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Money & Influence 03.29.2019

R.I. House committee urged to put line-item veto on ballot

Two-time candidate for governor Ken Block made his annual pilgrimage to the State House on Tuesday to urge reluctant lawmakers to give the governor a “line-item veto″ over the final General Assembly-passed budget.

Common Cause RI’s John Marion talks absent representative voting controversy on State of Mind

Common Cause Rhode Island's John Marion joined Dan Yorke to discuss a controversy over a representative admitted to voting for an absent representative on the House floor.

Voting & Elections 03.22.2019

R.I. officials see voting crises on horizon

The 2020 calendar puts Rhode Island’s September primary so close to the general election the state might violate a federal deadline to get ballots to troops serving overseas. And, surging demand to vote before Election Day is swamping the state Board of Elections and city halls in cumbersome “emergency mail ballots.”

Money & Influence 03.22.2019

The Hummel Report: Principle or personal? Costs soar in R.I. public-records battle

The state Board of Elections has spent more than $12,000 over the last 10 months defending its decision to charge former gubernatorial candidate Ken Block $410 to fulfill a public-records request. Is the fight a matter of principle and legal precedent for the board, or an act of retaliation against a longtime adversary?

Voting & Elections 03.21.2019

Rhode Island had third-highest percentage of uncontested legislative races in 2018

In some states, one political party dominates even without a lift from gerrymandering. The most extreme examples are Massachusetts, Hawaii and Rhode Island, all of which have legislatures controlled by Democrats.

Much on the Line with Redrawing RI’s Legislative Districts

For Rhode Island election reform advocates, the problem isn’t the firm that was hired to do the study, but the system that gives Assembly leaders effective control over the shape of their colleagues’ districts.

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