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  • Rhode Island governor signs gay civil union law despite doubts (says it doesn't go far enough)

    07/02/2011 4:48:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Rhode Island's governor on Saturday signed into law a controversial bill legalizing same sex civil unions, but said it does not go far enough toward legalizing gay marriage. Governor Lincoln Chafee, an independent who supports gay marriage, nonetheless signed the measure with the promise that it would move Rhode Island closer to the ultimate goal of legalizing gay marriage. Chafee had urged the General Assembly to consider same-sex marriage this legislative session. But some legislators felt it would be doomed in a state populated by many elderly and Catholic voters, and a civil unions bill was passed instead. Rhode Island...
  • RI passes gay civil unions: bishop says, ‘God will … pass judgment upon our state’

    07/01/2011 2:25:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    LifeSite ^ | 6/1/11
    PROVIDENCE, June 30, 2011 ( – “Can there be any doubt that Almighty God will, in His own time and way, pass judgment upon our state, its leaders and citizens, for abandoning His commands and embracing public immorality?” That was how Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin reacted to today’s passage of legislation approving homosexual civil unions in Rhode Island. The Rhode Island Senate approved the final version of the bill by a vote of 21 to 16. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who advocated the legalization of homosexual “marriage” in his inaugural address, is expected to sign it into law. The bill was...
  • Rhode Island legislature passes same-sex civil union bill

    06/29/2011 6:28:25 PM PDT · by Hawk720 · 7 replies ^ | 06/29/2011 | CNN Breaking
    Less than a week after New York became the nation's sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage, Rhode Island state lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill that permits civil unions between gay and lesbian couples. The measure, which passed the state Senate by a count of 21-16, is widely seen as a compromise intended to provide same-same couples with added rights and benefits, while also preventing an expanded legal definition of marriage. The legislation, which passed overwhelmingly in the state's lower house on May 19, affords same-sex couples a host of new state tax breaks, health-care benefits and...
  • Update: Netroots Nation coming to RI, bars opposing group

    06/22/2011 5:03:00 AM PDT · by CT Hillbilly · 5 replies
    Paul Grimaldi Email Journal staff and wire reports PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- More than 2,500 progressive political activists will come to Providence in June 2012 to take part in the annual Netroots Nation conference. But the group of progressive bloggers wants no competition for attention when it comes to town. The conference's organizers have taken steps that would keep a conservative group's traditional counter-event at a distance. Raven Brooks, Netroots Nation's executive director, said Tuesday the progressive group has a non-compete clause in its contracts with the Rhode Island Convention Center and two Providence hotels. The conservative group RightOnline has staged...
  • Netroots Nation Wants Counter-Event at a Distance (No compete clause to block RightOnline)

    06/21/2011 8:30:21 PM PDT · by kristinn · 5 replies · 1+ views
    AP via The Boston Globe ^ | Tuesday, June 21, 2011 | Erika Niedowski
    Organizers of the liberal Netroots Nation conference to be held in Providence in summer 2012 have taken steps to keep a traditional conservative counter-event at a distance. The conservative conference RightOnline, a project of the Virginia-based group Americans for Prosperity, has staged its convention in the same city around the same time as Netroots Nation since 2008. Raven Brooks, Netroots Nation's executive director, said Tuesday the group had a noncompete clause in its contracts with the Rhode Island Convention Center and two Providence hotels. "Good luck finding a venue in 2012," he tweeted over the weekend, in reference to RightOnline....
  • Republican Group Targets Its Own Party (McCain attacks conservatives, defends Lincoln Chaffee)

    06/18/2011 3:04:40 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies · 1+ views
    NPR ^ | 2011-06-16 | Liz Halloran
    It wasn't long ago that the conservative, free-market Club for Growth was viewed by a swath of Republicans as a furtive, well-heeled enemy whose efforts to purge moderates from the GOP had to be thwarted. The club and its agenda are "not representative of the Republican Party," the director of the Republican Main Street Partnership, a group of moderate GOP congressional members, once said, adding: "We raise money on a daily basis to defeat them." When asked this week about the Republican animus the group faced in the recent past, Club for Growth executive director David Keating replied: "That sounds...
  • Freedom in the 50 States; An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom

    06/17/2011 5:27:30 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 48 replies
    Mercatus Center, George Mason University ^ | June 7, 2011 | Jason Sorens, William Ruger
    This study comprehensively ranks the American states on their public policies that affect individual freedoms in the economic, social, and personal spheres. It updates, expands, and improves upon our inaugural 2009 Freedom in the 50 States study. For this new edition, we have added more policy variables (such as bans on trans fats and the audio recording of police, Massachusetts’s individual health-insurance mandate, and mandated family leave), improved existing measures (such as those for fiscal policies, workers’ compensation regulations, and asset-forfeiture rules), and developed specific policy prescriptions for each of the 50 states based on our data and a survey...
  • Edward Achorn: How does George Nee intend to ‘back’ us ‘off’?

    06/15/2011 3:44:30 AM PDT · by CT Hillbilly · 6 replies
    Senate leaders and labor officials have made it painfully clear they do not want you to know about the sweet deals given to college dropout Stephen Iannazzi, the taxpayer-funded $88,112-a-year “special assistant” to Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio. Indeed, it appears they may be engaged in some kind of sub-rosa program to silence questions. Stephen is the son of Donald Iannazzi, the business manager for Local 1033, the Laborers International Union affiliate that employs 30-year-old lawyer Charles Ruggerio. Charles is the son of Senator Ruggerio. Donald received an annual salary of $212,658, plus $53,212 in “other compensation,” in 2009, according...
  • R.I. critics say Secure Communities program invites racial profiling

    06/11/2011 5:34:46 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 15 replies
    Providence Journal ^ | June 12, 2011 | Karen Lee Ziner
    On the afternoon of May 1, nearly 200 people in school buses arrived at the Pawtucket home of Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin. But the event was hardly a school picnic. Carrying signs that said, “Racist Policies Not in the Public Interest,” the activists demonstrated against Kilmartin’s implementation of the controversial federal Secure Communities program, aimed at identifying and deporting the most dangerous criminal illegal immigrants. They visited Kilmartin’s neighbors, knocking on doors along Armistice Boulevard and handing out leaflets asking them to pressure Kilmartin to “rethink” his policy. The program is supposed to make communities safe; however, “Secure Communities...
  • Senate GOP allows judicial confirmation of ex-Planned Parenthood director

    05/10/2011 8:04:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Redstate ^ | May 10th , 2011 | bk
    As so often seem to be the case, the GOP doesn’t follow the Democratic playbook when it comes to obstruction. They caved when it came to a vote last week on the nomination of Jack McConnell as a US District Court Judge. He’s only 52 or 53, so we can look forward to decades of his rulings. Among the items on his resume are being the unpaid director of Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island and being involved in successful tobacco litigation, for which he’s still due to receive $2-3M/year for another 13 years. He’s been a trial lawyer for 25...
  • Senate Approves Former Planned Parenthood Director as Judge (McCain leads RINOs for infanticide)

    05/09/2011 2:23:49 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 55 replies · 1+ views ^ |
    The U.S. Senate today overcame a Republican filibuster and approved a former Planned Parenthood abortion business director, John McConnell, as a federal judge in Rhode Island. Senators voted 63-33 to surpass the 60-vote threshold necessary to stop the filibuster and approve the nomination of McConnell’s nomination to the District Court for the District of Rhode Island. his nomination previously cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee recently on a party-line 11-7 vote. Senate Republicans joining all Democrats to end debate included Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Susan Collins of Maine, Lyndsey Graham of South Carolina, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Mark Kirk of Illinois,...
  • Trial Lawyer Confirmed for Judge Seat . . . By the Skin of his Teeth

    05/05/2011 8:30:44 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 05/05/11 | Ashby Jones
    Well, it wasn’t pretty, but Rhode Island trial lawyer John McConnell was confirmed to take over a vacant federal judgeship seat in the Ocean State on Wednesday. * * * GOP leaders opposed McConnell, citing his record as a trial lawyer in cases against businesses. Republicans also said McConnell was less than truthful in his testimony to the Senate.
  • R.I. House Minority Leader Watson, R-East Greenwich, charged with DUI (Booze & Weed )

    05/01/2011 10:52:25 AM PDT · by csvset · 20 replies
    Projo,com ^ | April 26, 2011 | Katherine Gregg
    PROVIDENCE — House Republican Leader Robert Watson, the trenchant and bitingly acerbic leader of the tiny GOP bloc in the overwhelmingly Democratic House of Representatives in Rhode Island, is facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana possession after a random stop by Connecticut police as he was driving his pickup truck through a checkpoint in East Haven, Conn., Friday night. A police report said his eyes were “extremely glassy and bloodshot,” his speech slurred, and he had difficulty performing a series of sobriety tests. After handcuffing Watson and placing him under arrest, the arresting police officer...
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence urges Assembly to reject civil unions

    04/29/2011 10:54:19 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 1+ views
    The Providence Journal ^ | April 30, 2011 | Katherine Gregg
    PROVIDENCE — After playing a major role in the defeat of same-sex marriage, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence is now urging state lawmakers to reject the compromise that House Speaker Gordon D. Fox is backing: civil unions. In an unsigned editorial in this week’s Rhode Island Catholic, the Diocese says: “We hope that those members of the Rhode Island General Assembly who have consistently supported traditional marriage will stay steadfast in their opposition to the legal recognition of same-sex relationships as either marriage or civil unions. “Government sanctioned civil unions cannot be supported by those who truly understand the...
  • RI House speaker: Gay marriage bill won't pass

    04/28/2011 2:32:13 AM PDT · by fwdude · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 04/27/2011 | David Klepper
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Efforts to extend marriage rights to gay couples in Rhode Island suffered a decisive setback Wednesday when a key legislative champion said he was abandoning a push to pass gay marriage legislation this year.
  • Anti-Gun Legislation Introduced in the Rhode Island Senate

    04/21/2011 10:29:26 AM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | April 20, 2011 | NA
    ·11250 Waples Mill Road ·   Fairfax, Virginia 22030    ·800-392-8683   Anti-Gun Legislation Introduced in the Rhode Island Senate   Wednesday, April 20, 2011   Anti-gun Senate Bill 831 has been introduced in the state Senate and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  S 831 would make it illegal for a minor to simply possess a firearm or ammunition, whether intentional or otherwise.  Sponsored by state Senator Harold M. Metts (D-6), S 831 is the Senate companion to House Bill 5671. While this legislation appears to make only a slight change in current law, it could have grave ramifications for those prosecuted...
  • RI group to rally in support of new taxes

    04/17/2011 11:51:15 AM PDT · by massmike · 26 replies ^ | 04/17/2011 | AP
    Rhode Islanders opposed to more cuts in state spending are rallying to support calls to raise taxes. Ocean State Action says it will hold a rally Monday afternoon in front of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. Ocean State Action Executive Director Kate Brock says her group will recommend proposals to raise new revenue for road projects, schools and public safety. Brock says lawmakers should consider raising income taxes for those making more than $500,000 and closing tax loopholes that allow big companies to use out-of-state subsidiaries to reduce their state taxes.
  • Ill. congressman visits Providence to talk about immigration policy

    04/03/2011 2:57:33 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    Providence Journa ^ | April 3, 2011 | Tracy Breton
    PROVIDENCE –– U.S. Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, D-Ill., and hundreds of Rhode Island immigrants, both legal and illegal, gathered at a town-hall style meeting Saturday afternoon to draw attention to the toll that deportation is taking on families. In just one year with Barack Obama as president, Gutierrez pointed out, 400,000 people were deported from the United States –– more people than any other president has deported, he asserted. And most of them, Gutierrez said, are not violent criminals, but law-abiding, hard-working people. Speaking almost entirely in Spanish to a standing-room-only audience that packed the auditorium of the former Oliver...
  • Longtime bachelor Patrick Kennedy, 43, is engaged

    03/28/2011 8:55:24 PM PDT · by massmike · 54 replies ^ | 03/28/2011 | AP
    Patrick Kennedy, the 43-year-old former Rhode Island congressman and son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, is engaged to be married to a New Jersey middle school teacher. Kennedy, a lifelong bachelor, got engaged Saturday in Rhode Island to Amy Petitgout, former aide Sean Richardson said Monday. No wedding date has been set.
  • NH, RI, NJ buck trend, propose cigarette tax cut

    03/18/2011 4:52:43 AM PDT · by arderkrag · 18 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 03/18/2011 | Unknown
    CONCORD, N.H. – Bucking a national trend of raising cigarette taxes, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Rhode Island have considered reducing theirs, hoping to draw smokers from other states and increase revenue. Supporters argue reducing the tax by a dime would make New Hampshire more competitive with Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts, while opponents say that even if the state experienced higher sales as a result it still would lose millions of dollars in revenue. It's very unusual for states to lower the tax, University of Illinois at Chicago economics professor Frank Chaloupka says. The increase in sales isn't enough to...
  • Senator wants alcohol breath-test machine in your car!

    03/12/2011 6:53:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 126 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 11, 2011 | Bob Unruh
    Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is the lead player in a legislative effort, already endorsed by a handful of other senators, that would spend $60 million to develop a program that would charge consumers for the costs of installing drunk-driving interlock devices in vehicles. The proposal, S.510, was introduced this week in the U.S. Senate by Udall, who was joined by Sens. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Al Franken, D-Minn., Amy Klobuchar D-Minn., West John D. Rockefeller, D-W.Va., Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. The legislation actually doesn't call for the technology to be installed in...
  • Enraged dad: I ‘will kill’ son’s murderer

    03/09/2011 8:24:17 PM PST · by massmike · 82 replies ^ | 03/09/2011 | Herald wire services
    A father still enraged over his young son’s death more than 35 years ago has vowed to kill the boy’s murderer if he is released several years early from his 40-year sentence, as now scheduled. Michael Woodmansee, who was a neighbor of the Foreman family, killed Jason Foreman in South Kingstown in 1975 and hid the boy’s shellacked bones in his house for years. A Department of Correction lawyer said Woodmansee earned time off for good behavior and it can be revoked only if he misbehaves.
  • Father of Murdered 5-Year-Old Says He'll Make Sure Killer Suffers Same Fate

    03/08/2011 8:09:46 AM PST · by ThinkingBuddha · 60 replies ^ | 03/08/2011 | FocNews
    The father of a 5-year-old boy killed in 1975 is vowing to murder his son's killer if the man is released, as scheduled, several years early from a 40-year sentence. John Foreman said in an interview Monday with WPRO-AM radio that he will kill convicted murderer Michael Woodmansee "as aggressively and as painfully" as he killed his son if Woodmansee is released from prison early. Woodmansee, who was 16 years old at the time, kidnapped and killed Jason Foreman in 1975 in South Kingstown, R.I. He confessed and was convicted of second-degree murder eight years later. Jason Foreman was presumed...
  • Mississippi Rates as the Most Conservative U.S. State(Vermont, Rhode Island,DC most liberals)

    02/25/2011 10:01:19 AM PST · by wardaddy · 101 replies
    Gallup ^ | 2-25-11 | Jones
    Mississippi is the first state to exceed 50% conservative identifiers in the three years Gallup has compiled ideological identification at the state level. Explore complete state data > The top 10 rankings make clear that conservative identification is much more common than liberal identification, with each of the top 10 conservative states at or above 45% identification and only the District of Columbia exceeding 31% liberal identification. In the nation as a whole, Americans are about twice as likely to identify as conservative as they are to identify as liberal, a pattern that has persisted for many years. Americans are...
  • Outrage, anxiety after Providence mayor fires almost 2,000 teachers

    02/24/2011 7:08:44 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 51 replies ^ | 2/24/11
    CNN) -- The firing of every teacher in the Providence public school system has set off a wave of anxiety, anger and uncertainty in the Rhode Island city, with a union leader blasting the mayor's decision as anti-union maneuvering along the lines of what's happening in the Midwest. Mayor Angel Tavares said in a online message Wednesday that he authorized the previous day's move to dismiss almost 2,000 teachers and staff to allow for greater flexibility once the budget process is complete. Tavares also said the final number of layoffs needed to balance a multimillion budget deficit will be determined...
  • Video: Rhode Island union supporter to cameraman – “I’ll [bleep] in [bleep], you [bleep]"

    02/24/2011 8:46:35 AM PST · by Upstate NY Guy · 33 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | February 24, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
  • Providence To Teachers: You're Fired

    02/23/2011 8:44:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/23/2011 | John Ellis
    The Providence Journal of Rhode Island reports that the Providence school district "plans to send out dismissal notices to every one of its 1,926 teachers, an unprecedented move that has union leaders up in arms." The paper continues: In a letter sent to all teachers Tuesday, Supt. Tom Brady wrote that the Providence School Board on Thursday will vote on a resolution to dismiss every teacher, effective the last day of school. In an e-mail sent to all teachers and School Department staff, Brady said, “We are forced to take this precautionary action by the March 1 deadline given the...
  • Providence plans to pink slip all teachers

    02/23/2011 8:19:48 AM PST · by safetysign · 15 replies
    Providence Journal ^ | 02/23/2011 | Linda Borg
    PROVIDENCE — The school district plans to send out dismissal notices to every one of its 1,926 teachers, an unprecedented move that has union leaders up in arms. In a letter sent to all teachers Tuesday, Supt. Tom Brady wrote that the Providence School Board on Thursday will vote on a resolution to dismiss every teacher, effective the last day of school. In an e-mail sent to all teachers and School Department staff, Brady said, “We are forced to take this precautionary action by the March 1 deadline given the dire budget outline for the 2011-2012 school year in which...
  • R.I. GOP Still Hopeful Whitehouse Challenger Will Emerge

    02/22/2011 8:12:28 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies
    Roll Call ^ | February 21, 2011 | Steve Peoples
    With 2012 Senate recruiting efforts now in full swing, Rhode Island Republicans continue to struggle to find a viable challenger to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D). Two potential GOP challengers spoke to Roll Call on Tuesday and sounded anything but confident as they consider trying to knock off the Ocean State’s junior Senator in 2012. “I am giving it a thought,” Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian said Tuesday afternoon, while acknowledging he has put very little effort into his consideration. “Obviously it’s very early in the process. It’s something that I at least want to give some thought to.”
  • Wind Power Backfires on Rhode Island

    02/22/2011 7:28:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    fox news ^ | 2/22/11 | staff
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - Deepwater Wind's initial project will raise state and local governments' electric bills by a combined $1.5 million in its first year, according to documents reviewed by the Target 12 Investigators. Municipal electric bills will increase by a total of $1 million while state government's bill will rise by $476,630, according to an estimate commissioned by National Grid from Energy Security Analysis Inc. The cost would rise by 3.5 percent every year for the next two decades. The estimate was included in a document National Grid asked the R.I. Public Utilities Commission to seal from the public...
  • Wind power will cost RI taxpayers $1.5M

    02/22/2011 8:41:18 AM PST · by NRG1973 · 12 replies ^ | February 18, 2011 | Tim White & Ted Nesi
    Target 12 finds figures Nat. Grid tried to hide PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - Deepwater Wind's initial project will raise state and local governments' electric bills by a combined $1.5 million in its first year, according to documents reviewed by the Target 12 Investigators. Municipal electric bills will increase by a total of $1 million while state government's bill will rise by $476,630, according to an estimate commissioned by National Grid from Energy Security Analysis Inc. The cost would rise by 3.5 percent every year for the next two decades. The estimate was included in a document National Grid asked the...
  • Rhode Island Man Pleads Guilty to Lasering Commercial Flight

    01/23/2011 4:43:13 AM PST · by Larry381 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | January 21, 2011 | United States Attorney's Office District of Rhode Island
    PROVIDENCE, RI—A Warwick, Rhode Island man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence Friday to a federal charge of willfully interfering with the safe operation of an airborne commercial aircraft and endangering the safety of the 23 passengers and three crew members onboard by illuminating the cockpit of an incoming flight on final approach to T.F. Green Airport in Warwick with a laser light, momentarily blinding the pilot. Joseph Aquino, 31, entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi. Aquino's guilty plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent...
  • Lawmakers in R.I., Maryland to weigh gay-marriage laws

    01/21/2011 5:09:48 AM PST · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/20/11 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    Maryland lawmakers reintroduced a gay-marriage bill on Thursday, making it the second state after Rhode Island to start the process this year of changing its marriage laws.But while Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee boldly supported gay marriage in his inauguration speech, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley steered clear of the subject in his speech this week, choosing to focus on promises of a brighter future with more jobs, economic reform, better education and "unity."Still, Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, is on record saying he would sign a gay-marriage bill."I have long believed the way to craft a compromise is civil unions," he...
  • Chafing Capitalism

    01/14/2011 5:08:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 14, 2011 | Staff
    Abuse Of Power: Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is trampling the First Amendment by banning state employee appearances on talk radio. Equally condemnable is his complaint that talk radio is "for profit." It's no mystery why "Taxalot Linc" doesn't want state employees appearing on talk radio. The new "independent" governor intends to tax everything that moves — plus a lot that doesn't. "Textbooks, school meals and heating fuel are all there," the Providence Journal has reported. "And yes, so is the driving equipment for amputees." It's still all there on the Democratic Governors Association's campaign website, — groceries, clothes,...
  • Rhode Island Governor Chafee to ban employees from talk radio ('Waste of tax payer money' he says)

    01/12/2011 6:24:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/12/2011 | Greg Halvorson
    Add to Paul Krugman, Clarence Dupnak, Chris Matthews and Sherrod Brown the name, Lincoln Chafee, who joins a growing chorus of stooges building a narrative around the straw-man, talk radio.  The governor of Rhode Island, Mr. Chafee will institute a "no talk policy" for state officials, banning them from speaking to radio hosts.  A spokesman tells the Providence Journal:  "Talk radio is essentially ratings-driven, for-profit programming and we don't think it appropriate to use taxpayer resources to have state employees use work time to support for-profit, ratings-driven programming."  Get that?  It isn't the state's business to aid the private sector...
  • Rhode Island governor bans state employees from talk radio

    01/12/2011 5:58:09 AM PST · by Steve495 · 17 replies
    Radio Vice Online ^ | Jan. 12, 2011 | Steve McGough
    Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I.) will soon send out a directive that state employees may not call into or spend any time on talk radio during state time. Chafee doesn’t think state resources should be used for “ratings driven, for-profit programming.” NPR of course, will be exempt. But is this really a problem in Rhode Island? Has there been some sort of epidemic of state workers ignoring their responsibilities and showing up on talk radio? A very small percentage of listeners actually call into talk shows, and of those callers a minuscule number of them are state workers on...
  • Rhode Island Governor Bans State Employees From Appearing On Talk Radio

    01/11/2011 10:02:44 AM PST · by Weird Tolkienish Figure · 29 replies
    New RHODE ISLAND Governor LINCOLN CHAFEE intends to issue a ban on state employees appearing on talk radio, reports the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL. CHAFEE spokesman MICHAEL TRAINOR told the JOURNAL that the directive comes from CHAFEE's opinion that talk radio is "ratings-driven, for-profit programming" and that it is not "appropriate to use taxpayer resources" to support it. He said CHAFEE will talk to news reporters and to public radio.
  • Central Falls is tip of the iceberg for Rhode Island budget problems

    01/10/2011 9:19:16 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    Providence Journal ^ | Sunday, January 9, 2011 | By Randal Edgar
    Central Falls is the one people know about. The city tried to declare bankruptcy last year, only to see the state go to court, pass a new law and appoint a receiver to oversee the city’s finances. But while the state has been trying to work through the desperate finances of its smallest city, it has also been working with three other economically distressed communities — North Providence, Pawtucket and Woonsocket. And there is growing concern that other communities, also trying to cope with cuts in state aid and rising costs for salaries, benefits and pensions, may also be on...
  • Eagle Scout Saves Family in House Fire / Eagle Scout Rescues Drowning Girl

    01/01/2011 3:42:10 PM PST · by Main Street · 18 replies ^ | 30 Dec 2010 |
    Quick thinking saves girl from Warwick pool A local teenager has been hailed a hero after saving a little girl from a swimming pool. Warwick Eagle Scout Austin Irons saved a little girl from drowning after a group of cub scouts and boy scouts finished swimming at McDermott Pool in Warwick. Austin jumped in the water to save the girl who was lying face down and helped lifeguards resuscitate the girl. "We heard shouting for lifeguards...I didn't even think. It was like, just do it," Austin recalled on the experience. He was able to get the girl out of the...
  • Last Kennedy to leave Washington (Patches)

    12/28/2010 7:03:06 PM PST · by Frantzie · 40 replies · 4+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 12-28-2010 | Toby Harnden
    The departure of Patrick Kennedy, Congressman for Rhode Island, will leave the capital without a Kennedy for the first time in 64 years. The dynasty's sole remaining political office is held by Bobby Shriver, John F. Kennedy's nephew, who has a part-time city council seat in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Monica.
  • Kennedy's exit from Congress leaves a family void (Goodbye Kennedys)

    12/26/2010 2:44:21 PM PST · by seanmerc · 126 replies · 33+ views ^ | 26 Dec 10 | Andrew Miga
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Kennedys have held congressional seats, the presidency and the public's imagination for more than 60 years. That era ends when Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island vacates his U.S. House seat next month, leaving a City Council post in California as Camelot's sole remaining political holding.
  • Blizzard Warning (NYC Area)

    12/25/2010 1:45:54 PM PST · by FreeReign · 44 replies · 2+ views
    NWS ^ | NWS
    3:55 PM EST on December 25, 2010 ... Blizzard Warning in effect from 6 am Sunday to 6 PM EST Monday... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a Blizzard Warning... which is in effect from 6 am Sunday to 6 PM EST Monday. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect. * Locations... northeast New Jersey... New York City and its immediate suburbs... Long Island... and coastal and interior southeast Connecticut.
  • This Is One Of Those Illegals Who, Coakley Says, Isn’t Illegal

    12/23/2010 8:48:31 AM PST · by massmike · 13 replies · 3+ views ^ | 12/23/2010 | Michael Graham
    A Dominican man authorities say removed his own fingerprints in an effort to hide his identity has pleaded guilty to re-entering the U.S. illegally following his deportation. Robert Cordero-Luciano was ordered held at a hearing Wednesday in Rhode Island pending sentencing in March. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison followed by deportation. Prosecutors say the 26-year-old man was arrested last summer when he tried to get to a Rhode Island driver's license using forged documents. Police noticed his fingerprints had been "mutilated." Using facial recognition technology, police determined Cordero-Luciano had acquired four different Massachusetts driver's licenses under...
  • Same-Sex "Marriage" Could be Headed to Maryland, Rhode Island

    12/22/2010 8:42:05 PM PST · by massmike · 14 replies ^ | 12/22/2010 | n/a
    Democrats held onto their majority in the Maryland Senate in November and added liberal members, signaling that same-sex marriage could be on the horizon. In Rhode Island, Governor-elect Lincoln Chaffee, an independent who pledged to support same-sex marriage during his election bid, recently declined the National Organization for Marriage’s request to protect marriage, and added that he wants the General Assembly to take up same-sex marriage legislation as soon as possible.
  • Demotions boost future pensions ( Government Union )

    12/22/2010 1:21:36 PM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    Journal ^ | December 22, 2010 | Alisha A. Pina
    PROVIDENCE — Two management-level firefighters are back among the union ranks, at their request, an action decried by two City Council members who say it was done to increase their pensions. With the lower rank of first-class firefighter, the near-retirement employees can benefit from the 3-percent compounding cost-of-living-adjustments provided to union members hired before July 1, 2010. They will also receive pension benefits based on their higher, management salaries if they retire now. (Pension benefits are based on the highest of the last three years of service.) “It is quite clear that the voluntary reduction in ranks just granted these...
  • Disarming the toy box - Providence program destroys children’s toy guns (Barf alert!)

    12/20/2010 9:59:24 AM PST · by neverdem · 31 replies · 1+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 19, 2010 | Maria Cramer
    PROVIDENCE — Dominic Johnson, a 10-year-old fourth-grader with a fledgling Mohawk, brandished his black, long-nosed toy gun and caressed the muzzle appreciatively. “It’s like a shotgun mixed with a rifle,’’ he said, as his mother, April, told him to stop pointing it at nearby children. Soon it would be junk. Dominic joined dozens of children yesterday at the annual Toy Gun Bash in the gymnasium of Pleasant View Elementary School. There, they lined up to toss their toy guns, from dainty purple water guns to camouflage-painted pistols, inside the Bash-O-Matic, a large black, foam creature with churning metal teeth and...
  • Latino students in R.I. urged to prepare for college

    12/11/2010 6:26:04 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Providence Journal ^ | December 12, 2010 | Gina Macris
    PROVIDENCE — Celita K. Vargas was 9 years old when her parents brought her to the United States from her native Guatemala — too young to fully understand the implications of her status as an illegal immigrant. But the little girl who loved math knew she always wanted to go to college. Ten years after graduating from Mount Pleasant High School, she got a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island. Today Vargas, 32, is a United States citizen who works as a civil and environmental engineer for Commonwealth Engineers & Consultants, where she designs bridges. On Saturday, Vargas...
  • For this talk-show host, it was love at first shot(RI)

    11/22/2010 4:18:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 22 November, 2010 | G. Wayne Miller
    Daria Bruno demonstrates her passion for firearms with these dozen guns from her collection that she has brought on this crisp fall morning to Smithfield Sportsmen’s Club’s outdoor range. She will fire five of them: an AK-47 rifle, an AR-15 rifle, a Mauser rifle, a Glock pistol with laser sight, and a Smith & Wesson Model 29. “This is the ‘Dirty Harry’ gun,” she says, removing the Model 29 from its case. “The gun that every guy had to go out and buy after they saw the ‘Dirty Harry’ movie. You know, ‘You feeling lucky, punk?’ This is the gun....
  • Rhode Island: Immigration policy up for review

    11/16/2010 3:31:53 AM PST · by WilliamHouston · 11 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | November 16, 2010 | Michelle R. Smith
    PROVIDENCE — Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee repeated a pledge yesterday to rescind an executive order on illegal immigration, but his office said he is discussing with State Police whether they should ask for immigration papers when there is reasonable suspicion that a person is in the United States illegally. The order signed by Governor Don Carcieri, a Republican. sparked outrage in the immigrant and minority communities in part because it instructed State Police to check the immigration status of suspects in the course of investigations. . . .
  • John Kerry’s bucks stop where? (Still no tax payment on the yacht)

    11/05/2010 6:29:01 AM PDT · by GOPsterinMA · 24 replies ^ | Friday, November 5, 2010 | Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
    It’s been more than three months since we first told you about Capt. John Kerry’s high-seas tax dodge on his new $7 million yacht, Isabel, and the town of Nantucket still doesn’t have a check from the senior senator! You may recall that Kerry lowered the flag and surrendered in July, agreeing to pony up more than $400,000 to cover state taxes on the toney tub. Mr. Teresa Heinz broke out the checkbook four days after the Track set off a furious tempest with our report that he had purchased the 76-foot floating palace and ported her in Rhode Island,...