A group opposing same-sex marriage says it’s confident that the Rhode Island Senate will defeat legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry. The bill passed handily Thursday night in the House
Just minutes after the historic vote in the House, speaker Gordon Fox urged Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed to pass the bill in her chamber. There’s no word when the senate judiciary committee will take it up, and Paiva Weed opposes the legislation.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) Rhode Island’s congressional delegation is giving the president’s inaugural address a big thumbs up. The address touched on same-sex marriage, the environment and the need for cooperation.
Congressman Jim Langevin says it was a thrill to be looking on as the president took his oath of office. He calls the address “outstanding.”
(PROVIDENCE, RI) A federal judge will hear arguments Tuesday on a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a woman who ran into police interference while trying to leaflet outside a political event.
Three years ago Providence resident Judith Reilly was distributing flyers on a public sidewalk outside where then-Mayor David Cicilline was giving his “state of the city” address. The leaflets were critical of a mayoral appointee.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) Congressman David Cicilline is lashing out at the National Rifle Association for an ad it unveiled this week critical of the protection afforded the President’s two daughters. In a letter to supporters, Cicilline calls it a “new low” and says petty personal attacks have no place in the public debate on gun violence prevention. “The NRA doesn’t want to have a serious discussion on gun violence,” Cicilline says, adding “they just want to drag things into the gutter.”
Connie Grosch, the highly respected photojournalist who was laid off in November as part of broader cost-cutting at the Providence Journal, has been hired as the press secretary for Congressman David Cicilline.
"I couldn't be more thrilled," says Grosch, who is slated to start in the new role on January 22.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) On Capitol Hill Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline says there should be majority support for a bill expected to hit the House floor Friday that helps victims of Hurricane Sandy. Cicilline says the $9-billion package will provide help with flood insurance. It comes days after the Republican-controlled House scuttled a larger relief package approved by the Senate.
Cicilline says it’s a shame the Senate’s 60 billion (B) dollar relief bill was blocked.
We’re offering a slight break from TGIF’s usual format this week with a look back at how 12 of the big questions of Rhode Island politics played out in 2012. As always, feel free to share your thoughts and comments on the blog or by email: idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org.
Question 1. Will Governor Lincoln Chafee offer a more coherent message that helps lift his slumping approval rating?
In a dramatic reversal of fortune after a bruising campaign that had many penning his premature political obit, Congressman David Cicilline today walloped Republican challenger Bredan Doherty by a surprisingly large margin of votes.
With 94 percent of the vote counted, Cicilline had 52.7 percent of the vote, compared with 41.1 percent for Doherty, and 6.1 percent for independent David Vogel.