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 | 4 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
By Steve Ahlquist on March 11, 2015
Normally a bill like this wouldn’t attract much attention. It would be dismissed as a cynical statement against a successful social welfare program by right-wing ideologues, but Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, a nominal Democrat, has several times suggested that HealthSourceRI is too expensive and that turning the exchange over to the federal government, something that no state has ever done, might be an option.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, National News, Republicans, State House | Tagged Antonio Giarusso, Anya Rader Wallack, Daniel reilly, Deborah Ruggiero, healthsourceRI, Justin price, King v. Burwell, Michael Chippendale, Nicholas Mattiello, patricia morgan, Raymond Gallison, Supreme Court | 3 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 Steve Ahlquist on January 7, 2015
…”the focus has to be on eradicating the safety net and not bolstering the safety net.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Featured, Homelessness, National News, News, People, Politics, Poverty, Providence, Religion, Republicans, Rhode Island, State House, Unemployment | Tagged Nicholas Mattiello, Poverty, social justice | 10 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 22, 2014
“I wonder if an atheist mayor would be in a position to respect the sincere convictions of believers (of all faiths) and to encourage and support the many contributions the faith community makes in our city and state.”
Posted in Campaign 2014, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, News, Providence, Religion, Republicans, Rhode Island | Tagged atheism, Bishop Tobin, catholic church, jorge elorza, Separation of Church and State | 1 Response
By Samuel G. Howard on May 16, 2014
I take a pretty dim view of the way most of RI’s political commentators describe the situation at the General Assembly. On the left, you tend to hear the argument that conservatives within the Democrats have at least veto power over the Democratic agenda (and often it’s claimed conservatives control the GA) and these conservatives […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 7, 2014
Luis A. Vargas, the new Director of Strategic Initiatives for the RI GOP has been tasked with “spearheading” the new initiative, “‘Oportunidad para Todos,’ aimed at reaching out to Rhode Island’s Hispanic population.” It is difficult for the GOP to make significant inroads with the Hispanic population, as the conservative, anti-immigration policies mostly favored by […]
By Frymaster on February 10, 2014
As more and more Americans accept the obvious reality that economic benefits don’t trickle down, that they’re not part of economic growth and that global warming is both real and expensive, conservatives need to reach further afield to support their losing arguments. Nothing shows this more clearly than the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and […]
By Bob Plain on February 7, 2014
Not only did GOP operative Chuck Newton lose his State House job for helping Senator Nick Kettle mock a Democratic colleague with a fake Facebook page, but the move also cost him his position with the East Greenwich Republican Town Committee. He resigned from his position as chairman earlier this week, according to East Greenwich […]
By Bob Plain on February 5, 2014
It doesn’t appear as if the Republicans involved in the cyber-smear campaign against Rep. Scott Guthrie have committed a crime when they made a fake Facebook page to lampoon the Coventry Democrat. (Here’s the applicable state law) But it doesn’t seem like they took much effort to ensure the public would know that their gag […]
By Frymaster on January 16, 2014
The Rhode Island GOP’s new Getting to 25 agenda will likely lead them nowhere with voters. By clinging to their antiquated world views, they have isolated themselves from Rhode Island’s cultural mainstream, which has moved to a place they don’t understand. The Getting to 25 press release spells it out in plain language. According to House […]