straight-ticket voting http://ripr.org en The inconvenient master lever truth http://ripr.org/post/inconvenient-master-lever-truth <p>Providence is Rhode Island’s most diverse municipality. The capital city is home to just about every segment of &nbsp;Rhode Island’s rich ethnic, racial and socio-economic &nbsp;mix.</p><p>Thus Providence is a reliable prism through which to view the never-ending debate over the master lever. What the data show is that the some of the proponents of abolishing it have, as &nbsp;Ricky Riccardo used to say to Lucy on the old Lucille Balll Show, ``some 'splanin to do.’’</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 19:42:54 +0000 Scott MacKay 33879 at http://ripr.org The inconvenient master lever truth Block Says Master Lever Critics Will Raise Focus on Fox, Paiva Weed http://ripr.org/post/block-says-master-lever-critics-will-raise-focus-fox-paiva-weed <p></p><p>The leader of efforts to kill straight-ticket voting, Moderate Party founder Ken Block, says opponents of the master lever plan to raise their focus on winning support from House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed.</p><p>“It’s up to the speaker and the Senate president to bring those bills up for a vote in committee to get them to the floor, and now the public pressure begins to mount on both of those offices to do that," Block says. "We’ll be pushing on that very hard over the next month, month and a half.”</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 23:42:16 +0000 Ian Donnis 12966 at http://ripr.org Block Says Master Lever Critics Will Raise Focus on Fox, Paiva Weed Payday Loans and Straight-Ticket Voting Under Scrutiny http://ripr.org/post/payday-loans-and-straight-ticket-voting-under-scrutiny <p></p><p>Two bills getting a lot of attention this legislative session will go under the microscope at committee hearings Tuesday. Lawmakers will be discussing legislation abolishing straight-ticket voting and restricting payday lenders.</p><p></p><p>Moderate Party founder Ken Block is leading an effort to do away with straight ticket voting, a practice also known as using the master lever. Block says the master lever sows confusion and gives an advantage to the ruling Democrats in the General Assembly.</p><p></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 12:33:20 +0000 Ian Donnis 12922 at http://ripr.org Payday Loans and Straight-Ticket Voting Under Scrutiny