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Thursday, October 03, 2013
Block Calls out State’s GOP Leadership
Earlier this week, The Scoop reported that certain members of the state’s GOP had mixed feelings regarding Block—the founder of the state’s Moderate Party—switching party affiliations to run as a Republican in 2014.
In response, Block told GoLocal the following: “I am certainly considering public opinion in my decision making process. The opinion of the GOP leadership, who have confused the Rhode Island Republican party’s message and brought the party to such a low state in terms of effectiveness in Rhode Island politics, is not important to me.”
GoLocal reached out to RI GOP Communications Director Michael Napolitano to get the GOP’s take, but he had no comment.
Block, a Barrington businessman, founded the Moderate Party of Rhode Island in 2009, and ran as the Moderate Party’s gubernatorial candidate in 2010.
Block, who declared his candidacy in May, is currently the only official candidate in the state’s gubernatorial race. Other expected candidates include Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, who launched an exploratory committee for Governor in September, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras.
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Costa on Gun Raffle
Costa responds to Governor Chafee's remarks on gun raffle.
Rep. Doreen Costa (R-District 31 – North Kingstown, Exeter) said she is offended by Governor Lincoln Chafee’s assumption she is behind the state GOP’s raffle.
Chafee spokeswoman Christine Hunsinger said yesterday that the governor wanted Costa, who is also the finance director for the state GOP, to explain why these kinds of weapons were being raffled.
“The Governor wants to hear from me so I’m responding. I want to know why the Governor is focusing on a raffle when he should be focusing on putting people back to work, investigating 38 Studios, lowering taxes, building business-friendly legislation with the General Assembly and coming up with a game plan with the Republicans to help our state’s low income residents who will be losing their benefits through WIC due to the Democratic U.S. Senate’s refusal to negotiate.”
“We have so many more pressing issues. Finger-pointing and calling me out to explain something I have nothing to do with is not productive to getting our state back on track economically,” she said.
The state GOP's raffle will take place on Sunday, October 6. Visit the RI GOP on Facebook for more information.
Stenhouse Talks Shutdown
RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity CEO Mike Stenhouse comments on the government shutdown.
Mike Stenhouse, CEO of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity blames the federal government shutdown on political posturing.
“Our Center does not engage in partisan issues, and we see the shutdown as nothing more than that - Republicans, Democrats, and the President jockeying for political positioning. And, as usual, at the expense of the American taxpayer,” Stenhouse told GoLocal.
The RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, concerned with providing concerned citizens, the media, and public officials with empirical research data, while also advancing free-market solutions to public policy issues in the state.
Speaker Fox Awarded
Speaker Fox honored by Diversity & Inclusion Professionals.
House Speaker Gordon D. Fox (D-Dist. 4, Providence) was honored Wednesday with the Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion Award from Diversity & Inclusion Professionals.
The award recognizes the Speaker for his long efforts to enact marriage equality in Rhode Island, which resulted in a new law this year recognizing same-sex marriage in the state.
In accepting the award, Speaker Fox credited the many legislators, advocates and everyday Rhode Islanders who worked for decades to change public sentiment and make Rhode Island a more inclusive and accepting place.
“The lesson here is that although progress may be slow and often frustrating, people are, thankfully, growing to understand that our differences need not divide us. The world we live in today, for all its faults and all the progress that still needs to be made, is so much more accepting of diversity than it was 50, 20 or even 10 years ago,” said Fox. “I have a lot of hope about our future, because, say what you will about young people today, they are so much more understanding and appreciative of diversity than any generation before them. That’s progress. Starting this year, there will be new generations of Rhode Islanders who will grow up having never known a time when some people didn’t have all the same rights as others, and who hopefully will grow up wondering how on earth that could ever have been the law in their state.”
Founded in 2009 as the outgrowth of an informal network of diversity practitioners, Diversity & Inclusion Professionals (DAIP) is a networking and professional development organization that promotes equity and inclusion as important elements of business and community success.
Reed's Shutdown Speech
Reed delivers Senate speech on the federal government shutdown.
This afternoon, U.S. Senator Jack Reed took to the Senate floor to deliver a speech in opposition of the government shutdown.
In his speech, Reed primarily argued that it’s unfair to the American people who aren’t getting the services they expect or deserve, as a result of the shutdown.
As for Rhode Island, Reed said that it’s unjust to the thousands of employees who have been forced off the job as a result of the shutdown.
Reed also spoke to the fact that the shutdown may have detrimental impact on the state’s women and children.
“We saw today in Rhode Island that about 20,000 women and children are potentially going top lose their WIC (Women, Infants and Children) nutritional benefits—their support. Ignoring them and helping others is not going to benefit this country. In fact, I think it will contribute to a decline,” said Reed.
In terms of reaching a solution, Reed wants to reach a budget agreement that gets rid of the sequester—as is proposed in the Senate-passed budget resolution. However, he doesn’t think shutting down the government is a responsible solution.
Chafee Touts Bond Upgrade
Gov. Chafee Announces Standard and Poor’s Upgrade of East Providence Bond Rating.
Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and Rhode Island Department of Revenue (DOR) Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly have announced, following a number of significant improvements in the financial health and stability of East Providence, that Standard and Poor's Ratings Services has raised its unenhanced rating (SPUR) on the city's general obligation (GO) debt from BB+ to A.
"Congratulations to the City of East Providence. All of the hard work and difficult decisions by the Budget Commission and City officials have been recognized by the national rating agency with this extraordinary upgrade," Chafee said. "This is another example of the good work that has been done with the help and support of the State under the Fiscal Stability Act. Rhode Island has an important role to make sure that all of our communities are financially strong and vibrant."
In making the upgrade, Standard and Poor's noted the key role of the East Providence Budget Commission for adopting stronger fiscal management practices and obtaining balanced operating results. The Budget Commission was dissolved last month based on the State's determination that the fiscal health of the City had improved to a level that oversight of a Commission was no longer needed.
Maciel Backs Fisher
Candidate Maciel backs Fisher in Woonsocket mayoral race.
Jonathan Maciel, Independent Candidate for US House of Representatives, RI-1 is supporting candidate David Fisher in the Woonsocket mayoral race.
Maciel, who will be attending Friday night's mayoral debate at the Woonsocket City Hall, told GoLocal the following about Fisher:
"He's been running a very honest campaign and is about making his home city a better place. Last year, he was the campaign manager for Abel Collins - the independent candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, RI-D2. David Fisher isn't about furthering a political career, self-interests, or special interests. He's an open book with great ideas for the city."
Maciel, a resident of Cumberland, is currently in the process of moving to Woonsocket.
RI Student to be on MSNBC
Providence student to be featured on MSNBC this weekend.
GoLocal has learned that Cauldierre McKay, a Providence Student Union representative, has been invited to join NBC’s Second Annual Student Town Hall, which will be broadcast on Sunday on MSNBC.
Part of NBC’s 2013 “Education Nation” Summit, the town hall will be featured on a special edition of Melissa Harris-Perry, and will be moderated by Harris-Perry. The episode will air at 10 a.m. on MSNBC.
Education Nation is NBC News' year-round initiative to engage the country in a solutions-focused conversation about the state of education in America.
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