By Bob Plain on August 9, 2016
House Majority Leader John DeSimone is the latest Democrat to be hampered by allegations of improper conduct as the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats have filed a complaint with the Rhode Island Ethics Commission alleging the longtime Providence lawmaker was paid by an organization that benefited from legislative largess and that he failed to disclose back […]
By Bob Plain on July 13, 2016
Appearing before the Providence Board of Canvassers today, Rep. John Carnevale said he does in fact live at the Providence address where he is registered to vote in spite of a WPRI investigative report that indicated he may live in Johnston, outside of the district he was elected to serve. He said he receives mail […]
By Aaron Regunberg on July 6, 2016
Today I declined a cost of living adjustment increase to my legislative salary, and committed that I will not take a raise until Rhode Island raises the minimum wage for all low-income workers.
By Bob Plain on June 28, 2016
Democrat Michael Gazdacko is challenging Rep. Anastasia Williams in a primary for the right to represent the District 9 House seat at the State House.
By Bob Plain on June 28, 2016
Former legislator Lisa Tomasso is running for the House seat she once held representing parts of Coventry and West Warwick against Republican incumbent Sherrie Roberts…
By Bob Plain on June 15, 2016
The RIPTA Riders Alliance rallied at the State House yesterday to call attention to bus fare increases to the elderly, disabled and very low income people. RIPTA decided to end free bus fare for these riders earlier this year. The House budget restored free fares for the elderly and disabled until January. Advocates say it […]
By Randall Rose on June 13, 2016
A devastating fare hike for Rhode Island’s most vulnerable seniors and disabled people is the focus of a new budget fight. Although Rhode Island has long had a program where seniors and disabled people who have trouble affording bus trips ride free, the last year has seen efforts to end this program and charge more […]
By Bob Plain on June 8, 2016
The budget passed by the House Finance Committee last night, and slated to be vetted by the full chamber next Wednesday, contains some wins and some losses for the progressive left. The budget bill contains some money to restore low-cost bus fare for indigent people – a social service that RIPTA cut earlier this year. […]
By Bob Plain on June 7, 2016
General Assembly leaders say they are eliminating the controversial community service grants that former Rep. Ray Gallison used to fund an organization he worked for, but they are leaving in place the equally-controversial though often smaller legislative grants that lawmakers give to local groups.
By Lauren Niedel on June 7, 2016
Tuesday June 7th will be a very busy day in RI. There will be a vote with the entire House on Rep. Cale Keable’s bill on the Clear River Energy Center. Then right after join RI Progressive Democrats at the Wild Colonial on 250 South Water Street at 6:00pm for a fundraiser and viewing party of […]
By Bob Plain on May 9, 2016
It’s official. Cathie Cool Rumsey is challenging Senator Elaine Morgan for the State House seat she lost to Morgan last election. RI Future was the first to report this in November, after Morgan made derogatory comments about Muslims, but Cool Rumsey confirmed it for the rest of Rhode Island with a news release last week. […]
By Bob Plain on May 5, 2016
Susan Donovan, a lifelong Bristol resident and a longtime teacher in the local schools, is running for former Rep. Ray Gallison’s State House seat, she announced in a news release today. “A retired teacher of 35 years, 33 in the Bristol Warren Public School System, and long-time community advocate, Susan worked with the local non-profit […]
By Jim Sheehan on May 3, 2016
In 1992, justices of the Rhode Island Supreme Court declared unanimously that prior to the Ethics Commission, “widespread breaches of trust, cronyism, impropriety, and other violations of ethical standards decimated the public’s trust in government.” The 1986 Constitutional Convention passed an extraordinary Ethics in Government Amendment, and the people approved. This amendment called for the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 19, 2016
One time RI Future contributor Lisa Petrie was arrested at the State House this evening by State Police for failing to leave the State Room after protesters demanded an audience with Governor Gina Raimondo over the proposed Invenergy oil and fracked gas burning power plant proposed for Burrillville. Petrie is a member of Fossil Free RI and a long time environmental activist here in the state.
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By Bob Plain on April 18, 2016
Democrat Julie Casimiro is again challenging Republican Rep. Doreen Costa for the District 31 House seat in North Kingstown, RI Future has learned. Casimiro lost to Costa in 2014 53.1 percent to 46.8 percent. “Running again was not part of my plan as my family commitments have been exhausting, but the groundswell of support for […]
By Andrew Stewart on April 16, 2016
A Bernie Sanders rally on the steps of the State House drew more than 200 people – and focused not only on why Sanders is the best choice to be the next president, but also on how to keep the political revolution he launched alive long after election day. “A lot has been made of […]
By Gus Uht on April 6, 2016
A funny thing occurred to me on the way to the State House. Okay, it wasn’t that funny, at all. It was about abortion. I was preparing to give testimony at the annual RI House abortion / choice exercise (hearing) last week when two facts or arguments occurred to me that happen to support my […]
By Peter Nightingale on March 8, 2016
The EPA has a long history of underestimating fugitive methane. The upshot of these errors is that the Energize RI Act might set a trend of under-taxing fugitive methane by roughly a factor ten. Exxon Mobil —#ExxonKnew, our nation’s biggest fracker— undoubtedly loves this trend!
By Bob Plain on February 22, 2016
Rhode Island Republicans are itching for a wave of conservatives to challenge to State House incumbents this year, as evidenced by a Providence Journal headline today: “R.I. GOP hopes to ride voter anger over truck tolls.” But the evidence presented in the story below the headline points toward a progressive wave, not a conservative one. […]
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By Hillary Davis on February 19, 2016
If you’ve ever wanted to make a difference in the fight to protect and promote civil liberties right here in Rhode Island, advocating at the State House is a great way to make your voice heard.