Boston Bruins en Hey RI, lighten up its summah aftah all <p>Once again, Rhode Island has embarked on an advertising campaign to raise our state’s flagging self-esteem. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its time for us to stop running down our tiny corner of New England.</p><p>Back in 1996, when Jack Reed was waging his first U.S. Senate campaign, Texas Gov. Ann Richards came to Newport to speak at a Reed fund-raiser. The tall and tart-tongued Texan introduced the vertically-challenged Rhode Island Democrat by saying to prolonged laughter that Reed is proof ``that size doesn’t matter.’’</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 16:37:41 +0000 Scott MacKay 19440 at Cicilline Bets on the Bruins; Attempt to Fight Partisanship in Congress <p>As the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks square off Wednesday for the Stanley Cup finals. Congressman David Cicilline and a GOP counterpart from Illinois are trying to foster bi-partisanship through a friendly bet on the series.</p><p>Cicilline is making the wager with Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger. The loser of the wager will have to provide a lunch of local specialties – from either New England or Chicago – for the winner’s legislative staff.</p><p></p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 11:23:08 +0000 Ian Donnis 16761 at Cicilline + GOP Counterpart Wager on the Stanley Cup, to Tout Bi-Partisanship <p>Congressman <a href="">David Cicilline </a>is touting a casual Stanley Cup bet with a Republican counterpart from Illinois, <a href="">Adam Kinzinger</a>, as a way of bolstering bi-partisanship in Congress.</p><p>Kinzinger and Cicilline are members of <a href="">No Labels</a>, a group seeking to overcome partisan gridlock in DC.</p><p>Via news release:</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 18:26:44 +0000 Ian Donnis 16721 at