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MASTER LEVER OUT
The League of Women Voters had long advocated abolishing the Master Lever; this session the General Assembly did that, effective 2015.

ETHICS LEGISLATION OUT
The League of Women Voters had joined with other "good government" organizations to urge ethics legislation, but argued against the "flawed" bill proposed this session in the General Assembly. That bill did not pass.

WHY VOTE NO
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THE TRANSPARENCY PORTAL
The LWV has long urged urged transparency in government. Look at Rhode Island up close, through the Transparency Portal, which details budget expenditures, open meeting law regulations, and asks for citizen input.
CLICK HERE


FINANCING EDUCATION
Financing Education Forum held in Newport.
HIGHLIGHTS


UPDATE
Position on Financing Public Education in Rhode Island
MORE INFO


AT THE STATE HOUSE

State League Studies Education Funding policy for 2014
A subcommittee of the Advocacy Committee is studying the impact of the education funding formula instituted in Rhode Island in 2011 by interviewing local officials to determine how the formula is affecting their work. This may result in a proposal for legislative action

Monitoring:

  • The Board of Elections
  • The Ethics Committee
  • The Judicial Nominating Committee
  • Open Meetings and Open Records

 

Vote 411.org

Rhode Island Voters:
Check out
VOTE411.org

Check voting hours, locate polling places,
and learn about the candidates.
Read their responses to League questions.

Simply enter your address to learn more.

To vote in either Democratic or Republican party primaries,
a voter must be registered in one of the parties
or unaffiliated. An unaffiliated voter may decide
at the polling place which party primary to vote in.


League of Women Voters
Candidate Forums in East Bay

See Video of September 4th
 Warren Democratic Candidates Forum
CLICK HERE

BARRINGTON
Tuesday, October 7 - 6:00-8:30pm. Barrington Public Library.
All candidates for Senate District #32, House District #66, and Town Council. Co-sponsored by East Bay Newspapers, Full Channel and the East Bay Chamber of Commerce.
Questions: Joanne DeVoe 247-3004.

BRISTOL
Tuesday, October 21 - 7:00pm, Bristol State House.
All candidates for Town Council. Co-sponsored by East Bay Newspapers, Full Channel and the East Bay Chamber of Commerce.
Questions: Derry Riding 209-5091

EAST PROVIDENCE
Thursday, October 16 - 5:30-8:30pm. Weaver Library.
Candidates for State Representative in District 64 and candidates for all City Council seats and school committee for Ward 4. Co-sponsored by East Bay Newspapers, the Rotary Club of East Providence and Seekonk and the Cape Verde Progressive Center.  Note: small portions of East Providence are now included in State Senate District #32 and State House District #66. Candidates for those districts will debate in Barrington on October 7.
Questions: Mary Chace 437-2846.

WARREN
Thursday, September 4 - 6:30-8:30pm. Warren Town Hall.
Democratic candidates for Town Council.
SEE VIDEO

Thursday, October 9 - 6:30-8:30pm. Warren Town Hall.
All candidates for Town Council. Both events are co-sponsored by East Bay Newspapers, Full Channel and the East Bay Chamber of Commerce.
Questions: Joanne DeVoe 247-3004.


Statewide Debates
LWVRI, in collaboration with RI PBS, sponsored
three pre-primary Democratic candidate debates,
televised live from the PBS studio at 8:00 p.m.
Margie O'Brien of RI PBS was moderator.
WATCH THE DEBATES

  • August 14, 2014
    Secretary of State: Nellie Gorbea, Guillaume De Ramel
     
  • August 21, 2014
    General Treasurer: Frank Caprio, Seth Magaziner
     
  • August 28, 2014
    Lt. Governor:  Dan Mckee, Ralph Mollis, Frank Ferri


Candidate Debates

Secretary of State Debate

Margie O'Brien, Dave Marseglia (production manager, RI PBS), Scott MacKay (panelist, commentator RI NPR).


Treasurer Debate

Margie O'Brien (moderator), Ted Nesi (panelist, reporter for WPRI Channel 12), Sheila Mullowney (panelist, executive editor, The Newport Daily News), League members Sandy Riojas, Rosanne Bootz, Jane Koster, Derwent Riding, Susan Escherich.


Dinner/Roast in honor of
John Hazen White, Jr.

Friday, June 27, 2014
The Ballroom at The Providence Biltmore
Providence, RI

The League of Women Voters of West Bay honored
John Hazen White, Jr. as its "Man of the Year"


A Constitutional Convention for RI?

This November 4 Rhode Island voters will decide whether to hold a Constitutional Convention, the first one in 30 years. (See Article XIV and Fact Sheet on 1986 Convention.) On March 29 Common Cause, with several other organizations, including The League of Women Voters, discussed the decision at Bryant University. (See Agenda.) For background, see:

  • "Legislative initiated constitutional change in Rhode Island: The last 10 years," Prepared for 'A Constitutional Convention for Rhode Island?'
    Common Cause RI executive director John Marion
    CLICK HERE
     
  • "Is a Constitutional Convention Really Needed?"
    Gary Sasse, GoLocal, November 6, 2013
    CLICK HERE
     
  • "Forward: Getting From Here to There: Twenty-First Century Mechanisms and Opportunities in State Constitutional Reform"
    G. Alan Tarr and Robert F. Williams
    CLICK HERE

John Marion, executive director Common Cause Rhode Island; Mary E. Chace, LWVRI lobbyist; Lila Sapingsley, six-term RI Senator, long-time LWVRI member and devoted to women's rights; Jane W. Koster, President, LWVRI; Professor G. Alan Tarr, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University-Camden; and Robert Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law at Rutgers University-Camden.


League Day at the State House

League of Women Voters met with
Mayor James Diossa (Central Falls) at
League Day at the State House, March 26, 2014

Mayor Diossa with League of Women Voters President Jane Koster.


Registering Voters at Lippitt House
May 7, 2014

Liz Head from Providence LWV registers voters at
Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum lawn party, May 7


Providence Teachers' Union Forum
March 22, 2014

Joan Retsinas from Providence LWV moderates forum for
candidates for president of the Providence Teachers' Union:
Melissa Cimini, Maribeth Calabro, Daniel Wall


Advocacy Priorities:
Advocacy 2014 for the 2014 Legislative Session

  • Open and accountable government: access to public records, open meetings, restoration of ethics committee jurisdiction over legislature.
  • Voting procedures and policies: early voting, voter id, removing master lever, improved voting machines
  • Good government: merit selection of judges, redistricting, reporting prisoners' addresses correctly
  • Women's health: reproductive rights, gender rating, child care
  • Civil liberties: protecting privacy
  • Public safety: gun control and gun safety
  • Environment: clean air and water, sustainability, food safety, land use
  • Education: equitable and sufficient public funding

For more information, contact Derry Riding, Advocacy Chair at 209-5091 or Susan Escherich at 433-4896.

Follow These Bills ~ Contact Your Legislators
The House and Senate Judiciary Committees are considering
many bills of interest to the League of Women Voters.
LEARN MORE


The League in Action

Providence Conversation with Jeanne Bondarevskis, Water Board
Senior Director of Administration, and Xay Khamsyvoravong, Chair.
Read their comments | Read "Reducing Exposure To Lead"
January 30, 2014

Newport County League Meeting at the Newport Public Library
Topic: Issues and options of unifying the high schools in Newport County.
January 16, 2014
L-R: Newport League members Louisa Boatwright and Hank Knistern,
Middletown Town Councilwoman Barbara von Villas,
Newport City Council Ward 2 Representative Justin McLaughlin.


The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.

Dwight Eisenhower

 

MAYORAL DEBATES:
A Partnership Between LWV and Providence Community Library
Past Debates:
April 16, 2014
Knight Memorial Library
READ ARTICLE
May 22, 2014 @ 6:00pm
Rochambeau Library
June 12, 2014 @ 6:00 pm  Wanskuck Library


STUDY ITEMS
How Fair is the State Funding for Libraries? What is the physical status of Providence School Buildings?
At the June 19 annual meeting, the Providence League of Women Voters elected those study items for 2014-2015.


SEE THE LATEST VOTER!
FEBRUARY 2014 (pdf)


GOVERNMENT DATA
For Rhode Island, see Rhode Island Foundation
CLICK HERE

For Providence, see city site
CLICK HERE


THE BOOK GROUP
MEETS MONTHLY

Discussing "I am Malala"
June 2014

SUMMER BOOKS

July 10, 2014
"THE LAST RUNAWAY"
by Tracy Chevalier

August 7, 2014
"LEAN IN"
by Sheryl Sandberg

Next Meeting
1:00pm
133 Terrace Avenue
Riverside, RI
MORE INFO


NEEDED: Volunteers
The Ethics Commission, the Board of Elections, legislative committee session, the Environmental Council of RI... all need citizen input.

The LWV needs volunteers to attend meetings. If many volunteer, we would each attend a few sessions, and report back. If you can spare a few hours, contact Susan Escherich at 401-433-4896.

 


The League neither supports nor opposes candidates for office at any level of government.

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