Monday, November 1, 2010
The following was submitted by Rice, who is running for reelection in District 72 (Portsmouth, Middletown, Newport).
Monday, November 1, 2010
To the editor, With each year, it seems the decisions we face in the General Assembly become increasingly difficult. I am pleased that we were once again able to significantly reduce spending while also preventing tax increases. I voted for the budget, which contains no broad-based tax increases, $28 million in pension reform; restoration of funding to Neighborhood Opportunities Program for affordable housing; funding for community-based hospitals; and a subsidized jobs, training and assistance program that will bring in up to $47.5 million in federal money. The budget restores $48.6 million in property tax relief (that the governor proposed cutting) by including the third quarter and half of the fourth quarter of the motor vehicle excise …
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Thirteen candidates are running for Town Council Nov. 2, 2010. Today's profile reveals the viewpoints of Edward J. Silveira Jr., an unendorsed Democrat seeking re-election to a fourth term. Read about all the candidates under the Election '10 Homepage tab
"It's been an interesting six years," stated Edward J. Silveira Jr., when asked about his last three terms as a Middletown Town Council member. Seeking his fourth, he added, "I am happy to say I am an independent Democrat, an unendorsed Democrat who has pulled away from the Democratic Party." Citing leadership as a necessary qualification for his re-election, particularly in areas of town zoning and planning, Silveira, 38, and a master marketing associate with Sysco for 16 years, stated, "You need experience to move the town forward." The day after the interview, Silveira was traveling to Washington, D.C., to meet with a consultant that works on behalf of Middletown. On the table for discussion were various fund seeking activities in the …
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
After a two-year absence, former Republican District 74 state Representative Bruce Long re-enters the political arena seeking one of the seven at-large Town Council seats, this time as an Independent candidate.
Bruce J. Long, a former Republican member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, and current Middletown candidate running for Town Council, believes political parties no longer serve their constituents and that it's high time local government becomes non-partisan. Long, 59, not yet sixty, he pressed to make clear in an interview, had served Jamestown and Middletown as the District 74 RI House Representative for nearly 30 years, making him the longest-serving house member. He was seeking his 15th term in 2008 when Democrat Deborah L. Ruggiero unseated him. Emphasizing his experience with state government, he said, "I've got over 700 numbers on my cell, and I know how things work and who to call." The candidate described his run for …