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Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee Announces He Will Run for Reelection

Cranston, Rhode Island, November 7, 2017) Democrat Dan McKee today announced he will run for reelection in 2018, stating that “the Office of Lieutenant Governor can deliver significant benefits to Rhode Islanders and I believe my first term has clearly demonstrated that”. Speaking to a crowd of hundreds of supporters, McKee reviewed his key accomplishments over the past three years and also announced his intention to develop a proposed constitutional amendment to restructure the Office of Lieutenant Governor to allow it to better serve the interests of the taxpayer. McKee stated “I am extremely proud of the initiatives I have…
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PVDFest Returns to “America’s Coolest City” for 2018

PVDFest will bring four days of art, creative education, music and more to the streets of Providence, June 7-10, 2018 Providence, RI – City of Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, founding partner FirstWorks and the Providence City Council announced PVDFest, Providence’s signature art festival will return for its fourth edition June 7-10, 2018. PVDFest will once again transform streets in the heart of Providence into a celebration of art, music, food, performance and more. Artists and performers, both local and global, will converge in Providence for an outdoor event expected to draw thousands…
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Reed Breaks Ground on New Rhode Island National Guard Joint Force Headquarters

RING’s new $25 million Joint Force Headquarters building will be an 81,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility that will serve as a command & control center EAST GREENWICH, RI – In an effort to enhance Rhode Island’s security and modernize the state’s infrastructure, Senator Jack Reed, a senior member of both the Armed Services Committee and the Appropriations Committee, who helped include $20 million to build a new, state-of-the-art National Guard Readiness Center in East Greenwich, today joined Governor Gina M. Raimondo and members of the Rhode Island National Guard (RING) for a Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ) construction ground breaking ceremony.…
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WWII Veteran Honored at Cranston Library

CRANSTON, RI – With a salute to the Greatest Generation, Senator Jack Reed today held a special ceremony at the Cranston Public Library for 91-year-old Coventry resident and World War II veteran James Dowling. Before family, friends, and library patrons, Senator Reed presented Mr. Dowling with medals he earned but never received for his service in World War II, including the Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Discharge Button, and the Honorable Service Lapel Pin. A Cranston native, Mr. Dowling enlisted in the Navy at the age…
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Reed: Irresponsible Republican Tax Plan Could Hurt Rhode Island and Working Families Nationwide

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, after House Republicans released tax legislation giving massive tax cuts to millionaires and wealthy corporations, while raising taxes on too many moderate-income families, and blowing a $ trillion hole in the deficit that could in turn force deep cuts to education, Medicare, and Medicaid, Senator Jack Reed issued the following statement: “I have voted for plenty of middle-class tax cuts, but this bill is mainly for the rich – not the middle-class. The Trump-Republican tax bill is all about rewarding the wealthiest at the expense of low- and middle-income households. “We need to prioritize tax cuts…
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Many Blue-Green Algae Advisories Lifted; Others Remain in Place

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are lifting the advisories that had warned the public to avoid contact and recreational activities with several bodies of water in Rhode Island because of blue-green algae blooms. However, the advisories on several other bodies of water are remaining in place. Blooms of blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, can produce toxins that are harmful to humans and animals. Advisories for the following bodies of water are being lifted: Stafford Pond, Tiverton Pleasure Lake, Providence Lawton Valley Reservoir, Portsmouth Mashapaug Pond, Providence Warwick Pond,…
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Mayor Jorge Elorza today signed Executive Order 2017-3 establishing the Providence Municipal ID Program

"This executive order is the first step towards expanding opportunities for residents who face difficulties accessing personal identification including immigrants, students, the homeless and members of the LGBTQ community. These IDs boost pride, increase economic opportunity and bolster public health and safety. As leaders, it is the central role of mayors to ensure that all residents feel welcome, engaged and supported. Providence is an inclusive, forward-thinking city which values the dignity and contributions of its diverse communities. At a time when the forces that are dividing us are stronger than they have been in any of our lifetimes, it is…
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Governor Raimondo Directs DPUC to Conduct Review of National Grid’s Preparedness and Restoration Efforts Following this Week’s Storm

PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo directed the Division of Public Utilities and Carriers (DPUC) Administrator Macky McCleary to conduct an investigative review of National Grid's storm preparedness and restoration efforts ahead of and following this week's wind and rain storm. To ensure that National Grid's full attention is focused on restoration, the review will begin as soon as the utility company restores power to all Rhode Islanders. "Rhode Islanders should expect the lights to come on when the switch is flipped. National Grid owes Rhode Island families and businesses a swift response when power goes out and thoughtful…
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Langevin Highlights Efforts to Address Impacts of Climate Change

WARWICK, — In commemoration of the 5th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Congressman Jim Langevin was joined by federal, state, and local officials, as well as environmental leaders, at the Aspray Boat House in Pawtuxet Village to highlight efforts to address the impacts of climate change. The recent wave of hurricanes that have battered the Southeast and the Caribbean have only underscored the need to promote climate resiliency. In addition to supporting these initiatives in Rhode Island, Langevin is currently leading an effort to assess the national security implications of global warming. “It was just five years ago that Rhode Island…
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Gina Raimondo Governor of Rhode Island

Incumbent Democratic Governor Gina Raimondo is eligible to run for reelection to a second term. Podcasts: LPR LATINO PUBLIC RADIO ANNUAL POLITICAL BARBECUE “BARBACOA POLITICA” Raimondo re-election campaign announcement in 2018. About Gina A lifelong Rhode Islander, committed to its success Gina Raimondo grew up in Smithfield in a tight-knit Italian-American family, the youngest of Joseph and Josephine Raimondo’s three children. Gina’s family history and her childhood experiences shaped her core beliefs in hard work, opportunity for all, and the importance of financial security. After arriving from Italy at age 14, her grandfather learned English studying in the Providence Public…
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