William Deware is the State Coordinator for the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America (RIPDA).

7 responses to “The state of progressives?”

  1. Greg Gerritt

    The place to start the attack on Mattiello is to look to where facts are ignored in his policy proposals. The Progressive Democrats need to attack the totally phony and fact free business climate indexes that determine policy despite no facts to back up the efficacy of those policies. But I am not holding my breath waiting for the Democrats to actually ask for facts.

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  2. cailin rua

    The concealed carry bill was not about weakening the concealed carry laws. The law was based on subjective determinations by police chiefs who have never had reputations as progressive. Superintendent O’Donnell led the charge and made this comment at the time:

    “”A lot of people fall into [a] mental-health category that, candidly, local chiefs may know best about … ”

    Really? Do you believe police chiefs should be the arbitiers of who is mentally sound and who isn’t? If you do it’s an outrage and nothing less. As stated by Larry Berman:

    “The bill would have codified the application process … provided timelines for the issuance or denial of a permit … [and] required a written letter explaining the basis of denial. It also would have granted the applicant a due-process right of appeal in an administrative hearing.”

    http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20160625/gun-permit-bill-blew-up-in-state-house-on-final-night

    What do you find wrong with laws being equally applied to everyone requiring an explanation in cases where it can’t be for various reasons? The hyperbole over this issue would be laughable if it weren’t so effective in creating the distortions it does.

    I think it’s stupid and rotten that I should have to offer a disclaimer over this but I do. I am the last person who would have any interest in owning a gun. I am no fan of Wayne LaPierre or Mattielo. Period. I still think the vast majority of the anti-gun lobby is out of control. I think they distort local politics. Anti estate tax ex-patriots from Rhode Island who hide their money in Rick Scott’s Florida to influence elections in a state where they refuse to reside should not be running campaigns for those who call themselves progressive. The issue has nothing to do with an economy they’ve sucked the life out of, and given them a pass on that count allowing them to wear the label “progressive” when they’re about as progressive as the person who runs public policy institutes at the local business school.

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    1. Rachel Simon

      “The concealed carry bill was not about weakening the concealed carry laws. The law was based on subjective determinations by police chiefs who have never had reputations as progressive. Superintendent O’Donnell led the charge and made this comment at the time:”

      Thank you.

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  3. Greg Gerritt

    William, The business climate indexes have many many problems, check out the Kansas Inc article I reference in my recent RI Future post. I do not think it important to replace them with anything. They are simply a politically determined right wing attack on justice and fairness. They do not measure anything except adherence to the ideology of the rich.

    They are based on adherence to unecological growth and further inequality. Even the inventor of the GDP said it really is a useless tool for determining whether the economy is working well. What we really need to measure is nutrition, housing, and the health of ecosystms and design economies to produce healthy kids and healthy communities.

    Measures of more of the bad stuff like pollution and violence and adding the damage of disasters to the GDP is so useless it should just be placed in the dustbin of history. NOt replaced with some other artificial measure that actually does not correlate with anything we really want in the real world.

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