By Bob Plain on August 8, 2018
Politics makes for strange bedfellows, observed Charles Dudley Warner in 1850, and it seems true enough this campaign season in Rhode Island as the highest-profile incumbent Democrats are each taking fire from not only Republicans, but also the progressive left. Sometimes even on the same issues. Governor Raimondo Governor Gina Raimondo faces the most-obvious two-front […]
By Will Weatherly on July 27, 2018
Here is a list of some of the figures who have shown interest in bitcoin cryptocurrency and its associated “blockchain” technology: white nationalist Richard Spencer, who called bitcoin “the currency of the alt right.” Former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon, who has had private meetings with cryptocurrency investors. Peter Thiel, the PayPal founder and libertarian […]
Posted in Featured, Technology | Tagged 38 Studios, ACLU, Alternative für Deutschland, bitcoin, blockchain, curt schilling, David Golumbia, David Paolo, Gina Raimondo, Giovanni Feroce, Jeff Pulver, Nicholas Mattiello, Peter Thiel, Richard Spencer, Satoshi Nakamoto, Steve Bannon, Steven Nerayoff, technology | 1 Response
By Lauren Niedel on December 22, 2017
As a member of the RI Democratic State Committee, a Bernie Sanders delegate, and a member of the Women’s Caucus and nominating committee, I’ve tried to be the good Democrat and change the party from within. But it’s been difficult from the get-go for me to get information, to feel included and respected. This also […]
By Ethan Gyles on October 23, 2017
State Representative Aaron Regunberg is expected to announce his intention to run for Lieutenant Governor tomorrow. That’s an important development for progressives and all of those who seek a change in the status quo in state government…
Posted in Elections, Featured, Opinion, Politics, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, Camp Street, Democrats, Dominick Ruggerio, donald trump, General Assembly, Hope Street, House District 4, Jeanine Calkin, Joseph Delorenzo, National Rifle Association, Nicholas Mattiello, NRA, Rhode Island Right to Life, Smith Hill | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 7, 2017
“I don’t care what my employer believes,” wrote Mel DuPont, from the Committee to Pass RHCA in RI. “I need the insurance I work for to cover my needs. Not theirs.”
Posted in Activism, Featured, Health Care, National News, News, Politics, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Affordable Care Act, Committee to Pass RHCA in RI, Craig O’Connor, Dominick Ruggerio, donald trump, General Assembly, James Langevin, Katherine Kazarian, Mel DuPont, Nicholas Mattiello, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Rachel Jarosz, Reproductive Health Care Act, RHCA, Rhode Island, Roe. v. Wade, Sheldon Whitehouse, The Woman Project, United States House of Representatives, United States Supreme Court | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 26, 2017
Rhode Island Speaker Nicholas Mattiello supports DACA.
Here he is on Roe v Wade, guns, PawSox, taxes, minimum wage, climate change and more.
Posted in Civil Rights, Climate, Cranston, Economics, Energy, Featured, Gun Control, Immigration, Inequality, Minimum Wage, Politics, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes | Tagged climate change, DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Kristin Dart, Nicholas Mattiello, PawSox, Roe. v. Wade, United States Supreme Court | 2 Responses
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 Steve Ahlquist on September 14, 2017
“We unfortunately have not had the chance to speak to Speaker [Nicholas] Mattiello yet,” said Rep Carlos Tobon. “But we have set some time aside for the coming days to begin to address this and we’d love to have something in by next week…”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, National News, News, Politics, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Youth | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, carlos tobon, DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, donald trump, Dream Act, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Legislative Black and Latino Caucus, RILBLC | 2 Responses
By Moira Walsh on September 11, 2017
Senate President Ruggiero’s leadership and humility have given us, members of the the General Assembly, the opportunity to keep the promises we made to Rhode Islanders.
Posted in Featured, News, Opinion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Dominick Ruggerio, Fair Shot Agenda, justice reinvestment, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island General Assembly, Rhode Island House of Representatives, Rhode Island Senate | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on August 16, 2017
Rhode Island Democrats castigated President Donald Trump for equating protesting white supremacy with advocating for white supremacy after a racism rally in Charlottesville, Virginia turned violent and left one woman dead and many others injured. “The United States fought against Nazis and fascism in World War II. Over 400,000 Americans gave their lives in that […]
Posted in Featured, National News, Race & Racism | Tagged Alan Fung, Bobby Nardolillo, Charlottesville, cicilline, Democrats, Gina Raimondo, Joe McNamara, langevin, Nicholas Mattiello, reed, Republicans, Ruggerio, Trump, whitehouse | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 5, 2017
“Things are happening behind closed doors in bars,” said organizer Jessica Stensrud. “And when Nick Mattiello says, ‘We’re going to work on the bills in September,’ what exactly does that mean?”
Posted in Activism, Cranston, Featured, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged anti-fascist circle, General Assembly, George Hanley, Jessica Stensrud, Nicholas Mattiello, Sergei Chakhotin | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 1, 2017
Jordan Hevenor and Emily Boucher represent thousands of Rhode Island women who want the General Assembly to codify Roe v Wade into state law now.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, News, Photos, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged Armenian Heritage Park, Democrats, Dominick Ruggerio, donald trump, Emily Boucher, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Jordan Hevenor, Ladder 133, Michael McCaffrey, Nicholas Mattiello, Reproductive Health Care Act, RHCA, Rhode Island Senate, Roe. v. Wade, Supreme Court, Woman Project | 6 Responses
Assembly leadership needs to see a big threat to status quo before protecting reproductive rights say legislators
By Steve Ahlquist on July 30, 2017
“Until such a time [that House leadership] feels as though the law as currently exists in the state of Rhode Island [is under threat] there really isn’t that real sense of urgency to codify [Roe v Wade at the state level],” said Representative Kenneth Marshall.
Posted in Bristol, Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, National News, News, Photos, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged Dominick Ruggerio, donald trump, Erin Lynch Prata, James Seveney, Kenneth Marshall, Michael McCaffrey, Nicholas Mattiello, Reproductive Health Care Act, RHCA, Rhode Island Right to Life, Roe. v. Wade, Senate Judiciary Committee, Supreme Court, Warren Wollschlager | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 28, 2017
At both scenes officers from the Cranston Police Department and the Rhode Island State Police kept a watchful eye on the entirely peaceful protesters.
Posted in Activism, Cranston, Featured, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Cranston Police Department, David Oppenheimer, Dominick Ruggerio, Gina Raimondo, jorge elorza, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island State Police | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 21, 2017
The delay in passing a budget has “real and mounting human costs”…
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Economics, Featured, Justice, Minimum Wage, National News, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island, Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Dominick Ruggerio, Economic Progress Institute, fuerza laboral, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Mental Health Association of RI, Ministers Alliance of Rhode Island, Nicholas Mattiello, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Progreso Latino, Rachel Flum, Religious Coalition for a Violence-Free Rhode Island, Rhode Island Chapter, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island General Assembly, Rhode Island Public Radio, Rhode Island State House, RI Community Action Association, RI Council of Churches, RI Jobs with Justice, RI NOW, RI Racial Justice Coalition, RI Regional Adult Learning, RI Working Families, RIRAL, sierra club, Step Up Center International, UNAP, United Nurses and Allied Professionals | Leave a response
By Capri Catanzaro on July 12, 2017
RIPDA [Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America] knows that Speaker Mattiello will never resign, but we repeat our call for him to do so nonetheless.
Posted in Featured, Opinion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Dominick Ruggerio, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Constitution, Rhode Island General Laws, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, RIPDA | 1 Response
By Steve Rackett on July 11, 2017
In the last two weeks, Nicholas Mattiello and his allies have managed to pick fights with the state Senate, local progressives and Governor Gina Raimondo over the budget breakdown. The Speaker seems to be spending a lot of time attacking his own side recently. But has Mattiello, as well as arguing with party colleagues, forcefully taken on […]
By Steve Rackett on July 3, 2017
“Mattiello and Lynch, in losing key bills and picking fights they don’t need to have, are throwing their most loyal followers under the bus.”