By Steve Ahlquist on August 25, 2016
The state police have launched an investigation into campaign phone calls made from Child Support Services, a state agency, on behalf of State Senator William Walaska, a conservative Democrat and 22-year incumbent.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Democrats, Elections, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Child Support Services, Daniel Calkin, Jeanine Calkin, Michael Glynn, RI State Police, william walaska | Leave a response
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 Campaign 2016, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Democrats, 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
By Steve Ahlquist on August 20, 2016
Coincidentally, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump came to Minneapolis MN on the same day I made my first visit to the city. This turned a day that I had planned to spend sightseeing into a day of traveling to three different anti-Trump events. “Trump’s rhetoric is creating an unsafe environment for the Muslim community, for […]
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Elections, Events, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, National News, News, People, Photos, Politics, Poverty, Prison Reform, Race & Racism, Religion, Republicans, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged CAIR-MN, Cosecha, Council of American-Islamic Relations- Minnesota, donald trump, Jaylani Hussein, Minneaolis, Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee, MIRAC, Yusuf Dayur | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 19, 2016
“Good afternoon,” says a male voice, “I’m a representative of Senator Walaska. We’re looking for some support this election if you go out and vote in the primary we would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.”
Posted in Campaign 2016, Democrats, Elections, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Attorney General, board of elections, Brandon Bell, Child Support Services, Children’s & Family Services, common cause, Daniel Calkin, Fred Sneesby, Jeanine Calkin, john marion, Joseph McNamara, ri progressive democrats, Sam Bell, Secretary of State, Susan Cicilline Buonanno, william walaska | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 16, 2016
Franklin Graham, son of the famous evangelist Billy Graham, is coming to the south steps of the Rhode Island State House on August 31 at noon, to preach his message of anti-LGBTQ, anti-Islam, pro-theocracy intolerance.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, LGBT, National News, Politics, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Billy Graham, fox news, Franklin Graham, Girl Scouts, islam, Republican National Convention, Rob Boston, Roger Williams, STONEWALL, Todd Starnes, Vladimir Putin, William Alberts | 4 Responses
By Grant Metts on August 10, 2016
After a long break, the Grim Wisdom Podcast is back. In this week’s episode, I sit down with RI State Senate candidate Jeanine Calkin to discuss her candidacy, economic inequality, the slow heat death of American journalism, and the cynical hypocrisy of her opponent. Oh, and we also talk about climate change and economic development. […]
By Samuel G. Howard on August 9, 2016
Because I grew up in Rhode Island, am below the age of 30, and am a liberal, a lot of my friends this election season have abandoned following Bernie Sanders into the Democratic Party (however briefly) and instead pledged their support to Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for President. This strikes me as poorly […]
By Grant Metts on August 2, 2016
Why is our government so conservative? A big part of the problem is the structure of the state Democratic party and its cynical “endorsement” process…
By Jonathan Jacobs on July 24, 2016
As the landscapes of media and communication continue to evolve, the lines between news, opinion and entertainment are blurring quicker than society can vet facts. Thus, there seems to be confusion over what is unsafe and what is uncomfortable. While the two concepts are not mutually exclusive, it is imperative to understand that neither are […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 23, 2016
Though the recent DNC email Wikileaks dump seems to show that high level DNC operatives work working for Clinton, in violation of party rules, RI Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea does not seem to have been involved.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Democratic National Convention, Democrats, Elections, Featured, National News, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Voting | Tagged Bernie Sanders, Democratic National Committee, dnc, Eric Walker, Erin Wilson, Gina Raimondo, hillary clinton, Luis Miranda, Nellie Gorbea, Nicole Lagace, Pratt Wiley, Raul Alvillar, RI Board of Elections, Wikileaks | 6 Responses
By Andrew Stewart on July 13, 2016
“Let the revolution continue,” Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for president, told RI Future in an exclusive interview yesterday, hours after Bernie Sanders conceded defeat in campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. “We are Plan B for Bernie,” she said, “As Bernie himself said, it’s a movement, not a man!” Stein, who will […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 13, 2016
Mayor Jorge Elorza has a chance to do the right thing today. After everything he said about Buddy Cianci and the political culture of corruption during his campaign, allowing John Carnevale to run would be a betrayal.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Democrats, Elections, Events, Featured, News, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged buddy cianci, John Carnevale, John DeSimone, jorge elorza, Providence Board of Canvassers, Providence City Hall | Leave a response
By Lauren Niedel on July 3, 2016
Glocester, a small town nestled in the woods of northwest Rhode Island and mostly ignored by all political candidates, the General Assembly and the rest of the state’s population except maybe around the 4th of July for our irreverent Ancients and Horribles Parade. So much of what is good about Glocester shows itself every July 4th.
By Andrew Stewart on June 26, 2016
The Green Party of Rhode Island, founded in March 1992 and one of the oldest Green Parties in the United States, will be visiting the Secretary of State’s office on June 27, 2016 so to submit their party’s candidate, expected to be Dr. Jill Stein, to be placed on the ballot in this coming election […]
By Andrew Stewart on June 22, 2016
Most observers today are of the opinion that, while Bernie Sanders ran an admirable campaign and certainly mobilized a mass of people, it is obvious after the California primary that the senator from Vermont is not going to win the nomination. In response, the voices in the progressive media, such as Juan Gonzalez at Democracy […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 21, 2016
Despite the NRA paying a record fine for making illegal campaign donations to Rhode Island politicians, to date, not one current office holder in the state has seen fit to return the money. The National Rifle Association (NRA) was fined by the RI Board of Elections for funneling illegal donations to RI politicians, including House […]
Posted in Elections, Featured, Gun Control, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Domenic Ruggerio, General Assembly, jan malik, Jason Knight, Joseph McNamara, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Michael McCaffrey, National Rifle Association, Nicholas Mattiello, NRA, NRA Political Victory Fund PAC, Peter Kilmartin, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, RI Board of Elections, RI Democratic Party, Sam Bell | 1 Response
By Senator James Sheehan on June 20, 2016
This ethics amendment is a good and sound measure. I firmly believe that it will help us restore a modicum of the peoples’ trust in their elected assemblymen and women. In light of recent events, this amendment could not come at a better time.
By Andrew Stewart on June 16, 2016
Mia Ackerman is doing the bidding of our local branch of the Israel lobby by promoting a bill, H7736, that is engineered to scuttle the efforts of those who would like to boycott Israel. Anyone who is still apologizing for Israel following the recent pograms in Gaza, Bibi Netanyahu spiting the most powerful schwartze in […]
By Harry Rix on June 15, 2016
After 400 years of terror, isn’t it time for all Christians to speak out against ‘Radical Christian Extremism?’ Slavery was terrorism: Plantations were concentration camps. The Native American genocide was terrorism: The Trail of Tears was a death march. Hangings by slave patrols and the Ku Klux Klan were terrorism: These murders—often perpetrated or approved by white ‘Christians’—were intended to grieve, horrify and intimidate blacks.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, History, Immigration, LGBT, National News, Opinion, Politics, Race & Racism, Religion, Republicans | Tagged Islamophobia, love, Muslims, Radical Muslim Extremists, terror attacks, terrorism, truth | Leave a response
By John McDaid on June 12, 2016
There were two things every speaker at yesterday’s Rhode Island State Democratic Convention mentioned in their remarks: the horrific attack in Orlando and the importance of Sen. Bernie Sanders. Nearly 200 members of the RI State Democratic Committee, elected officials, pledged delegates, delegate candidates, and several dozen Bernie supporters gathered at the Rhode Island Shriners […]