By Steve Ahlquist on February 8, 2017
Attorney General Kilmartin would not only not meet with Indivisible RI, he wouldn’t let them into his office.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Immigration, National News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Amy Kempe, Andy Acciaioli, Bob Plain, Deborah Lennon, Department of Homeland Security, Donald Lally Jr, donald trump, E-Verify, General Assembly, ice, Indivisible RI, jack reed, Jane Tucker, Mathew D. Lenz, Peter Kilmartin, Secure Communities, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 14, 2016
The behavior of the security guards and police officers at the Providence Convention Center, where the press conference was held, became a preview of what many fear might become the norm if the wrong policies are instituted in downtown Providence.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Inequality, Media, News, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged ACLU, Bob Plain, Joseph Paolino, kennedy plaza, Providence Business News, Providence Journal, steve brown | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 29, 2016
“What will be the impact on clients?” I asked.
Affigne replied, “There will be no impact on clients.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, News, People, Poverty, Rhode Island, Social Services, State House, Video | Tagged Bob Plain, CCAP, Child Care Assistance Program, dcyf, Department of Administration, Department of Human Services, DHS, General Public Assistance, GPA, HEAP, HSR, LTSS, Medicaid, Melba Depeña Affigne, Michael DiBiase, Rhode Island Works, ripr, RIW, seiu, SNAP, WAP | 1 Response
By RI Future on February 12, 2016
Bob Plain and Jon Brien go head to head over marijuana legalization on Wingmen, or they would have, had they actually disagreed. The discussion centered on how to execute the regulation and taxation, not on whether it should be done.
By RI Future on January 29, 2016
The Wingmen tackle abortion, and it doesn’t go well for John Brien.
By Steve Ahlquist on January 15, 2016
Our leaders are looking to cut or eliminate the estate tax to stimulate the economy. The problem, says economist Peter Fisher, is that, “the estate tax – which is paid only by the ultra-wealthy – doesn’t affect economic growth.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Events, Featured, National News, News, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes | Tagged ALEC, American Legislative Exchange Council, Bob Plain, earned income tax credit, Economic Progress Institute, EITC, EPI, Estate Tax, Gina Raimondo, Grafton H. “Cap” Wiley IV, Nicholas Mattiello, Peter Fisher, Rhode Island Small Business Economic Summit | 8 Responses
By RI Future on January 9, 2016
Bob Plain talks presidential politics on Wingmen.
By Steve Ahlquist on November 27, 2014
Accidents slow down the highways all the time. So does construction. So does a deer that’s lost its way. Somehow, ambulances make it through, take different routes, or go to different hospitals…
By Bob Plain on September 23, 2013
There is no shame in being shamed by Justin Katz, Doreen Costa and John DePetro. It rather feels like a badge of honor. Or at least a testament that the work we are doing at RI Future matters for something. If nothing else, we’re at least getting under the skin of the most mean-spirited minds […]
By Samuel G. Howard on July 27, 2012
So, Politico’s Steve Friess published a story today about a phenomenon about the Gemma campaign I pointed out on March 20th. I’ve sworn off on saying anything more about Mr. Gemma, I’ll let other writers for RI Future and the rest of Rhode Island’s chattering class cover it I also want to take the time […]
By Bob Plain on May 15, 2012
To date, my new business plan for RI Future has consisted mostly of me wearing sweaters on cold nights and eating a lot of peanut butter and bread for meals. But this state’s only source of progressive news and information now needs a new computer. Since our readership is growing just as rapidly as the […]
By Bob Plain on April 13, 2012
The Providence Phoenix wrote a really nice article about me and RI Future this week for its annual “Local Heroes” feature, and I thought it was worth sharing with you all, our loyal readers. Phoenix editor David Scharfenberg picked up on a really important point, I think, namely that, in RI Future is pretty much […]
By Bob Plain on February 27, 2012
Fresh off a redesign of our site, Rhode Island’s Future has a new owner/editor now, too. It’s me! Some of you may know me from my stint as the digital reporter/blogger for WPRO. I know it isn’t the most common career path to go from a right-leaning radio station to leftist-trumpeting website, so allow me […]