election http://ripr.org en Rhode Island Artscape: Designing Better Ballots http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-artscape-designing-better-ballots <p>In Rhode Island a group of design students barely old enough to vote are working on projects that could potentially affect the future of Presidential elections.</p><p>For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender profiles a class that is trying to tackle the problem of a better ballot.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>On the third floor of a building in downtown Providence, a group of a dozen or so students from the Rhode Island School of Design, also known as RISD are giving their final presentations for a class called VoteLab: Designing for Democracy.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:48:26 +0000 John Bender 29740 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island Artscape: Designing Better Ballots Exeter Town Councilors Hold On To Their Seats http://ripr.org/post/exeter-town-councilors-hold-their-seats <p>Four Exeter town councilors have easily survived a recall election spawned by critics of a plan to transfer control of concealed weapons permits from the town&nbsp; to the state.&nbsp; Unlike most towns, Exeter is so small it has no police department and councilors felt the town&nbsp; clerk didn’t have the resources needed to do the job properly. The results of the election plus reaction from both sides.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:39:11 +0000 Flo Jonic 26336 at http://ripr.org Exeter Town Councilors Hold On To Their Seats Straight party voting not a simple issue in RI http://ripr.org/post/straight-party-voting-not-simple-issue-ri <p>Just about every good government group in Rhode Island is pushing for an end to the so-called master lever option on state ballots. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why this is not a panacea for what ails our state’s political culture.<br>&nbsp;<br>It has become an article of faith in Rhode Island among the self-styled government reform groups, most statewide elected politicians and the chattering pundit classes that our state needs to get rid of that relic of urban machine politics, the master lever.<br> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 12:16:08 +0000 Scott MacKay 10519 at http://ripr.org Round-up of post-election coverage on Obamacare http://ripr.org/post/round-post-election-coverage-obamacare <p>There have been lots of great stories in the last day or so about what President Obama’s reelection means for health care reform under the Affordable Care Act – otherwise known as Obamacare. A few of my favorites are linked <strong>below</strong>.</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 16:12:09 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8271 at http://ripr.org Vote. It’s good for you. http://ripr.org/post/vote-it-s-good-you <p>Sure, it’s been a stressful few weeks – months, even. Debates, political ads, campaigning, flyers, you name it, we’re all tired of it, right? It might even be taking a toll on our mental health. And according to <a href="http://www.europeanneuropsychopharmacology.com/article/S0924-977X%2811%2900042-3/abstract">one study </a>by some Israeli researchers, there’s a bit more stress in store just before you cast your vote:</p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 16:15:56 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8272 at http://ripr.org How Obama and Romney differ on health care http://ripr.org/post/how-obama-and-romney-differ-health-care <p>For Rhode Islanders who are still a bit fuzzy on that or undecided about how to cast their vote, here are a couple of great resources.</p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8278 at http://ripr.org Sorting through recent Medicare buzz http://ripr.org/post/sorting-through-recent-medicare-buzz <p>There’s a lot of buzz about <strong>Medicare</strong>, the nation’s health insurance program for seniors and the disabled, right now. I wonder how Rhode Island’s Medicare recipients are reading all of this. Confusion? Concern? Here are some of the stories I’ve been following and my best effort at sorting fact from fiction:</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8312 at http://ripr.org