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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
MORE INFO


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.

To vote in either Democratic or Republican party primaries,
a voter must be registered in one of the parties
or unaffiliated. An unaffiliated voter may decide
at the polling place which party primary to vote in.


League of Women Voters
Candidate Forums

See Video of September 4th
 Warren Democratic Candidates Forum
CLICK HERE

BARRINGTON
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 6:00-8:30pm
Barrington Public Library
All candidates for Senate District #32, House District #66, and Town Council. SEE NOTE
Co-sponsored by East Bay Newspapers, Full Channel and the East Bay Chamber of Commerce.
Questions: Joanne DeVoe 247-3004.

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 5:30-8:30pm
Weaver Library
Candidates for State Representative in District 64 and candidates for all City Council seats and 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.
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: Mary Chace 437-2846.

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

SOUTH COUNTY DETAILS
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.

WARREN
Thursday, September 4, 2014 6:30-8:30pm
Warren Town Hall
Democratic candidates for Town Council.
Co-sponsored by East Bay Newspapers, Full Channel and the East Bay Chamber of Commerce.
Questions: Joanne DeVoe 247-3004.
SEE VIDEO

Thursday, October 9, 2014 6:30-8:30pm
Warren Town Hall
All candidates for Town Council.
Co-sponsored by East Bay Newspapers, Full Channel and the East Bay Chamber of Commerce.
Questions: Joanne DeVoe 247-3004.


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. (See Agenda.) 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.


League Day at the State House

League of Women Voters met with
Mayor James Diossa (Central Falls) at
League Day at the State House, March 26, 2014


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 in Action

Providence Conversation with Jeanne Bondarevskis, Water Board
Senior Director of Administration, and Xay Khamsyvoravong, Chair.
Read their comments | Read "Reducing Exposure To Lead"
January 30, 2014

Newport County League Meeting at the Newport Public Library
Topic: Issues and options of unifying the high schools in Newport County.
January 16, 2014
L-R: Newport League members Louisa Boatwright and Hank Knistern,
Middletown Town Councilwoman Barbara von Villas,
Newport City Council Ward 2 Representative Justin McLaughlin.


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

 

September 23
National LWV Voter
Registration Day
Leagues across RI will be registering voters at:

  • CCRI
    1 Hilton Street
    Providence, RI 02905 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
     
  • Woonsocket YWCA
    514 Blackstone Street
    Woonsocket, RI 02895
    11:00am to 1:30pm
     
  • Broad Street Y
    640 Broad Street
    Providence, RI 02907
    9:30am to 11:30am
     
  • East Side Y
    38 Hope Street
    Providence, RI 02906
    4:30pm to 6:30pm
     
  • CCRI Newport Campus
    One John H. Chafee Blvd.
    Newport, RI 02840
    10:00am to 2:00pm

From 11:00am to 1:00pm, the Secretary of State's office will be available to issue voter id cards.


MAYORAL DEBATES:
A Partnership Between LWV and Providence Community Library
Upcoming Debates:
Thursday, October 9, 2014
6:00pm
Rochambeau Library


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!
FEBRUARY 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.

 


The League neither supports nor opposes candidates for office at any level of government.

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