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Secretary of State Ralph Mollis officially kicked off his campaign Monday for Lt. Governor.  One of Mollis’s goals is to put the lieutenant governor and governor on a single ticket.

And that would require changing the state’s constitution, which means voters would have to decide whether they want their governors and lieutenant governors running on a single ticket. Mollis said linking the two offices would turn a lieutenant governor into a more formal advisor to the governor.

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Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee on Wednesday launched his Democratic run for lieutenant governor. He's expected to square off during a primary next September with Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, who is prevented by term limits from seeking re-election.

Secretary of State Ralph Mollis joins us on Bonus Q+A to talk about his record after two terms in the job, his qualifications for lieutenant governor and a range of other issues.

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Secretary of State Ralph Mollis joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the partial federal government shutdown; his plans for 2014; whether Rhode Island really needs a lieutenant governor; and the Rolling Stone story on pension cuts.

Rhode Island voters can expect to decide next year whether to organize a constitutional convention.  Voters are supposed to be asked that question once every 10 years.

The question of whether to stage a constitutional convention can be put on the ballot by either the General Assembly or the secretary of state. Secretary of State Ralph Mollis said if the legislature doesn’t pose the question for voters, he’ll put it on the ballot next year.

Secretary of State Ralph Mollis says he intends to run for lieutenant governor next year and plans to make a formal announcement this fall.

Rhode Island’s current lieutenant governor, Elizabeth Roberts, can’t seek re-election due to term limits. And Mollis can’t seek re-election as secretary of state for the same reason.

As lieutenant governor, Roberts has led the state’s push to create a health insurance exchange to comply with Obamacare. Yet some critics question whether the office serves a valuable purpose in Rhode Island. Mollis disagrees.

Secretary of State Ralph Mollis says he intends to run next year for lieutenant governor and plans to make a formal announcement this fall.

Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts has played a significant role in Rhode Island's implementation of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. While critics sometimes question the value of an office with few official responsibilities, Mollis sees the LG's post otherwise.

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With more than a year until Rhode Island’s next statewide primary, a growing number of candidates are emerging for some key offices.

Nellie Gorbea is the latest candidate in a three-way Democratic field for secretary of state. She boasts two decades of public and private sector and experience, and was a high-ranking aide when Matt Brown served as secretary of state.

Gorbea joins two other Democrats in the race for that seat: Guillaume de Ramel, who ran for secretary of state in 2006, and Edwin Pacheo, a former state Democratic chairman.

Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee, who has made little secret of his interest in running next year for lieutenant governor, has filed a notice of organization with the state Board of Elections to pursue that office.

State Senator Joshua Miller (D-Cranston) says he won't be a candidate for lieutenant governor next year.

"After careful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for lieutenant governor in 2014," Miller tells RIPR. "I wanted to make my decision early, allowing individuals who encouraged me to have sufficient time to identify and support other candidates."

Rhode Island has a big celebration coming up and the time to get tickets for the fund-raising gala is dwindling down.

Three and a half centuries ago, Rhode Island struck a blow that would ripple around the globe when England granted the colony a charter that for the first time in the modern world set up a government that gave absolute religious freedom to citizens.

As if Rhode Island wasn’t already enough of a Democratic one-party state, the latest voter registration numbers from the secretary of state’s office show that the Ocean State has gotten even more Democratic since the 2006 midterm elections.

The state Archives is staging a special exhibition to celebrate the 170th anniversary of the first Rhode Island state constitution.  The exhibit features an array of original documents, including journals from the first constitutional convention in 1824, petitions to expand the right to vote and a copy of the 1841 “People’s Constitution” as ratified by supporters of Thomas Dorr.

Secretary of State Ralph Mollis says it’s an exhibit well worth seeing for people interested in Rhode Island history.

Scam targeting businesses in RI

Feb 13, 2013

Rhode Island Secretary of State Ralph Mollis is warning local businesses about a scam.  A letter that appears to come from the state asks businesses to fill out a form and pay a $125 document fee.  The notification claims to be coming from the “Rhode Island Corporate Compliance” office.   Secretary of State Ralph Mollis says this letter is not legitimate.

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