State of Rhode Island Archives: on Government Reform


Jack Reed: Nuclear option: Allow confirmation of Obama's appointees

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse said that "nothing in the Constitution gives the Senate minority the right to obstruct nominees. This pattern of obstruction had to stop."

The rule change came on a largely party line after partisan rancor between Democratic and Republican leaders had triggered gridlock in appointing federal judges and other top level federal officials.

Source: R.I. NPR 91.5 FM reporting on 2014 Rhode Island Senate race Nov 21, 2013

Sheldon Whitehouse: Overturn Citizens United; it undid 100 years of regulations

The moderator asked which Supreme Court ruling they would like to overturn. Hinckley said he was unhappy with the decision by Chief Justice John Roberts to not overturn the healthcare mandate included in President Obama's healthcare plan.

Whitehouse said he would like to overturn the Citizens United decision, which held that the First Amendment prohibited the government from restricting independent political expenditures by corporations and unions. "That ruling overturned 100 years of regulation in the elections world and unleashed billionaires and foreign corporations to have influence on our elections," Whitehouse said. "It's a prescription for scandal and disaster.

When asked who their favorite justices were, Hinckley said Clarence Thomas, Whitehouse said Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Source: WPRI Eyewitness News on 2012 R.I. Senate debate Oct 23, 2012

Lincoln Chafee: Vindicated for opposing Alito, by Alito's bad votes

Q: Your views on Samuel Alito?s Supreme Court nomination?

LAFFEY: Alito served for 15 years at the federal bench and did a great job. After looking at his record and watching him testify, I certainly would have approved him. The difference between Chafee and I on this issue is: 1) he has a litmus test for Supreme Court justices. I look at their character. Iíll look at their independence. Iíll look at their law school.. And 2) Chafee made himself completely irrelevant in the process. He was the 99th senator to make up his mind.

CHAFEE: I carefully followed the judiciary committee hearings to see how Alito answered some of these questions important to me and to the country, and then conferred with many experts of the interpretation of those answers in that committee. I think Iíve been vindicated. In the last vote on executive powers, Alito was in the expansion of those powers and on the commerce clause as it relates to the Clean Water Act and a Michigan case heard by the Supreme Court.

Source: 2006 R.I. Republican Senate Primary debate (x-ref Laffey) Aug 24, 2006

Lincoln Chafee: Has concerns about Bush's expansion of executive power

Q: What is the proper oversight role of Congress and its judiciary? A: This is an important issue not just because Bush might be trying to expand these executive powers; itís who might come later. Itís the precedent set for who might come later and over those 200 plus years of democracy here, weíve carefully guarded that balance of power between the legislative, judicial and executive branches. Weíre seeing the expansion of this executive power particular in wiretapping and Bush saying Iím commander in chief, I can supersede the fourth amendment of the constitution. The fourth amendment says if you want to wiretap, search or seizure, get a warrant. Itís easy. Bush is saying no, under Article Two, I donít have to get a warrant. The issue of detainees being held without charges down in Guantanamo Bay is another expansion of executive powers. Thirdly, the President signs the laws that that the Congress passes. But Bush puts a signing statement on it, saying I donít have to adhere to that law.
Source: 2006 R.I. Republican Senate Primary debate on WPRI Aug 24, 2006

Stephen Laffey: Supported Sam Alito nomination to Supreme Court

Q: Your views on Samuel Alito?s Supreme Court nomination?

LAFFEY: Alito served for 15 years at the federal bench and did a great job. After looking at his record and watching him testify, I certainly would have approved him. The difference between Chafee and I on this issue is: 1) he has a litmus test for Supreme Court justices. I look at their character. Iíll look at their independence. Iíll look at their law school.. And 2) Chafee made himself completely irrelevant in the process. He was the 99th senator to make up his mind.

CHAFEE: I carefully followed the judiciary committee hearings to see how Alito answered some of these questions important to me and to the country, and then conferred with many experts of the interpretation of those answers in that committee. I think Iíve been vindicated. In the last vote on executive powers, Alito was in the expansion of those powers and on the commerce clause as it relates to the Clean Water Act and a Michigan case heard by the Supreme Court.

Source: 2006 R.I. Republican Senate Primary debate on WPRI Aug 24, 2006

Carl Sheeler: Term limits for governor but not for legislature

Q: Do you support the current limit of two consecutive four-year terms for Rhode Island governors?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support limiting the number of terms for Rhode Island state senators and representatives?

A: No.

Source: 2004 R.I. Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 7, 2004

Carl Sheeler: Limit PAC, corporate, and individual campaign contributions

Source: 2004 R.I. Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 7, 2004

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