By Bob Plain on August 21, 2018
You wouldn’t know it by watching him work the crowd waiting for a breakfast table in Newport, but Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island’s junior senator who is facing re-election this year, says he’s uncomfortable in the public spotlight. “In the world of people in politics, way shyer than average,” is how he described himself over breakfast […]
By Bob Plain on December 18, 2017
The Federal Communications Commission’s voted 3 to 2 to repeal net neutrality, the Obama-era government regulations that guaranteed all websites on the internet get treated equally by service providers. Here are four ways Rhode Island can respond. 1. Sue the FCC. A growing number of states have already said they will do this, including California, […]
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 Representative Lauren H Carson on September 8, 2017
Rhode Island must be more proactive in planning for flooding and sea rise. The devastating toll of human loss and suffering in Texas must remind us of the high stakes involved.
By Bob Plain on August 15, 2017
Many states don’t use their attorney general to enforce state public records laws, according to a spreadsheet created by the New England First Amendment Coalition. While 20 states, including Rhode Island, rely on the attorney general, the majority do not. The spreadsheet is a starting point as AccessRI seeks to move enforcement of the state […]
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, State House | Tagged Access to Public Records Act, AccessRI, ACLU, apra, common cause, john marion, League of Women Voters, Linda Levin, New England First Amendment Coalition, OMA, public records, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Press Association, Steven Brown | Leave a response
By John McDaid on July 17, 2017
Perhaps the clearest example of the much-discussed challenge of innovation came in the closing session of the National Governors Association (NGA) in Providence. The outgoing chair, Virginia’s Terry McAuliffe, attempted to pass the gavel to incoming governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada. They had arranged for a drone to buzz in from offstage and drop it […]
Posted in Featured, National News, News, Rhode Island | Tagged Brian Sandoval, Elon Musk, Gina Raimondo, National Governors Association, NGA, Providence, Rhode Island, RI, Terry McAuliffe | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 2, 2017
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By Steve Ahlquist on February 14, 2017
Representative Teresa Tanzi has introduced legislation that seeks to protect the victims of domestic abuse by taking firearms out of the hands of abusers.
Posted in Domestic Violence, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, Rhode Island | Tagged Deborah DeBare, domestic violence, Everytown for Gun Safety, Jennifer Smith Boylan, Jerry Belair, Protect Rhode Island Families Act, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, RICADV, RICAGV, Teresa Tanzi | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 13, 2017
The RI congressional delegation, including Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Representatives James Langevin and David Cicilline in the ‘hot seat’ for about 90 minutes of questions from sometimes angry and confrontational constituents.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Climate, Congress, Corporate Greed, East Providence, Events, Featured, Housing, Immigration, Inequality, Infrastructure, International News, Minimum Wage, National News, Photos, Politics, Video | Tagged 1996 Congressional Review Act, aca, Affordable Care Act, Ben Carson, burrillville, Chris Murphy, Citizens United, Dan Coats, David Cicilline, Deborah Lennon, Democratic Socialists of America, Dick Blumenthal, donald trump, East Providence High School, Georgia Hollister-Isman, HUD, Indivisible RI, jack reed, James Kennedy, James Langevin, Jamestown Sanctuary, Jametown Town Council, Jane Tucker, Jeff Sessions, Linda McMahon, Merrick Garland, Neil Gorsuch, obamacare, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Town Hall, Roland Gauvin, Samuel Bell, Sheldon Whitehouse, Small Business Administration, Steven Fischbach, Transport Providence, Unity Government, Working Families Party of RI | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 12, 2017
There was no anti-choice rally in Rhode Island that I am aware of, but that didn’t stop over 100 supporters of Planned Parenthood from rallying to DEFEND the nearly 100 year old organization.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, News, Reproductive Rights, Women | Tagged Anti-Defamation League, Craig O’Connor, knights of columbus, Mother of Life Center, Pepe the Frog, Planned Parenthood, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Vida Mia Ruiz | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 5, 2017
Everything you need to know to effectively testify in favor of increasing the minimum wage at the State House this week.
Posted in Connecticut, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Inequality, Massachusetts, Minimum Wage, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Connecticut, Gina Raimondo, house finance, House Labor, massachusetts, Michael Araujo, minimum wage, Rhode Island, RI Jobs with Justice, Robert Craven, State House | 1 Response
By Michael Kennedy on January 23, 2017
On January 21, 2017 many of us followed the Extraordinary Rendition Band and their spirited version of “When the Saints Go Marching In” onto the Rhode Island State Capitol grounds. Friendships were evident in groups arriving, or in spontaneous meetings. I met Justine Brown and 2 year old Felicity on arrival, and saw later on […]
By Steve Ahlquist on December 22, 2016
Rhode Island has plenty of infrastructure to offer corporations looking to privatize. One school is not of interest but a bunch of schools, say, a $100 million worth, would be a target. Or perhaps a collection of waste water treatment plants could be bundled into an appropriate project.
Posted in Business, Featured, Infrastructure, Labor, News, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged AIAI, Alternative Technical Concepts, Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure, ATCs, Burns and Levinson, Chris Guthkelch, CIRI, Commerce RI, Construction Industries of Rhode Island, Gary Ezovski, Invenergy, John Parkinson, john simmons, John Smolen, Joseph Aiello, Meridiam, Michael McNally, National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, NCPPP, New England Coalition for Affordable Energy, P3s, Paul Pedini, public-private partnerships, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, RI Small Business Economic Summit, Richard Bernardo, ridot, Sean O Coffey, Skanska, State House, The Proccacianti Group, Tim Scanlon | 2 Responses
By transportprovidence on November 30, 2016
Since the election of 2016, a fiercer battle over the legitimacy of the Electoral College has ensued. A lot of the arguments for getting rid of the Electoral College have ignored an important constituency: conservative rural voters. I’m for abolishing the Electoral College, so that the presidential vote is truly democratic. But if democracy advocates […]
By Lauren Niedel on November 11, 2016
It was a foregone conclusion that Clinton would be the nominee. No other candidate was given a chance. The insurgency of the Bernie Sanders campaign and the nationwide movement he inspired were an unwelcome distraction in the election process leading up to the inauguration of the first female President.
By Steve Ahlquist on October 12, 2016
National Grid’s proposed pipeline tariff, now under an indefinite stay per the Public Utilities Commission here in Rhode Island, was rejected in New Hampshire last week.
Posted in Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, National News | Tagged Access Northeast pipeline, Algonquin, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, EDC, Eversource Energy, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, national grid, New Hampshire, New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, Public Utilities Commission, puc, Rhode Island, RIPUC, spectra | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on August 21, 2016
Jeff Grybowski didn’t set out to save the world from climate change. The CEO of Deepwater Wind, which just completed construction of the nation’s first offshore wind farm, wasn’t trying to be the first in the United States to commercially harness the offshore breeze and, in the process, potentially create a new sustainable industry for […]
By Bob Plain on August 13, 2016
The federal government might be comfortable equating marijuana to heroin, crack and meth, but Rhode Island isn’t. At least it wasn’t when Linc Chafee was our governor. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s recent headline-grabbing decision to keep cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug was the result of a request from the Chafee administration in 2011. In […]
By Greg Gerritt on July 10, 2016
The perennial question in Rhode Island, and many similar places around the world, is how do we bring prosperity to our communities. Actually I wish it was phrased that way. What we actually get is a promise the percentage of year-on-year GDP growth will go up if we do as they say. The reality in […]
By Bob Plain on May 1, 2016
Father Daniel Berrigan, the legendary peace activist-priest who publicly burned draft cards in 1968 and subsequently eluded prison for the famous act of civil disobedience until his arrest on Block Island in 1970, died Saturday. He was 94 years old. “We have chosen to be branded peace criminals by war criminals,” Berrigan famously said while […]