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  • FBI raids RI lawmaker's office

    11/10/2011 4:36:49 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 25 replies · 1+ views
    WPRI.com ^ | Nov 9, 2011 | Nancy Krause
    FBI raids RI lawmaker's office Sources: Rep. under investigation for fraud Updated: Thursday, 10 Nov 2011, 6:02 AM EST Published : Wednesday, 09 Nov 2011, 3:30 PM EST * By Nancy Krause PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Federal investigators spent Wednesday bringing out boxes from the Providence office of Rep. John J. McCauley during an afternoon raid. According to Jim Martin from the US Attorney's Office in Providence, agents were executing a search warrant at McCauley & L'Europa Public Insurance Adjusters. Law enforcement sources told Eyewitness News McCauley, deputy speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, was under investigation for alleged...
  • Standards don’t exist for Dems

    11/07/2011 9:44:48 AM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    BostonHerald ^ | November 7, 2011 | Holly Robichaud
    In Massachusetts, it’s not so much a double standard. It’s that Democrats are held to virtually no standard at all. Would Scott Brown have been elected U.S. senator if he had driven off a bridge and left a woman to die in the car? Most likely, he would be serving time instead of having a shrine built in his name. ... Do you think there would be demands for Brown’s resignation if his partner was caught running a brothel in his basement like U.S. Rep. Barney Frank’s was? Certainly, there would be a congressional investigation if Brown’s romantic interest was...
  • The Little State With a Big Mess

    10/22/2011 4:56:39 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 24 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 22, 2011 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH
    ... After decades of drift, denial and inaction, Rhode Island’s $14.8 billion pension system is in crisis. Ten cents of every state tax dollar now goes to retired public workers. Before long, Ms. Raimondo has been cautioning in whistle-stops here and across the state, that figure will climb perilously toward 20 cents. But the scary thing is that no one really knows. The Providence Journal recently tried to count all the municipal pension plans outside the state system and stopped at 155, conceding that it might have missed some. Even the Securities and Exchange Commission is asking questions, including the...
  • Sen. Scott Brown calls for firing of NOAA head ( fishing )

    10/22/2011 9:21:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    ap ^ | October 22, 2011
    Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is calling on President Obama to fire the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, saying she’s worsened the fishing industry’s problems. Brown said Saturday in a press conference at the Gloucester waterfront that Obama should replace Jane Lubchenco. In a statement, Brown said Lubchenco was indifferent to the industry’s struggles and wrongly committed to a new management system he says is destroying fishing jobs.
  • Chafee says Romney ‘a different person’ as he woos GOP base (RINO Alert)

    10/13/2011 5:07:25 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 34 replies
    R.I. Gov. Lincoln Chafee says former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney is “a completely different person” as a presidential candidate than the man who was once a fellow member of the Republican Party’s moderate wing in the Northeast.“It’s the same thing I saw with John McCain, and I saw with George Pataki and with Rudy Giuliani,” Chafee told WPRI.com during an interview at his office Wednesday. Referencing a speech on foreign policy Romney gave last week at The Citadel, Chafee said: “The appeal you have to make to the Republican primary audience – that’s just alien to what’s in our best...
  • Big Turnout at Rhode Island State House to Protest In-State Tuition for Illegals

    10/05/2011 7:13:18 PM PDT · by montag813 · 26 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 10-05-2011 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With Arizona Over 500 people turned out for a protest against R.I. Gov. Lincoln Chafee's support for in-state tuition for illegal aliens - which was implemented with a lawless decree by Chafee's education "czars" when he failed to get the Legislature to pass the outrageous bill. Local media hailed the "unusually large turnout for a weeknight" at the the State House in Providence, which included many Stand With Arizona activists, along with members of Rhode Island for Immigration Law Enforcement, and average citizens furious at the Obama-style bypassing of elected officials on behalf of illegal aliens....
  • ACTION ALERT: Protest Rhode Island In-State Tuition for Illegals (In-Person or Call - 5pm today)

    10/05/2011 8:29:05 AM PDT · by montag813 · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 10-05-2010 | John Hill
    EVENT: JOIN R.I. LEGISLATORS AND PROTEST THE LAWLESS DECREE OF SUBSIDIZED TUITION FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS BY GOV. CHAFEE'S UNELECTED 'BOARD OF GOVERNORS'WHO: SWA Activists from RI, CT and MA - and ALL SWA'ers to call, fax or email. 6 Rhode Island Representatives and Senators will be attending the protest and holding a press conference (see below).WHERE: Rhode Island State House (Smith St. Side). Providence, R.I.WHEN: Wed., Oct 5th, 2011, 5:00 P.M. NOTE: SWA will be providing signs for you to print out (if you need them please email us at act@standwitharizona.com). Otherwise please bring your own (non-political) signs against in-state...
  • Rhode Island Is Third State To Offer In-State Tuition To Illegal Immigrants This Year

    10/03/2011 8:54:00 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 18 replies
    YahooNews ^ | October 03, 2011 | Liz Goodwin
    Rhode Island Is Third State To Offer In-State Tuition To Illegal Immigrants This Year By Liz Goodwin Rhode Island demonstrators in support of in-state tuition (AP) Laws cracking down on illegal immigrants in Alabama and other states have dominated the news over the past year--but three states have more quietly passed laws or changed rules to allow illegal immigrants brought to the country as minors to go to college at in-state rates. Rhode Island's higher education body, the Board of Governors for Higher Education, decided last week to allow illegal immigrants who graduate from state high schools to pay in-state...
  • Man Interferes W/First Lady's Motorcade, Now in Custody of Secret Service

    09/30/2011 7:44:56 PM PDT · by kristinn · 48 replies
    WPRI ^ | Friday, September 30, 2011 | Mallory Moretti
    CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) - The United States Secret Service have a man in custody after he interfered with First Lady Michelle Obama's motorcade Friday night. The Target 12 Investigative Team has learned that while the First Lady was en route to T.F. Green Airport Friday night, a man from New Hampshire attempted to interfere with her motorcade while driving along Route 37 in Cranston. Cranston Police noticed the pick up truck the man was driving while the motorcade rode through Cranston and ordered to vacate the area, but later saw the same truck pulled over along Rte. 37. Police ordered...
  • Governor Chafee studying whether to grant driver’s permits to illegal immigrants

    09/29/2011 9:58:14 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies
    Providence Journal ^ | September 29, 2011 | - Randal Edgar
    PROVIDENCE — Governor Chafee was already on record as favoring a softer approach when it comes to checking the immigration status of new employees, and he was on record as supporting in-state tuition rates for illegal immigrants. But driver’s permits for people here illegally? He didn’t say he supports the idea, but he did say this week that he’s looking into it, and in doing so, he touched off a firestorm on talk radio and the Internet. People called the idea an insult and called him out of touch for wanting to “reward people who had broken the law.” Some...
  • RI board approves tuition for illegal immigrants

    09/26/2011 8:21:47 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 14 replies
    Albany Times Union ^ | September 26, 2011 | - Erika Niedowski
    WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A state higher education board on Monday approved a measure that would allow students who immigrated to the United States illegally to pay in-state tuition rates at Rhode Island's public colleges and universities after the General Assembly declined to take up the issue.
  • Rhode Island: Test case for pension reform

    09/21/2011 5:34:59 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 8 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | September 21, 2011 | Editorial
    Rhode Island, the smallest U.S. state, has one of the nation's largest unfunded pension liabilities. According to a Washington Post report, a big part of this heap of trouble was brought on by the state promising overgenerous benefits to its employees. This is the latest example of the perils of electing politicians beholden to unionized public employees. The Post indicated that with its $6.8 billion shortfall, Rhode Island has the largest per capita unfunded pension liability in the nation. Normally, pension funds are financed via government and employee contributions, and stock and bond investments. As a result of the idealistic...
  • EPA to preside over fish cases

    09/20/2011 5:34:07 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies · 2+ views
    NEWS-TIMES ^ | September 11, 2011 | mike shutak
    Commercial fishermen will no longer have their regulatory cases heard by Coast Guard Administrative Law Judges. Instead, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that as of Thursday, Environmental Protection Agency ALJ’s will preside over all new fishing law enforcement cases. This measure is being taken in response to an inquiry made by the Inspector General into complaints by commercial fishermen that NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service’s regulatory system was being excessive with its penalties and actions. Jerry Slaff, NOAA public affairs officer, said the EPA will provide judges for regulatory cases for the next two years. He said NOAA...
  • Cities Deep in Red Turn to Green Deals (disguised debt)

    09/09/2011 6:55:24 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 | MICHAEL CORKERY
    Cities and states have been firing workers and raising taxes to balance the books. But for some of the shakiest cities, those moves aren't enough. Enter Class Green Capital Partners, a New York financial adviser to municipalities. Class Green has been helping cities to essentially take out mortgages on their public buildings and use many of the proceeds to plug their budget shortfalls. Here is the twist: A portion of the bond proceeds go to improve energy efficiency in the buildings, which are meant to generate savings for the city. That "green" element also helps some cities deal with state...
  • State Police arrest Rep. Leo Medina (Democrat)

    09/03/2011 7:42:38 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 16 replies
    WPRI.COM ^ | Sep 1, 2011
    State Police arrest Rep. Leo Medina Allegedly stole inheritance money from client Updated: Thursday, 01 Sep 2011, 8:51 PM EDT PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) - State Representative Leo Medina was arrested for allegedly stealing inheritance money from a client. The Providence Democrat, who was elected in November, has a long history of legal troubles, The Providence Journal reported earlier this year. A spokesman for House Speaker Gordon Fox was not immediately available for comment on the lawmakers arrest.
  • States Where No One Wants To Buy A New Home

    08/21/2011 9:29:33 AM PDT · by bgill · 45 replies · 1+ views
    yahoo finance ^ | Aug. 21, 2011 | Douglas A. McIntyre and Charles Stockdale
    24/7 Wall St. looked at the total number of building permits issued by each state for the first half of the year. We then identified the states that had the lowest percentage of new housing permits as compared to the total number of housing units. These are the states where no one wants to buy a new home: 1. Rhode Island 2. West Virginia 3. Illinois 4. Michigan 5. Connecticut 6. Ohio 7. Massachusetts 8. New York 9. Maine 10. Pennsylannia
  • This Is What Happens When a City Goes Bankrupt

    08/09/2011 12:13:16 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 24 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 9, 2011 | Froma Harrop
    The stock market plunged over 500 points last Thursday, but no one seemed very perturbed about it in this tiny factory town. Three days before, Central Falls had filed for a Chapter 9 bankruptcy. These working-class folk see bottoms fall out on a regular basis. For people used to living one paycheck or unemployment check to another, the number that mattered this day was not the Dow Jones Industrial Average but the temperature, which that summer evening registered a balmy 75. Thus, young people were joyfully playing soccer in a park near the picturesque Blackstone River waterfall that gave this...
  • Rhode Island Braces For Wave Of Muni Crises In Wake Of Central Falls Bankruptcy

    08/08/2011 8:15:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/08/2011 | Grace Wyler
    In the wake of Central Falls's bankruptcy filing last Monday, lawmakers and local officials across the Ocean State have had to come to grips with the fact that the tiny city's fiscal "issues" are not unique. As you may remember, Central Falls's financial woes are primarily the result of the city's $80 million unfunded pension liability. The city was forced to file for bankruptcy after union retirees failed to agree to concessions that would have slashed pension benefits by as much as half. The filing was a wakeup call for Rhode Island, which is suffering from widespread pension crises. Combined,...
  • City in Bankruptcy Asks to Void Union Contracts Crushing Finances

    08/02/2011 1:01:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2011 | Mike Shedlock
    At long last ‘Dire’ Situation Forces Rhode Island City of Central Falls Into Bankruptcy Central Falls, Rhode Island’s poorest city, filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection as it struggles to meet its pension obligations. The petition was filed today after state officials failed to persuade unionized police, firefighter and municipal retirees to accept voluntary benefit concessions, according to a statement from Robert Flanders, a judge appointed to oversee the city’s finances. Flanders said he asked the court to reject existing collective-bargaining agreements with the unions. Central Falls, a city of about 18,000 located about 6 miles (9.7 kilometers) north of...
  • Central Falls Has One More Weekend To Avoid Municipal Bankruptcy ( RI )

    07/31/2011 9:06:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | |Jul. 29, 2011 | Grace Wyler
    The tiny, cash-strapped town of Central Falls, Rhode Island, is expected to know Monday whether it is officially bankrupt. Robert Flanders, the town's state appointed receiver, will work through the weekend to decide whether he will file for bankruptcy on behalf of Central Falls... ... Central Falls faces a $4.9 million budget shortfall. The real financial problem, however, is the city's $80 million public pension debt and it's public safety worker pension fund is on track to run out by October. A Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy filing would give Central Falls the opportunity to change it's union agreements. But it...