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 […]
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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.”
By Steve Ahlquist on May 1, 2017
“Women should run because they need to hear our voices at the the table,” replied A’shanti Gholer of Emerge America, “There are 520,000 elected offices in this country, women constitute less than a third of them. We want to make sure all voices are heard so women can see what we can do when we’re elected in a community to fix it.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on February 26, 2017
“This is their long standing opposition to Medicare [and] Medicaid” said Whitehouse, “We thought we had those zombies buried, but they’re coming back out of the earth again and they walk the planet, and we need to put them back in the ground where they belong.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on February 26, 2017
To both celebrate a month of victories and to plan for the future, well over 800 people filled the cafeteria of Hope High School as Resist Hate RI convened their fourth meeting, and their first meeting since Donald Trump’s inauguration.
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By Steve Ahlquist on February 23, 2017
Featuring illustrations from Selene Means. As I approached, I saw that the east end of Kennedy Plaza had been transformed into a police car parking lot, with maybe two dozen officers from at least three different law enforcement agencies.
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By Steve Ahlquist on January 23, 2017
After charges were presented today against former State Representative Raymond Gallison, Common Cause Rhode Island is calling on the state Board of Elections and state Ethics Commission to take immediate action.
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By Nick Inglis on December 29, 2016
Our neighbors to the north in Massachusetts have now successfully completed their first election with early voting. With over a million Massachusetts voters taking advantage of early voting, nearly a third of all votes cast, Massachusetts has provided a regional case study on how to successfully enact this commonsense reform to make voting easier. It […]
By Steve Ahlquist on December 19, 2016
In Rhode Island, all four electors, Clay Pell, Frank Montanaro, Susan Weiner and Grace Diaz, are pledged to Hillary Clinton, but none of those protesting outside seemed to think that meant they could stay inside where it was warm.
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By Michael Beauregard on December 14, 2016
Ellison has been a champion of working families his whole life. He worked as a civil rights lawyer after graduating college. He has been one of the strongest supporters of the fight for $15. He pushed for debt free college tuition well before almost anyone else did. Most importantly though he is an experienced organizer with a proven record.
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By New Leaders Council RI on December 12, 2016
Election Day has changed all of us here at New Leaders Council (NLC) Rhode Island. We have spent the last month reflecting deeply about our organization’s role in the future of our state and country. We have been asking ourselves which direction we must take in order to preserve our state’s progressive values and how we will continue to move forward despite unimagined circumstances.
By transportprovidence on November 30, 2016
Since the election of 2016, a fiercer battle over the legitimacy of the Electoral College has ensued. A lot of the arguments for getting rid of the Electoral College have ignored an important constituency: conservative rural voters. I’m for abolishing the Electoral College, so that the presidential vote is truly democratic. But if democracy advocates […]
By Aaron Regunberg on November 11, 2016
“In any and every instance that Rhode Island’s state government can throw up a shield to protect our constituents from the oncoming storm, we must do so. It is our moral and ethical and fundamental duty, and I pledge to do everything remotely within my power to to fulfill that responsibility.”
By Steve Ahlquist on November 11, 2016
“As the mayor of Providence, I commit to doubling down on my efforts to advance a society that is inclusive, compassionate, and forward-thinking. I take this responsibility seriously and will address the challenges we face head-on and hope that I can count on our City and the entire State of Rhode Island to do the same.”
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By Lauren Niedel on November 11, 2016
It was a foregone conclusion that Clinton would be the nominee. No other candidate was given a chance. The insurgency of the Bernie Sanders campaign and the nationwide movement he inspired were an unwelcome distraction in the election process leading up to the inauguration of the first female President.
By Bob Plain on November 10, 2016
“What we saw was a white nationalist takeover of our government,” said Mike Aruajo, the executive director of Rhode Island Jobs With Justice.”The solidarity of skin color won the day and you need to be honest about that.”
By Bob Plain on November 9, 2016
Rhode Island certainly isn’t Trump Country, but contrary to popular belief it doesn’t appear to be Clinton Country either. While Donald Trump shocked the world by pulling off an upset for the ages against Hillary Clinton last night, he lost badly here in Rhode Island taking only 40 percent of the vote compared to Clinton’s […]
By Bob Plain on November 7, 2016
The Providence Board of Canvassers referred to Providence Police a voter’s complaint that her mail ballot was altered by supporters of Rep. John DeSimone. Joanne St. Lawrence, a house District 5 voter, filed a complaint with the board on October 24, that said her ballot was changed from voting for Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, who upset DeSimone […]
By Unite Here Local 26 on November 7, 2016
Marcia Ranglin-Vassell has made the $15 minimum wage a priority in her campaign. In sharp contrast her write-in opponent blocked Providence hotel workers from earning a minimum of $15.
By Bob Plain on November 3, 2016
Set up to take corporate money without disclosure the Gaspee Business Network brags about its ability to evade campaign finance disclosure laws.
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