calamari http://ripr.org en Calamari Becomes The Ocean State's Official Appetizer http://ripr.org/post/calamari-becomes-ocean-states-official-appetizer <p>Calamari is now Rhode Island’s official state appetizer. At the signing ceremony, Governor Lincoln Chaffee said this bill is an important way to support Rhode Island’s fishing industry, despite the pushback he got for it.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Chafee said fishermen frequently told him, “We want our calamari bill!”</span></p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:31:40 +0000 Molly Malinowski 35938 at http://ripr.org Calamari Becomes The Ocean State's Official Appetizer General Assembly Races Through A Flurry Of Legislation As Session Draws To Close http://ripr.org/post/general-assembly-races-through-flurry-legislation-session-draws-close <p>The House and Senate passed scores of bills Wednesday as the General Assembly raced to finish its session. The measures moving forward include the repeal of the master lever.</p><p></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:00:54 +0000 Ian Donnis 35438 at http://ripr.org General Assembly Races Through A Flurry Of Legislation As Session Draws To Close RI Lawmakers Again Consider Calamari As Official State Appetizer http://ripr.org/post/ri-lawmakers-again-consider-calamari-official-state-appetizer <p>A House committee is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bill that would make calamari the official state appetizer. If this sounds familiar it’s because last year similar legislation grabbed headlines then died in the General Assembly.</p><p>The whole thing started when Rep. Joseph McNamara spotted “Rhode Island calamari” on the menu at a fancy restaurant in New Hampshire.&nbsp; To his thinking, if calamari became the official appetizer then that just might put the state’s name on menus across the country.</p><p></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 06:27:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 34935 at http://ripr.org RI Lawmakers Again Consider Calamari As Official State Appetizer Move Over Stuffie, Here Comes "Rhode Island Calamari" http://ripr.org/post/move-over-stuffie-here-comes-rhode-island-calamari <p>If Rep. Joseph McNamara gets his way, calamari will become the official state appetizer. The stuffie shouldn’t take this personally.</p><p>If McNamara’s bill becomes law, then Rhode Island calamari would be listed as the official state appetizer on the state’s website and in promotional material. And the way McNamara sees it that could land the phrase, “Rhode Island calamari” on restaurant menus across the country, giving the state’s biggest catch a little buzz marketing. As for the quahog and the stuffie, McNamara says it’s not personal.</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:37:15 +0000 Catherine Welch 11150 at http://ripr.org