By Steve Ahlquist on February 15, 2017
“The system won’t be fixed overnight,” said Governor Gina Raimondo, “and we will continue to make steady, meaningful progress over the next 12 to 18 months.”
Posted in Corporate Greed, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, Inequality, Politics, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Anya Rader Wallack, Deloitte, Department of Human Services, DHS, elizabeth roberts, EOHHS, Eric Beane, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Gina Raimondo, healthsource ri, SNAP, UHIP | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 13, 2017
The RI congressional delegation, including Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Representatives James Langevin and David Cicilline in the ‘hot seat’ for about 90 minutes of questions from sometimes angry and confrontational constituents.
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By Steve Ahlquist on February 9, 2017
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will be appearing, along with the entire Senator Jack Reed and Representatives James Langevin and David Cicilline, at the East Providence High School auditorium on Sunday at 2pm.
Posted in Congress, Featured, National News, Politics, Rhode Island | Tagged David Cicilline, donald trump, East Providence High School, Ian Millhiser, jack reed, James Langevin, Nathan Bishop Middle School, Neil Gorsuch, Sheldon Whitehouse, Supreme Court, ThinkProgress | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 30, 2017
Two thousand people arrived at the Rhode Island State House Saturday afternoon to protest President Donald Trump’s executive orders targeting Muslims and refugees.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Immigration, International News, National News, Photos, Politics, Religion, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, Abdelnasser Hussein, David Cicilline, Donald Anderson, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Gina Raimondo, Jeanine Calkin, jorge elorza, Laufton Ascencao, Michele Dardashti, Mufti Ikram ul Haq, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Sarath Suong, seth magaziner, Sheldon Whitehouse, Sofia Wright, Sterk Zara, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado | Leave a response
By Mark Binder on January 27, 2017
Dear Senators Whitehouse and Reed, This is what dictatorship looks like. A leader in office—whether elected or by junta—wields every aspect of power according to his agenda or whim. Compromise is not an option. Because we are a democratic republic, parliamentary defeat is not an option. The only option is staunch opposition and sweeping implementation […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 26, 2017
The ACLU has sent a letter to Cranston City Council President Michael Farina asking that he, “clarify to the public that non-disruptive recordings of municipal meetings are allowed under the law.”
By Steve Ahlquist on January 25, 2017
The endorsements include State Representatives Edith Ajello, Anastasia Williams, Jeremiah O’Grady and Deborah Ruggiero and State Senators James Sheehan and Jim Seveney.
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By Steve Ahlquist on January 23, 2017
After charges were presented today against former State Representative Raymond Gallison, Common Cause Rhode Island is calling on the state Board of Elections and state Ethics Commission to take immediate action.
Posted in Criminal Justice, Elections, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Common Cause Rhode Island, General Assembly, john marion, Raymond Gallison, Rhode Island Board of Elections, Rhode Island Ethics Commission | Leave a response
By Samantha Grabelle on January 22, 2017
I protect his childhood by protecting him from hate. But how much longer can I do this?
By Nick Inglis on January 21, 2017
When Barack Obama ran for the presidency, we embraced the promise of hope. It is this hope that will endure beyond the presidency of Barack Obama – not in his successor – but in our youth. In spite of, and in the face of the coming presidency of Donald Trump who will be inaugurated today […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 20, 2017
Young people didn’t get to vote on November 8, 2016, but in debating this walkout, students participated in their own democratic process, and built student power on their own terms.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Education, Featured, Immigration, LGBTQ, Photos, Politics, Race & Racism, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Women, Youth | Tagged DARE, donald trump, Providence Public School Department, providence student union, PrYSM, psu, Youth in Action | 4 Responses
By Nick Inglis on January 20, 2017
After a discussion with Rep. McEntee after my previous post (and I applaud her for taking the time to discuss this Bill further), I retract my initial concern with H5098 but call to attention a parallel issue – the section of the language that I view as troubling in this bill is actually already codified into […]
Posted in Featured, Opinion, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Aaron Ley, ARPA, FOIA, Freedom of Information, Freedom of Information Act, Government Transparency, H5098, House Judiciary, public records | Leave a response
By Nick Inglis on January 18, 2017
This morning I wrote a letter to the members of the RI House Judiciary Committee in advance of their hearing on House Bill 5098, a Bill which would limit access to what is currently considered Public Record in the state of Rhode Island. Read more about it here. I am sharing this letter to draw […]
Posted in Events, Featured, Opinion, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Access to Public Records Act, apra, FOIA, Freedom of Information Act, Government Transparency, House Judiciary Committee, public records | 2 Responses
By New Leaders Council RI on January 17, 2017
New Leaders Council (NLC) Rhode Island works to recruit, train, and promote our state’s progressive leaders. We value inclusion, equity of opportunity, civil and human rights, and collective responsibility. We carry out these values by creating a collaborative community that reflects and celebrates Rhode Island’s diversity and empowers change agents and the next generation of […]
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By Steve Ahlquist on January 10, 2017
Since the news broke Monday evening that the the Johnston Town Council is voting to allow Mayor Joseph Polisena the ability to negotiate the resale of water to Invenergy to cool the turbines of its proposed $700 million fracked gas and diesel oil power plant in Burrillville. I reached out to the Providence Water Supply […]
Posted in Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Politics, Providence | Tagged Invenergy, Johnston Town Council, Joseph Polisena, Peter Pallozzi, Providence Water Supply Board, Public Utilities Commission, puc, PWSB | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2017
Powerful business interests spend the day hammering out their legislative priority wishlist and present them directly to elected officials. One-stop shopping.
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By Lauren Niedel on December 30, 2016
These are the times that try the souls of men, women, minorities, LGBTQ, environmentalists, Jewish, Atheist, Muslim and Native American souls. Thomas Paine, if you hear me, on behalf of all of the sane Americans out here, I apologize! I know you are turning in your grave right now.
‘Unprecedented’ meeting of Burrillville Town and Woonsocket City Councils about water sale to Invenergy
By Steve Ahlquist on December 30, 2016
Burrillville Town Councilor Donald Fox called the meeting “unprecedented,” and it was.
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Energy, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, Labor, News, Photos, Politics, Video, Woonsocket | Tagged Burrillville Town Council, Christopher Beauchamp, Daniel Gendron, David Place, Denise Sierra, Donald Fox, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Invenergy, James Cournoyer, Jeremy Bailey, John F Pacheco III, jon brien, Lisa Badelli-Hunt, Melissa Murray, Michael McElroy, Michael Wood, Michelle Bouchard, Ray Trinque, Rhode Island Building & Construction Trades Council, RI Department of Environmental Management, Richard Fagnant, Stephen Rawson, William Dimitri, Woonsocket City Council, Woonsocket City Hall | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 19, 2016
In Rhode Island, all four electors, Clay Pell, Frank Montanaro, Susan Weiner and Grace Diaz, are pledged to Hillary Clinton, but none of those protesting outside seemed to think that meant they could stay inside where it was warm.
Posted in Activism, Elections, Events, Featured, National News, News, Photos, Politics, State House | Tagged Americans Take Action, clay pell, Democracy Spring, donald trump, Electoral College, Electoral College Petition, Frank Montanaro, grace diaz, hillary clinton, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Susan Weiner | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 16, 2016
“We are now in the era of Trump,” said Representative Keith Ellison in his video message, “That means it is go-time for all of us. Anybody who believes in a fair economy and social justice, anyone who believes politics should serve people, and that people should be in control of their own lives and their own destinies, you got to step up, and we really need your help.”
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