independent candidates http://ripr.org en 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 Independent candidate Abel Collins rejects possible spoiler roll in CD2 http://ripr.org/post/independent-candidate-abel-collins-rejects-possible-spoiler-roll-cd2 <p><a href="http://wrnipoliticsblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/abel-collins-10-11-12.jpg"><img alt="" class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-7791" src="http://wrnipoliticsblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/abel-collins-10-11-12.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225" title="Abel Collins 10-11-12" height="225" width="300"></a><a href="http://www.electabel2012.com/"> Abel Collins</a>, the independent candidate vying with Democrat<a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrni/news.newsmain?action=article&amp;ARTICLE_ID=1945146"> Jim Langevin </a>and Republican <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrni/news.new Thu, 11 Oct 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 9079 at http://ripr.org Collins to protest exclusion from Fox Providence debate http://ripr.org/post/collins-protest-exclusion-fox-providence-debate <p><a href="http://www.electabel2012.com/">Abel Collins</a>, the independent candidate in CD2, plans to deliver a petition with more than 1100 signatures protesting his exclusion <del>this evening</del> from <a href="http://blogs.wpri.com/2012/10/09/watch-langevin-and-riley-debate-tonight-at-7-on-wpri-12/">a televised debate </a>on Fox Providence. (UPDATE: I should have noted in my initial post that the debate was set to be taped this morning,)</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 9090 at http://ripr.org Who is David Vogel, and why is he running against Cicilline and Doherty? http://ripr.org/post/who-david-vogel-and-why-he-running-against-cicilline-and-doherty <div class="entry clear"><p><a href="http://wrnipoliticsblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/david-vogel-09-27-12.jpg"><img alt="" class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-7635" src="http://wrnipoliticsblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/david-vogel-09-27-12.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225" title="David Vogel 09-27-12" height="225" width="300"></a>Providence lawyer <a href="http://www.newenglandimmigrationlaw.com/">David Vogel</a>, the independent candidate in the First Congressional District, has mostly gained attention for attracting 8 percent of the vote in a recent <a href="http://dccc.org/newsroom/entry/new_ri Fri, 28 Sep 2012 06:50:07 +0000 Ian Donnis 8531 at http://ripr.org