By Will Weatherly on August 7, 2018
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Matt Brown attacked pension cuts for state employees dating back to Governor Raimondo’s previous role as state treasurer at a town-hall style “Restore Our Pensions” event at the WaterFire Arts Center in Providence on Monday evening. The event came mere hours after WPRI published polling results showing Brown lagging behind in name […]
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By Will Weatherly on June 27, 2018
As the deadline to run for elected office came and went Wednesday afternoon, there are more than a few political newcomers—many young, and many centered around social justice—that could constitute the makings of a progressive wave in Rhode Island. Governor Most notable might be the governor’s race, where Matt Brown promises to give incumbent Governor […]
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By John McDaid on June 25, 2018
Last night’s RI Democratic State committee meeting offered no surprises in the outcome — incumbent Governor Raimondo and Lt. Gov. McKee received expected endorsements — but the process of getting there provided moments of conflict that illuminated tensions within the Party. The convention of the more than 100 members of the state committee — city […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 5, 2017
With the events of Charlottesville and the death of Heather Hyer still smoldering in our memories, hundreds of Rhode Islanders representing dozens of labor, political and advocacy groups came together to celebrate the accomplishments of organized labor and to condemn racism, white supremacy and the rise of fascism.
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By Steve Ahlquist on June 16, 2017
Deep divisions of race and class among the Ward 3 neighborhoods were noted. It was obvious that Ward 3 is more a collection of neighborhoods than a unified Ward.
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By Bob Plain on February 16, 2017
Rhode Island is taking money away from Mr. Potter and giving it to George Bailey, to put General Treasurer Seth Magaziner’s latest initiative into “It’s a Wonderful Life” terms. More specifically, the state is taking money out of big, nationwide banks and investing it with local, Rhode Island lenders. “We want to support institutions that […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 30, 2017
Cheryl Al-Sasah’s story about a boy who is fleeing Syria for the safety of America is a perfect example of what’s going so wrong with our country right now.
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By Steve Ahlquist on January 30, 2017
Two thousand people arrived at the Rhode Island State House Saturday afternoon to protest President Donald Trump’s executive orders targeting Muslims and refugees.
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By Steve Ahlquist on January 27, 2017
Rhode Island residents who make $54,000 a year or less may be entitled to an earned income tax credit as well as free tax preparation.
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By Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2017
“If you’re going to have a successful entrepreneurial climate,” said RI General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, “you have to have a climate where it’s okay to take risks and it’s okay to fail…”
Posted in Business, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, News, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Nellie Gorbea, Rhode Island Small Business Economic Summit, seth magaziner, social safety net | 3 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.
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By Steve Ahlquist on December 16, 2016
“The results of the recent election isn’t going to erode our core beliefs. It’s not going to weaken our commitment to our core beliefs.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, National News, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged David Cicilline, donald trump, First Unitarian Church of Providence, Gina Raimondo, Religious Coalition for a Violence-Free Rhode Island, seth magaziner | 7 Responses
By Bob Plain on November 30, 2016
General Treasurer Seth Magaziner began pushing some of the corporations the state invests with to be more socially responsible in April. Since then the $8 billion pension fund used its proxy voting power to withhold affirmative votes for either excessive executive compensation or lack of racial or gender diversity on boards of directors from 257 […]
Posted in Economics, Energy, Featured, Inequality | Tagged ConocoPhillips, pension, proxy vote, seth magaziner, shareholder engagement, shareholder resolution, shareholder revolution, Wells Fargo | 4 Responses
By Planned Parenthood Votes! RI PAC on November 18, 2016
“Rhode Island voters made their support for reproductive rights clear during the primary,” said Rep. Edie Ajello (D-Providence), a long-time pro-women’s health leader at the State House. “I look forward to working with my new colleagues to expand reproductive freedom and change our embarrassing F rating from NARAL.”
Posted in Featured, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, Women, Youth | Tagged Craig O’Connor, David Cicilline, Edie Ajello, gayle goldin, Gina Raimondo, jack reed, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood, Senator Whitehouse, seth magaziner | Leave a response
By Will Collette on September 28, 2016
I spoke to Seth this afternoon about his new plan for the pension funds which was unanimously approved today by the State Investment Commission.
Posted in Corporate Greed, Featured, News, Pensions, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged General Treasurer, hedge funds, investment, pension, seth magaziner, State Investment Commission | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 16, 2016
In 2016, Treasurer Seth Magaziner has voted “no” on executive compensation plans at 75 companies, including Facebook, eBay, and the parent company of Google, “due to a misalignment between CEO pay and company performance or because the compensation plans were deemed excessive or otherwise inappropriate.”
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 Andrew Stewart on May 9, 2016
California, the state Gov. Gina Raimondo was visiting for a fundraiser to promote her pension policies, and New York have recently divested from high-risk, high-cost hedge funds like those the Rhode Island fund invests in. One New York City official in an April 14 Reuters story said of hedge fund managers, “Let them sell their […]
By Bob Plain on April 27, 2016
It’s morning again in Rhode Island. At least that’s what it feels like to the progressive left the day after Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton in the Ocean State’s presidential primary poll. The socialist-leaning senator from Vermont all but conceded the nomination to the more conservative Clinton after losing four other states in the so-called […]
By Bob Plain on April 20, 2016
Treasurer Seth Magaziner has a plan to make corporate board rooms more diverse. Rhode Island’s pension fund will vote against appointing white men to corporate boards of directors that are already comprised of mostly white men. “Research has shown that diversity leads to better performance. It’s true in government, it’s true in education and its […]