Monday, October 3, 2011
Former State Rep. Doug Gablinske talks about education, reform and teachers' union culpability in the cyberstalking adventures of its deputy executive director.
The recent cyberstalking conviction of John Leidecker, the National Education Association Rhode Island’s (NEARI) deputy executive director, was the end of just another – but surely not the last – story of labor’s long reach in Rhode Island politics. Satisfied with the prosecution and outcome of the trial, former State Rep. Doug Gablinske nonetheless holds the NEARI accountable, at least in part, for Leidecker’s actions. Gablinske believes that his position on the Education Department’s new funding formula caused him to lose the election, with the help of strong union support for his opponent and the eventual winner, Richard Morrison. That position hasn’t changed. “We have some big problems in this state right now, and they can’t be …
Saturday, June 18, 2011
See what local legislators have been doing at the State House.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Here are the highlights from news and events that took place in the General Assembly this week. For more information on any of these items visit the General Assembly website. Assembly approves District Court rearrangement The General Assembly approved legislation sponsored by House Majority Whip J. Patrick O’Neill (D-Dist. 59, Pawtucket) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Michael J. McCaffrey (D-Dist. 29, Warwick) to ease overcrowding at the J. Joseph Garrahy Judicial Complex in Providence by rearranging the jurisdictions of Rhode Island’s district courts. The bill (2011-H 5131aa, 2011-S 0117A) moves District Court cases from a number of towns in Providence County – Foster, Glocester, Johnston, Lincoln, North Providence, North …
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The Warren Town Council debated over the fate of the Bristol County Water Authority reaching a confusing split decision.
The Warren Town Council went back and forth during their Tuesday night meeting on whether or not to push through a resolution to the state legislature recommending that the Bristol County Water Authority (BCWA) be placed under the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The BCWA has come under criticism for a lack of transparency in a variety of issues including their finances and emergency protocols among others. Their integration into the PUC has been suggested with the hope that having to answer to a more authoritative state body will force BCWA to address these issues. The Council voted to approve the the resolution in a 3-2 vote with Councilman Scott Lial, Davison Bolster and Council Vice-President Christopher Stanley voting …