By Steve Ahlquist on July 21, 2017
The delay in passing a budget has “real and mounting human costs”…
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Economics, Featured, Justice, Minimum Wage, National News, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island, Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Dominick Ruggerio, Economic Progress Institute, fuerza laboral, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Mental Health Association of RI, Ministers Alliance of Rhode Island, Nicholas Mattiello, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Progreso Latino, Rachel Flum, Religious Coalition for a Violence-Free Rhode Island, Rhode Island Chapter, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island General Assembly, Rhode Island Public Radio, Rhode Island State House, RI Community Action Association, RI Council of Churches, RI Jobs with Justice, RI NOW, RI Racial Justice Coalition, RI Regional Adult Learning, RI Working Families, RIRAL, sierra club, Step Up Center International, UNAP, United Nurses and Allied Professionals | Leave a response
By Steve Rackett on July 19, 2017
It was a fruitful seven days for progressive Democrats in Rhode Island, with two big wins in the last two Democrat primaries. Last week Nirva LaFortune won in Ward 3, Providence City Council and this week Dawn Euer emerged victorious in Senate District 13 (Newport & Jamestown). These were excellent results for two good candidates […]
By Bob Plain on July 18, 2017
Progressive Democrat Dawn Euer is one step closer to succeeding former Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed in representing Newport and Jamestown in the state Senate. She handily beat her three male competitors in the District 13 primary today and now faces Republican Mike Smith, Green Party candidate Greg Larson and independent Kimberly Ripoli in the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 17, 2017
“We are concerned that these bills, if signed into law, may drive patients ‘underground’ and away from the care that they need and have the unintended effect of increasing the number of overdoses.”
Posted in Criminal Justice, Featured, Health Care, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Cynthia Armour Coyne, frank lombardi, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, House Health Education and Welfare Committee, J Clement Cicilline, Jim McNulty, Joseph McNamara, Leonidas Raptakis, Mental Health Association of Rhode Island, Michael McCaffrey, Mike Rizzi, Opioid Treatment Association of Rhode Island, Patrick Quinlan, PDMP, Peter Kilmartin, prescription drug monitoring program, Rhode Island Democratic Party, Rhode Island Dental Association, Rhode Island Department of Health, Rhode Island Health Center Association, rhode island medical society, RIDOH, RIMS, Sarah J Fessler, Steven Brown, Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council of Rhode Island, william conley | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 16, 2017
“I think we can find a satisfactory law that protects the woman’s rights as well as the folks that think the government should over reach and tell them that they cannot have that choice,” said Hanos.
Posted in Featured, Jamestown, Newport, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged David Allard, David Hanos, Dawn Euer, General Assembly, Ian Donnis, John Florez, Kimberly Ripoli, Lincoln Chafee, Michael Smith, Newport School Committee, Planned Parenthood, Rhode Island Right to Life, Roe. v. Wade, Senate District 13 Democratic Committee, Senate District 13 primary | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 15, 2017
Governor Raimondo’s gesture is meaningless and empty unless it is backed up with concrete action. Governor Raimondo cannot simultaneously support the Paris Agreement and support Invenergy’s plan to build a carbon-emitting, diesel oil, and fracked gas power plant in Burrillville.
Posted in Activism, Burrillville, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Events, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Infrastructure, International News, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Water, Women, Youth | Tagged Alexandra Duryea, Brown University, Burrillville Land Trust, CLF, Climate Action Rhode Island, Conservation Law Foundation, Environmental Council of Rhode Island, Fossil Free Rhode Island, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Jerry Elmer, Justin Boyan, Kat Burnham, Monica Huertas, National Governors Association, national grid, NGA, No LNG in PVD, Paris Climate Accord, Paul Roselli, providence college, Rhode Island Convention Center, Robert Malin, Timmons Roberts | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 15, 2017
“The GOP has made only cosmetic changes to their Trumpcare bill that do nothing to alter the bill’s fundamental problems. Make no mistake: this bill and the bill already passed by the House will have a devastating impact on people’s lives.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Disability Services, Events, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Social Services, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Affordable Care Act, ARC of Blackstone Valley, Boston Center for Independent Living, Burnside Park, Cheryl Frasier, Colleen Flanagan, Donald Anderson, Foster Forward, gop, Indivisible Rhode Island, Jim Cowan, Joharlen Carvajal, Jordan Hevenor, Kamila Barzykowski, Karen Malcolm, Marjory Waters, Mass ADAPT, Medicare for All, Michael Pence, Monica Scott, National Governor Association, National Governors Association, NGA, Protect Our Healthcare Coalition, republican, Rhode Island Convention Center, Rhode Island Organizing Project, SEIU-RI Council, Service Employees International Union, single payer, The Women's Project, TrumpCare, Women and Infants Hospital | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 13, 2017
With luck the, “designated area for demonstrators” will hold about five hundred people in conditions only marginally better than those available to chickens under Rhode Island State Law.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, National News, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged 2017 National Governors Association Summer Meeting, free speech zones, George W Bush, GovCon2017, James Bovard, John E Fogarty Memorial Building, Laura Meade Kirk, Michael Pence, protest zones, Providence Police Department, Rhode Island Convention Center, Rhode Island State Police, Secret Service, SFGate | 3 Responses
By Capri Catanzaro on July 12, 2017
RIPDA [Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America] knows that Speaker Mattiello will never resign, but we repeat our call for him to do so nonetheless.
Posted in Featured, Opinion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Dominick Ruggerio, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Constitution, Rhode Island General Laws, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, RIPDA | 1 Response
By Steve Rackett on July 11, 2017
In the last two weeks, Nicholas Mattiello and his allies have managed to pick fights with the state Senate, local progressives and Governor Gina Raimondo over the budget breakdown. The Speaker seems to be spending a lot of time attacking his own side recently. But has Mattiello, as well as arguing with party colleagues, forcefully taken on […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 11, 2017
In the first real candidate forum in Senate District 13, six of the seven candidates answered questions and gave their opinions on a wide range of issues including reproductive rights, the PawSox Stadium and the budget gridlock currently seizing the General Assembly. The four Democrats, David Allard, Dawn Euer, John Florez and David Hanos, will face […]
Posted in Elections, Events, Featured, Jamestown, Newport, News, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Allan Fung, David Allard, David Hanos, Dawn Euer, Frank Prosnitz, Gregory Larson, Ian Donnis, Jane Pickens Theater, John Florez, Kimberly Ripoli, Michael Smith, Ted Nesi | 2 Responses
By Aaron Regunberg on July 8, 2017
Like last year, I will not take a raise while so many Rhode Island families have their own raise waiting in limbo.
By Sarah J. Fessler on July 7, 2017
In allowing some law enforcement agencies access to PMP data without a warrant, this legislation provides virtually limitless access to the prescription information of any Rhode Islander if done as part of a drug “investigation.”
By Randall Rose on July 3, 2017
A few bills did pass before Friday’s abrupt end to the legislative session… Here is a list of some of the bills that passed that I found interesting.
By Steve Rackett on July 3, 2017
“Mattiello and Lynch, in losing key bills and picking fights they don’t need to have, are throwing their most loyal followers under the bus.”
By Capri Catanzaro on July 1, 2017
“We call upon the House to choose a new Speaker when they meet later this summer to finish their work, so that the budget negotiations can be handled by someone whose priority is to do that work, rather than to play power games.”
Posted in Activism, Featured, National News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes | Tagged Capri Catanzaro, Dominick Ruggerio, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island General Assembly, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, RI Democratic Party, RI House of Representatives, RI Senate, RIPDA | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 29, 2017
“Healthcare is not essentially a political issue. It is a moral issue. Let’s name it for what it is. The legislation before the Senate right now is evil and sinful,” said the Reverend Donald Anderson.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Congress, Corporate Greed, Featured, Health Care, National News, News, Photos, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, AHCA, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Health Care Act, BCRA, Better Care Reconciliation Act, Charles Feldman, Christine Brousseau, Donald Anderson, Joshua Miller, Karen Malcolm, Medicaid, obamacare, Planned Parenthood, Protect Our Healthcare Coalition, Rhode Island Council of Churches, Rhode Island Market Stability and Consumer Protection Act, Rhode Island State House, TrumpCare | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 29, 2017
A dozen women, some with children in tow, carried the 4 foot by 53 foot long petition, in two parts, from Cranston City Hall to Mattiello’s law office.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Cranston, Featured, Health Care, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged Cranston City Hall, Dominick Ruggerio, edith ajello, gayle goldin, Indivisible Rhode Island, Jordan Hevenor, Nicholas Mattiello, Rachel Jarosz, Reproductive Health Care Act, Rhode Island General Assembly, Roe. v. Wade, The Woman Project | Leave a response