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 conclude our series with Congressman Jim Langevin.
We’d like to note this interview was recorded before President Obama asked Congress to authorize a strike against Syria.
Congressman David Cicilline is calling this a good day for equality, reacting to news of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples.
“No longer will people be discriminated against because of who they love,” said Cicilline, “and all marriages will be respected and people will be treated equally under the law. That’s a great victory.”
Meg Fraser, editor in chief for the Cranston Herald and Johnston Sun newspapers, has gotten the nod as US Representative Jim Langevin's press secretary, succeeding Jonathon Dworkin, who recently left for another job. She starts June 24.
Via news release:
[Fraser] is also Editor of PrimeTime magazine, a senior living publication. She received a BA in Journalism from Northeastern University in 2008.
Change happens slowly in politics. Except when it doesn’t. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay explains the forces behind Rhode Island’s reversal on gay marriage.
The Ocean State is poised to become the 10th state in the nation to recognize same sex marriages and join our five New England neighbors in the vanguard of the movement for equal treatment for gay citizens.
Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin was among the 200,000 people who thronged Vatican City Tuesday for the installation mass of Pope Francis. The Catholic congressman called it one of the most meaningful and spiritual experiences of his life.
Langevin was part of a congressional delegation that represented the United States at the investiture of Pope Francis. The Rhode Island democrat says he was thrilled and honored to be there.
If the so-called sequester takes effect, 2nd District Congressman Jim Langevin says programs in Rhode Island will suffer, from education, to defense, to nutrition programs and public health. Langevin is concerned that what he terms the “indiscriminate” $85 billion in cuts will lead to economic slowdowns, starting as soon as next month.