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  • RHODE ISLAND PARENTS PETITION SCHOOL DISTRICT TO OPT OUT OF COMMON CORE

    07/06/2014 6:41:38 PM PDT · by kingattax · 7 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 6 Jul 2014 | by DR. SUSAN BERRY
    Where states are failing to repeal the controversial Common Core standards, many parents have decided to take matters into their own hands and petition their local school districts to drop the nationalized standards and replace them with others of their choosing. In Rhode Island, Smithfield parent Rema Tomka has organized a group of other local concerned parents who have joined a larger anti-Common Core group called “Collapse the Core.” Tomka and her group have signed almost 200 people to a petition calling for their school district to opt out of the Common Core standards. The petition reads as follows: We,...
  • Leftovers from Michelle Obama’s ‘healthy’ school lunches being served to pigs

    07/02/2014 1:14:56 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 28 replies
    EAG News ^ | July 1, 2014 | Ben Velderman
    NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. – First Lady Michelle Obama’s healthy school lunch menu is finally getting some love from a group of young eaters. Some 3,000 pigs at My Blue Heaven Farm in Rhode Island have been dining on students’ lunch leftovers from two nearby school systems, according to WoonsocketCall.com.The pigs are enjoying “half-eaten tuna sandwiches and other food scraps students discard during their lunch periods” as part of a new recycling program established by the town of Cumberland, the news site reports.The recycling program has been so successful that officials are planning to expand it in the fall.The school food...
  • Lyme-Carrying Ticks Are Going To Be 'Gangbusters' This Summer

    06/16/2014 8:41:55 PM PDT · by blam · 49 replies
    BI ^ | 6-16-2014 | Ted Siefer
    Ted SieferJune 16, 2014 Deer ticks, also known as blacklegged ticks, are the prime carriers of Lyme disease, which is particularly common in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Large numbers of ticks, the parasites that carry Lyme disease, are expected to emerge in New England in the coming weeks, experts said on Friday. Abundant snow over the winter and a wet spring have created ideal conditions for ticks to come out in the warm weather and try to latch onto hosts, they said. "The next three to four weeks is the peak season of risk," said Sam Telford, an infectious disease...
  • Article V Constitution: Mount Vernon Assembly [Live Web Stream Now! Today (6-12) & Tomorrow]

    The Mount Vernon Assembly – Indianapolis FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Skip Brown skip.brown@iga.in.gov 317-232-9521 The Mount Vernon Assembly to Meet at Indiana Statehouse June 12 and 13 INDIANAPOLIS (June 9, 2014) – More than 100 state legislators representing 33 states will meet at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis on June 12 and 13 to continue establishing the rules and procedures needed for a future state-led convention for proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution, as authorized by Article V of the Constitution. The meeting is a continuation of efforts that began in December 2013 at George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon estate...
  • The Bluest State Decades of liberal policies have made Rhode Island the nation’s basket case.

    06/09/2014 6:23:21 PM PDT · by amnestynone · 31 replies
    City Journal ^ | spring 2014 | Aaron M. Renn
    Blue-state defenders say that progressive policies work. After all, liberal-leaning states boast some of the nation’s wealthiest and best-educated populations. But many are also reeling from problems ranging from high costs of living and widening income inequality to chronic fiscal crises. And leading blue states such as California, Massachusetts, and New York possess unique assets—respectively, favorable climate, educational hubs, fortress industries—that shelter them, at least for a time, from the full economic consequences of their public policies. What happens when you go blue in a more average, workaday place? Rhode Island—a blue state in its purest form—provides an answer. “Rhode...
  • R.I. House finally Ratifies 17th U.S. Constitutional Amendment: direct election of U.S. senators

    06/05/2014 7:41:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    Rhode Island Public Radio ^ | June 5, 2014 | Scott MacKay
    At the behest of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Cale Keable, D-Burrillville, the Rhode Island House has finally voted to ratify the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which reqired direct election of U.S. Senators. Before the amendment took effect in 1913, senators were elected by state legislators. That system was widely criticized for breeding corruption as senate aspirants bribed lawmakers to secure the votes needed to win senate seats. The ceremonial resolution approved by the House doesn’t change anything, Keable acknowledged, but he said it does send a message ``that Rhode Island values democracy.’’ Rhode Island never ratified the 17th...
  • Tea Party hits Whitehouse on ethics

    06/02/2014 12:47:20 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 2 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    The Tea Party Patriots group has accused Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) in a formal complaint of breaking ethics rules by pressuring the administration to target conservative groups engaged in political activities. Jenny Beth Martin, the co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, sent a letter to the Senate Ethics Committee Monday urging an investigation of Whitehouse’s activities. She argues the senator's “inflammatory attacks” against conservative groups appear to constitute “improper conduct which may reflect upon the Senate,” citing the Senate’s ethics manual. She claims Whitehouse “publicly berated” the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice for not prosecuting conservative groups classified...
  • Will popular vote elect president in 2020?

    04/27/2014 12:20:23 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 27, 2014
    The movement to change how presidents are elected is gaining steam and proponents of the long-stalled popular vote initiative are predicting victory by 2020. Eleven states/jurisdictions have enacted the National Popular Vote (NPV) bill, giving the proposal 165 electoral votes — 61 percent of the 270 electoral votes needed to trigger the new voting system. Legislatures that passed the law include California, Illinois, New Jersey. Massachusetts, Maryland, Washington, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Rhode Island and Vermont. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a popular vote bill into law last week. All of these states, as well as the nation’s capital...
  • IRS Revokes Tax-Exempt Status of Conservative Group

    04/21/2014 1:52:13 PM PDT · by Siegfried X · 40 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 02/21/2014 | Alana Goodman
    The Internal Revenue Service has revoked the tax-exemption for a conservative charity, saying the group’s criticism of Hillary Clinton and John Kerry violated rules against political activity. The Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty engaged in “deliberate and consistent intervention in political campaigns,” according to the IRS decision released Friday and first reported by USA Today... Tax-exempt groups are restricted from engaging in certain political activity, including participating in partisan campaigns in support or opposition to a candidate. The IRS said the Patrick Henry Center violated this rule, in part, by publishing “alerts” on its website that highlighted columns by...
  • California Just Passed One Law To Fix Its Yearly Budget Crisis, And Two Laws To Make It Worse

    11/05/2010 7:15:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/05/2010 | Gus Lubin
    Prop 19 went down in smoke, but the world's fifth biggest economy passed three propositions that address its yearly budget crisis. One makes it better and two make it worse, according to Bond Buyer. First, California voters passed Prop 25 to allow the legislature to pass a state budget without a 2/3 supermajority. This was the main obstacle to passing a budget this year for over 100 days past due. Arkansas and Rhode Island are the only states that still require a supermajority to pass the budget, and Rhode Island is another fiscal disaster. Second, California voters passed Prop 26...
  • New York the latest state to sign compact to end electoral college

    04/18/2014 6:32:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 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 · 85 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
    dailycaller.com ^ | 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 Patriot.org ^ | 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 · 113 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>
  • TEXAS SEES GREATER DECLINES IN WELFARE THAN NATION, CALIFORNIA NUMBERS RISE

    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...
  • RI STATE SENATOR TO GUN RIGHTS SUPPORTER: 'GO [edit] YOURSELF'

    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
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 3-21-14 | ERIKA NIEDOWSKI, DAVID KLEPPER and MICHELLE R. SMITH
    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
    providencejournal.com ^ | 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
    turnto10.com ^ | 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, Military.com 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 wsj.com, ”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
    wrhammons.com ^ | ? | 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
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | 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."