By Steve Ahlquist on July 19, 2017
“I mean, we’ve all defended him. He’s a United States Senator, he’s not a state senator, it’s a local issue but he has to do something to appease those people. Because they kind of think he’s, in a way, almost a hypocrite.”
Posted in Activism, Burrillville, Climate, Energy, Featured, Health Care, National News, Photos, Rhode Island | Tagged Affordable Care Act, Allan Fung, Before the Flood, George Carvalho, Gina Raimondo, Indivisible Rhode Island, Invenergy, Jan O'Reilly, Joseph Kennedy III, Leonardo DiCaprio, Narragansett Bay, Robert Flanders, Sheldon Whitehouse, Steven Belaus, United States Senate | 8 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 5, 2017
For the second year in a row a float with the theme of opposing Invenergy’s proposed $1 billion fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant has taken first prize in the Glocester, Rhode Island Ancients and Horribles Parade.
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Featured, Glocester, Photos, Video, Water | Tagged Ancients and Horribles Parade, Burrillville Land Trust, Invenergy, jack reed, John Niland, Joseph Polisena, Scituate Reservoir, Sheldon Whitehouse | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 24, 2017
Standing with fellow Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Jack Reed said that passing TrumpCare would be “a disaster for Rhode Island and the United States.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Economics, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, National News, News, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged jack reed, Medicaid, Medicare, obamacare, Sheldon Whitehouse, TrumpCare | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on June 23, 2017
Bob Flanders told me in a recent interview that there is too much partisan fighting in politics and decried those who “lob bombs at the other side.” Later that week on Twitter he called me a “lefty looney” and insulted my intelligence, my sanity, and my credibility, saying my story was “coup d’ BS.” Flanders’ […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 19, 2017
“On plastics, there is simply too much being produced… We don’t need better cleanup, we need less plastic.”
Posted in Activism, Business, Climate, Featured, Newport, Photos, Science, Video | Tagged #breakfreefromplastic, ACC, American Chemistry Council, Australia, Bogotá, Break Free From Plastic, Canada, Columbia, Dow, Dupont, Europe, ExxonMobil, gasification, Germany, Jamie Rhodes, Melissa Gates, pyrolysis, Robaix, Save our Seas (SOS) Act, Sheldon Whitehouse, Shell, Stiv Wilson, Story of Stuff Project, Surfrider Foundation, the United States, United Kingdom, UPSTREAM, Viking Hotel | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on June 12, 2017
Bob Flanders, the former state Supreme Court justice who is mulling running for Sheldon Whitehouse’s Senate seat, said he expects President Donald Trump’s so-called Muslim travel ban will prevail at the United States Supreme Court. “Whether you believe it is overly broad or too religiously focused, I would be surprised if they upheld the circuit […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 31, 2017
Though lacking in sci-fi pretense and cutting edge special effect visuals, there’s evidence that US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse had an idea planted in his head some weeks ago, an idea with important healthcare policy implications.
Posted in Congress, Featured, Health Care, Movies, National News, State House, Video | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, Dominick Ruggerio, Inception, James Cowan, Joshua Miller, Medicare, public option, Rhode Island State House, Senate Committee on Health & Human Services, Senate Democratic Policy Caucus, Sheldon Whitehouse, single payer | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 30, 2017
Whitehouse asked Sessions, “A secular person has just as good a claim to understanding the truth as a person who is religious. Correct?”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, National News, Religion, Rhode Island, Washington DC | Tagged Heritage Foundation, Jeff Sessions, Newseum's Religious Freedom Center, Roger Williams, SCA, Secular Awards Dinner, Secular Coalition for America, Sheldon Whitehouse | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 15, 2017
Friday evening’s Emergency Rally to Demand an Independent Investigation brought dozens of people concerned about the connections between President Donald Trump and his campaign’s ties to Russia out to Burnside Park in Providence Friday afternoon. Those in attendance demanded that Rhode Island Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse “refuse to give unanimous consent on any […]
Posted in Activism, Congress, Elections, Events, Featured, International News, National News, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Burnside Park, donald trump, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Indivisible RI, jack reed, Jane Tucker, Randall Rose, Resist Hate RI, Rhode Island Working Families Party, Sheldon Whitehouse | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 15, 2017
Judging from the questions asked at US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse‘s “Saturday with Sheldon” event, healthcare is on the minds of a good portion of his constituents. About 85 people came out to see the Senator and ask difficult questions about the future of Rhode Island under President Donald Trump. Whitehouse was at times optimistic, for […]
Posted in Congress, Featured, Politics, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Ana Quezada, donald trump, Harold Metts, J Mark Ryan, James Comey, James Cowan, Jeff Sessions, Medicare, Michael Pence, Physicians for a National Health Program, public option, Rand Paul, sanctuary, Sheldon Whitehouse, single payer | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 9, 2017
“Today,” said organizer Nancy Rafi, “as legislators return to their home offices, they need to hear what we think about the House voting to legalize discrimination, and making us all pre-existing conditions.”
Posted in Activism, Featured, Health Care, National News, Photos, Video | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, AHCA, American Health Care Act, donald trump, jack reed, Medicare for All system, Nancy Rafi, obamacare, Planned Parenthood, Rhode Island State House, Sheldon Whitehouse, single payer, TrumpCare, Women’s March on Washington Rhode Island Chapter | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 23, 2017
About a thousand people braved the rain on Saturday, Earth Day, to gather at the Rhode Island State House to stand up for Science and against the anti-science of the Donald Trump administration. The March for Science in Rhode Island joined scientists and science enthusiasts around the globe in nearly 500 satellite marches, held in […]
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Holidays, Infrastructure, National News, Photos, Science, State House, Technology, Video, Women | Tagged BluSource Energy Inc, Brown University, Casey Cabral, Christina Ergas, donald trump, Earth Day, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, Institute at Brown University for Environment and Society, Jacoby Observatory, Janet Freedman, March for Science, Met School, national grid, Rhode Island State House, RI Coastal Resources Management Council, RI Department of Health, RIDOH, Sheldon Whitehouse, Sunshine Menezes, Timmons Roberts, Tom Derecktor, university of rhode island, Zoe Goris | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 9, 2017
Every environmental group in Rhode Island, every single member organization of the the Environmental Council of Rhode Island, is formally opposed to the construction of Invenergy’s $1 billion fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant planned for Burrillville.
Posted in Activism, Burrillville, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Infrastructure, Johnston, Photos, Providence, Video, Water, Youth | Tagged American Nurses Association of Rhode Island, ANA-RI, Audubon Society of Rhode Island, Ben Gross, Blackstone River, Clear River Energy Center, Conservation Law Foundation, ECRI, Environmental Council of Rhode Island, Invenergy, Jerry Elmer, Jonathan Stone, Mary Pendergast, Meg Kerr, Mercy Ecology, Narragansett Bay, Polly Berry, Resilient Rhode Island Act, Rhode Island Student Climate Coalition, Save The Bay, Scott Cummings, Sheldon Whitehouse, Sisters of Mercy Northeast, Ted Nesi, The Nature Conservancy | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 26, 2017
“This is their long standing opposition to Medicare [and] Medicaid” said Whitehouse, “We thought we had those zombies buried, but they’re coming back out of the earth again and they walk the planet, and we need to put them back in the ground where they belong.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Congress, Disability Services, Elections, Events, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, National News, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, Bernie Sanders, Brown Students for the Affordable Care Act, Chuck Schumer, Clinica Esperanza, David Cicilline, donald trump, Economic Progress Institute, healthsource ri, jack reed, James Langevin, Jonathan Staloff, Lamar Alexander, Medicaid, Medicare, Medicare for All, Neil Gorsuch, obamacare, Patrick Quinn, Protect Our Healthcare Coalition RI, public option, Rachel Flum, Republican Party, Rhode Island College, seiu 1199, Sheldon Whitehouse, single payer | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 26, 2017
To both celebrate a month of victories and to plan for the future, well over 800 people filled the cafeteria of Hope High School as Resist Hate RI convened their fourth meeting, and their first meeting since Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Climate, Elections, Environmental Racism, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, Immigration, Inequality, Photos, Politics, Race & Racism, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged aaron regunberg, conversion therapy, donald trump, free college, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Gina Raimondo, Hope High School, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Indivisible Guide, Indivisible RI, Jane Tucker, Jennifer Boylan, john mcdaid, Jose Batista, Justin Boyan, Laufton Ascencao, Millennial Professional Group of Rhode Island, MPGRI, Resist Hate RI, RI Center for Justice, Sheldon Whitehouse, Travis Escobar, Working Families Party | 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 9, 2017
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will be appearing, along with the entire Senator Jack Reed and Representatives James Langevin and David Cicilline, at the East Providence High School auditorium on Sunday at 2pm.
Posted in Congress, Featured, National News, Politics, Rhode Island | Tagged David Cicilline, donald trump, East Providence High School, Ian Millhiser, jack reed, James Langevin, Nathan Bishop Middle School, Neil Gorsuch, Sheldon Whitehouse, Supreme Court, ThinkProgress | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 31, 2017
Trump’s decision to fire Acting AG for refusing to defend his controversial executive order: ‘sends a chilling signal to others and raises red flags about the politicization of the Justice Department under the Trump Administration,’ says Jack Reed.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, National News | Tagged Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar, Attorney General, Ben Cardin, Bernie Sanders, Bob Menendez, Catherine Cortez-Masto, Chris Murphy, Chris Van Hollen, Chuck Schumer, Cory Booker, Debbie Stabenow, Dianne Feinstein, Dick Durbin, donald trump, Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren, Immigration and Nationality Act, jack reed, Jeff Merkley, Justice Department, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Maggie Hassan, Maria Cantwell, Martin Heinrich, Mazie Hirono, Patrick Leahy, Patty Murray, Richard Blumenthal, Ron Wyden, Sally Yates, Sheldon Whitehouse, Sherrod Brown, Tammy Baldwin, Tim Kaine, Tom Carper, Tom Cotton, Tom Udall | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 30, 2017
When Senator Sheldon Whitehouse decided to vote in favor of several key Donald Trump nominations, I’m sure he did not expect to have to answer to hundreds of his angry constituents two days in a row.
Posted in Civil Rights, Congress, Events, Featured, National News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged donald trump, Hilmy Bakri, James Mattis, mark binder, Mike Pompeo, Nicholas Mattiello, Sheldon Whitehouse, Steve Bannon | 3 Responses
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.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, International News, National News, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Abdelnasser Hussein, AHOPE, Americans Helping Others Prosper, Cheryl Al-Sasah, Coalition for Safer Rhodes, Community Safety Act, CSA, DARE, David Cicilline, direct action for rights and equality, Donald Anderson, donald trump, FANG Collective, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Gina Raimondo, Islamic School of Rhode Island, Jeanine Calkin, jorge elorza, Laufton Ascencao-Longo, Michele Dardashti, Mufti Ikram ul Haq, Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, RICMA, sanctuary, Sarath Suong, Seena Chan, seth magaziner, Sheldon Whitehouse, Sophia Wright, Sterk Zaza, syria, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado, Working Families Party RI | 2 Responses