Cup o’ (Pro)Jo: March 22, 2010

You’ve surely heard by now that Congress has approved a health care bill to send along to President Obama. Now read about Rhode Island delegates’ thoughts on the measure, including Rep. James Langevin’s paralysis resulting from a shooting accident in his youth and Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s pride that Congress has finally fulfilled the wishes of his father, the late Edward Kennedy, in both his memory and that of Patrick Kennedy’s uncle, President John F. Kennedy.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is investigating Rhode Island’s sale of the Providence Fruit & Produce Warehouse three years ago to Carpionato Properties, which demolished the farmers’ market afterward. The state sold the property for nearly $10 million less than what it paid when it bought the warehouse from Amtrak in 1998.

Retired Army colonel and Republican Bill Clegg will announce Wednesday that he is running for the District 2 congressional seat currently occupied by Langevin. He is one of three Republicans to challenge Langevin so far. And another retiree, former Superior Court Judge Mark Pfeiffer, is considering declaring himself a candidate for the District 1 congressional seat to be vacated by Kennedy.

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