Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, along with Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), has introduced legislation that's designed to provide some incentives and resources for states to develop more addiction treatment and prevention programs. It's called the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2014, and here are a few of its provisions, according to a news release from the Senator's office:
In a sign of how Rhode Island's Democratic establishment is closing ranks around Jorge Elorza as he competes with Buddy Cianci to be the next mayor of Providence, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Representatives David Cicilline and Jim Langevin are hosting an October 2 fundraiser for Elorza at the Providence Marriott on Orms Street.
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says he has no regrets about his thwarted campaign for governor, nor does he wish he sought a second term as mayor. He’s is officially throwing his support behind General Treasurer Gina Raimondo in the Governor’s race.
More than 2000 land conservation leaders from around the country are flocking to Rhode Island this week for a conference. They’ll get to tour special protected places around the state.
Rhode Island has more lands trusts per square mile than anywhere else in the country: 45 of them. And they’ve conserved about a quarter of the state’s protected lands. Rupert Friday, director of the Rhode Island Land Trust Council, says that accomplishment is one reason why Rhode Island was picked for the second time to host the conference.
In an interview with Mother Jones Magazine, singer, songwriter, and poet Ani DiFranco once said, “I’m a little hibernating animal. Anonymity is one of my favorite things.” Some of us yearn for anonymity, to be out of the spotlight and fly below radar. Others of us find anonymity and invisibility painful, especially when we’ve worked so hard to achieve something terribly important. Jane Medas Fleury shares some special thoughts about working hard in a quiet way that leads to neither fame nor fortune.
Jane Medas Fleury has worked in information technology since the days when it was called data processing, most recently at the Rhode Island School of Design. She is now trying her hand at poetry and writing.
The Pawsox take on the Omaha Storm Chasers in a showdown game tonight for the national championship.
The Storm Chasers won the national championship last year, while the Pawsox lost it to Reno back in 2012. But the Pawsox are riding high after beating the Durham Bulls for the Governor’s Cup. Team spokesman Bill Wanless said the $72.5 million Red Sox recruit, Rusney Castillo, has been a real asset to the team.
The state Board of Elections will hold a hearing Wednesday on whether Bob Healey can run as the Moderate party’s candidate for governor. The state GOP is fighting the Moderate party’s move for Healey to replace James Spooner, who bowed out of the race for health reasons.
The secretary of state’s office says the thousand signatures Spooner collected to get on the ballot can transfer to Healey, but the state GOP says that circumvents the nominating process.
The Rhode Island AFL-CIO’s COPE (Committee on Political Education) convention that was held in Providence last Friday decided to put the labor organization on record against Republican Allan Fung’s campaign for governor.
A Rhode Island Army Reserve intelligence headquarters unit is moving to Arizona. Officials at Fort Huachuca say the headquarters of the 1st Brigade of the 100th Training Division will make the move from Providence to Sierra Vista, Arizona, in October.
Fort Huachuca Media Relations Officer Tanja Linton says the Army Reserve is trying to make training as effective and realistic as possible.
In a sign of more labor support for Gina Raimondo's Democratic gubernatorial run, Service Employees International Union, 1199 NE, has endorsed Raimondo. The union represents more than 4,000 healthcare and service workers in Rhod Island.
In a statement, 1199's executive president, Patrick Quinn, says, “Gina Raimondo understands that the private sector and the public sector need to work in tandem for the economy to grow. Strategic investment in people and industries are the way to grow the RI economy and close the growing income gap."