The Scoop: Block Denied Access to March in Columbus Day Parade
Monday, October 14, 2013
Block Denied Access to March in Columbus Day Parade
GoLocal has learned that Moderate Party candidate for governor Ken Block was denied access to march in Sunday’s Columbus Day parade in Federal Hill.
“Yes, that’s the case,” Matthew Schweich, Policy Director for Block, told GoLocal. Schweich declined to comment any further.
Interestingly, sources tell GoLocal that candidate for General Treasurer Ernie Almonte, who is not currently an elected official, was allowed to march in the parade.
Being an elected official hasn’t always granted politicians easy entrance to march in Rhode Island's various parades. In his autobiography Pasta and Politics, former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci chronicled his long-standing struggle with Bristol Fourth of July Parade organizers, who were less than welcoming to Cianci during his 1980 gubernatorial run.
Additionally, in 2008, former Providence Mayor David Cicilline was a vocal opponent against Cianci marching in the very same parade saying, “It is enormously embarrassing and defies logic and ethics in every conceivable way.”
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Representatives Cicilline and Langevin sign petition to open the government.
U.S. Representatives David Cicilline and Jim Langevin were among 100 Democrats who gathered in the House chamber on Saturday to sign a petition to force a vote on a clean continuing resolution to end the government shutdown.
Despite the overwhelming support amongst Democrats, no Republicans have committed to signing it. In order to pass, the petition would need the signatures of all 200 Democrats and 18 Republicans.
The federal government shutdown is now in its 14th day.
U.S. Rep. Cicilline and HealthSource RI team up to announce workshop series for First District Constituents.
This past weekend, U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) joined HealthSource RI Director Christine Ferguson to announce a series of informational workshops that will provide information regarding the new Health Care Exchange for Rhode Island small business owners, young adults, and the uninsured.
“We've seen tremendous interest from Rhode Islanders during our first days of open enrollment,” said Ferguson. “We look forward to working with Congressman Cicilline in getting the word out to all Rhode Islanders about how HealthSource RI can help them access affordable health insurance for their families or their employees.”
Cicilline and Ferguson announced that their offices will host a series of three workshops through the end of the year to provide information for residents of Rhode Island’s First Congressional District. HealthSource RI staff and members of Cicilline’s Congressional office will be on hand to answer questions and provide information regarding services available for small business owners on October 26th at the East Providence Public Library on Grove Avenue. Additional workshops will be held for young people (November 2nd) and uninsured families (November 9th).
“The Affordable Care Act is making it possible for families across Rhode Island to enjoy expanded access to quality, affordable health care,” said Cicilline. “I am delighted to be teaming up with HealthSource RI to hold a series of informational workshops so that all eligible Rhode Islanders can take advantage of these new opportunities.”
As a result of the Affordable Care act, 146,000 residents of Rhode Island’s First Congressional District now have health insurance that covers preventive services without co-pays, coinsurance, or deductible; 27,000 children with pre-existing conditions are no longer denied health care coverage; 4,600 young adults can stay on their parents’ health care plans; and 7,300 seniors have received $8.8 million in prescription drug discounts, according to a report recently prepared by Democrats on the House Committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Education and the Workforce.
Sen. Pichardo hosts education summit focusing on graduation rate disparities among minorities in higher education.
Senator Juan M. Pichardo (D-Dist. 2, Providence) will be hosting the second annual Rhode Island Education Summit, “Supporting the Equitable Delivery of a 21st Century Education: Improving College Enrollment, Completion and Success for Latino, Black and Asian Students,” in the Senate Lounge of the State House on Thursday, Oct. 17.
The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include five workshop sessions:
• One Year Later
• Higher Education Today – Increasing Diversity
• Rhode Island Models of Success
• National Models of Success
• Next Steps: Expanding Success and Wrap-Up
Several of Rhode Island’s leaders in education are slated to speak about the obstacles minority students face in obtaining degrees after high school and how the state can move toward overcoming those challenges. Included in that list of speakers are the presidents of all three of the state’s public institutions for higher education, Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE) Deputy Commissioner David Abbott, Board of Education Chairwoman Eva-Marie Mancuso and R.I. Office of Higher Education acting Executive Director Clark Greene.
Speakers from the Upward Bound Program, The College Crusade of Rhode Island and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) will also be present to discuss local and national models of success.
Commission to discuss East Bay Bridge Wednesday.
Rhode Island lawmakers will continue their review of potential alternatives to a new toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge.
The bridge commission, which was created after East Bay residents protested plans for a toll, will meet on Wednesday.
This week’s meeting will include a presentation by fiscal staff on transferring bridges to the Turnpike and Bridge Authority and creating the East Bay Infrastructure Fund, and a presentation by the Turnpike and Bridge Authority.
In July, lawmakers capped the East Bay bridge toll at 10 cents until next spring—giving the commission adequate time to research alternatives.
Representative Helio Melo and Senator Daniel DaPonte chair the bridge commission.
Pictured: Rep. Helio Melo
Gun Task Force
Joint Behavioral Health and Firearms Safety Task Force to meet Thursday.
The Joint Behavioral Health and Firearms Safety Task Force will meet Thursday to review and make recommendations for ways in which Rhode Island can better balance firearms safety and behavioral health.
This week’s agenda will include testimony on the National Instant Criminal Background Check System—which is a point-of-sale system for determining eligibility to purchase a firearm in the United States of America.
The panel will also hear testimony from Assistant Attorney General Joee Lindbeck, who heads the office's Legislation and Policy Unit, and members of the Rhode Island State Police. Public testimony will also be heard.
The 20-member task force, which is co-chaired by Rep. Deborah Ruggiero and Sen. Catherine Cool Rumsey, also includes mental health professionals, law enforcement officers and gun rights advocates.
Pictured: Sen. Catherine Cool Rumsey
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