By Steve Ahlquist on June 30, 2016
These 34 lucky politicians won’t have to go through the tedious process of walking their district and meeting their constituents, spend any of their campaign cash or run any kind of campaign at all. They are all effectively re-elected, and they all get to take the year off.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Democrats, Elections, Featured, Republicans, State House | Tagged ADAM J SATCHELL, Antonio Giarrusso, ARTHUR J CORVESE, BRIAN C NEWBERRY, Charlene Lima, Daniel DaPonte, DENNIS L ALGIERE, DONNA M NESSELBUSH, ERIN LYNCH PRATA, FRANK S LOMBARDI, Gayle L. Goldin, GREGORY J COSTANTINO, JAMES C SHEEHAN, JAMES N MCLAUGHLIN, JOHN JOSEPH LOMBARDI, JOY S HEARN, K Joseph Shekarchi, Kathleen Decker, MARC A COTE, MARVIN L ABNEY, Mary Duffy Messier, MARYELLEN GOODWIN, MICHAEL A MORIN, PAUL V JABOUR, Raymond A. Hull, ROBERT B JACQUARD, ROBERT D PHILLIPS, ROGER A PICARD, SAMUEL A AZZINARO, SCOTT A SLATER, Shelby Maldonado, STEPHEN M CASEY, STEPHEN R UCCI, WILLIAM J CONLEY JR | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 23, 2016
Steven Frias, a Rhode Island Republican leader and prize winning writer, has announced his candidacy for Representative in District 15, which is currently held by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.
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 Steve Ahlquist on May 20, 2016
Representative Daniel Reilly, a Republican from District 72 serving portions of Middletown and Portsmouth has reportedly received money from his father, earned from tax evasion, for both his schooling and his political campaigns.
By Andrew Stewart on March 13, 2016
A few days ago Eric Draitser and Dr. Tony Monteiro appeared on Community Public Radio with Don DeBar to offer an in-depth dissection of the debacle that has become the presidential campaign. I would highly encourage those who are looking for an alternative to the conventional media analysis to check this out, at about 35 minutes it is the best description I have heard of this circus in a while.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Democrats, Economy, International News, National News, Republicans | Tagged Community Public Radio, CPRMetro, Don DeBar, Eric Draitser, Tony Monteiro | Leave a response
By RI Future on February 29, 2016
“I’m not OK with clergy, students and those of different opinions lying and expressing hateful speech in the name of love, but again it is their constitutional right,” says Pete Hoekstra, “I’m not OK with their conduct, but in America we tolerate it, as obnoxious and spiteful as it may be.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, Immigration, Opinion, Race & Racism, Religion, Republicans, Rhode Island, State House, syndicated, Syria, Youth | Tagged aaron regurnberg, Americans for Peace and Tolerance, APT, CAIR-MA, Charles Jacobs, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, Howard Voss-Altman, josh miller, Mike Chippendale, Omar Bah, Pete Hoekstra, Refugee Dream Center, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Russell Taub, Sterk Zaza, Youssef Bahralom | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 22, 2016
If living in Rhode Island means anything, if our history has any value, it is this: We are the state where religious refugees find solace and acceptance. We stand against mindless brutality, unreasoning hatred and fascism.
I’m going to be at the State House today, defending our state and all the people who have come here for safety and freedom.
I know I won’t be alone.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, Immigration, International News, National News, News, People, Race & Racism, Religion, Republicans, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Americans for Peace and Tolerance, APT, Charles Jacobs, Gina Raimondo, Mike Chippendale, Pete Hoekstra, Roxbury Islamic Center | 3 Responses
By Harry Rix on February 20, 2016
“Oh, what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive.” Sir Walter Scott The fix is in. The President is not elected by 105 million American voters. No, the President is selected by five Supreme Court justices. Justice Antonin Scalia writes that recounting Florida votes will “cast a cloud” over the election. […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Defense, Elections, Featured, History, National News, News, Opinion, Politics, Republicans | Tagged Bush, Gore, political chicanery, Scalia, Scandal | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 19, 2016
Frances Fox Piven is a legend. Her work was instrumental in the creation of the welfare rights movement and the war on poverty. Last night, Piven gave a talk entitled “Strategic Voter Disenfranchisement: How Political Party Competition Shrinks the Electorate” at the RI Center for Justice
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Democrats, Events, Featured, History, Occupy, Politics, Republicans, Video, Voter ID, Women | Tagged Bernie Sanders, black lives matter, fight for 15, Frances Fox Piven, Occupy, RI Center for Justice, seiu, Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown | 5 Responses
By Samuel Bell on February 15, 2016
Providence Democratic School Board Chair Nicholas Hemond announced his endorsement of Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich, writing, “John Kasich should be president of the United States.” In an email, Hemond elaborated, saying, “I just appreciate the guy’s measured tone in a race that has been such a circus.”
By Steve Ahlquist on February 10, 2016
RhodeWorks s being fast tracked because the necessary arrangements between the various parties involved have been carefully worked out, but in an election year, meaning that the sooner elected officials put this issue in their rear view mirror the better. Several legislators are going to be challenged for their seats because of their votes on this.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economy, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Politics, Providence, Republicans, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Taxes, Transportation, Video | Tagged AAA of Southern New England, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Dan McKee, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, GPCC, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Grow Smart Rhode Island, james diossa, jorge elorza, Laurie White, lisa baldelli hunt, Lloyd Albert, Michael F. Sabitoni, Nicholas A. Mattiello, Ocean State Job Lot, Peter Andruszkiewicz, Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council, RhodeWorks, Sam Bell, Scott Wolf, teresa paiva weed | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2016
In which we ask the age old question: Can hitting someone in the head with a frying pan make someone a Trump supporter?
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Democrats, Featured, Health Care, Media, National News, News, Politics, Religion, Republicans, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Alexander Perry, donald trump, Frank A. Ciccone, Gayle L. Goldin, Good Samaritan Act, III, John J. DeSimone, Joseph A. Trillo, Joseph M. McNamara, Juan Garcia, Licenses for All, Marilyn Cocozza Trillo, Nicholas A. Mattiello, rhoda perry, RI Trump for President | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 15, 2015
“The backlash of these atrocious attacks have been felt deeply in the Muslim community nationwide. Inflammatory rhetoric as demonstrated by some politicians to isolate and marginalize American Muslims is reckless and undermines the safety and security of our great nation,” Ansari continued, before adding, on a positive note that, “the American Muslim community in Rhode Island has unprecedented support from public officials, law enforcement, faith community and fellow citizens and we deeply appreciate this support.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Elections, Featured, National News, News, People, Photos, Race & Racism, Religion, Republicans, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Andrew Mook, Donald Anderson, donald trump, Farid Ansari, Islamic Center of Rhode Island, James Hazelwood, jim vincent, NAACP, Nicholas Knisely, Project Respect, Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, Rhode Island for Community and Justice, RICMA, Roger Williams, Sarah Mack, Thomas Wiles, Toby Ayers, Wendy Ibraham | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on September 11, 2015
Mike Stenhouse has a talent for finding any cause he can to make himself look important, most recently band-wagoning onto the 38 Studios debacle, and is the Gomer Pyle of the Rhode Island right wing. Whenever I see the Stenhouse name appear in the headlines, I know to lower my expectations by an average of .190 and […]
By Andrew Stewart on August 4, 2015
The ‘-gate’ suffix has become something of a cliche and many of these scandals often fail to compare to the downfall of Richard Nixon. But a new report, issued by the Rhode Island State Police on Monday, certainly paints an image not unlike the Woodward and Bernstein template. What began in January 2014 with the issuing […]
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 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 Steve Ahlquist on June 24, 2015
Cesspools. For 45 minutes. That’s more time than was spent on pretty much any item in the budget, for what it’s worth.
Here’s all the best (or worst) parts in under five minutes.
Posted in Environment, Featured, Republicans, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Arthur Corvese, Arthur Handy, cesspools, dennis canario, James McLaughlin, John DeSimone, Joseph Trillo, michael marcello, RI House of Representatives, Thomas Pelangio | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 24, 2015
45 minutes of RI House debate on a minimum wage bill compressed into less than 5 minutes…
Posted in Class Warfare, Featured, Race & Racism, Republicans, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Youth | Tagged Brian Newberry, Joseph Almeida, minimum wage, Nicholas Mattiello, patricia morgan, race, Raymond Hull, RI House of Representatives | 1 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 | 1 Response