Rhode Island General Assembly
By Steve Ahlquist on October 6, 2017
“I’ve never understood the argument as to why we don’t ban high capacity magazine and assault weapons,” said Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza. “And it makes even less sense today.”
Posted in Featured, Gun Control, National News, Nevada, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Aisha Manor, Amy Herlihy, Andrew Kline, Angela Howard McParland, Aurora, Burnside Park, Congregation Haeonin, Everytown for Gun Sense in America, gene Dyszlewski, Gina Raimondo, jorge elorza, Las Vegas, National Rifle Association, newtown, NRA, Orlando, Rhode Island Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, Rhode Island General Assembly, RICMA | 1 Response
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 Steve Ahlquist on July 26, 2017
If built, Hope Point Tower would be the tallest building in the state and it would be 1/3rd of a mile away from the next tallest building, leaving a wide gap in the Providence skyline.
Posted in Business, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Housing, Infrastructure, Ithica NY, Labor, New York, News, Photos, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Barrett Bready, Bonnie Nickerson, Daria Fane, Elizabeth Huidekoper, Hope Point Tower, I-195 Commission, Ithaca NY, Jason Fane, Joseph Azrack, Melissa Husband, Providence City Council, Real Estate Solutions, RES, Rhode Island General Assembly, Robert Davis, Sandra Smith, Stefan Pryor | 5 Responses
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 1, 2017
“We call upon the House to choose a new Speaker when they meet later this summer to finish their work, so that the budget negotiations can be handled by someone whose priority is to do that work, rather than to play power games.”
Posted in Activism, Featured, National News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes | Tagged Capri Catanzaro, Dominick Ruggerio, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island General Assembly, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, RI Democratic Party, RI House of Representatives, RI Senate, RIPDA | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 29, 2017
A dozen women, some with children in tow, carried the 4 foot by 53 foot long petition, in two parts, from Cranston City Hall to Mattiello’s law office.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Cranston, Featured, Health Care, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged Cranston City Hall, Dominick Ruggerio, edith ajello, gayle goldin, Indivisible Rhode Island, Jordan Hevenor, Nicholas Mattiello, Rachel Jarosz, Reproductive Health Care Act, Rhode Island General Assembly, Roe. v. Wade, The Woman Project | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 5, 2017
Shawna Rihani declared that “we want an independent commission not under the authority of the President, that is properly resourced and pursued free of partisan interests. We want Congress to require Trump to release his taxes and clarify his business interests.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, National News, News, Photos, Politics, Video | Tagged Aaron Redunberg, Andy Accioli, Capri Catanzaro, David Cicilline, donald trump, gayle goldin, Indivisible, Indivisible RI, Jordan Hevenor, Mark J Ryan, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island General Assembly, Rhode Island Right to Life, RI Chapter WMW, ri progressive democrats, Russia, Sam Bell, Shanna Wells, Shawna Rihani, Single Payers RI, Steven Belaus, The Woman Project | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 1, 2017
“We don’t know if he’s actually going to do it,” said Timmons Roberts about Trump “cancelling” the Paris Accords, “We’re waiting to hear. We think very well that he might. We’re here because we care enough to try to defend this important treaty…”
Posted in Activism, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Infrastructure, International News, People, Photos, Science, Video | Tagged Brown University, Dave Gerraughty, donald trump, Energize RI, Energize RI Clean Energy Investment and Carbon Pricing Act of 2017, greg gerritt, Kate Schapira, national grid, Paris climate accords, Rhode Island General Assembly, RI Future, Timmons Roberts, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change | 1 Response
By RI Future on November 14, 2015
As in previous years, students with disabilities and students of color served a disproportionate amount of these suspensions…
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Education, Featured, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Youth | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Hillary Davis, Rhode Island Department of Education, Rhode Island General Assembly, school suspensions | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 18, 2015
Hotel workers at the Providence Hilton and Renaissance hotels in downtown Providence are still working without a contract, and are still experiencing work-related injury and illness at rates 69% higher at the Hilton and 85% higher at the Renaissance Hotel than the national average. Last night workers rallied at the Providence City Hall entrance used by Providence City Council members to let them know that The Procaccianti Group (TPG), the company that runs both hotels, is literally grinding profits out of the long term health of their employees.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Photos, Rhode Island | Tagged Mike Araujo, Providence City Council, Providence City Hall, Providence Hilton Hotel, Providence Renaissance Hotel, Rhode Island General Assembly, The Procaccianti Group, TPG, Unite Here Local 217 | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 18, 2014
“I believe in ‘little d’ democracy,” said Regunberg to the assembled voters, before asking those present to suggest topics of political concern. “Education” was suggested first, then “public banking,” “violence,” “the environment” and a dozen more.
By Herb Weiss on July 17, 2014
Olon Reeder, a slight-figured, unassuming, behind-the-scenes kinda guy, has been quietly improving the quality of life in northern Rhode Island for decades as a public affair adviser for the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council. With his years of working in the public sector, as legislative assistant with the Rhode Island General Assembly in the mid-to-late 1970s, […]
By Samuel G. Howard on July 29, 2013
The biggest limitation of looking at all this is it’s trying to fit a square peg in a round hole, so to speak. First Past the Post requires voter to vote strategically. It’s simply not worth the risk to vote for the candidate you truly believe in in a three-way race if it means a […]
By Brian Hull on March 13, 2013
So, yesterday was the day when Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed threw down 25 bills that she hopes will “improve Rhode Island’s business climate and its position on national business-friendliness surveys.” After years of bad decisions and then paralysis, the General Assembly now has a collection of bills to review that stem from the recommendations […]
By Samuel G. Howard on December 8, 2012
So in the 2011-2012 General Assembly class, roughly 1 in 4 legislators were lawyers. Now, that’s a considerable over-representation. Thus it’s not surprising to me that the legislature typically starts its session about the time court gets out. Lawyers are also adept at writing laws, typically in legalese (despite there being more efficient and understandable […]