I'd be interested in hearing what readers have to say about this blog post from C. Andrew Morse, a conservative blogger for Anchor Rising, when he filled in for Ted Nesi on the WPRI website.
It takes a while for him to get into his premise, but it basically boils down to the fact that the city is run by a group of royal families who are more concerned with doing what's right for their own bank accounts and care very little for the average citizens.
But in Woonsocket, the existence of the receivership law spawned something else entirely. Once pathways to power outside of the democratic process were opened up, a number of political leaders became less focused on the substance of the problems they were facing, and more concerned with who held political power...members of the royal court (say, from the House of Baldelli) might appeal to the local prince (call him the Prince of Exeter) to help depose their rivals (maybe from the House of Fontaine).
So, if this is the case and voters feel the same families have held power too long, as does Mr. Morse, maybe it's time to make a change.