Both members of Rhode Island’s House delegation will vote “yea” during Sunday’s make-or-break healthcare roll-call. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put one more uncertain vote in the yes column when Representative Jim Langevin announced his support for the bill. Representative Patrick Kennedy reiterated his commitment in a press release that stressed increased coverage for Rhode Island’s uninsured.
With March Madness upon us, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan suggested that the NCAA “ban teams with graduation rates below 40 percent from future tournaments.” Duncan played college ball himself while at Harvard. Meanwhile, in what’s become an annual tradition, President Obama filled out his bracket (and no, you’re not the only one getting crushed in your pool because of Big East flops).
Politico provided some insight into Democrats’ divide over the student-loan bill SAFRA, while State Rep. David Segal (D-Dist. 2, Providence, East Providence) argued that the party could benefit at the ballot box by “passing medical marijuana laws, and decriminalizing marijuana more generally, rolling back blue laws, ceasing to imprison people for sex work, and reducing other forms of social paternalism.”
— Dan Davidson