As the hours dwindle to tomorrow’s Senate Judiciary Committee consideration of same-sex marriage, it appears advocates of gay unions have an advantage, say State House sources. What is still unknown is what will happen when the issue hits the Senate floor, which could come as early as Wednesday, or more likely, Thursday.
What is clear this time around is that the marriage equality campaign has done a better job this time around than two years ago, when the General Assembly approved civil unions in a compromise that pleased neither side.
The Sunday New York Times is out with Matt Bai's lengthy and well-written overview of Rhode Island's disastrous investment in 38 Studios, former Red Sox star Curt Schilling's bankrupt video game company. Bai's story doesn't offer much in the way of new findings, but it will expose the Ocean State's folly to a broad audience of influentials.
With the aftermath of this week's Boston Marathon attack remaining in the forefront of headlines, we're keeping the focus on politics in my Friday column. Thanks for stopping by; as always, your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org.
After the mourning comes the reckoning. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why Boston will not only survive, but thrive.
The year was 1976 and Boston, the nation’s birthplace, was celebrating the American bicentennial with paeans to liberty, equality and justice. But the city that spawned the abolition and women's rights movements was riven by racial division.
The image of Boston that flashed around the world that year was a photograph of a black man being assaulted by an angry white man using as a spear a staff with an American flag on it.
The Rhode Island Supreme Court has overturned a lower court decision that barred unionized employees of the Providence Public Library from collecting about $150,000 in accumulated vacation pay.
In a decision released today, the high court vacated a decision by Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter that barred the unionized workers from collecting the money because their union, the United Service and Allied Workers of Rhode Island, did not file a timely appeal of a state Department of Labor Training opinion .
In a sign of good news for Rhode Island’s struggling economy, the state Department of Labor and Training reports that the state unemployment rate dropped in March to 9.1 percent, from 9.4 percent in February. The March rate represents the lowest since November 2008.
Rhode Island jobs increased by 1,500 in March, but the state’s workforce still has a long way to go before it reaches the pre-recession level of December, 2006.
In the past year the unemployment rate in the Ocean State has declined by 1.5 percentage points, the biggest drop since the mid 1980s.
With a Senate Judiciary Committee vote on same-sex marriage legislation expected as soon as next week, the group leading the campaign in favor of legalization says it plans to deploy more than 300 people this weekend to knock on doors and make phone calls.
Ray Sullivan, the head of Rhode Islanders United for Marriage, says the stepped-up effort is meant to connect constituents in key Senate districts with their legislators "to carry the message and the banner that it's finally time to pass marriage equality."
Please come to the social/good cause event of the season on Thursday, April 18, at the MET in Pawtucket: The `Made in Rhode Island’ Spring Benefit fundraising event for Rhode Island Public Radio featuring NPR congressional correspondent Tamara Keith.
This soiree begins at 6 p.m. at the MET, located in Hope Artiste Village at 1005 Main Street in Pawtucket.