Secretary of State en Name Placement To Be Determined For Woonsocket Special Election Ballot <p>The secretary of state’s office will hold a lottery Friday to determine the ballot placement of names for a special primary election in Woonsocket. Four candidates are competing in the January 21<sup>st</sup> primary for the state rep seat formerly held by state Rep Lisa Baldelli-Hunt.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Baldelli-Hunt resigned her state rep seat after winning election as mayor of Woonsocket last month. The primary election could decide who succeeds Baldelli-Hunt, since the four candidates are all Democrats.</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:40:15 +0000 Ian Donnis 26871 at Rhode Island Remembers Susan Farmer <p>Former Secretary of State and public television executive Susan Farmer has died after a long fight with cancer.</p><p></p><p>Farmer became the first woman elected to statewide office when she won an election for secretary of state in 1982. Former <em>Providence Journal</em> political columnist M. Charles Bakst said Farmer was the leader in a wave of GOP women winning political office.</p><p>“Republicans led the way in this state. Five of the first six women who were elected to office were Republicans,” said Bakst. “She was a liberal Republican. In her day, that was the thing to be.”</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 21:01:38 +0000 Scott MacKay & Ian Donnis & Josie Guarino 21763 at Rhode Island Remembers Susan Farmer Key Political Races Already Beginning to Materialize For 2014 <p>With more than a year until Rhode Island’s next statewide primary, a growing number of candidates are emerging for some key offices.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Nellie Gorbea is the latest candidate in a three-way Democratic field for secretary of state. She boasts two decades of public and private sector and experience, and was a high-ranking aide when Matt Brown served as secretary of state.</p><p></p><p>Gorbea joins two other Democrats in the race for that seat: Guillaume de Ramel, who ran for secretary of state in 2006, and Edwin Pacheo, a former state Democratic chairman.</p><p></p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 12:33:24 +0000 Ian Donnis 19051 at Key Political Races Already Beginning to Materialize For 2014 Celebrating the 350th Anniversary of Rhode Island's Colonial Charter <p>Today is July 1<sup>st</sup> – the start of a very special month in Rhode Island.&nbsp; It was in this month 350 years ago that King Charles II signed the royal charter, granting the colony unprecedented religious freedom.&nbsp; Rhode Island Public Radio’s Flo Jonic sat down with a noted historian to discuss this milestone.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 12:58:58 +0000 Flo Jonic 17709 at Celebrating the 350th Anniversary of Rhode Island's Colonial Charter Business Annual Reports Due March 31st <p>Rhode Island businesses have a little more than a week left to file their annual reports with the state.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For-profit businesses are required to file by March 31st each year.<br><br>This year the last day of the month falls on a Sunday.&nbsp; However businesses can still file up to midnight on that day if they do so online.&nbsp; The<a href="" target="_blank"> link for Annual Reports</a> is found on the website of the Secretary of State.&nbsp;<br><br>Businesses can also file by mail or in-person.<br> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 11:18:37 +0000 Lydia Rogers 12372 at