By Steve Rackett on September 12, 2017
Ken Block’s evidence to Donald Trump’s Election Commission Integrity meeting in New Hampshire today was rebuked on Twitter by elections expert John Marion, the executive director of Common Cause RI. In a series of tweets, John Marion said, “I want to share a few thoughts. Social scientists have done rigorous research on the question of […]
Posted in Elections, Featured | Tagged Common Cause RI, Crosscheck, Government Accountability Institute, john marion, Ken Block, Michael McDonald, Michael Morse, Paul Gronke, Shared Goel, Voter Fraud | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on August 22, 2017
There will soon be one more progressive woman in the state Senate as Democrat Dawn Euer beat Republican Mike Smith in a special summer election to represent Jamestown and Newport as the senator from District 13. “Tonight’s win is a win for everyone who believes that we need to do more to create good paying […]
By Steve Rackett on August 20, 2017
In July I wrote a story about campaign spending in the Senate District 13 race. As the election heads into its closing hours we take a look at the income sources of the two main party candidates. What is striking about contributions to Dawn Euer’s campaign is the high number of individual donations she received. […]
Posted in Elections, Featured, Jamestown, Newport, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Dawn Euer, Mike Smith, Newport Democratic Committee, Portsmouth GOP, Rhode Island Senate, Senate District 13 | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 9, 2017
“I don’t even know how to explain what the next two weeks are going to be like,” said Smith, “It is going to be the center of politics in this state, even on the east coast. It’s all going to be centered on Newport and Jamestown…”
By Steve Rackett on August 3, 2017
Mike Smith’s campaign expenses for the most recent declarable period were $6,857.77 of which at least $3,896 (57 percent) was spent beyond the borders of Rhode Island.
By Steve Rackett on July 13, 2017
Congratulations to Nirva LaFortune for her big win in the Ward 3 primary election. She fought an excellent campaign and in the debates she was articulate and passionate. She was also forthcoming when interviewed and came across as a forward thinking candidate, wanting to seek lasting, long term solutions for her neighbors and for the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 11, 2017
In the first real candidate forum in Senate District 13, six of the seven candidates answered questions and gave their opinions on a wide range of issues including reproductive rights, the PawSox Stadium and the budget gridlock currently seizing the General Assembly. The four Democrats, David Allard, Dawn Euer, John Florez and David Hanos, will face […]
Posted in Elections, Events, Featured, Jamestown, Newport, News, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Allan Fung, David Allard, David Hanos, Dawn Euer, Frank Prosnitz, Gregory Larson, Ian Donnis, Jane Pickens Theater, John Florez, Kimberly Ripoli, Michael Smith, Ted Nesi | 2 Responses
By Steve Rackett on July 10, 2017
Who is best suited to represent the ward? Well, it depends on what people are looking out for in a councilor and each of the candidates can pitch to different areas of interest.
Posted in Elections, Featured, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Daniel Chaika, East Side Community Alliance, Facebook, Jeremy Corbyn, Kevin Jackson, Labour Party, Mark Santow, Nirva LaFortune, Providence City Council, Providence Ethics Board, Providence Teacher's Union, RI Future, RI NOW, Steve Ahlquist, twitter | 10 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 7, 2017
Things heated up when Democratic candidate Nirva LaFortune took Independent candidate Christopher Reynolds to task for his use of insensitive, racially charged language.
Posted in Elections, Featured, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Video | Tagged CDHCR, Christopher Reynolds, Community Safety Act, Cristian Potter, CSA, Daniel Chaika, David Lallier, jorge elorza, Mark Santow, Nirva LaFortune, People Over Police, PERA, Providence External Review Authority, Randall Rose, Rhode Island Coalition to Defend Human and Civil Rights, RI Rights, Rochambeau Library | 1 Response
By Steve Rackett on June 30, 2017
The CSA is very dear to me. These issues impact me and my family directly. I have been racially profiled. I have to remind my son things like ‘don’t wear a hoody’. I have seen how growing up, my father was stopped constantly.
By Steve Rackett on June 29, 2017
But receivership or bankruptcy is a very drastic solution. The way it impacted every day people in Central Falls was shocking and a lot of people made money off of that. A lot of people managed to profit off the misfortune of others. We should be avoiding it at all costs.
Posted in Elections, Featured, Politics, Providence | Tagged Community Safety Act, CSA, Daniel Chaika, Mark Santow, Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School, Nathan Bishop Middle School, Nirva LaFortune, Providence City Council, ward 3, water | 1 Response
By Jenifer Howard on June 28, 2017
On July 22, 2017, VoteRunLead.org is partnering with the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island to bring VoteRunLead’s popular “Run As You Are” workshop series to Rhode Island.
Posted in Elections, Events, Featured, Politics, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged Erin Vilardi, Kelly Nevins, New England Institute of Technology, Run As You Are, Through A Gender Lens, VoteRunLead, Women's Fund of Rhode Island | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 28, 2017
Less than two weeks after the un-debate, four of the five candidates who qualified for the ballot in the race to be the Ward 3 city councilor from Providence once again took the stage, this time to answer questions, not just listen to the concerns of residents.
Posted in Climate, Corporate Greed, Education, Elections, Featured, Housing, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Angel Tavares, buddy cianci, Daniel Chaika, David Cicilline, David Lallier, jorge elorza, Kevin Jackson, Mark Santow, MLK Elementary School, Mount Hope Neighborhood Association, Observatory Neighborhood Association, Rebecca LaFortune, Summit Neighborhood Association, Ted Nesi, ward 3 | 1 Response
By Steve Rackett on June 28, 2017
For me, because I am on School Board and also because I have kids, schools are a big priority. Beyond that, affordable housing is a big issue. It is another one that is a city-wide issue that has a local impact as well.
Posted in Elections, Featured, Providence | Tagged Community Safety Act, CSA, Daniel Chaika, Mark Santow, Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School, Nathan Bishop Middle School, Nirva LaFortune, Providence City Council, ward 3, water | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 21, 2017
“Dawn Euer is a strong, passionate voice for reproductive freedom and is exactly the type of leader these times demand,” said Amy Black, Chair of Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island PAC, announcing the group’s endorsement of Euer in the Democratic primary for RI State Senate District 13.
Posted in Elections, Featured, Newport, News, State House | Tagged Amy Black, Bike Newport, Craig O’Connor, Dawn Euer, Environmental Justice League of RI, gayle goldin, Guttmacher Institute, Marriage Equality Rhode Island, MERI, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Newport and South County chapter of the RI National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island PAC, PPV!RI PAC, Reproductive Health Care Act, Rhode Island State Constitution, Roe. v. Wade, US Supreme Court | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 20, 2017
“We are excited to endorse the only woman of color in a crowded field vying for a seat at the table, and we know she will be a strong voice for Ward 3 on Providence’s city council,” said Amanda Clarke, past president of RI NOW.
Posted in Elections, Featured, Politics, Providence, Women | Tagged Amanda Clarke, Daniel Chaika, Mark Santow, National Organization for Women, Nirva LaFortune, now, RI NOWRI NOW PAC, ward 3 | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 16, 2017
Deep divisions of race and class among the Ward 3 neighborhoods were noted. It was obvious that Ward 3 is more a collection of neighborhoods than a unified Ward.
Posted in Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Economics, Elections, Featured, Inequality, Photos, Politics, Providence, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Angie Ankoma, Christopher Reynolds, Daniel Chaika, David Lallier, John Lombardi, Kevin Jackson, Mark Santow, Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School, Mike Ritz, Mt Hope Neighborhood Association, Nirva LaFortune, Observatory Neighborhood Association, Providence Ward 3, seth magaziner, the Summit Neighborhood Association, un-debate | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on June 15, 2017
Russia, or anyone else for that matter, didn’t disrupt Rhode Island’s voting systems during the 2016 election, according to the Secretary of State’s office. “We have not detected, nor received reports from any of our vendors or from the federal government regarding hacking attempts on our elections infrastructure,” said Nicole Lagace, a senior adviser and […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 15, 2017
Friday evening’s Emergency Rally to Demand an Independent Investigation brought dozens of people concerned about the connections between President Donald Trump and his campaign’s ties to Russia out to Burnside Park in Providence Friday afternoon. Those in attendance demanded that Rhode Island Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse “refuse to give unanimous consent on any […]
Posted in Activism, Congress, Elections, Events, Featured, International News, National News, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Burnside Park, donald trump, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Indivisible RI, jack reed, Jane Tucker, Randall Rose, Resist Hate RI, Rhode Island Working Families Party, Sheldon Whitehouse | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 3, 2017
“You are the power… ” said Kevin Jackson, “You have to make sure your voices are heard and not just the people who have power because they have money.”