By Steve Ahlquist on June 29, 2016
Jeremy Bailey, one of the most vocal and visible leaders in the battle against Invenergy’s plans to build a $700 million fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant in Burrillville, has announced his candidacy for a position on the Burrillville Town Council in a Facebook post this morning. Bailey is running as a Democrat.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 28, 2016
Regardless of the ruling in his case, Lisa Scorpio feels Rep Carnevale’s time has passed, “We need new voices at the State House. We need representatives who aren’t so weighed down by controversy.”
By Steve Ahlquist on June 27, 2016
“This year, Rhode Islanders will make it known at the polls that anti-abortion politicians have no place in the Rhode Island State House,” said Craig O’Connor, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations, Rhode Island with Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, National News, News, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, ACOG, All Saints Memorial Church, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Anthony Kennedy, Craig O’Connor, David A. Ames, Elena Kagan, General Assembly, Jennifer Villavicencio, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood Action Fund Clergy Advocacy Board, Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island, Roe. v. Wade, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Steven Breyer, Steven Brown, The Guttmacher Institute, United States Supreme Court, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 27, 2016
Clean Water Action seems to have a process to endorse candidates, but their endorsements lack any teeth when it comes to holding elected officials accountable.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Climate Change, Elections, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island | Tagged Clean Water Action, Gina Raimondo, Johnathan Berard, RI Sierra Club, Steven Archambault, william conley | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 27, 2016
“in any event,” says Jerry Elmer, senior attorney for the Conservation Law Foundation, “if Invenergy sold out of its CSO, the Town of Burrillville would have no liability for the CSO.”
Posted in cities and towns, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island | Tagged Burrillville Town Council, Capacity Commitment Period 10, Capacity Supply Obligation, CCP-10, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, CSO, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, FA, FCA, FCA 10, Financial Assurance, Forward Capacity Auction, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, ISO NE, Jerry Elmer, Kimberly Briquette Brown, Michael McElroy, Reconfiguration Auctions | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 26, 2016
Rhode Island’s founder, Roger Williams, was a refugee from Massachusetts seeking freedom and safety in our state. Bah said that welcoming refugees is a Rhode island tradition that must be protected.
Posted in Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, Holidays, Immigration, International News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Women, Youth | Tagged David Cicilline, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, James Langevin, Nellie Gorbea, Omar Bah, Refugee Dream Center, Roger Williams, World Refugee Day | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 24, 2016
Rhode Island must raise the minimum wage to $15.
Rhode Island must implement single-payer universal health insurance for all residents.
By Aaron Regunberg on June 23, 2016
By expanding net metering to include off-site generation and community solar projects, we can ensure that every family has an opportunity to access the benefits of cheap and stable renewable energy, whether or not their direct premises are suitable for a solar or wind system.
Posted in Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged General Assembly, net metering, Rhode Island’s 2016 Clean Energy Industry Report | Leave a response
By Mike Araujo on June 23, 2016
“While more work needs to be done to address the growing problem of wage theft, this bill provides an important tool for Rhode Island workers,” says Robert McCreanor, executive director of the Rhode Island Center for Justice.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Labor, News, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Donna Nesslebush, Economic Progress Institute, Flor Salazar, fuerza laboral, General Assembly, Jeremy Rix, Joe Shekarchi, Lidia Jimenez, Rhode Island Center for Justice, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RI Department of Labor and Training, RIAFL-CIO, Robert McCreanor, Scott Jensen, wage theft | Leave a response
By Jeanine Calkin on June 23, 2016
Our current State Senator… holds extreme conservative views. For instance, after the tragic mass shooting in Orlando, I looked up his NRA rating, and I was shocked to learn he has an A+ from the gun lobby.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 23, 2016
The RI State Investment Commission voted to invest $20 million with GEM Realty Capital, despite the company’s claim that the health and safety of employees at the Sofitel Los Angeles Hotel in Los Angeles, one of the many properties owned by the company, is not something they can have any affect on.
Posted in Class Warfare, Featured, Labor, News, Pensions, Rhode Island | Tagged GEM Realty Capital, Gina Raimondo, Jim Baker, Marcia Reback, National Labor Relations Board, nlrb, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, RI State Investment Commission, RIPDA, Sam Bell, seth magaziner, Sofitel Los Angeles Hotel, unite here | 1 Response
By RI Progressive Democrats of America on June 23, 2016
“…continuing our strong stance against corporate welfare, we call on our political leaders to reject any subsidies for the Superman Building.”
Posted in corporate greed, Democrats, Featured, Infrastructure, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes | Tagged David Sweetser, High Rock Development LLC, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, RIPDA, superman building | 13 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 22, 2016
It “needs to be demonstrated that there’s no hydraulic connection” between Harrisville and Pascoag’s water sources, says Tom Hevner, otherwise there’s a danger that reopening well 3A might contaminate Harrisville’s water with MTBE.
Posted in cities and towns, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Barry Craig, Burrillville High School, Burrillville Planning Board, David Hessler, Elizabeth Noonan, Eric Epiner, GAC, Granulated Activated Carbon, Invenergy, James Jackson, Jeffry Partington, Michael McElroy, MTBE, Oleg Nikolyszyn, Pascoag Fire Department, Tom Hevner, Wallum Lake | 2 Responses
By ACLU of RI on June 21, 2016
The groups had requested the Governor to veto the legislation, stating that the bill was so broadly worded that it could make criminals of people involved in neither revenge nor porn, and would have a direct impact on the First Amendment rights of the media.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, News, Rhode Island | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, American Booksellers for Free Expression, Chris Finan, David Horowitz, Gina Raimondo, Justin Silverman, Media Coalition, New England First Amendment Coalition, Rhode Island Press Association, Steven Brown | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 21, 2016
Despite the NRA paying a record fine for making illegal campaign donations to Rhode Island politicians, to date, not one current office holder in the state has seen fit to return the money. The National Rifle Association (NRA) was fined by the RI Board of Elections for funneling illegal donations to RI politicians, including House […]
Posted in Elections, Featured, Gun Control, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Domenic Ruggerio, General Assembly, jan malik, Jason Knight, Joseph McNamara, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Michael McCaffrey, National Rifle Association, Nicholas Mattiello, NRA, NRA Political Victory Fund PAC, Peter Kilmartin, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, RI Board of Elections, RI Democratic Party, Sam Bell | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 21, 2016
GoLocal, “has a history of dehumanizing stories related to the poor and homeless” said protesters on Tuesday. The news site’s latest headline, “Panhandling continues to plague Providence”, was too much. They organized a panhandling protest.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Homelessness, Media, News, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Curtis Pouliot-Alvarez, golocal, PrYSM, Rhode Island Center for Justice, Shannah Kurland | 1 Response
By Senator James Sheehan on June 20, 2016
This ethics amendment is a good and sound measure. I firmly believe that it will help us restore a modicum of the peoples’ trust in their elected assemblymen and women. In light of recent events, this amendment could not come at a better time.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 20, 2016
The Burrillville Democratic Town Committee voted unanimously to endorse three candidates for town council. All three oppose the $700 million fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant proposed for the town by Invenergy and supported by the present town council.
Posted in Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Climate Change, corporate greed, Democrats, Elections, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island | Tagged Bob Perreault, Burrillville Democratic Town Committee, Burrillville Town Council, cale keable, David Fox, David Place, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Invenergy, Jim Alix, John Pacheco, Kimberly Brissette Brown, Michael Dutilly, Michelle Bouchard, Nancy Binns, Paul Fogarty, Stephen Mulcahey, Stephen Rawson | Leave a response
By Moms Demand Action RI on June 20, 2016
Please join the RI chapter of Moms Demand Action for a screening of Under the Gun, the new Katie Couric documentary on June 29 at 7pm Providence. Panel discussion to follow.
Posted in Activism, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged Mike the Gun Guy, Rhode Island Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Shannon Watts, Under the Gun | 1 Response
By Jeremy Rix on June 20, 2016
Wage theft in Rhode Island may be a much bigger problem than robbery. And, as Steve Ahlquist previously reported, even high profile violators may be getting away with a slap on the wrist with workers left with little recourse.
Posted in Business & Tech, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Featured, Labor, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Donna Nesselbush, Joseph Shekarchi, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, RI Progressive Democrats of America, RIPDA, wage theft | Leave a response