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  • June 10, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    From the Young Dems:

    As the primary season comes to an end and we get closer to the Democratic National Convention in August - the RI Young Democrats are preparing for a busy summer and fall. We hope you'll join us at our next meeting:

    TONIGHT, Tuesday, June 10th at 6:00PM at the Wild Colonial, located at 250 South Water Street in Providence.

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  • June 06, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    It's shaping up as a historic election season, and Secretary of State Ralph Mollis wants to you know the following:

    Voters who are affiliated with the Democratic or Republican Party have until June 11 to disaffiliate if they plan on voting in a different party’s primary September 9. Voters can disaffiliate by contacting the board of canvassers in the city or town that is their legal residence.

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  • June 06, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Two upcoming meetings.

    From the RI Dems:

    PAWTUCKET- The Rhode Island Democratic State Committee will meet this Sunday, June 8th in West Warwick to enthusiastically endorse the re-election bids of United States Senator Jack Reed, Congressman Patrick Kennedy and Congressman Jim Langevin. The Committee will also elect nine delegates to the Democratic National Convention.

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  • May 21, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Marcia Cone-Tighe from the Women's Fund of RI recently joined us on Newsmakers to talk about the launch of the Women's Policy Institute, and there's a related event, hosted by Phoenix contributor Mary Ann Sorrentino, at Bob Burke's Federal Reserve on Thursday.

    Kim recently wrote about this:

    • Join the Women's Fund of Rhode Island as they launch the Women's Policy Institute this coming Thursday, May, 22nd! Come meet the 2008 Women's Policy Fellows at the Federal Reserve from 5:30-7:30PM.

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  • May 16, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    As part of its advocacy for Obama's campaign, MoveOn is seeking nationwide hosts for what it calls its Bush-McCain Challenge:

    Sign up to host a Bush-McCain Challenge table on Wednesday, May 28th. We'll give you everything you need to hold a successful event, including a start-to-finish guide and all the materials.

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  • May 15, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Kudos + congrats to my friend Matt, an occasional Phoenix contributor, who graduates this week from Roger Williams Law School.

    The RI Populist was today among the winners of the Metcalf Diversity in Media Award (named for former ProJo publisher Michael Metcalf), which are presented for public-interest reporting by Rhode Island for Community and Justice:

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  • May 15, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Monique, at Anchor (via the Valley Breeze) has RI GOP chair Gio Cicione's insurrectionary clarion call to the local populace:

    It is said that every man and every woman - somewhere over the course of their life - must have their moment.

    It is a moment of recognition that something larger than the day to day details of our own family life is beckoning and we must answer to it.

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  • May 14, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    While immigration gets a lot more attention these days, it's worth remembering the civic organizing of Latinos in Rhode Island.

    Tomas Avila was kind enough to copy me on an e-mail noting this important date in local history:

    "Haciendo Historia" RILPAC

    Thursday May 14, 1998

    Back on Thursda May 14, 1998 after months of meeting and planning and Seinfeld finale episode was taking place, the founders of the Rhode Island Latino Political Action Committee (RILPAC) held the official organizing meeting at La Cabaña Night Club, holding election of officers and board of Directors with the following outcome.

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  • May 12, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    So says Anchor Rising's Andrew about Wednesday's Reagan-Lincoln Day fundraiser at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet:

    We don't generally promote specific political fundraising events here at Anchor Rising, but will point out that this Wednesday's Reagan-Lincoln Day Fundraiser at Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet is a little different from the kind of event that RI Republicans usually sponsor.

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  • May 12, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    While it would be nice to believe that we have arrived at a color-blind society, this is obviously not the case, particularly as it pertains to the criminal justice system. Two examples from last week, via the NYT.

    No. 1:

    More than two decades after President Ronald Reagan escalated the war on drugs, arrests for drug sales or, more often, drug possession are still rising.

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  • May 07, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Leadership Rhode Island is offering a series, starting next week on Women + Politics:

    Networking Receptions with Roundtable Discussions

    Focusing on Women in Politics

    Thursdays, May 15th, 22nd and 29th

    from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

    at Leadership Rhode Island

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  • May 05, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    There are legislative fundraisers, and then there are legislative fundraisers. Those of Representative David Segal, which have a bit of Mardi Gras, fall into the latter category, and he's got one this week.

    Please Join Rep Segal for a night of music, fun and progressive politics this Thursday, May 8th, at Nick-a-Nee's in Providence's Jewelry District.

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  • May 03, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Local peace activist Mark Stahl is apparently experiencing a little pushback for some critical remarks he made about the Brown pie-tossers. He relayed these comments to me via e-mail this past week, and I thought it was important to include his gist in the related story by Ariel Werner:

    “I totally reject this action as an absurd and unwelcome attack on freedom of speech.

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  • May 02, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Renaissance Man Robert Healey, the leader of the Cool Moose Party in Rhode Island, knows just how tough it is to build an alt-party. In 2002, I wrote about the challenges facing alternative parties.

    Healey, 45, who is still hailed by strangers on the street as "Cool Moose" and "the Moose Guy," is currently running for lieutenant governor on a platform of abolishing the office.

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  • May 01, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    In a story about how one person can make a big difference, the Phoenix reported last year on how Caitie Whelan, a senior at Brown, has been aiding the Merasi, a community of lower-caste musicians in India.

    Under the Hindu caste system, the 15,000 Merasi in Jaisalmer District, Rajasthan, are members of the lowest strata within the untouchable caste, “the lowest of the low,” according to Whelan.

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