Cranston City Council candidate Kate Aubin calls on Republican opponents to denounce Trump’s hateful rhetoric
By Steve Ahlquist on September 22, 2016
“Incumbent City Councilor Michael Farina made the decision to switch parties from Democrat to Republican in March, when it was already clear that the national GOP would likely be led by Mr. Trump. His failure to denounce the hate filled language and ideology coming from the top of his new party shows a lack of judgment, courage, and leadership.”
Posted in Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Democrats, Elections, Featured, News, Politics, Republicans | Tagged Allan Fung, donald trump, Kate Aubin, Ken Hopkins, Louis Petrucci, Michel Farina | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 12, 2016
The 5pm meeting was cancelled at 4:30. When meetings are scheduled on Friday afternoon and cancelled moments before the are to start on Monday, many people feel that there are shenanigans going on behind the scenes. At the very least, it shows a lack of concern for those who make the effort to attend.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Democrats, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Politics, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged aaron regunberg, Cyd McKenna, fields point, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Jo-Ann Ryan, Mary Pendergast, national grid, Ordinance Committee, Port of Providence, Providence City Council, seth yurdin, Terrence Hassett | 1 Response
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.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Democrats, Featured, Media, News, Politics, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged black lives matter, colin kaepernick, House Veterans Affairs Committee, jan malik, Jason Knight, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, National Anthem, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Ted Nugent | 2 Responses
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, Campaign 2016, Criminal Justice, Democrats, Featured, Gun Control, Media, News, Politics, Prison Reform, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged David Coughlin, David Norton, Fund for a Democratic Leadership, jan malik, Jason Knight, Nicholas Mattiello, Progress RI, Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers, Rhode Island Progressives Democrats of America, RIBCO, Richard Ferruccio, RIPDA | 5 Responses
By RI NOW on September 8, 2016
by Amanda Clarke and Melanie Carrazzo The RI NOW Political Action Committee (RI NOW PAC) announced their endorsements in anticipation of the state primary elections on September, 13 2016. The RI NOW PAC is excited to have so many candidates committed to improving the lives of women within the state of Rhode Island. Endorsed candidates […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 2, 2016
“…the City shall take all necessary actions to oppose the proposed Fields Point liquefaction facility, including ceasing to act as a cooperating agency with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and shall not grant any tax stabilizations, subsidies, or any other forms of support to the project.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, National News, News, Politics, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Carmen Castillo, David Salvatore, EJLRI, Environmental Justice League of RI, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, fields point, Jo-Ann Ryan, liquefaction facility, national grid, NOLNGinPVD, Port of Providence, Providence City Council, RI Sierra Club, sam zurier, Save The Bay, seth yurdin, Terrence Hassett, wilbur jennings | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 1, 2016
“The short answer is,” said Whitehouse after a short pause, “There is a process…”
“Here we go,” said a woman at my table with open disdain.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Democrats, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, National News, Politics, Rhode Island | Tagged Audubon Society, BASE, Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, Burrillville Conservation Commission, Burrillville Land Trust, Claudia Gorman, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, DEM, Department of Administration, Department of Environmental Management, Division of Planning, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Environmental Council of Rhode Island, fang, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, Fighting Against Natural Gas, fossil free rhode island, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, janet coit, Jerry Elmer, John H Chafee, John H Chafee Heritage Corridor, Lynn Clark, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Margaret Curran, Michael McElroy, National Park Service, Nature Conservancy, Parag Agrawal, Public Utilities Commission, puc, Rhoda Northrup, Richard Dionne, Sheldon Whitehouse, Victoria Lederberg | 4 Responses
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.
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.