Bernie makes his case
"African Americans are twice as likely to be arrested and almost four times as likely to experience the use of force during encounters with the police."
Pretty flexible for a despot
"Rhode Island will become just the second state to mandate the vaccine … and the only state to do so by regulatory fiat, without public debate, and without consideration from the elected representatives of the people."
Coast Guard is better than average
"Every year the First Coast Guard District saves 350 lives in the Northeast."
Chafee decries drone strikes
"One of the reasons I believe we’re in trouble in Yemen is we lost the population on drone strikes issues. That’s what stirred up the population. That’s what is happening in Yemen."
What about snow and ice?
"It’s commercial vehicles, 18 wheelers and above … that cause 90 plus percent of the damages on our highways and bridges."
All in the bubbles
"This March, for the first time in human history, the monthly average carbon dioxide in our atmosphere exceeded 400 parts per million. The range had been 170-300 parts per million for hundreds of thousands of years."
A crazy rabbit hole
"The profit [from automated traffic enforcement cameras] is going to the private corporations, not to the city or state."
Cost so far: 4.5 billion dimes
The Convention Center "was sold as a building that would never cost taxpayers a dime."
Dangerous but not THAT dangerous
"Once a woman enters into the sex trade, her average life expectancy is seven years."
Dud claim goes up in smoke
There was "a 57-percent decrease in fireworks-related injuries in 2000 [after Connecticut legalized sparklers] compared to the 14 years prior."
Numbers have been stable
"The proportion of Rhode Islanders entering substance abuse treatment primarily due to marijuana use has reached its highest point in 20 years."
31 percent increase over the past century
Annual precipitation "has increased in Rhode Island by over 12 inches in the last century."
Percentage points vs percentage
"We had the biggest drop of the rate of unemployment (in) all but 4 states."
Looks like a good bet
"The people of Tiverton have historically supported [gambling measures] at a rate higher than the rest of the state."
It's a burning issue
A Penn State University study found that "electronic cigarettes . . . are far less addictive than cigarettes."
Based on one Stanford University study
Rhode Island "charter schools are nationally recognized as outperforming their counterparts across the country."
Make that 31.5 cents
"More than 30 cents of every state tax dollar goes to Medicaid."
Secret memo is highly contested
"In the early 1980s, Sen. Edward Kennedy secretly offered to help Soviet leaders counter the Reagan administration’s position on nuclear disarmament."
True in 2011
"Rhode Island has the second highest per enrollee (Medicaid) cost of any state in the country, which is 60 percent higher than the national average."
The foods are common, organisms in the food are not
"In an average grocery store, roughly 75 percent of processed foods contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs."
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