While Senator Sheldon Whitehouse stood with the middle class, saying social security and Medicare must be preserved, Barry Hinckley stood with, well, Grover Norquist, saying he wouldn’t consider any tweaks to our tax code until the whole thing gets revamped.
The two candidates for Senate had no shortage of differences in their first debate last night – you can read about it here, or watch the full thing here. Most interesting to me was Hinckley’s notion that the United States should no longer be tasked with serving as the world’s super power when it comes to global politics.
Progressive Portsmouth blogger John McDaid was at the debate … here’s what he writes.
Speaking of Sheldon, he’ll be at the Wild Colonial tonight for Drinking Liberally … hope to see you there.
And speaking of Barry Hinckley, doesn’t he remind you a little bit of Bobby Newport?
Mitt Romney may have given a shout out to the Ocean State during the POTUS debate Monday night, but he conveniently neglected to mention that his plan would cut funding to Rhode Island’s Medicaid program.
If Michael Woodmansee doesn’t want to vote, well that’s his right too … I have to wonder why he changed his mind…
Something I missed from Tuesday’s ProJo profile on Abel Collins: it said he was not invited to the WPRI debate because he didn’t score high enough in polls. In fact, WPRI chose not to tell the public why it didn’t include him (and CD1 candidate David Vogel) in their debates. The ProJo corrects the error today. It’s troubling enough when the market’s most trusted TV station can keep a candidate out of a debate, but it’s double trouble when the paper of record doesn’t know why…
WPRO’s Matt Allen has some questions about undecided voters … Saturday Night Live has some answers, humorously disguised as questions:
Here’s a profile on Winter Hames, the liberal Democrat from Narragansett running against popular Republican rookie Dawson Hodgson.
Bob Kerr’s column calls George McGovern “the man we should have listened to.”
File these two stories under the media doing good work: The Des Moines Register chastises Obama for not going on the record with them … and here in Rhode Island the AP and the ProJo join with the New York Times to sue the Catholic Church, which doesn’t want the public to know what happened with a woman’s will, whose niece claims she was defrauded.
Just in case there was any doubt in your mind, it’s all about Ohio. Says Nate Silver: “…Ohio is central enough in the electoral math that it now seems to matter as much as the other 49 states put together. I am not sure whether I should be congratulating you or consoling you if you happen to be reading this in Toledo.”
Today in 1940, Hugo Black’s Fair Labor Standards Act becomes law, it codifies a 40-hour workweek, an eight-hour workday and rules for overtime pay. Black went on to serve on the Supreme Court.