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Undecided overwhelmingly wins in secretary of state poll

Undecided overwhelmingly wins in secretary of state poll

If Guillaume de Ramel and Nellie Gorbea combined the support they each received in a new WPRI / Providence Journal poll, they’d still trail the undecided voters by a whopping 17 percent. De Ramel pulled 27 percent support and Gorbea 13 percent. But with 57 percent of likely voters still undecided, anything can still happen. One [...]

Ferri camp says poll shows promise

Ferri camp says poll shows promise

While the new WPRI/Providence Journal poll was great news for general treasurer candidate Seth Magaziner, the numbers show Frank Ferri, Democrat for lt. gov, still has some work to do. In a three-way race again, he pulled just 10 percent while his opponents Ralph Mollis pulled 25 percent and Dan McKee pulled 15 percent. The [...]

Rep. Dickinson didn’t return YDRI questionnaire

Rep. Dickinson didn’t return YDRI questionnaire

Dear Representative Dickinson, Hey, remember that time when you called me up regarding the YDRI PAC endorsement, and we ended up having a real nice chat at that coffee place in West Warwick? “The Daily Grind” it was called, over on Cowesset Ave. I was very late (apologies) but you were gracious and we talked [...]

Multi yard sign yards may offer clues on electoral trends

Multi yard sign yards may offer clues on electoral trends

They say yard signs don’t vote. But commercials don’t vote either, and they pay great attention to those. Besides people who put yard signs in their yards do vote, as well as annoy their neighbors and draw photographers to their streets. In this picture, from just north of the Narragansett Town Beach on 1A, there [...]

The many alternatives to lowering the car tax

The many alternatives to lowering the car tax

As some of you may be aware, I very much disagree with the RI Progressive Democrats decision to push for a return to the way that car taxes were assessed in Providence. I previously had the ear of some of the mayoral campaigns, and have been attempting in my own small way to push them [...]

YDRI endorse Magaziner, Ferri, no one for governor

YDRI endorse Magaziner, Ferri, no one for governor

The Young Democrats of Rhode Island have endorsed 19 legislative candidates, three congressional candidates, two municipal candidates, two statewide office-seekers but no one for governor, according to a press release from the group. Here’s their list of legislative candidates, in graphic format (Or read their press release here): “YDRI PAC’s endorsed candidates are of various [...]

Seth Magaziner: hedge fund contracts should be public

Seth Magaziner: hedge fund contracts should be public

During an interview about his investment experience and his “blueprint” for fixing Rhode Island’s economy, candidate for state treasurer Seth Magaziner said he would not have signed contracts with hedge fund managers that shielded their pay from the public. “I would have demanded a higher level of transparency,” Magaziner said. “And if they were not [...]

Rhode Island Kurds: Stop ISIS terror!

Rhode Island Kurds: Stop ISIS terror!

30,000 Yazidi Kurds face imminent starvation as they huddle on Shangal Mountain in Northern Iraq. The Yazidi refugees are escaping ISIS, an Islamist, terrorist army that has pledged to destroy them because of their religious differences. The New England Kurdish Association (NEKA) held a rally on Tuesday to highlight the plight of the Yazidis. The [...]

Cicilline, Langevin unveil ‘Middle Class Jumpstart’

Cicilline, Langevin unveil ‘Middle Class Jumpstart’

If you’d like to know what Congress could be focusing on if Democrats controlled the House, Rhode Island representatives David Cicilline and Jim Langevin will be offering up the policy priorities they will be working on next session, if reelected. Today at 2pm at the Providence CCRI campus on Hilton St, Democrats Cicilline and Langevin [...]

Guillaume De Ramel: Secretary of state can help RI businesses

Guillaume De Ramel: Secretary of state can help RI businesses

This is the second time Democrat Guillaume de Ramel has run for Secretary of State. He lost in a primary to Ralph Mollis in 2006 and says Rhode Island’s voter ID law probably wouldn’t have happened had he been elected instead. De Ramel opposes voter ID and supports early voting, as does his primary opponent [...]

As the ceasefire fizzles: A rally for peace in PVD

As the ceasefire fizzles: A rally for peace in PVD

Even as the ceasefire in Gaza broke down and violence resumed, forty activists gathered in downtown Providence yesterday to make the case for peace. The event was organized by Afsc-Sene. Check the link for future events.

The Frymaster endorsements

The Frymaster endorsements

Political endorsements ain’t what they used to be. If Donald Trump can issue endorsements and have people take them seriously, I figured…what the heck? Herewith, my endorsements (i.e., people for whom I will vote) for select state-wide and GA races. I also add some one-liners at the end for GA candidates in districts other than [...]

Wingmen: Should PVD implement an income tax?

Wingmen: Should PVD implement an income tax?

Would an income tax on people who work in Providence help the local economy by replacing a regressive tax with a progressive one? Justin Katz and I debate the merits and drawbacks to the idea on this week’s episode of NBC 10 Wingmen. News, Weather and Classifieds for Southern New England

Rep. Frank Ferri testifies on his bill that would reform paypay loans in RI. In the background is Bill Murphy, former House speaker, a lobbyist opposed to the reform.

Lt Gov. hopeful Ferri has a plan to reform lobbying

Frank Ferri, who bills himself as a “progressive Democrat for Lt. Governor,” released a plan today that would distance legislators from lobbyists during the session, and double the time retired legislators have to wait to become paid lobbyists. “No business wants to come to a place where the government can’t be trusted,” according to his [...]

Liberian Americans: Ebola be gone!

Liberian Americans: Ebola be gone!

At the Rhode Island State House yesterday just under 200 people representing 15,000 Liberian-Americans living here in Rhode Island rallied to call attention to the terrible Ebola crisis now ravaging four countries in Africa. The rally succeeded in its goal of gaining the attention of political leaders as Mayor Angel Taveras addressed the crowd and [...]

RI Sierra Club announces legislative endorsements

RI Sierra Club announces legislative endorsements

The Rhode Island chapter of the Sierra Club has released the endorsement of the following candidates for state representative. As part of the oldest environmental group in the country, our selection committee based this on a questionnaire we did with Clean Water Action which was sent to every candidate running. Also, for incumbents, the Environmental [...]

Progressives don't cheer on pension cuts like this and a progressive think tank wouldn't suggest a Democrat spearhead a conservative initiative like pension cuts.

Gina Raimondo and wealth inequality

The future of democracy is being threatened and will be determined by our response to the problem of ever increasing wealth inequality. As a very few generate exceptional profits from capital investments, the rest of us recede ever further into relative poverty. Democracy and the open society are under serious threat from snowballing capitalism, which [...]

Refugees are ‘fleeing a hell’ US drug war helped create

Refugees are ‘fleeing a hell’ US drug war helped create

It is impossible to understand the child refugee crisis at our southern border without understanding how the US–led war on drugs has destabilized, militarized, and corrupted Latin America. For decades, the United States has provided weapons, combat training, and billions of dollars to governments, paramilitary troops, and even cartels themselves under the guise of protecting [...]

111 Westminster not worthy of the name “Superman”

111 Westminster not worthy of the name “Superman”

According to urban myth the tallest building in Providence is commonly believed to be the model for the Daily Planet Building in the comics, television series and films of Superman. It’s not, but a good story is often better than the truth, so as the building changed ownership and the name of the building changed, [...]

Mancuso remarks draw ire on anti-NECAP groups

Mancuso remarks draw ire on anti-NECAP groups

A high stakes test graduation requirement is outlawed until 2017, but it’s still pitting Board of Education Chairwoman Eva Mancuso against the activists who fought to ban it. The Providence Journal reports that using the NECAP test as a graduation requirement would have only deprived one student of a diploma, and in that article Mancuso [...]