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MASTER LEVER OUT
The League of Women Voters had long advocated abolishing the Master Lever; this session the General Assembly did that, effective 2015.

ETHICS LEGISLATION OUT
The League of Women Voters had joined with other "good government" organizations to urge ethics legislation, but argued against the "flawed" bill proposed this session in the General Assembly. That bill did not pass.

WHY VOTE NO
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THE TRANSPARENCY PORTAL
The LWV has long urged urged transparency in government. Look at Rhode Island up close, through the Transparency Portal, which details budget expenditures, open meeting law regulations, and asks for citizen input.
CLICK HERE


FINANCING EDUCATION
Financing Education Forum held in Newport.
HIGHLIGHTS


UPDATE
Position on Financing Public Education in Rhode Island
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AT THE STATE HOUSE

State League Studies Education Funding policy for 2014
A subcommittee of the Advocacy Committee is studying the impact of the education funding formula instituted in Rhode Island in 2011 by interviewing local officials to determine how the formula is affecting their work. This may result in a proposal for legislative action

Monitoring:

  • The Board of Elections
  • The Ethics Committee
  • The Judicial Nominating Committee
  • Open Meetings and Open Records

 

Vote 411.org

Rhode Island Voters:
Check out
VOTE411.org

Check voting hours, locate polling places,
and learn about the candidates.
Read their responses to League questions.

Simply enter your address to learn more.

VOTER ID
You must have a photo ID to vote. Acceptable photo IDs are a valid and current RI driver's license, a RI Voter ID, a U.S. passport, an ID issued by an educational institution in the United States, or an ID issued by the U.S. government or State of Rhode Island like a RIPTA bus pass, or college, U.S. military, or government-issued medical card.

PROVISIONAL BALLOT
If you do not have an ID when you go to the polls or there is no record of your registration, ask for a provisional ballot. Do not leave without voting.


League of Women Voters
Candidate Forums

BRISTOL
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 7:00pm
Bristol State House
All candidates for Town Council.
Co-sponsored by East Bay Newspapers, Full Channel and the East Bay Chamber of Commerce.
Questions: Derry Riding 209-5091

EAST PROVIDENCE
Thursday, October 16, 2014 5:00-8:00pm
Weaver Library
Candidates for State Senator in District 32, State Representatives in Districts 64 and 66, candidates for all City Council seats and for school committee for Ward 4. Co-sponsored by East Bay Newspapers, the Rotary Club of East Providence and Seekonk and the Cape Verde Progressive Center. The forum will be broadcast at 9:00am and 6:30pm on Wednesday, Oct. 22 Friday, Oct. 25, and at noon and at 8:00pm on Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 on Cox 17 and on Verizon 24, courtesy of Public Education and Government Public Access TV.
Note: Small portions of East Providence are now included in State Senate District #32 and State House District #66. Candidates for those districts will debate in
Barrington on October 7.
Questions: Susan Escherich 433-4896.

MIDDLETOWN/PORTSMOUTH
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 6:00pm
Portsmouth Public Library
District 72: Representative Linda Finn (D) and Dan Reilly (R)

SOUTH COUNTY DETAILS AND OTHER ELECTION INFORMATION
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Narragansett Town Hall
6:307:30pm: Senate Districts 35, 36, 37, 38 candidates
8:00-9:00pm: Representative Districts 33, 34, 35, 36 candidates

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Narragansett Town Hall
6:307:30pm: South Kingstown School Committee candidates
8:009:00pm: South Kingstown Town Council candidates

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Narragansett Town Hall
6:307:30pm: Narragansett School Committee candidates
8:00-9:00pm: Narragansett Town Council candidates

*For Narragansett candidate forums, to submit questions in advance, e-mail:
sknarr@lwvri.org. The forums will be cablecast live via the Westerly PEG Access studio (Cox Channel 17 & Verizon Channel 28) and rebroadcast on the same channels until Election Day.


PAST DEBATES ON VIDEO

RI Senate Districts 35, 36, 37 & 38 Forum
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RI House Districts 33, 34, 35 & 36 Forum
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Barrington: October 7, 2014
All candidates for Senate District #32, House District #66, and Town Council. Co-sponsored by East Bay Newspapers, Full Channel and the East Bay Chamber of Commerce. Held at Barrington Public Library.
WATCH VIDEO

Narragansett: October 14, 2014
Narragansett School Committee Forum.
WATCH VIDEO

Narragansett: October 14, 2014
Narragansett Town Council Forum.
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Providence: October 9, 2014
Mayoral forum: Jorge Elorza, Vincent Cianci, Daniel Harrop
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South Kingstown: October 8, 2014
South Kingstown School Committee Forum.
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South Kingstown: October 8, 2014
South Kingstown Town Council Forum.
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Warren: September 4, 2014
Warren Democratic Candidates Forum.
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Warren: October 9, 2014 Warren Town Hall
All candidates for Town Council. Co-sponsored by East Bay Newspapers, Full Channel and the East Bay Chamber of Commerce.
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A Constitutional Convention for RI?

This November 4 Rhode Island voters will decide whether to hold a Constitutional Convention, the first one in 30 years. (See Article XIV and Fact Sheet on 1986 Convention.) On March 29 Common Cause, with several other organizations, including The League of Women Voters, discussed the decision at Bryant University.
VIEW VIDEO

For background, see:

  • "Legislative initiated constitutional change in Rhode Island: The last 10 years," Prepared for 'A Constitutional Convention for Rhode Island?'
    Common Cause RI executive director John Marion
    CLICK HERE
     
  • "Is a Constitutional Convention Really Needed?"
    Gary Sasse, GoLocal, November 6, 2013
    CLICK HERE
     
  • "Forward: Getting From Here to There: Twenty-First Century Mechanisms and Opportunities in State Constitutional Reform"
    G. Alan Tarr and Robert F. Williams
    CLICK HERE

John Marion, executive director Common Cause Rhode Island; Mary E. Chace, LWVRI lobbyist; Lila Sapingsley, six-term RI Senator, long-time LWVRI member and devoted to women's rights; Jane W. Koster, President, LWVRI; Professor G. Alan Tarr, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University-Camden; and Robert Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law at Rutgers University-Camden.


SOUTH COUNTY DEBATE September 30, 2014
Representative Teresa Ann Tanzi (District 34), Stephen C. Tetzner (House District 34 candidate), Kathleen A. Fogarty and Lacey McGreevy (District 35 candidates), Blake Anthony Filippi (House District 36 candidate), Rep. Donna M. Walsh (House District 36).

 

SOUTH COUNTY DEBATE September 30, 2014
James M. Callahan, Mark W. Gee (Senate District 35), V. Susan Sosnowski (Senate District 37).


She Shines YWCA Radio Program

Jane Koster, Liz Head, and Sandy Riojas
before recording the She Shines YWCA radio program.
To be aired October 25, 2014 at 10:00am on WOON 1240.


Common Cause RI

Common Cause RI 44th Annual Meeting, October 15, 2014.
Phil West, accepting award, Jane W. Koster and Greta Abbott.


Registering Voters at Lippitt House
May 7, 2014

Liz Head from Providence LWV registers voters at
Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum lawn party, May 7


The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.

Dwight Eisenhower

 

ACCESSING GOVERNMENT
IN RHODE ISLAND
ACCESS/RI has outlined the limitations on the public's access in Access Limited: An Audit of Compliance with the Rhode Island Public Records Act(2014).
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PROVIDENCE LWV CONVERSATION
Crumbling Schools: Too Awful to Ignore
October 8, 2014
7:00pm
Speaker: Joseph Da Silva, School Construction Coordinator, RI Department of Education
603 Angell St.
Providence, RI
For more information, contact
joan.retsinas@gmail.com


STUDY ITEMS
How Fair is the State Funding for Libraries? What is the physical status of Providence School Buildings?
At the June 19 annual meeting, the Providence League of Women Voters elected those study items for 2014-2015.


SEE THE LATEST VOTER!
OCTOBER 2014 (pdf)


GOVERNMENT DATA
For Rhode Island, see Rhode Island Foundation
CLICK HERE

For Providence, see city site
CLICK HERE


THE BOOK GROUP
MEETS MONTHLY

Discussing "I am Malala"
June 2014

SUMMER BOOKS

July 10, 2014
"THE LAST RUNAWAY"
by Tracy Chevalier

August 7, 2014
"LEAN IN"
by Sheryl Sandberg

Next Meeting
1:00pm
133 Terrace Avenue
Riverside, RI
MORE INFO


NEEDED: Volunteers
The Ethics Commission, the Board of Elections, legislative committee session, the Environmental Council of RI... all need citizen input.

The LWV needs volunteers to attend meetings. If many volunteer, we would each attend a few sessions, and report back. If you can spare a few hours, contact Susan Escherich at 401-433-4896.

 


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