Rhode Island State House
By Steve Ahlquist on May 11, 2017
“I want to go to college, but low-income students like me have to rely on student loans that don’t even cover the full price,” said Jayleen Salcedo, a senior at Classical High School and a member of the Providence Student Union (PSU).
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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.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on April 29, 2017
“Donald Trump is a threat to the future of our planet, the safety of our communities, and the health of our families.”
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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 […]
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By Steve Ahlquist on March 26, 2017
Incoherent, racist and stupid: John DePetro’s MAGA Rally, a racist, nativist love letter to President Trump, was a spectacular failure.
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By Jessica Wainfor on February 23, 2017
We need some organizing for a peace rally. A counter to their rally, which they have every right to hold. We also have a right to say that we do not support or agree with our president’s new policies and the turn backwards this country has taken in the past 30 odd days.
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 Mariah Burns on January 22, 2017
Artist and activist Mariah Burns brings us photos from yesterday’s historic event at the Rhode Island State House event.
By Steve Ahlquist on November 26, 2016
The way is being paved for the massive expansion of public-private partnerships in Rhode Island, putting public goods and public spaces, such as water, schools, jails, courthouse and even public parks and broadband internet at risk of corporate ownership and control.
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By Mariah Burns on November 13, 2016
A photo essay of Saturday’s Rally Against Trump by activist Mariah Burns.
By Bob Plain on November 7, 2016
The Providence Board of Canvassers referred to Providence Police a voter’s complaint that her mail ballot was altered by supporters of Rep. John DeSimone. Joanne St. Lawrence, a house District 5 voter, filed a complaint with the board on October 24, that said her ballot was changed from voting for Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, who upset DeSimone […]
By Bob Plain on November 2, 2016
The RI Chapter of the Sierra Club is endorsing 19 legislative candidates in the general election, 15 candidates for the state House of Representatives and only four for the state Senate. The newly endorsed candidates are: Representative in General Assembly Edie Ajello District […]
By Bob Plain on October 28, 2016
ALEC is back in Rhode Island. Republican legislator Pat Morgan confirmed she’s a member of the American Legislative Exchange Committee, a business-backed bill mill that pairs corporate donors with state legislators. “I found it to be a really good group,” she told RI Future. ALEC’s website lists Morgan as the state director in Rhode Island. […]
By Bob Plain on October 28, 2016
A voter filed a complaint with the Providence Board of Canvassers alleging her mail ballot was tampered with by supporters of Rep. John DeSimone, an incumbent legislator who lost in the Democratic primary for the District 5 House seat and is subsequently staging a write-in campaign. Joanne St. Lawrence, who is 55 years old, disabled […]
By Bob Plain on October 21, 2016
Question 2 on Rhode Island’s ballot this election asks voters if the state Ethics Commission should have restored authority over state legislators that a 2009 lawsuit stripped away. While on its face it may seem like any increased oversight of the often ethically-challenged General Assembly would be a step in the right direction, there are […]
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…