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  • New York the latest state to sign compact to end electoral college

    04/18/2014 6:32:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/18/2014 | Rick Moran
    Governor Cuomo has signed off on the National Popular Vote Compact, giving New York's 29 electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. SILive: Count New York in. The Empire State has joined the National Popular Vote compact with legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. States that have signed on to the interstate agreement will award electoral votes for president to the candidate who receives the majority of the national popular vote. "With the passage of this legislation, New York is taking a bold step to fundamentally increase the strength and fairness of our nation's presidential elections,"...
  • Dick Morris: Democrats Conspiring to Rig Electoral College, Law Passed in 9 States So Far

    04/15/2014 11:40:27 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 84 replies
    A plan, now stealthily making its way through state legislatures with astonishing speed, would junk the Electoral College and award the presidency to the winner of the popular vote. The plan involves an Interstate Compact where states would commit to select electors pledged to vote for the national popular vote winner regardless of how their own state voted. When enough states pass this law, sufficient to cast 270 votes which is the majority of the Electoral College, it will take effect. So far, nine states and the District of Columbia, casting 136 electoral votes, have joined. This is halfway to...
  • Keystone report can't have it both ways

    04/15/2014 3:51:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | April 15, 2014 | By Sheldon Whitehouse (M-RI) and Henry A. Waxman (M-CA)
    For all the noise about the State Department's final environmental review of the Keystone XL Pipeline being a "blow" to pipeline opponents, the report contains more than enough information for Secretary of State John Kerry -- a respected environmental champion -- to conclude that the pipeline is not in the national interest. Although you have to dig a bit, the report recognizes the dangers associated with the tar sands fuel that the pipeline would transport. Kerry's obligation is to determine what is in the national interest. For all its flaws, the report acknowledges that the tar sands that would get...
  • Dem senator ‘couldn’t be happier’ defending Obamacare — but can’t remember what he likes about it

    04/13/2014 7:57:35 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 11 replies ^ | april 13, 2014 | brendan bordelan
    “Well, we couldn’t be happier to have that conversation,” the senator declared, starting off strong by highlighting people in his state who received timely preventive care thanks to their new insurance. But that one point was about all the Democratic lawmaker could muster. “Over and over again,” he went on, “people still on the uh… healthcare benefits from uh, the… um… um… of the seniors who are… uh… getting their, uh, pharmaceuticals paid for… I’m struggling for the, for the — donut hole! There we go!” “It’s been very good for most Rhode Islanders,” an embarrassed Whitehouse continued. “And there...
  • FBI raids Calumet Township trustee's office (Yet another raid on a democrat)

    03/27/2014 7:06:31 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 37 replies
    RTV6ABC ^ | 3/27/14 | Kara Kenney
    GARY, Ind. - Federal agents raided a northwestern Indiana township trustee's office Thursday, although they stayed mum on the reasons for the raid. FBI agents were joined with officers from the Indiana State Police and the IRS in a sweep of Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin's office in Gary on Thursday. Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenny found a 2011 audit of the trustee's office that raised concerns about the township's finances, including nine employees with take-home cars.
  • 4 Democratic lawmakers either arrested or raided by the FBI in quick succession

    03/27/2014 10:00:01 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 45 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 27 Mar 2014 | Patrick Howley
    Three Democratic lawmakers were either arrested or had their office raided Wednesday by the FBI. Two of the Democrats, including Charlotte, N.C. Mayor Patrick Cannon, were charged in connection with FBI stings that caught them allegedly taking bribes from undercover agents. Coupled with an FBI raid that led to the resignation of a prominent Democratic lawmaker in Rhode Island this past weekend, four Democrats have recently come under the FBI’s radar. Here are the four: New York state assemblyman The FBI raided Democratic New York Assemblyman William Scarborough’s Albany office Wednesday morning and also took papers from his office in...
  • Gun Grabber Keith Farnham’s Office Raided By Feds Searching For Child Porn!

    03/28/2014 2:55:56 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 23 replies
    Free ^ | 3/27/14 | Eric Reed
    This is becoming one hell of a week! The “gun-grabbers” are falling finally, and it all started with Rhode Island State Senator (“Go F%#K Yourself”) Joshua Miller. Next was Rhode Island Speaker of the House Gordon Fox when his house was raided by the “Feds,” then Democratic gun-grabbing CA Senator Leland Yee who’s charged with illegally trafficking machine guns and rocket launchers, and who’s in the hot seat now? None other than Illinois Democratic State Representative Keith Farnham. How could things possibly get any worse for the Democratic party? We’ve already got cheating, bribery, extortion, money laundering, illegal weapons trafficking,...
  • Reporter detained by Capitol Hill police for trying to ask EPA chief a question

    03/28/2014 11:34:50 AM PDT · by shepardspie33 · 76 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 28, 2014 | Michael Bastasch
    A reporter has been detained by Capitol Hill police for trying to ask a question of Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy. Bloomberg BNA energy reporter Ari Natter tweeted about being detained. #transparency RT @AriNatter: I am being detained by Capital Police for trying to ask @EPAGina a question after her remarks. — nickjuliano (@nickjuliano) March 28, 2014 Natter was detained while covering the American Council On Renewable Energy conference, where McCarthy spoke. Also speaking at the conference was Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a staunch supporter of green energy who regularly takes the Senate floor to sound the...
  • Providence Journal Has Difficulty Describing What State Senator 'Apologized' For

    03/26/2014 5:03:50 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 5 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 26, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    You have to feel for the Providence Journal reporter assigned to report on an "apology" by Rhode Island state senator Joshua Miller. There was just no easy way to describe exactly what Miller was "apologizing" for but staff reporter tried his best without being explicit. You can watch the foul mouthed Miller respond to a radio host who questioned the state senator about his support for gun control legislation in this video and after the jump. However, please be warned.  A strong language alert due to the dirt spewing from the mouth of Miller as well as an associate photographing...
  • RI state senator tells Second-Amendment proponent to “go [edit]” himself

    03/25/2014 3:49:43 PM PDT · by Voice of Reason88 · 112 replies
    Rare ^ | March 25, 2014 | Carolyn Bolton, Rare Staff
    <p>Rhode Island state senator Josh Miller (D-Cranston, Warwick) and his apparent cameraman — though henchman may be more appropriate in this case — told Dan Bidondo of Truth Radio Show to “go f*ck” himself after the conservative talk-show host asked for comment on Second-Amendment rights, according to a video posted to YouTube Monday.</p>

    03/25/2014 11:32:25 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | March 25,2014 | by CHUCK DEVORE
    The number of food stamp recipients (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) fell in Texas in 2013, dropping 4.6 percent from a year earlier to 3.9 million recipients in December 2013. Nationally, SNAP caseload declined by 2.1 percent from December 2012 to December 2013 as the job market gradually warmed up. California’s SNAP caseload bucked the national trend, increasing 4.1 percent to 4.3 million recipients, the second-largest percentage increase in the nation behind Maryland. Eleven states saw an increase in their SNAP rolls, Maryland, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Nebraska and Rhode Island , while...

    03/25/2014 11:08:35 AM PDT · by bkopto · 72 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/25/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    On March 18, Truth Radio Show's Dan Bidondi, approached Rhode Island state senator Josh Miller (D) for comment on "several unconstitutional, draconian gun bills"--Miller told Bidondi to "go f*** [himself.]" Bidondi's exact words to Miller were: "The Second Amendment shall not be infringed, you people need to understand that." Miller's exact response was: "Go f*** yourself." Miller's camera man/photographer then leaned in to the microphone and said, "Yeah, go f*** yourself."
  • Rhode Island speaker to step down after FBI raids

    03/22/2014 8:23:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 22, 2014 8:54 PM EDT | Erika Niedowski and Michelle R. Smith
    Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox is resigning from his leadership post and will not run for re-election, he said Saturday, a day after federal and state authorities raided his Statehouse office and home as part of a criminal investigation that they would not detail. “Because of the respect I have for all members of the House of Representatives, I am resigning as Speaker,” Fox said in a written statement emailed to reporters. “The process of governing must continue and the transition of leadership must be conducted in an orderly manner.” The 52-year-old Providence Democrat, who became the nation’s first...
  • Rhode Island (House) Speaker's work, home raided in probe

    03/21/2014 3:04:45 PM PDT · by kingattax · 21 replies
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Law enforcement officials raided the office and home of House Speaker Gordon Fox on Friday as part of a criminal investigation by the U.S. attorney's office, FBI, IRS and state police. Officials would not say who or what was being investigated, but authorities worked for hours inside the Democratic House speaker's Statehouse office while state police troopers stood outside. Authorities entered the office carrying an evidence bag and empty cardboard boxes Friday morning. Fox's spokesman, Larry Berman, said state police had asked everyone working in the office to leave, but he didn't know why. At around...
  • Senate Democrats plan an all-nighter Monday for climate change

    03/07/2014 1:27:32 PM PST · by DallasBiff · 76 replies
    Washingyon Post ^ | 3/7/14 | Ed O'Keffe
    At least 28 Senate Democrats plan to spend hours Monday night and early Tuesday speaking on the Senate floor in a push for congressional action on climate change. It's a strategy that's been in the works for several months, organized by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), who've been seeking to raise awareness about their concerns on and off the Senate floor. Adopting a strategy used in the past year by some Senate Republicans, the Democrats will begin speaking Monday night after a series of votes and continue until about 9 a.m. Tuesday, according to...
  • Rhode Island Democrat pushes draconian “assault weapon” ban

    02/28/2014 10:36:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Bearing Arms ^ | February 27, 2014 | Bob Owens
    Gun-grabbing Democrat Representative Joseph S. Almeida introduced deceptively titled “Safe Firearms Act” (H 7583) yesterday to the Rhode Island General Assembly yesterday. The citizen control law (PDF) is more restrictive than controversial laws in New York and Connecticut in some respects. It bans the purchase of so-defined “assault weapons” immediately upon enactment, and requires registration of all firearms that meet the definition. The bill, referred to the House Judiciary Committee, targets selective-fire and semi-automatic rifles, shotguns, and pistols, both rimfire and centerfire, and adds a constructive possession clause that would deem any otherwise compliant firearm an “assault weapon” if the...
  • Treatment or Jail: Patrick Kennedy Wages Fierce Anti-Pot Crusade

    02/17/2014 11:15:17 AM PST · by gooblah · 41 replies
    As a hard-partying teenager, Patrick Kennedy met President Reagan at a fundraiser for the JFK Library, a meeting captured in a photograph that the former Rhode Island congressman now hangs in his home office. He used to think of it as a funny episode, a collision of Camelot’s cocaine kid and America’s foremost opponent of illegal drug use. But Kennedy took his last hit of anything in 2009, and he’s since honed an anti-drug message that sounds a bit like Reagan with a Boston brogue. Kennedy believes there is "an epidemic in this country of epic dimensions when it comes...
  • RI:Exeter recall election opponents far outspent gun-rights supporters

    02/14/2014 6:07:23 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 3 February, 2014 | JOHN HILL
    A month and a half after the unsuccessful effort to oust four Exeter Town Council members, financial reports filed by both sides show that in the weeks leading up to the recall vote, the firearms-rights supporters who mounted the effort were badly outgunned in terms of campaign cash. According to contribution and spending reports filed by We The People/Rhode Island Firearms League, the Exeter Democratic Town Committee and Save Exeter, the council members’ own political action committee, the anti-recall forces were able to outspend We the People by a better than 2-to-1 ratio in the 10 weeks leading up to...
  • RI lawmakers back legalizing marijuana

    02/12/2014 8:37:23 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 24 replies ^ | 2/12/14 | Cierra Putman
    PROVIDENCE - Some Rhode Island lawmakers said Tuesday they want to legalize and tax marijuana. NBC News reported that marijuana brought in more than $1 million in tax revenue for Colorado in the first 27 days it was legal. "Rhode Island faces a pretty serious deficit. The sooner we pass this legislation, the sooner we can start to realize the necessary tax revenue off these sales," state Rep. Edith Ajello, D-Providence, said. Supporters of the bill said they believe legalizing marijuana could bring $26 million in tax revenue to Rhode Island annually. Ajello and state Sen. Josh Miller, D-Cranston, have...
  • Bill would grant driver’s licenses, permits to undocumented immigrants in R.I. / Poll

    02/05/2014 6:13:46 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    he Providence Journal ^ | February 03, 2014 | PHILIP MARCELO
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Immigrants living in Rhode Island illegally would be able to apply for driver’s licenses and permits, under legislation recently introduced into the General Assembly on behalf of Governor Chafee. The proposed “driving privilege licenses” and “driving privilege permits” would be a separate category from regular driver’s licenses and driver’s permits, according to the proposal, which has been introduced by state Rep. Anastasia Williams, D-Providence, and state Sen. Frank Ciccone, D-Providence. They would also not be a valid form of identification for federal or state purposes (such as voting) and would be a different design or color from...
  • The Navy Is Already Working On A Submarine That Won't Be Ready Until 2030

    02/04/2014 6:53:21 PM PST · by blam · 30 replies
    BI- Military.ComY ^ | 2-4-2014 | &#61517;Kris Osborn
    The Navy Is Already Working On A Submarine That Won't Be Ready Until 2030 Kris Osborn, Feb. 4, 2014, 8:54 PM QUONSET POINT, R.I. -- Over the next several years, General Dynamics Electric Boat plans to add several new buildings to its facility here, double its workforce, and invest about $150 million -- all as preparation for the construction of the Navy's next-generation nuclear-armed submarine. Early prototyping is already under way at Electric Boat for the Ohio Replacement Program (ORP), a high-tech, 560-foot long, nuclear-powered submarine. Navy leaders have announced plans to build 12 ORPs, with the first one...
  • 14 in ’14, cuz it ain’t happening in ‘16 (Vanity)

    11/18/2013 4:27:24 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 71 replies
    Vanity | November 18, 2013 | ConservativeInPa
    The facts 1. There are 21 US Senate seats held by Democrats in the 2014 election. 2. There are nine US Senate seats held by Democrats in the 2016 election. This is likely to be 10 due to a special election in HI in 2014. 3. Republicans need to pick up six senate seats to have a majority. The Analysis The failures of ObamaCare and broken promises by Democrat senators create a target rich environment in 2014. This is a year Republicans have to do well. Winning a majority in the senate by only one seat or maintaining the status...
  • {Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.} Senator presses EPA to scrutinize refinery emissions

    01/17/2014 8:51:38 AM PST · by thackney · 16 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 17, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The Obama administration is focused on paring greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s power plants, and at least one senator wants refiners to be in the crosshairs too. During a Thursday hearing on President Barack Obama’s climate action plan, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., pressed Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy to begin zeroing in on carbon dioxide emissions from refiners, industrial ovens and commercial boilers. The EPA has been obligated to tackle carbon pollution from power plants and refineries since a December 2010 settlement with conservationists. Obama directed his EPA to focus on new and existing power plants first, however,...
  • Agencies say more Rhode Islanders are seeking heating assistance as temperatures drop

    01/08/2014 7:16:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Providence Journal ^ | January 07, 2014 11:20 PM | Mark Reynolds and Alisha A. Pina
    With months of cold weather ahead, many Rhode Islanders have already drained their oil tanks and found that they simply lack the necessary resources to keep their families warm over the course of a frigid New England winter. Demand for heating aid is surging in the midst of this latest cold snap, say administrators at various entities that offer winter heating assistance, from community action agencies to the Diocese of Providence. […] Much of the surge has come in recent days. In the Diocese of Providence, between 250 and 275 people requested assistance Tuesday through “Keep the Heat On,” the...
  • Poor reporting by Boston Globe "Arrest made in connection with death of Fall River man"

    01/05/2014 7:58:50 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 13 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | January 05, 2014 | Anne Steele
    A Rhode Island man was arrested this afternoon in connection with the death of a 26-year-old Fall River man early this morning, according to the Bristol district attorney’s office. William Tate, 34, of East Providence, R.I., was charged in the killing of David Rodriguez, 26, who was found near a loading dock outside the Ship’s Cove Apartment complex at 130 Canal St., where he lived, around 1 a.m., according to a statement from the district attorney’s office. Tate was taken to St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, where he was pronounced dead. The medical examiner will perform an autopsy to...
  • Exeter, RI Votes to Recall Anti-Gun Council Members Today

    12/14/2013 7:21:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    TTAG ^ | 14 December, 2013 | Dan Zimmerman
     “I didn’t realize that so many people here in our corner of Rhode Island were so passionate about guns,” a nonplussed Calvin Ellis told the Wall Street Journal. Bless his heart. It’s safe to say, though, that he his three fellow Exeter town council members have now been thoroughly educated on that matter. That’s because, as RF relayed, 80% of the town council – Ellis included – stand to lose their jobs in a recall election today because they voted to transfer their shall-issue concealed carry licensing authority to the state’s may-issue attorney general. As resident Letitia Davis told, ”Our rights are...
  • Has Anyone Noticed New England's Escalating Energy Crisis?

    12/06/2013 5:16:12 AM PST · by thackney · 48 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/05/2013 | William Pentland
    Alexis Madrigal, a blogger for The Atlantic, asked yesterday if anyone had noticed the massive energy transformation that took place in New York City about a month ago? The transformation that Madrigal is alluding to is a clutch of natural gas pipeline expansion projects that came online in and around New York City in early November. These projects and several more like them in the previous three years have expanded the total deliverability of natural gas into New York by about one third. The cumulative impact is that natural gas future prices for January and February of 2014 are lower...
  • Maryland GOP holds off on idea of opening primaries to independent voters

    11/23/2013 3:45:33 PM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/23/2013 | John Wagner
    The Maryland Republican Party took no action Saturday on the idea of opening its primaries to independent voters but left open the possibility of doing so after next year’s elections. A report on the controversial issue was delivered to party leaders Friday but did not come up for discussion during the general session of the Maryland GOP’s fall convention in Annapolis, the last opportunity to change the rules before the June 2014 primaries. “With it just being presented last night, people were a little uncomfortable,” said Joe Cluster, the party’s executive director. “It would be a big change.” Some Republican...
  • R.I. rejects Obama's ‘fix’ allowing people to keep canceled health insurance plans

    11/16/2013 4:17:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Providence Journal ^ | November 15, 2013 | Felice J. Freyer
    Rhode Island has rejected President Obama’s proposal to allow people to keep health insurance plans that were canceled because of the Affordable Care Act. Kathleen C. Hittner, the state’s health insurance commissioner, and Christine C. Ferguson, director of the state’s health benefits exchange, ruled Friday that Rhode Island would stay the course and opt out of Mr. Obama’s “fix” for those upset that their policies had been discontinued. The president announced on Thursday that people should be allowed to renew those policies for a year. But his decision does not require insurers to do so, and state insurance commissioners were...
  • Senators Up for Re-Election in 2014

    11/07/2013 4:03:00 PM PST · by TBP · 61 replies ^ | ? | W.R. Hammons
    Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander (R) Montana Senator Max Baucus (D) Alaska Senator Mark Begich (D) Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran (R) Maine Senator Susan Collins (R) Texas Senator John Cornyn (R) Massachusetts Senator William "Mo" Cowan (D) Illinois Senator Dick Durbin (D) Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi (R) Minnesota Senator Al Franken (DFL) South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (R) North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan (D) Iowa Senator Tom Harkin (D) Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe (R) Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns (R) South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson (D) Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu (D) Michigan Senator Carl Levin (D) Kentucky...
  • Immigration change advocates press R.I. lawmakers for driver’s licenses/ Poll

    10/25/2013 7:31:11 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    Journal State House Bureau ^ | October 24, 2013 | RANDAL EDGAR
    PROVIDENCE — Supporters of immigration reform turned their attention to the governor, state lawmakers and Congress Thursday, saying driver’s licenses, relaxed deportation policies and comprehensive national reform are needed if America is serious about helping millions of undocumented people who have come here for a better life. The group of about 15 gathered at the State House rotunda, calling themselves the local chapter of the national “We Are All Arizona” Coalition and drawing attention to a weeklong drive to seek “dignity and respect” for “all immigrants.” One by one, they came to the podium. The Rev. Raymond Tetrault, retired pastor...
  • Providence gets $150K to reduce gun, gang violence

    10/24/2013 1:55:51 PM PDT · by Q-ManRN · 9 replies
    NBC 10 TV ^ | October 24, 2013 | Susie Steimle
    "We do not want to have any more press conferences announcing arrests of people accused of murder. I've done too many of those as mayor," Taveras said Thursday. That's why local leaders secured a $150,000 grant to help curb gang violence in the city of Providence as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program. Federal funding will go toward targeting "impact players" on the streets. The city will hire so-called street workers who will spend time getting to know crime-prone areas and work on preventing gang members from turning to violence. Providence has received the grant in years past. Taveras...
  • Greenpeace drama: Family hopes for return of captain jailed in Russia

    10/18/2013 2:28:52 PM PDT · by klpt · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | October 18, 2013 | Ivan Watson and Ross Levitt
    Bristol, Rhode Island (CNN) -- The Willcox family has long been accustomed to prolonged absences from their seafaring patriarch. In fact, run-ins with the law were not unusual, given the fact that Peter Willcox had spent decades working for the environmental activist group Greenpeace, which is well-known for its provocative, headline-grabbing protests. But no one expected the 60-year-old mariner to end up languishing in a Russian jail in the Arctic, facing up to 15 years in prison on charges of piracy. "The situation he's in now is just way too extreme," said his wife, Maggy. She and other members of...
  • Social Security manager pleads guilty to ID theft ( RI )

    10/18/2013 9:05:27 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Providence Journal ^ | Oct 18, 2013
    A former Social Security official has pleaded guilty to identity theft on accusations he used information from the federal agency's database and took more than $160,000 of a Coventry man's stock investments. ... Hurst, who was assistant district manager for the Social Security Administration in Warwick, used a Social Security database to find personal information such as a Social Security number and date of birth.
  • In 1st 11 days, 1,698 Rhode Islanders completed Obamacare health insurance applications

    10/13/2013 5:12:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    The Providence Journal ^ | October 12, 2013 | By Felice Freyer
    In its first 11 days of operation, Oct. 1 through Friday, HealthSource RI fielded 62,000 unique website visits. Of these visitors, about 5,500 started accounts (created a username and password) and 1,698 completed their applications and selected a health insurance plan. These numbers were released Saturday by Christine C. Ferguson, director of the agency. HealthSource RI is not saying how many of the 1,698 who completed applications are small businesses (a key focus of the exchange) nor how many qualified for Medicaid.
  • McAuliffe among investors in Rhode Island insurance scam that preyed on dying people

    10/10/2013 7:05:49 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 9 replies ^ | Published: October 9 | By Fredrick Kunkle
    Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe was one of dozens of investors with a Rhode Island estate planner charged with defrauding insurers by using the stolen identities of terminally ill people, according to court documents filed Wednesday by federal prosecutors in Providence. McAuliffe’s name appeared on a lengthy list of investors with Joseph A. Caramadre, an attorney and accountant who obtained the identities of dying people to set up annuities that ultimately cost insurance companies millions of dollars, the documents say.
  • HealthSource RI: 366 sign up in first two days

    10/04/2013 3:49:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    WPRI-TV ^ | October 4, 2013 | By Ted Nesi
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - Officials say 366 people signed up for health insurance plans through the new marketplace Rhode Island has launched to carry out President Obama's Affordable Care Act on its first two days of operation. On the first two days of operation its Connecticut counterpart Access Health CT, said 373 applied Tuesday and Wednesday. There was a marked slowdown in the number of people signing up for plans on HealthSource RI's second day in operation, with 252 enrolling on Tuesday and another 114 enrolling on Wednesday. HealthSource RI also said 3,452 people called the agency's contact center in...
  • 9 charged in $3M dollar food stamp fraud case

    09/09/2013 10:04:18 AM PDT · by kevcol · 34 replies
    WPRI ^ | Sept 5, 2013 | Dan McGowan & Time White
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Food stamp fraud is a “significant problem” in Rhode Island. That was the message U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha sent Thursday when he announced that nine people are facing criminal charges for allegedly defrauding the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program out of more than $3 million. During a two-year undercover investigation, Neronha said eight Rhode Island residents and one New York man were found to be illegally allowing food stamp recipients to use their EBT cards to obtain cash in exchange for a large surcharge at five Providence convenience stores. ... Six people were charged by...
  • Jack Meakem

    09/07/2013 4:17:03 PM PDT · by RS_Rider · 11 replies
    A great American is dealing with his fathers fight with cancer and I would like to lead the way for Freepers to express their feelings toward a fellow in need. Glen has been hosting local radio show on the weekends and is a great spokesman for the conservative American cause. Please say a prayer for Glen and his father Jack in his time of need.
  • RI Gov. Lincoln Chafee Won't Run for 2nd Term

    09/04/2013 12:14:48 PM PDT · by South40 · 23 replies
    ABC ^ | September 4, 2013 | MICHELLE R. SMITH
    Gov. Lincoln Chafee said Wednesday he is not running for a second term, bowing out of what was expected to be a fierce primary in his new Democratic Party. The governor, who became a Democrat in May, has struggled with poor approval ratings and is a reluctant fundraiser. He said he would not run next year because he wants to govern and thinks campaigning is "hugely time-consuming." Chafee said it would be hard to excel at both jobs — being governor and running for governor — because "the challenges are so great here in Rhode Island."
  • Woonsocket hopes supplemental tax will be end of deficits

    07/29/2013 7:03:46 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 18 replies
    Providence Journal ^ | July 28 2013 | JOHN HILL
    The supplemental tax will raise $2.5 million from multifamily residential real estate and motor vehicles, and the money will be used to balance the 2012-13 budget, which ended June 30. That assessment is also built into the 2013-14 tax rate, along with a 4-percent tax increase and a cut in the homestead exemption, which means the average homeowner in the city will see a 23-percent increase in his or her tax bill. The average residence in Woonsocket is worth $150,000. Assessor Christopher Celeste said that meant a tax bill of about $2,952 in the last budget year. But this fiscal...
  • Rhode Island Governor Vetoes Pro-Life, Pro-Adoption License Plate Measure

    07/20/2013 12:04:03 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 21 replies
    The New American ^ | 7-20-13 | Dave Bohon
    Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee (shown) has vetoed a bill that would have authorized the state to offer a “Choose Life” license plate to raise funds for a faith-based crisis pregnancy center in the state. The governor cited the First Amendment's supposed separation of church and state mandate that he insisted prohibited the state government from involving itself in such a campaign. The measure, which was approved by the Democrat-controlled state legislature earlier this month, would have allowed half of the $40 cost of the vehicle plates to go to Providence-based CareNet, a Christian crisis pregnancy center. Supporters said the...
  • Gun control advocates disappointed high-profile proposals did not clear General Assembly

    07/19/2013 10:38:09 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    Providence Journal ^ | July 17, 2013 | PHILIP MARCELO
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Chafee has signed into law three bills that had been part of Democrats' legislative response to the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. But Samantha Richard, of the Rhode Island chapter of Moms Demand Action, a national gun control group formed in the wake of the Newtown shooting, said it was "very disappointing" that many of the more high-profile proposals in the gun control package had not cleared the General Assembly before it recessed July 3.In particular, she pointed to the proposed "Gun Control and Safe Firearms Act." "That bill, which would have banned semiautomatic assault weapon purchase...
  • RI assault weapons ban fizzles in General Assembly

    07/08/2013 11:58:58 AM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    AP ^ | July 7, 2013 | NA
    After the deadly school massacre in Newtown, Conn., top Rhode Island leaders gathered to recommend ways to crack down on gun violence. Topping the list were proposals to ban semi-automatic assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. The idea came from Gov. Lincoln Chafee, House Speaker Gordon Fox, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and had the backing of the mayors of Providence, Pawtucket and Central Falls... --snip-- The bills that did pass attracted support from both sides and was pushed through nearly unanimously. Rep. Mike Chippendale, R-Foster, one of the leading opponents of the proposed ban on...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 7 July 2013

    07/07/2013 5:14:36 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 233 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 7 July 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows July 7th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Jack Reed, D-R.I.; Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Egyptian reform leader Mohammed ElBaradei; Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.; Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Xavier Becerra, D-Calif.; Janet Murguia, president and CEO, National Council of La Raza; Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.THIS WEEK (ABC): President George W. Bush and Laura Bush; Egypt's ambassador to the United States, Mohamed...
  • Widow of 'Boston bomber is starting to reject strict Muslim rules ...

    07/06/2013 6:47:07 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 27 replies
    Dailymail UK ^ | 7/6/13 | Daily mail
    Widow of 'Boston bomber is starting to reject strict Muslim rules and now uses her maiden name as her family attempt to convert her back to Christianity' Katherine Russell is living with her family in Rhode Island and they are encouraging her to convert back to Christianity, according to reports She insists she knew nothing of the plot that claimed three lives By DAILY MAIL REPORTER The widow of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev has started to reject the strict Muslim rules her husband forced upon her, it has been claimed. Katherine Russell, 24, is living at her parents'...
  • Secretary of State John Kerry fiddles with his rigging while Egypt burns

    07/05/2013 6:17:44 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/5/13 | MICHAEL BLAUSTEIN
    Secretary of State John Kerry spent time lounging around on his yacht Wednesday while the Egyptian military was deposing their country's democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi, according to various reports. When Kerry was first spotted on his yatch, called "Isabel," near his vacation home in Nantucket, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki called the report "completely inaccurate" saying that the Secretary of State had been "working all day and on the phone dealing with the crisis in Egypt," according to CBS News. Psaki even went so far as to deny that Kerry was even on the boat.
  • John Kerry and Water Sports: An Unfortunate History

    07/05/2013 4:15:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Jul 5 2013, 1:58 PM ET | David A. Graham
    ... The setting is what makes it so eyeroll-worthy. If Kerry had been seen at a barbecue, no one would bat an eye. But on board a $7 million yacht? It just doesn't seem like he's working hard. The incident fits a pattern for Kerry: a strange penchant for foppish gaffes involving water sports. First, of course, there was the epic television ad that George W. Bush ran against Kerry during the 2004 presidential campaign. Using footage of Kerry windsurfing and comparing his zig-zagging to a supposed propensity to change his positions... Then fast-forward to 2010, when then-Senator Kerry admitted...
  • The picture that proves Secretary of State John Kerry HAS been out on his boat..

    07/05/2013 5:48:36 PM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 39 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | July 05, 2013 | Jessica Jerreat
    <p>Complete Title: "The picture that proves Secretary of State John Kerry HAS been out on his boat while Egypt plunges into chaos - after his spokesman denied he been sailing in Nantucket"</p> <p>John Kerry's spokesman has admitted that the Secretary of State did go sailing off Nantucket as the Egyptian President was ousted from power, after pictures emerged of him out on the water on July 4.</p>
  • Reversing denial, State says Kerry was briefly on boat

    07/05/2013 9:17:31 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 80 replies
    Politico ^ | July 5, 2013 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    Secretary of State John Kerry was on his boat briefly on Wednesday, contrary to an earlier denial by the State Department, but was there only briefly and did not conduct official business while on board. “While he was briefly on his boat on Wednesday, Secretary Kerry worked around the clock all day including participating in the president’s meeting with his national security council," spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Friday. Kerry also held calls "with Norwegian Foreign Minister Eade,Qatari Foreign Minister al-Attiyah, Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu, Egyptian Constitution Party President ElBaradei and five calls Ambassador Patterson on that day alone and since...