The timing was purely coincidental, but it's hard to imagine a sharper contrast in leadership styles than what Rhode Island saw this week from Governor Lincoln Chafee and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed.
The tiny city of Central Falls is moving ahead Thursday evening with what is considered one of the toughest ethics reforms for a small municipality in the country, even as efforts to restore state Ethics Commission oversight of the General Assembly continue to languish.
The Newport County Chamber of Commerce has issued a statement recognizing the positive economic impact same sex marriage brings to a community.
While the statement stops short of endorsing marriage equality, it says that same sex marriage could have a substantial economic impact on Newport businesses, particularly the hospitality and wedding industries. The statement ends by saying that Rhode Island is at a competitive disadvantage with our New England neighbors who already have marriage equality.