2021 News & Press

RI ELECTION INTEGRITY AND STATES RIGHTS THREATENED BY H.R. 4 / S. 1 BILLS -- NO!

With House Resolution (H.R.) 1/Senate (S.)1 failing, Democrats have shifted their focus to pass H.R. 4.  H.R. 4 is yet another attempt to take over our federal elections.  Elections belong to the States…so says the Constitution. This election suppression act is designed to thwart election integrity, manipulate state redistricting decisions, and slant elections in an effort to help Democrats win.  Couple this with the damage already caused by Mail-in ballots, and our future elections are in significant trouble.  Once federalized, you will have no voice in your LOCAL RI ELECTIONS…NONE! 

Help the RIGOP STOP THIS MADNESS!

Help us elect a REPUBLICAN Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General...REPUBLICAN State Representatives and Senators...who’ll fight for YOUR rights to keep elections SAFE, SECURE, FREE, and FAIR, and retain their control in RHODE ISLAND, not WASHINGTON D.C.  We NEED YOUR HELP! 

As we prepare for 2022, we need all hands on deck to help turn Rhode Island RED and force a Republican wave to TAKE CONTROL of the Rhode Island State House and the Executive. 

Based on voter enthusiasm and numbers of votes cast from the last election, we KNOW we can do it, but we'll need your help.

 


ROBERT CHIARADIO - FIGHTING AGAINST CRT IN WESTERLY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

"As a parent, our most important responsibility is to raise good kids, and protect them as best we can, from the evils that surround them while growing up. Critical Race Theory is one such evil. It is an attempt by the left to divide our country against itself. In traditional Marxism, this was done through class. With CRT, race is used. CRT is a lie perpetuated by the left to get schools to trade the hearts, souls, and minds of our kids for political gain….with schools and other woke, self-loathing whites and rich blacks being the “Useful Idiots” in this example. Those who feel the ruling class is on their side will eventually find out that it is not. CRT distorts history, in essence, billing white people for events of some 150+ years ago, while making all of our kids; white, black, brown, yellow, and red, write the check, not with money but with their hearts, minds, and souls.

We will not allow it.

CRT and its proponents teach our kids that accountability, hard work, grit, and tenacity are non-factors in the success or failure of a person…that race is the only determining factor…that people of color are systematically oppressed by white people in all phases of our society. Kids of color are taught that, since the deck is so stacked against them, it is fruitless to try and get ahead on one’s own…It is a cyclical self-fulfilling prophecy, where many young black kids remain in the cycle of poverty because those whom their parents and grandparents have trusted for decades tell them that’s where they belong. CRT teaches kids of color that the only way they can achieve excellence is with artificially-engineered, equitable outcomes…that they don’t have what it takes to succeed on their own. We all know this is garbage and it is poison. It is also un-American, and it is insulting.


JOE BIDEN IS ABANDONING AMERICANS IN AFGHANISTAN

The chaos in Afghanistan makes clear what we all already knew: Joe Biden is incapable to lead and we are less safe because of him. This isn’t conjecture, but proven fact – through his administration’s decisive inaction, inexperience, and poor choices.

Biden said “…the buck stops with him”, yet has proceeded to blame everyone else for the chaos in Afghanistan.  Unfortunately, the chaos in Afghanistan is a direct result of Joe Biden’s failed policies and lack thereof (or simply poor) decision making.  As a result, the Taliban is now dictating terms to the United States of America – and Joe Biden is letting them get away with it.  Even the White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, admitted that the successful evacuation of Americans depends on the Taliban’s cooperation.


RNC CONTINUES COMMITMENT TO ELECTION INTEGRITY

     Advancing the model they set leading up to, during, and following the November, 2020 elections, the RNC continues its Constitutionally-supported legal challenges and robust financial investments in America's pursuit of Election Integrity.  The RNC is focused on FREE, SAFE, LEGAL, TRANSPARENT, and FAIR elections for every voter and is leading the fight to ensure that voter confidence in our election systems returns.  We are currently involved in 19 lawsuits across America to right the wrongs that so many of our fellow Citizens encountered during the entire 2020 Election Cycle.  Every day, more 'evidence' is being uncovered and the RNC is moving litigation forward to challenge wrong-doing, hold those responsible accountable for their actions, and safeguarding our most sacred right...OUR VOTE!


DEPLORABLE COMMENT BY MCKEE

There have been recent news reports on Governor Dan McKee’s cancelation of a fundraiser hosted by Gerry Zarrella, former honorary co-chairman of the Trump’s Rhode Island campaign.

The R.I. Republican Party has the following comments:

“Let’s start out by saying what everybody knows: Governor Dan McKee is weak.

For weeks, McKee and his staff have known about Gerry Zarrella’s involvement in the fundraising event. It was only after the event was reported by the media that McKee decided to cancel the event and in the process, vilify someone who had supported President Trump. McKee did this because he is afraid of his party’s left wing and worried about losing a primary. Instead of trying to govern from the center and appeal to moderates, he is moving left. The problem for McKee is that he will never win over the left in the primary. The left will be voting for progressives like Magaziner or Elorza in the gubernatorial primary, not him.


KEEP THE HEAT ON MCKEE OR SOMEDAY YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO HEAT YOUR HOME

This week the Senate and House are voting on the Climate Bill, H5445/S0078, which requires Rhode Islanders to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases they produce. The bill legally requires dramatic reductions in the amount of greenhouse gases Rhode Island produces starting in 2030. If for any reason, Rhode Island could not achieve these reductions, anyone could file a law suit to force the reductions. Regulations could be imposed limiting what you can buy or making you pay more if you use fossil fuels. This bill could force most people to switch from heating their homes with oil to electricity by 2030 and to switch from heating their homes with natural gas to electricity by 2040. Recently Governor Dan McKee criticized this Climate Bill because it would “likely to lead to expensive, protracted, and vexatious litigation against the State of Rhode Island.”


The R.I. Republican Party has the following comments:


LOOK, BEFORE WE LEAP OFF A GREEN CLIFF

The Senate and the House of Representatives recently voted for legislation to address climate change by requiring Rhode Islanders to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases they put into the atmosphere. The bill requires that the amount of greenhouse gases Rhode Island produces be reduced by 45 percent by 2030, by 80 percent by 2040 and reach net zero by 2050. The Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council (EC4), which is composed of primarily gubernatorial appointees, would come up with plans to achieve these reductions. Any state agency could be required by EC4 to adopt regulations to implement its plans. These plans would not require the approval of the General Assembly. If for any reason, Rhode Island could not achieve these reductions, anyone could file a law suit to force the reductions. 


MORE LAME DUCK LUNACY FROM RAIMONDO

Governor Raimondo has placed the nomination of John “Jack” Revens, Jr, Esq. forward to the General Assembly to fill a six year term on the Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”) that opens on March 1,2021. Jack Revens is a former Senate Majority leader who served for 20 years in the General Assembly. He is entitled to a state pension, yet has not taken the $12,000 a year payout despite being eligible. The PUC role carries a salary of $ 139,000 a year, which would substantially increase his state pension.

Rhode Island Republican Party Chair Sue Cienki stated, “ Lame duck Governor Raimondo is leaving for Washington, D.C. and should resign to allow Lt. Governor McKee to take the reins and make all appointments to boards and commissions. A lame duck governor helping an ally increase his state pension is nothing more than another act of cronyism at the taxpayers’ expense. Additionally, Rhode Island taxpayers would be better served if the appointment were a person who can commit to the job full time and not someone who spends a significant amount of time in Florida. “

Cienki concluded, “Governor Raimondo has to stop playing political games on her way out the door and allow the Lt. Governor attempt to get Rhode Island back on track”


RI GOP FILES ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST SMILEY

Today, Sue Cienki, Chairwoman of the R.I. Republican Party, has filed a complaint with the R.I. Ethics Commission regarding Brett Smiley, Governor Raimondo’s Director of Administration, for soliciting donations from state vendors, specifically Colin Kane of the Peregrine Group. Specifically, Kane told WPRI that Smiley had called him a few weeks ago to solicit the donation. This is a clear violation of Regulation 1.4.4(36-14-5011). 
R.I. Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Cienki commented: “Mr. Smiley is getting ready to resign to focus on the next chapter of his public service career. We believe that the next chapter in Smiley’s career shouldn’t begin until a sweeping investigation by the Ethics Commission into his unethical pay to play fundraising is conducted. We also hope that a future chapter in Smiley’s career does not involve Raimondo giving him a job in Washington D.C. Along with committing to keep Huawei on the Entity List, maybe U.S. Senators should demand that Raimondo commit not to put slimy Smiley, her right-hand man, on the federal payroll.”  

SLIMY SMILEY STEP DOWN

Recently, WPRI and the Providence Journal reported how Brett Smiley, Governor Gina Raimondo’s Director of Administration, had taken thousands of dollars in contributions from individuals who are employed by state vendors. This has occurred despite Smiley promising to the Ethics Commission that he would not solicit or accept any campaign contributions from state vendors. So far, Smiley has returned $5,000 in contributions from individuals who are employed by the following state vendors: Shechtman Halperin Savage, Peregrine Group, J.R. Vinagro Corp, Washington Trust, and AAA Northeast. Smiley has not returned contributions from individuals associated with the Rosciti Construction company, or Accenture LLP.