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Vote ‘Yes’ To Recall Kevin Jackson

[Update: Decisive victory for the recall effort. Voters decided 1772 to 158 to oust Jackson.] All I needed to know about Ward 3 Councilman Kevin Jackson was that he supported twice-convicted felon Buddy Cianci in his final mayoral bid. Since then Jackson has been indicted

Two Protests In Town

(3.25) What would Dante make of the current administration. To which circle of hell would he condemn these creatures, they fit so many categories: thieves, hypocrites, sowers of discord, traitors against their country. This last one gets them all the way down to the ninth

Senate Committee Hearing, Bipartisan Russia Probe On C-Span 3

(3.15) Senator Whitehouse and Senator Lindsay Graham (SC-R) will be holding the first of a series of hearings on Russian election interference today. Four experts will be asked to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on crime and terrorism when “The Modus Operandi and

‘Open The Vote’ At Wild Colonial

(3.16) Two big events this week at the Wild Colonial but Thursday is the one you may not have on repeat in your calendar. The Wild Colonial Tavern and the Young Democrats of Rhode Island will be hosting “Open the Vote” (Facebook event page.) Join

Current Events At Providence Athenaeum

(3.10) Two timely events taking place at the Providence Athenaeum Thursday and Friday. Thursday, March 9, 5:30pm to 7:30pm — The Policy & Pinot roundtable discussion series presents “Sanctuary Cities” co-presented with RI Public Radio (RIPR). Reservations can be made with Jed Thorp at

Anti-Fascist Cinemas At Cable Car

(2.23) Magic Lantern will present “Anti-Fascist Cinemas: A Global Perspective” Thursday at the Cable Car Cinema. The first screening in this ongoing series will reexamine the case of Germany through the lens of a militant post-war avant-garde. The program consists of a short film by

Happy PEZidents Day

Ugh. What do we do with this holiday, this year? Why not head over to Julian’s, eat, and view his epic Pez collection (in the bathroom). More about Pez, or PEZ, from Wiki: Pez was first marketed as a compressed peppermint sweet in Vienna, Austria

‘The Great Dictator’ At Cable Car

(2.15) Look at that tie. I suspect Chaplin was making a statement with that. The Cable Car Cinema kicks off its Civics & Politics Film Series tonight with Charlie Chaplin’s iconic 1940 talkie “The Great Dictator.” Chaplin plays two totally opposite roles in his first

Congressional Delegation — Town Hall Forum

(2.12) All four members of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation will host a town hall forum this Sunday at East Providence High School. The ProJo advises, “If the U.S. Senate is called into weekend session, the forum will be rescheduled for a later date in the

Happy Year Of The Rooster/Capon — Make Some Noise!

How fitting that the Chinese Year of the Rooster coincides with our own Congressional Year of the Capon. How to celebrate the Chinese New Year? Make some noise! The first day is for the welcoming of the deities of the heavens and earth . .

Emergency Meeting — Hope High School

(11.12) [Venue changed to Hope High School cafeteria.] So what to do? There’s no harm in updating your passport, but it turns out they don’t really want us in Canada. And as Stephen Colbert reminds us, this is no time to abandon our country. .

Michael Moore Film at Cable Car

(11.3) Only three more screenings scheduled for the showing of Michael Moore’s presidential election movie: Wednesday at 6:30pm and 8:15pm, and Thursday at 3pm. running time 73 minutes. Rolling Stone describes “Michael Moore in TrumpLand” . . .  a new film culled from two one-man

A ‘Body Blow’ To The General Assembly

Six incumbents gone! House Majority Leader DeSimone gone! Jan Malik gone! Such good news from yesterday’s primaries, and look how close some of those races were. First-time candidate Moira Walsh won her District 3 seat by 21 votes; Marcia Ranglin-Vassell ousted DeSimone by a mere

Register To Vote — Stephen Hopkins House

(8.13) Become a registered voter — or update current registration — Saturday at the 18th century home of ten-time colonial Governor, and Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Stephen Hopkins. George Washington visited this house . . . twice! These men risked “their lives, their

Another One Bites The Dust — House District 13 Back In Play

It’s like somebody opened a window! Following the determination of the Providence Board of Canvassers that Rep. John Carnevale does not live at the Barbara Street address as claimed, the good people of House District 13 will no longer have to deal with this lying

Convention News — Raging Against The Machine

Following months of preparation, two of Rhode Island’s more progressive politicos — Rep. Aaron Regunberg (D-Providence) and former Rep. David Segal (D-Providence)* — have been taking an active role this week in shaping the future of the Democratic party. Edward Fitzpatrick writes about Regunberg’s efforts