By Steve Ahlquist on February 18, 2017
“We stand in solidarity with Muslims, immigrants, LGBTQ+ people, and all those on the front lines of the struggle for human rights,” said Benjamin Evans of the Rhode Island National Lawyer’s Guild.
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By Robert Shaw on February 13, 2017
Hundreds of Rhode Islanders braved the inclement weather on Sunday afternoon to make their voices heard at a gathering of the Rhode Island congressional delegation at the East Providence High School auditorium. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed and Representatives David Cicilline and Jim Langevin fielded questions from a growingly impatient and sometimes outright hostile […]
By Steve Ahlquist on February 13, 2017
The RI congressional delegation, including Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Representatives James Langevin and David Cicilline in the ‘hot seat’ for about 90 minutes of questions from sometimes angry and confrontational constituents.
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By Steve Ahlquist on February 9, 2017
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will be appearing, along with the entire Senator Jack Reed and Representatives James Langevin and David Cicilline, at the East Providence High School auditorium on Sunday at 2pm.
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By Bob Plain on February 9, 2017
Some of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation have been the focus on intense protests from local progressives hoping to convince them to resist President Donald Trump’s anti-social justice agenda. But the four Democrats who represent Rhode Island in Congress aren’t shying away from the attention. Indeed they are inviting more. This Sunday they are holding a […]
By Bob Plain on February 5, 2017
A single judge in Seattle can prevent even the President of the United States from violating the Constitution. That’s what happened this weekend when federal District Court Judge James Robart put a stay on the so-called “travel ban” executive order on Friday. The decision won Robart and the judiciary praise from Rhode Island senators Jack […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 30, 2017
When Senator Sheldon Whitehouse decided to vote in favor of several key Donald Trump nominations, I’m sure he did not expect to have to answer to hundreds of his angry constituents two days in a row.
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By Robert Shaw on January 29, 2017
An abnormally large group of concerned citizens gathered for a community meeting with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse at the Warwick Public Library on Saturday morning. After Whitehouse began the meeting by acknowledging the size of the gathering and offering up the floor to those present, the meeting quickly became a platform for those concerned over the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 29, 2017
One thing became very clear, very quickly: People wanted Whitehouse to actively push back against Trump, and they do not expect compromise or any more “Yes” votes on Trump’s cabinet picks.
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By Steve Ahlquist on January 28, 2017
This might be the first time that Whitehouse has publicly agreed to review a local fossil fuel infrastructure proposal with an eye towards possibly coming out against it.
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By Steve Ahlquist on January 28, 2017
“So does that make torture okay?” interrupted a constituent.
“No, of course not…” replied Whitehouse, caught off guard.
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By Samuel Bell on January 27, 2017
Update: After publication of this post, Reed announced he opposes the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be secretary of the Department of Education. All but two Democratic members of the United States Senate have publicly opposed at least one Trump nominee. They are Heidi Heitkamp, who represents the very red state of North Dakota, and […]
By Mark Binder on January 27, 2017
Dear Senators Whitehouse and Reed, This is what dictatorship looks like. A leader in office—whether elected or by junta—wields every aspect of power according to his agenda or whim. Compromise is not an option. Because we are a democratic republic, parliamentary defeat is not an option. The only option is staunch opposition and sweeping implementation […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 25, 2017
The endorsements include State Representatives Edith Ajello, Anastasia Williams, Jeremiah O’Grady and Deborah Ruggiero and State Senators James Sheehan and Jim Seveney.
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By Bob Plain on December 13, 2016
It’s fair to say Rhode Island’s congressional delegation is concerned with President-elect Donald Trump tapping ExxonMobile chexecutive Rex Tillerson to serve as secretary of state. Senator Jack Reed said he has “serious concerns.” Senator Sheldon Whitehouse said he has “deep concerns.” Congressman Langevin said he has “significant concerns” and Congressman David Cicilline said, “The American […]