Friday, December 28, 2012
President, Congress have just a few days to avert automatic tax increases and spending cuts. Rhode Island's reps are urging their Republican colleagues to get back to work.
Congress and President Obama are racing against the clock this week as they make one last attempt to hammer out a deal to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” the U.S. government is set to go over on New Year’s Day. Without a compromise deal to lower the deficit, the government will face a self-imposed deadline that triggers both spending cuts and higher taxes. Congress itself set the Jan. 1 deadline after failing to come to a budget compromise earlier this year. On Jan. 1, the George W. Bush-era tax cuts will expire, raising taxes on nearly all Americans. In addition, $1.2 trillion in spending cuts to defense and government programs will go into effect. The week before Christmas, it looked like a deal was possible, as President Obama and …
Friday, October 5, 2012
One local resident believes Independent Abel Collins should be allowed into TV debates with Rep. Langevin and Republican Mike Riley.
Friday, October 5, 2012
Concerned citizens should be roused to action in light of the controversy surrounding Congressional debates in Rhode Island’s Second District, specifically with regard to refusals by both Democratic incumbent Jim Langevin and Republican candidate Mike Riley to participate in any form of public debate with Independent candidate Abel Collins. This began with Langevin’s and Riley’s withdrawing from a WJAR roundtable discussion upon word of Abel Collin’s inclusion, and this has been followed by a scheduled WPRI debate between the two to the exclusion of Mr. Collins. It is shameful to think that our own Congressman Langevin, or challenger Mr. Riley, would refuse to engage with a candidate whose voice likewise represents the views of a …
Friday, June 15, 2012
Collins, an independent, is a lifelong Rhode Islander who has been gaining prominence in the state over the past few years as an organizer, environmental activist and voice for the disaffected.
Pledging to bring government back to the people, Abel Collins, a 33-year-old child of Matunuck, environmental activist, poet and political newcomer announced he is challenging Congressman James Langevin for Rhode Island’s second congressional district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. “This campaign is going to be about more than just making a point,” Collins said last week from the podium of the State House’s state room at a press conference where he announced his candidacy. “I am in this race to win.” Collins is a graduate of Brown University and a program director for the Sierra Club. He lives in Matunuck with his wife and four children. Collins, running as an independent, has four major platform issues that will be the focus …