Month: January 2013

Champions of Marriage Equality in the RI House

I’ve already put up the Rogues gallery but I thought it would be a good time to highlight the people who pushed the bill forward:

Speaker Gordon Fox

Judiciary Chair Edith Ajello

Representative Frank Ferri

Representative Christopher Blazejewski

Representative Art Handy

Representative Teresa Tanzi

 

In Preparation for the Senate Marriage Equality Battle in Rhode Island

So you can see I posted a Rogues Gallery of all the Representatives who voted against marriage equality. Some of the names on the list rang bells for me.

So I did some digging and found out a number of them had graduated from LaSalle Academy, same as I had. In fact one I definitely knew of as he graduated the year before me. Others graduated when I began high school.

So I’m scanning through the 38 Senators now. I figure lets identify those with whom I share an alma mater. It could be useful.

Sen. William J. Conley Jr. is on the Board of Regents of LaSalle. Now as far as I recall you had to be a grad of the school to serve so it’s likely he is though his bio doesn’t mention that.

Sen. Daniel DaPonte graduated from LaSalle Academy in 1996

Sen. Paul W. Fogarty  graduated LaSalle Academy, no year indicated.

Sen. Dominick J. Ruggerio – graduated from LaSalle Academy in 1966

Sen. William A. Walaska – graduated LaSalle Academy, no year provided.

That’s five out of thirty eight, or 13% of the Senate are affiliate with and/or graduated from LaSalle Academy.

What’s more interesting as I went through lots of schools starting with Saint, Bishop etc. in there.

 

The Rogues Gallery of RI Representatives that voted AGAINST Marriage Equality

I’ve already posted the roll over here on scribd.

 

But I figured it would be especially derisive to post the photos of those who voted against us.

And if you like, go hit the House site and lookup the legislators and see what they do for a living. You may want to avoid them in the future.

So to begin with the gallery of the 19 who voted against us in our quest for full equality and note, I tagged all LaSalle Academy grads, since I graduated from LaSalle in 1982 and we all share an alma mater. And in fact a full 26% of the bigots graduated from LaSalle. I don’t get it, I went to the same school and I didn’t turn out to be an asshat.

Rep. Samuel A. Azzinaro – Deputy Majority Leader
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Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt
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Rep. John M. Carnevale (LaSalle Academy Class of 1979)
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Rep. Stephen M. Casey
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Rep. Michael W. Chippendale – Senior Deputy Minority Leader
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Rep. Arthur J. Corvese – Deputy Majority Leader

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Rep. Doreen M. Costa – Deputy Minority Whip
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Rep. Gregory J. Costantino (LaSalle Academy Class of 1978)
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Rep. Antonio Giarrusso
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Rep. Raymond A. Hull (LaSalle Academy Class of 1981 – they year before me!)
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Rep. Raymond H. Johnston, Jr.
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Rep. Jan Malik
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Rep. James N. McLaughlin – the incoherent one of the bunch of bigots
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Rep. Patricia L. Morgan
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Rep. Robert D. Phillips
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Rep. William San Bento Jr. – Deputy Majority Leader
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Rep. Joseph A. Trillo – Deputy Minority Whip (LaSalle Academy grad, no year available)
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Rep. Stephen R. Ucci – Majority Whip (LaSalle Academy Class of 1989)
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Rep. Thomas J. Winfield
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