By Bob Plain on April 12, 2018
When Caleb Chadsey died, in 1894, he left $10,000 and a parcel of property in the heart of Wickford to the town of North Kingstown for the purposes of creating a community library. And there, at 55 Brown St., is where the local library stood until 1975, when a bigger one was built a few […]
By Bob Plain on March 6, 2018
It’s deja vu all over again in the race to be the next governor of Rhode Island. Governor Gina Raimondo, the incumbent Democrat, leads her Republican rival, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, by just two points, 38 percent to 36 percent, according to a new WPRI/Roger Williams University poll that revealed eerily similar results as last […]
Posted in Elections, Featured, Politics, State House | Tagged Allan Fung, Bill Gilbert, bob healey, Cool Moose, Gina Raimondo, Joe Trillo, Moderate Party, Paul Roselli, poll, Roger Williams University, Spencer Dickinson, wpri | 1 Response
By Alex Nunes on March 5, 2018
There are many people on the left who think “Russiagate” merits wall-to-wall news coverage and MSNBC’s near-singular focus. I’m not one of them. In fact, I’m beginning to find the rhetoric coming out of the Democratic Party on Russia, with its comparisons to the deadly attacks of 9/11 and Pearl Harbor, more than misplaced. They’re […]
By Lauren Niedel on December 22, 2017
As a member of the RI Democratic State Committee, a Bernie Sanders delegate, and a member of the Women’s Caucus and nominating committee, I’ve tried to be the good Democrat and change the party from within. But it’s been difficult from the get-go for me to get information, to feel included and respected. This also […]
By Ethan Gyles on October 23, 2017
State Representative Aaron Regunberg is expected to announce his intention to run for Lieutenant Governor tomorrow. That’s an important development for progressives and all of those who seek a change in the status quo in state government…
Posted in Elections, Featured, Opinion, Politics, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, Camp Street, Democrats, Dominick Ruggerio, donald trump, General Assembly, Hope Street, House District 4, Jeanine Calkin, Joseph Delorenzo, National Rifle Association, Nicholas Mattiello, NRA, Rhode Island Right to Life, Smith Hill | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 11, 2017
“In my lifetime, even back to Nixon, I have never seen a White House so riven with conflicts and leaks,” said the Senator.
Posted in Climate, Featured, Health Care, International News, National News, Politics, Video | Tagged Bob Corker, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS, donald trump, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, John McCain, Kamala Harris, Ken Block, North Korea, Republican Caucus, Scott Pruitt, Sheldon Whitehouse | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 7, 2017
“I don’t care what my employer believes,” wrote Mel DuPont, from the Committee to Pass RHCA in RI. “I need the insurance I work for to cover my needs. Not theirs.”
Posted in Activism, Featured, Health Care, National News, News, Politics, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Affordable Care Act, Committee to Pass RHCA in RI, Craig O’Connor, Dominick Ruggerio, donald trump, General Assembly, James Langevin, Katherine Kazarian, Mel DuPont, Nicholas Mattiello, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Rachel Jarosz, Reproductive Health Care Act, RHCA, Rhode Island, Roe. v. Wade, Sheldon Whitehouse, The Woman Project, United States House of Representatives, United States Supreme Court | Leave a response
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 Steve Ahlquist on October 3, 2017
Paul Roselli, who describes himself as a “social justice, environmentalist and Invenergy power plant opposition leader” has declared himself as a candidate for Governor of the State of Rhode Island.
Posted in Activism, Burrillville, Climate, Elections, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, National News, News, People, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Water | Tagged Blackstone River Watershed Council, Burrillville Land Trust, Friends of the Blackstone, Gina Raimondo, Lincoln Chafee, National Governors Association, Paul Roselli, Rhode island Association of Conservation Commissions, Spencer Dickinson | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 26, 2017
Rhode Island Speaker Nicholas Mattiello supports DACA.
Here he is on Roe v Wade, guns, PawSox, taxes, minimum wage, climate change and more.
Posted in Civil Rights, Climate, Cranston, Economics, Energy, Featured, Gun Control, Immigration, Inequality, Minimum Wage, Politics, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes | Tagged climate change, DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Kristin Dart, Nicholas Mattiello, PawSox, Roe. v. Wade, United States Supreme Court | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 21, 2017
“The activist that I am is breaking the system from within,” said Latifat Odetunde, a senior at Classical High School and a member of Youth in Action speaking at a conference on “Youth-Led Social Justice Activism in Rhode Island.”
Posted in Activism, Education, Featured, Inequality, Photos, Politics, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Annenberg Institute for School Reform, Ashley Gomez, Classical High School, Community Defense Project, Community Safety Act, CSA, Dorbor Tarley, E-Cubed Academy, gang database, Gloria E Anzaldúa, Kafui Glover, Keith Catone, Latifat Odetunde, Lincoln School, providence student union, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, psu, Rhode Island College, Steven Dy, Student Bill of Rights, Thaina Merlain, Virginia Georgiev, Youth in Action | 1 Response
By Peter Nightingale on September 18, 2017
The Rhode Island Senate calendar for Tuesday features legislation that makes it easier to create and run worker-owned cooperatives. The bill is “a statutory vehicle for the creation and functioning of workers’ cooperatives which are corporations that are owned and democratically governed by their members.” In June, the House passed an amended version of the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 14, 2017
“We unfortunately have not had the chance to speak to Speaker [Nicholas] Mattiello yet,” said Rep Carlos Tobon. “But we have set some time aside for the coming days to begin to address this and we’d love to have something in by next week…”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, National News, News, Politics, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Youth | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, carlos tobon, DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, donald trump, Dream Act, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Legislative Black and Latino Caucus, RILBLC | 2 Responses
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 Steve Ahlquist on August 23, 2017
“What we heard today clearly is that the energy burden that is experienced by many in Rhode Island tears at the social fabric of our state,” said Abigail Anthony, on her first day as a commissioner on the PUC.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Inequality, Infrastructure, National News, News, People, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Abigail Anthony, Acadia Center, Allan Fung, Camilo Viveiros, Chloe Chassaing, Colin Nagle, Daniel McKee, Douglas Gablinski, Erika Niedowski, Gael Tadded, George Wiley Center, Gina Raimondo, John Gallager, Kat Burnham, Kate Schapira, Margaret Curran, Marion Gold, national grid, Pat Morgan, People’s Power and Light, puc, Rhode Island Business Coalition, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, Rhode Islanders for Affordable Energy, Robert Lancia, Suzanne Dumas, TEC-RI | 6 Responses
By Bob Plain on August 22, 2017
Bill Lynch says he is no longer a senior adviser to the Rhode Island Democratic Party. In an email to RI Future yesterday, Lynch said he now works with the party “as a spokesperson only.” However, state party spokeswoman Ann Gooding said otherwise. “Bill Lynch continues in his role as senior advisor to the state […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 18, 2017
“That was a moment when the President of the United States should have had the ability and the willingness to look into a camera and say, ‘This is disgraceful. The KKK and neo-Nazis and white supremacists do not belong on the streets of this city. They are undermining core American values,’” said Representative David Cicilline […]
Posted in Congress, Cumberland, Featured, National News, Politics, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged A Better Deal, Barrack Obama, David Cicilline, donald trump, Sebastian Gorka, Steve Bannon, Steven Miller | 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 Ahlquist on August 3, 2017
“I disagree with with my opponent [Warren] a lot more than I disagree with the president,” said Diehl.
Posted in Activism, Fall River MA, Featured, Massachusetts, National News, Photos, Politics, Video | Tagged bill rappleye, Christopher Wray, democrat, donald trump, Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren, Fall River Democratic Committee, Fall River MA, FBI, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Geoffrey Diehl, Jeff Merkley, Judy Conrad, Kirsten Gillibrand, Massachusetts House of Representatives, republican, Ron Wyden, Tony's Gas and Repair, United States Senate | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 1, 2017
Jordan Hevenor and Emily Boucher represent thousands of Rhode Island women who want the General Assembly to codify Roe v Wade into state law now.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, News, Photos, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged Armenian Heritage Park, Democrats, Dominick Ruggerio, donald trump, Emily Boucher, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Jordan Hevenor, Ladder 133, Michael McCaffrey, Nicholas Mattiello, Reproductive Health Care Act, RHCA, Rhode Island Senate, Roe. v. Wade, Supreme Court, Woman Project | 6 Responses