"[O]ver 11 percent of Rhode Islanders 12 and over use illicit drugs, the highest rate in the nation, and that Rhode Island has the highest percentage of persons 12 years and over needing but not receiving treatment for illicit drug use, at 3.3 percent. We also have the lowest perceived risk of substance abuse in the country, according to national statistics."

"We are thrilled to welcome Netroots Nation to Providence in 2012. It took collaboration to secure this great opportunity for the City of Providence and I am proud to have been a part of the team who led the recruitment effort.  Blogs are the town halls of the 21st century for so many who participate in the political process. We look forward to hosting the Netroots community next year."

"Companies won’t hire because customers won’t spend. Customers won’t spend because companies won’t hire. This stare-down has been going on since approximately December 2007, when the worst slump since the Great Depression took hold. Many Americans would like someone to make a move so they can get back to prosperity."