independent candidates en Straight party voting not a simple issue in 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 Independent candidate Abel Collins rejects possible spoiler roll in CD2 <p><a href=""><img alt="" class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-7791" src=";h=225" title="Abel Collins 10-11-12" height="225" width="300"></a><a href=""> Abel Collins</a>, the independent candidate vying with Democrat<a href=";ARTICLE_ID=1945146"> Jim Langevin </a>and Republican <a href=" Thu, 11 Oct 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 9079 at Collins to protest exclusion from Fox Providence debate <p><a href="">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="">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 Who is David Vogel, and why is he running against Cicilline and Doherty? <div class="entry clear"><p><a href=""><img alt="" class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-7635" src=";h=225" title="David Vogel 09-27-12" height="225" width="300"></a>Providence lawyer <a href="">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=" Fri, 28 Sep 2012 06:50:07 +0000 Ian Donnis 8531 at