BUMPED & CORRECTED: Making the Legislative Stooge List

The following correction (initially made Saturday morning) is sufficiently important that I’ve bumped this post so that it is not diluted by the lightened weekend readership.
CORRECTION:
Although readers may offer partial mitigation based on the fact that Rhode Island’s method of providing legislators’ votes is not exactly helpful when it comes to pre-dawn data collection, an error on my part in the compilation of this list was egregious, and I apologize to the parties involved and to you. While reviewing the relevant Senate journal (PDF), a stray click of the mouse brought the wrong vote tally onto my screen, and although the overlap was extensive, I’ve made the following corrections:

  • Senators who actually voted to sustain the governor’s veto and have therefore been removed from the Legislative Stooge list:
    • Dennis Algiere (R, District 38, Westerly, Charlestown.
    • David Bates (R, District 32, Barrington, Bristol)
    • Marc Cote (D, District 24, Woonsocket, North Smithfield)
    • Leonidas Raptakis (D, District 33, Coventry, East Greenwich, Warwick, West Warwick)
  • Senators who did not vote on this override and have therefore been removed from the Legislative Stooge list:
    • Daniel DaPonte (D, District 14, East Providence, Pawtucket)
    • Walter Felag (D, District 10, Bristol, Tiverton, Warren)
    • William Walaska (D., District 30, Warwick)
  • Senator who voted to override the governor’s veto and has therefore been added to the Legislative Stooge list:
    • Jamie Doyle (D, District 8, Pawtucket)

Again, I apologize to readers and to the senators for the error.


Frankly, it’s a little hard to stomach the following from House Minority Leader Bob Watson, with reference to the RI House’s override of the governor’s veto of 2009-H 5613 Sub A, mandating healthcare benefits for public school teachers (including charters):

House Minority Leader Robert A. Watson said those who supported the override were “voting against the interests of every city and town in the state, and for that you should all be thrown out of office.”

After all, he voted to pass the legislation in the first place; every legislator did. Granted, that vote was taken in the late hours of a special autumn session, and nobody among the media or right-leaning reformist community had noticed that the bill did much more than create a benign research committee. But what good is a powerless minority party if it at least doesn’t spot and decry the sneaky state-killing legislation making its way into law?
That said, Watson and the 22 other Representatives and four Senators who changed their opinion between passage of the legislation and override of the veto get a pass on inclusion in our new Legislative Stooge list of politicians who, because of a dramatic and unforgivable overreach and catering to special interests, should under no circumstances receive your vote. This isn’t meant to be a comprehensive balancing of a legislator’s career, and not every piece of legislation will be enough to put politicians on the list, only the most egregious, and getting off of it will require stunning examples of wisdom and leadership.
For explanation of why this veto override is enough to make the list, see here, here, and here.

Anchor Rising’s (Do Not Vote for the) Legislative Stooge List – House

Name Party Constituents Reason
Edith Ajello D District 3, Providence H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Joseph Almeida D District 12, Providence H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Samuel Azzinaro D District 37, Westerly H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
David Caprio D District 34, Narragansett, South Kingstown H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
John Carnevale D District 13, Providence, Johnston H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Elaine Coderre D District 60, Pawtucket H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Steven Costantino D District 8, Providence H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Roberto DaSilva D District 63, East Providence, Pawtucket H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
John DeSimone D District 5, Providence H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Grace Diaz D District 11, Providence H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Mary Duffy Messier D District 62, East Providence, Pawtucket H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Deborah Fellela D District 43, Johnston H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Frank Ferri D District 22, Warwick H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Robert Flaherty D District 23, Warwick H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Gordon Fox D District 4, Providence H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Raymond Gallison D District 69, Bristol, Portsmouth H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Joanne Giannini D District 7, Providence H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Scott Guthrie D District 28, Coventry H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Arthur Handy D District 18, Cranston H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Peter Kilmartin D District 61, Pawtucket H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Donald Lally D District 33, Narragansett, North Kingstown, South Kingstown H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Charlene Lima D District 14, Cranston H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Karen MacBeth D District 52, Cumberland H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Peter Martin D District 75, Newport H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Nicholas Mattiello D District 15, Cranston H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Joseph McNamara D District 19, Cranston, Warwick H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Rene Menard D District 45, Lincoln, Cumberland H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
William Murphy D District 26, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Eileen Naughton D District 21, Warwick H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Patrick O’Neill D District 59, Pawtucket H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Edwin Pacheco D District 47, Burrillville, Glocester H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Peter Palumbo D District 16, Cranston H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Michael Rice D District 35, South Kingstown H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
William San Bento D District 58, North Providence, Pawtucket H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
John Savage R District 65, East Providence H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Gregory Schadone D District 54, North Providence H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
David Segal D District 2, Providence, East Providence H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Mary Ann Shallcross-Smith D District 46, Lincoln, Pawtucket H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Agostinho Silva D District 56, Central Falls H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Scott Slater D District 10, Providence H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Raymond Sullivan D District 29, Coventry, West Greenwich H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Stephen Ucci D District 42, Cranston, Johnston H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Kenneth Vaudreuil D District 57, Central Falls, Cumberland H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Donna Walsh D District 36, Charlestown, New Shoreham, South Kingstown, Westerly H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Peter Wasylyk D District 6, Providence, North Providence H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Anastasia Williams D District 9, Providence H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance
Thomas Winfield D District 53, Glocester, Smithfield H5613A, mandating teacher health insurance

Anchor Rising’s (Do Not Vote for the) Legislative Stooge List – Senate

Name Party Constituents Reason
Frank Ciccone D District 7, Providence, North Providence S0777Aaa, mandating teacher health insurance
Daniel Connors D District 19, Cumberland, Lincoln S0777Aaa, mandating teacher health insurance
Elizabeth Crowley D District 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket, Cumberland S0777Aaa, mandating teacher health insurance
Frank DeVall D District 18, East Providence S0777Aaa, mandating teacher health insurance
Louis DiPalma D District 12, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Tiverton S0777Aaa, mandating teacher health insurance
Jamie Doyle D District 8, Pawtucket S0777Aaa, mandating teacher health insurance
Paul Fogarty D District 23, Burrillville, Glocester, North Smithfield S0777Aaa, mandating teacher health insurance
Hanna Gallo D District 27, Cranston S0777Aaa, mandating teacher health insurance
Maryellen Goodwin D District 1, Providence S0777Aaa, mandating teacher health insurance
Paul Jabour D District 5, Providence S0777Aaa, mandating teacher health insurance
Charles Levesque D District 11, Bristol, Portsmouth S0777Aaa, mandating teacher health insurance
Erin Lynch D District 31, Warwick S0777Aaa, mandating teacher health insurance
Christopher Maselli D District 25, Johnston S0777Aaa, mandating teacher health insurance
John McBurney D District 15, Pawtucket S0777Aaa, mandating teacher health insurance
Michael McCaffrey D District 29, Warwick S0777Aaa, mandating teacher health insurance
Harold Metts D District 6, Providence S0777Aaa, mandating teacher health insurance
Joshua Miller D District 28, Cranston, Warwick S0777Aaa, mandating teacher health insurance
Teresa Paiva Weed D District 13, Jamestown, Newport S0777Aaa, mandating teacher health insurance
Rhoda Perry D District 3, Providence S0777Aaa, mandating teacher health insurance
Roger Picard D District 20, Woonsocket, Cumberland S0777Aaa, mandating teacher health insurance
Juan Pichardo D District 2, Providence S0777Aaa, mandating teacher health insurance
Dominick Ruggerio D District 4, Providence, North Providence S0777Aaa, mandating teacher health insurance
James Sheehan D District 36, Narragansett, North Kingstown S0777Aaa, mandating teacher health insurance
Susan Sosnowski D District 37, New Shoreham, South Kingston S0777Aaa, mandating teacher health insurance
John Tassoni D District 22, Smithfield, North Smithfield S0777Aaa, mandating teacher health insurance
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Patrick
Patrick
11 years ago

Awesome. So the General Assembly, in this economy, just did a few things:
Increased the size of government with this new board of directors. Yeah, wasn’t big enough already
Increased the cost of government. Yep, I have extra money lying around that I really want to send to them.
Tied the hands of munis in their contract negotiations from anything creative.
ADDED ANOTHER UNFUNDED MANDATE! Almost everyone says we need to repeal many of these, not add more!
Unbelievable clowns. As for the two “Republicans” who voted for it, we already know that Savage is in the tank for the teachers and should be banned from any Republican gatherings in any way, but Algiere? I’d previously heard of his non-conservative leanings, but here’s some direct evidence, I guess.

mangeek
mangeek
11 years ago

From the law:
“The actuarial value of any of the approved benefit plan designs may not be greater than the actuarial value of the state employee health plan in effect as of the date the plan designs are approved.
The PPO options shall reflect four (4) different levels of plan design, with a minimum actuarial difference between each of the plan designs of seven and one-half percent(7.5%).
The actuarial value of the lowest board-approved benefit plan design shall not be greater than the actuarial value of the public school employee benefit plan design with the lowest actuarial value in effect in the state on January 1, 2010.”
So this establishes the bottom floor of the new standards to be the already too-high status quo?
This section should have forced the values of the plans to center on the statewide average cost of non public-sector employer-provided premiums, and the values not to exceed 130% (that’s 100% of the average private-sector + 7.5%*4) of that number, that would still allow (but not force) the ‘worst’ plan to be the average one we all get.
It also doesn’t regionalize a gosh-darn thing, it sets up the plans, but the cities and towns still have to purchase them on their own. I’m not sure how that helps at all. It should have forced the cities and towns to -purchase- the plans through a single entity, to maximize the buying power and leverage economies of scale across the state.
I can support this kind of law, but definitely not this particular implementation. Regionalization should be about putting the entire state onto one bus, not forcing every town to charter their own limousine.

kathy
kathy
11 years ago

Any R who thought this was a good idea, resign from the party, and just become a D already. Unbelievable.

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