By Steve Ahlquist on August 23, 2017
“What we heard today clearly is that the energy burden that is experienced by many in Rhode Island tears at the social fabric of our state,” said Abigail Anthony, on her first day as a commissioner on the PUC.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Inequality, Infrastructure, National News, News, People, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Abigail Anthony, Acadia Center, Allan Fung, Camilo Viveiros, Chloe Chassaing, Colin Nagle, Daniel McKee, Douglas Gablinski, Erika Niedowski, Gael Tadded, George Wiley Center, Gina Raimondo, John Gallager, Kat Burnham, Kate Schapira, Margaret Curran, Marion Gold, national grid, Pat Morgan, People’s Power and Light, puc, Rhode Island Business Coalition, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, Rhode Islanders for Affordable Energy, Robert Lancia, Suzanne Dumas, TEC-RI | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 9, 2017
“I don’t even know how to explain what the next two weeks are going to be like,” said Smith, “It is going to be the center of politics in this state, even on the east coast. It’s all going to be centered on Newport and Jamestown…”
By Steve Ahlquist on January 19, 2017
Representatives Corvese and Roberts voted against the bills because at least one of the couples in the package of 13 solemnization of marriage bills was gay.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, LGBTQ, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Arthur Corvese, Joseph Trillo, Justin price, Rhode Island House of Representatives, Robert Lancia, Robert Phillips, Samuel Azzinaro, Sherry Roberts, solemnization of marriage bills | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2017
Powerful business interests spend the day hammering out their legislative priority wishlist and present them directly to elected officials. One-stop shopping.
Posted in Business, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Energy, Events, Featured, Inequality, Infrastructure, Labor, News, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Bryant University, Bryant University Academic Innovation Center, Center for Women & Enterprise, Daniel DaPonte, Daniel MicKee, Deborah Ruggiero, Dominick Ruggerio, Evan Shanley, Gary Ezovski, Gina Raimondo, Grafton Willey, Jean-Phillippe Barros, John Gregory, john simmons, Joseph McNamara, Len Lardaro, Leonidas Raptakis, Mark Deion, Mary Ann Shallcross Smith, Miriam Ross, Neil Steinberg, Nellie Gorbea, Nicholas Mattiello, Oscar Mejias, Ralph Coppola, Rhode Island Foundation, Rhode Island Public Expenditures Council, Rhode Island Small Business Economic Summit, RIPEC, Robert Lancia, Sandra Cano, senate finance committee, seth magaziner, social safety net, Susan Rittscher, university of rhode island, US Small Business Administration | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 5, 2016
“When religion is used to provide a sheen of morality to the exploits of government officials and business leaders, people do not prosper, they are instead righteously exploited. The prayers that begin each legislative session may mean something to the legislators bowing their heads, but the deeper purpose is propagandist. They are invoking the name of God to justify their power, not the will of the people, and doing so in defiance of democracy.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, News, Poverty, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Daniel McKee, Gina Raimondo, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Michael Chippendale, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, Rhode Island Small Business Economic Summit, Robert Lancia | 12 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 24, 2015
On Saturday Bishop Thomas Tobin of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence lead his followers in the “National Day of Protest” against Planned Parenthood here in Providence. I was on hand to observe and take pictures. Inspired by Tobin’s recent column, five thoughts came to mind…
Posted in Health Care, National News, Photos, Religion, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged Gina Raimondo, hate group, Justin price, Planned Parenthood, Raymond Hull, Robert Lancia, Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, Thomas Tobin | 8 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 9, 2015
Marriage equality has been the law in Rhode Island for two years now, and its gone nationwide due to the recent SCOTUS decision, but in the General Assembly, some legislators are continuing to vote against same-sex couples seeking to get married.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, LGBTQ, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Arthur Corvese, General Assembly, Joseph Trillo, Justin price, marriage equailty, Robert Lancia, Sherry Roberts | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 15, 2015
“Once I met a lady who was in terrible, terrible pain of cancer and I told her, ‘This is but the kiss of Jesus, a sign that you have come so close to Jesus on the cross that he can kiss you.’ And the lady, though she was in great pain, she joined her hands together and said, ‘Mother Teresa, please tell Jesus to stop kissing me.’”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, National News, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Abortion, Arthur Corvese, Barth E. Bracy, catholic church, Corvese Amendment, Lila Manfield Sapinsley Compassionate Care Act, Mother Teresa, RI Right to Life, Robert Lancia, William F. Buckley Jr. | 7 Responses