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Rhode Island Republican Party Platform Adopted April 23rd, 2014

 Rhode Island Republican Party Platform

 

Adopted April 23rd, 2014

 

The Rhode Island Republican Party advocates freedom and liberty for all Rhode Islanders through a strong economic future, an education system based on parents and students, and safer communities.

 

We envision families flourishing in their state of heritage where children are provided opportunities to excel, advance, and develop a legacy of success.

 

 

THE ECONOMY

 

We believe that informed Rhode Islanders make wiser decisions than government. Free Enterprise should be the guiding force behind our economy. Oppressive government regulation and Rhode Island's excessive taxes are hurting families.

 

We stand for the reduction of the state sales tax striving to make Rhode Island competitive with neighboring states; reducing the rate to a maximum of 5%.

 

We support the repeal of the franchise tax, which is charged to all businesses regardless of profitability.

 

The government should not be involved in corporate welfare, thereby allowing the market place to determine winners and losers. The taxpayers of Rhode Island should never be held responsible to pay for a bond on which they did not vote, such as in the 38 Studios debacle.

 

We support legislation that would allow the Governor of Rhode Island to veto individual line items in the budget.

 

We aim to limit the growth of future state spending to no more than inflation minus 1% for the next ten years.

 

Rhode Island has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the nation, causing companies to leave the state and increasing unemployment. We advocate policy changes that reduce the corporate tax rate from 9% to 6% increasing job growth for our families.

 

We believe all revenue from the gas tax and license renewal must be used for road and bridge maintenance. We oppose the expansion of any new tolls. We advocate the merger of the Department of Transportation and the Bridge and Turnpike Authority to reduce redundant expenses.

 

We believe the burden of debt is as destructive to human freedom as subjugation by conquest. Therefore government, at all levels, must exercise fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraint and must work within the confines of its resources and maximize those resources to the greatest advantage of its citizenry.

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Education has been a great economic equalizer in American society. It provides the opportunity for any child, regardless of socio-economic status to be raised up in society based upon hard work and achievement. The best way to benefit a child is for parents and teachers to control education, not politicians and lawyers.

 

We support the elimination of the Caruolo Act and it’s Maintenance of Effort clause, which has only resulted in taking money away from our children.

 

We recognize that all children should have access to the best education, meaning parents should be able to allocate tax payer dollars to best serve their child, indicating that money spent on education will directly follow the child. We support school choice programs that will encourage competition between students and schools.

 

Vocational training in our schools is essential to the creation of a balanced, efficient and productive workforce. We recognize the contributions these curricula have provided and encourage the expansion of similar programs to improve the skill level of the Rhode Island work force.

 

 

GOVERNMENT ETHICS

 

We believe that government service is a public trust. Ethics in Government service is a fundamental principle that ensures elected and appointed officials serve the people with the highest standards of morality and honesty while never using their positions for personal gain.

 

The members of the General Assembly should be subject to the Rhode Island Ethics Commission in order to aggressively pursue conflict and eliminate corruption.

 

We are in favor of the elimination of the Master Lever.

 

 

FAMILY

 

We believe a strong and healthy family is the building block of society. The home should be a safe environment where family decisions are made, children are raised, and morality is taught.

 

The family is fundamental in educating the citizens of Rhode Island on the importance of patriotism, freedom, hard work, and opportunity; which has produced a prosperous America for over 200 years. We encourage a two-parent home as the best environment for raising children. We believe in the sanctity of human life.

 

 

HEALTHCARE

 

We believe Rhode Islanders will receive optimal affordable healthcare when competition within the healthcare industry is emphasized, market forces determine costs, and fraud is prosecuted.

 

We believe in maximizing interstate competition within the healthcare system.

 

We support the protection of all existing private healthcare plans.

 

We believe health insurance premiums should be fully deductible from Rhode Island taxes.

 

In order to reduce the cost of health insurance for all Rhode Island families we must increase fraud prevention and reduce frivolous medical lawsuits.

 

We do not believe tax dollars should be used for elective procedures.

 

We strive to guard constitutionally protected freedom of conscience.

 

We support the transfer of responsibility from Health Source RI to the federal system and capture the savings that affords us.

 

 

IMMIGRATION

 

We believe in the development of opportunity for the success and prosperity of all immigrants who respect the laws of the United States and wish to integrate into Rhode Island society.

 

We believe that Rhode Island should work with the federal government to institute an expansion of the work-based visa system and establish strong incentives for immigrants to use legal channels.

 

We support the improvement of border security and the enforcement of employee verification as means of reducing the exploitation of immigrant workers and streamlining the entry and exit systems for immigrants.

 

We strive for an immigration policy that matches Rhode Island's economic and labor needs, enhances the principles of family unification, protects the welfare of our citizens and potential immigrants while promoting compliance and enforcement of Rhode Island Laws.

 

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

 

We believe that public safety is a fundamental duty of government through the creation and enforcement of just and fair laws. We recognize quality of public safety directly correlates to quality of life.

 

The Constitutions of the United States of America and the State of Rhode Island guarantee citizens the right to keep and bear arms. We oppose limitations on firearms and ammunition, which aim to disarm law-abiding citizens.

 

Public safety is a multi-faceted issue that requires a comprehensive approach to ensure the well-being of Rhode Island families.

 

 

CONCLUSION


The Rhode Island Republican Party believes that citizens must be free to pursue their own happiness with limited government interference. The Rhode Island Republican Party's goal is to ensure all Rhode Island families have the same opportunity for economic success, educational excellence, and healthy safe communities and to ensure prosperity for generations to come.

 

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Republican Candidates for Office 2014

269 GOP CANDIDATES IN 2014

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BARRINGTON

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Governor  -  KEN BLOCK

Senate 32  -  GIO CICIONE

Town Council  -  DONALD NESSING

Town Council  -  STEPHEN PRIMIANO

School Comm.  -  JOHN ALESSANDRO

School Comm.  -  CHAD MOLLICA

 

BRISTOL

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Town Clerk  -  LOUIS CIRILLO

Town Council  -  WILL GRAPENTINE

Town Council  -  HALSEY HERRESHOFF

Town Council  -  MARY PARELLA

School Committee  -  WILLIAM O'DELL

 

BURRILLVILLE

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Town Council  -  DON FOX

Town Council  -  DAVID PLACE

Town Council  -  STEPHEN RAWSON

Town Council  -  BRYON TONGE

Town Council  -  EDMUND VARIN

School Committee  -  DONISON ALLEN  (Non-Partisan)

School Committee  -  RAY TRINQUE  (Non-Partisan) 

 

CENTRAL FALLS

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CHARLESTOWN

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School Committee  -  STEPHEN YOUNG

 

COVENTRY

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Senate 21  -  SEN. NICK KETTLE

Senate 21  -  ZACHARY FARNUM  (Independent)

Senate 33  -  MICHAEL MADONNA

House 28  -  ROBERT NARDOLILLO

Town Council 1  -  MARY BRIMER ALBA  (Non-Partisan)

Town Council 1  -  KAREN CARLSON  (Non-Partisan)

Town Council 4  -  DAVID RITCHOTTE  (Non-Partisan)

Town Council 4  -  GLEN SHIBLEY  (Non-Partisan)

School Committee 2  -  CARL MATTSON  (Non-Partisan)

School Committee 2  -  HELEN QUINN  (Non-Partisan)

School Committee 5  -  SUSAN CHABOT  (Non-Partisan)

School Committee 5  -  JAMES PIERSON  (Non-Partisan)

 

CRANSTON

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Governor  -  ALLAN FUNG

Senate 27  -  SARA SWEENEY

House 14  -  MICHAEL MANGIARELLI

House 16  -  MICHAEL IMBRUGLIA

House 16  -  ROBERT LANCIA

House 18  -  DONALD GENDRON

City Council At-Large  -  DOLORES DIMEO CARROLL

City Council At-Large  -  MICHAEL FLAHERTY

City Council At-Large  -  NICK LIMA

City Council 1  -  MICHAEL GLUCKSMAN

City Council 2  -  DON BOTTS

City Council 4  -  MARK COLLINS

City Council 5  -  CHRIS PAPLAUSKAS

City Council 6  -  MICHAEL FAVICCHIO

School Comm. At-Large  -  KERRI KELLEHER  (Non-Partisan)

School Comm. 2  -  EVAN GILLISSIE  (Non-Partisan)

School Comm. 4  -  TRENT COLFORD  (Non-Partisan)

School Comm. 6  -  RICHARD RODI  (Non-Partisan)

School Comm. 6  -  JAY ROSENFIELD  (Non-Partisan)

 

CUMBERLAND

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Mayor  -  MARK DOSDOURIAN

Town Council At-Large  -  ARTHUR LAMBI

Town Council 3  -  JEFFREY KEARNS

Town Council 4  -  SCOTT SCHMITT

School Committee 5  -  RAYMOND SALVATORE  (Non-Partisan)

 

EAST GREENWICH

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Senate 35  -  MARK GEE

House 30  -  REP. ANTONIO GIARRUSSO

Moderator  -  CHUCK NEWTON

Town Council  -  ROBERT BOLTON

Town Council  -  SUZANNE MCGEE CIENKI

Town Council  -  EUGENE DUMAS

Town Council  -  EDWARD FIELD

Town Council  -  MICHAEL ISAACS

Town Council  -  SEAN TODD

School Comm.  -  DAVID GREEN

School Comm.  -  PAUL MARTIN

School Comm.  -  CHRISTEN MEYER

School Comm.  -  MARY ELLEN WINTERS

 

EAST PROVIDENCE

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House 64  -  ROBERT BOTELHO

City Council 1  -  DAVID SULLIVAN  (Non-Partisan)

 

EXETER

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House 39  -  MIKE PICILLO

Town Council  -  MILAN ADAMS

Town Council  -  KEVIN MCGOVERN

Town Council  -  RAY MORRISSEY  (Independent)

Town Council  -  DANIEL PATTERSON

Town Council  -  JOSEPH ST. LAWRENCE

School Comm.  -  DIANE ALLEN

Town Sergeant  -  RICHARD BROWN

Zoning Inspector  -  HAL MORGAN

 

FOSTER

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House 40  -  REP. MIKE CHIPPENDALE

Moderator  -  ROBERT BOYDEN

Town Council  -  DENISE DiFRANCO

Town Council  -  DEBRA QUINN

Town Council  -  GORDON ROGERS  (Independent)

Town Council  -  BRADFORD SMITH

Town Council  -  CHRISTIE STONE

School Comm.  -  SHELLEY PEZZA  (Non-Partisan)

Town Sergeant  -  ERASMO TORRES

 

GLOCESTER

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Moderator  -  KEVIN WALSH

Town Clerk  -  JEAN FECTEAU

Town Council  -  TED BURLINGAME

Town Council  -  MICHAEL DEGRANGE

Town Council  -  GEORGE STEERE

Town Council  -  WALTER STEERE

Town Council  -  STEPHANIE WESTGATE

Human Services Dir.  -  JUDITH BRANCH

 

HOPKINTON

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Senate 34  -  ELAINE MORGAN

Town Council  -  SCOTT BILL HIRST

Town Council  -  DAVID HUSBAND  (Independent)

Town Council  -  FRANK LANDOLFI  (Independent)

Public Welfare Director  -  JENNIFER BEDARD

 

JAMESTOWN

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Town Council  -  BLAKE DICKINSON

School Comm.  -  MELISSA MASTROSTEFANO  (Independent)

 

JOHNSTON

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House 43  -  KARIN GORMAN  (Independent)

 

LINCOLN

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Senate 17  -  SEN. ED O'NEILL  (Independent)

House 46  -  MATT GUERRA

Town Administrator  -  JOE ALMOND

Town Council 3  -  KEITH MACKSOUD  (Independent)

Town Council 5  -  KEN PICHETTE

School Comm. 1  -  JOHN LAFLEUR  (Non-Partisan)

School Comm. 5  -  MARY VARR  (Non-Partisan)

Water Commission 1  -  GEORGE HADLEY

 

LITTLE COMPTON

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Moderator  -  SCOTT MORRISON

Town Clerk  -  CAROL WORDELL

Town Council  -  CHARLES APPLETON

Town Council  -  FRED BODINGTON

Town Council  -  PAUL GOLEMBESKE

Town Council  -  GARY MATARONAS

Town Council  -  ROBERT MUSHEN

School Comm.  -  LORI ANN CRAFFEY

School Comm.  -  LYNN BROUSSEAU LEBREUX

School Comm.  -  JOSEPH QUINN

 

MIDDLETOWN

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Town Council  -  THERESA SANTOS

Town Council  -  ANTONE VIVEIROS

School Comm.  -  LIANA FERREIRA FENTON  (Non-Partisan)

School Comm.  -  THERESA SILVEIRA SPENGLER  (Non-Partisan)

 

NARRAGANSETT

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House 34  -  STEVE TETZNER

Town Council  -  MATTHEW MANNIX  (Non-Partisan)

Town Council  -  PATRICK MURRAY  (Non-Partisan)

Town Council  -  CHRIS WILKENS  (Non-Partisan)

School Comm.  -  DIANE NOBLES  (Non-Partisan)

 

NEW SHOREHAM

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House 36  -  BLAKE FILIPPI  (Independent)

1st Warden  -  KEN LACOSTE

Town Council  -  HOWELL CONANT

Town Council  -  AMELIA VERNA LITTLEFIELD

 

NEWPORT

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Congress 1  -  CORMICK LYNCH

Senate 13  -  MICHAEL SMITH

City Council At-Large  -  CLAUDE ANDREWS LAVARRE  (Non-Partisan)

City Council 1  -  MARCO CAMACHO  (Non-Partisan)

School Comm.  -  REBECCA BOLAN  (Non-Partisan)

School Comm.  -  CHARLES HUMPHREY  (Non-Partisan)

 

NORTH KINGSTOWN

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U.S. Senate  -  MARK ZACCARIA

Congress 2  -  RHUE REIS

Atty. General  -  DAWSON HODGSON

Senate 35  -  KIM PAGE

House 31  -  REP. DOREEN COSTA

House 32  -  SHARON GAMBA

Town Council  -  JASON ALBUQUERQUE

Town Council  -  CAROL HUESTON

Town Council  -  KERRY McKAY

Town Council  -  VIC PICHETTE

School Comm.  -  TINA MCKENDALL

 

NORTH PROVIDENCE

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School Committee 2  -  GAIL CARDIN DEAN

 

NORTH SMITHFIELD

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House 48  -  REP. BRIAN NEWBERRY

Town Council  -  ERNEST ALTER  (Non-Partisan)

Town Council  -  KIMBERLY ALVES  (Non-Partisan)

Town Council  -  STEPHEN VOWELS  (Non-Partisan)

School Committee  -  MERREDYTHE NADEAU  (Non-Partisan)

School Committee  -  JONATHAN PUCCETTI  (Non-Partisan)

 

PAWTUCKET

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Senate 15  -  STEPHEN LEMOIS

 

PORTSMOUTH

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Senate 11  -  SEN. CHRIS OTTIANO

House 71  -  NORBERT RATTAY

House 72  -  DAN REILLY

Town Clerk  -  JOANNE MOWER

Town Council  -  KEITH HAMILTON

Town Council  -  ELIZABETH PEDRO

Town Council  -  JOSEPH ROBICHEAU

Town Council  -  ALLEN SHERS

Town Council  -  JUDITH STAVEN  (Independent)

School Comm.  -  ERICA MEDLEY

School Comm.  -  THOMAS VADNEY

School Comm.  -  WEB WILSON

 

PROVIDENCE

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Congress 1  -  STAN TRAN

Lt. Governor  -  CATHERINE TAYLOR

Lt. Governor  -  KARA RUSSO YOUNG

Senate 6  -  RUSS HRYZAN  (Independent)

House 9  -  ANA SANTANA

House 12  -  LUIS VARGAS  (Independent)

Mayor  -  DANIEL HARROP

City Council 1  -  MIKE LONG

City Council 5  -  TYLER ROWLEY

City Council 8  -  DAVE TALAN  (Independent)

City Council 11  -  ROY BOLDEN

 

RICHMOND

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House 39  -  JUSTIN PRICE

Moderator  -  JULIANNA GOLAS

Town Clerk  -  LYNN NETTLETON LALLO

Town Council  -  PAUL MICHAUD

Town Council  -  CHARLES MORE

Town Council  -  HENRY OPPENHEIMER

School Comm.  -  KEVIN MCGREEVY

 

SCITUATE

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House 41  -  LILLIAN JEAN DELMONICO

Moderator  -  DAVID M. DAGOSTINO

Public Welfare Director  -  JOSEPH STEINER

Treasurer  -  TED PRZYBYLA

Town Sergeant  -  BRAD DEXTER

Town Council  -  DAVID CAMPBELL

Town Council  -  CHARLES COLLINS

Town Council  -  DAVID A. DAGOSTINO

Town Council  -  BRENDA FREDERICKSON

Town Council  -  WILLIAM HURRY

Town Council  -  KATHLEEN KNIGHT-BIANCHI

Town Council  -  ROCKY VAUGHAN

Town Council  -  JOHN WINFIELD

School Comm.  -  JUNE GUGLIELMI

School Comm.  -  BRIAN LAPLANTE

 

SMITHFIELD

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Senate 22  -  HASAN ALSAWAF

House 44  -  PHIL HIRONS

House 53  -  DARIA BRUNO CHASE

Town Council  -  JOHN CAPPELLO

Town Council  -  MAXINE CAVANAGH

Town Council  -  AL LAGRECA

Town Council  -  RICHARD POIRIER

Town Council  -  SCOTT RINGLAND

Town Council  -  JOHN YOAKUM

School Comm.  -  BRENT BARROWS

School Comm.  -  ROSE MARIE CIPRIANO

School Comm.  -  ELIZABETH SENIK ALSAWAF

School Comm.  -  DANIEL SNOWMAN  (Independent)

 

SOUTH KINGSTOWN

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House 35  -  LACEY MCGREEVY

Town Council  -  ROLAND BENJAMIN

Town Council  -  JIM HALDEMAN

Town Council  -  SEAN O'DONNELL

Town Council  -  ROBERT TRAGER

Town Council  -  JOE VIELE  (Independent)

 

TIVERTON

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Town Council  -  JOAN CHABOT  (Non-Partisan)

Town Council  -  SUSAN GILL  (Non-Partisan)

Town Council  -  RANDY LEBEAU  (Non-Partisan)

School Comm.  -  JAN BERGANDY  (Non-Partisan)

Budget Committee  -  NANCY DRIGGS  (Non-Partisan)

Budget Committee  -  JOHN MARTIN  (Non-Partisan)

 

WARREN

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Moderator  -  WILLIAM ESTRELLA

Town Council  -  CHRIS STANLEY

Charter Review Comm.  -  AMY CARY  (Non-Partisan)

Charter Review Comm.  -  WILLIAM ESTRELLA  (Non-Partisan)

Charter Review Comm.  -  ANDREW SHAPIRO  (Non-Partisan)

Charter Review Comm.  -  STEVEN SILVA  (Non-Partisan)

 

WARWICK

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House 21  -  ALAN PALO

House 22  -  RALPH LEONE

House 24  -  REP. JOE TRILLO

Mayor  -  SCOTT AVEDISIAN

Mayor  -  STACIA PETRI

City Council 1  -  STEVEN COLANTUONO

City Council 3  -  JOHN FALKOWSKI

City Council 3  -  HENRY WILLIAMS

City Council 8  -  LYN JENNINGS

School Comm. 3  -  EUGENE NADEAU  (Non-Partisan)

 

WEST GREENWICH

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Secretary Of State  -  JOHN CARLEVALE

House 29  -  JOSEPH ALLEN

House 29  -  SHERRY ROBERTS

Moderator  -  ELAINE ECCLESTON

Town Sergeant  -  FRANK VOLLUCCI

Town Council  -  ROBERT ANDREWS

Town Council  -  THOMAS MULCAHEY

Town Council  -  LINDA REKAS SLOAN

Town Council  -  MARK TOURGEE

Town Council  -  SUSAN WOLOOHOJIAN

School Comm.  -  TERESA MAIA CICERO

 

WEST WARWICK

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House 26  -  REP. PATRICIA MORGAN

School Comm. 1  -  PATRICIA KEENAN

 

WESTERLY

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Senate 38  -  SEN. DENNIS ALGIERE

House 37  -  CASWELL COOKE

Town Council  -  CHRIS DUHAMEL

Town Council  -  JEAN GAGNIER

Town Council  -  MICHAEL MILLER

Town Council  -  WILLIAM MOSCARITOLO

Town Council  -  PHILIP OVERTON

Town Council  -  EDWIN RUSSELL

School Comm.  -  PETER BONK  (Independent)

School Comm.  -  GINA FULLER  (Independent)

School Comm.  -  MARIANNE NARDONE

 

WOONSOCKET

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