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On Politics
4:05 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

RI Assembly Poised To Hike Minimum Wage To $9 Per Hour

Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

UPDATE: This was approved: Rhode Island’s low-skill minimum wage workers will very likely get a wage increase under legislation that the Rhode Island House is poised to approve before the end of the current legislative session.

The measure would jump the state’s floor wage for workers from the current $8 per hour to $9 on January 1, 2015. Such legislation has been approved by the state Senate and the House Labor Committee and has been posted for action by the full House tomorrow.

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On Politics
3:42 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

The inconvenient master lever truth

Here is the voting data:

Providence is Rhode Island’s most diverse municipality. The capital city is home to just about every segment of  Rhode Island’s rich ethnic, racial and socio-economic  mix.

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  Ricky Riccardo used to say to Lucy on the old Lucille Balll Show, ``some 'splanin to do.’’

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Politics
11:32 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Gov. Chafee Joins Obama In Connecticut Promoting Min Wage Increase

Gov. Chafee joins President Barack Obama in Connecticut to promote an increase in the federal minimum wage.
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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.  Democrats are emphasizing the minimum wage as part of their election-year strategy.

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.

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RI News
8:23 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Reed: the U.S. Military Needs to Intervene In Syria

Sen. Reed says military action would tell Syria use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated by global community.
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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. 

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Health Care
8:40 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Congressional Delegates Gather in Support of Obamacare

Rhode Island’s congressional delegation helped launch Monday an effort to encourage participation in the federal healthcare overhaul known as Obamacare.  Nine community health centers around the state will play a role in the campaign.

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RI News
9:09 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Obama Praises Former Rhode Island Lawmaker Patrick Kennedy

President Obama praised former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy for his support of legislation that made mental health coverage mandatory on health insurance policies.

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.

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Politics
4:00 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Political Roundtable: 2014 Race for Treasurer Heats Up + President Obama's Trio of Controversies

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.

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The Pulse
5:25 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Obama: For Majority of Americans, Health Law "Already Happened"

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 Kaiser Health News.

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Politics
8:42 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Reprieve for Liberian refugees

Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed
Credit courtesy of Jack Reed

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.  But Senator Jack Reed thinks they deserve better.

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Education
9:21 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Class notes: education and the state of the union

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Obama on preschool funding, career/technical education

President Barack Obama called for publicly funded preschool programs during his State of the Union address this week, saying early childhood education would help more children succeed in school. He also suggested that more high schools should offer technical degrees or certificates so that students can go immediately into the workplace when they graduate.

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