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Skier Gus Kenworthy blasts Ivanka Trump's appearance at Olympics closing ceremony

American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy wants to know what Ivanka Trump is doing at the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Games.

Kenworthy tweeted a photo of his teammates Sunday and said: "So proud of all these people! Everybody here has worked so hard to make it to the Olympics and have the opportunity to walk in the closing ceremony! Well... Everyone except Ivanka."

He then used an abbreviated profanity in asking why she was there.

The elder daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump is watching the closing ceremony in the same box as South Korean President Moon Jae-In and top North Korean official Kim Yong Chol. She has said the purpose of her visit is to advocate maximum pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear program.

Kenworthy earlier made headlines when he shared a televised kiss with his boyfriend after his Olympic run.

Read more: https://www.ctpost.com/olympics/article/Skier-Gus-Kenworthy-blasts-Ivanka-Trump-s-12707640.php

Democratic Candidates Talk About Hard Decisions at Forum

EAST HARTFORD, CT — More than 100 Democrats from the Greater Hartford area gathered at the Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy to hear from eight of their gubernatorial hopefuls.

It was one of several forums being organized by local Democratic Town Committees around the state, whereas the state Republican Party was hosting its third of five debates in West Haven Wednesday.

Democratic officials suggested their party’s decentralized approach to scheduling debates will be helpful to the candidates who know what happens in the next step.

East Hartford Town Committee Chairman Craig Stevenson said he thinks the local debate will increase voter participation in town and get people excited about the election.

Read more: http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/2018221_no_clear_front-runner_emerges_from_democratic_forum/

Harris Meets Fundraising Threshold, Goes All In On Race for Governor

WEST HARTFORD, CT — Whether it was his vision for Blue Back Square or his friendship over the years more than 100 supporters turned out Saturday to hear about Jonathan Harris’ next challenge— a run for governor.

Harris, 53, the former mayor, former state senator, former Department of Consumer Protection commissioner, and former executive director of the Democratic Party was praised Saturday by his colleagues for being a kind leader.

He might not have the same kind of name recognition as other Democrats vying for the job, but Harris seems to be well-liked among the party’s faithful. Something that will matter in the next round of the competition when he has to compete for 15 percent of the delegates to the two-day convention in May.

“He understands what leadership is all about,” West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor said Saturday.

Read more: http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/2018224_harris_receives_praise_for_leadership_meets_fundraising_threshold/#more

Rhode Island legislators, including Mattiello, introduce 'red flag' bill

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island lawmakers, including NRA-backed House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, have proposed a “red flag law” — also known as a gun-violence restraining order — to allow family members, the attorney general or police to ask a judge to temporarily keep guns away from people who display warning signs of violence.

The proposal was introduced in the House of Representatives on Friday.

Gov. Gina Raimondo, in a statement released Friday, said she would sign an executive order on Monday “establishing a statewide red flag policy that will take effect immediately, but we still need to pass legislation so these protections are in place permanently.”

“I applaud the legislature for introducing strong red flag legislation. I urge the General Assembly to take swift action to pass it,” said Raimondo.

Read more: http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20180223/ri-legislators-including-mattiello-introduce-red-flag-bill

150 protest Trump agenda at Rhode Island State House rally

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The 150 or so Rhode Islanders gathered in front of the State House Saturday are good and mad at every single policy, tweet, appointment and comment coming from the nation’s 45th commander in chief, President Donald Trump.

“Impeach the Treasonous Clown,” “Shut Down the Lies and Bigotry,” “Grab Trump by the Mid-Terms,” “Put the Pig in the Pokey” and “Topple Trump” read just of the few of the signs carried by the protestors at the “No President’s Above the Law” rally organized by Indivisible Rhode Island, a group that resists the Trump agenda.

“This man is a domestic abuser. He shouldn’t be in the White House. He should be in jail,” Shanna Wells, organizer of Rhode Island’s Women’s March, said to the crowd.

Wells faulted Trump for waiting a week to reject domestic violence after revelations that a top aide had abused his ex-wives. She counted the ways she believes Trump’s own behavior indicates a pattern of abuse.

Read more: http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20180224/150-protest-trump-agenda-at-ri-state-house-rally

Rhode Island bill would tax violent video games to pay for mental-health counseling in schools

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rep. Robert Nardolillo III, R–Coventry, will introduce legislation to increase mental health and counseling resources in schools by implementing a tax on video games rated mature or higher.

“There is evidence that children exposed to violent video games at a young age tend to act more aggressively than those who are not,” Nardolillo said in a statement. “This bill would give schools the additional resources needed to help students deal with that aggression in a positive way.”

Because states cannot ban the sale of certain video games to minors, Nardolillo’s proposal would allocate money to counteract the aggression they may cause. The legislation would levy an additional 10-percent sales tax to video games sold in Rhode Island with a rating of “M” or higher.

Revenue generated by this tax would then be placed in a special account for school districts to use to pay for counseling, mental health programs, and other conflict-resolution activities.

Read more: http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20180221/ri-bill-would-tax-violent-video-games-to-pay-for-mental-health-counseling-in-schools

Brown University Walks Back Plans For Performing Arts Center

In a win for historic preservationists, Brown University is changing its plans for a new performing arts center. The proposal for a new building drew the ire of some community members in the city.

That’s because the plan involved razing or moving a total of five historic buildings on Providence’s East Side, a neighborhood dotted with well-preserved houses dating back centuries. The proposal drew criticism from the Providence Preservation Society, which has worked to protect historic buildings in the city since the 1950s.

Brown University’s new proposal keeps the performing arts center on the East Side, which the school says will better serve undergraduates. But the new plan involves the relocation of just one historic structure, the Sharpe House, built in 1873.

In a statement, university officials said that they recognize the concerns of preservationists, and are "dedicated to being a good community partner."

The new plan goes before the City Plan Commission next month.

http://ripr.org/post/brown-university-walks-back-plans-performing-arts-center#stream/0

New Hampshire Lawmaker Says State Liquor Commission Aiding Cross-Border 'Money Laundering'

In New England, New Hampshire is well known for tax-free liquor sales, which makes the Granite State a popular destination for out-of-staters looking to stock up on alcohol.

State-run liquor outlets dot highways near the state's borders.

But now, a politician is accusing the New Hampshire State Liquor Commission, which regulates alcohol sales, of skirting federal law.

With few exceptions, the IRS requires businesses to document when someone spends more than $10,000 in cash on a single purchase. State liquor rules also require employees to fill out this IRS documentation anytime someone is “purchasing a volume of product totaling $10,000 or more in cash, either through one or multiple related transactions.”

New Hampshire Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky alleges the agency is turning a blind eye to illegal cash transactions involving out-of-state purchasers. Volinsky claims the commission may be allowing bulk liquor buyers to evade IRS reporting requirements, or steering staffers away from documenting smaller purchases that are, in fact, part of larger buying sprees.

Read more: http://ripr.org/post/nh-lawmaker-says-state-liquor-commission-aiding-cross-border-money-laundering#stream/0

Rhode Island Supreme Court Catches Up With Cop, Firefighter Disability Claims

Rhode Island state and local government have grappled with police and firefighter disability pensions for many years. Now, as RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains, two recent Rhode Island Supreme Court have gone against police and firefighters. (Advance copy of commentary scheduled to air Monday.)

In two recent cases, Rhode Island’s highest court has decided against cops and firefighters who were collecting disability pensions for injuries they suffered on the job. In the first one, the court decided the state Retirement Board was entitled to question the pension granted to a former Cranston police officer who objected after his payments were reduced by the state.

This matter involved John Grasso, a former cop who is now a Providence lawyer. The opinion stated that the purpose of disability for police and firefighters is to make them whole for job-related injuries. In an opinion authored by Justice William Robinson, III, the court stated that the intent of the law wasn’t to give a first responder a pension for life if he or she finds another career and earns as much or more money that the pension amount.

The second case involved what many taxpayers would view as a scam. It involved a Providence firefighter, John Sauro, who received a disability pension after a shoulder injury. His hurt his shoulder in 1999 while carrying a man down a flight of stairs. He retired on accidental disability a year later.

Then, in 2011, Sauro was caught on camera by WPRI-Channel 12 vigorously lifting weights at a gym. That led Providence city government to question Sauro’s status and revoke his $3,900 monthly pension.

Read more: http://ripr.org/post/ri-supreme-court-catches-cop-firefighter-disability-claims

National Democrats may not invest in Baker fight

WASHINGTON — Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, standing with several other Democratic governors Saturday, was fired up about her party’s prospects for winning gubernatorial races around the country this November.

“We expect the Democrats to have one of the best years we’ve had in a long time,” said Raimondo, vice chairwoman of the national group focused on electing Democratic governors, the Democratic Governors Association.

But asked a few minutes later whether she thought Republican Governor Charlie Baker’s perch is ripe for taking and whether she’d like to see him defeated, Raimondo sang a different tune.

“Charlie, I think, is very popular and is doing a good job,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed working with him, and we have a good bipartisan, collaborative relationship.”

Read more: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/02/24/will-another-baker-gubernatorial-run-successful/UQ8q8L4KVxSgQSdxumnNUO/story.html
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