Sheldon Whitehouse

On Politics
3:42 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

The inconvenient master lever truth

Here is the voting data:

Providence is Rhode Island’s most diverse municipality. The capital city is home to just about every segment of  Rhode Island’s rich ethnic, racial and socio-economic  mix.

Thus Providence is a reliable prism through which to view the never-ending debate over the master lever. What the data show is that the some of the proponents of abolishing it have, as  Ricky Riccardo used to say to Lucy on the old Lucille Balll Show, ``some 'splanin to do.’’

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On Politics
2:07 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Jack Reed formally announces his re-election bid

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed D-R.I., made official this morning what everyone in Rhode Island’s political circuit  assumed: That he is a candidate for reelection to a fourth six-year term in the Senate.

Reed’s announcement came before a crowd of 1,000 of his supporters at the senator’s 25th annual May Breakfast at Rhodes-on-the- Pawtuxet in his home city of Cranston.

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Environment
1:15 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Sen. Whitehouse Embarks On A Climate Change Road Trip

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse spoke at the signing of Gov. Chafee's executive order to create a climate change council.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is embarking on a road trip along the southeast coast of the United States to talk about climate change.

Last month, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse went to Iowa to urge Iowans to make climate change a key issue there during the 2016 presidential election cycle. He’s concerned about the ways in which climate change is already affecting Rhode Island. He wants the nation to tackle the issue together.

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Politics
9:49 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Senator Whitehouse "Moved" by Trip to Ukraine

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (center) looks down at a memorial in Maidan Square, alongside Senator John McCain (far left) and Senator Dick Durbin (yellow tie)
Credit Office of Senator Dick Durbin

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse returned Sunday from Ukraine, which he visited as part of a bipartisan Senate delegation.

The delegation, headed by Senators John McCain and Dick Durbin, met with officials from the Ukrainian government in Kiev. The group also traveled to Maidan square where they paid their respects to the fallen.

Whitehouse says he was “moved and inspired” by his visit. He praised what he called Ukraine’s  “commitment to freedom,” and condemned Russia’s aggression as “outside the conduct of a civilized nation.”

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On Politics
4:08 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

TGIF: 18 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your thoughts and feedback are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can can follow me all week long on the twitters. Let's head in.

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Politics
9:22 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

U.S. Senate Passes Bill Delaying Jump in Flood Insurance Rates

Sen. Jack Reeds holds a press conference after the Senate passed legislation that delays flood insurance rate hikes.
Credit Courtesy: Sen. Jack Reed's Office

Rhode Island’s senators are applauding a 67- 32 vote passing legislation that delays a spike in flood insurance premiums. Sen. Jack Reed said the Senate took a positive, bi-partisan step, while Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse called the measure a necessary step to balance solvency of the federal flood insurance program with rate shock.

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Politics
9:28 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Rhode Islanders Head To Washington For The President's State Of The Union Address

Four Rhode Islanders are joining the congressional delegation for tonight’s State of the Union Address.

Rhode Island’s senior Sen. Jack Reed’s guest will be Anne Nolan, president of the non-profit homeless agency Crossroads RI. Sen.

Sheldon Whitehouse is bringing businessman Scott DePasquale, the CEO of Utilidata, a company that moved to Rhode Island from Washington state two years ago.

Over in the House, Congressman Jim Langevin’s guest is Davide Dukcevich of Daniele Foods, a Burrillville company specializing in gourmet Italian meats.

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Economy
8:45 am
Tue January 21, 2014

State Leaders And Lawmakers Meet To Discuss Jumpstarting The Local Economy

Rhode Island is currently tied with Nevada for the highest unemployment in the country.
Credit RIPR FILE

Political and business leaders are meeting in a couple events Tuesday looking at how to rev up the state’s economy.

The first event is a roundtable centered on the national issues, such as patents, facing the state’s innovation industry, and how this industry can help boost Rhode Island’s struggling economy.

Both Senator Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse will attend the roundtable, along with Congressman David Cicilline.

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On Politics
5:18 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Rep. Cicilline Promoted to Judiciary Committee

U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I. , has been appointed to the prestigious House Judiciary Committee by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California. Cicilline, a lawyer and graduate of Georgetown Law School, is a former Providence mayor and RI state representative.

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Politics
12:24 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Sen. Reed Urges Congress To Pass Unemployment Benefits

Legislation sponsored by Jack Reed that would extend long-term unemployment benefits passed Tuesday (1/7) in the Senate.
Credit Flo Jonic

Senator Jack Reed says he’s pleased a bill he co-sponsored to extend unemployment benefits for 90 days has moved forward in the Senate on a procedural vote. And he’d like to see it continue to move forward without having to negotiate how to pay for it. But Reed says he’s open on that point.

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