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Rhode Island political news: June 2022

Regular updates about Rhode Island politics and political leaders.

RI POLITICS

R.I. Democrats endorse McKee, Magaziner, Diossa, Matos

At the Democratic Party Convention on Sunday, the party's executive director Kate Coyne-McCoy stepped down, saying she is being “called back to national organizing” following US Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.

RI NEWS

Providence off-duty police officer on paid leave after assaulting political opponent at abortion rights rally

Rally organizer and R.I. Political Cooperative co-founder Jennifer Rourke was attempting to deescalate a conflict when Jeann Lugo, her Republican opponent for State Senate District 29, began punching her in the face. Lugo was charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct.

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RI POLITICS

Activists demand R.I. General Assembly reconvene to pass Equality in Abortion Coverage Act

At a rally at the R.I. State House on Friday night, Jennifer Rourke of the Womxn Project called on Governor McKee to refrain from signing the state budget until the Equality in Abortion Coverage Act is passed.

RI POLITICS

‘This ruling is truly catastrophic’; R.I. advocates, politicians react to Roe v. Wade being overturned

“Make no mistake about it: today’s Supreme Court decision will not stop abortions,” Governor Dan McKee said.

GUN SAFETY

Rhode Island gun shop, gun owners sue over new state law banning large-capacity magazines

All said they own magazines or firearms that hold more than 10 rounds, and the new law will make them felons because they are unwilling to comply with it.

RI POLITICS

What does a US Supreme Court ruling on abortion mean for Rhode Island?

Rhode Island’s Reproductive Privacy Act, which passed in 2019, still guarantees the right to an abortion in the state. “However, we really didn’t finish the job,” one state senator said

COLUMN | DAN MCGOWAN

No one can underestimate Nellie Gorbea now

Why is Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea facing criticism in the Rhode Island governor's race? Because she's got momentum.

RHODE MAP

The Rhode Island lawmakers who aren’t running for reelection this year

The General Assembly wrapped up another legislative session, and in keeping with tradition, the House and Senate bid farewell to lawmakers who aren't returning.

BUSINESS

Without massive capital behind them, smaller R.I. food businesses are feeling the pressure from all sides

The turbulent supply chain has sent many commercial kitchens into chaos, where chefs are having to rethink their menus and even reach out to diners for help.

COMMENTARY | KAREN ALZATE

Granting immigrants the right to obtain driver privilege cards benefits all Rhode Islanders

A sponsor of the bill, state Representative Karen Alzate, says the measure Governor McKee is expected to sign will make the Ocean State state a safer, more equitable place