Articles by: Pat Ford

Court Consent Judgement Strikes From The Books Cranston Anti-Panhandling Ordinance / Cranston Mayor Statement!

  In a major victory for the First Amendment and the rights of the poor that ends a four-year battle between the ACLU of RI and the City of Cranston, U.S. District Court Chief Judge William Smith today signed an order declaring the City’s anti-panhandling ordinance unconstitutional and barring the City[Read More…]

by April 20, 2021

Rhode Island Congressman Cicilline Statement on Passing of Vice President Walter Mondale: Cites President Ronald Reagan

  U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement this morning on the passing of former Vice President Walter Mondale: “A true son of Minnesota, Walter “Fritz” Mondale rose from humble origins to serve our country as an Army Corporal, in the U.S. Senate, and as Vice President of[Read More…]

by April 20, 2021


    A federal judge has approved the settlement of a lawsuit filed in January by ACLU of Rhode Island cooperating attorney Richard A. Sinapi that challenged the constitutionality of a Portsmouth town ordinance banning the posting of political signs on residential property. The favorable settlement, which permanently bars enforcement[Read More…]

by April 20, 2021

Press Conference: Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont Announces Connecticut’s Latest Covid News!

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by April 19, 2021

Governor McKee, RIDOH Announce Vaccine Eligibility Open To All Rhode Islanders 16+, 9K Appointments To Be Released Tuesday

Governor McKee, RIDOH Announce Vaccine Eligibility Open to all Rhode Islanders 16+, 9K Appointments to be Released Tuesday As eligibility opens, Rhode Island is #1 in nation in fully vaccinated seniors PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Dan McKee and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) today announced that COVID-19 vaccine eligibility[Read More…]

by April 19, 2021

CNN: Congressman Cicilline On Congress’ Role To Prevent Mass Shootings

  “We have a gun violence epidemic in this country. 316 people will be shot every single day. 106 People die at the hands of a gun. It’s a public health crisis. It’s an epidemic. It’s a level of gun violence that doesn’t exist in any other developed country. There[Read More…]

by April 18, 2021

Rhode Island Restaurant Industry In Uproar! Factions Emerge In Response To Successive “Do Nothing” Administrations

    Is it a case of “Paralysis Through Analysis”? Rival factions are beginning to emerge in the Rhode Island Restaurant Industry. And as a seemingly endless series of “C Suite” meetings occur, with little or no results, the Summer Tourism Season is in jeopardy, as restaurants around the state[Read More…]

by April 18, 2021

Twin River Card Dealers Seek To Break Ties To LIUNA Labor Union

Just months off of a bitter dispute with Management and Laborers Local Union 711 – LIUNA, Twin River Card Dealers have filed paperwork with the National Labor Relations Board to formally sever ties with the embattled Labor Union. Allegations of improper pension fund accounting …  cancelled health benefits … alleged[Read More…]

by April 17, 2021

Attorney General issues APRA finding in Lyssikatos v. Narragansett Police Department

    Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced that his office has issued a finding in response to an Access to Public Records Act (APRA) complaint filed against the Narragansett Police Department by Dimitri Lyssikatos. As detailed in the finding, the Office of the Attorney General found that 14 internal[Read More…]

by April 16, 2021

Congressman Cicilline Remarks on Paycheck Fairness Act

  U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke on the House floor today during debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R.7), legislation that strengthens and closes loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act, including providing effective remedies for workers who are not being paid equal pay for equal work. A[Read More…]

by April 16, 2021