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Cicilline Applauds CVS Caremark’s Decision to Stop Selling Tobacco Products

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives regarding CVS Caremark’s decision to stop selling tobacco products in its stores across America. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: “I rise today to applaud CVS Caremark’s decision to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in its more than 7,600 stores across the CVS, which is based in my home district in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, is leading the way in promoting public health and wellness, and I hope other pharmacies will follow their example. “I would particularly like to…
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A Statement from Mayor Taveras on CVS Caremark’s Decision to Stop Selling Tobacco Products

PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Angel Taveras today released this statement in response to the announcement by Woonsocket-based CVS Caremark that it will end sales of tobacco products in its stores nationwide this year: “Providence has been a national leader in the fight to restrict the sale of flavored and discounted tobacco products and I am proud that the Rhode Island-based CVS has taken a leading role to end the sale of tobacco in pharmacies. Pharmacies are trusted sources of health information for consumers, and the choice to stop selling tobacco products demonstrates CVS’ commitment to the wellbeing of its customers.…
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SMILEY GUN & AMMUNITION TAX BILL TO BE INTRODUCED TO THE RI GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Democratic mayoral candidate Brett Smiley, Senator Gayle Goldin, and Representative Maria Cimini will discuss the details of, and formally introduce, the Smiley Gun and Ammunition Tax Bill to the RI General Assembly On Thursday morning at the State House Rotunda
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Pichardo pitches vehicle excise tax changes for greater taxpayer relief

STATE HOUSE - Sen. Juan M. Pichardo (D-Dist. 2, Providence) has filed a bill that would change the system used to assess used motor vehicles when determining state motor vehicle excise taxes to one based on the average trade-in price, rather than the retail price. Senator Juan Pichardo of RI "When we eliminated the reimbursement aid program for the motor vehicle taxes in 2010, we saw a lot more of our less affluent Rhode Islanders paying excise taxes," Senator Pichardo said. "If we're going to make people pay this tax, we need to make sure it's fair for everyone. To…
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Clay Pell believes the impact of Super PAC money on our elections is a serious matter

Last week, we suggested John Marion be the appropriate party to bring the campaigns to the table. Today, we restate that call. This process should be facilitated by Common Cause according to their protocols. The public will be best served by a deliberate process, not by dueling press releases. It's hard to imagine that a fruitful discussion can be accomplished with a roomful of campaign operatives playing to the camera, but this is a call best left to John Marion," said Bill Fischer, Pell campaign spokesperson.
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Lorne Adrain announced his candidacy for Mayor of Providence

Lorne Adrain announces bid for mayor of Providence (Feb. 3, 2014) - Fox Point resident and community leader Lorne Adrain announced his candidacy for Mayor of Providence today at the Friendship Café. In front of family, friends, community leaders and supporters. Adrain said, "Today is about returning potential, possibility and promise to everyone in this great city. I will focus on rebuilding our economy and create new and better paying jobs, turn our schools into places that ignite a passion for learning, opening and build a safer and more vibrant community not just for the next eight years, but for…
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Brett Smiley speaks with Dr. Pablo Rodriguez on Latino Public Radio

Dr. Pablo Rodriguez interviewed Brett Smiley about his progressive past, his support of driver’s licenses to all resident immigrants, more recreational opportunities for our young people, and his vision of safer streets, better schools, and a more prosperous economy. Podcast Questions for Brett Smiley; Hablemos on WRNI 1290- 01/25/14 Welcome to the show. this is your first run at public office in RI and many would like to know what has prepared you to be the next mayor? What do you bring to the job? What are the greatest challenges facing the city of Providence and how do you plan…
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Lorne Adrain Announces Candidacy for Mayor of Providence

I am running for Mayor to work with you to lead Providence to its rightful place among the greatest cities in America. Many of you know me for my leadership in education, business, economic development, social enterprise or one of the many other missions I care about in our community. Some of you don't know me yet. I am the second of 8 children whose parents immigrated here from Canada to find work. My wife Ann’s grandparents came from Italy for better opportunities as well. I grew up in Warwick, graduated from Warwick Vets High, and paid my own way…
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JOHNSTON DEMOCRATS UNANIMOUSLY ENDORSE

PROVIDENCE – The Johnston Democratic Town Committee unanimously endorsed Aquidneck Island businessman Guillaume De Ramel in his race to become Rhode Island’s next Secretary of State. A motion to endorse was made by Johnston Mayor Joe Polisena and seconded by Bernard Frezza, a senior aide to former Secretaries of State Jim Langevin, Ed Inman, and Matt Brown. “It’s important to come out early for the most competent candidate,” said Mayor Polisena. “I move for this committee to endorse Guillaume De Ramel for Secretary of State.” “I’m pleased to announce that Guillaume De Ramel has the unanimous support of the Johnston…
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Congressman David Cicilline LPR Interview

Podcast of the interview Issues affecting Latino community 1- FIRST OF ALL ON BEHALF OF ALL IMMIGRANTS AND PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT THEM, THANKS FOR THE EVENT THAT BROUGHT LUIS GUTIERREZ TO OUR STATE ONCE AGAIN. 2- LUIS SEEMED TO INTIMATE THAT WE WILL NEED TO COMPROMISE ON IMMIGRATION REFORM AND THAT WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET EVERYTHING WE WANT. THIS WEEK, THE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS HAS PRESENTED A SET OF PRINCIPLES THAT SHOULD GUIDE THEIR NEGOTIATIONS. HAVE YOU SEEN THESE PRINCIPLES AND WHERE DO YOU THINK THERE IS A POSSIBILITY FOR COMPROMISE? 3- DACA IS SET TO EXPIRE…
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