Bob Plain is the editor/publisher of Rhode Island's Future. Previously, he's worked as a reporter for several different news organizations both in Rhode Island and across the country.

6 responses to “The Democrat in Name Only State: Rhode Island”

  1. RightToWork

    Ok – so 20% are supposedly members of some business group (of which some probably don’t even know they’re considered “members”).

    What percentage of the GA are current or former union members, current or former union leadership, or receive massive donations and backing from unions year after year? It’s a lot more than 20%, I’ll tell you that much. Based on a quick perusal of the GA membership list, I’d bet that it’s north of 50%.

  2. Jef Nickerson

    I’m still looking for that decoder ring.

  3. daninprov

    EXACTLY – that’s why I disaffiliated from the Democratic party after the last mid-term election. I had been a life-long Democrat and native of New Hampshire. BUT, after 20 years in RI I’ve seen that RI “Democrats” are anything but. The 2 latest issues are the voter ID law and that failure of RI to pass marriage equality. When NH can pass Equal Marriage, and even uphold it again this year and RI can’t it’s a sign of a problem in the RI Democratic party. (There’s also the problem of President Obama being a “Social Worker” rather than a leader) And I myself I’m a social worker, but there are times when we need a leader.
    But of course the RI Democratic leaders know there is no where else for me to go at this time so they plod along, treating the state like their fiefdom!!

  4. forsanri

    Once more with enthusiasm, Ed Pacheco fails.  In other states, Party Chairs primary incumbents that aren’t willing to tow the party line.  Ed Pacheco is too much of a coward to stand up for Rhode Islanders though, so we get the party that he’s abandoning.

    Thank you Ed.

  5. David Rocha

    I can’t, for the life of me, see how that last paragraph ties in to the rest of your piece.  If you wanted to address the relation between the state income tax and the economy, you should have written a separate piece about it.  I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy this one, but it ended in a manner that shows that you have a personal view that you are very passionate about, but have a tough time keeping out of unrelated topics.  Perhaps you should write something that makes a clear case for how raising the state income tax would better the economy.

  6. Craig OConnor

    I truly think that RI would be better off if all those D’s who are really conservative just switched parties.  Remember how the whole phalanx of fake Democrats in Woonsocket lined up behind John Loughlin in 2010?  It makes the Democratic Party a joke when those legislators are members.  If FDR was around today, Brien would be calling him a Communist.  If these retrograde politicos left the Dem’s, then the Dem’s could get back to being leaders on the issues – fighting for tax fairness instead of tax giveaways to the rich, fighting for the advancement of civil rights instead of passing watered-down crap like the Corvese amendment, and building true health care for all insterad of holding even the modest attempts of Obamacare hostage to anti-choice vitriol.

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