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North Providence Mayor Declares Mckee The Lt. Governor Rhode Island Families Need

Cumberland (Feb. 27, 2014) - Today, Cumberland Mayor and Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Dan McKee announced he has received the endorsement of North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi. "Dan McKee will be an outstanding lieutenant governor. As a small business owner, like myself, and community leader for more than 30 years, he has a vision for our state that other elected officials, frankly, just don't have," Mayor Lombardi said. "Dan and I both overcame significant financial challenges our communities were facing when we took office. He also has lead the way in bringing together other mayors to advocate for taxpayers at…
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Rep. Doreen Costa endorses Ken Block for Governor

Rhode Island State Representative Doreen M. Costa has endorsed Ken Block. “Ken Block is the only gubernatorial candidate that has put together a specific plan to fix Rhode Island,” said Costa. “Clearly he understands that in order to rebuild our economy and create new jobs we need fundamental changes that will reduce taxes and eliminate wasteful spending. I particularly like the fact that Ken’s plan is specific enough to actually identify where the wasteful spending is occurring and what taxes need reducing.” Doreen M. Costa represents District 31, which includes Exeter and North Kingstown, since being elected in November of…
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Johnston Dems Endorse Clay Pell

PROVIDENCE, RI - Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell received the unanimous endorsement of the Johnston Democratic Town Committee last night. The committee, chaired by Richard Delfino, held their monthly meeting at the Pocassett Bay retirement facility. "Clay Pell is the right candidate at the right time to move Rhode Island's economy forward. Members of the Johnston Democratic Town Committee were impressed by his experience at the White House and the fresh perspective he can bring to solving our challenges. As governor, he will be an honest broker and tireless advocate for the State of Rhode Island," said Chairman Richard…
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Block Presents His Plan To Save RI

Rhode Island - The Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block is proposing an ambitious plan that called "Let's Fix RI" to improve the future of Rhode Island with large tax cuts and government reform. Block at a press conference on Tuesday, said among other things, that if elected he would try reducing taxes on vehicles, as well as commercial and state taxes. He also wants to reduce spending on unemployment benefits and temporary disability and would give the state ethics commission more powers. Block, a businessman who founded the Moderate Party of Rhode Island, said that the economy is suffering because…
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Ken Block Today, Rhode Island is in Crisis. We are in peril

Today, Rhode Island is the leading member of the “National Hall of Shame”. We are number one in the nation in unemployment and near dead last in the business environment that is so essential for creating and keeping jobs. The evidence of our peril is clear; major office buildings like the famous “Superman” building vacant; empty store fronts from Woonsocket to Westerly; our children and grandchildren unable to stay here because they must leave to find jobs; retirees unable to stay in Rhode Island because of broken promises and oppressive taxes; and jobs evaporating like Toray Plastics, who is adding…
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Cicilline Statement on President Obama’s Decision to Drop Chained CPI

PAWTUCKET, RI – Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today applauded President Obama’s decision to exclude chained CPI (Consumer Price Index) from his Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal. Yesterday, Cicilline led a letter signed by 116 of his colleagues pressing the administration to drop this change in how the cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) is calculated. Cicilline has been leading the effort in Congress to preserve this vital safety net for seniors and veterans. Last year, he introduced a concurrent resolution opposing the use of chained CPI for calculating Social Security cost-of-living-adjustments, which now has 126 cosponsors. According to the Congressional Budget Office, switching to chained CPI…
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Mahoney Joins Pell Campaign as Policy Director

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell today announced the appointment of Kelly Mahoney as policy director for his campaign. Mahoney brings more than 10 years of policy development experience to the campaign. “I’m thrilled to have Kelly join our team. She brings a wealth of experience in policy formulation to the campaign and will serve in a key role as we lay out a bold plan to move Rhode Island’s economy forward,” said Pell. Most recently Mahoney served as director of policy for Governor Lincoln D. Chafee. In that role, Mahoney advised on a wide range of…
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RHODE ISLAND BROTHERHOOD OF CORRECTIONS OFFICERS ENDORSE GUILLAUME DERAMEL FOR SECRETARY OF STATE

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island Brotherhood of Corrections Officers (RIBCO) today endorsed Aquidneck Island businessman Guillaume De Ramel in his campaign to become Rhode Island’s next Secretary of State.  RIBCO, started in 1971 to ensure the safety of workers inside of the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston, has 1200 members. “As Corrections Officers, our members see firsthand the impact of the overall lack of economic opportunities for Rhode Islanders through increases in crime against our state’s citizens,” said RIBCO President Richard Ferruccio.  “Guillaume De Ramel understands that the most important thing he can do as Rhode Island’s next Secretary of State…
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Juliette Kayyem Calls for Further Investment in Criminal Justice Reform

BOSTON – Gubernatorial candidate Juliette Kayyem calls for further investment in educational and re-entry programs in the criminal justice system. “I wholeheartedly applaud Governor Patrick’s call for a 50% reduction in recidivism over the next five years. This action is imperative to criminal justice reform, and is too critical to wait for an election. Throughout this campaign I have been pushing for serious solutions to our flawed criminal justice system, which is why it is so important that the Governor took this bold step for an issue that desperately needs to be addressed.” Kayyem has made criminal justice reform a central focus of…
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Pell Calls for Increased Funding to Cities and Towns

PROVIDENCE, RI - Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell today pledged to double the Municipal Incentive Aid Program in his first budget to limit the impact pension mediation will have on municipalities. The settlement if approved is projected to cost municipalities approximately $11 million in FY 2016. "As governor, one of my highest priorities will be to strengthen our cities and towns financially. My first budget will include a $10 million appropriation to the Municipal Incentive Aid Program to limit the impact of pension reform on cities and towns. If we're truly all in this together, we should work to…
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