By Steve Ahlquist on July 17, 2017
“We are concerned that these bills, if signed into law, may drive patients ‘underground’ and away from the care that they need and have the unintended effect of increasing the number of overdoses.”
Posted in Criminal Justice, Featured, Health Care, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Cynthia Armour Coyne, frank lombardi, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, House Health Education and Welfare Committee, J Clement Cicilline, Jim McNulty, Joseph McNamara, Leonidas Raptakis, Mental Health Association of Rhode Island, Michael McCaffrey, Mike Rizzi, Opioid Treatment Association of Rhode Island, Patrick Quinlan, PDMP, Peter Kilmartin, prescription drug monitoring program, Rhode Island Democratic Party, Rhode Island Dental Association, Rhode Island Department of Health, Rhode Island Health Center Association, rhode island medical society, RIDOH, RIMS, Sarah J Fessler, Steven Brown, Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council of Rhode Island, william conley | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 31, 2017
Those advocating for the bill’s passage cheered when McNamara called for the bill to be passed, and cheered again when the bill overwhelmingly passed.
Posted in Featured, LGBTQ, State House, Video, Youth | Tagged Brian Newberry, conversion therapy, David Coughlin, Donna Nesselbush, Edie Ajello, House Health Education and Welfare Committee, Joseph McNamara, Kenneth Marshall, Michael Chippendale, Ramon Perez, Sherry Roberts | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 3, 2017
“At a time of intense vulnerability, [conversion therapy] made me feel more damaged, isolated and worthless…”
Posted in Featured, LGBTQ, Photos, State House, Video | Tagged conversion therapy, Dominick Ruggerio, Donna Nesselbush, Edie Ajello, General Assembly, Joseph McNamara, Joshua Miller, Nicholas Mattiello, Welch v Brown, Wendy Becker | 1 Response
By M Feibelman, ND on March 14, 2017
For over eight years, the RIANP has been working at the legislative level to pass a licensure bill that will ensure individuals who practice naturopathic medicine in Rhode Island have met the minimum standards to provide safe and effective care.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Department of Health, Health Education and Welfare, HEW, Joseph McNamara, Joshua Miller, naturopathic doctors, NDs, Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians, RIANP | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 22, 2017
The extreme, misleading histrionics of the anti-choice right are attempts to obfuscate the issue, and if they truly want to conduct “a respectful public debate” then perhaps they should start by being respectful.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, Religion, Reproductive Rights, State House, Women | Tagged Bernard Healey, david bennett, Dinesh D'Souza, donald trump, Evan Shanley, Joseph McNamara, justin katz, Kermit Gosnell, Medicaid, mike stenhouse, Milo Yiannopoulos, Planned Parenthood, ri center for freedom and prosperity, RI Right to Life, Roe. v. Wade, Supreme Court, The RI Catholic, Warwick Beacon | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 20, 2017
Wild statements from the Providence Catholic Diocese, RI Right to Life and Republican leaders in the RI General Assembly have forced three state reps to issue a statement calling out the misinformation.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, News, Reproductive Rights, State House, Women | Tagged barth bracy, Bernard Healey, david bennett, Edie Ajello, Evan Stanley, House Health Education and Welfare Committee, Joseph McNamara, Kermit Gosnell, Planned Parenthood, Republican Party, Rhode Island Catholic, RI General Assembl, RI Right to Life, Roe. v. Wade, Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 16, 2017
Dr. David Savitzky, MD said that conversion therapy is a “harmful treatment and Rhode Island should not be putting up with this practice against our youth.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, LGBTQ, News, Religion, State House, Youth | Tagged conversion therapy, Daniel Harrop, David Savitzky, edith ajello, House Health Education and Welfare Committee, Jared Goldstein, Joseph McNamara, Moira Walsh, outh Pride RI, riaclu, Roger Williams University, Wendy Becker | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 25, 2017
The endorsements include State Representatives Edith Ajello, Anastasia Williams, Jeremiah O’Grady and Deborah Ruggiero and State Senators James Sheehan and Jim Seveney.
Posted in Congress, Featured, National News, Politics, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged 66, aaron regunberg, Abel Collins, adam satchell, Ana Quezada, Anastasia Williams, Arthur Handy, Carmen Castillo, Chris Blazejewski, david bennett, David Segal, Deborah Ruggiero, DNC Chair, donald trump, edith ajello, Edwin Pacheco, Evan Shanley, Gregg Amore, Hanna Gallo, James Sheehan, Jason Knight, Jeanine Calkin, Jeremiah O’Grady, Jeremy Rix, jim seveney, John J. Lombardi, Joseph Almeida, Joseph McNamara, Joshua Miller, Justin Skenyon, Kathy Fogarty, Keith Ellison, Kenneth Marshall, Laufton Ascencao-Longo, Linda Ujifusa, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Meghan Kallman, Moira Walsh, North Kingstown Democratic Town Committee, Patricia Serpa, Scott Slater, Shelby Maldonado, Sony Handycam FDR-AX53 16.6 MP Ultra HD Camcorder - 4K - Black 59, Steven Stycos, Susan Donovan, Susan Taylor, Suzanna Alba, Timothy E. Sweeney, Young Democrats of Rhode Island | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2017
Powerful business interests spend the day hammering out their legislative priority wishlist and present them directly to elected officials. One-stop shopping.
Posted in Business, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Energy, Events, Featured, Inequality, Infrastructure, Labor, News, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Bryant University, Bryant University Academic Innovation Center, Center for Women & Enterprise, Daniel DaPonte, Daniel MicKee, Deborah Ruggiero, Dominick Ruggerio, Evan Shanley, Gary Ezovski, Gina Raimondo, Grafton Willey, Jean-Phillippe Barros, John Gregory, john simmons, Joseph McNamara, Len Lardaro, Leonidas Raptakis, Mark Deion, Mary Ann Shallcross Smith, Miriam Ross, Neil Steinberg, Nellie Gorbea, Nicholas Mattiello, Oscar Mejias, Ralph Coppola, Rhode Island Foundation, Rhode Island Public Expenditures Council, Rhode Island Small Business Economic Summit, RIPEC, Robert Lancia, Sandra Cano, senate finance committee, seth magaziner, social safety net, Susan Rittscher, university of rhode island, US Small Business Administration | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 19, 2016
“Good afternoon,” says a male voice, “I’m a representative of Senator Walaska. We’re looking for some support this election if you go out and vote in the primary we would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.”
Posted in Elections, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Attorney General, board of elections, Brandon Bell, Child Support Services, common cause, Daniel Calkin, Jeanine Calkin, john marion, Joseph McNamara, ri progressive democrats, Sam Bell, Secretary of State, william walaska | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 7, 2016
Robert J. Sylvia, chair of the Middletown Democratic Town Committee and sitting president of the Middletown Town Council said, “I want you to immediately withdraw your endorsement and honor the Middletown and Portsmouth committee endorsements of Linda Finn. I personally will not accept anything less.”
By Steve Ahlquist on June 21, 2016
Despite the NRA paying a record fine for making illegal campaign donations to Rhode Island politicians, to date, not one current office holder in the state has seen fit to return the money. The National Rifle Association (NRA) was fined by the RI Board of Elections for funneling illegal donations to RI politicians, including House […]
Posted in Elections, Featured, Gun Control, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged General Assembly, jan malik, Jason Knight, Joseph McNamara, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Michael McCaffrey, National Rifle Association, Nicholas Mattiello, NRA, Peter Kilmartin, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, RI Board of Elections, RI Democratic Party, Sam Bell | 1 Response
By Andrew Stewart on March 13, 2016
Democratic Party Chair Joe McNamara should be seriously interrogated for this: he is supporting the impoverishment of senior citizens while the Governor seemingly profits off the shady and not-so-blind trust that the pension is invested in.
By Steve Ahlquist on March 10, 2016
To see the power of Sander’s campaign up close, even at a micro-scale, is revelatory. Sanders says he is leading a political revolution. Sometimes I actually find myself believing that.
Posted in Activism, Elections, Events, Featured, News, People, Photos, Rhode Island, Video, Youth | Tagged Bernie Sanders, hillary clinton, Joseph McNamara, lauren niedel, Linda Ujifusa, Nellie Gorbea, Roland Gauvin, Sally Mendzela | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 16, 2015
“When kids see that their punishment does no correlate with their offense, they become angry, knowing that kids who do egregious acts are held to the same punishment. It is simply unfair. The fact is that schools are not following the law and are finding loopholes around it.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Education, Featured, Race & Racism, State House, Video, Youth | Tagged grace diaz, Hilary Davis, John Lombardi, Joseph McNamara, RI ACLU, school to prison, Young Voices | Leave a response