By Steve Ahlquist on October 12, 2017
“I think this was an amazing public comment hearing,” said EFSB Chair Margaret Curran after the speakers were finished.
Posted in Activism, Burrillville, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Indigenous Americans, Infrastructure, Labor, National News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video, Water | Tagged Blackstone River, Bobby Nardolillo, Christopher Hamblett, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Lincoln Chafee, Margaret Curran, narragansett indian Tribe, Paul Roselli, Randy Noka, Save The Bay, Sheldon Whitehouse, Silvermoon DeRose | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 3, 2017
Paul Roselli, who describes himself as a “social justice, environmentalist and Invenergy power plant opposition leader” has declared himself as a candidate for Governor of the State of Rhode Island.
Posted in Activism, Burrillville, Climate, Elections, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, National News, News, People, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Water | Tagged Blackstone River Watershed Council, Burrillville Land Trust, Friends of the Blackstone, Gina Raimondo, Lincoln Chafee, National Governors Association, Paul Roselli, Rhode island Association of Conservation Commissions, Spencer Dickinson | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 16, 2017
“I think we can find a satisfactory law that protects the woman’s rights as well as the folks that think the government should over reach and tell them that they cannot have that choice,” said Hanos.
Posted in Featured, Jamestown, Newport, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged David Allard, David Hanos, Dawn Euer, General Assembly, Ian Donnis, John Florez, Kimberly Ripoli, Lincoln Chafee, Michael Smith, Newport School Committee, Planned Parenthood, Rhode Island Right to Life, Roe. v. Wade, Senate District 13 Democratic Committee, Senate District 13 primary | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 5, 2017
Three hikers set off from Blue Shutters Town Beach in Charlestown, Rhode Island Sunday morning, beginning an intense 3 day, 78 mile hike along Rhode Island’s North-South Trail to raise awareness about Invenergy’s unneeded $1 billion fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant planned for Burrillville.
Posted in Activism, Burrillville, Charlestown, Climate, Corporate Greed, Douglas MA, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, National News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Blue Shutters Town Beach, cale keable, Invenergy, Jason Olkowski, Julie Carroccia, Keep Rhode Island Beautiful, KRIP, Lincoln Chafee, Mike Lamoureux, Oak Embers Campground, Paul Ernest, Ray Trinque, Rhode Island North-South Trail, Sean Trinque, Timmons Roberts | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 11, 2016
“The ACLU is very disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Caleb Chafee case. We believe it fails to give sufficient weight to the important public interest in monitoring police investigations of high-profile cases.”
By Andrew Stewart on September 28, 2015
When the cache of documents related to the ongoing 38 Studios lawsuit (click here to view or download) brought by Governor Linc Chafee was released on September 24, a wealth of information was opened up. After years of curiosity, the public was able to see almost totally the chain of events that led to one […]
Posted in Economics, Featured, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged 38 Studios, curt schilling, Economy, Elections, Gina Raimondo, Lincoln Chafee, Providence, Rhode Island, Rhode Island State House | 26 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on August 27, 2015
A recent Gallup poll revealed that Rhode Island has the lowest uninsured rate in the country, at 2.7 percent, as well as one of five states that saw its uninsured rate decline by 10 points or more. But, how did that happen? Anya Wallack, director of HealthSourceRI, was able to provide some answers. “You come […]
By Steve Ahlquist on December 31, 2014
The most poignant and politically instructive story I covered in 2014 was the shameful treatment of the Providence hotel workers who, having successfully petitioned the Providence City Council for the right to place a $15 minimum wage measure on the ballot, were frustrated in their effort by the General Assembly, under the leadership of newly elected Speaker of the House, Nicholas Mattiello.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Labor, Providence | Tagged Adrienne Jones, Angel Taveras, Lincoln Chafee, maria cimini, Marino Cruz, Michael Solomon, Mirjaam Parada, Nicholas Mattiello, Ray Gallison, santa brito, seth yurdin, Shelby Maldonado | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 24, 2014
The message the State of Rhode Island is sending is clear: Christians are #1, Jews are #2 (perhaps by virtue of the history, monotheism and holy texts they share with Christians) and all other view points are relegated to the second floor, where visitors must search them out.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Holidays, National News, News, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged atheism, christianity, christmas tree, Gina Raimondo, Holiday Tree, Humanism, Humanists of Rhode Island, Lincoln Chafee | 5 Responses
By Frymaster on October 10, 2014
Some readers may recall that yours truly advised Angel Taveras’s 2010 mayoral campaign on the issues of information technology, web services and open government (known then as “government 2.0”). Later, I served on the transition committee studying these same issues and served on the Open Providence Commission for Transparency and Accountability that met throughout 2012. […]
By KateBrock on January 14, 2013
The experiment to build our economy with tax breaks for the wealthy continues to be an epic failure. A healthy middle class grows the economy, not giveaways to rich and powerful. We’re gearing up for another year at the State House to ensure all residents pay their fair share in taxes, not just you and […]
By Russ Conway on December 14, 2012
Regular readers of the blog know that Treasurer Raimondo has become a lightening-rod for criticism of the state’s recent changes to the public employee pension system. As a tactic, I’ll admit it’s a good one, simultaneously riling up the base and drawing media attention to the union and retiree’s position. It’s also the first salvo […]
By Samuel G. Howard on June 17, 2012
So the other day I received this email shortly after an article I wrote appeared in RI Future (I’ve only edited it due to some sentence breaks: Sam; Publishing the contents of the OP discussion list serve on -line with links at RI Future blog is a violation of our safety/security policies. Of course, anyone is free […]
By Bruce Reilly on June 14, 2012
Can the Feds order a state to execute a man? This is the question that the Supreme Court may ultimately answer regarding Jason Pleau, arrested last year for killing a man during a robbery. What appeared to be a routine case in Rhode Island, a state of one million people that averages about 30 murders […]
By Samuel G. Howard on June 13, 2012
To applause from the gallery on both sides, the Homeless Bill of Rights passed out of the General Assembly and now heads to the Governor’s desk for signing. Officially titled the Rhode Island Fair Housing Practices Act, it was introduced in both chambers back in January. A revised version passed the Senate on May 2nd. […]
By Tom Sgouros on June 6, 2012
I see from the Providence Journal that the new state-appointed budget commission has decided that the city council and Mayor Fontaine were exactly right to request permission from the state to impose a supplemental tax increase on their citizens. Last week, after an impassioned speech by Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, the House rejected Woonsocket’s request. This […]
By Samuel G. Howard on May 14, 2012
In an Economist article entitled “Bankruptcy in Rhode Island“, Governor Lincoln Chafee is quoted as saying “We’ve hit rock bottom in this state”. And, frankly, I don’t know how to take it. The article is about the municipal budget problems that are cropping up across the Rhode Island. Essentially, as we well know, Rhode Island is […]
By Samuel G. Howard on April 25, 2012
Thousands of Rhode Islanders went to work today (or looked for work) instead of to the polls. Maybe they were going to vote, but then decided they just wanted to go home. Or maybe they didn’t like the candidates. Or maybe they just didn’t know where their local polling place was. They’ll all be counted […]
By Tom Sgouros on March 15, 2012
One part of the Department of Administration that gets a lot of press is the Department of Motor Vehicles, which is actually a unit of the Department of Revenue. DMV, of course, gets press because people don’t like it, and the lines are long, and it’s in an inconvenient place, and so on and on. […]
By Bob Plain on March 13, 2012
Governor Chafee said former Governor Don Carcieri and the General Assembly put struggling communities in peril when they cut some $195 million in state aid to cities and towns. “It’s no wonder Providence is in trouble, it’s no wonder Pawtucket is having a trouble making payroll, it’s no wonder Central Falls went into bankruptcy,” he […]