By Steve Ahlquist on January 11, 2017
The Woonsocket City Council rejected Invenergy’s offer to buy water from the city by a 5-2 vote.
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Video, Woonsocket | Tagged burrillville, Christopher Beauchamp, Daniel Gendron, Denise Siera, Invenergy, James Cournoyer, John Niland, jon brien, lisa baldelli hunt, Mark Russo, Melissa Murray, Michael Sabitoni, Richard Fagnant, Woonsocket City Council | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2017
Woonsocket residents speak out against water sale to Invenergy at city council meeting.
Posted in Burrillville, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, Photos, Video, Woonsocket | Tagged Benjamin Rackliffe, Blake Collins, Bruce Tobey, burrillville, Christina Duarte, Christopher Beauchamp, Daniel Gendron, Denise Sierra, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Invenergy, James Cournoyer, John Niland, jon brien, Leslie Mayer, lisa baldelli hunt, Marc Vigianni, Mark Russo, Melissa Murray, Nick Katkevich, Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West, PLDW, Richard Fagnant, Steve Dagostino, Woonsocket, Woonsocket City Council | 1 Response
‘Unprecedented’ meeting of Burrillville Town and Woonsocket City Councils about water sale to Invenergy
By Steve Ahlquist on December 30, 2016
Burrillville Town Councilor Donald Fox called the meeting “unprecedented,” and it was.
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Energy, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, Labor, News, Photos, Politics, Video, Woonsocket | Tagged Burrillville Town Council, Christopher Beauchamp, Daniel Gendron, David Place, Denise Sierra, Donald Fox, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Invenergy, James Cournoyer, Jeremy Bailey, John F Pacheco III, jon brien, Lisa Badelli-Hunt, Melissa Murray, Michael McElroy, Michael Wood, Michelle Bouchard, Ray Trinque, Rhode Island Building & Construction Trades Council, RI Department of Environmental Management, Richard Fagnant, Stephen Rawson, William Dimitri, Woonsocket City Council, Woonsocket City Hall | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 20, 2016
Invenergy was not on the official agenda but power plant opponents from Burrillville and Woonsocket used the public comment period, listed on the agenda as “Citizen’s Good and Welfare” to let their opinions be known.
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, News, Photos, Video, Woonsocket | Tagged Albert Brien, Bill Potvin, burrillville, Burrillville Land Trust, Burrillville Town Council, cale keable, Carole Pichette, Christopher Beauchamp, Cranston City Council, Daniel Gendron, Denise Potvin, Denise Sierra, FANG Collective, Gerry L'Heureux, Invenergy, James Cournoyer, Jilson Avenue water treatment plant, jon brien, Ken Putnam Jr, Linda Perrault, lisa baldelli hunt, Lorraine Corey, Lynn Clark, Margaux Morrisseau, Maria Chappelle-Nadal, Melissa Murray, Michael McElroy, Nick Katkevich, Ocean State Power, Paul Roselli, Peter Nightingale, Richard Fagnant, Stephanie Sloman, Woonsocket, Woonsocket City Council | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 8, 2016
For over a year John Niland has been heading Invenergy’s push to build a $700 million fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant in Burrillville. Since being twice thwarted there in his quest for the water needed to cool his power plant, Niland has turned his attention to Woonsocket.
Posted in Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Photos, Video | Tagged Bargain Buyer, burrillville, Burrillville Town Council, Christopher Beauchamp, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, Daniel Gendron, Denise Sierra, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Invenergy, Jim Cournoyer, John Niland, jon brien, lisa baldelli hunt, Melissa Murray, Michael Marcelo, Ray Trinque, Richard Fagnant, Woonsocket, Woonsocket City Council | 3 Responses
Public not invited to a series of Woonsocket City Council meetings discussing sale of water to Invenergy
By Steve Ahlquist on December 7, 2016
Woonsocket’s new City Council has an important choice to make. City councilors can’t be opposed to Invenergy’s proposed Burrillville power plant and be willing to sell the company the water it needs to make that happen.
Posted in Climate, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, News | Tagged Adler Pollock & Sheehan, burrillville, Burrillville Town Council, Christopher Beauchamp, Daniel Gendron, Denise Sirra, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Invenergy, James Cournoyer, jon brien, lisa baldelli hunt, Melissa Murray, Richard Fagnant, Woonsocket, Woonsocket City Council, Woonsocket City Hall | 5 Responses
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 Bob Plain on September 18, 2015
We set out to talk about the GOP debate. But Jon Brien, Bill Rappleye and I ended up discussing the angst that American’s are feeling about our political system on this week’s NBC10 Wingmen episode. I contend that at least some of that angst is the result of talking heads, operatives, politicians and – yes, […]
By Bob Plain on June 29, 2015
Don’t be thrown off because Jon Brien and I start out with bickering over where the Pawtucket Red Sox should play ball, we actually end up having a pretty decent debate about charter schools – though we didn’t really touch on the real issue, which is how do we fund them. News, Weather and Classifieds […]
By Bob Plain on March 8, 2015
Both former Rep. Jon Brien and I agree Gordon Fox was wrong to take a bribe and loot his campaign account. Where we disagree is how we can avoid further indiscretions. News, Weather and Classifieds for Southern New England More on Gordon Fox’s arrest here.
By Bob Plain on December 28, 2012
Here in Rhode Island, where the people lean far to the left, we don’t have to worry too much about Republicans screwing up our state. Instead, we’ve got Democrats who screw up our state by acting like Republicans. RI Future has a long tradition of identifying these covert conservatives as DINOs – Democrats in Name […]
By Tom Sgouros on December 3, 2012
Last year, there was a lot of talk here about ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. This corporate-backed “research” group produces model legislation for the states and recruits and promotes legislators who are likely to introduce it. It’s a pretty slick outfit, well-funded, with lots of opportunities for travel, and lots of opportunities to make […]
By Bob Plain on November 7, 2012
Brendan Doherty, Mark Binder and even, to some extent, Mitt Romney, all made Rhode Island progressives nervous throughout the 2012 campaign season. But once the campaign was over and the votes were counted, it turned out to be a great election day to be a local liberal. Easily the biggest victory was Congressman David Cicilline […]
By Jonathan Jacobs on November 4, 2012
The fact that Stephen Casey requires endorsement is a bit ludicrous, considering he defeated his Democratic primary opponent by a safe margin and has no other party opponent on the ballot come November 6. But a “Do over, ‘cuz I wasn’t ready!” write-in campaign by his primary opponent has Casey continuing his election efforts in […]
By Dave Fisher on September 27, 2012
Jon Brien recently announced that he would be running a write-in campaign to retain his seat in Rhode Island’s House of Representatives. At a press conference to announce the egotistical continuation of his campaign on September 20, Brien was surrounded by owners of local business including Pepin Lumber, The Burrito Company, and American Beauty Signworks. […]
Progress Report: Brien Brings Hatch Act in Woonsocket, New Leaders Project’s ‘Pro Jobs’ Agenda; State Sues Orphan
By Bob Plain on September 27, 2012
Rep. Jon Brien thinks he can retain his House seat without winning the election. His path to victory: eliminating the man who beat him in a primary. Brien thinks the federal Hatch Act might prohibit fire fighter Stephen Casey from serving in the state legislature because the Woonsocket Fire Department got a $300,000 grant from […]
Progress Report: Voter ID vs. Health Exchange; Doherty Pretends to be Moderate; Riley’s Fib; Smithfield Patch
By Bob Plain on September 24, 2012
Rhode Island sure is a complex place politically. While Pat Smith points out this morning that we’re the only state with a Democratic-leaning legislature and without a Republican governor to pass a voter ID bill, the New York Times points out we’re also the only state without a Democratic governor to move forward with a […]
By Thom Cahir on September 20, 2012
Joining an ever growing list of sore losers, most recently his friend Doug Glabinske, Jon Brien announced a write-in candidacy for House District 50 today; the same seat he lost in the recent primary to Stephen Casey. Citing administrative issues for people not being able to vote or being sent to the wrong polling place, […]
By Samuel G. Howard on September 14, 2012
First, right off the bat: anyone who uses the phrase “Democrat Party” is already showing their ignorance of the Democratic Party. You should still read their arguments, but chances are, they’re going to be off-base. And that’s what Donna Perry’s column in GoLocalProv is (the URL says Julia Steiny for some reason). Ms. Perry tries […]
Posted in Featured | Tagged Anthony Gemma, barry hinckley, bob walsh, David Cicilline, Democratic Party, donna perry, gay marriage, gayle goldin, jon brien, marriage equality, maryellen butke, Republicans, unions | 1 Response
Progress Report: Brendan Doherty’s ‘Mostly False’ Grade; Higher Ed Access for Foster Kids; NK Firefighters
By Bob Plain on September 14, 2012
Yesterday we wrote that David Cicilline would try to make the CD1 campaign about policy issues while challenger Brendan Doherty would try to avoid any discussion of policy and instead smear his opponent by painting him as being untrustworthy. But on Brendan’s very first attempt at this the Projo Politifact team gives him a “mostly […]