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The Scoop: Giroux to Run for Gov, RI Tea Party Talks Obamacare

Friday, October 04, 2013


Welcome to The Scoop, the 4 p.m. report on everything politics in Rhode Island – the inside daily report exclusively on GoLocalProv.com.

Giroux Announces His Gubernatorial Candidacy

GoLocal has learned that Todd Giroux, who ran as an Independent candidate for Governor in 2010, will run as a Democrat in 2014. Giroux also ran as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sheldon Whitehouse in 2012.

Giroux, who officially became the first Democrat candidate to file this afternoon, told GoLocal that the current field of gubernatorial candidates’ lack of concern for the folks on Main Street is a primary reason for announcing his candidacy.

“They’re all talk,” Giroux told GoLocal. “The current gubernatorial candidates are all about ‘business as usual’ and aren’t concerned about the worries of the average Rhode Islander.”

“Rhode Island is primed for the people of Main Street to create a new era—their very own day—and I’m the only candidate to recognize this,” added Giroux.

Major Concerns

According to Giroux, he is driven by the fact that politicians do not address the issues surrounding the average Rhode Islander—including fears about employment, food, foreclosure, and home heating.


“I’ve always been concerned about these issues,” Giroux told GoLocal. “Despite the circumstance of the average resident, no one has proposed a plan to help them.  No candidate running for Governor has even offered a job plan to get Rhode Islanders back to work.”

"The state needs a new financial model, which includes incorporating market-based incentives that will help drive the economy," Giroux told GoLocal, stressing the importance of promoting manufacturing projects to get people back to work.

Additionally, Giroux said Rhode Island needs to create a more business-friendly environment to attract new businesses.

Giroux also argued that he’s tired of political leaders continuously “studying” employment and economic problems. “There is no study needed; the facts are in the past,” he told GoLocal.


Aside from employment, the issue of foreclosures also weighed heavily upon Giroux’s decision to run. “There are hardworking people out there that need to re-finance that aren’t getting the help they need," he told GoLocal. Specifically, Giroux would create low interest reserve pools, which would provide homeowners the means to begin re-financing.

According to Giroux, politicians are not adequately addressing the concerns of Rhode Island’s struggling homeowners, nor are they providing a voice for them. With this in mind, Giroux told GoLocal that he would "fill this gap and speak up on behalf of those who don’t currently have a political voice."

“We need leadership to implement policies that will better lives of people of Main Street,” added Giroux.


Giroux runs his own contracting business in Bristol where he lives. Giroux graduated from La Salle Academy in Providence and later from the University of Rhode Island with a psychology degree.

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RI Tea Party on Obamacare

RI Tea Party President Susan Wynne warns about dangers of Obamacare.

In light of the Affordable Care Act open enrollment beginning this week, Rhode Island Tea Party President Susan Wynne has come out strong against what she believes is a program that will have a negative impact both nationally and locally.

“It is our belief that Obamacare is essentially a government takeover of the healthcare industry,” Wynne told GoLocal. “Its profoundly negative implications for every person are huge, encompassing not only healthcare, but also privacy concerns, lifestyle choices, and business decisions. Already we have seen hundreds of organizations, local government entities, and business forced to downsize dramatically with layoffs and reduced employee hours-as a result of the law’s added regulations and costs. Almost daily, we hear of yet another union, or politically-connected non-profit being granted a waiver from its requirements. Except for a courageous few, most members of congress, not to mention the president himself, enthusiastically welcome exemption from its demands.”

As for how to improve the Affordable Care Act, Wynne suggests that significant changes need to be made.

“The ACA should either be substantially amended to include the free-market and smart regulatory aspects proposed by fiscally responsible voices throughout the bill’s existence till now, or far better, repealed, so new legislation can be drafted that actually works for US,” Wynne told GoLocal.

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Ruggeiro - Gun Task Force

Rep. Deborah Ruggiero Talks Firearms Safety Task Force.

The Joint Behavioral Health and Firearms Safety Task Force held its first meeting on Thursday to discuss its goals and objectives and perform organizational tasks.

Since this was an organizational meeting, Rep. Deborah Ruggiero, co-chair of task force told GoLocal what the panel plans on accomplishing in its subsequent gatherings.  

“We will gather information from other states as to their best practices regarding behavioral health problems and gun ownership," Ruggiero (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown) told GoLocal. "The most important mission of our task force is to learn why Rhode Island is one of the few states that is not compliant with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and to make recommendations to the General Assembly addressing that goal.

“This task force is going to focus on the person, not the weapon," added Ruggiero. "I fully understand that there is a delicate balance between gun ownership, public safety and mental health.  I respect that gun ownership is protected by the Second Amendment, but it also comes with great responsibility.

The panel plans on meeting seven more times in the coming months, with the next meeting scheduled for October 17.

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Rep. Hull Talks Shutdown

Rep. Raymond Hull issues op-ed on government shutdown.

Rep. Raymond Hull (D-Dist. 6, Providence, North Providence) released an op-ed earlier today entitled "Shutting Down the Government," which centered on the fact that the notion of “government of, by and for the people” no longer exists on our present political climate.

Here's part of what Hull wrote:

"Sadly, during these stressful times of government shutdown, Americans, in vast numbers, say they feel government no longer exists for the purpose of the defense and welfare of those who have installed it but rather that many in government are interested only in the defense and welfare of the fortunes they have accumulated during their years of “public service.”

Despite the bleak current state of affairs, Hull remains hopeful.

"If all our public servants could see beyond their own agendas, if all could place their hands on deck and grab an oar and row together, this great nation might be returned to the original course of her principles of justice and opportunity for all. If such a transformation could take place, we might once again secure for all the great promise that has always been America."

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GA Gets Big Honor

Sen. Gayle Goldin and Rep. Elaine Coderre to be honored for adoption legislation.

Sen. Gayle Goldin and Rep. Elaine Coderre will be nationally recognized next month as “Angels in Adoption” for their sponsorship of a new state law that will help caregivers – including parents of newly adopted children – to take time out of work to care for loved ones.

Earlier this year, Goldin and Coderre sponsored legislation (2013-S 231B, 2013-H 5889Aaa) that expanded Rhode Island’s Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) program to cover up to four weeks of wage replacement for workers who take time off to care for a seriously ill child, spouse, domestic partner, parent, parent-in-law or grandparent or to bond with a new child, whether through birth, adoption or foster care.

“Adoption involves huge adjustments for the child, parents and siblings. Just like when a child is born, when a child is adopted, parents need to take some time out of work to get to know their new child, adjust to their new lifestyle, and learn how to meet their child’s needs. Having TDI available to prevent lost wages makes the transition much easier for adoptive families, and will help those families create strong, lifelong bonds,” said Goldin (D-Dist. 3, Providence).

Said Coderre (D-Dist. 60, Pawtucket), “Ensuring the success of adoptive families is not only good for those families. It’s an investment that helps children move out of state care and become part of families who will give them the love they deserve and guide their growth into responsible adults. Helping them succeed strengthens society, too.”

Coderre was elected in 1984 and is the longest-serving member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives. She has served as a member of the Commission on Aid to Families with Dependent Children Standards and the Commission on the Department of Children, Youth and Families.

Goldin is serving her first term in the General Assembly and is a member of the Health and Human Services Committee. She served on the Adoption Rhode Island board for nearly 10 years, where she helped advocate for changes to state child welfare policy.

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Climate Change

CRMC head to give climate change presentation to House Environment Committee.

The House Environment and Natural Resources Committee will meet next week for a presentation by Coastal Resources Management Council Executive Director Grover Fugate on the impact of climate change and sea level rise on Rhode Island.

Director Fugate will present compelling information about the impact of extreme weather events Rhode Island has already experienced, such as Hurricane Sandy, verses previous predictions that may be significantly too conservative, and how the state should be planning for them.

The meeting is scheduled Thursday, Oct. 10, at 4 p.m. and will be streamed live at www.rilin.state.ri.us/CapTV.

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Maciel - Health Insurance

Candidate Maciel previews American Health Insurance Act discussion.

Jonathan Maciel, Independent Candidate for US House of Representatives, is set to appear tomorrow on WBOB 990 AM's Gx Radio-Active to discuss the American Health Insurance Act. Here's a preview of Saturday's discussion:

"We'll be discussing the American Health Security Act that was introduced to the Senate," Maciel told GoLocal. "It would have states provide and run, to their discretion, a single-payer option for health insurance for their residents without forcing residents off of private insurance. It would be much more affordable without subsidies going to private insurance companies."

"It's the type of hybrid single-payer that I've been encouraging for quite some time now and it leaves the power and decisions about the single-payer plan to the states so it's less federal government intrusion in that regards," added Maciel. "States already have the power to do this on their own without the bill. In fact, Vermont will have such a plan by 2017."


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Rep. Ruggiero may want to consider another publicity photo. The current one makes her look like she just got goosed. And liked it!

Comment #1 by Walter Miller on 2013 10 04

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