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Behind Closed Doors: The Ongoing Struggle for Public Records Access in Rhode Island

Rhode Island Monthly on the fight for access to public records.

Media & Democracy 08.21.2023

Drama over snubs and no-shows hangs over CD1 debates

John Marion talks about the benefits of debates in the lead up to this September's special election.

Media & Democracy 04.7.2019

First Amendment: Up to the public to shine a light on government

Rhode Island celebrated “Sunshine Week” recently, but when it comes to open government in Rhode Island these days, the more accurate description might be “Sunshine: Weak.”

Voting & Elections 08.7.2018

Fung, Raimondo in no hurry to debate primary rivals

Gov. Gina Raimondo and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, the Democratic and Republican front-runners in the R.I. governor’s race, have so far passed on invitations to debate their opponents before the Sept. 12 primary, marking a major departure from prior campaigns, when candidates hit the stage repeatedly.

Media & Democracy 07.17.2018

Ethics Commission to put all state, municipal officials’ financial disclosures online

Soon Rhode Islanders will be able to examine the financial disclosures of appointed and elected officials from the comfort of their couches. The state Ethics Commission on Tuesday agreed to allow Executive Director Jason Gramitt to proceed with an initiative to put the annual financial disclosure statements of more than 4,000 officials and candidates online.

Media & Democracy 06.23.2018

R.I. General Assembly grinds to conclusion of 2018 legislative session

The 2018 legislative session that began on a wintry day in January ended just before midnight on Saturday after a daylong flurry of votes on scores of bills still in play right up until the very last moment.

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