I was late getting to room 212 at the Rhode Island State House, where the Senate Committee on Labor, chaired by Senator Paul Fogarty (Democrat, District 23, Burrillville, Glocester), was hearing a slate of bills to increase the minimum wage in Rhode Island. (See below for links to and descriptions of all three bills.) Outside the meeting room was Elizabeth Suever, lobbyist for the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, who told me that the “room was crowded” and that I wouldn’t be able to get in.
“Debt is an ingenious substitute for the chain and whip of the slavedriver.” –Ambrose BierceWelcome to The Uprising!, where the the only debt we care about is what we owe each other. Wednesday marked the largest student led protest in history. Across the country students, from kindergarten to college, demanded an end to mass shootings and gun violence. It is estimated that around a million students participated. In Rhode Island, the walkout took various forms.
The following was originally published on RI Future on January 28, 2017:Senator Sheldon Whitehouse was in the hot seat early Saturday when a constituent challenged him on his affirmative vote for Michael Pompeo as Donald Trump’s director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Whitehouse defended his vote by first saying that it was necessary to pick his battles on the nominations.
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Selecting a term
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