By Steve Ahlquist on May 12, 2016
“This district deserves a representative with real Democratic values and is willing to stand up for change that matters. Jan Malik voted against gay marriage, votes in lockstep with the NRA, and didn’t even show up for the recent vote on truck tolls. We can do better.”
By ACLU of RI on March 30, 2016
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island today announced it has agreed to provide legal representation to the Warwick Post and the Warwick Beacon, both of which have been threatened with a defamation suit if they write stories about the contents of a public document.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Featured, Media, News, Rhode Island | Tagged ACLU of RI, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, anti-SLAPP law, first amendment, General Assembly, Jeffrey Sowa, John Howell, Neal McNamara, Nixon Peabody, Robert Borkowski, Rosemary Healey, Steven Brown, Warwick Beacon, Warwick Post, Warwick School Department, William Wynne | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 10, 2016
RhodeWorks s being fast tracked because the necessary arrangements between the various parties involved have been carefully worked out, but in an election year, meaning that the sooner elected officials put this issue in their rear view mirror the better. Several legislators are going to be challenged for their seats because of their votes on this.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economy, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Politics, Providence, Republicans, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Taxes, Transportation, Video | Tagged AAA of Southern New England, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Dan McKee, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, GPCC, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Grow Smart Rhode Island, james diossa, jorge elorza, Laurie White, lisa baldelli hunt, Lloyd Albert, Michael F. Sabitoni, Nicholas A. Mattiello, Ocean State Job Lot, Peter Andruszkiewicz, Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council, RhodeWorks, Sam Bell, Scott Wolf, teresa paiva weed | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 15, 2015
Did the General Assembly, when they voted to force the RIPTA board to increase the fares on the most vulnerable, think about the people whose lives will be ruined? Even if this entire issue goes away over the next weeks and months, did the Senators and Representatives who voted for this think about the stress they inflicted on the poor, the elderly, the disabled and the homeless?
Posted in Class Warfare, Homelessness, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Transportation | Tagged General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Peter Alviti, Randall Rose, RIPTA, RIPTA Riders Alliance | Leave a response
By Bruce Reilly on December 3, 2015
It is difficult, if not impossible, to pursue the goals of punishment at the same time as rehabilitation and reentry. Probation is a punishment, and Rhode Island is a national leader in this form of punishment. As noted recently in the Providence Journal, the Governor’s workgroup is looking at ways to amend the state’s practices. […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Featured | Tagged ACI, Civil Rights / Liberties, criminal justice, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, probation, Probation Reform Workgroup, Rhode Island | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 28, 2015
It was by far the biggest meeting I had ever seen at Rochambeau Library, and bigger than any crowd I have seen at any of the PawSox listening tours. The crowd filled the room and overflowed into the halls. About 125 people attended the Providence Campaign Against the Stadium organizational meeting in Providence Monday night to recruit help in defeating the building of a new PawSox stadium in Providence.
Posted in Activism, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports, State House | Tagged arlene violet, Charles Steinberg, Dan Rea, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Jeff White, jorge elorza, Nicholas Mattiello, PawSox, Providence Campaign Against the Stadium, Providence City Counci, Sam Bell, Sharon Steele, Suzanne Mark, Sydney McKenna, teresa paiva weed, Tim Empke | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 19, 2015
Representative Jared Nunes rose to oppose the bill, calling it, “really poor public policy,” before adding, “you almost have to be a mathematician to figure out if you can be a plumber or not.”
Posted in Democrats, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged 5 minute house debate, General Assembly, Jared Nunes, Joseph Shekarchi, Joseph Trillo, Nicholas Mattiello, RI House of Representatives, Stephen Ucci | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 9, 2015
Marriage equality has been the law in Rhode Island for two years now, and its gone nationwide due to the recent SCOTUS decision, but in the General Assembly, some legislators are continuing to vote against same-sex couples seeking to get married.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, LGBT, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Arthur Corvese, General Assembly, Joseph Trillo, Justin price, marriage equailty, Robert Lancia, Robert Phillips, Samuel Azzinaro, Sherry Roberts, Solemnization of Marriage | 3 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on June 3, 2015
A Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday showed overwhelming support for legislation that would legalize marijuana in Rhode Island after its economic successes in both Colorado and Washington. Jordan Wellington, a lawyer with Vicente Sederberg LLC in Colorado, came to speak in support of the legislation, S 510. Wellington has worked closely with Colorado’s state […]
Posted in Economy, Featured, marijuana reform, State House | Tagged Andrew Horwitz, cannabis, Elisha Aldrich, General Assembly, jared moffat, Jordan Wellington, Judiciary, Marijuana, Rhode Island State House, senate judiciary, state senate, Taxes | 2 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on May 28, 2015
“We are not just nomads looking for benefits.” That’s what Jose Chacon, an undocumented immigrant living in Rhode Island, said to the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, in support of H6174, which proposes giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. “It’s just a human thing to do,” he said. In its current state, the bill allows […]
Posted in Immigration, State House | Tagged ACLU, Anastasia Williams, driver's license, Elisha Aldrich, General Assembly, House Judiciary Committee, house of representatives, Illegal Immigration, Immigration, state house, Steven Brown, terry gorman | 1 Response
By Gus Uht on April 9, 2015
There are two minimum wages in this state, as in many states. There’s the one you always hear about that applies to almost everyone and every job, which is around $9.00/hr. right now. Then there is the other one, for the people who didn’t have a strong-enough lobby when the minimum wage bill was first […]
Posted in Featured, Labor, State House | Tagged Civil Rights / Liberties, Economy, General Assembly, Hospitality industry, Labor, minimum wage, Rhode Island, ROC United RI, State Legislation, Sub-minimum wage, tips, Waitresses and Waitors | Leave a response
By Will Collette on March 16, 2015
One of the nice things about owning several properties is that when it comes to politics, you have lots of choices about where you can say you live. I’m not talking about the formal definition of legal residence, but “addresses of convenience.” Having an address of convenience gives you the choice of where to vote […]
By Steven Brown on March 12, 2015
The ACLU of Rhode Island has been a constant presence at the State House this legislative session as we testify, monitor, and weigh in on hundreds of bills that could impact your civil liberties. Now, we need your help. Whether you want to repeal voter ID, end the school-to-prison pipeline, or strengthen privacy rights, your […]
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, Politics, Providence, State House | Tagged ACLU, Civil Rights / Liberties, General Assembly, Rhode Island, state house | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 22, 2015
The upshot of this legal maze of Federal and State law is that guns too often remain in the hands of domestic abusers, and the statistics on the intersection of guns and domestic abuse are stark.
By Steve Ahlquist on January 19, 2015
The law seems quite clear when it states that, “No person shall have in his or her possession any kind of firearm or other weapons on school grounds,” but there is a curious exception. Under another law on the books it is stated that a person with a concealed carry permit may carry their weapon “everywhere.” Presumably, this means schools.
Posted in Education, Featured, Gun Control, National News, State House | Tagged CCP, Concealed Carry Permits, Department of Education, General Assembly, Julia Wyman, newtown, RI Attorney General, RICAGV | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2015
Mattiello, beginning his first full term as speaker, seems eager to chart a new course: He’s being upfront about his intentions slash social service programs to “appropriate” levels.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economy, Featured, National News, News, People, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Brian Newberry, General Assembly, Nicholas Mattiello, RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 7, 2015
Rhode Island is in the midst of an epidemic. Those who have overdosed range in age from 15 to 65 and deaths have occurred in 30 different cities or towns in the state.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Health Care, Photos, State House, Video | Tagged General Assembly, good samaritan, Janina LeVasseur, Narcan, opiate overdose epidemic, RICARES, Steven O'Donnell | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 22, 2014
“The 1986 convention was hijacked from the citizens of Rhode Island. While some delegates deliberated in good faith, the outcome of the convention had been predetermined by the then-powerful House Speaker, who was in turn controlled by the same special interests that have controlled House leaders in recent history.”
By Steve Ahlquist on July 10, 2014
Governor Chafee signed the Just Cause bill, which requires banks and credit unions to allow tenants in foreclosed building to continue to pay rent and live there under the terms of the lease they had with their landlord. Further, the bill requires lenders who foreclose to maintain the building, effecting repairs and keeping the property […]
By Samuel G. Howard on May 16, 2014
I take a pretty dim view of the way most of RI’s political commentators describe the situation at the General Assembly. On the left, you tend to hear the argument that conservatives within the Democrats have at least veto power over the Democratic agenda (and often it’s claimed conservatives control the GA) and these conservatives […]