The Scoop: Harrop Blasts RI GOP Over Failure to Attract Hispanics
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Harrop Blasts RI GOP Over Failure to Attract Hispanics
Republican candidate for mayor of Providence Daniel Harrop is criticizing the RI GOP over its ineffective attempts to court the Hispanic vote and it’s poor handling of immigration reform.
“The RI GOP has not addressed this constituency successfully,” Harrop told GoLocal. “The RI GOP is going to make no significant headway in the General Assembly without picking up some seats in the urban core in Rhode Island.”
According to Harrop, the RI GOP has been particularly ineffective in appealing to Rhode Island’s Hispanic popular due to its stance on immigration reform.
“The Democrats have been successful because they have supported immigration reform. And why not? Who is going to deport 12 million plus people immigrants? The Democrats have also continually stood with the Hispanic community while the RI GOP has continued to insist on little to no contact until the borders are sealed and the immigration issues are settled,” said Harrop.
As for Harrop, he supports the Dream Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors), which was first proposed in the U.S. Senate in 2001.
“As a candidate several times in Providence, I have specifically supported the Dream Act, immigration reform leading to a pathway to citizenship, and in-state tuition fees for high school graduates who may not have appropriate residency documentation,” Harrop said.
“We are losing generations of new voters in failing to support immigration reform, as Ronald Reagan did,” added Harrop.
In order to address this gap, Harrop is encouraging Republican candidates, staff and supporters to attend the Roosevelt Society’s upcoming “Engaging Latinos in Your Community & Political Organizations” event, which will address ways to effectively and respectfully engage the Hispanic population in community and/or political efforts.
The RI GOP currently has a Hispanic Assembly tasked with reaching out to Hispanic voters, but the group has been largely unsuccessful attracting the state’s more than 54,000 eligible Hispanic voters.
Michael Napolitano, RI GOP Communications Director, told GoLocal that he acknowledges the party could be doing more to attract Hispanic voters and stated that they’re currently “working on messaging.”
In regard to immigration reform, Napolitano told GoLocal that the RI GOP does support a pathway to citizenship as long as it includes sealing the country’s borders and implementing an e-verification system.
Interestingly, former Rhode Island Republican Hispanic Assembly chairman Ivan Marte resigned his post and quit the GOP in 2009 following South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson’s outburst during a President Obama address to Congress in which he shouted “You lie,” while the President was speaking.
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Mayor Taveras to participate in Mayors for Education Excellence Tour.
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras will take part in the upcoming Mayors for Educational Excellence Tour (MEET), which kicks off Wednesday, October 16 in Denver, CO.
As part of tomorrow’s festivities, Taveras will join Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson to tour Denver’s public schools.
The mayors will meet students, faculty, parents, city leaders, and local education innovators—all who have played a role in the improvement of public school education for Denver students grades K-12.
From Denver, the tour will head to: Sacramento in December, Providence, RI in January, and San Antonio in March.
On January 30, Mayor Taveras will host the other mayors in a tour of Providence public schools.
In Spring 2014, MEET will host an event, in which the mayors will gather to reflect on the biggest takeaways and changes they have seen during the tour.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Writer and activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali to speak at Central Congregational Church in Providence.
Internationally-recognized activist, writer, and politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali will discuss the conflict of Islam with the ideology of modern, Western society in a lecture at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 18 at Central Congregational Church in Providence.
Ali’s lecture is part of the Darrell West Lecture Series, which was founded to provide a forum on the intersection between religion and politics. The event is free and open to the public.
Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, Ali is the daughter of a political dissenter. She left Africa and was elected as a member of the Dutch parliament. Ali has defended the rights of Muslim women and campaigned against genital mutilation and honor murders.
Ali wrote and provided the voice-over for the film Submission, which focused on the oppression of women under Islam. She has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. She currently is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. Ali is the author of a collection of essays entitled The Caged Virgin and a two-part autobiography entitled Infidel. She is also the founder of the women’s rights organization the AHA Foundation.
For more information about the lecture visit: http://www.centralchurch.us/clash-of-civilizations-islam-and-the-west/
Ladies in Charge
PVD Lady Project to host “A Celebration of Ladies in Charge” event.
The PVD Lady Project, a Providence non-profit that looks to connect, inspire, and showcase exceptional women in Providence, will host “A Celebration of Ladies in Charge” on Thursday, October 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Rhode Island State House.
The event will feature speeches from General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, Sen. Donna Nesselbush, and Smithfield Councilwoman Suzy Alba.
This event is limited to 100 women.Free parking available across the street at the DOT lot after 3pm.
Fore more information visit: https://pvdladyproject1017.eventbrite.com/
Governor Chafee and Secretary of State Mollis honor heroes for lifesaving exploits.
Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis will honor 26 Rhode Islanders with the 2013 Rhode Island Lifesaving Medal, the state’s highest award for heroics while saving human life, at a State House ceremony on Thursday, October 24th, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
“Because of the tremendous acts of bravery by Rhode Islanders, who demonstrated courage and selflessness, seven people are alive today,” Chafee said. “I commend these heroes. They are true role models, and their compassion and willingness to go above and beyond to assist those in dire need has made our State a better place.”
“It is an honor and a privilege to honor these fine men and women, who put their own lives on the line to save the life of another,” Mollis said. “The heroic efforts of the police officers, firefighters and civilians we are honoring are a perfect example of how all Rhode Islanders are capable of great things.”
The State Lifesaving Medal was created under state law to recognize the heroism of firefighters, police officers and civilians who save human life in Rhode Island. The awards are given annually.
Giroux Proposes IG
Candidate Giroux wants to hire Rhode Island’s first Inspector General.
Independent candidate for governor Todd Giroux is proposing that Rhode Island hire its first Inspector General in order to promote government transparency and investigate waste, fraud, and abuse.
“The transparency of government is often promised and seldom delivered by the revolving door of mainstream politicians,” Giroux told GoLocal. “I want to change that by hiring the first Inspector General here in Rhode Island to provide continuity of oversight for compliance to state contracts, agreements by executive boards and to the legislative actions and commitments the people of Rhode Island take ownership of when leaders make their closed door deals. “
“I have been suggesting the Inspector General position for Rhode Island since my first run for Governor in 2010 and here is why. The nature of a part time Rhode Island Legislature often runs out of time leading to the passage of hundreds of bills at the last session that have serious consequences for Rhode Island taxpayers such as the 38 Studios, bridge tolls and infrastructure projects like our new bridge built on top of a decaying hurricane barrier. We all have the experience to know the state’s history of projects, waste and duplication be it the Rhode Island Resource Recovery, the Economic Development Corporation, and all the nooks, crooks, cronies build in to the system of existing budget levels” Giroux added.
Last spring, State Senator James Sheehan introduced legislation that would establish an Office of Inspector General as an independent administrative agency, with the purpose of preventing and detecting fraud, waste, abuse or mismanagement in the expenditure of public funds.
Massachusetts is currently the only New England state that has an Inspector General.
Sales Tax Commission
Sales Tax study commission sets Oct. 21 hearing.
Paul Bachman, director of research at the Beacon Hill Institute, the research arm of the Department of Economics at Suffolk University in Boston, is scheduled to testify before the legislative commission studying the Rhode Island sales tax when it meets next week.
The Special Joint Legislative Commission to Study the Sales Tax Repeal will meet at 4 p.m. Monday, October 21, in Room 313 of the State House. The hearing is open to the public and public testimony will be heard. The hearing will be broadcast live by Capitol TV (Channel 15 for Cox Communications and Full Channel, Channel 35 for Verizon).
Paul Bachman was a member of a panel of experts who helped to develop the RI-STAMP modeling program for the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity. He will explain how the program demonstrates the negative consequences of a general sales tax increase on state and municipal economies compared to the positive results of a sales tax cut.
The 13-member commission was created by legislation approved during the most recent legislative session to “make a comprehensive study of all aspects of the current system pertaining to sales tax, including, but not limited to, the possibility of repealing the sales tax.”
The commission is expected to report its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly by February 6, 2014. Rep. Jan P. Malik (D-Dist. 67, Barrington, Warren) is the commission chair.
Pictured: Jan Malik
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