Barack Obama http://ripr.org en Gov. Chafee Joins Obama In Connecticut Promoting Min Wage Increase http://ripr.org/post/gov-chafee-joins-obama-connecticut-promoting-min-wage-increase <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee is among the New England governors who plan to join President Obama in Connecticut Wednesday to call for raising the minimum wage.&nbsp; Democrats are emphasizing the minimum wage as part of their election-year strategy.</p><p></p><p>Chafee will join the governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Vermont for a mid-day event at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. The governor said he plans to emphasize how boosting the minimum wage is a way the government can help the middle class.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:32:34 +0000 Ian Donnis 29996 at http://ripr.org Gov. Chafee Joins Obama In Connecticut Promoting Min Wage Increase Reed: the U.S. Military Needs to Intervene In Syria http://ripr.org/post/reed-us-military-needs-intervene-syria <p>Senator Jack Reed says the United States needs to send Syria a clear message that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated. Reed’s comments came one day after Secretary of State John Kerry said there was – quote – “undeniable” proof that the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own citizens last week, killing hundreds of civilians.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 12:23:55 +0000 Flo Jonic 20749 at http://ripr.org Reed: the U.S. Military Needs to Intervene In Syria Congressional Delegates Gather in Support of Obamacare http://ripr.org/post/congressional-delegates-gather-support-obamacare <p>Rhode Island’s congressional delegation helped launch Monday an effort to encourage participation in the federal healthcare overhaul known as Obamacare.&nbsp; Nine community health centers around the state will play a role in the campaign.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:40:59 +0000 Ian Donnis 19590 at http://ripr.org Obama Praises Former Rhode Island Lawmaker Patrick Kennedy http://ripr.org/post/obama-praises-former-rhode-island-lawmaker-patrick-kennedy <p>President Obama praised former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy for his support of legislation that made mental health coverage mandatory on health insurance policies.</p><p>The president’s remarks came Monday at the White House National Conference on Mental Health. In his opening remarks, the president praised several individuals, including Kennedy, who struggled with bipolar disorder and substance abuse during his years representing Rhode Island.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 13:09:32 +0000 Flo Jonic 16315 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: 2014 Race for Treasurer Heats Up + President Obama's Trio of Controversies http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-2014-race-treasurer-heats-president-obamas-trio-controversies <p>Pablo Rodriguez joins the Roundtable this week as we discuss the 2014 race for treasurer; Governor Lincoln Chafee's recent judicial nominations; lower-than-expected state revenues; and the trio of controversies facing President Obama.</p><p></p> Fri, 17 May 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 15335 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: 2014 Race for Treasurer Heats Up + President Obama's Trio of Controversies Obama: For Majority of Americans, Health Law "Already Happened" http://ripr.org/post/obama-majority-americans-health-law-already-happened <p>At a news conference today, President Barack Obama responded to critics of his health care law, the Affordable Care Act, saying his administration is working hard to meet deadlines and launch the law's next features. A nice recap is posted on <a href="http://capsules.kaiserhealthnews.org/index.php/2013/04/obama-were-pushing-very-hard-to-meet-health-law-deadlines/">Kaiser Health News</a>.</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:25:24 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 14452 at http://ripr.org Reprieve for Liberian refugees http://ripr.org/post/reprieve-liberian-refugees <p>Rhode Island’s large Liberian community got some good news over the weekend. President Barack Obama announced that he is extending their stay an additional 18 months.&nbsp; But Senator Jack Reed thinks they deserve better.</p><p></p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 12:42:01 +0000 Flo Jonic 12088 at http://ripr.org Reprieve for Liberian refugees Class notes: education and the state of the union http://ripr.org/post/class-notes-education-and-state-union <p></p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 14:21:44 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 10411 at http://ripr.org Class notes: education and the state of the union What it meant: health care in the State of the Union http://ripr.org/post/what-it-meant-health-care-state-union <p>In last night's <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/02/12/remarks-president-state-union-address">State of the Union address</a>, President Barack Obama mentioned health care five times (by my count). One, later in the address, referred to making sure military veterans get the mental health care they need. The other mentions had to do with Medicare: as the nation ages, it's the biggest contributor to our nation's deficit.</p><p>Here's what he said:</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:10:57 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 10266 at http://ripr.org Ah the irony of presidential politics http://ripr.org/post/ah-irony-presidential-politics <p>Ok, So let’s get this straight. The top of the income scale has done just fine under President Obama, the president who bailed out their banks and auto companies. His administration has kept taxes at 50-year lows for the wealthy. The Dow has come roaring back under his administration. Yet, the one-percent, or two-percent, or ten-percent or whatever you think is the top income cutoff express little but contempt for the president. These people, who have done so well under his tenure, are voting against him and for Mitt Romney.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 08:00:00 +0000 Scott MacKay 9318 at http://ripr.org