Sheldon Whitehouse en Whitehouse Leading Efforts To Keep Federal Highway Trust Afloat <p>Lawmakers are running out of time to shore up money for the Federal Highway Trust Fund. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is helping spearhead efforts.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:48:52 +0000 John Bender 36385 at Whitehouse Leading Efforts To Keep Federal Highway Trust Afloat Local Reactions To The Hobby Lobby Decision <p>Reactions are still coming in to today's U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby (that decision, that the company is not required to cover contraceptives as part of employees' health insurance, can be read <a href="">here</a>.). Here are a few so far. Keep in mind, more decisions related to this one are expected.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:01:52 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 36015 at Fung moves closer to capturing Republican governor endorsement <p>Cranston Mayor Allan Fung moved a step closer to capturing the Republican Party’s endorsement for governor, winning support from the RI GOP Nominating Committee at a meeting Thursday evening at party headquarters in Warwick.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:46:47 +0000 Scott MacKay 35521 at Incumbent Mayor Fung, outsider Block play to Republican conservative base <p>Providence – It was Mr. Inside, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, against Mr. Outside, Barrington businessman Ken Block, &nbsp;as the two Republican candidates for governor clashed in the first televised debate of a campaign in which neither candidate has been shy about criticizing each other&nbsp; in the early going.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 01:42:45 +0000 Scott MacKay 35358 at Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Governor Campaign, Democrats as Republicans, Republicans as Democrats <p>Rhode Island’s modern political history is filled with bitter Democratic primaries for governor. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay&nbsp; says this campaign season it is the Republicans who are bashing each other.</p><p></p><p>Rhode Island voters have not elected a Democratic governor since 1992, when Bruce Sundlun decisively beat Republican Betty Leonard. There are many factors contributing to this Democratic Statehouse futility.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:18:49 +0000 Scott MacKay 35086 at Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Governor Campaign, Democrats as Republicans, Republicans as Democrats Sheldon Whitehouse To Speak On Juvenile Justice System <p>Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse will hold a Senate Judiciary Committee field hearing in Rhode Island Monday. It’s part of his work on drafting legislation to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.</p><p></p><p>“It’s at this point a listening and learning exercise to hear from the people who work in the field of juvenile justice and determine what changes would be advisable in the law,” said Whitehouse. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:11:55 +0000 Catherine Welch 34864 at Sheldon Whitehouse To Speak On Juvenile Justice System R.I. House finally Ratifies 17th U.S. Constitutional Amendment: direct election of U.S. senators <p>At the behest of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Cale Keable, D-Burrillville, the Rhode Island House has finally voted to ratify the 17<sup>th</sup> Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, &nbsp;which reqired direct election of U.S. Senators.</p><p>Before the amendment took effect in 1913, senators were elected by state legislators. That system was widely criticized for breeding corruption as senate aspirants bribed lawmakers to secure the votes needed to win senate seats.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 21:18:02 +0000 Scott MacKay 34753 at Reed & Whitehouse Hosting RI Fundraiser for Michigan Senate Candidate Gary Peters Next Week <p>A bevy of prominent Rhode Island Democrats are hosting a June 12 fundraiser for Michigan Congressman <a href="">Gary Peters</a>, who is trying to vault into the US Senate seat being vacated by Carl Levin.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 17:58:08 +0000 Ian Donnis 34538 at The inconvenient master lever truth <p>Providence is Rhode Island’s most diverse municipality. The capital city is home to just about every segment of &nbsp;Rhode Island’s rich ethnic, racial and socio-economic &nbsp;mix.</p><p>Thus Providence is a reliable prism through which to view the never-ending debate over the master lever. What the data show is that the some of the proponents of abolishing it have, as &nbsp;Ricky Riccardo used to say to Lucy on the old Lucille Balll Show, ``some 'splanin to do.’’</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 19:42:54 +0000 Scott MacKay 33879 at The inconvenient master lever truth Jack Reed formally announces his re-election bid <p></p><p>U.S. Sen. Jack Reed D-R.I., made official this morning what everyone in Rhode Island’s political circuit &nbsp;assumed: That he is a candidate for reelection to a fourth six-year term in the Senate.</p><p>Reed’s announcement came before a crowd of 1,000 of his supporters at the senator’s 25<sup>th</sup> annual May Breakfast at Rhodes-on-the- Pawtuxet in his home city of Cranston.</p> Sun, 04 May 2014 18:07:00 +0000 Scott MacKay 33057 at