Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Although there are 700 absentee ballots outstanding, it appears Middletown Town Council will have new faces.
[updated at 9:30 a.m. The official count will be available around 2 p.m. this afternoon, according to officials.] After Tuesday's election, Middletown Town Council might have several new members. The results do not include 700 absentee ballots that remain to be counted. Three incumbents did not receive enough votes for re-election, including current Council President Arthur Weber. Councilors Edward Silveria and Antone Viveiros also did not receive enough votes at the polls. Councilor Richard Cambra did not seek re-election. Challenger Paul Rodrigues was the top vote-getter for Middletown Council, pulling in 3262 total votes. "I am very proud," said his 88 year-old mother, Georginna Rodrigues with a wide smile during the democratic …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Watch tonight's presidential debate online and on TV. As you watch, stop back share your thoughts with the community!
The first debate between President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney is scheduled for tonight. 9 p.m. Topic: Domestic policy Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Location: Denver, Colorado Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney Moderator: Jim Lehrer, Executive Editor of the PBS NewsHour TV Channels – C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as all cable news channels including CNN, Fox News and MSNBC among others. Watch it online: YouTube's Election Hub The next debate is scheduled for Oct. 11. Do you think presidental debates influence voter decisons? Take our poll!
Some say the Denver debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama could change the campaigns.
The much-anticipated debate between Republican Mitt Romney and Democrat Barack Obama will air tonight and pundits on both sides of the political aisle have spent the last few days breathlessly pontificating on how the debate can reshape the campaigns. For the local schedule and guide to the presidental debate, click here Some say Romney is seeking to downplay his performance in the debate and its outcome in an attempt to lower expectations of the GOP candidate’s face-off with President Obama. Doing so means that if Romney does better than expected, it increases his chances of being declared the winner. Romney supporters are hoping the debate will help reshape and reboot his campaign, which has taken numerous hits in recent weeks for …
Friday, September 14, 2012
The video, produced by a Chafee staffer on his own time, included the url to the governor’s state website.
A video made to announce Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., earlier this month has been removed from YouTube following a complaint by a blogger for Rhode Island Patch sites. The video – which featured audio from speeches by Pres. Obama and Gov. Chafee – had ended with a list of references, including “www.gov.ri.gov.” Blogger Rene Lafayette wrote, "This is a clear violation of partisan, political use of publicly funded resources," in a blog posted on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Christine Hunsinger, Chafee's spokeswoman, said Thursday the video was made by James Alvarez, who works in the governor's communications office. He "volunteered to do it on his own time and used his own computer," …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The following are poll results from the Sept. 11, 2012 primary election.
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- Olga Enger
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The following are the preliminary results from the statewide primary election held Tuesday, Sept. 11. The following only reflects votes cast in Middletown and does not include mail ballots, which will be counted later this week by the state Board of Elections SENATOR IN CONGRESS REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS DISTRICT 1 SENATOR IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 12 REPRESENTATIVE IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 72 REPRESENTATIVE IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 73 REPRESENTATIVE IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 74
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Sen. Whitehouse toured Rite Solutions, a Middletown company, as part of a tour to discuss job creation initiatives.
As part of a month-long job tour of the state, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse visited Middletown yesterday. He visited Rite Solutions, which is considered a fast-growing company in Middletown that specializes in a broad array of technologies including decision support systems, interactive multi-media training, and a variety of IT network technologies. His officer said the purpose of the tour is to speak to small business owners and employees directly about what they need to succeed in this tough economy. Since its founding in 2000, Rite Solutions has rapidly expanded the company workforce. During his tour, Senator Whitehouse discussed his support for hiring tax credits that will bolster the efforts of small businesses like Rite Solutions to …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Over the weekend, Patch polled several prominent local Republicans and Democrats in a Patch survey about their thoughts on Gov. Mitt Romney's selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as a vice president selection.
Rhode Island Republican political influencers strongly agree that Gov. Mitt Romney's choice of Rep. Paul Ryan as his choice for vice president will help galvanize the state republicans. However state Republicans are split on whether his choice will help win over undecided voters, according to a Patch snap poll conducted over the weekend. Meanwhile, a majority of Democrats surveyed on the same topic over the weekend feel Romney's choice of the Wisconsin congressman for vice president will help galvanize the Democratic party in the state and help win the votes of senior citizens. Patch sent survey questions to 52 Republicans and 52 Democratic party activists and elected officials within 48 hours of Romney's announcement. Twelve Republicans …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Candidates running for democratic seats walked the campaign trail last weekend in Middletown.
Linda Finn, who is running for a House seat against incumbent Daniel Reilly hit the campaign trail along with fellow democrat incumbents State Senator Lou DiPalma and Congressman David Cicilline. The candidates went door to door around Easton's Point neighborhood in Middletown last weekend. DiPalma said he plans to take this weekend off from campaigning, in order to celebrate his oldest daughter's wedding. The bride, Middletown School Committee Member, Kellie DiPalma, is no stranger to the campaign trail herself. She walked the trail with her father in 2010 and she is back on the ballot this year. Finn said she plans to go back out this weekend, but has not narrowed down the neighborhood. She has constituents in Newport, Portsmouth as…
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The following release was provided by Elect Linda Finn
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island PAC has officially endorsed Democratic candidate, Linda Finn, in the RI House District 72 race. “As a woman and mother, I am honored to receive the endorsement of Planned Parenthood,” said Linda Finn. “The services Planned Parenthood provides to women, such as lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, prevention and treatment of STIs, mammograms, and more are critical to the well-being of every woman in our state.” “We are grateful that Linda is running and that she is a strong advocate of women’s health issues,” said Paula Hodges, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy of Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island. “Unlike my opponent, who is a cosponsor of H 7205 which would mandate that women …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Twenty-six Senate and House members have declined their annual COLA pay increase that started on July 1. This is twice as many as last year.
The growing number of lawmakers who have refused a pay increase this year is already more than double than last year. According to House Spokesman Larry Berman, as of Tuesday, 26 of the 113 Senate and House members have formally declined the 3.2 percent raise, including Representative Daniel Reilly, who represents constituents in all three municipalities on Aquidneck island. Every year the salary is adjusted, based US Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) for the 12-month average ending December 2011. Last year legislators received a 1.6 percent increase, including Rep. Reilly. “I didn't know we received a raise last year,” said Reilly. “I would have declined it, for all the reasons I declined this one,” he said. Reilly …