Tom Mooney is a general assignment reporter at The Providence Journal, specializing in narrative features. He has won numerous national and regional awards for his writing.
The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Tom Mooney
Rhode Island is the last state still using the Optech III P voting machines and they don’t meet suggested federal standards.
"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."
Providence has "amongst the highest tax rate(s) in the entire country."
"We will spend $100 billion in Afghanistan this year, fixing roads, building bridges, training police officers, and more, [and] cutting the same things in our own country."
Says that as Providence’s mayor, David Cicilline said the city had a "world-class … school system. Not only did Providence not have a world-class school system but as measured, was amongst the last school system in the entire country."
"President Obama is attacking Paul Ryan on Medicare even though it is his administration with the help of Jim Langevin who cut $716 billion from Medicare."
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."
"(Brendan) Doherty wants to raise the eligibility age for Social Security benefits for anyone born after 1960, with no regard for the challenges it would cause for people working in physically demanding occupations."
In June 2012 "we actually had more people go on Social Security Disability [85,000] ... than the 80,000 jobs that were created."
After the 9/11 terrorist attacks grounded commercial air traffic, "there was a temperature drop while the airplanes weren't flying, for the week afterwards."