By Steve Ahlquist on September 25, 2017
Groundbreaking ceremonies are little rituals. Politicians and business people come together, don hard hats and grab shovels in pantomime of laborers, and toss dirt in the air.
Posted in Business, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Inequality, Infrastructure, Labor, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged ambridge Innovation Center, Bonnie Nickerson, Brown University's School of Professional Studies, christina paxson, CIC, David Cicilline, Dominick Ruggerio, Gina Raimondo, I-195 land, Innovation and Design District, Innovation Building, jack reed, James Berens, James Langevin, Johnson & Johnson, Nicholas Mattiello, PPPs, public-private partnerships, Rabbi Yehuda, Sheldon Whitehouse, Stefan Pryor, Temple Beth-El, Tim Rowe, Wexford Innovation Complex | 10 Responses
By Bob Plain on September 13, 2017
After being pressed hard by constituents, Congressman Jim Langevin announced today he too supports Medicare for All. “After much deliberation,” said Langevin in a prepared statement, “I have determined that this is a policy worthy of serious consideration, so I have decided to cosponsor the Medicare for All Act.” “I have long said the Affordable Care Act is […]
By Bob Plain on September 12, 2017
When it comes to Medicare for All, Rhode Island’s congressional delegation is split down the middle. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman David Cicilline both cosponsor such bills in their respective chambers, while Senator Jack Reed and Congressman Jim Langevin are both still undecided. Whitehouse made news recently as an early cosponsor of Vermont Senator Bernie […]
Posted in Congress, Featured, Health Care | Tagged cicilline, Congress, David Cicilline, healthcare, jack reed, jim langevin, langevin, Medicare for All, reed, Sheldon Whitehouse, whitehouse | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on September 5, 2017
Rhode Island’s all-Democratic congressional delegation reacted harshly today after the White House confirmed President Donald Trump plans to upend immigration status for 800,000 Americans by eliminating DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. “President Trump’s priorities are backwards,” said Senator Jack Reed. “This decision is shameful and cruel,” said Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. “America has […]
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By Steve Ahlquist on July 5, 2017
For the second year in a row a float with the theme of opposing Invenergy’s proposed $1 billion fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant has taken first prize in the Glocester, Rhode Island Ancients and Horribles Parade.
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Featured, Glocester, Photos, Video, Water | Tagged Ancients and Horribles Parade, Burrillville Land Trust, Invenergy, jack reed, John Niland, Joseph Polisena, Scituate Reservoir, Sheldon Whitehouse | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 24, 2017
Standing with fellow Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Jack Reed said that passing TrumpCare would be “a disaster for Rhode Island and the United States.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Economics, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, National News, News, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged jack reed, Medicaid, Medicare, obamacare, Sheldon Whitehouse, TrumpCare | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 15, 2017
Friday evening’s Emergency Rally to Demand an Independent Investigation brought dozens of people concerned about the connections between President Donald Trump and his campaign’s ties to Russia out to Burnside Park in Providence Friday afternoon. Those in attendance demanded that Rhode Island Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse “refuse to give unanimous consent on any […]
Posted in Activism, Congress, Elections, Events, Featured, International News, National News, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Burnside Park, donald trump, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Indivisible RI, jack reed, Jane Tucker, Randall Rose, Resist Hate RI, Rhode Island Working Families Party, Sheldon Whitehouse | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 9, 2017
“Today,” said organizer Nancy Rafi, “as legislators return to their home offices, they need to hear what we think about the House voting to legalize discrimination, and making us all pre-existing conditions.”
Posted in Activism, Featured, Health Care, National News, Photos, Video | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, AHCA, American Health Care Act, donald trump, jack reed, Medicare for All system, Nancy Rafi, obamacare, Planned Parenthood, Rhode Island State House, Sheldon Whitehouse, single payer, TrumpCare, Women’s March on Washington Rhode Island Chapter | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 6, 2017
“If the Holocaust has taught us anything it is that when regular folks go silent in the face of tyranny, bad things happen and their silence favors the oppressor,” said the organizers of Never Again Means Never Again, a multi-faith, multi-denominational gathering that took place at the Holocaust Memorial on The River Walk in Providence […]
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By Steve Ahlquist on February 26, 2017
“This is their long standing opposition to Medicare [and] Medicaid” said Whitehouse, “We thought we had those zombies buried, but they’re coming back out of the earth again and they walk the planet, and we need to put them back in the ground where they belong.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Congress, Disability Services, Elections, Events, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, National News, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, Bernie Sanders, Brown Students for the Affordable Care Act, Chuck Schumer, Clinica Esperanza, David Cicilline, donald trump, Economic Progress Institute, healthsource ri, jack reed, James Langevin, Jonathan Staloff, Lamar Alexander, Medicaid, Medicare, Medicare for All, Neil Gorsuch, obamacare, Patrick Quinn, Protect Our Healthcare Coalition RI, public option, Rachel Flum, Republican Party, Rhode Island College, seiu 1199, Sheldon Whitehouse, single payer | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 24, 2017
With the revocation of federal guidelines specifying that transgender students have the right to use public school restrooms that match their gender identity, the Donald Trump administration demonstrated its cavalier disregard for the rights of transgender students across the nation.
Posted in Civil Rights, Cumberland, East Greenwich, Education, Featured, LGBTQ, National News, Providence, South Kingstown | Tagged donald trump, jack reed, National Education Association Rhode Island, NEARI, Youth Pride Inc, YPI | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 23, 2017
Featuring illustrations from Selene Means. As I approached, I saw that the east end of Kennedy Plaza had been transformed into a police car parking lot, with maybe two dozen officers from at least three different law enforcement agencies.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Congress, Elections, Events, Featured, Media, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, Artemis Manie Butti Moonhawk, Betsy DeVos, Citizens United, DAPL, Deborah Logan, Democrats, donald trump, EIS, Elizabeth Warren, Environmental Impact Statement, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, Indivisible RI, jack reed, Jane Tucker, Jeff Sessions, Joe Clifford, John McCain, John Roberts, Justin Boyan, kennedy plaza, Merrick Garland, Mike Pence, National Security Council, Neil Gorsuch, Republicans, Rhode Island Department of Education, RI United States District Court, ride, Samuel Alito, Scott Pruitt, Selene Means, Social Security, Standing Rock, Steve Bannon, Student Non-Discrimination Act, Supreme Court | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 13, 2017
The RI congressional delegation, including Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Representatives James Langevin and David Cicilline in the ‘hot seat’ for about 90 minutes of questions from sometimes angry and confrontational constituents.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Climate, Congress, Corporate Greed, East Providence, Events, Featured, Housing, Immigration, Inequality, Infrastructure, International News, Minimum Wage, National News, Photos, Politics, Video | Tagged 1996 Congressional Review Act, aca, Affordable Care Act, Ben Carson, burrillville, Chris Murphy, Citizens United, Dan Coats, David Cicilline, Deborah Lennon, Democratic Socialists of America, Dick Blumenthal, donald trump, East Providence High School, Georgia Hollister-Isman, HUD, Indivisible RI, jack reed, James Kennedy, James Langevin, Jamestown Sanctuary, Jametown Town Council, Jane Tucker, Jeff Sessions, Linda McMahon, Merrick Garland, Neil Gorsuch, obamacare, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Town Hall, Roland Gauvin, Samuel Bell, Sheldon Whitehouse, Small Business Administration, Steven Fischbach, Transport Providence, Unity Government, Working Families Party of RI | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 9, 2017
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will be appearing, along with the entire Senator Jack Reed and Representatives James Langevin and David Cicilline, at the East Providence High School auditorium on Sunday at 2pm.
Posted in Congress, Featured, National News, Politics, Rhode Island | Tagged David Cicilline, donald trump, East Providence High School, Ian Millhiser, jack reed, James Langevin, Nathan Bishop Middle School, Neil Gorsuch, Sheldon Whitehouse, Supreme Court, ThinkProgress | 2 Responses
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 January 31, 2017
Trump’s decision to fire Acting AG for refusing to defend his controversial executive order: ‘sends a chilling signal to others and raises red flags about the politicization of the Justice Department under the Trump Administration,’ says Jack Reed.
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By Steve Ahlquist on January 29, 2017
One thing became very clear, very quickly: People wanted Whitehouse to actively push back against Trump, and they do not expect compromise or any more “Yes” votes on Trump’s cabinet picks.
Posted in Congress, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, National News, News, Video | Tagged ACLU, Barbara Mikulski, Bernie Sanders, Central Intelligence Agaency, cia, David Cicilline, Democratic Party, Department of Health and Human Services, DHHS, donald trump, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, hillary clinton, jack reed, James Langevin, James Mattis, Mike Pompeo, Ray Trinque, Republican Party, rex tillerson, Scott Pruitt, Steve Bannon, Supreme Court, Tom Price, Warwick Public Library | 3 Responses
By Samuel Bell on January 27, 2017
Update: After publication of this post, Reed announced he opposes the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be secretary of the Department of Education. All but two Democratic members of the United States Senate have publicly opposed at least one Trump nominee. They are Heidi Heitkamp, who represents the very red state of North Dakota, and […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 26, 2017
Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed voted to confirm Mike Pompeo as director of the CIA.
Mike Pompeo supports torture.
Posted in Featured, Opinion | Tagged Amnesty USA, Army Field Manual, Barack Obama, Central Intelligence Agency, Charlie Savage, cia, donald trump, jack reed, Margaret Huang, New York Times, Sheldon Whitehouse, torture | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 25, 2017
The groups says that Pompeo’s “openness to torture” is only the beginning.
Posted in Criminal Justice, Featured | Tagged Bill Deware, Central Intelligence Agency, cia, donald trump, jack reed, lauren niedel, Mike Pompeo, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, RIPDA, Sheldon Whitehouse | 6 Responses