First Secretary of State hopefuls Democrat Nellie Gorbea and Republican John Carlevale, who this time is running as a Republican, debated on NBC 10 News Conference. Then Rob Paquin, self described “second in command of the super minority party” in Rhode Island fills in for Justin Katz on Wingmen and we talk about the issues […]
North Kingstown is the center of Rhode Island’s political universe. Or, at the very least, by far the highest number of statewide candidates hail from this suburban town of 26,000 in the West Bay. Five of the 15 candidates seeking a statewide office this year live in North Kingstown, as do two of the six […]
Forget the razzle-dazzle of Buddy Cianci incanting the good old days and the paranoia around Achievement First. Consider the character of the man – read Emma Sloan’s harrowing piece – and look at Cianci’s most recent term in office (1999-2002). His record simply doesn’t justify another term. Despite a larger police force, the capital city […]
During his second administration, said Corrente, Cianci ran the Providence City Hall as an organized criminal enterprise for nearly a decade before being convicted on RICO charges, yet the former mayor characterized his conviction as “some guy down the hall who took a g-note.” Corrente called Cianci’s statement an “outrageous mischaracterization.”
Activists, advocates, organizers, organizations, students and community leaders are collaborating to ask the mayoral candidates tough questions about the solutions they propose to fix the myriad of problems that plague our city. On Wednsday, 6pm, at the Southside Cultural Center (393 Broad Street, Providence), there will be a “People’s Forum” to help citizens decide the […]
“What good are our rights if you are violating them?” asked the mother, “Our kids feel the way they do [about the police] because they feel disrespected. They don’t trust you. I’m a black woman. I’ve been pulled over six times in my life for no reason.”
I was raped when I was 18. We were kissing, and he asked me to take off my pants. I told him I didn’t want to have sex. He assured me he only wanted to touch me with his hands. But once I took them off, he forced his penis inside me, and restrained me […]
When ProJo ran my opinion piece, “Why Cianci’s conviction matters,” I knew what to expect. Someone would probably bring up my past in an effort to shoot the messenger. I figured it would be a Cianci supporter, or even a staffer, as any political campaign will typically have a comprehensive media strategy. Perhaps it would […]
Columbus was a monster, and he doesn’t deserve to have a day of celebration in his honor. Really, this day off should celebrate any of the many great and positive things we enjoy about this world… but not historical monsters. We can certainly do better.
The Providence city council seat for ward 3 appears to be suddenly in play. Economic development consultant and leadership author Marcus Mitchell is gathering support for a write-in campaign against previously unchallenged incumbent Kevin Jackson. And it looks like Mitchell can win. Mitchell was the founding president of the Providence Community Library and has been a longtime Mt. Hope activist. This activism […]
Some readers may recall that yours truly advised Angel Taveras’s 2010 mayoral campaign on the issues of information technology, web services and open government (known then as “government 2.0″). Later, I served on the transition committee studying these same issues and served on the Open Providence Commission for Transparency and Accountability that met throughout 2012. […]
My first paying job as a journalist was at the Providence Phoenix. It was the NewPaper at the time, and I happened to walk into their offices a few days after they’d been bought out by the Boston Phoenix. My first newspaper lesson: timing is crucial. I’d been living in Providence for about a year and one of my first […]
As I listened to Grover Norquist address the crowd of about eighty people at the swanky and exclusive Squantum Association in East Providence on Thursday afternoon, I couldn’t help but wonder if the slick conservative operative knew what he was talking about.
“The poster child of wealthy out-of-state special interests is Grover Norquist,” said Pablo Rodriguez, who is also President of Latino Public Radio, “whose could use a Constitutional Convention as a vehicle to buy any issue he wants. If we allow a Constitutional Convention, we will essentially be handing the keys of our government over to people like Norquist and his billionaire friends.”
One week after the People’s Climate March, eight U.S. Senators, including our own Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed, wrote a letter to the President urging him “to establish national standards to reduce methane pollution from the oil and gas sector.” This might seem progress to some, but I’m afraid that our Senators lost me […]