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Strong Primary Showing For Progressives — Hooray!

There may be hope for us yet. Last Tuesday progressive challengers unseated several incumbents in both chambers of the general assembly. (Let’s hope that Senate President Ruggerio gets the message. We can take care of Speaker Mattiello in November.) And while this new cohort does skew young — they achieved these remarkable victories the old-fashioned

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General Assembly Opens 2020 Legislative Session

(1.7) A worker puts the finishing touches on some much needed renovations performed during the recess. (Apparently rain was coming through the skylight in the Senate chamber.) Technology also needed updating. According to the ProJo, “Both chambers’ sound systems have been improved with new speakers and microphones. A new hearing loop system, which transmits sound

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‘See Votes RI’ — Keeping Tabs On The General Assembly

This is the online advocacy tool we didn’t know we needed. For providing an overview of where the general assembly, or your specific state rep or senator, stands on a particular issue, this new website will prove invaluable. It is the product of local citizen activists Kath Connolly and Jeremy Giller who invite everyone to

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RIPDA Fundraiser/Primary Watch — Wild Colonial

(6.7) Warning to you complacent incumbents in the general assembly, the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America (RIPDA) are loaded for bear, aiming straight at your primaries. RIPDA director Sam Bell reports that some excellent candidates — real Democrats — are throwing their hats into the ring. Steve Ahlquist of RI Future has been profiling

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Guide To The State House DINOs

Blue is the new Red. Those trying to suss out the reconfigured cast of characters in the new general assembly and the extreme conservative ideology of its democratic leadership should read “Rhode Island Republicans join State House machine” (ProJo 1.14.15) by Sam Bell, state coordinator of the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats. The explanation lies in

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Report-back from Progressive Caucus Event

Proud to report that we had a great gathering of the Progressive Caucus last night at the Hi Hat, with about 20 House members in attendance, along with a dozen-plus organizational reps, and impassioned keynote speaker Scott MacKay. Thanks to Rep Art Handy and the many others who helped make the evening possible. Though times

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