former governor of Rhode Island. But his decision to put himself out there, positioned against a heavy-weight like Hillary Clinton, has notched his brand up many levels. Branding careers Current Affairs Games Intuitive Media Personal Musings Politics Public Speaking TravelIconoclast politico Lincoln Chafee has dropped out of the campaign to become U.S. President.

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Lincoln Chafee Enters Campaign 2016 As Democrat - Guy Is Survivor

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Lincoln Chafee , the protean former governor of Rhode Island, has announced he is in.   Branding careers Politics Public Speaking ValuesShould Hillary Clinton be shaking in her boots? Maybe. This time as a Democrat. He has been known for other party affiliations. What politicos have learned is this: Be wary of survivors such as Chafee. A  A bit of an oddball based in a tiny state, Chafee has been driven out of politics.

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U.S. Supreme Court - Taking a Look Beneath the Robes and at Power of State Attorneys General

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He catapulted into the big time through launching, as Rhode Island attorney general, the landmark state class action public nuisance lead paint litigation. Now, other ambitious leaders of municipalities and plaintiff lawyers could also create giant leaps in their careers and branding by also involving themselves in lead paint public nuisance litigation. Branding careers Current Affairs Ethics Games Intuitive legal Media Personal Musings Politics Power Values

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Buddy Cianci: Ultimate role model for coming back big

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Former mayor of Providence, Rhode Island and ex-con, Buddy Cianci has been voted "Best Radio Personality" by THE PROVIDENCE PHOENIX. Branding careers Media Personal Musings Politics Public Speaking Values The reason why, explains PHOENIX, is "personality." " Now  voice on630WPRO.com, Buddy puts that personality on everything he comments on. We who followed his trajectory up and down knew that he would roar back. 

Mobile-Home Living - Roof Over Our Heads for Average of $564 Monthly

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It should approach a prestigious design school such as Rhode Island and sponsor a contest for a cool new look for a trailer.   Branding Current Affairs Personal Musings Selling ValuesIn the Southwest, friends recommend mobile-living to other friends - without apology. It's one of those rare places in the U.S. which doesn't impose stigma on this kind of lodging.

PA Lawsuit Against Uber - The Legalities & Politics

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  It can enhance the brand - and re-electability - of a state attorney general to become associated with high-profile litigation. In Rhode Island, filing a class action public nuisance lawsuit about four former lead paint manufacturers/marketers helped make the brandname of AG Sheldon Whitehouse prominent. Branding careers Current Affairs DigitalInfluencer Games legal Media Personal Musings Travel Web/TechA ghost from Uber-Leadership-Past has come to visit.

In the Public Interest - Lawsuits as Platform to Big Time for the State Attorney General

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Some recall how Rhode Island attorney general Sheldon Whitehouse catapulted to fame with his lawsuit against the former lead paint companies. Branding careers Current Affairs Games legal Media Personal Musings PoliticsBoth the pelvic mesh litigation against J&J in Washington and the opioid lawsuit in Ohio regarding opioids had similarities. Both were filed by the state attorney general. In WA that was Bob Ferguson.

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Ronan Farrow, et al. - Being "Threatened" BigBrand Builder

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  From Farrow's and Sherman's experiences branding experts can put together a powerful strategy: Make it their business to make enemies who will threaten in ways that can be documented.    When I was blogging the Rhode Island lead paint trial (November 2005 - February 2006), I received an email threat to stop mentioning a judge in Pennsylvania. Ronan Farrow has embraced investigative journalism.

More on School for Scandal.

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Paul's School in Rhode Island.   Branding careers Current Affairs Ethics Games Media Personal Musings ValuesLong before sexual misconduct allegations rocked the entertainment and media worlds, they shook up elite prep schools. Among them had been St. Last July, RI's state attorney general's office commenced an investigation of alleged sexual abuse. That dated back to 1948.

Sherwin-Williams, Lead Paint, "Santa Clara" Trial Starting July 15, 2013

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The elephant in the room when it comes to Sherwin-Williams is how much the latest trial over lead paint will hurt its brand.  Back in the late 1990s and until the Rhode Island Supreme Court tossed the litigation, the Sherwin-Williams brand took major hits.   Branding legal  As did its stock price.   Here is that RI court ruling  Download Statev.LeadIndustriesAssoc.,Inc.  That was then.

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Artificial Intelligence in Services - Allstate's Smart Public Relations

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Way back in 2005, when I was blogging the Rhode Island lead paint trial, there were former full-time journalists covering the courtroom action as "stringers" (gig workers) in order to pick up some extra money.   Branding careers Current Affairs DigitalInfluencer Games Generational Divide Media Personal Musings Values Web/TechTom Wilson, chief executive officer at Allstate, predicts that artificial intelligence (AI) will have the force of a tsunami in services.

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Gotta Get Out of This Place - Northeast Loses Its Location Edge

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Delaware  Rhode Island.   animal companions Branding careers Current Affairs Dreams Games Hope legal Personal Musings ValuesNew York. Massachusetts  New Hampshire. New Jersey. Those of the states in the Northeast from which folks are fleeing, found Lending Tree. As MarketWatch reports, the three main reasons are: Cost. With expenses, especially for housing, so high, residents just can't catapult out of debt. Weather. Not only is that tough to live with.

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Public Affairs - Will It Push Sherwin-Williams, Like Tobacco Companies, into a Type of Master Settement?

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State attorneys general, such as Rhode Island's Sheldon Whitehouse who is now a U.S. Senator, can become branded as heroes for launching such litigation. Other kinds of government leaders such as mayors could also enhance their branding, increasing the odds of re-lection in the next campaign. Full Disclosure: I blogged the Rhode Island 2005-2006 class action lead paint public nuisance jury trial.

Hold The Words: The most compelling communications

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those might go for a one-hour meditation to a week-long silent retreat held at its larger facility in Providence, Rhode Island. Branding careers Public SpeakingWords, words, words. That's what the prince of Denmark Hamlet lamented. He could well be the unofficial patron saint of zen. At the New Haven Zen Center in Connecticut, the most compelling communications are wordless.

School for Scandal - Choate Rosemary Hall

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George's prep school in Rhode Island.                        Branding Games Media Personal MusingsThese are the kinds of allegations which upscale publication Vanity Fair frequently turns into a cover story: At an elite New England prep school, 12 former faculty members and staff have been accused of sexual crimes against students.

St. George's Settles with Alleged Victims of Sex Abuse - Yet another school for scandal featured by Vanity Fair

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Finally elite prep school in Rhode Island, St. Branding Current Affairs Ethics Games Generational Divide Media Personal Musings ValuesGeorge's, has settled with the 30 victims of alleged sexual abuse at the hands (literally) of teachers, staff, and other students. Annual tuition and fees total about $56,000. The claims date back to the 1970s. In most of those situations, the complaints by students weren't reported to law enforcement.

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Ashoka Mukpo, RI Ebola Survivor/Freelance Journalist, Pitching His Story To Editors

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

So, it's no surprise that Providence, Rhode Island freelance journalist and Ebola surivor Ashoka Mukpo is pitching his story to editors.   Branding careers Current Affairs Media Personal Musings Values For us in writing - all branches - life is essentially a source of copy. That's exactly what the mother of Nora Ephron told her on her deathbed. Yes, she wanted her daughter to recognize any story potential in the experience of a mother's death.

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Hillary's Nixon Moment - But Will She Soon Say, "You Won't Have The Clintons To Kick Around Any More"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For example, in Rhode Island former Providence Mayor, Buddy Cianci , kept on ruminating that he was not a member of "The Lucky Sperm Club."   Branding careers Current Affairs Games Politics Public Speaking Values Web/Tech Students of history and politics, Baby Boomers and public-speaking experts well know that self-pitying line, "You won't have Nixon to kick around any more." " The guy had not a chip on his shoulder. It was a boulder.

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21st Century Fox, Corporate Governance. Shareholder Lawsuits

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Just as during the hacking scandal in Europe, its branding could take a hit. During the time I was blogging about those lawsuits in venues such as Rhode Island financial firms contacted me all the time about developments. Branding Current Affairs Film Games Intuitive legal Media Personal Musings TelevisionBusinesspeople following the allegations of sexual harassment by former Fox head, Roger Ailes, immediately thought: This will blow up as a governance issue.

Brand Jones Day - Reputational Crisis Continues

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Many recognize that name from the Rhode Island lead paint public nuisance litigation days.   Branding Games legal Media Personal Musings Politics ValuesClients may or may not value Jones Day's access to the White House. Its former partner Don McGahn is the top counsel there. In addition, more than 10 other of its former lawyers are also worker bees on behalf of the Trump Administration.

Roman Catholic Portsmouth Abbey Boarding School - Credible Evidence of Sex Abuse by Monks

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The institution is a Roman Catholic boarding school, based in Rhode IslandBranding Current Affairs Personal Musings Politics Religion ValuesBetween 1959 and the early 1980s, credible evidence exists that two monks at Portsmouth Abbey School sexually abused the students. There allegedly also had been corporal punishment.   Among its brandname alumni is Christopher Buckley , son of William F. Buckley Jr. yes, that William F. Buckley, Jr.).

Laura Ellsworth & Linda McMahon Template

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  I first encountered Ellsworth when I was blogging the Rhode Island lead paint class action public nuisance second trial (November 1, 2005 - February 22, 2006).     Branding careers Current Affairs Games legal Media Personal Musings PoliticsWhen I received an email requesting donations for Laura Ellsworth's campaign for Pennsylvania governor, I thought: She's doing a Linda McMahon.

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Thought Leadership - At The Time, It Was The Right Decision

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The Rhode Island Supreme Court tossed the class-action lawsuit against Sherwin-Williams, et al. Branding careers Current Affairs Games Intuitive legal Values "Father, forgive me. My sin, and it is hurting the company, is that I have defaulted into apology. Yet, at the time, and given our strategy, the decisions were right on the money. My penance should be to read Shakespeare's history plays and get it how myopic we human beings are."

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Facebook - Why Isn't Its Reputation Restoration Going Better?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The defendants in the Rhode Island lead paint litigation, including Sherwin-Williams, had Prism Public Affairs, based in Washington D.C.    Books Branding careers Current Affairs DigitalInfluencer Games legal Media Personal Musings Politics Rebranding Values Web/TechNo smart corporations go into legal-generated controversies without top of the line public affairs representation.

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CA Supreme Court Won't Reviw Lead Paint Public Nuisance Conviction - Grim Implications

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For example, the Rhode Island Supreme Court tossed the lawsuit which had gone through two trials.  Meanwhile, what's in play are the stock price and the brand of major corporation Sherwin-Williams.   In addition, they should be asking their communications experts how to protect their branding in what could be a new golden age of litigation.   Branding Current Affairs Games legal Personal Musings Politics Rebranding Values

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Old White Men & Power - Harvey Weinstein Is Symbol of Widespread Oppression

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That's what I observed at the Rhode Island lead paint litigation in 2006. Harvey Weinstein has captured headlines as a symbol of the power of old white men. But, there are plenty more where he sowed his destruction. Even at the level of a small town, those old white men make life miserable for many, especially women. Here  in Austintown, Ohio, they seemed to rule over a Sunday night recovery meeting. First, I sought a solution. Then, I simply stopped attending.

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The Ranking Game - It's Here to Stay, Reformers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Essentially, rankings are a form of branding. And right now the brand is everything. Top of mind in the Fortune 500 is: Don't hurt the brand. Among start ups is: We have to build the brand. former Providence, Rhode Island mayor) it's: We have to re-brand. There could come a time when branding is irrelevant. Branding integrated all aspects of that continuum. Takeaway: The business of branding is big business.

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Public Nuisance as Monster from The Deep - Judge Keeps It in "County of Summit, OH et al. v. Purdue, et al."

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senator Sheldon Whitehouse who had put the first major lead paint lawsuit in play in Rhode Island. Branding careers Current Affairs Intuitive Language legal Media Personal Musings Politics Power Public Speaking Rebranding Values WritingAny corporation facing litigation alleging public nuisance or which could be a target for that kind of lawsuit should feel the blast of arctic air going through the business community.

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Goldilocks - Patron Saint for Class of 2018

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Way back in 2015, film-maker John Walters told the graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design that they had to think and behave out of the box.   Books Branding careers Current Affairs Dreams Games Generational Divide Personal Musings Selling ValuesGoldilocks didn't care what others thought - even if the "they" were supposedly powerful (.e.g. bears). She totally focused on her goal. She was willing to experiment (today we call that A/B testing).

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The Voodoo of Public Nuisance - Spells Cast in California and Oklahoma

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In Rhode Island, the state Supreme Court eventually tossed it.   Branding careers Current Affairs Games legal Media Personal Musings Politics Power Rebranding Television Values VoodooThis morning on broadcast news the media focus was on how the Oklahoma attorney general Mike Hunter used the concept of public nuisance to bring Janssen Pharma (whose parent if Johnson & Johnson) into court. The issue, of course, was opioids. The verdict was due later in the day.

Public Nuisance Lawsuits, The People, and Politics

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Some lawyers may recall how the Rhode Island lead paint public nuisance class action litigation went through two trials and then a review by the state Supreme Court.   Branding careers Current Affairs Games Intuitive legal Media Personal Musings Politics Public Speaking Television ValuesUnlike myriad other public nuisance lawsuits, the 200 state-level ones against pharma companies manufacturing, marketing and/or selling opioids may settle relatively quickly.

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The New York Times - Yes, If It Folds, Rhetorical Tears Will Be Shed (end of story)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It enhances branding for an organization or person to be covered - at least positively. My brand equity rose significantly when Joe Norcera, currently with Bloomberg, interviewed me about my blogging of the Rhode Island lead paint trial.  Branding careers Content-provider Current Affairs DigitalInfluencer Games Generational Divide Interviews Intuitive legal Media Personal Musings Selling Values Web/Tech Writing

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