Democratic Women’s Caucus Leader Raises Questions About Party’s Leadership
Saturday, December 16, 2017
"This was a meeting of the nomination committee -- we had one or two interviews until Executive Director Kevin [Olasanyoe] came in and pulled out [Senator] Goldin and said he wanted a staff member there," said Kallman. "We said no, this is only open to the nominating committee. He said either let us in, or you can leave. We stood up and left."
"A group of women don't need to be supervised to ensure we have integrity," said Kallman. "We heard there were concerns about the integrity of the process, which I find deeply offensive and entirely unfounded -- in the climate that we're living, it seemed like exactly the wrong reaction. But we were able to get the business done we were able to get done."
"What has been made clear in the last couple of months not just in RI but nationally - the Democratic party has a lot of rifts and we need some real work to heal that," said Kallman. "The events of last night shook an already fragile confidence. I'm a Democrat and a proud, Progressive Democrat and this party needs to come together on inclusion and women's issues."
"What was disturbing was that the women's caucus came together for a specific purpose -- the events [Thursday] underscored the need for this caucus," said Kallman. "As a party nationally and locally we're doing a reckoning of what it means to be a Democrat these days."
Related Slideshow: GoLocal: Benchmark Poll, October 2017
Next year, in November of 2018, there will be a statewide general election for Governor and many other state offices. How likely is it that you will vote in this election?
Will you definitely be voting, will you probably be voting, are you 50-50...
Definitely be voting: 78%
Probably be voting: 13%
What would you say is the number one problem facing Rhode Island that you would like the Governor to address?
Jobs and economy: 21%
State budget: 9%
Corruption/Public integrity: .8%
Don’t know: .9%
Recently, a proposal has been made to permit the issuance of $81 million in bonds by the State to build a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox. If there was an election today on this issue, would you vote to approve or reject issuing $81 million in financing supported moral obligation bonds to build the stadium?
Net: Approve: 28%
Definitely approve: 15%
Probably approve: 14%
Net: Reject: 67%
Probably reject: 19%
Definitely reject: 48%
Don't know: 4%
The next question is about the total income of YOUR HOUSEHOLD for the PAST 12 MONTHS. Please include your income PLUS the income of all members living in your household (including cohabiting partners and armed forces members living at home).
$50,000 or less: 27%
More $50,000 but less than $75,000: 13%
More $75,000 but less than $100,000: 13%
More $100,000 but less than $150,000: 17%
$150,000 or more: 13%
Don't know/refused: 17%
What particular ethnic group or nationality - such as English, French, Italian, Irish, Latino, Jewish, African American, and so forth - do you consider yourself a part of or feel closest to?
Black or African American: 6%
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