U.S. Supreme Court http://ripr.org en Political Roundtable: Brown on Civil Liberties, the General Assembly, and the Hobby Lobby Decision http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-brown-civil-liberties-general-assembly-and-hobby-lobby-decision <p></p><p>Steve Brown, executive director of the Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss a new law instituting harsher sentences for gang-related crime; the 2014 session of the General Assembly; the US Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision; and why the ACLU opposes the convening of a constitutional convention.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 36120 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Brown on Civil Liberties, the General Assembly, and the Hobby Lobby Decision Local Reactions To The Hobby Lobby Decision http://ripr.org/post/local-reactions-hobby-lobby-decision <p>Reactions are still coming in to today's U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby (that decision, that the company is not required to cover contraceptives as part of employees' health insurance, can be read <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/13-354_olp1.pdf">here</a>.). Here are a few so far. Keep in mind, more decisions related to this one are expected.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:01:52 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 36015 at http://ripr.org Poor Air Quality Days In Rhode Island To Dwindle In The Future http://ripr.org/post/poor-air-quality-days-rhode-island-dwindle-future <p>Every Rhode Island county with an air quality monitoring device had slightly more smoggy days this year compared to last year, according to <a href="http://www.stateoftheair.org/2014/states/rhode-island/">a report</a> issued this year by the American Lung Association. The state will likely see those smoggy days dwindle in the future.</p><p></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 11:35:12 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 32908 at http://ripr.org