election http://ripr.org en Rhody Votes '14: Dems for Governor Debate http://ripr.org/post/rhody-votes-14-dems-governor-debate <p>The Democratic candidates running for governor took part in a special, live edition of The Political Roundtable. Todd Giroux, Clay Pell, Gina Raimondo and Angel Taveras answered questions from our moderators and asked each other questions.&nbsp;</p><p>You can hear the program in its three segments here:</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:25:43 +0000 Catherine Welch 36435 at http://ripr.org Rhody Votes '14: Dems for Governor Debate Coalition Mounts Opposition To RI Constitutional Convention http://ripr.org/post/coalition-mounts-opposition-ri-constitutional-convention <p>Dozens of people gathered in Providence Wednesday to protest a proposed constitutional convention in Rhode Island. The debate whether to hold this convention comes up every 10 years.</p><p></p><p>The constitutional convention gives Rhode Island voters an opportunity to change their state constitution.&nbsp; Delegates outside the general assembly are chosen to represent districts across the state in a meeting to draft referenda that will appear at state-wide elections.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:15:56 +0000 John Bender 32867 at http://ripr.org Coalition Mounts Opposition To RI Constitutional Convention 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