By Randall Rose on October 7, 2018
Today, a group called Ocean State Against Hate (OSAH) is going to the State House in an effort to forcibly prevent the rightist group Resist Marxism from holding a rally. This is a sequel to a similar confrontation August 4, where OSAH managed to physically shut down Resist Marxism’s effort to inaugurate its Providence chapter […]
By Randall Rose on March 20, 2018
On Tuesday, net neutrality bills are getting a public hearing at the State House, and it’s a good opportunity for members of the public to speak or show support for an effort that could preserve net neutrality in Rhode Island. You can also sign an online petition in support, here. Net neutrality is the excellent […]
By Randall Rose on March 6, 2018
Hardly any state bills this year are as likely to increase racial and other discrimination as the awful Red Flag Gun Bill (H7688 and S2492), which is scheduled for a public hearing today. The bill claims to be about removing guns from people who pose an “extreme risk” of violence. However, it’s so badly written […]
By Randall Rose on July 25, 2017
“It seems to me that Trump is setting things up so that, if the Obamacare repeal bill fails today, he will immediately take serious steps to undermine the investigation, such as by firing Sessions.
By Randall Rose on July 3, 2017
A few bills did pass before Friday’s abrupt end to the legislative session… Here is a list of some of the bills that passed that I found interesting.
By Randall Rose on January 30, 2017
This weekend RI Future reported on a leadership-backed change to the RI House rules that would have made it nearly impossible for ordinary lawmakers to amend the leadership-backed budget in future. On Sunday afternoon, Larry Berman, spokesman for House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, walked back this change, saying that it was an inadvertent drafting error. Here […]
By Randall Rose on January 29, 2017
The leadership of the Rhode Island House of Representatives is proposing a drastic change to the House rules which will make it nearly impossible to amend the budget that House leaders come up with. This is undemocratic and should be stopped.
By Randall Rose on January 5, 2017
To say that TASER, the company providing the police body cameras is shady is an understatement, as its body-camera deals have been dogged with controversy around the country.
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By Randall Rose on December 1, 2016
A Providence mosque has received a hate-filled letter saying that Trump is “going to do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews”. You can see the letter here. This letter of hate makes very little sense, and the author, a self-described “patriotic American”, seems to know basically nothing about American principles or about […]
By Randall Rose on June 13, 2016
A devastating fare hike for Rhode Island’s most vulnerable seniors and disabled people is the focus of a new budget fight. Although Rhode Island has long had a program where seniors and disabled people who have trouble affording bus trips ride free, the last year has seen efforts to end this program and charge more […]
By Randall Rose on April 24, 2016
Donald Trump will be holding a rally at 1pm Monday at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, and some Rhode Islanders hope to shut the rally down… My aim in this article is to argue against trying to shut down the pro-Trump rally.
By Randall Rose on September 11, 2015
Richard Cosentino died in the custody of Providence police on Sunday. The way the police describe his death leaves a lot of doubt. Even from the police’s story, which is pretty much the only version we have, it appears they treated him too harshly, and he didn’t need to die. Like many of those who […]
By Randall Rose on July 20, 2015
Maybe we should have known, now that people’s videos have brought more public attention to police abuse, that it wouldn’t be long before some police returned to the “She killed herself” line. An African-American woman in Texas, Sandra Bland, was found dead in jail last week. A policeman had pulled her over for not signaling […]
By Randall Rose on November 3, 2014
Like the rest of us, I’ve seen the expensive ads telling us not to vote for a constitutional convention, which is Question 3 on the ballot Tuesday. What these ads don’t say is how consistently insiders are backing the effort to stop a convention. The role of insiders has gotten far too little coverage in […]
By Randall Rose on May 15, 2014
Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed and House Speaker Nick Mattiello just made a striking shift about the 38 Studios bailout, which is interesting since they both have a history of supporting the bailout. Go back to what Paiva-Weed, and former Speaker Gordon Fox, said when the 38 Studios bonds were being issued. At that time, in […]
By Randall Rose on June 23, 2013
On Monday June 24th, the petition against the 38 Studios bailout will be brought to the State House for a ceremonial delivery. So far, over 1,000 Rhode Islanders have signed the petition, and the number continues to grow. The petition delivery will be at 4:15pm sharp, at the Smith Street entrance to the State House. […]