Saturday, March 23, 2013
Per Chafee and Obama, local towns and cities will get relief from FEMA for some snow-related costs.
Saturday, March 23
Release courtesy RIEMA. Governor Lincoln Chafee announced Friday that President Obama has approved Rhode Island’s request for a disaster declaration and for public assistance for all five counties in relation to the blizzard. In addition, snow removal was approved for Kent, Providence, and Washington counties. This designation for public assistance means that eligible municipalities, state agencies and non-profits can apply for assistance in repairing storm-damaged buildings or infrastructure or for projects to mitigate effects for future damage from similar storms. The designation for snow removal means that eligible municipalities can apply for assistance to offset the costs of snow removal. Public assistance is requested by a …
Monday, February 25, 2013
A report released Sunday by the Obama administration details extreme cuts to education and military spending the state would see if the federal government fails to prevent sequester.
Monday, February 25
Rhode Island would see nearly $40 million in federal funds cut from several programs if Congress fails to act this week to avoid sequester — an $85 billion federal spending cut — the Obama administration said Sunday. In a move designed to pressure Republicans into accepting new revenues as part of a deal to prevent the sequester from taking effect on Friday, the White House released reports that outlined how those cuts would impact individual states, The Huffington Post reported. In Rhode Island, education and military spending would take the greatest hit, the report reads. The state would lose $2.4 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 30 teacher and teacher aide jobs at risk. Rhode Island also would lose …
Friday, February 22, 2013
The company is lobbying the White House to changes its definition of full-time work from 30 hours a week to 40 or more per week, according to reports.
Dunkin' Brands has joined the fight against Obamacare. The coffee and baked goods company is working to overturn a major provision of Obamacare, according to a Newsmax.com report this week. Specifically, Dunkin' is lobbying the White House to change its definition of full-time work from at least 30 hours a week to 40 or more per week, CEO Nigel Travis told the Financial Times, according to The Huffington Post. The change would leave Dunkin', as well as other companies, with fewer workers to insure under the health care reform law, which requires large employers to provide health coverage to all full-time workers and their dependents. Those companies who fail to provide coverage could face a penalty of $2,000 per worker. The mandate …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
David Maar will be among those marching on Sunday for new climate control measures, and he writes about the experience.
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Saturday, February 16
David Maar is a 2010 graduate of the Prout School, a resident of South Kingstown when he’s not at school and currently studying at Unity College. He’s attending a rally in Washington, D.C. this weekend and writing about it on his own blog, and he’s given us permission to re-publish the posts here. In less than 12 hours I will be on a bus with 34 other classmates and climate riders, heading to Washington D.C. for the climate rally. The saying that, great things come in small packages, couldn’t be more true, when it comes to Unity College. For many college students a long weekend is a chance to go home or get their extra needed sleep. Here at Unity it is a chance for me to go out and make a difference in the world, it is a chance for me to …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
[REACT] The State of the Union address was last night – What did you think of it? Comment now!
Last night – Tuesday, Feb. 12 – marked the 2013 State of the Union, given by President Barack Obama shortly after 9 p.m. EST. Of course, for the “just the facts, ma’am” version, you should go to America’s most trusted news source – Wikipedia. Or, depending on your political persuasion, there is CNN, FOX and NBC. Did you watch the State of the Union address? What did you think? React in the comments section below! Following the address, the Rhode Island Congressional delegation released these statements: JIM LANGEVIN Congressman Jim Langevin (RI-02), who spearheaded an effort to give people affected by gun violence a voice at the State of the Union, applauded the President’s strong stance on strengthening gun laws in his reaction to tonight…
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." The Obama campaign won the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from President Obama attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy. The race tightened during the final months of the campaign, with gaffes and surges …
Voters in Rhode Island on Tuesday cast their ballot for Barack Obama, giving him the state's 4 Electoral votes.
Barack Obama won Rhode Island’s 4 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican Mitt Romney. The Wall Street Journal along with the Associated Press has called the race in Rhode Island declaring Obama the winner. In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Democratic candidate, and since the 1990s has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race 3 out of 5 times. Romney and Obama did not campaign aggressively in Rhode Island. The state has typically been a Democratic stronghold in recent presidential elections. The economy was a key issue for many voters in the state.
Patch will have a team of editors in our Patch communities covering Tuesday's election in real-time in our live blog.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
After more than a year of hype, hundreds of speeches and millions spent on campaign ads, the 2012 election is finally here — and Patch is covering it live in a real-time Election Day Blog. We will have more than a dozen editors throughout Rhode Island in our Patch communities on Tuesday, talking to voters, election officials and others — and providing updates and results in the blog from 2 p.m. until the final races are called. We also want to hear from you, so make sure your post a comment in the blog. Tell us how you voted for and why; share your experiences at the polls; or just weigh in on the big election of 2012. The Election Day blog will launch around 2 p.m. Tuesday...but you can sign up now to receive an email alert once the blog …
Rhode Island's Democratic and Republican political influencers take part in our final survey before election day.
In the race for President of the United States, influential Rhode Island political insiders have weighed in regarding who has run the better "ground game" in Rhode Island leading up to the election. According to our results, Democratic influencers felt Obama has run a better ground campaign by a wide margin while a majority of Republican influencers surveyed said the ground campaign up to this point has been even. Patch surveyed 53 Republicans and 51 Democrats, asking regardless of their partisan preference, which presidential campaign do you think has run the better "ground game" campaign during the general election in Rhode Island? Among those who responded, 55.6% of Democrats said Barack Obama has run the better ground campaign by a …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Please share with us your innermost thoughts on this most recent debate.
Hey, the debate ended about five minutes ago – But don’t let THAT stop you from sharing your opinion! Wasn’t it unbelievable when Obama said the only good lemonade is Country Time, and not Del’s? * Or when Romney said he would outlaw coffee milk in favor of 1-percent milk? ** Or when Dan Rather attacked the moderator? *** Let us know how your favored candidate made out – Pretty well, I’m guessing! Yeah, ________________ __________________ is definitely going to be the next president, that much is clear to me, absolutely, but let the rest of us know why! This article will still be up tomorrow, so if you’d prefer to sleep and ruminate on the debate, well, it will be waiting for you in the morning. Or, you can just practice Democracy as a …