By Steve Ahlquist on October 14, 2015
With the debate on guns in the United States taking a long slow turn against the intractable positions of the NRA (National Rifle Association) and towards instituting common sense gun legislation, it is only a matter of time before the RICAGV starts making real progress in the RI General Assembly.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Democrats, Elections, Events, Gun Control, Health Care, National News, News, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged James Langevin, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, National Rifle Association, Nicholas Mattiello, NRA, RI Coalition Against Gun Violence, RICAGV, Teresa Tanzi | 1 Response
By RI Future on October 7, 2015
Citing a recent “pattern of disturbingly inadequate” responses to open records requests “on truly critical matters of public import,” five open government organizations have called on Governor Gina Raimondo to issue an executive order that calls on state agencies to “adopt a strong presumption in favor of disclosure in addressing requests for public information.”
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Democrats, Featured, International News, National News, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Access to Public Records, ACCESS/RI, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, apra, Department of Transportation, Donald Lally, Gina Raimondo, Health and Human Services, Jane W. Koster, Justin Silverman, League of Women Voters of Rhode Island, League of Women Voters of the United States, Linda Lotridge Levin, LWVRI, New England First Amendment Coalition, Rhode Island Press Association, ridot, Steven Brown, Unified Health Infrastructure Project | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 18, 2015
Mike Araujo of Restaurant Opportunities Center RI and the One Fair Wage Coalition was given the Progressive Hero award by the RI Progressive Democrats of America (RIPDA) last night at a fundraising event held at Ogie’s Trailer Park in the West End of Providence. RIPDA Coordinator Sam Bell presented the award, noting that the award is usually given to a politician.
Posted in Activism, Democrats, Featured, Photos, Politics, Video | Tagged Mike Araujo, Ogie's Trailer Park, One Fair Wage Coalition, Progressive Hero, Restaurant Opportunities Center RI, RI Progressive Democrats of America, RIPDA, Sam Bell, The Procaccianti Group | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 15, 2015
The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America (RIPDA) are holding their annual fundraiser Thursday, September 17 from 5:30-8:30pm at Ogie’s Trailer Park, 1155 Westminster St in Providence. This year, they’re honoring Mike Araujo of the Restaurant Opportunities Center and the One Fair Wage Coalition with the Progressive Hero award.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Democrats, Economy, Education, Elections, Environment, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, Labor, National News, News, Politics, Poverty, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Voter ID, Women, Youth | Tagged Mike Araujo, One Fair Wage Coalition, Restaurant Opportunities Center, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, RIPDA | Leave a response
By Elisha Aldrich on August 27, 2015
What was supposed to be a casual meet and greet for the Warwick Progressive Democrats quickly went downhill when Sam Bell, the state coordinator for the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, called out Democratic Warwick mayoral candidate Richard Corrente’s merits, saying that he’s an embarrassment to the party. Corrente’s campaign has been an all around unorthodox […]
Posted in Democrats, Elections, Politics, Rhode Island, Taxes | Tagged democrat, Jennifer Siciliano, republican, RI Progressive Democrats of America, Richard Corrente, Sam Bell, Scott Avedisian, Tea Party, Warwick, warwick progressive democrats | 12 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 24, 2015
The Green Party of Rhode Island welcomed presidential candidate Jill Stein to their 2015 Green Gathering held at the Warwick campus of CCRI. Stein spoke for about 35 minutes about her campaign, her vision for the future of America, and the need for a new political party that represents ‘people, planet and peace over profit.’ […]
Posted in Campaign 2016, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Democrats, Elections, Environment, Events, Featured, Politics, Video | Tagged Bernie Sanders, climate change, Green New Deal, green party of rhode island, jill stein, people, planet and peace over profit | 1 Response
By Andrew Stewart on August 18, 2015
I have previously written about PawSox owner Larry Lucchino’s public/private partnerships’ in building PetCo Park for the San Diego Padres and Camden Yards for the Baltimore Orioles. These are the two major projects that Lucchino’s spokesman Dr. Charles Steinberg boasts about on the so-called ‘Listening Tour’ the team has been holding across the state. I […]
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2014, corporate greed, Democrats, Economic Development, Economy, Elections, Politics, Providence, Sports | Tagged baseball, lucchino, PawSox, Providence, publicly financed stadium, stadium | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 30, 2015
“I’m a recovering Republican. After the bank crisis I had an awakening. The system had been corrupted by big money. I really like Bernie’s message. He’s not selling himself.”
By Steve Ahlquist on July 24, 2015
Most of the speakers wondered how the Governor could justify a pay increase given that she has made big moves in the course of her political career to cut both public sector employee pensions and Medicaid. As for the idea that such pay increases are necessary to attract the talent the job positions require, Todd Sandahl pointed out that these jobs are already filled.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economy, Featured, International News, Labor, National News, News, Pensions, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Gina Raimondo, Jon Duffy, Jonathan Wormer, Kevin Loontjens, Office of Management and Budget, Suzanne Reilly, Todd Sandahl | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 22, 2015
The two party system is the problem, said James Patin of Worcester Socialist Alternative, and no one candidate, not Sawant, not Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, and not even socialist-independent turned Democrat Bernie Sanders is going to be able to challenge the system in a meaningful way by themselves.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Democrats, Elections, Events, International News, Labor, National News, News, Politics, Republicans, Rhode Island | Tagged Alex Rothfelder, Bernie Sanders, columbus day, Democratic Party, green party, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, James Patin, jill stein, Kshama Sawant, Socialist Alternative, Worcester Socialist Alternative | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 19, 2015
Representative Jared Nunes rose to oppose the bill, calling it, “really poor public policy,” before adding, “you almost have to be a mathematician to figure out if you can be a plumber or not.”
Posted in Democrats, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged 5 minute house debate, General Assembly, Jared Nunes, Joseph Shekarchi, Joseph Trillo, Nicholas Mattiello, RI House of Representatives, Stephen Ucci | 1 Response
By Elisha Aldrich on July 17, 2015
The United States Senate passed the Every Child Achieves Act Thursday, which eliminated many of the provisions set forth in former President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind law. While No Child Left Behind was criticized for pressuring educators to teach to a test, the Every Child Achieves Act encourages communities to improve schools […]
Posted in Congress, Democrats, Education, Featured | Tagged Congress, Education, Elisha Aldrich, Every Child Achieves, jack reed, No Child Left Behind, Sheldon Whitehouse, United States Senate | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 14, 2015
The RI House of Representatives floor debate on the tipped minimum wage featuring Representatives Joseph Shekarchi, Doreen Costa, Patricia Morgan, Aaron Regunberg, Michael Chippendale, Antonio Giarrusso, Teresa Tanzi and John DeSimone.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Featured, Labor, National News, News, Politics, Republicans, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Antonio Giarrusso, Doreen Costa, John DeSimone, Joseph Shekarchi, Michael Chippendale, patricia morgan, Teresa Tanzi, tipped minimum wage | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 17, 2015
What does the new language mean? At bottom, any non-religious employer, as defined by the IRS, that elects to not include abortion coverage in their employee health plan, must allow employees to opt out of the company plan, and select any other plan, paying any additional costs out of pocket.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Democrats, Featured, Health Care, International News, National News, News, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Women | Tagged Arthur Corvese, barth bracy, Bernard Healey, Doe v. Burwell, Edie Ajello, healthsource ri, hobby lobby, John DeSimone, Nicholas Mattiello, Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner, Raymond Gallison, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 10, 2015
The 2016 RI State Budget, approved by House Finance late Tuesday evening, included language on abortion coverage in its section on HealthSource RI funding that goes far beyond what is required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This part of the budget, inserted at the request of Governor Gina Raimondo on May 29, mandates that every insurer operating on HealthSource RI offer multiple plans that do not cover abortion.
Posted in Democrats, Featured, Health Care, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Women | Tagged Abortion, Affordable Care Act, budget, Gina Raimondo, Planned Parenthood | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 22, 2015
Sanders is no radical, his brand of democratic socialism is in the northern European “strong social safety net” tradition, but that doesn’t mean Sanders isn’t the real deal. Eli, a Vermont native, knows Sanders to be a fierce independent and principled politician, a true rarity.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Elections, Featured, National News, Politics | Tagged Bernie Sanders, Democratic Socialism, hillary clinton, Jacobin, Rhode Island for Bernie Sanders, Socialism, Willie Thompson | 3 Responses
By Peter Nightingale on March 2, 2015
Often called a “climate champion” by his defenders, Rhode Island’s Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse faced criticism in New Haven, Connecticut on Saturday for his strong support of fracked methane gas. During Whitehouse’s keynote address at Yale University’s “New Directions in Environmental Law” conference, members of the Connecticut-based climate justice collective Capitalism vs. the Climate interrupted […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 13, 2015
Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has been making statements demonstrating his support for “dynamic analysis,” a fiscally irresponsible and economically discredited accounting trick supported nationally by congressional Republicans that amounts to little more than rebranded trickle-down economics.
Posted in Democrats, Economy, Politics, Republicans, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Taxes | Tagged 2015 Small Business Summit, Bryant University, dynamic analysis, Nicholas Mattiello, Taxes | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2015
Mattiello, beginning his first full term as speaker, seems eager to chart a new course: He’s being upfront about his intentions slash social service programs to “appropriate” levels.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economy, Featured, National News, News, People, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Brian Newberry, General Assembly, Nicholas Mattiello, RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 7, 2015
…”the focus has to be on eradicating the safety net and not bolstering the safety net.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Featured, Homelessness, National News, News, People, Politics, Poverty, Providence, Religion, Republicans, Rhode Island, State House, Unemployment | Tagged Nicholas Mattiello, Poverty, social justice | 10 Responses