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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Bonus Q+A: ConCon & RI's Down-Ballot Races

Our panel of RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay, URI political science professor Maureen Moakley, WPRI.com politics/economics reporter Ted Nesi, and yours truly talk about the state's four down-ballot races and the back and forth over convening a constitutional convention.

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Rhody Votes 2014
6:06 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: A Heated Debate Over The ConCon

Voters will decide on Tuesday whether to approve a Constitutional Convention, known as the ConCon. This is a delegation of elected representative who would recommend changes to the state’s constitution.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay gathered two men for a lively debate: Phil West, retired Executive Director of Common Cause of Rhode Island for the ConCon and Steven Brown, Executive Director of the ACLU of Rhode Island against it.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:59 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: What Rhode Islanders Need To Know About The Constitutional Convention

If approved, a Constitutional Convention would create a one-time legislative body, that would send bills to be voted on by the public, bypassing the General Assembly.
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When Rhode Islanders head to polls next week, they will face an important issue that a recent poll shows most Rhode Islanders don’t either know about or understand. To shed some light on the issue, Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay takes a look at the Constitutional Convention.

Scott MacKay’s commentary can be heard every Monday morning at 6:35 and 8:35 on Morning Edition and again during All Things Considered. You can also follow him at the “On Politics” blog.

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Politics
6:17 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Former Delegates Voice Opposition To RI Constitutional Convention

Tom Izzo served as a delegate during the 1986 Constitutional Convention, he now opposes the convention.
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Former delegates to the 1986 Constitutional Convention are speaking out against the event Rhode Islanders will vote on November 4th. 

1986 was the last time the state held a Constitutional Convention.  The state can hold one once every ten years, pending voter approval.  Delegates are elected to the convention which creates legislation then voted on by the public; bypassing the general assembly.  Critics say the delegates can be easily swayed by special interest groups, because they are not seeking reelection.  Tom Izzo was a delegate in 1986.

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Politics
9:23 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: An Interview With Democratic Candidate For Lt. Gov. Dan McKee

Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee
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We're looking at the lieutenant governor's race as part of Rhody Votes '14.  Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay sat down with Dan McKee to talk about health insurance, a Constitutional Convention, and whether the office should even exist. 

Listen to Scott MacKay's interview with the Republican running for lieutenant governor, Catherine Taylor, here.  For all of our election coverage visit the Rhody Votes section of our website here.

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Politics
8:09 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Grover Norquist Joins Ken Block In Support Of Constitutional Convention

The Constitutional Convention allows delegates from municipalities across the state to create legislation to be voted on without the General Assembly.
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National anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist visits Rhode Island Thursday for an event supporting a Constitutional Convention.  Voters will decide in November whether the state should hold the convention.

It’s been 28 years since the last time Rhode Island held a Constitutional Convention. They are formed by a body of delegates that creates proposals then voted on by the public. Bypassing the General Assembly. 

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Politics
9:21 am
Tue September 30, 2014

New Group Joins Growing Support For Constitutional Convention

Just Reform Rhode Island, the newest group advocating for a constitutional convention gathers for it's inaugural press conference at the Statehouse Tuesday.
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A new group advocating for a Constitutional Convention holds its inaugural event Tuesday. They join a growing coalition supporting a convention, which voters must approve on November 4th.

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Politics
3:40 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

GOP Rivals In RI Governor’s Race Show Unity

Bitter rivals in the primary, Ken Block and Allan Fung hug at a press conference where Block endorsed Fung's run for governor.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Rivals in the heated Republican primary for governor, Ken Block and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, hugged in front of the media Monday and vowed to work together to get a Republican in the governor’s office.

They attacked each other in debates and television ads, but at a press conference at the Statehouse Fung and Block hugged, saying they share a belief in reduced spending and more oversight of the General Assembly. Block said the two are now united going into the November election.

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On Politics
6:24 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Renew RI Coalition Says ConCon Needed to Overcome Legislative Intransigence

Sasse and Flanders (center) make their case for a convention.
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A new coalition known as Renew RI held a news conference near the Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence Wednesday morning to assert that a constitutional convention is needed to overcome the General Assembly's unwillingness to pass needed government reforms.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Political Roundtable: Brown on Civil Liberties, the General Assembly, and the Hobby Lobby Decision

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Steve Brown, executive director of the Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss a new law instituting harsher sentences for gang-related crime; the 2014 session of the General Assembly; the US Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision; and why the ACLU opposes the convening of a constitutional convention.

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