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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...
  • Cannabis Capitulation: The Marijuana Exception to Jan Brewer's Federalism

    07/27/2011 10:42:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 104 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 27, 2011 | Jacob Sullum
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican and former U.S. attorney, has never been keen on his state's Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Act, which his predecessor, Jon Corzine, signed into law on the last day of his administration. But last week, Christie announced that New Jersey will proceed with plans to let six nonprofit organizations distribute marijuana to patients with "debilitating medical conditions" such as cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis, despite the risk of federal prosecution. In Arizona, meanwhile, the Medical Marijuana Act approved by voters last November remains on hold thanks to Gov. Jan Brewer, who worries that...
  • Crony Capitalism Comes to the Fishing Industry

    02/11/2011 8:18:25 PM PST · by Vob · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 11, 2011 | Mike Johnson
    Michael Milken evokes thoughts of financial wisdom at a level far beyond that of an unsophisticated fishing industry essayist like me. So, when one of the sessions at the Milken Institute Global Conference 2009 is titled "Innovative Funding for Sustainable Fisheries and Oceans," I take notice. The panel for the fisheries session was moderated by Larry Bond, a consultant for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the speakers were David Crane, David Festa, Jerry Schubel, and Jason Winship. Two members from EDF and none from the fishing industry, oh, well. The audio of the session is fascinating, particularly that of...
  • City in Rhode Island Asks Retirees to Sacrifice

    07/21/2011 6:52:42 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 69 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 19, 2011 | Abby Goodnough
    CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. — The retirees came from near and far, gathering in a muggy auditorium here to listen to an urgent pitch: give back a big chunk of your pension or risk losing it all. This city of 19,000 is broke and headed for bankruptcy, partly because it has promised retired police and firefighters millions of dollars in pensions and benefits that it cannot begin to afford. And so Robert G. Flanders Jr., a state-appointed receiver who is trying to right the city’s finances, found himself on the stage at Central Falls High School on Tuesday, asking retirees...
  • Liberals, Democrats stunned by RI passage of voter ID

    07/12/2011 5:47:05 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 28 replies
    projo.com ^ | 11:19 AM EDT on Monday, July 11, 2011 | By Phil Marcelo and Karen Lee Ziner
    When a voter ID bill passed in Rhode Island last week, longtime opponents were stunned. How could this happen in one of the country’s most Democratic and liberal states? Why did Democratic leaders and black legislators support it? And why did Governor Chafee sign it? Some say black politicians were trying to protect themselves from Hispanics’ growing political power — two longtime black legislators were defeated by Hispanics in the 2010 elections. Some cite illegal immigration as a driving force. Some say voter ID is simply essential. Whatever the reason, [ideologues] are still seething a week later. That includes many...
  • Liberate the Letter! (George Washington on Religious Tolerance)

    07/11/2011 1:09:09 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 9 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | 15 July 2011 issue | Editorial Staff
    When Ron Chernow was travelling the country last year to talk about his new biography of George Washington, he was often asked about Washington’s 1790 letter to the Jews of Newport, R.I. — the one that famously promised that the United States government would give “to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.” “There were very few speeches that I made where people didn’t ask about that letter,” Chernow recalled. “I can vouch for the fact that there’s tremendous curiosity out there.” He’s curious, too. Even though Chernow spent six years reading through Washington’s papers to research his book, and...
  • Whoa! Democrats Pass Strict Voter ID Law in Rhode Island

    07/06/2011 6:17:33 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 18 replies
    FOXNews.com ^ | 7/6/11 | Katherine Gregg
    PROVIDENCE - The fight over Rhode Island's new voter identification law continued for three days after Governor Chafee quietly signed the legislation, with opponents saying they were led by the governor's office to believe they still had a fighting chance. A week earlier, Democratic North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed a voter-ID bill passed by her state's Republican-controlled legislature, saying it would "unnecessarily and unfairly disenfranchise many eligible and legitimate voters." But there was no such opposition from Chafee in Rhode Island, where Democrats overwhelmingly control the House and Senate. Democratic House Speaker Gordon D. Fox was one of the...
  • ‘Beginning of the end for small fishermen’

    07/05/2011 8:41:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | July 3, 2011 | Jessica Fargen
    Captains issue S.O.S., claiming new rules meant to save the fish are killing their way of life. With the height of the New England fishing season getting under way this week, small family fishermen say controversial new rules are destroying their livelihood — forcing them to sell their boats and instead search for work as laborers on larger vessels. “It’s a death knell. It’s the beginning of the end for small fishermen,” said Rhode Island fisherman Joel Hovanesian, 54, who recently sold his boat. Plymouth fisherman Stephen Welch, 50, a father of two, said: “We’re in a crisis right now.”...
  • States cracks down on unemployment insurance fraud

    07/03/2011 5:47:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Yahoo!News ^ | July 3, 2011 | Laura Crimaldi
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A nationwide crackdown is coming for people fraudulently drawing unemployment payments — those who were never eligible and workers who keep getting checks after they return to work — a $17 billion benefits swindle last year alone, say federal officials. With the poor economy lingering and the jobless rate remaining high, Rhode Island and other states are stepping up efforts to stop the fraud and improper payments. As much as 30 percent of the wrong payments in 2010 went to people who had returned to the workforce but continued to claim benefits, according to Dale Ziegler, deputy...
  • Joel Hovanesian: Government out to destroy local fishermen

    07/03/2011 3:45:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Providence Journal ^ | January 6, 2008 | Joel Hovanesian
    As a lifelong commercial fisherman from Rhode Island who is involved with the regulatory process, I have one simple question to ask: Just what are we trying to accomplish with fish quotas? Federally, the science that drives the stock assessments and sets the quotas is so bad that industry has taken it upon itself to provide a better snapshot of many stocks of concern. Predictably, the picture is not nearly as dire as our federal scientists would lead us to believe. Recently, a side-by-side comparison was done, using the new multi-gazillion-dollar research vessel paid for with your tax dollars and...
  • 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 (LifeSiteNews.com) – “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
    CNN.com ^ | 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
    Lifenews.com ^ | http://www.lifenews.com/2011/05/04/senate-approves-former-planned-parenthood-director-as-judge/
    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
    bostonherald.com ^ | 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
    bostonherald.com ^ | 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...