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Rhode Island Remembers Susan Farmer

Sep 16, 2013
RI PBS

Former Secretary of State and public television executive Susan Farmer has died after a long fight with cancer.

Farmer became the first woman elected to statewide office when she won an election for secretary of state in 1982. Former Providence Journal political columnist M. Charles Bakst said Farmer was the leader in a wave of GOP women winning political office.

“Republicans led the way in this state. Five of the first six women who were elected to office were Republicans,” said Bakst. “She was a liberal Republican. In her day, that was the thing to be.”

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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.

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Rhode Island’s Health Benefits Exchange has a new name, a new logo and is looking to hire dozens of people. 

From here on out, Rhode Island’s Health Benefits Exchange will be known as HealthSource RI, and it’s looking to hire 50 to 75 people to sign folks up for health insurance, starting in October.

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. 

Congressman Jim Langevin's Office

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.

Langevin tries for nationwide fire safety

Feb 20, 2013

Congressman Jim Langevin has re-introduced a bill aimed at increasing the number of businesses that are equipped with fire sprinklers.

Cyber-security -- a topic long championed by Congressman Jim Langevin -- has finally emerged as a bona fide hot topic.

Tech writer Arik Hesseldahl offers this overview Tuesday, in a piece ominously headlined, "Cyberwar with China is here, like it or not":

Congressman Jim Langevin is responding to criticism from rocker Ted "Cat Scratch Fever" Nugent, an ardent gun advocate, lambasting what MSNBC dubbed the rocker's "bizarre diatribe" following President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Via news release:

RI Congressman Jim Langevin
Kristin Gourlay

Congressman Jim Langevin and David Cicilline are among more than 20 reps bringing guests to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night whose lives have been impacted by gun-related violence.

Langevin says the point is to personalize the issue as the tragedy last year in Newtown, Connecticut, recedes in time:

Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman Jim Langevin are asking the Federal Labor Department to reverse an enrollment freeze at Job Corps, a technical training and GED program with sites around the country, including Exeter, Rhode Island.

In a letter, a group of 17 senators say the freeze will have an adverse effect on thousands of young people.

(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.”

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

(Providence, RI) All four members of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation gathered today to announce their commitment to pushing for stronger gun control laws.

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