From Gaza to Ferguson, we are witnessing the effects of the corporatization of the military and the militarization of the police. The alternative to the world on offer is one of courage and peace. The choice is ours.
This week on NBC 10 Wingmen, Justin Katz, Bill Rappleye and I talked about the primary elections. And, yes, we managed to squeeze in some anti-union rhetoric, as well. News, Weather and Classifieds for Southern New England You can also watch the lt. governor’s debate here: News, Weather and Classifieds for Southern New England
Secretary of State Ralph Mollis said he’s “personally pro-life” but “governmentally pro-choice.” Mollis is running for lt governor and his stance on a women’s right to choose came up when Democratic primary rival Rep. Frank Ferri, as well as Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, publicly questioned his endorsement from Rhode Island Right to Life. [...]
Calling it “a new low” in the state’s enforcement of the Access to Public Records Act (APRA), five open government groups blasted an opinion issued by the Attorney General’s office which held that public bodies can charge members of the public for the time it takes to compose a letter denying an open records request. That interpretation of [...]
President Barack Obama said last night at a Newport fundraiser that the United States has “objectively” improved during his presidency, but pointed out that “the economy hasn’t benefitted (sic) everybody” and that “internationally, we’re going through a tumultuous time.” POTUS gave shout outs to all four members of the Rhode Island Congressional delegation, Steve [not [...]
“I want to speak on respectability politics,” said one of the speakers at the #HowManyMore rally held in Burnside Park last night. “Which,” he continued, “is basically telling a black or brown poor kid to pull our pants up, turn our hats the right way, wear a suit and we’ll get ahead, Alright? Fuck that, [...]
When WPRI hosted a debate between the three Democratic lt. governor candidates, Ralph Mollis said he thinks abortion should be “safe and rare.” But he didn’t say he thinks they should be legal. That question is now being raised by his competitor progressive Democrat Frank Ferri after Mollis was endorsed by Rhode Island Right to [...]
Allan Fung is the only candidate for governor in Rhode Island who openly opposes legalizing pot, and Angel Taveras is the “is the least open to marijuana regulation” among Democratic candidates, according to the Marijuana Policy Project. The national group that lobbies states to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana sent an email to supporters today [...]
It took too long, but eventually, after the election of FDR, the United States got around to actually doing something about the Great Depression. The Works Progress (or Work Projects) Administration (W.P.A.) started putting Americans back to work, Keynesian style, in 1935. Economists may argue about the efficacy of stimulus programs, but one benefit cannot [...]
Bill Clinton knows how to play the room. So when the 42nd president of the United States took the podium at the Convention Center in Providence yesterday, he opened with: “I love Rhode Island.” The former leader of the free world also has a fondness for Seth Magaziner, for whom he was here campaigning. “He [...]
Every Wednesday women hotel workers and their supporters gather outside the Providence Renaissance and Providence Hilton hotels to demand fair wages and decent working conditions. So far, hotel management has refused to deal fairly.
The Capital Good Fund won a $125,000 Community Development Financial Institutions grant thanks to Senator Jack Reed, who helped secure the funding for both this grant and the entire CDFI program. “This funding will help us as we work to put the bad guys out of business and ensure a level playing field for all,” [...]
After a summer of spending millions to attack and fact check each other in TV commercials, the three leading Democrats running for governor took the opportunity to do so once more at their last debate before the primary. “My campaign alone has created more jobs in Rhode Island than Narragansett Beer,” Clay Pell quipped of [...]
The one thing that virtually everyone who attended last night’s forum, Understanding the Israel/Gaza Crisis, is that the subject is extremely difficult to talk about without extreme emotions hijacking the discourse. Many of us, said moderator Reverend Donald Anderson, executive minister for the RI Council of Churches, have family or friends living in harms way [...]
In every election, there are fringe candidates who end up on the ballot and pick up a few votes from confused voters or those who, for whatever reason, think “none of the above” is their choice. In the hotly contested 2014 Democratic primary for Governor on September 9, we have one of the fringe candidates [...]
The clock is ticking down rapidly to the September 9 primary where Democrats will have to choose between Seth Magaziner and Frank Caprio as the Democratic candidate for General Treasurer. Polling shows Seth’s public support has jetted ahead to take a 12 point lead over Frank Caprio in the final days. This is a huge shift from [...]