Democracy

Hooray For Stacey Abrams!

We were given about one nanosecond for celebrating the critical November senate victory in Georgia before the terrible events of January 6th consumed the news and our attention. But we still want to celebrate and thank Stacey Abrams and all the other great people at Fair Fight for delivering this entire country from the intransigent, …

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Constitution Day In Rogue Island

Pictured here is the signing of the United States Constitution in 1787. No representatives from Rhode Island are depicted in the painting* as the state refused to send a delegation. Yup, that sounds about right. From the National Archives blog: In 1781, Rhode Island began acquiring nicknames. American newspapers called it “the perverse sister.” “An …

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Vote For Senator Sam Bell — September State Primary

As much as I would love to see his primary opponent leave the city council, sending her to the general assembly is not the answer. Since being elected in 2018 Senator Sam Bell (Mt. Pleasant, Olneyville, Federal Hill, West End) has been a fierce and vocal advocate for honest, above-board governance, so obviously Senate President …

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Postal Service In Peril

The first Postmaster General of the United States was Benjamin Franklin. He had already served for several years as postmaster for Philadelphia when he was named deputy postmaster-general of the British Colonies. The final Postmaster General of the United States will be Louis DeJoy whose relevant experience is as follows: He has given more than …

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Census Panel — Live-Stream Saturday

[Update from Common Cause: “We are changing our census event to an online live-stream event only! As COVID-19 (Coronavirus) spreads we are increasingly worried about the safety of our staff and community, therefore we have decided to live-stream our ‘Who’s Counting Anyway?: Understanding the Census.’”] They will live-stream from 10:30am to noon this Saturday on …

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‘Left Drinking’ At Wild Colonial

(1.16) Last month’s inaugural Left Drinking event was a big success — now it’s time to give 2020 a progressive kick off. Head over to the Wild Colonial and hang out with Rhode Islanders who care about climate action, justice for workers, reproductive freedom, immigrant safety, racial justice, universal healthcare, democracy, and liberty and justice …

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Bernie Kickoff Rally — Columbus Theatre

(1.11) Here we go. Musicians, physicians, and politicians will be showing their support when Rhode Island for Bernie Sanders kicks off the 2020 campaign this Saturday at the Columbus Theatre. To be clear: Senator Sanders will not be present at this rally what with all the campaigning in Iowa and New Hampshire . . . …

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State To Honor Anniversary Of Women’s Suffrage

(1.6) On Monday Rhode Islanders will celebrate the 100th anniversary of our ratification of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. It states, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Secretary of …

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House Should Impeach, Then Hang Fire (Rally Tuesday)

The House is getting ready to vote on whether to lodge articles of impeachment and rallies are being organized across the country by Impeach.org to show support for this on Tuesday. The headline in the ProJo accidentally said “Wednesday.” The following is my opinion of how to handle the impeachment and may not reflect that …

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Hey John Oliver — Pay Your Fines!

Imagine waking up one morning to discover that you had appeared on one of your favorite comedy shows. Meet Alan Gunther, library manager of the Smith Hill Library and star of the most recent installment of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. [Watch the 17-minute segment now or the hamster thing won’t make any …

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Women’s Caucus Breaks Away From State Party

Welcome to the Ladies Room in the Rhode Island State House. This quote from Tacitus* reads “Rare felicity of the times when it is permitted to think as you like and say what you think.” Rare indeed. In the hope of more felicitous times ahead The Dose welcomes the newly rebranded and independent Rhode Island …

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