As the landscapes of media and communication continue to evolve, the lines between news, opinion and entertainment are blurring quicker than society can vet facts. Thus, there seems to be confusion over what is unsafe and what is uncomfortable. While the two concepts are not mutually exclusive, it is imperative to understand that neither are […]
It was, at times, a tense afternoon on the opening day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia as the party publicly questioned its superdelegate process. Rhode Island Rep. Aaron Regunberg had the honor of introducing the first amendment to the Rules Committee meeting that would have eliminated superdelegates outright. It won 58 votes, not […]
Though the recent DNC email Wikileaks dump seems to show that high level DNC operatives work working for Clinton, in violation of party rules, RI Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea does not seem to have been involved.
A subcommittee of the Providence City Council is slated to consider on September 1 the Community Safety Act – a proposed bill that would make police officers more accountable to the people they detain and reduce racial and other forms of discrimination. A coalition of community groups called the Step Up Network have launched a […]
With no committee sessions today, there was time to take a tour of historic Philadelphia organized for the media (called “Breakfast and B-roll”), cover a couple of the marches (March For Bernie and March for a Clean Energy Revolution, and explore the press spaces in the Pennsylvania Convention Center (where the delegates will hold caucuses […]
The Democratic National Committee got underway at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia this afternoon. In one of the first — and potentially most contentious — meetings, the Rules Committee was scheduled to consider, among other items, a proposal to eliminate superdelegates. In advance of the 1pm meeting — which staff members said was already […]
Even typically soft-spoken Senator Jack Reed is speaking out against Donald Trump. “Donald Trump’s world view starts with Donald Trump, ends with Donald Trump and there is nothing in between,” Reed said. “He is combustible, impulsive, narcissistic and he could be a threat to our national security.” Rhode Island’s senior senator, the highest ranking Democrat […]
The chronicle of Cape Verdeans, who celebrated their Independence Day this month, in the Ocean State has proven to be one of the most impressive demographic stories, with local African American leaders like scholar Bela Teixeira, labor organizer Mike Araujo, and NAACP President Jim Vincent all tracing roots to the island nation. Now a documentary […]
We can no longer distinguish Republican and Democratic parties with conservative and liberal labels. Too many Republicans proud of their conservative pedigree have distanced themselves from the party that Donald Trump now leads. Democrats now prefer the term progressive, but it’s not obvious that all those who supported Bernie Sanders will embrace Hillary Clinton despite […]
“…even when they don’t end up tipping the balance,” said Representative Aaron Regunberg, “the mere existence of superdelegates adds to the perception among many voters that the political system is rigged.”
Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for president, thinks progressives should vote for her even if it means Donald Trump would defeat Hillary Clinton as a result. “Sometimes you have to lose elections to build your power,” Stein told RI Future in a wide-ranging, 35-minute interview Wednesday. “Because we don’t get out of this hole […]
Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea described it as “the most progressive platform ever put forward by an American political party.” Sen. Bernie Sanders said, “Our job now is to see that platform implemented by a Democratically controlled Senate [and] a Democratically controlled House.” Yet one small detail might have Gov. Gina Raimondo nervous. In between […]
Time and again Governor Raimondo assured the people that the power plant was “not a done deal.” For the first time the governor publicly walked back her support for the plant, saying that it was important that she maintain neutrality during the process of approving the plant.