Rhody Votes '16

Elisabeth Harrison

All this week we’re hearing stories from Johnston, the Rhode Island town that flipped the most dramatically from blue to red in the presidential election. 

Chuck Hinman

For the second weekend in a row, a large crowd gathered Sunday on the State House lawn in Providence to protest the administration of President Donald Trump. 

Barbara Quill

Thousands of women, men and families rallied on the south lawn of the Rhode Island State House Saturday in a show of support for the Women's March on Washington. 

John Bender / RIPR

A small group gathered in Warwick at the state Republican Party's headquarters to watch Friday's inauguration ceremony for President Donald Trump.

RI Electoral College Casts Votes For Clinton, Kaine

Dec 19, 2016
Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

In Rhode Island, four electors unanimously cast their votes for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine for the presidential ticket, after they were escorted into the House Chamber to cast their ballots Monday afternoon.  

Earlier in the day, protesters demonstrated outside the Statehouse, calling for electors across the country to join forces and halt the election of Republican Donald Trump.

State Electoral College President Clay Pell said Rhode Island's electors heeded the call of the majority of voters in the Ocean State. 

“I voted for Hillary on November 8th and together with Rhode Islanders across the state, we voted overwhelmingly for Hillary," said Pell. "So for me, there was no question of voting for someone other than Hillary, because she had the will of the people.”

Pell said it’s sad Clinton will not take office, but he’s proud to be a part of the Electoral College. He said the system is imperfect, but electors must follow the rules. 

After casting votes, State Rep. Grace Diaz, one of the state's four electors, initiated a call for a bipartisan committee to investigate suspected Russian interference in the election.  Pell said this is an effort to protect the integrity of American elections in the future.

“This is not about changing the outcome," said Pell. "This is about defending the democratic will of the people. President-elect Trump is the president-elect. I believe in the peaceful transfer of power. But I also believe in making sure that he stands with the intelligence community and the American people and not with the Russian government.”

Pell said it’s not too late to investigate how Russians interfered. He said the American people have a right to know more about the government intelligence that concluded Russia swayed the elections by hacking and releasing emails of important members of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

 

Protesters Brave The Cold With Message For Electoral College 

With chants of, "Democracy, yes! Donald Trump, no!" a small group of demonstrators ignored sub-freezing temperatures, and little chance of success, to make their views known outside the Rhode Island Statehouse Monday morning.

In a surprising revelation, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, says he first learned of suspected Russian hacking during the presidential campaign from media reports.

RI Electors Join Call For CIA Info On Russia

Dec 15, 2016
Ian Donnis / RINPR

The chair of the state’s Democratic Party has signed onto a letter demanding more information for the Electoral College about alleged Russian efforts to influence the U.S. election. 

Joseph McNamara and electors from several states have written to U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper about their concerns, after the CIA reported that Russia sought to sway the election for Donald Trump. Rhode Island elector, and fellow Democrat, Clay Pell also signed the letter.

Chuck Hinman / RIPR

Following the election of Donald Trump, immigrants are expressing concerns that his harsh rhetoric now promises to become policy in the incoming administration. In Rhode Island, advocates who work with immigrants and refugees say there aren’t enough immigration lawyers to answer their clients’ concerns. 

Elisabeth Harrison

After a contentious presidential campaign, many communities -- and even families -- remain divided over the election of Republican Donald Trump. That’s been a challenge for churches, synagogues and other places of worship, where people with strong feelings may sit side-by-side each week.

Post Election, Clintons Visit Watch Hill

Nov 21, 2016
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Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and family were spotted in Rhode Island this weekend. The Clintons visited Westerly where they stopped into a local bookstore.

The cashier on duty wasn’t expecting a visit from one of the world’s most famous families. But the Clintons walked into the Savoy Bookshop and Café on Sunday. Savoy’s Annie Philbrick says they did some shopping.

“The whole family came in, Hillary and Bill, and Chelsea and her husband and their daughter, and bought a wide selection of adults’ books and kids’ books.”

Ian Donnis / RIPR

University of Connecticut journalism professor Mike Stanton, a former Providence Journal investigative reporter, sat down to talk about President-elect Donald Trump and the media. Stanton is also a board member of the New England First Amendment Coalition.

John Bender

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza hosted residents Wednesday night concerned about the future under President-elect Donald Trump. 

Courtesy Sheldon Whitehouse office

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat, is one of several federal lawmakers voicing concerns over Republican Donald Trump’s early preparations for the White House.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Gina Raimondo said she's not sure what to expect from the administration of President-elect Donald Trump, although she's concerned about the possible repeal of Obamacare, likes Trump's plan to boost federal infrastructure spending, and vows that Rhode Island will protect the civil rights of its citizens.

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