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The data for the redrawing of Rhode Island's General Assembly districts is expected to emerge in late August, setting the stage for separating potential winners and losers in the decennial redistricting process. Redistricting is a kind of political blood more
As the state representative from District 58, it is an honor and privilege to represent my hard-working neighbors from Pawtucket. Like many other districts in the urban core, my district is majority-minority and my neighbors and more
We all are stories in the making. I write this shortly following the loss of my father-in-law, Henri Arts, who certainly lived a full life during his 92 years. Born in Holland, he lived through German occupation, and left for more
The $13.1 billion budget quickly passed last week by Rhode Island's House Finance Committee reflects the consensus-building approach of Speaker Joe Shekarchi. The spending plan continues the aversion of previous state leaders to broad-based tax more
More than a decade has passed since Rhode Island cut the state's top marginal tax rate under then-Gov. Don Carcieri in 2010. Now, with more progressives in the General Assembly, there are growing calls to raise taxes on affluent residents. The Rhode more
The fight over control of Rhode Island's third-largest hospital group got relatively little local attention for a long time. The lawyer for Prospect Medical Holdings, the California-based parent of Roger Williams Medical Center and Our Lady of Fatima more
Can summer happen if there aren't enough workers to serve lobster rolls, staff lifeguard stations and fill other jobs? That's a big concern in Rhode Island, where tourism is one of the state's biggest industries. Matt Weldon, director of the state more
As people who work on the frontlines know, it's difficult to attract funding for prevention. "Basically, what's billable is provable, which is ridiculous," Teny Gross, the first director of the Nonviolence Institute, told me when I did the first in-depth more
Nursing home residents deserve quality care. When an individual or a family makes the difficult decision to choose placement in a nursing home or long-term care facility, they do so with the … more
Back in January 2020 - before the pandemic was on the radar - Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza warned against complacency about the city's underfunded pension. At the same time, after his pitch for monetizing Providence's water supply was DOA at the State more
Although Vice President Kamala Harris had a whirlwind visit to Rhode Island last week, she spent a lot more time with locals than predecessors Mike Pence and Joe Biden when they were here, respectively, in 2017 and 2016. The way that Harris directed the more
Whether the conviction of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd represents a paradigm shift will take time to tell. For many, the conviction represents a long overdue step toward greater accountability. "No verdict will ease the pain of the Floyd more
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