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.

14 responses to “Spencer Dickinson is running for governor”

  1. Paul Roselli to challenge Raimondo in Democratic primary for Governor

    […] Gina Raimondo in the Democratic primary. Yesterday former State Representative Spencer Dickinson announced his campaign and former Governor Lincoln Chafee is said to be weighing entry into the […]

  2. Randall Rose

    Spencer Dickinson is a person of integrity, and I’m glad he’s running.

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    1. cailin rua

      He refused to vote on marriage equality and wanted to put the rights of people up for a vote. I see no “integrity” in that.

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  3. cailin rua

    Uh, “and wanted to put the rights of people up for a vote.” That sounds kind of stupid. Of course, it was already “up for a vote” – in the General Assembly but what I meant is he wanted to put basic rights up for a popular vote by referendum. Of course, we all know by now the Supreme Court decided basic human rights are to be protected, even for minorities.

    I wish it were possible to edit comments here.

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  4. Spencer

    So, Cailin — are working off an agenda or you interested in what really happened? Look up my vote the night equality passed. Listen to my speech on the floor of the house.

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  5. Spencer

    — Are you working off an agenda or are you interested in what really happened?

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    1. cailin rua

      If I am working off an agenda I doubt your familiar with it. I’m at odds w/ a good portion of the LGBQ establishment, particularly the Fenway Institute and Lambda Legal, but I don’t think you would be able to follow how.

      As far as what I know about your stance, I have to admit I don’t know very much beyond a few vague references I heard before, probably at R I Future and some articles I checked for reference @ Wikipedia, Ballotopedia, Options Magazine, and a few others this morning before I posted what I did. No, I am not familiar with your speech. I wish you would provide a link to it.

      I do believe marriage equality involves human rights. It took me a while to appreciate just how because I believe there are many things fundamentally wrong with the institution of marriage. To comprehend that, all one has to do is look into whether quit claim deeds have been changed to reflect the fact that property held in common has to have two parties – a husband and a wife – in order to be automatically inherited by one of the parties. Last time I checked it hasn’t been changed. To me this is an indication of the patriarchal roots of the institution, which involves inheritance, which has caused innumerable problems over the ages for people who run the gamut from Vita Sackville West to Michael Dillon to Sir Ewan Forbes, among others who I don’t want to mention at this time. It’s a complex issue for a complex world.

      I am interested, however, in your point of view if you care to present it clearly. If you provide a link to the speech you mention I will definitely take the time to listen. I used to live in Wakefield but that was a long time ago. I am not currently familiar with what is going on down there now. I think I do remember some labor related issues and maybe some others that I associate favorably with you but whether they are merely rumors or not my impression on your stand re: marriage equality was off putting. I think leaders should lead regardless of the popularity of an issue. It is the role of leaders to become enlightened so they can enlighten those they wish to represent.

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      1. cailin rua

        To clarify, this is primarily what I was going on:

        “Dickinson also failed to vote on Fox’s big bill in the last session, marriage equality, which ultimately passed. At that time, Dickinson said his constituent base was too divided on the issue. He then submitted a bill to send the issue to a statewide referendum, though he ultimately withdrew it.”

        http://www.independentri.com/independents/south_county/article_5d86131c-965a-5469-92d1-e07ee40b9c14.html

        The Independent is not a single issue publication like Options Magazine.

        I recall your principled stand against Gordon Fox but I have to wonder exactly what those principles were based on considering this context. To me, this is the task that presents itself in the age of neoliberalism, where corrupt neoliberals like Gordon Fox use women and minorities as what I call human shields in order to deflect criticism of their very damaging neoliberal policies and downright corruption. The Center for American “Progress” is very adroit in this area. In the age of Trump their hegemony over the Democratic Party leaves a void in the fight against Donald Trump, whose Treasury Secretary and son in law, Jared Kushner, are partners of George Soros. I don’t think any of this translates very well at a venue such as R I Future but that is the horrible state of affairs we currently live in. Show me an alternative that doesn’t sacrifice the rights of minorities and women but rather goes right to the core of what’s ailing what should be the most progressive country in the world, which is neoliberalism, and I will give you my vote.

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  6. Spencer

    Cailin–
    Thank you for your answer. Clearly you are a thoughtful person with some perspectives many people may not be familiar with. I know that I would learn from talking with you. As a legislator, I was often frustrated by the small amount of time committees were willing or able to devote to new or complex issues. I am in the phone book. Please call me.
    –S

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  7. cailin rua

    In order to not make it seem like I’m taking anonymous pot shots at you by hiding behind my screen name I will also provide my name in case you ever want to contact me. I’m listed in phone directories, too. My real name is Edith Pilkington. I have a linked in page, too. I don’t know what I would accomplish calling you. You’re free to contact me anytime you wish, however.

    I have looked for the video you mentioned above. I cannot find it. I read your letter re: Brendan Fogarty’s relationship w/ Gordon Fox which, I think, appeared in anchor rising. In that letter you mention that you voted for “the overwhelming majority” of the bills presented:

    http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Lawrevision/plshort/pl2011sub.htm

    I think R I would be better served by.a less “pro active” legislature. I’ve just taken a glance at that list but there seem to be some bills I have many questions about – most notably an employer’s “right” to extract body fluids with scant justification for doing so. There are many other bills on that list.

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  8. mgd

    Spencer, do you pledge to vote in favor of pro-choice bills in 2018?

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  9. leftyrite

    Van Morrison – Bring It On Home To Me (Live At Porchester Hall, London / 2017)

    cailin rua:

    I dig you as pixels.

    Maybe we’ll meet over a pizza slice or two

    at that pizzeria in Fox Point, or,

    maybe at That Great Pizzeria In The Sky.

    At any rate, I dig you as pixels.

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  10. Spencer

    — mgd — Women have told me that one of their greatest concerns is that they might be dictated to by a legislature dominated by males. I recognize this and I think it is a valid question. [It is now more than 2/3 men.] As governor, I would veto any measure passed by men in clear opposition to the views of a majority of women legislators. Several years ago I proposed an amendment which would ensure a legislature made up equally of men and women, on the model of the Democratic State Committee. Unfortunately, this will not happen anytime soon.
    Since I am not now in the legislature, I will not be voting on any bills in 2018. It is no secret that I have had concerns with abortion in the past. But it is also true that I believe very strongly that our laws should reflect the values of our community. They do that now.

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  11. cailin rua

    Spencer Dickinson called me on the phone a few minutes earlier. He had left a message on my answering machine that I hadn’t noticed until earlier today. I have to remark how personally attentive Spencer is to his prospective constituents’ concerns, at least to the concern I raised about the role he played in the push to enact marriage equality legislation. I am personally impressed.

    I have to admit I was distracted during my conversation with him. I had a Sears repairman at the house repairing our refrigerator so my attention was split with what Spencer had to say and my concern for the repairman who had finished up his work.

    It appears the internet only provided an incomplete history of what Spencer did and did not do re: the Marriage Equality bills that were presented over the years at the Statehouse. Spencer says he voted “Yes” for the bill, in the end.

    Randall Rose’s judgement of Spencer Dickinson seems more accurate than any speculations I have made about Spencer based on my incomplete understanding of his legislative record.

    I’ll have to make myself much more aware of what Spencer Dickinson has done throughout his legislative history and also pay closer attention to what he intends to do if elected to govern this state.

    I’ll part with this closing remark. I am disappointed in the R I Progressive Democrats. I don’t know what part that played in me impulsively blurting out what I did in my first comment to this post. I feel “Progressivism” may have had it’s place at the turn of the 1900’s, a time which bears certain similarities, mostly all bad, to the current times but the solutions presented by the Progressives then are over a century old. I find the so called progressives make strange bedfellows with groups that have their genesis in coalitions such as Right Now!, which was back then which seems like it’s right now all over again:

    http://cleanri.org/members.html

    Is Spencer Dickinson part of this coterie? I have no idea. I hope not. He seems like maybe he could be the kind of thoughtful candidate a lot of people are looking for. I have to admit to being jaded, however. I have to ask myself what’s happened to Providence since 1992. It looks pretty from the outside but the only presence the old established banks of Rhode Island have today is membership on the Board of Fellows at Brown University, in the person who worked so hard with Kohlberg Kravis and Roberts to have them and their money spirited out of town. How many with very deep pockets hope Providence will now go the way of Greece, Central Falls and Puerto Rico?

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