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Voting & Elections 02.27.2019

Campaign Finance Advocates Renew Push To Make Rhode Island Elections More Competitive

A newly introduced bill in the General Assembly aims to make legislative and statewide elections in Rhode Island more competitive by giving under-funded candidates financial help against deeper-pocketed rivals.

Money & Influence 02.27.2019

Good government group proposes a new public financing system

A good government group is proposing a public financing system for candidates seeking a seat in the Rhode Island General Assembly.

Meltdown in RI House over Black History Month speech

An extemporaneous speech Tuesday afternoon about Black History Month devolved into a tense shouting match on the Rhode Island House floor involving the deputy speaker and multiple lawmakers of color.

Ethics 02.26.2019

R.I. Supreme Court justice violated state ethics code, board finds

Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice Francis X. Flaherty said it never crossed his mind to mention he was president of the St. Thomas More Society of Rhode Island on his annual state financial disclosure form, even while he was on the bench for an appeal of a priest sexual abuse case.

Mayoral appointment of second cousin is not nepotism in RI

The Rhode Island Code of Ethics restricts government administrators from hiring or appointing nearly four dozen branches of their family trees, including grandfather-in-law, step-nephew, and uncle-in-law, but for blood-relatives, the line was drawn right before their cousin's children.

Voting & Elections 02.25.2019

Committee Begins Work To Ensure Accurate 2020 Census Count

State leaders are worried Rhode Island will be undercounted in the 2020 Census. A group of volunteers, including elected officials, policy makers, activists, and members of the private sector are trying to change that.

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