The latest statements we've reviewed for PolitiFact Rhode Island

The General Assembly "has no explicit constitutional authority to impose income, sales, estate and the myriad of other taxes upon us."

"The (New England) Patriots were led by an explosive offense that scored the second most points in the NFL."

"You don’t see Norway losing population, and its taxes are astronomical."

"Earlier this year, [John DePetro] was accused of sexually assaulting a female co-worker."

"Of all cities in the United States with more than 100,000 people, Providence is the 183rd safest."

"61 percent of non-tea party Republicans actually agree...there is 'solid evidence the earth is warming,' ...[but] 70 percent of tea partiers, contrarily, say there is 'no solid evidence' the earth is warming."

"Rhode Island’s teen binge drinking rate is double the national average."

"The vast, overwhelming majority of [crimes that occur with a firearm] are committed by people who don’t legally possess that firearm in the first place."

The town of Cumberland has "its highest bond rating in history."

Passing a federal firearms "background check through the NICS database . . . typically takes 90 seconds."

"Since 1988, Congress has raised its own salary 15 times 'to reflect rising costs.' But raised the minimum wage only three times."

"Only 25 percent of what people buy is subject to Rhode Island’s sales tax."

In a poll, "53 percent of young Republican voters . . . under age 35 said that they would describe a climate [change] denier as 'ignorant,' 'out of touch' or 'crazy.'"

"Under Mayor Cicilline, [Providence] was a sanctuary city."

Rhode Island's unemployment insurance system "is the most expensive such system in the country."

"We have created new jobs here in Cranston -- more than 1,000."

"Providence has more of its pension fund invested in hedge funds and is less transparent" about it than the state.

"Soldiers Donating to Tea Party Now Face Punishment Under the Uniform Code of Military Justice."

"Test scores had gone up steadily for 40 years until No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top."    

Gov. Lincoln Chafee has imposed "a mandatory abortion fee" on all Rhode Islanders who buy health insurance through the state’s Obamacare exchange.

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