By Steve Ahlquist on November 11, 2016
“As the mayor of Providence, I commit to doubling down on my efforts to advance a society that is inclusive, compassionate, and forward-thinking. I take this responsibility seriously and will address the challenges we face head-on and hope that I can count on our City and the entire State of Rhode Island to do the same.”
Posted in Elections, Featured, National News, Opinion, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged donald trump, Gina Raimondo, hillary clinton, jorge elorza, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Nicholas Mattiello | 3 Responses
By Bob Plain on November 7, 2016
“If someone is in the country illegally, they are illegal,” said Jeff Britt. “It’s a common sense term to me.”
By Steve Ahlquist on November 7, 2016
“You, who are so-called illegal aliens, must know that no human being is illegal. That is a contradiction in terms. Human beings can be beautiful or more beautiful, they can be fat or skinny, they can be right or wrong, but illegal? How can a human being be illegal?”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, Race & Racism | Tagged Brown Student Labor Alliance, English for Action, fuerza laboral, Gina Raimondo, Jenn Steinfeld, Mike Araujo, Nicholas Mattiello, Progreso Latino, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Racial Justice Coalition, Raul Figueroa, RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, RI Jobs with Justice, Rodrigo Pimentel, Sarath Suong, Steven Frias, Toby Ayers | 5 Responses
By ACLU of RI on October 24, 2016
Speaker Mattiello and challenger Frias actually have 1,230 fewer constituents they have to reach out to and represent. Although they are treated as residents of District 15 for purposes of carving up that district, these incarcerated persons are not considered residents there for any other meaningful purpose, including for purposes of voting.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 26, 2016
A march of over 50 people from Jenks Park in Central Falls to the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church near the Rhode Island Mall was held Sunday to demand driver’s licenses for all, regardless of immigration status.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, Labor, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Ana Quezada, Comité en Acción, Donna Nesselbush, frank ciccone, Gina Raimondo, james diossa, Nicholas Mattiello, Shelby Maldonado | Leave a response
By Rodrigo Pimentel on September 22, 2016
The Coalition for Safer Rhodes is organizing a march that aims to send a clear message to the General Assembly — that they must act to ensure that our roads and communities are safe by ensuring that all immigrants, regardless of their immigration status, are able to earn a driver’s license. In order to send […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 9, 2016
Two races of special importance to Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello are being influenced through mailers sent out by a not-so-mysterious group calling themselves “Progress RI” which is funded by the Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers (RIBCO).
Posted in Activism, Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, Media, News, Politics, Prison Reform, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged David Coughlin, David Norton, jan malik, Jason Knight, Nicholas Mattiello, Richard Ferruccio, RIPDA | 5 Responses
By Grant Metts on August 2, 2016
Why is our government so conservative? A big part of the problem is the structure of the state Democratic party and its cynical “endorsement” process…
By Steve Ahlquist on July 1, 2016
“I know here, in your own State House,” said Watts, “you have a speaker, Speaker Mattiello, who has not acted in the wake of gun violence in this country and in fact there have been some domestic violence bills that could have and should have been passed and we hope that he will do the right thing.”
Posted in Activism, Featured, Gun Control, National News, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged David Cicilline, moms demand action, Nicholas Mattiello, Shannon Watts, Under the Gun | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 23, 2016
Steven Frias, a Rhode Island Republican leader and prize winning writer, has announced his candidacy for Representative in District 15, which is currently held by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.
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 Steve Ahlquist on June 17, 2016
“This is a historic moment for those who care about ethical government in Rhode Island,” said John Marion, “We have no doubt that this measure will increase transparency and accountability in our legislature. The work is not done, however, because voters still need to pass this constitutional amendment on the ballot in November.”
By Steve Ahlquist on June 15, 2016
In the galley, over a half dozen people representing Moms Demand Action stood up and left, tired of the meaningless platitudes and prayers being offered by our legislators.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Gun Control, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged Deborah Ruggiero, Jennifer Smith Boylan, moms demand action, Nicholas Mattiello, NRA, Pulse, william murphy | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 15, 2016
Rhode Island continues to respond to the terrible events that took place at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in beautiful, moving and powerful ways. Last night hundreds gathered at the Roger Williams National Memorial, the site of our state’s very first Pride event 40 years ago, in solidarity, mourning and empowerment.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Gun Control, LGBTQ, Youth | Tagged Donna Nesselbush, Ethan Huckel, Gina Raimondo, Jennifer Smith Boylan, jorge elorza, josh miller, Kate Monteiro, moms demand action, Nicholas Mattiello, Pulse, RI Council for Muslim Advancement, TGI Network of RI, YPI | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 13, 2016
Rhode Island responds to the Pulse tragedy.
Updated Monday, June13, 5pm
Posted in Gun Control, LGBTQ, News, State House | Tagged AIDS Project RI, Barrack Obama, David Cicilline, Gina Raimondo, jack reed, Nicholas Mattiello, Religious Coalition for a Violence-Free Rhode Island, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, RI Pride, RICAGV | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 10, 2016
Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said that though he “is very supportive of raising the minimum wage,” and that Rhode Island “needs to be competitive” with our neighboring states, he has, “heard from the business community” that they need time to absorb the current wage before increasing it again.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 10, 2016
In the case of YPI, the Speaker said that he had heard the suggestion that, “guidance counselors in the school are in fact providing [these services]. Not specifically [for LGBTQ youth] but it’s something that is being addressed through other means.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Featured, LGBTQ, News, Politics, Poverty, Rhode Island, Social Services, State House, Video, Youth | Tagged Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, John DeSimone, Marvin Abney, Nicholas Mattiello, Youth Pride Inc, YPI | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 7, 2016
“It’s easier to watch state dollars being administered by state departments so that was an inherent problem and it’s one that we were mindful of when we made the determination of eliminating the entire process.”
By Steve Ahlquist on May 26, 2016
There will be a large rally to oppose the power plant in Burrillville and to support Rep Cale Keable’s bill which will gives the voters of Burrillville a voice in the process.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Events, Health Care, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged burrillville, cale keable, Gina Raimondo, House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, Invenergy, Nicholas Mattiello | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 25, 2016
In many ways, the commentary on the ProJo site is the worst thing about the once great newspaper. I’d think twice about drawing attention to it if I were the paper’s editor.