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Usually after a debate ends, a new debate begins as to who won it, or whether it will affect the election. Instead, the debate swirling after this recent Biden-Trump debate is over whether Biden … more
It started with no handshake between two candidates who don’t like each other. When the inevitable question came about the candidates' advanced age and why they didn’t think it was an … more
The Fourth of July will soon be upon us… Hopefully, a time for a sunny day with picnics or barbeques in the back yard or a day at the beach, followed by fireworks at night. But it is not … more
There is landmark legislation currently pending before the General Assembly that seeks to provide something most Rhode Islanders thought they already had: a remedy for violations of their state … more
Around kitchen tables in every community, people are talking about higher prices and fewer available services. Whether at the grocery store or the doctor’s office, whether through higher rent … more
Last Tuesday, June 4, the RI House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed a bill (H 7165A) that’s a step toward decriminalizing prostitution. Lobbyists for decriminalized prostitution have … more
After two years of negotiation, faculty at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) are set to have a new contract with the Rhode Island Council on Postsecondary Education, which manages public … more
As your Senator, my priorities always have been and will continue to be focused on fiscal responsibility and structural change in order to lower tax burdens, increase effectiveness, and improve the … more
I took the time to personally visit the so-called pallet village, on Victor Street in Providence. I can’t help but come to the conclusion; the same people who contrived this idea may also be … more
No state program poses a greater fiscal challenge to Rhode Island than its Medicaid program, which provides indispensable healthcare services to over one in three Rhode Islanders, including our most … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: Pro-Palestinian protests at Brown University came to a peaceful end last week – a contrast to the mass arrests and disorder seen on many campuses across the country. Isabella … more
The prospect of repairing or fully replacing the Washington Bridge has created greater urgency to address Rhode Island’s diminishing ability to pay for its transportation infrastructure. … more
While the vast majority of older adults have Medicare, they still have significant out-of-pocket costs. Medicare Part B Premiums alone amount to $2,100 a year. Add in deductibles, co-payments and the … more
There’s a new generation of film producers emerging in Rhode Island. They will be a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood, New York and the global film industry in general. We always … more
STORY OF THE WEEK State-mandated disclosures about the deaths and near-deaths of Rhode Island children have become increasingly frequent over the last year. Twenty-eight fatalities and an … more
Last month’s YouGov and Yahoo News poll found 53% of Americans lament a Biden-Trump rematch this Fall. But with the stakes so high, Rhode Islanders must be engaged despite living in a deep blue … more
Adopted in 2010, Rhode Island’s funding formula for education — the primary mechanism for delivering state education aid to local communities—was moderately successful in increasing … more
School vacation week made for some swift journeys across the Washington Bridge. STORY OF THE WEEK As the state awaits a forensic review of what went wrong with the Washington Bridge, the … more
The sun is coming in the house, The laughing daffies know it. Their vase was set with care last night, So morning light would show it. They brightly flourish, Souls they nourish, Fighting … more
Rhode Island’s housing affordability problem has resulted primarily from a lack of housing production over a long period of time. The Ocean State ranked 38th among states in per capita housing … more
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