BRETT SMILEY CALLS FOR ALL PROVIDENCE POLICE OFFICERS TO CARRY NALOXONE

RI - On Friday, February 14, the Rhode Island State Police announced its plans to carry naloxone in every cruiser, providing officers with a fast-acting tool that quickly reverses the effects of an opiate overdose. This is a drug that has a demonstrated ability to save lives, and today Brett Smiley called on the Providence Police to follow the example of the State Police and equip all officers with this tool. Brett commented, "This is a matter of common sense. Police officers, by the nature of their work, may confront life-or-death situations with victims of drug overdose, and they should…
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SWAY Joins McKee Campaign for Lt. Governor

Jen Burton and Bobby Gravitz bring more than three decades of combined experience in helping elect Democrats to office Cumberland (Feb. 13, 2014) - Today, Cumberland Mayor, small business owner and lieutenant governor candidate Dan McKee announced Jen Burton and Bobby Gravitz of SWAY <; will join his campaign as media consultants. "I am pleased to announce that Jen and Bobby will join our team and help spread our vision of making Rhode Island a better place to live, work and raise a family," McKee said. "With more than three decades of combined experience in helping elect Democrats to office, their insight…
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Lieutenant Governor Roberts endorses Nellie Gorbea, Democratic candidate for Secretary of State

Providence – Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts today announced her support for Nellie Gorbea, Democratic candidate for Secretary of State. “I have always been impressed with Nellie. Her life experience spans the private, non-profit and government sectors, and she has made long lasting, positive improvements in each of these areas. I know that as Secretary of State, she will work diligently to ensure the office best serves Rhode Islanders. I believe we need an experienced leader like Nellie to make sure we can move Rhode Island forward.” Gorbea announced her candidacy for Secretary of State in July. With decades of experience…
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Pell calls on mediation parties to set deadline

Providence, RI -- Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell issued a statement this morning calling on all parties in the mediation process of the state's pension system to set a deadline to end the closed-door proceeding that have gone on for over a year at a cost of over one half million dollars to the taxpayers. Pell issued the statement after learning that a scheduled news conference for this afternoon, where mediators had planned to give an update on the settlement talks in the long-running lawsuit over the overhaul of the state's pension system, had been cancelled. "The secretive nature…
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Mayor Angel Taveras 2014 State of the City Address Working and Investing in Providence

Mr. President, honorable members of the Providence City Council, distinguished guests, and fellow residents of our great Capital City – In April, I had the pleasure to be present for the Omni Group’s purchase of the Fox factory. Anyone who drives on Route 95 South through our city knows the Omni Group has been hard at work renovating the complex at the entrance to historic Federal Hill. The Omni Group is a homegrown company, headquartered in Providence. Like most businesses, they went through some tough times beginning in 2008. Financing their project became a major challenge when Wall Street imploded…
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Mayor Taveras Delivers 2014 State of the City Address

PROVIDENCE, RI - Delivering his 2014 State of the City address this evening at Providence City Hall, Mayor Angel Taveras spoke of a city that has weathered hard times and is improving with hard work and new investments in city services, public education, public safety and quality of life. "We've been through the hard times of the Great Recession. But we never lost hope. And we never stopped believing that better days were ahead," Mayor Taveras said. "We are working hard and making investments that will propel Providence into a future of greater economic strength and prosperity." During the 30-minute…
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Jorge Elorza, Democratic candidate for Mayor of Providence, issued the following statement on Providence Public School Department’s busing policy

Providence - Our city’s public high school students are not eligible for bus passes unless they live more than three miles from school. Students that fall into the far end of that range could be walking for as long as 45 minutes to an hour just to make it to their first period classes. As a community, we have to do everything in our power to make sure our students are in their classrooms and learning. Our students face too many challenges for us to be creating additional institutional barriers for them. Denying students who live between 2-3 miles away…
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Cicilline Delivers Almost 4,000 Valentines to Rhode Island Veterans

PAWTUCKET, RI – In an effort to support our nation’s veterans and thank them for their service, Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) monday delivered almost 4,000 Valentine’s Day cards prepared by Rhode Island school children to veterans at the VA Medical Center in Providence and the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol. “We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to our veterans who have served with honor and sacrificed so much to protect our country," said Cicilline. "This is one small way to say thank you and I am pleased so many student volunteers showed their support for our veterans…
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Secretary of State Mollis and Staff to Highlight their Efforts to Make it Easier for Rhode Island Businesses to Start and/or Expand Businesses

PROVIDENCE, RI -- As a result of legislation passed by the General Assembly, creating the FIRST STOP Business Information Center, it is now easier for Rhode Islanders to open, maintain, and grow their businesses. On Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 3:00 Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis and his staff will speak to members in the House Lounge, which will highlight the services available to constituents who are interested in turning their vision for a business into a reality. The presentation will be repeated at the Rise for those who can’t make it at 3:00 “I want every Rhode Islander…
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Lorne Adrian for Providence Mayor

Lorne Adrian spoke about the support of Latinos and understanding the needs of Latinos as well as the state tuition, his opposition, licenses for undocumented immigrants and his own family security. Adrian also spoke of the importance of public service which he learned from his parents who worked very hard to support their family of eight children but found time to serve their community by volunteering, his father as a Boy Scouts master and his mother at Meals on Wheels.
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