By Bob Plain on December 19, 2017
Two assistant attorney generals from Rhode Island have been conferring with other states about suing the Federal Communications Commission for repealing net neutrality, the concept that every site and user on the internet are treated equally. “It is anticipated that Rhode Island will join a coalition of States signing-on to a net neutrality lawsuit once […]
By Bob Plain on December 18, 2017
The Federal Communications Commission’s voted 3 to 2 to repeal net neutrality, the Obama-era government regulations that guaranteed all websites on the internet get treated equally by service providers. Here are four ways Rhode Island can respond. 1. Sue the FCC. A growing number of states have already said they will do this, including California, […]
By Bob Plain on December 13, 2017
By many Americans’ standards, Roy Moore is the worst congressional candidate in a long, long time. He thinks America was better during slavery, he thinks homosexual relationships should be illegal, and he thinks there should be a religious requirement to serve in Congress. He’s openly loyal is to Christianity and the Bible before America and […]
By Bob Plain on December 10, 2017
When Christiane Amanpour takes over from Charlie Rose on Monday night, she’ll be assuming one of the highest profile positions in journalism. It’s a long way from Kingston, Rhode Island, where the famed CNN foreign correspondent received her first formal journalism training as an undergrad at the University of Rhode Island. The newly-minted PBS late […]
By Samuel G. Howard on October 4, 2017
Over the course of nearly an hour-long talk given by Governor Gina Raimondo at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, you might’ve assumed that the headlines coming out it would be the moment where she questioned whether President Donald Trump was fit to serve as President of the United States, considering Trump’s effect […]
By Maya Menefee on August 24, 2017
2017 marks a time of incredible political divide in the United States. While some might argue that Donald Trump is the wedge driving people apart, I argue that it is more accurate to say that he reveals the divisions that had already been festering for some time.
By Bob Plain on August 6, 2017
A feature on page A1 of today’s Providence Journal shows Rhode Island’s largest media organization is subtly moving away from local, unbiased reporting toward generic corporate propaganda posing as neutral news coverage. The Inside Sources story appears to be a news article about cannabis cultivation and energy use. But the ProJo’s new content partner is […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 1, 2017
Officers of the East Providence PD arrived and told the protesters that they were prohibited from protesting on the side of the state highway or on private Cumulus Radio property, to which one of the protesters replied, “That’s racism!”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, East Providence, Featured, Media, News, Photos, Race & Racism, Radio, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged 630WPRO, black lives matter, Cumulus Radio, East Providence Police Department, Gail Crompton McHugh, Gary Dantzler, Joseph Buchanan, matt allen, Matt Allen Show, True | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 26, 2017
“This is not an open meeting,” said Lucarelli.
“Why is that?” I asked.
“Because only attorneys were invited.”
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Media, News | Tagged Adler Pollock and Sheehan, Alan Shoer, Attorney General, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Invenergy, Jerry Elmer, Max Greene, Nicole Verdi, Patricia Lucarelli, Public Utilities Commission, puc, RI ACLU, Steven Brown, Todd Bianco | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 6, 2017
“When Trump calls journalists ‘the enemies of the people’ he is evoking Joseph Stalin,” said Bryan Cahall, “When Bannon writes and Trump reads ‘America first’ he is invoking a pro-Nazi organization from over 80 years ago…”
Posted in Business, Climate, Energy, Featured, Florida, Immigration, International News, Media, National News, North Carolina, Photos, Politics, Race & Racism, State House, Video, Voting Rights, Wisconsin | Tagged aaron regunberg, Blake Fillipi, Bryan Cahall, cale keable, Camille Vella Wilkinson, China, David Coughlin, Department of Energy, donald trump, Emoluments Clause, Gregory Waksmulski, Indivisible RI, Jane Tucker, Jonathan Jacobs, Justin price, Nuremberg principles, Randall Rose, Russia, Tim DeChristopher, Voter ID | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on March 22, 2017
Did Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed call GoLocalProv illegitimate to three reporters at the State House last night? At the very least, she said it was “fair” to be concerned about some outlets publishing rumors while others play by the proper rules of journalism. It’s not the first time a local journalist has tried to […]
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.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Congress, Elections, Events, Featured, Media, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, Artemis Manie Butti Moonhawk, Betsy DeVos, Citizens United, DAPL, Deborah Logan, Democrats, donald trump, EIS, Elizabeth Warren, Environmental Impact Statement, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, Indivisible RI, jack reed, Jane Tucker, Jeff Sessions, Joe Clifford, John McCain, John Roberts, Justin Boyan, kennedy plaza, Merrick Garland, Mike Pence, National Security Council, Neil Gorsuch, Republicans, Rhode Island Department of Education, RI United States District Court, ride, Samuel Alito, Scott Pruitt, Selene Means, Social Security, Standing Rock, Steve Bannon, Student Non-Discrimination Act, Supreme Court | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 17, 2017
“WUMD in its current form, on the other hand, balances nationally syndicated alternative news and commentary shows such as Democracy Now! and Counterspin with unique locally-produced content like State of the Queer Nation and Spoiler Alert Radio.”
Posted in Arts & Culture, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Media, News, Radio | Tagged #Savewumd, All Things Considered, BBC News, Counterspin, democracy now!, FCC, Ian Donnis, K-LOVE, Rhode Island Public Radio, ripr, Spoiler Alert Radio, State of the Queer Nation, Toni Marie Pennacchia, Torey Malatia, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, WTKL, WUMD | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on November 29, 2016
Erik Loomis is on the front lines in the fight against fascism. While many of us fear what will happen during Donald Trump’s presidency, the University of Rhode Island history professor is already living it. He’s taking direct hits in the alt right’s assault on the free speech of the progressive left. Since Donald Trump […]
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Media, Rhode Island | Tagged academic freedom, alt right, Breitbart, Charlie Kirk, Erik Loomis, free speech, Professor Watchlist, Steve Bannon, Turning Point USA, URI | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on November 28, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump’s style of addressing the nation, through often baseless and sometimes fully false Twitter rants, poses a unique challenge to journalism, which is unofficially charged with educating America about public affairs. This morning the Providence Journal didn’t quite rise to this unique, new challenge. Here’s what happened. Trump, probably angry that an election […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 14, 2016
The behavior of the security guards and police officers at the Providence Convention Center, where the press conference was held, became a preview of what many fear might become the norm if the wrong policies are instituted in downtown Providence.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Inequality, Media, News, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged ACLU, Bob Plain, Joseph Paolino, kennedy plaza, Providence Business News, Providence Journal, steve brown | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 12, 2016
RI State Representative Jan Malik said that when re-posted a picture of 25 flag-draped coffins of American soldiers killed in battle, he didn’t notice that the picture and text came from right-wing political activist, musician and racist Ted Nugent.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 9, 2016
Two races of special importance to Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello are being influenced through mailers sent out by a not-so-mysterious group calling themselves “Progress RI” which is funded by the Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers (RIBCO).
Posted in Activism, Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, Media, News, Politics, Prison Reform, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged David Coughlin, David Norton, jan malik, Jason Knight, Nicholas Mattiello, Richard Ferruccio, RIPDA | 5 Responses
By Grant Metts on August 23, 2016
This week on the Grim Wisdom podcast I sit down with Eliza Sher, a RI psychotherapist working in Providence. (Yes, I’ve had her on before, but this time we were drinking!) Topics include current events in RI politics, as always, but also the dark places in the human psyche and the stories we tell ourselves about who […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 23, 2016
It’s nice to learn that GoLocal is learning about journalism from closely reading RI Future, but I think they might need a few more lessons.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Criminal Justice, Featured, Media, Opinion, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged General Assembly, GoLocalProv, jan malik, Jason Knight, John DeSimone, Kate Nagle, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, RI Future, Steve Ahlquist | 2 Responses