Tag Archives: Rhode Island

Rhode Island Drops “Plantations” From Official Name

The Associated Press reports: A statewide referendum that would shorten Rhode Island’s official name was approved by voters on Election Day. With 100-percent of precincts reporting, nearly 53-percent of voters approved a ballot question to remove Providence Plantations from its name. Advocates say the word plantation evokes images of slavery in the state. Opponents argued that the word instead is …

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RI Trump Boat Parade Turns Ugly With Threats To Park Rangers, Gun Threat Over Masks, Homophobic Slur

New Hampshire Public Radio reports: A flotilla of about a hundred boats paraded across Narragansett Bay on Sunday afternoon in a rally supporting President Donald Trump. Roughly two thousand onlookers cheered from the shore. The event, which was organized on Facebook, was called “Trump Boat Rally in RI Lets turn the Bay RED!!!” Along the route, some boaters tossed chum …

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SCOTUS Rejects GOP Attack On RI Voting By Mail

Reuters reports: The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday left in place a lower-court ruling that relaxes voting restrictions in Rhode Island during the coronavirus pandemic. The justices rejected an emergency request made by the Republican National Committee and the state’s Republican Party. The decision means that mail-in ballots will not, as usual, have to be accompanied by the signatures of …

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Rhode Island Gov Issues “Stay At Home” Order As State Police Begin Stopping Vehicles With NY Plates [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: Rhode Island’s National Guard and state police are stopping motorists with New York license plates and going door-to-door to find people who may have traveled recently from the state. The enforcement actions come after Gov. Gina Raimondo ordered that anyone who has moved from New York state to Rhode Island in the past two weeks must self-quarantine …

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Rhode Island Sees First Virus Case, Patient Visited Italy

The Providence Journal reports: The Rhode Island Department of Health has announced the state’s first “presumptive positive” case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The person is in their 40s and had traveled to Italy in mid-February, the department says. The news release does not reveal the person’s gender or hometown. It says that the person has had “limited travel” in …

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Rhode Island Gov Endorses Bloomberg, First Gov Nod

The Associated Press reports: Billionaire presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg snagged his first endorsement from a governor on Wednesday, as Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo called him the right leader to take on President Donald Trump. Raimondo, a longtime political ally of Bloomberg’s, was due to appear with him at a morning event in Providence to officially endorse him, the Bloomberg …

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Opponent Taunts Dem Senator With “Boof” Ad [VIDEO]

We’ll likely see a lot of these. From the right wing Hot Air: Could Sheldon Whitehouse suddenly find himself vulnerable to a Republican challenger in deep-blue Rhode Island? Almost certainly not, but it’s certainly fun to play out this string anyway. Bob Flanders launched a new ad highlighting the most excruciatingly embarrassing five minutes in recent Senate history — Whitehouse’s …

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RHODE ISLAND: Gubernatorial Candidate Drives Yacht Onto Rocks While Blasting Message To Beachgoers

The New York Daily News reports: A candidate for governor in Rhode Island had to be rescued by the Coast Guard on Sunday after his yacht hit rocks while blasting music at beachgoers to draw attention to his campaign. Joe Trillo thanked first responders Monday for rescuing him and three others near Charlestown, R.I. He said they hit a rock …

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RHODE ISLAND: Kidnapping Victim Demands Name Be Removed From Anti-Porn Bill Pushed By Anti-Gay Loon

The Hill reports: A Utah woman who was kidnapped from her home as a teenager in 2002 is demanding a controversial bill targeting online pornography stop using her name. Elizabeth Smart sent a cease-and-desist letter to prevent her name from being used to push a Rhode Island bill that would require a $20 fee to view pornography online. It is …

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Rhode Island: The 10th State To Ban Ex-Gay Torture

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has signed her state’s bill outlawing ex-gay torture. That brings us to ten states, Washington DC, and host of cities big and small around the country. Via press release: “No child should be put through the dangerous and inhumane practice of conversion therapy,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “Medical professionals agree this outdated and …

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Hundreds March Past Gay Man’s House After He Pens “Humorous” Letter Criticizing Yoga Pants [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Hundreds of women, girls and other supporters proudly donned their yoga pants Sunday as they peacefully paraded around the Rhode Island neighborhood of a man who derided the attire as tacky and ridiculous. Alan Sorrentino said the response to his letter to the editor, printed in The Barrington Times on Wednesday, has been “vicious” and that …

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Bernie Sanders Wins Rhode Island Primary

Bernie Sanders snapped Hillary Clinton’s streak tonight, taking the Rhode Island primary in what may be his sole win for the day. Only the Connecticut race remains to be called and the candidates are neck and neck there.

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RHODE ISLAND: State Supreme Court Rejects Suits Of Firefighters “Forced” To Drive In Providence Pride Parade

Via the Associated Press: The Rhode Island Supreme Court has thrown out lawsuits brought by two Providence firefighters who said their constitutional rights were violated when they were ordered to drive a truck in a gay pride parade despite their religious objections. The firefighters, Theodore Fabrizio and Stephen Deninno, argued that they are Roman Catholics and therefore do not support …

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RHODE ISLAND: State Supreme Court Hears Case Of Firefighters “Forced” To Drive In Providence Pride Parade

The Rhode Island Supreme Court today heard the case of two firefighters who are suing the city of Providence and former Mayor Buddy Cianci because 13 years ago they had to drive a firetruck during the pride parade. Which violated their religious freedom to be bigots, of course. Following the nearly hour-long hearing, Cianci said he was astonished that 13 …

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Providence Mayoral Candidate Brett Smiley Features Husband In Campaign Ad

Really cute ad. More about him here.

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RHODE ISLAND: Gay House Speaker Steps Down After FBI Raid On Home & Office

Openly gay Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox announced yesterday that he is stepping down from his leadership position and will not seek reelection after the FBI conducted a raid on his home and office. The FBI has not disclosed the nature of the investigation. “Because of the respect I have for all members of the House of Representatives, I …

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RHODE ISLAND: Catholic Priest Vows Revenge On Pro-Marriage Legislators

In response to the beginning of same-sex marriage in Rhode Island, a Catholic priest there has sent an open letter to state senators, warning them that he will rally his parishioners to unseat them if they voted for it. Which would be illegal, of course. From Father Brian Sistare’s letter: Dear RI Senators who voted for “marriage” between members of …

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Brown University Vs Westboro

Via JMG reader Dwight comes this photo snapped by Brown Professor Wendy Schiller.  Westboro is touring Rhode Island today to whine about the first day of same-sex marriage.

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Anti-Gay Hate Group Tells Clerks In MN & RI They Don’t Have To Marry Gays

Just one day after NOM’s Brian Brown issued a spittle-flecked denouncement of the “lawless” politicians who defy same-sex marriage bans, Alliance Defending Freedom has issued a notice to clerks in Rhode Island and Minnesota, offering them free legal defense if they defy local marriage laws. Alliance Defending Freedom is advising officials responsible for issuing marriage licenses in Rhode Island and …

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