By Bob Plain on February 27, 2018
Sam Bell is running for state Senate. The occasional RI Future contributor (and supporter) filed papers to run for the seat currently held by Sen Paul Jabour. The Providence Journal reports there could be a three-way Democratic primary for the seat. “We need to take on the fight to resist the Trump agenda right here […]
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 Bob Plain on November 3, 2016
Set up to take corporate money without disclosure the Gaspee Business Network brags about its ability to evade campaign finance disclosure laws.
Posted in Activism, Elections, Featured, News | Tagged Citizens United, Gaspee Project, Koch Brothers, Nate Carpenter, Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, RIPDA, Sam Bell, state policy network, Supreme Court | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 19, 2016
“Good afternoon,” says a male voice, “I’m a representative of Senator Walaska. We’re looking for some support this election if you go out and vote in the primary we would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.”
Posted in Elections, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Attorney General, board of elections, Brandon Bell, Child Support Services, common cause, Daniel Calkin, Jeanine Calkin, john marion, Joseph McNamara, ri progressive democrats, Sam Bell, Secretary of State, william walaska | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 23, 2016
The RI State Investment Commission voted to invest $20 million with GEM Realty Capital, despite the company’s claim that the health and safety of employees at the Sofitel Los Angeles Hotel in Los Angeles, one of the many properties owned by the company, is not something they can have any affect on.
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 7, 2016
Bell alleges that when O’Brien ran for office in 2009 and 2011, he failed to file his first two required financial disclosure statements. Candidates are required to file financial disclosure statement for the preceding year.
Posted in Activism, Elections, Featured, Labor, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Voting Rights | Tagged Bill Deware, Raymond Gallison, RI Progressive Democrats of America, RIPDA, Sam Bell, William O'Brien | 1 Response
By Grant Metts on May 10, 2016
Just so you know, the overarching theme of the podcast is that we’re going to give you insights into the nature of existence that will depress you. As it happens, we seem to spend a lot of time talking about RI politics, because it’s such an insightful and depressing topic. Set your expectations accordingly…
By Steve Ahlquist on February 10, 2016
RhodeWorks s being fast tracked because the necessary arrangements between the various parties involved have been carefully worked out, but in an election year, meaning that the sooner elected officials put this issue in their rear view mirror the better. Several legislators are going to be challenged for their seats because of their votes on this.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Transportation, Video | Tagged Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Dan McKee, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, GPCC, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, james diossa, jorge elorza, Laurie White, lisa baldelli hunt, Nicholas Mattiello, Peter Andruszkiewicz, Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council, RhodeWorks, Sam Bell, Scott Wolf, teresa paiva weed | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 3, 2016
In a “big win” for Providence taxpayers, the Providence City Council Finance Committee unanimously rejected the proposed extension of the tax stabilization agreement (TSA) for the property at 100 Fountain St last night.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, News, Providence, Rhode Island, Taxes | Tagged Carmen Castillo, John J. Igliozzi, jorge elorza, Kevin Jackson, Luis Aponte, RIPDA, Sam Bell, STEP, Stop Tax Evasion in Providence, Tax Stabilization Agreement, TSA | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 7, 2016
At the same time the protesters arrived, people were arriving for the Bike the Night with Mayor Elorza event. The STEP protesters were eager to engage with the Mayor about the proposed tax breaks, but Mayor Elorza did not make it to the bike event that bore his name, citing a conflict.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Events, Featured, Labor, News, Photos, Providence, Taxes, Video | Tagged Extraordinary Rendition Band, Jenna Karlin, Luis Aponte, RI Progressive Democrats of America, RIPDA, Sam Bell, STEP, Stop Tax Evasion in Providence, Unite Here Local 217 | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 5, 2016
According to the RI Progressive Democrats, “The deals pending before the city right now are even more egregious than usual. That’s because the development has already happened. There’s no question of encouraging development–the developers want their special tax deals to continue. This is just giving the city’s limited tax dollars to big developers. Pure and simple.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Elections, Featured, News, Politics, Providence, Taxes, Video | Tagged jorge elorza, RI Progressive Democrats of America, Sam Bell, tax stabilization agreements, TSA | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on September 21, 2015
While it’s been widely reported that PawSox ownership’s dream of playing in a riverfront stadium on I-195 redevelopment lands in downtown Providence is dead, the Providence City Council may still get to drive the final – and conclusive – stake through its heart. The Stop the Stadium Deal group announced today in a press release […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 18, 2015
Mike Araujo of Restaurant Opportunities Center RI and the One Fair Wage Coalition was given the Progressive Hero award by the RI Progressive Democrats of America (RIPDA) last night at a fundraising event held at Ogie’s Trailer Park in the West End of Providence. RIPDA Coordinator Sam Bell presented the award, noting that the award is usually given to a politician.
By Elisha Aldrich on August 27, 2015
What was supposed to be a casual meet and greet for the Warwick Progressive Democrats quickly went downhill when Sam Bell, the state coordinator for the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, called out Democratic Warwick mayoral candidate Richard Corrente’s merits, saying that he’s an embarrassment to the party. Corrente’s campaign has been an all around unorthodox […]
Posted in Elections, Politics, Rhode Island, Taxes | Tagged democrat, Jennifer Siciliano, republican, RI Progressive Democrats of America, Sam Bell, Scott Avedisian, Tea Party, Warwick, warwick progressive democrats | 12 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 28, 2015
It was by far the biggest meeting I had ever seen at Rochambeau Library, and bigger than any crowd I have seen at any of the PawSox listening tours. The crowd filled the room and overflowed into the halls. About 125 people attended the Providence Campaign Against the Stadium organizational meeting in Providence Monday night to recruit help in defeating the building of a new PawSox stadium in Providence.
Posted in Activism, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports, State House | Tagged arlene violet, Charles Steinberg, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, jorge elorza, Nicholas Mattiello, PawSox, Sam Bell, Sharon Steele, teresa paiva weed | 6 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on June 26, 2015
The potential move of the Pawtucket Red Sox to downtown Providence has caused heated debate between the public and the General Assembly since the idea was first floated earlier this year. On Thursday, opponents of the move rallied outside of the State House to express their passionate disapproval for the move. Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien […]
Posted in Featured, News, Rhode Island, Sports, State House | Tagged Donald Grebien, Elisha Aldrich, I-195, I-195 Commission, jim skeffington, Larry Lucchino, McCoy Stadium, PawSox, pawtucket, pawtucket red sox, Sam Bell, Sharon Steele | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 11, 2015
“Planned Parenthood was surprised to see these proposals in the Governor’s budget when it was unveiled last week, and we were not consulted about the new policies contained in this article. Additionally, since there was never a hearing on this language, we have not been able to get clear guidance on the intent of these policies.”
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Abortion, Affordable Care Act, Emily's List, FY 2016 budget, Gina Raimondo, healthsourceRI, James Rhodes, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Progressive Democrats of Rhode Island, RI ACLU, Sam Bell, steve brown | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 23, 2015
“This issue speaks to how we believe society should be shaped. Do we believe that our citizens deserve equal treatment and deserve full equality, or do we believe that there is a second tier that women, increasingly, belong to?”
Posted in Economics, Labor, News, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Antonio Giarusso, bell street chapel, Bill Kitsilis, Chris Tarro, Economic Progress Institute, fuerza laboral, gayle goldin, Jenn Steinfeld, Mike Araujo, NAACP, NEARI, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Rhode Island AFL-CIO, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, RI NOW, ROC United RI, Sam Bell, Teresa Tanzi, tipped minimum wage, Unite Here Local 217, Women's Fund of Rhode Island | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 13, 2015
“Were my statements on the income tax correct?” asks Speaker Mattiello, “I believe they were correct because when I talk to my neighbors, my neighbors don’t see any tax relief, the well-to-do neighbors don’t see any tax relief. But Politifact spent two weeks trying to prove me wrong and I think technically they were wrong. That discussion has to stop.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Economics, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, healthsourceRI, Nicholas Mattiello, politifact, Sam Bell, Taxes | 4 Responses