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.
By Steve Ahlquist on April 28, 2015
“Providence is not a minor league city,” said Asher Schofield, “We are what we dream ourselves to be. What we want to be. And we want to be major league. These are antiquated notions, the idea of public financing of private enterprise. This [deal] is not the grand notion that we need to have as a city moving forward… These minor league aspirations are beneath us.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Events, Featured, National News, News, Photos, Politics, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports, State Budget, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Andrew Posner, Asher Schofield, capital good fund, Cathy Orloff, Coalition Radio, DARE, David Fisher, direct action for rights and equality, Fred Ordonez, Gina Catalano, Gina Raimondo, green party, greg gerritt, James Skeffington, Larry Girouard, lauren niedel, Medicaid, Mike Puyana, Mike Rollins, Occupy Providence, Pat Ford, PawSox, Progressive Democrats of Rhode Island, Randall Rose, Republican Party, Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, Rhode Island Libertarian Party, Rhode Island Sierra Club, RI Taxpayers, ri tea party, RICC, Roland Gauvin, Steven Frias | 5 Responses
By Bob Plain on April 9, 2015
When Linc Chafee took me sailing last spring, we got to talking about what he’d like to do next and I suggested he put together a team to win back the America’s Cup sailing championship. But it seems as if Rhode Island’s recent one-term governor still has political ambitions instead. Chafee announced today he’s considering […]
By Will Collette on March 16, 2015
One of the nice things about owning several properties is that when it comes to politics, you have lots of choices about where you can say you live. I’m not talking about the formal definition of legal residence, but “addresses of convenience.” Having an address of convenience gives you the choice of where to vote […]
By Steven Brown on March 12, 2015
The ACLU of Rhode Island has been a constant presence at the State House this legislative session as we testify, monitor, and weigh in on hundreds of bills that could impact your civil liberties. Now, we need your help. Whether you want to repeal voter ID, end the school-to-prison pipeline, or strengthen privacy rights, your […]
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, Politics, Providence, State House | Tagged ACLU, Civil Rights / Liberties, General Assembly, Rhode Island, state house | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 13, 2015
“Were my statements on the income tax correct?” asks Speaker Mattiello, “I believe they were correct because when I talk to my neighbors, my neighbors don’t see any tax relief, the well-to-do neighbors don’t see any tax relief. But Politifact spent two weeks trying to prove me wrong and I think technically they were wrong. That discussion has to stop.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Economy, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, healthsourceRI, Nicholas Mattiello, politifact, Sam Bell, Taxes | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 9, 2015
“There’s already massive movement towards technology that will eliminate the need for labor,” said Bob Bacon of Gregg’s Restaurants, “In many restaurants now you have touch pads. Guess what’s next? Pretty soon you’re placing your order on that thing and it’s going to take ten less people to serve you your dinner.”
Posted in Cartoons, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Featured, Labor, Politics, State House | Tagged Antonio Giarusso, Bob Bacon, david bennett, earned income tax credit, Elizabeth Suever, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Gregg’s Restaurants, john simmons, K Joseph Shekarchi, Lenette Boisselle, Medicare, minimum wage, Nicholas Mattiello, POSitouch, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, robots, Thomas Palangio, walmart | 18 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 14, 2015
“No matter how many jobs we have, no matter how strong our economy is, there are always going to be people who need help. There are always going to be people, whether it’s a disability, mental or physical, or it’s just bad luck, who are going to need help and going to need support.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Economic Development, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, National News, News, Politics, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Unemployment, Video | Tagged Daniel McKee, george nee, Gina Raimondo, harrington hall, Homelessness, House of Hope, J. Michael Downey, Jean Johnson, Jim Ryczek, Lynn Loveday, Nellie Gorbea, Rhode Island AFL-CIO, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, seth magaziner, social safety net | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 13, 2015
Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has been making statements demonstrating his support for “dynamic analysis,” a fiscally irresponsible and economically discredited accounting trick supported nationally by congressional Republicans that amounts to little more than rebranded trickle-down economics.
Posted in Democrats, Economy, Politics, Republicans, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Taxes | Tagged 2015 Small Business Summit, Bryant University, dynamic analysis, Nicholas Mattiello, Taxes | 4 Responses
By Komlan Soe on January 11, 2015
Congratulations on your well-deserved inaugurations and new positions! I am deeply proud of the opportunity afforded me to parade with your stickers and flyers and write so freely in papers and on social media about your visions for our beloved Providence and Rhode Island. We all know that our state faces many challenges. In most […]