The Projo editorial board weighs in on the ALEC controversy. Though they say nothing about the issue on a local level, they write: “The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) offers a case study in how corporate money can be used to distort democracy.
Ted Nesi also chimes in saying that, despite his claims to the contrary, Rep. Jon Brien has in fact put forward ALEC model legislation.
And Ian Donnis writes that it’s one more piece of evidence that Rhode Island Democrats aren’t as liberal as some would claim.
WPRO has taken to defending a cross on a war memorial in Woonsocket and Mayor Leo Fontaine called the group leading the fight against the religious symbol on public property “knuckleheads.” There are sure to be no shortage of knuckleheads in this controversy as John DePetro has “volunteered to emcee” an upcoming rally and it’s hard to argue that those who don’t want a religious symbol on public property are more knuckle-headed than a mayor who insults people based on their beliefs.
I’ve never seen the State House as jam-packed as it was yesterday for a rally to restore cuts made to services for those with developmental disabilities.
There’s a great feud going on between Gina Raimondo and Gov. Linc Chafee over municipal pension fixes and Ed Fitzpatrick quotes the treasurer as passive aggressively saying, “It’s great the governor is continuing the work I started a year ago around pensions, and we absolutely can’t wait. That is why I’m spending time working hand-in-hand with municipal leaders with pension problems.” Okay, Gina … why don’t you try working with the governor, like he did with you? And keep in mind, for as much credit as you’ve received for your work on pension reform, having the weight of the governor’s office behind you was no small thing, as it’s a much bigger deal than the treasurer’s office. But she knows that…