By Bob Plain on September 13, 2016
The progressive revolution in Rhode Island politics continues beyond Bernie Sanders as no less than seven progressive Democrats won primaries against conservative, often incumbent, opponents in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. The biggest win for the progressive left was Marcia Ranglin Vassell toppling House Majority Leader John DeSimone in District 5, Providence. She won by just 17 […]
By Bob Plain on July 13, 2016
The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats have endorsed 12 legislative candidates, so far. “We will be continuing to announce more endorsements throughout the campaign cycle,” said the group in a news release. The 12 candidates, in alphabetical order, are: Jeanine Calkin, Nick Delmenico, Doris De Los Santos, Bill Deware, Susan Donovan, David Norton, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Jim […]
Posted in Campaign 2016, Elections, Featured | Tagged Bill Deware, David Norton, Doris De los Santos, Jeanine Calkin, Jennifer Siciliano, jim seveney, Lisa Scorpio, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Moira Walsh, Nick Delmenico, RIPDA, Susan Donovan, Teresa Tanzi | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on June 16, 2016
“It is with a heavy heart that I urge folks not to support this amendment,” said Rep Teresa Tanzi.
“I’m so glad people in this chamber have heavy hearts,” shot back Rep John Lombardi.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 13, 2016
The 9 positions sought by the Administration for OHIC are integral to having a well-resourced watchdog agency in place to protect and maximize savings for employers, employees, and consumers. Only a well-resourced OHIC can provide the necessary level of oversight to protect Rhode Island consumers and businesses.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, Health Care, News, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Video | Tagged House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, Medicare Supplement Plans, Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner, OHIC, Student Health Plans, Teresa Tanzi | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 14, 2015
With the debate on guns in the United States taking a long slow turn against the intractable positions of the NRA (National Rifle Association) and towards instituting common sense gun legislation, it is only a matter of time before the RICAGV starts making real progress in the RI General Assembly.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Democrats, Elections, Events, Gun Control, Health Care, National News, News, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged James Langevin, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, National Rifle Association, Nicholas Mattiello, NRA, RI Coalition Against Gun Violence, RICAGV, Teresa Tanzi | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 14, 2015
The RI House of Representatives floor debate on the tipped minimum wage featuring Representatives Joseph Shekarchi, Doreen Costa, Patricia Morgan, Aaron Regunberg, Michael Chippendale, Antonio Giarrusso, Teresa Tanzi and John DeSimone.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Featured, Labor, National News, News, Politics, Republicans, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Antonio Giarrusso, Doreen Costa, John DeSimone, Joseph Shekarchi, Michael Chippendale, patricia morgan, Teresa Tanzi, tipped minimum wage | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 4, 2015
“I don’t want everybody to vote unless they are informed on the issues,” said Rep Joe Trillo on the floor of the RI House.
Tom Dorr is spinning in his grave…
Posted in Featured, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Voter ID | Tagged 5 minute house debate, Antonio Giarusso, Arthur Corvese, Arthur Handy, Brian Newberry, cale keable, democracy, Joseph Trillo, Michael Chippendale, michael marcello, Nicholas Mattiello, Teresa Tanzi, Thomas Door, Voter ID | 8 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on June 12, 2015
Just because House Finance passed the FY 2016 budget onto the House floor for next Tuesday, doesn’t mean the entire House of Representatives has to like it. In fact, much of the bill is contested – such as the tourism cuts that Representative Teresa Tanzi, Narragansett/South Kingstown, has voiced her opposition to. “When I moved […]
Posted in cities and towns, Economy, Featured, State Budget, State House | Tagged beach, budget, Elisha Aldrich, house finance, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, narragansett, Newport, Nicholas Mattiello, Providence, Raymond Gallison, south county, state house, Teresa Tanzi, Tourism | 3 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 Economy, Labor, News, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Amy Barclay, Angelo's Palace Pizza, Antonio Giarusso, bell street chapel, Bill Kitsilis, Chris Tarro, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Economic Progress Institute, Farm Fresh Rhode Island, fuerza laboral, gayle goldin, Jenn Steinfeld, Joe Fortune, John Elkhay, Mike Araujo, NAACP, NEARI, One Fair Wage Rhode Island, 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, USAW RI, Women's Fund of Rhode Island | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on March 19, 2014
Rhode Island missed out on somewhere between $40 and $100 million in 2011 and 2012, according this new report. That’s because in 2011, the General Assembly rejected Gov. Chafee’s idea to implement what is known as “combined reporting” for corporate taxes and instead called for the aforementioned report. The study found that combined reporting would […]
By Bob Plain on April 24, 2013
Tax breaks, or expenditures, are the entitlement programs that nobody seems to complain about. Though maybe we should, given they cost Rhode Island more than $1.7 billion a year in 2009. That same year the state took in just over $3 billion. In other words, we gave away more than half as much as we […]
By Samuel G. Howard on December 8, 2012
So in the 2011-2012 General Assembly class, roughly 1 in 4 legislators were lawyers. Now, that’s a considerable over-representation. Thus it’s not surprising to me that the legislature typically starts its session about the time court gets out. Lawyers are also adept at writing laws, typically in legalese (despite there being more efficient and understandable […]
By Bob Plain on July 9, 2012
How is Rhode Island viewed by others? Lately, like a state that takes care of its least fortunate residents – which is something we should be proud of and other states should mimic. This Al Jazeera video is a few days old now, but it focuses on RI’s first-in-the-nation Homeless Bill of Rights, and how […]
By Bob Plain on June 11, 2012
Preparing for my Netroots panel discussion on revitalizing local political blogs, I was corrected by moderator Andrew Villeneuve of the Northwest Progressive Institute when I introduced myself as having come to the blogosphere from the mainstream media. “You mean the traditional media,” he interrupted. “We are the mainstream media.” While it’s a debatable claim, it […]
By Samuel G. Howard on May 8, 2012
According to a bill being heard today (H7723/H7724) introduced by Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D–Narragansett, South Kingstown), Rhode Island spends over $1.6 billion on tax incentives. These are the various credits, deductions, exclusions and exemptions that most citizens enjoy. They range all over the place, but tax incentives usually tend to favor the well-off rather than those […]