Young Republicans Endorse Allan Fung

The Rhode Island Young Republicans Executive Board is pleased to endorse Cranston Mayor, Allan Fung, as the candidate for the office of Governor of Rhode Island. Allan has a proven record of taking charge on hard issues that directly affect the City of Cranston and its residents. During his tenure as Mayor, Cranston’s bond rating has increased multiple times, home values have risen, and taxes have had no increase four out of the last seven years.

As Mayor, Allan has worked to resolve the unfunded pension liability that the City faced with an aggressive plan that is already ahead of schedule since its inception. Allan has also spurred a dramatic increase in economic development making Cranston a popular destination spot. Parks and infrastructure have also been a priority of Allan’s administration. As a result of Fung’s efforts, Cranston has been ranked the “Best City to live in Rhode Island” as well as being named a top 50 city to live in the entire Country according to 24/7 Wall Street.

Allan has conducted himself in a manner that crosses party lines with compromises to best benefit Cranston residents. Mayor Allan Fung’s ability to manage natural disaster response and fiscal carelessness of prior administration is exactly the resume Rhode Island needs. The Rhode Island Young Republicans believe that with his proven ability to lead the second largest city in Rhode Island from near bankruptcy to a desirable and prospering place to live makes him the clear choice for Governor.

It is with proud enthusiasm that the Rhode Island Young Republicans support Mayor Allan Fung as our party’s candidate for the office of Governor of Rhode Island.

Young Republicans CRFRI Chairman Endorsement

The Rhode Island Young Republican board unanimously voted to endorse Ed Tarnowski as the candidate for the office of Chairman of the College Republican Federation of Rhode Island. Ed has proven to be a continuous supporter of Conservatism within the Rhode Island Republican Party. As the President and Founder of the recently revived URI College Republicans, Mr. Tarnowski has displayed an ability to lead and build an organization from the ground up.

Ed Tarnowski is a lifelong Rhode Island resident, graduating from Scituate High School. He is a currently a student at the University of Rhode Island, studying Political Science and Business. Ed has repeatedly shown his love for our great state through and through. In addition to his dedication to Rhode Island, Republicanism, and founding the revival of URI College Republicans, Ed has also served as the Chairman of the Washington County Young Republicans.

We most admire Mr. Tarnowski for his selfless volunteer work. He has stepped up as the Youth Outreach Director for a local Gubernatorial Campaign. His determination, and ability to handle the schedule he holds should be an inspiration for all. Ed has dedicated countless hours to many thankless, but highly necessary, positions with our party. Ed’s ability to keep a positive outlook is what allows others to believe that dedicating oneself to Republicanism is not a lost cause in Rhode Island.

It is with proud enthusiasm that the Rhode Island Young Republicans support Ed Tarnowski as our party’s candidate for the office of Chairman of the College Republican Federation of Rhode Island.

Why Has Rhode Island Forgotten Its History of Rebellion – and What Can We Do About It?

By Will Grapentine

By many measures, Rhode Island has always been a proud and patriotic state. Coming from Bristol – deemed “Most Patriotic Town” by travel websites and publications alike – Patriotism and American pride has always swelled through the state . Particularly the East Bay and Aquidneck regions, with such institutions as our longstanding Naval base in Newport underscoring our proud military history in the Ocean State. But before one celebrates national pride and patriotism, there is a great challenge many voters seem to forget: rebellion against the status quo.

As Young Republicans, conservatives or those generally right-of- center, it is easy to understand what being a rebel is about. But to some Rhode Islanders, there is a disconnect between our state’s proud history with fighting the system and applying it to modern issues today. Take State founder Roger Williams. Oftentimes ransacked by the political left for an atheistic agenda, History.com cites him as a man not only known for wanting to protect individual liberty, but being against pre-constitutional government confiscation of land. Furthermore, although deemed “radical” in his Christian views, his promotion of religious liberty helped pave the way for what made it a Constitutional protection in our Bill of Rights. With religious liberty always at the forefront of state and local issues, Williams was a prime example that freedom of religion is not freedom FROM religion – and that people have a right to express it.

Another key moment in R.I. history is that of the of the Gaspee Affair. Taking place on June 9 th 1772, after Lieutenant William Dudingston sailed HMS Gaspee into Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay to enforce customs collection and force mandatory inspection of cargo, resulting in increasingly aggressive searches, boardings, and seizures of Rhode Islander’s ships. But the anti-tax group The Sons of Liberty (led by R.I.’s own John Brown) rowed out to confront the ship’s crew until the vessel was burned to the waterline. This uprising against unfair taxation pushed by the British Crown (the then-governing body of Rhode Island) was seen as the fire that stoked the American Revolution, and is looked at as Rhode Island’s version of The Boston Tea Party (celebrated in Warwick every year with Gaspee Days).

Lastly there is the Dorr Rebellion. Taking place in 1841 – 58 years after the U.S. Revolution and 20 years before the Civil War – the Dorr Rebellion has an odd place in history but underscores R.I.’s fighting spirit. Although lasting only two months, not a single battle being fought, and the whole affair resulted in a single death—an innocent civilian shot by mistake, the purpose of the Rebellion was because Rhode Island did not have a state Constitution, instead keeping it’s old pre-Revolutionary charter. This encouraged a group of like-minded rebels to hold a constitutional convention and pass what came to be known as the “People’s Constitution” This was something not officiated by the then-government and left a “People’s Government” (lead by Thomas Dorr). Dorr organized around 300 men in Providence and began his campaign by robbing a small militia post of supplies. Eventually going into hiding, the Rebellion disbanded. Dorr, captured in 1843 and sentenced to life in prison for treason against Rhode Island, proved too popular to jail. As for Rhode Island? Rhode Island finally passed a new constitution in November 1842 and a strong fight against Rhode Island elites was won.

Now where are we today? Where are the Roger Williams? The John Browns ? The James Dorrs? True, although each of these past figures championed for very different issues than what Rhode Islanders face today, they all fought against the system. Regardless of party, institution, or personality, they struggled for things that were against the tide. Judging by voters today, it seems the only mantra is “More Government”. From a General Assembly that has had one-party dominance since the Great Depression, a continued history of taxing-and- spending its citizens, and many stories of corruption and incompetence (UHIP anyone?) you would think more voters could channel the founders of this state when they make it to the voting booth.

As the famous saying goes: “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” As we continue to rightfully celebrate our state’s past accomplishments with parades, holidays, and patriotic exercises, let’s try and connect that thinking to voters and taxpayers today. Only by going against business as usual leaders do “We The People” apply the values R.I. was based on to a freer and more prosperous state tomorrow.