Statements about History
"Since 1988, Congress has raised its own salary 15 times 'to reflect rising costs.' But raised the minimum wage only three times."
"Under Mayor Cicilline, [Providence] was a sanctuary city."
The R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority "was supposed to exist only until the bonds used to build the Newport Bridge were paid off through tolls. Once the bonds were paid, the Newport Bridge was to be transferred to the State of Rhode Island and become toll-free."
"Global surface temperatures have been flat for 16 years."
Twenty four states have voter ID or comparable restrictions; before Barack Obama was elected, it was two.
The ocean is now "much more acidic . . . than it has been for many millions of years."
The oceans "have become 30 percent more acidic."
Economic Development Commission Executive Director Keith Stokes "sent me a letter and he said the taxpayers will never be on the hook for these bonds" for 38 Studios.
"Seventy-four percent of Rhode Islanders support [a] national popular vote [for president] because they, as I, believe in one person-one vote."
Rhode Island "didn't ratify the 13th Amendment to the Constitution to pay federal income taxes. So Rhode Island doesn't even have to pay federal income taxes."
Historically, the Social Security tax has been assessed on about 90% of U.S. income. Now it captures 83% because there's been such a growth of income among the highest earners.
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is buried "not far" from President Kennedy’s grave.
"Narragansett Bay waters are getting warmer -- 4 degrees Fahrenheit warmer in the winter since the 1960s."
The state budget proposal has been submitted "on time and [it's] the earliest that a governor has done so in over two decades."
"Sheldon Whitehouse [got] a secret closed-door briefing, warning of the [2008 economic] crash."
Says when Rhode Island Lottery was proposed, "state residents were enticed to vote for it with the promise that the money would be used for education."
"Martin Luther King was a Republican."
"In 1790, the first Congress, which was packed with framers, required all ship owners to provide medical insurance for seamen; in 1798, Congress also required seamen to buy hospital insurance for themselves. In 1792, Congress enacted a law mandating that all able-bodied citizens obtain a firearm."
"What is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons? Believe it or not . . . a Congress!"
"When the country was founded, Congress had exactly the same attitude about the sanctity of Christmas celebrations that a 7-Eleven does today: 'Yeah, we're open.'"
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