By Samuel Bell on January 27, 2017
Update: After publication of this post, Reed announced he opposes the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be secretary of the Department of Education. All but two Democratic members of the United States Senate have publicly opposed at least one Trump nominee. They are Heidi Heitkamp, who represents the very red state of North Dakota, and […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 22, 2017
We went to Washington DC to march against Trump. That’s what we did.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 28, 2015
“In this history of the United States, a moral critique has been always been at the center of any challenge to the structural sins of society—slavery, the denial of women’s rights, the denial of labor rights, the denial of equal protection under the law, the denial of voting rights, and the promulgation of unchecked militarism. We have never overcome any of these evils without a moral critique that challenged their grip on the heart and imagination of our society.
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By Steve Ahlquist on September 24, 2015
People got angry. The situation became tense. And though I don’t want to sound like I’m writing clickbait, what happened next amazed me.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 23, 2015
Seven people, including four women who identify as Roman Catholic priests, were arrested Wednesday afternoon as Pope Francis performed mass inside St. Matthew’s Cathedral on Rhode island avenue in Washington DC. The protesters, representing The Women’s Ordination Conference and Roman Catholic Women Priests, had arrived before sunrise to stake out a location outside St. Matthew’s, only to be moved by police to the end of the street before the Pope arrived. As a result, it is doubtful that the Pope saw the protesters.
By Steve Ahlquist on July 16, 2015
Since Pope Francis isn’t coming to Rhode Island, RI Future is going to the Pope. To do that, we’re running a GoFundMe campaign to secure the $1000 I’ll need to cover train travel, food, lodging and other expenses. Over the course of five days, from September 23-27, I’ll be in Washington DC, New York City and Philadelphia, covering the Pope’s visit in my unique way.
By Bob Plain on June 20, 2014
As President Obama prepares to deploy some 300 “military advisers” to Iraq in hopes of quelling the Sunni-led violence there, Rhode Island’s congressional delegation is mixed on the move. Senator Jack Reed and Congressman Jim Langevin said they support the president’s decision. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse said he will “cautiously support” the president’s decision. Congressman David […]
By Bob Plain on May 14, 2013
Best progressive Rhode Island headline of the day comes courtesy of the Huffington Post: “Sheldon Whitehouse: God Won’t Save Us From Climate Catastrophe” Michael McCauliff’s lede was pretty great too. WASHINGTON — God will not save us, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) declared in a Senate floor speech on climate change Wednesday that sounded more like […]
By Bob Plain on March 15, 2013
It was a busy political week here in the Ocean State, and it was for those who represent us inside the beltway, as well … off-shore drilling, climate change, carbon pollution, the debate on how to control gun violence, the budget process and much more… Senator Sheldon Whitehouse managed to stay involved in all of […]
By Bob Plain on April 3, 2012
Both of Rhode Island’s senators will be here in the Ocean State today and advocating for bills that would benefit the middle class. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, as we reported on Saturday, will be in Cranston for a roundtable discussion on his Buffett Rule bill. And Sen. Jack Reed will be at URI, with school president […]
By Bob Plain on March 30, 2012
On the Huffington Post and on the House floor, Congressman David Cicilline has come out strong against the House GOP budget proposal. Today, after voting against it yesterday, he penned an op/ed for the Huffington Post today critical of the bill writing, “less than a year after a similar proposal was defeated, the House Republican […]
By Bob Plain on March 19, 2012
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is planning on introducing new legislation later this week that would require Super PACs, corporations and other big donors to divulge their associations with political advertisements. “In the same way at the end of my ads I have to say, ‘I’m Sheldon Whitehouse and I approve this message,’” said the most progressive […]