Rhode Island's Future

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Rhode Island's Future is a Rhode Island blog dubbed the "state's most popular political blog" by the Phoenix Newspaper.[1]

The blog was started in March 2005[2] by political activist Matthew Jerzyk, a long-time community and union organizer with SEIU and Jobs with Justice. Contributing to this was the first Green Party elected official in Rhode Island's history (who later became a Democrat), State Representative David Segal.[3]

Rhode Island's Future played a key role in the 2006 Senate race[4] between Sheldon Whitehouse and Lincoln Chafee by exposing a scandal involving a Chafee staffer[5] sending controversial emails from a government computer[6] just one week before the election. Jerzyk, the blog's editor, also played a central role in a prominent controversy at Roger Williams University School of Law involving the Chairman of the University's Board of Trustees use of the "N-word" and the subsequent removal of his name from the law school.[7]

Edited by Bob Plain, the site features as contributors:[8]

  • Steve Ahlquist
  • Samuel G. Howard
  • Tom Sgouros
  • Andrew Stewart
  • Brian Hull
  • Samuel Bell
  • Dave Fisher
  • Frymaster
  • Peter Nightingale
  • Elisha Aldrich
  • Bruce Reilly
  • transportprovidence
  • Mark Binder
  • Russ Conway

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