Rhode Island Elected A Slate of Progressives in 2016. Now Centrists Are Coming for Them.

In These Times
The Democratic Party establishment is launching a counterinsurgency.

BY STEVE AHLQUIST
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—“I am the only candidate in District Five who is fighting to protect a woman’s choice,” said incumbent state Rep. Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, a black woman, Jamaican immigrant and progressive Democrat, to more than a dozen volunteers in her backyard July 14. “I believe that women should have access to safe abortions.”

Ranglin-Vassell and her supporters were preparing for a long day of canvassing. “Marcia trusts women,” campaign volunteer Carolyn Morgan wrote to In These Times in an email. “I adore her!”

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