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On Politics
4:15 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

TGIF: 17 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Rhode Island's crop of newly elected officials are starting to staff up as we move toward the Thanksgiving lull later this month. Thanks for stopping by. As always, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (org) and to follow me on the twitters. Let's get to it.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
3:40 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Master Lever Myths

State lawmakers have been fighting over the master lever for years, but how much does it really matter?
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Eliminating the master lever in Rhode Island elections is picking up steam in the General Assembly. RIPR political analyst  Scott MacKay says getting rid of straight party voting may be much ado about not much.

The Rhode Island House of Representatives recently voted unanimously to end the so-called master lever, a relic of the state’s urban political machine past. A conga line of statewide elected politicians, from Gov. Lincoln Chafee down to Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, support this change.

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On Politics
4:40 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Welcome back to my Friday column. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me through the week via the twitters. Let's head in.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Political Roundtable: Salvatore on Providence's Finances, the People's Pledge, Master Lever & More

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Providence Ward 14 City Councilor David Salvatore, chairman of the council's Ways and Means Committee, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the emergence of Providence's finances as a campaign issue; the impact of a "People's Pledge" in the Democratic primary; the soaring cost of growing state Medicaid enrollment; and the possible effect of eliminating the master lever.

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On Politics
6:51 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

House Votes 70-0 To Kill Master Lever; Paiva Weed "Keeping An Open Mind"

Rep Doreen Costa (R-North Kingstown) rebutted one colleague's concern by saying grandparents are "smart cookies" who can understand voting without the master lever.
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The Rhode Island House, in an abrupt change after years of indifference to the issue, voted unanimously Thursday to eliminate the use of the master lever in Rhode Island in 2014. Through her spokeswoman, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed said she's "keeping an open mind about the legislation to eliminate the straight ticket voting option from Rhode Island ballots."

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