Sheldon Whitehouse en Sen. Whitehouse Embarks On A Climate Change Road Trip <p>Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is embarking on a road trip along the southeast coast of the United States to talk about climate change.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last month, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse went to Iowa to urge </span>Iowans<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> 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. </span></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:15:00 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 31916 at Sen. Whitehouse Embarks On A Climate Change Road Trip Senator Whitehouse "Moved" by Trip to Ukraine <p><br />Senator Sheldon Whitehouse returned Sunday from Ukraine, which he visited as part of a bipartisan Senate delegation.</p><p>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.</p><p>Whitehouse says he was “moved and inspired” by his visit. He praised what he called Ukraine’s&nbsp; “commitment to freedom,” and condemned Russia’s aggression as “outside the conduct of a civilized nation.”</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:49:47 +0000 Ben Becker 30567 at Senator Whitehouse "Moved" by Trip to Ukraine TGIF: 18 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media <p>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 <a href="">on the twitters</a>. Let's head in.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:08:57 +0000 Ian Donnis 30101 at U.S. Senate Passes Bill Delaying Jump in Flood Insurance Rates <p></p><p>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.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 02:22:34 +0000 Catherine Welch 28431 at U.S. Senate Passes Bill Delaying Jump in Flood Insurance Rates Rhode Islanders Head To Washington For The President's State Of The 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 State Leaders And Lawmakers Meet To Discuss Jumpstarting The 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 State Leaders And Lawmakers Meet To Discuss Jumpstarting The Local Economy Rep. Cicilline Promoted to Judiciary Committee <p>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.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:18:48 +0000 Scott MacKay 27789 at Sen. Reed Urges Congress To Pass Unemployment Benefits <p>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.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 17:24:09 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 27321 at Sen. Reed Urges Congress To Pass Unemployment Benefits What the pols can do to help RI small business <p>The hours are dwindling to Christmas and the annual shopping frenzy is on. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says we should shop local to support the Rhode Island economy and details what Congress can do to help.</p><p>The twinkle of &nbsp;seasonal&nbsp; lights on new fallen snow are everywhere,&nbsp; Christmas shopping is in full blush and youngsters are readying for the annual reading of Clement Clarke Moore’s classic `Twas the Night Before Christmas.’</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:49:03 +0000 Scott MacKay 26529 at The Wildlife That Soars Above Downtown Providence <p></p><p>A photographer living in downtown Providence has caught amazing photos of hawks, owls and falcons flying above the capital city. He discovered the wild birds by following the pigeons.</p><p>It all started when Peter Green moved into an apartment facing the Superman building. He loved to watch the pigeons fly outside his window, and one day he spotted a falcon munching the pigeons that had captured his attention.</p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 09:40:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 25458 at The Wildlife That Soars Above Downtown Providence