david cicilline http://ripr.org en Rhode Islanders Head To Washington For The President's State Of The Union Address http://ripr.org/post/rhode-islanders-head-washington-presidents-state-union-address <p>Four Rhode Islanders are joining the congressional delegation for tonight’s State of the Union Address.</p><p></p><p>Rhode Island’s senior Sen. Jack Reed’s guest will be Anne Nolan, president of the non-profit homeless agency Crossroads RI. Sen.</p><p>Sheldon Whitehouse is bringing businessman Scott DePasquale, the CEO of Utilidata, a company that moved to Rhode Island from Washington state two years ago.</p><p>Over in the House, Congressman Jim Langevin’s guest is Davide Dukcevich of Daniele Foods, a Burrillville company specializing in gourmet Italian meats.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:28:05 +0000 Catherine Welch 28269 at http://ripr.org State Leaders And Lawmakers Meet To Discuss Jumpstarting The Local Economy http://ripr.org/post/state-leaders-and-lawmakers-meet-discuss-jumpstarting-local-economy <p>Political and business leaders are meeting in a couple events Tuesday looking at how to rev up the state’s economy.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>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.</p><p>Both Senator Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse will attend the roundtable, along with Congressman David Cicilline.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:45:50 +0000 Catherine Welch 27938 at http://ripr.org State Leaders And Lawmakers Meet To Discuss Jumpstarting The Local Economy Scott MacKay Commentary: 2014 Providence Mayoral Campaign Up For Grabs http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-2014-providence-mayoral-campaign-grabs <p>The 2014 campaign for Providence mayor has become a most difficult campaign to handicap. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why.</p><p></p><p></p><p>With Mayor Angel Taveras running for governor, the parade is forming to take over City Hall in New England’s second largest city..</p><p>So far, five serious candidates are preparing campaigns: Four Democrats and Republican aspirant Dr. Daniel Harrop, a psychiatrist.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 15:37:54 +0000 Scott MacKay 25436 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: 2014 Providence Mayoral Campaign Up For Grabs Why did Taveras flunk his swim lesson? http://ripr.org/post/why-did-taveras-flunk-his-swim-lesson <p>Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is scheduled on Monday to become the first Democrat to formally announce his candidacy for his party’s 2014 gubernatorial nomination. The 43-year-old Harvard-educated lawyer’s State House ambitions have been one of Rhode Island’s worst-kept secrets.</p><p></p><p>Taveras, who would be the state’s first governor of Latino ancestry, will make his announcement at 10 a.m. at Meeting Street School. He will speak to a relatively small gathering of family, friends, elected officials who support him and reporters, then take questions from members of the media.</p> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 22:01:50 +0000 Scott MacKay 23856 at http://ripr.org Why did Taveras flunk his swim lesson? Shutdown over, Cicilline gets down to what Congress does best http://ripr.org/post/shutdown-over-cicilline-gets-down-what-congress-does-best <p>There is one element of the U.S. Congress that &nbsp;government shutdowns, fiscal Thelma and Louise threats, and the endless disputes over Obamacare never seem to touch: the relentless search for campaign money by senators and representatives.</p><p>The latest Rhode Island example is 1<sup>st</sup> District Democratic Congressman David Cicilline. The ink was barely dry on the eleventh-hour deal that delayed the shutdown craziness for 90 days or so when Cicilline was on the Internet, begging for campaign money.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 18:51:49 +0000 Scott MacKay 23371 at http://ripr.org RI's Congressional Delegation Slams Shutdown http://ripr.org/post/ris-congressional-delegation-slams-shutdown <p>Rhode Island&rsquo;s congressional delegation is roundly criticizing House Republicans&nbsp; over the budget impasse. Over the weekend Republican lawmakers agreed to continue funding the government beyond midnight Monday provided there&rsquo;s a one year delay in the implementation of Obamacare; a proposal that&rsquo;s dead on arrival in the Senate and the White House.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Congressman David Cicilline calls the House Republican caucus strategy the &ldquo;height of irresponsibility&rdquo; and he has harsh words for House Speaker John Boehner.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:22:22 +0000 Flo Jonic 22447 at http://ripr.org Bonus Q+A: Smiley Says He Has the Experience to be Mayor of Providence http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-smiley-says-he-has-experience-be-mayor-providence <p>Providence Mayoral candidate Brett Smiley joins Bonus Q+A to talk about his campaign, his qualifications, his background, and other issues.</p><p></p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 21941 at http://ripr.org Smiley Blames Carcieri for Providence's 2011 Fiscal Crisis http://ripr.org/post/smiley-blames-carcieri-providences-2011-fiscal-crisis <p>Democrat <a href="http://www.smileyformayor.com/">Brett Smiley</a>, who hopes to win the endorsement of Congressman David Cicilline for his 2014 Providence mayoral campaign, says the fiscal problems inherited by Angel Taveras in early 2011 are mostly due to state cuts in local aid under former Republican governor Don Carcieri.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 20:10:43 +0000 Ian Donnis 21942 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island Remembers Susan Farmer http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-remembers-susan-farmer <p>Former Secretary of State and public television executive Susan Farmer has died after a long fight with cancer.</p><p></p><p>Farmer became the first woman elected to statewide office when she won an election for secretary of state in 1982. Former <em>Providence Journal</em> political columnist M. Charles Bakst said Farmer was the leader in a wave of GOP women winning political office.</p><p>“Republicans led the way in this state. Five of the first six women who were elected to office were Republicans,” said Bakst. “She was a liberal Republican. In her day, that was the thing to be.”</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 21:01:38 +0000 Scott MacKay & Ian Donnis & Josie Guarino 21763 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island Remembers Susan Farmer Congressional Q+A Langevin on Syria, Data Collection, and the Sequester http://ripr.org/post/congressional-qa-langevin-syria-data-collection-and-sequester <p>With Congress on its August recess, Rhode Island Pubic Radio invited the four members of the Rhode Island delegation in to our studio to talk about major issues facing the state and the nation. We conclude our series&nbsp; with Congressman Jim Langevin.</p><p></p><p></p><p>We’d like to note this interview was recorded before President Obama asked Congress to authorize a strike against Syria.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 14:55:19 +0000 Ian Donnis 21182 at http://ripr.org Congressional Q+A Langevin on Syria, Data Collection, and the Sequester