By Elisha Aldrich on July 30, 2015
State Representative Marvin L. Abney (D- District 73) has been chosen to become one of the Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellows for 2015. The Toll Fellowship is a leadership development program, named for the founder of CSG, Henry Walcott Toll. Each year, the program selects 48 officials from all three branches of government, […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 28, 2015
It was by far the biggest meeting I had ever seen at Rochambeau Library, and bigger than any crowd I have seen at any of the PawSox listening tours. The crowd filled the room and overflowed into the halls. About 125 people attended the Providence Campaign Against the Stadium organizational meeting in Providence Monday night to recruit help in defeating the building of a new PawSox stadium in Providence.
Posted in Activism, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports, State House | Tagged arlene violet, Charles Steinberg, Dan Rea, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Jeff White, jorge elorza, Nicholas Mattiello, PawSox, Providence Campaign Against the Stadium, Providence City Counci, Sam Bell, Sharon Steele, Suzanne Mark, Sydney McKenna, teresa paiva weed, Tim Empke | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 24, 2015
Most of the speakers wondered how the Governor could justify a pay increase given that she has made big moves in the course of her political career to cut both public sector employee pensions and Medicaid. As for the idea that such pay increases are necessary to attract the talent the job positions require, Todd Sandahl pointed out that these jobs are already filled.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economy, Featured, International News, Labor, National News, News, Pensions, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Gina Raimondo, Jon Duffy, Jonathan Wormer, Kevin Loontjens, Office of Management and Budget, Suzanne Reilly, Todd Sandahl | 7 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on July 21, 2015
After the successes of Governor Gina Raimondo’s Reinventing Medicaid task force, today, at the Kent County YMCA, she announced a new initiative to overhaul the state’s healthcare system as a whole. Titled the Working Group for Healthcare Innovation, the group, under the leadership of Elizabeth Roberts, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, seeks to […]
Posted in Featured, Health Care, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Elisha Aldrich, elizabeth roberts, Gina Raimondo, healthcare, healthcare reform, Kent County YMCA, Reinventing Medicaid, Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, YMCA | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 19, 2015
Representative Jared Nunes rose to oppose the bill, calling it, “really poor public policy,” before adding, “you almost have to be a mathematician to figure out if you can be a plumber or not.”
Posted in Democrats, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged 5 minute house debate, General Assembly, Jared Nunes, Joseph Shekarchi, Joseph Trillo, Nicholas Mattiello, RI House of Representatives, Stephen Ucci | 1 Response
By Elisha Aldrich on July 17, 2015
The Latina Leadership Institute (LLI), a program designed to engage Rhode Island Latinas in their communities, celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2015 at the State House on Thursday evening. Offered by the Rhode Island Latino Civic Fund (RILCF), the goal of the program is to create and inspire Latinas to take leadership positions […]
Posted in Featured, Immigration, News, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Andrea James-Gomez, Elisha Aldrich, Gina Raimondo, latina, Latina Leadership Institute, leadership, Nellie Gorbea, Olga Encarnacion, Rhode Island Latino Civic Fund, women | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on July 17, 2015
Rhode Island journalists think the legislative branch is more corrupt than the executive branch, according to a new survey by the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard Law School. Responding local reporters said corruption, both the illegal and legal kind, is only “slightly common” in the Ocean State executive branch of government compared […]
By Elisha Aldrich on July 15, 2015
The room didn’t seem quite large enough for all the supporters that came out to watch Governor Gina Raimondo sign the Comprehensive Community-Police Relationship Act into law on Tuesday. The Act, a collaboration between legislators, law enforcement, and community members, seeks to analyze data that officers collect, as well as further protect juveniles and pedestrians. […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Featured, News, Politics, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Civil Rights / Liberties, community, Gina Raimondo, Harold Metts, Joseph Almeida, legislation, police, Racial Profiling, racism, RI State Police, social justice, Steven O'Donnell | 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 July 9, 2015
Marriage equality has been the law in Rhode Island for two years now, and its gone nationwide due to the recent SCOTUS decision, but in the General Assembly, some legislators are continuing to vote against same-sex couples seeking to get married.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, LGBT, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Arthur Corvese, General Assembly, Joseph Trillo, Justin price, marriage equailty, Robert Lancia, Robert Phillips, Samuel Azzinaro, Sherry Roberts, Solemnization of Marriage | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 4, 2015
“I don’t want everybody to vote unless they are informed on the issues,” said Rep Joe Trillo on the floor of the RI House.
Tom Dorr is spinning in his grave…
Posted in Featured, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Voter ID | Tagged 5 minute house debate, Antonio Giarusso, Arthur Corvese, Arthur Handy, Brian Newberry, cale keable, democracy, Joseph Trillo, Michael Chippendale, michael marcello, Nicholas Mattiello, Teresa Tanzi, Thomas Door, Voter ID | 8 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on July 1, 2015
Rebecca Nieves McGoldrick, the Executive Director of Protect Families First, put the blame on Attorney General Peter Kilmartin for the act’s expiration.
“To have families suffer through the loss of a loved one so that the Attorney General could add another notch to his belt of drug arrests is frankly unconscionable,” she said.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, Drugs, Elisha Aldrich, Gina Raimondo, good samaritan, Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Act, Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Holly Cekala, John Prince, opiate overdose epidemic, overdose, Peter Kilmartin, Rebecca Nieves McGoldrick | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 1, 2015
Rhode Island is one of eight states that “continues to fail at submitting records of dangerously mentally ill people who are prohibited from owning guns to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
Posted in Featured, Gun Control, State House | Tagged Everytown for Gun Safety, gene Dyszlewski, guns, Jack Warner, National Instant Criminal Background Check System, National Rifle Association, newtown, Nicholas Mattiello, NICS, NRA, Religious Coalition for a Violence-Free RI, Virginia Tech | 9 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 30, 2015
When Governor Gina Raimondo, who sailed to victory with the endorsement of Emily’s List and Planned Parenthood, signed the budget on Tuesday, she officially signed into law language that stands as the most extreme anti-abortion language passed in Rhode Island in two decades.
How did this happen?
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Politics, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Women | Tagged Abortion, Alliance Defending Freedom, Arthur Corvese, barth bracy, Common Cause RI, Doe v. Burwell, Edie Ajello, Gina Raimondo, hobby lobby, Howe v Burwell, James Rhodes, John DeSimone, john marion, Nicholas Mattiello, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA, RI ACLU, steve brown, transactional politics | 12 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on June 26, 2015
The potential move of the Pawtucket Red Sox to downtown Providence has caused heated debate between the public and the General Assembly since the idea was first floated earlier this year. On Thursday, opponents of the move rallied outside of the State House to express their passionate disapproval for the move. Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien […]
Posted in cities and towns, Featured, News, Rhode Island, Sports, State House | Tagged Donald Grebien, Elisha Aldrich, I-195, I-195 Commission, Jewelry district, jim skeffington, Larry Lucchino, McCoy Stadium, PawSox, pawtucket, pawtucket red sox, Sam Bell, Sharon Steele | 3 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on June 25, 2015
The prospect of Governor Gina Raimondo’s Rhode Works legislation hitting the House floor before the end of this legislation is highly unlikely, Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said today. “Right now, I’m not planning on it coming to the House floor by week’s end,” he said. “I have substantial concerns. I’ve indicated that the House is not […]
Posted in Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Transportation | Tagged bridge, Cranston, Elisha Aldrich, Gina Raimondo, Governor Gina M. Raimondo, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, infrastructure, investigation, Peter Alviti, Rhode Works, ridot, tolls | 1 Response
By Elisha Aldrich on June 25, 2015
Legislation to help mend the bonds between the police and community after a year of national duress will cross Governor Gina Raimondo’s desk to be signed into law. The bill, known as the Comprehensive Community-Police Relationship act, requires that all police departments collect data on a subject’s race during traffic stops. The information will then […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Civil Rights / Liberties, Elisha Aldrich, Harold Metts, Joseph Almeida, law enforcement, police, race, Racial Profiling | 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
Comité en Acción is leading the charge on getting driver’s licenses for undocumented workers in Rhode Island. Senate bill 391, which “would allow the department of motor vehicles to issue driving privilege licenses and driving privilege permits to applicants unable to establish lawful presence in the United States” has been held for further study, which is General Assembly language for “going nowhere.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Immigration, Photos, Race & Racism, State House | Tagged American Friends Service Committee, Comité en Acción, English for Action, fuerza laboral, Immigration, Olneyville Neighborhood Association, RI Jobs with Justice, teresa paiva weed, Todos Somos Arizona, undocumented workers | Leave a response
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