us senate 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 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 Urges Congress To Pass Unemployment Benefits http://ripr.org/post/sen-reed-urges-congress-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 http://ripr.org Sen. Reed Urges Congress To Pass Unemployment Benefits Sen. Reed: We Have to Pay our Debts, There’s Time for Politics Later http://ripr.org/post/sen-reed-we-have-pay-our-debts-there-s-time-politics-later <p>The federal government is edging closer to a government shutdown. President Barack Obama said he&#39;ll veto legislation coming out of the House that delays much of the Affordable Care Act for a year.&nbsp; Over in the Democratic-run Senate, it has passed legislation preventing the shutdown and leaving Obamacare untouched. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay sat down with Rhode Island&rsquo;s senior senator Jack Reed to talk about what could be done to avoid a shutdown.</p><p></p><p></p> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 17:01:01 +0000 Scott MacKay 22411 at http://ripr.org Sen. Reed: We Have to Pay our Debts, There’s Time for Politics Later Congressional Q+A: Whitehouse on Syria, Climate Change, Obamacare + the Economy http://ripr.org/post/congressional-qa-whitehouse-syria-climate-change-obamacare-economy <p></p><p>With Congress on its August recess, Rhode Island Pubic Radio invited the four members of the Rhode Island delegation in to our studio to talk about major issues facing the state and the nation. We start our series with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.</p><p></p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 20989 at http://ripr.org Congressional Q+A: Whitehouse on Syria, Climate Change, Obamacare + the Economy Tencher joining Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee as Campaign Director http://ripr.org/post/tencher-joining-democratic-senatorial-campaign-committee-campaign-director <p></p><p>West Warwick native<a href="http://wrnipoliticsblog.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/west-warwicks-tencher-at-the-center-of-white-hot-us-senate-fight-in-indiana/"> Paul Tencher</a> is set to become the campaign director for the<a href="http://www.dscc.org/"> Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee</a>. The move comes after Tencher managed Democrat Joe Donnelly's winning Senate campaign in Indiana over Republican Richard Mourdock last year.</p><p>Tencher is expected to focus on aiding Democratic Senate candidates in states won last year by Mitt Romney.</p><p>By email, he says:</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:31:13 +0000 Ian Donnis 12165 at http://ripr.org Tencher joining Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee as Campaign Director Small state advantage: U.S. Senate http://ripr.org/post/small-state-advantage-us-senate <p>The NY Times has a trenchant piece by Adam Liptak today on the outsize clout that small states have in the U.S. Senate. This will come as no surprise to political junkies and constitutional scholar types, but more casual observers of&nbsp;&nbsp; Congressional politics may be surprised to learn just how much better off small states are in the U.S. Senate, where each state is represented by a pair of senators, regardless of population. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 21:09:09 +0000 Scott MacKay 11756 at http://ripr.org Reed poised to chair Senate Armed Services Committee in 2015 http://ripr.org/post/reed-poised-chair-senate-armed-services-committee-2015 <p>Barring a Republican takeover of the US Senate, Senator Jack Reed is poised to take over the chairmanship in 2015 of the Senate Armed Services Committee. That's due to just-announced plans by the current chair, Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, to<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/democrat-levin-says-he-will-not-seek-re-election-in-2014-creates-open-senate-seat-in-michigan/2013/03/07/19857858-8775-11e2-a80b-3edc779b676f_story.html"> not seek re-election</a> next year.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 22:34:11 +0000 Ian Donnis 11573 at http://ripr.org Jack Reed Cruises into 2014 in Enviable Shape http://ripr.org/post/jack-reed-cruises-2014-enviable-shape <p>The informal launch of Senator <a href="http://www.reed.senate.gov/">Jack Reed</a>'s campaign for his fourth term is set to start&nbsp; Sunday evening with a packed fundraiser at the Providence Biltmore.</p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 17:10:35 +0000 Ian Donnis 10795 at http://ripr.org Reed + Whitehouse well-positioned to gain Senate seniority http://ripr.org/post/reed-whitehouse-well-positioned-gain-senate-seniority <p>With a wave of departures in the US Senate, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse are positioned to expand their seniority -- a potent coin of the realm in Congress.</p><p><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/02/19/senate-retirements-mount-quickly-could-reach-40-year-high/?wpisrc=nl_pmpolitics">Aaron Blake reports</a> at The Fix on the turnover:</p><blockquote><p>Currently, 24 senators have called it quits between 2010 and today — just three less than the previous high of 27 retirements between 1992 and 1996.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 22:06:23 +0000 Ian Donnis 10608 at http://ripr.org