Naming the Commerce building after Herbert Hoover makes about as much sense as naming the FBI building after J. Edgar Hoover. At any rate, following her confirmation, this will be Governor Raimondo’s new office building. While I have not always agreed with the Governor’s policies, she is certainly experienced and competent, and will make the […]
(1.21) These rallies are taking place in cities all around the country and I hope the crowds look angry and dangerous. Because future demonstrations (let’s retire the word “rally” for now) must be targeted directly at Trump-owned properties, especially his D.C. hotel (where, by Saturday, he will be his own landlord). Life should be made
Yes, you can be judged by the company you keep. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will join more than two dozen members of the democratic congressional delegation in not attending Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress today. Unfortunately the other three members of the Rhode Island delegation — democrats all — have decided to go.
(2.11) This Tuesday dozens of major websites and organizations, including Demand Progress, are joining together to demand an end to mass spying. They range from the left (sites like Daily Kos) to the right (the Koch Brothers’ group FreedomWorks) with plenty in between. Together they wield a tremendous amount of influence. On Tuesday we are
Your assignment for the new year is to convince at least one interesting person to move to Rhode Island. Or have a baby, although the babies tend to grow up and move away. The Providence Journal reports that Rhode Island is in danger of losing its fourth congressional seat due to declining population (“Despite population
It is not just a “congressional shutdown” or a “government shutdown” it’s the REPUBLICAN SHUTDOWN. Every single mention of the shutdown should be preceded by the word “Republican” in all the headlines, every single time. As President Obama said in his speech on Tuesday, “One faction of one party in one house of Congress in
There’s a great free event at Brown next Wednesday, October 2nd, about the biggest threat to American democracy — and how we can fix it. It’s cosponsored by a number of great orgs, including: Brown Democracy Matters, RI Progressive Democrats of America, and mine, DemandProgress. When President Barack Obama was reelected, some pundits argued that,
First the Quonset Air Show and now this. The Providence Journal reports, Organizers of Providence’s “WaterFire” project said Monday they are unable to set a schedule for the popular tourist event because budget cuts may hit the federal agency that operates the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier. The barrier plays a supporting role in the outdoor
Some members of Congress have expressed concern that remarks made in the past by former Senator Chuck Hagel indicate he may be soft on Iran, all the while not worrying too much about the several banks operating in this country that actually help Iran launder its ill-gotten gains, going so far as to assist them
Everybody off! It’s time to get back on the “Debt Ceiling Topple Tower Death Drop Wipeout of Death.” Thank you Congressional Republicans for rocking the markets and terrifying the populace; maybe not the entire populace, just those Americans with pensions, or 401(k)s, people who buy groceries, the elderly, debt-strapped college grads looking for work, mayors,
(8.22) This invitation from the folks at Providence Drinking Liberally, Summer 2012 is coming to a close. The Tall Ships sailed, the America’s Cup came and went, America won the medal count in London, a North Kingstown native took home some silver and bronze, Pauly D. entertained at liquor stores and Miss USA regaled Cranston
There’s a push for cyber-security legislation in Congress this week and we have a chance to pressure our lawmakers to make sure that the legislation respects privacy rights and internet freedom. The House has already passed a bill, called CISPA, which had truly dreadful privacy implications: It would have trumped all existing online privacy protections,
Populism, yea, yea. Spend your weekend with the original American bad ass, Andrew Jackson. Check out The Wilbury Group production happening down at the Butcher Block Mill Building, 25 Eagle Street and see the 7th president of the United States rise to power by the will of the people, ruin his marriage, relocate thousands of
And this is why we just need to legalize it. In the mean time, we can’t allow the hard work done by so many advocates and legislators go down the drain, just when access to much-needed relief was on the way for patients who are sick and in pain. According to the ProJo, U.S. Attorney
Taking advantage of pretty girls is one thing, but hands off my senator! Rolling Stone magazine has uncovered another disgraceful chapter in this endless war in Afghanistan (Another Runaway General: Army Deploys Psy-Ops on U.S. Senators. 2/23). This week Michael Hastings (who last summer profiled the original runaway, Stanley McChrystal) exposes a plan by Lt.
From Kate Brock over at Ocean State Action, A strong package of filibuster reforms is currently being considered by the Senate. The reforms would end filibusters on motions to begin debate and would force Senators waging a filibuster to actually stay on the floor and engage in debate. Twenty-six Senators are already sponsors or co-sponsors