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When I became Speaker of the House of Representatives two years ago, I wanted to send a clear message that reform was critical to moving our state forward. We moved swiftly to tackle one of the most important good more
“I think heroic deeds were all conceived in the open air” is a quote from Walt Whitman’s Song of the Open Road – a cheerful 1856 tribute to freedom and the great … more
A lot has changed in health care as we all know. With all the discussion of bottom lines and budgets, it might be easy to forget that Kent Hospital has reached a very important milestone and one that … more
We all learned in school that our system of government involves three separate branches – the legislative, executive and judicial – each with the ability to keep the others from becoming too … more
By ALEXANDER POLLAN In times of financial trouble for Rhode Island, it is not out of character to study the old mantra When Nothing Goes Right, Go Left. While some may be seen shouting from the rooftops urging the state government to wave their magic more
Rhode Island has experienced something very unfortunate. For two elections, in a row, we are represented by a Governor for whom a majority of Rhode Island voters have voted against. Instant-runoff voting (or IRV) is a voting system used for more
Last Sunday, the University of Rhode Island hosted a competition which pitted student teams against each other in defending their moral take on complex social, political and business issues. This … more
“You wouldn’t do that even to a dog,” the mother of a mentally ill man in the state prison told a committee of the state Senate last month. Do what? Put him in a tiny room, alone, for weeks … more
By REP. EDITH H. AJELLO and SEN. DONNA M. NESSELBUSH Our privacy is compromised by something we likely have with us right now. Our cell phones broadcast our location without pause, and without … more
The presidential candidacies of Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders attest to a widespread anger with our federal government. A similar sentiment pervades Rhode Island. One way to begin … more
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