Jack Reed http://ripr.org en Zaccaria Unveils Republican Challenge to Jack Reed http://ripr.org/post/zaccaria-unveils-republican-challenge-jack-reed <p></p><p>Republican <a href="http://zaccariaforsenate.com/">Mark Zaccaria</a>, a former state GOP chairman who ran unsuccessfully against US Representative Jim Langevin in 2008 and 2010, on Monday unveiled his challenge against US Senator <a href="http://www.jackreed2014.com/splash">Jack Reed</a>.</p><p>Although Republicans hope to gain control of the US Senate, Reed's seat is considered<a href="http://ripr.org/post/reed-poised-chair-senate-armed-services-committee-2015"> among the safest </a>in the chamber.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:26:57 +0000 Ian Donnis 36348 at http://ripr.org Zaccaria Unveils Republican Challenge to Jack Reed R.I. House finally Ratifies 17th U.S. Constitutional Amendment: direct election of U.S. senators http://ripr.org/post/ri-house-finally-ratifies-17th-us-constitutional-amendment-direct-election-us-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 http://ripr.org Reed & Whitehouse Hosting RI Fundraiser for Michigan Senate Candidate Gary Peters Next Week http://ripr.org/post/reed-whitehouse-hosting-ri-fundraiser-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="http://www.petersformichigan.com/landing/e140207/?subsource=splash">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 http://ripr.org Sen. Reed: Congress Needs To Help Fix VA’s Problems http://ripr.org/post/sen-reed-congress-needs-help-fix-va-s-problems <p>Sen. Jack Reed is calling on Congress to address the systemic challenges plaguing the VA healthcare system.</p><p>Reed made the statement just hours after Veterans Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned amid a growing cover up of long wait times for healthcare. Reed said the next secretary needs to start the job with a top to bottom review of what’s causing the backlog.</p><p></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 19:14:29 +0000 Catherine Welch 34431 at http://ripr.org Sen. Reed: Congress Needs To Help Fix VA’s Problems More Federal Funding Coming To RI To Clean Up Contaminated Sites http://ripr.org/post/more-federal-funding-coming-ri-clean-contaminated-sites <p>Rhode Island has received more than $2.7 million to clean up contaminated properties in Pawtucket, Providence, and Westerly.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Senator Jack Reed says these federal grants awarded through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Program will help local governments protect public health and redevelop former industrial sites for better use. Reed says it’ll also benefit the economy by creating jobs and increasing the value of surrounding properties.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 13:01:43 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 34410 at http://ripr.org More Federal Funding Coming To RI To Clean Up Contaminated Sites RI Democratic city and town chairs split on Taveras-Raimondo http://ripr.org/post/ri-democratic-city-and-town-chairs-split-taveras-raimondo <p>The Democratic primary election for governor is shaping up as a close contest between Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.</p><p>The early Channel 12/ProJo public opinion surveys conducted by veteran Rhode Island pollster Joe Fleming show this to be the case.&nbsp; Now comes last night’s endorsement confab held at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick by the R.I. Association of Democratic City and &nbsp;Town Chairs, which failed to reach consensus on an endorsement for governor.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 21:32:48 +0000 Scott MacKay 34391 at http://ripr.org Sen. Reed Outlines Bill Lowering Cost Of Student Loan Debt http://ripr.org/post/sen-reed-outlines-bill-lowering-cost-student-loan-debt <p>On Capitol Hill, Sen. Jack Reed joined by Senators Al Franken and Elizabeth Warren outlined legislation Wednesday that curbs student loan debt.</p><p></p><p>The bill allows federal and private student loans to be refinanced at a lower rate with no refinancing fees. The interest on some loans can reach 14 percent. The bill lowers that to 3.86 percent. Reed said the bill is critical to the country’s future.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 18:22:52 +0000 Catherine Welch 33560 at http://ripr.org Sen. Reed Outlines Bill Lowering Cost Of Student Loan Debt Jack Reed formally announces his re-election bid http://ripr.org/post/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 http://ripr.org EB Lands $17.6B Contract To Build Ten Submarines At Quonset http://ripr.org/post/eb-lands-176b-contract-build-ten-submarines-quonset <p>General Dynamics has landed a $17.6 billion Navy contract to build submarines. The Virginia-class subs will be built at Electric Boat in Quonset Point. General Dynamics spokesman Bob Hamilton said this contract involves ten submarines, starting construction over the next five years at a rate of two per year.</p><p></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 18:03:07 +0000 Catherine Welch 32811 at http://ripr.org EB Lands $17.6B Contract To Build Ten Submarines At Quonset Should Warwick taxpayers subsidize Ray McKay's Senate bid? http://ripr.org/post/should-warwick-taxpayers-subsidize-ray-mckays-senate-bid <p>Raymond McKay’s Republican U.S. Senate candidacy seems to depend on his legal battle with Warwick city officials over whether he should be allowed to keep his city job while he runs for office.</p><p>Local media outlets have much of McKay’s alleged ``right’’ to run for any office he chooses. Steve Brown of the R.I. Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union told the Providence Journal that the Warwick city ordinance that bars classified municipal employees from running for office is ``overly broad’’ and too restrictive.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:12:49 +0000 Scott MacKay 32805 at http://ripr.org