"Rhode Island could tell you who has a camper, but we couldn't figure out who has a gun."
No reefer madness here
In annual surveys of Rhode Island communities that receive Drug Free community grants, many report that more than 50 percent of youth surveyed do not think daily marijuana use poses any serious risk of harm.
Voters can't master the master lever
"More than 9,000 Rhode Island voters used the Moderate Party master lever mechanism and they didn't have a single Moderate on their ballot."
True for Newport, less so for Providence
Tide gauges measuring sea level in Rhode Island since 1930 have risen "maybe about 10 inches since that time."
But a constitutional amendment isn't the issue
"The governor does not have any power to veto a referendum [on same-sex marriage] that would be a constitutional amendment."
Is shorter session better?
"Eleven states complete their [legislative] sessions within three calendar months, and another five only meet biennially."
Feds didn't give up control
Rhode Island has taken its federal Medicaid funding and shown it can run the program more cost-effectively than the federal government.
Not all problem gamblers are gambling addicts
"There’s at least 7,500 addicted gamblers in Rhode Island, at least, … it could be as high as 22,000."
Update: New ruling after additional evidence on loan repayment
"The Providence Economic Development Partnership . . .which you [Cicilline] chaired, loaned $103,000 in taxpayer funds to one of your campaign workers. The worker never paid back the loan."
No debating high taxes
Providence has "amongst the highest tax rate(s) in the entire country."
It's 22 months, not 24
"When President Obama took office, we were losing 700,000 jobs a month. Now we've had job growth, I think, for 24 consecutive months."
75 years from NOW, not 2033.
"For Social Security, which is projected to remain solvent through 2033, Whitehouse has cosponsored [a bill that] . . . would extend the life of the program by an additional 75 years."
Record shows he voted
Rep. Peter Petrarca "voted on two pieces of legislation that helped auto body shops … and at that point I think there is a conflict of interest."
PACs? Yes. Special interests? It's lots more
"Thirty percent of [Sheldon Whitehouse' campaign] money is coming from special interests."
The candidates have helped
"An April study found that about 70 percent of ads in this election cycle have been negative [due to SuperPACs], up from only 9 percent through the same period in 2008."
Numbers vary, but not by much
"Only 14 percent of Catholics agree with the Vatican's position that abortion should be illegal."
Because the national debt is so high.
The "Buffett rule" "raises virtually no money, maybe a day and a half of our borrowing per year."
Not quite a bull's-eye.
"Rhode Island is the only state where officers at state-supported [colleges] carry out their duties unarmed."
Stat not quite up to speed
John G. Edwards
"They're saying that 40 percent of the traffic that goes over [the Sakonnet River Bridge is from] out of state."
A taxing burden.
"The commercial property tax [in Providence] is second highest in the country behind Detroit."
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