By Elisha Aldrich on July 30, 2015
State Representative Marvin L. Abney (D- District 73) has been chosen to become one of the Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellows for 2015. The Toll Fellowship is a leadership development program, named for the founder of CSG, Henry Walcott Toll. Each year, the program selects 48 officials from all three branches of government, […]
By Elisha Aldrich on July 30, 2015
Only a few days after the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Rhode Island instituted a new law that will allow families of children with disabilities to create a tax-free investment account to help financially support them when they reach adulthood. Governor Gina Raimondo signed the “Achieving a Better Life Experience,” or ABLE […]
Posted in Economy, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged ABLE Act, adam satchell, Americans with Disabilities Act, Cornerstone School, disability, disabled, Gina Raimondo, investment, Robert Nardolillo, savings, seth magaziner, west warwick | Leave a response
By Elisha Aldrich on July 24, 2015
Congressman David Cicilline (D- RI) announced historic legislation to expand upon the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and provide protections for the LGBT community in several areas, including public accommodations, housing, employment, federal funding, education, credit, and jury service. Announced in Washington, D.C., the bill, known as the Equality Act, has been introduced in both […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Congress, Featured, LGBT, News, Politics, Rhode Island | Tagged bisexual, center for american progress, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Cory Booker, David Cicilline, Elisha Aldrich, Equality Act, gay, Human Rights Campaign, lesbian, LGBT, National Center for Transgender Equality, Steny Hoyer, Tammy Baldwin, transgender | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 22, 2015
The two party system is the problem, said James Patin of Worcester Socialist Alternative, and no one candidate, not Sawant, not Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, and not even socialist-independent turned Democrat Bernie Sanders is going to be able to challenge the system in a meaningful way by themselves.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Democrats, Elections, Events, International News, Labor, National News, News, Politics, Republicans, Rhode Island | Tagged Alex Rothfelder, Bernie Sanders, columbus day, Democratic Party, green party, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, James Patin, jill stein, Kshama Sawant, Socialist Alternative, Worcester Socialist Alternative | Leave a response
By Elisha Aldrich on July 22, 2015
The Women’s Fund of Rhode Island has officially begun the application process for its 2015-2016 Women’s Policy Institute. The institute, which began in 2011, works to increase the number of women leaders that are involved in state policy creation. Members will first be trained, and then will work to draft and support legislation concerning women’s […]
Posted in Activism, Education, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged Elisha Aldrich, Feminism, legislation, policy, Sexism, women, women's fund, Women's Fund of Rhode Island, Women's Policy Institute | Leave a response
By Elisha Aldrich on July 21, 2015
After the successes of Governor Gina Raimondo’s Reinventing Medicaid task force, today, at the Kent County YMCA, she announced a new initiative to overhaul the state’s healthcare system as a whole. Titled the Working Group for Healthcare Innovation, the group, under the leadership of Elizabeth Roberts, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, seeks to […]
Posted in Featured, Health Care, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Elisha Aldrich, elizabeth roberts, Gina Raimondo, healthcare, healthcare reform, Kent County YMCA, Reinventing Medicaid, Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, YMCA | 1 Response
By Elisha Aldrich on July 15, 2015
The room didn’t seem quite large enough for all the supporters that came out to watch Governor Gina Raimondo sign the Comprehensive Community-Police Relationship Act into law on Tuesday. The Act, a collaboration between legislators, law enforcement, and community members, seeks to analyze data that officers collect, as well as further protect juveniles and pedestrians. […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Featured, News, Politics, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Civil Rights / Liberties, community, Gina Raimondo, Harold Metts, Joseph Almeida, legislation, police, Racial Profiling, racism, RI State Police, social justice, Steven O'Donnell | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on July 15, 2015
On July 7, Stacy DiCola, director of public information at the Secretary of State’s office, sent a rather ominous-sounding letter to David Norton, one of the lead organizers of the grassroots opposition to the proposed state-financing of a baseball stadium for the PawSox, informing him that he should be certain to register himself as a […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 14, 2015
The RI House of Representatives floor debate on the tipped minimum wage featuring Representatives Joseph Shekarchi, Doreen Costa, Patricia Morgan, Aaron Regunberg, Michael Chippendale, Antonio Giarrusso, Teresa Tanzi and John DeSimone.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Featured, Labor, National News, News, Politics, Republicans, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Antonio Giarrusso, Doreen Costa, John DeSimone, Joseph Shekarchi, Michael Chippendale, patricia morgan, Teresa Tanzi, tipped minimum wage | 2 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on July 1, 2015
Rebecca Nieves McGoldrick, the Executive Director of Protect Families First, put the blame on Attorney General Peter Kilmartin for the act’s expiration.
“To have families suffer through the loss of a loved one so that the Attorney General could add another notch to his belt of drug arrests is frankly unconscionable,” she said.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, Drugs, Elisha Aldrich, Gina Raimondo, good samaritan, Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Act, Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Holly Cekala, John Prince, opiate overdose epidemic, overdose, Peter Kilmartin, Rebecca Nieves McGoldrick | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 30, 2015
When Governor Gina Raimondo, who sailed to victory with the endorsement of Emily’s List and Planned Parenthood, signed the budget on Tuesday, she officially signed into law language that stands as the most extreme anti-abortion language passed in Rhode Island in two decades.
How did this happen?
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Politics, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Women | Tagged Abortion, Alliance Defending Freedom, Arthur Corvese, barth bracy, Common Cause RI, Doe v. Burwell, Edie Ajello, Gina Raimondo, hobby lobby, Howe v Burwell, James Rhodes, John DeSimone, john marion, Nicholas Mattiello, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA, RI ACLU, steve brown, transactional politics | 12 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on June 25, 2015
The prospect of Governor Gina Raimondo’s Rhode Works legislation hitting the House floor before the end of this legislation is highly unlikely, Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said today. “Right now, I’m not planning on it coming to the House floor by week’s end,” he said. “I have substantial concerns. I’ve indicated that the House is not […]
Posted in Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Transportation | Tagged bridge, Cranston, Elisha Aldrich, Gina Raimondo, Governor Gina M. Raimondo, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, infrastructure, investigation, Peter Alviti, Rhode Works, ridot, tolls | 1 Response
By Elisha Aldrich on June 24, 2015
In an ironic twist of fate, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation closed the Park Avenue Bridge in Cranston the same day that the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate itself voted to uphold Governor Gina Raimondo’s ambitious Rhode Works legislation. The $1.1 billion bill would be used to repair bridges and roads throughout Rhode […]
Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Bill Vernon, Brandon Bell, bridges, Christopher Ottiano, Elisha Aldrich, Gina Raimondo, highway, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, infrastructure, Louis DiPalma, NFIB, Peter Alviti, Rhode Works, ridot, roads, safety | 8 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 22, 2015
“We are queering living wages, access to health care and transgender justice. Queering total immigration reform and ending incarceration. We are queering feminism, queering the way we talk about race, queering HIV activism, queering heteronormative ideas of marriage and couplehood, queerly engaging in radical protest, getting old queerly. We need to create a movement that says not only, ‘We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it’ but one that says ‘Join us, dream with us, dare with us, go for broke, and change the world.'”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, LGBT, Photos, Politics, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Anthony Maselli, Josh Kilby, lgbtq, R Lewis, reproductive justice, RI Pride, transgender, women’s rights | 1 Response
By Elisha Aldrich on June 18, 2015
Much like its House counterpart, the Senate Finance Committee passed the FY16 budget bill unanimously with almost no discussion other than to speak on its merits. “I would certainly characterize this budget as one that is not only ambitious, but one that makes a significant investment in areas that should have been invested in in […]
Posted in Economy, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House | Tagged budget, Common Cause RI, Daniel DaPonte, Elisha Aldrich, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, john marion, Juan Pichardo, Planned Parenthood, Raymond Gallison, RI Senate, senate finance committee | Leave a response
By Elisha Aldrich on June 17, 2015
In what everyone thought would be a firestorm of debate, the RI House of Representatives unanimously passed the $8.7 billion FY 2016 budget with little to no discussion about many of the articles, including the much contested Medicaid cuts and pension settlement, as well as Governor Raimondo’s so called “job tools.” According to a House […]
Posted in Economy, News, Politics, Republicans, State House | Tagged 38 Studios, bridges, budget, Dennis Cannario, Elisha Aldrich, healthsource ri, house finance committee, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, Newport Grand, patricia morgan, Raymond Gallison, Rhode Island House of Representatives, RIPTA | Leave a response
By Elisha Aldrich on June 15, 2015
The right to vote is a key proponent in what makes the American government work. But, for many Americans, there are barriers to the expression of that right. U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI), has just introduced the Automatic Voter Registration Act (H.R. 2694), a bill that would help to break down many of those barriers, […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Congress, Elections, Featured, Politics, Video | Tagged Congressman Jim Langevin, David Cicilline, Elisha Aldrich, engagement, Jane Koster, legislation, Nellie Gorbea, oregon, participation, registration, Steve Ahlquist, Think Progress, US House of Representatives, video, voter, Voting | Leave a response
By Elisha Aldrich on June 9, 2015
Everyone’s eyes are on the State House as the budget for the next fiscal year is slated to be unveiled today. Governor Gina Raimondo released her proposed budget in March, and the legislative version will be introduced by the House Finance Committee today. Based on what Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello (D-District 15), Senate […]
Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Politics | Tagged budget, Elisha Aldrich, Gina Raimondo, Governor Gin, house finance committee, House of Representative, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Rhode Island House of Representatives, Senate President Paiva Weed | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 22, 2015
Sanders is no radical, his brand of democratic socialism is in the northern European “strong social safety net” tradition, but that doesn’t mean Sanders isn’t the real deal. Eli, a Vermont native, knows Sanders to be a fierce independent and principled politician, a true rarity.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Elections, Featured, National News, Politics | Tagged Bernie Sanders, Democratic Socialism, hillary clinton, Jacobin, Rhode Island for Bernie Sanders, Socialism, Willie Thompson | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 11, 2015
Lauren Niedel, of the RIPDA, summed up the reasons for her support when she said that Sanders “represents the people. He does not represent the 1 percent. He does not represent the corporations.” Indeed, Niedel presented the group with Sanders’ 12 point economic policy plan, which seemed to resonate well with those in attendance.