defense spending http://ripr.org en The Real McKay in the U.S. Senate Contest http://ripr.org/post/real-mckay-us-senate-contest <p>It isn’t a surprise that Rhode Island’s Republican Party is having a difficult time finding a credible candidate to take on Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Jack Reed.</p><p>Reed first won election to the U.S. House in 1990 and moved up to the Senate after the retirement of Sen. Claibone Pell. Reed has never lost an election and in recent campaigns has had easier and easier opponents.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:48:11 +0000 Scott MacKay 30714 at http://ripr.org How R.I. and Virginia flipped on the defense sequester http://ripr.org/post/how-ri-and-virginia-flipped-defense-sequester <p>The federal spending sequester has been little more than an inconvenience for most Americans, especially in states that do not have a plethora of defense spending. &nbsp;As it turns out, the fortunes of Virginia and Rhode Island have been flipped due to changes in the economics of military-industrial complex spending.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:45:02 +0000 Scott MacKay 18197 at http://ripr.org