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.
Besides the competitive state elections and ballot questions, voters next week will elect every member of the Rhode Island General Assembly. As part of our Rhody Votes ’14 coverage, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay speaks with morning host Elisabeth Harrison for a look at the major battles in the state legislature.
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.
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.
On a brilliantly sunny recent day at Oakland Beach in Warwick, waves from Narragansett Bay splash against sea rocks, a few sailboats bob in the distance, and scores of people enjoy the chance to be outside.
But the head of Save The Bay, Jonathan Stone, is thinking about a very different kind of situation at Oakland Beach from the summer of 2013. "This beach was closed for half the summer last year," Stone says, "and it wasn’t closed from pollution from Providence. It was closed because of local pollution, a significant source of which is cesspools."
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Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed (D-Newport) on Wednesday night said she opposes the addition of table games at Newport Grand, after the Newport City Council voted 4-3 to reject the host agreement for a transformation of the slot parlor into a full-fledged casino.
"In light of the council's decision to not approve the host agreement, I can not support the referendum," Paiva Weed told RIPR.
US Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, will headline Rhode Island Democrats' October 14 unity dinner at the West Valley Inn in West Warwick.
The news comes amid reports questioning how long Wasserman will remain in her role with the DNC.
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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