Rhode Island’s congressional delegation is roundly criticizing House Republicans over the budget impasse. Over the weekend Republican lawmakers agreed to continue funding the government beyond midnight Monday provided there’s a one year delay in the implementation of Obamacare; a proposal that’s dead on arrival in the Senate and the White House.
Congressman David Cicilline calls the House Republican caucus strategy the “height of irresponsibility” and he has harsh words for House Speaker John Boehner.
Senator Jack Reed took to the Senate floor Thursday to make an impassioned speech against shutting down the government. That’s a strategy backed by House Republicans as a way of defunding Obamacare. Rhode Island’s senior senator called a potential shutdown “unfortunate and inappropriate.”
RIPR has learned that former state representative David Caprio has been selected to be the new chairman of the Rhode Island Democratic Party.
Larry Berman, spokesman for House Speaker Gordon Fox, says Fox is recommending Caprio for the position and will place his name in nomination during an October 3 Democratic State Committee meeting at the Portuguese Club in Cranston. "It is up to the committee" to select Caprio, Berman said. Asked if there will be any other candidates for state party chair, Berman said, "Not that we've heard."
General Treasurer Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss 2014; the health of the state pension plan; her views on boosting Rhode Island's economy; and whether adding table games is the best way for the state to protect one of its largest revenue sources.
Governor Lincoln Chafee’s departure from next year’s Rhode Island governor’s campaign has scrambled the field. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay takes on the new generation of leaders likely to vie for the Statehouse.
Whatever you think of his governorship or his policies, Chafee’s decision to drop out of the race passes the torch to a new generation of Rhode Island politicians. Unless you live in a yurt or have totally abandoned following state government, you’ve probably heard of Angel Taveras, Gina Raimondo or Allan Fung.
As part of a week-long series of conversations with Rhode Island's congressional delegation. Senator Jack Reed stopped by to discuss Syria and the outlook for stability in the Middle East; Wall Street reform; upcoming spending battles in Washington; and more.
The head of the state Republican Party is blaming legislative Democrats for failing to improve Rhode Island’s economy. The state’s unemployment rate climbed by a tenth of percent in July, to 8.9 percent.
State GOP chairman Mark Smiley said the General Assembly’s Democratic leaders are wrong to brag about their efforts when the unemployment rate is going in the wrong direction.
The debate over Obamacare rages from Providence to Pasadena. As the state moves closer to launching its health insurance exchange, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the arguments and traces the law’s Rhode Island roots.
Ask Rhode Island Republican State Chairman Mark Smiley what he thinks of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare and you’ll get a blunt answer: He says, ``I hate it.’’
Smiley’s position is simple and wedded to his party’s national stance: Repeal the entire law and start over. ``Socialism,’’ he says, ``doesn’t work.’’