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2013 LWVRI Convention
May 18, 2013
Ken Block, The Master Lever Story
Ken Block spoke at the League of Women Voters Rhode Island 2013 Annual Convention about his campaign to get rid of the Master Lever on the Rhode Island ballot.

LWVRI League Day 2013
March 27, 2013
RI Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts, Rhode Island's Health Care Exchange
Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor, Elizabeth Roberts spoke at the State House about the Rhode Island Health Care Exchange.

Susan B. Wilson Civic Education Merit Award Ceremony 2012
Date: June 6, 2012
LWV South County event
On Wednesday, June 6, 2012, the 5th Annual Susan B. Wilson Civic Education Merit Award Ceremony was held in the Governor's reception Room at the State House in Providence, RI. This video was selected as one of 5 finalists for the Best Coverage of an Event or Meeting at the 2012 RI PEG awards.

  • Part 1: Introductions by Karen Asher, Co-Chair, Civic Education Merit Awards Committee, and Derry Riding, President LWVRI; pledge; national anthem sung by Katherine Archila, Shea High School, Pawtucket, RI; greetings from Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts.
  • Part 2: Keynote speech by Paul A. Suttell, Chief Justice of the RI Supreme Court.
  • Part 3: Pam Ancheta speaking on the background and purpose of the Susan B. Wilson Civic Education Merit Award.
  • Part 4: Christine Davidson, Co-Chair, Civic Education Merit Awards Committee introduces Merit Award Judge, Sylvia Blanda, who awards 3rd prize to Joseph Cassady of Portsmouth High School.
  • Part 5: Christine Davidson, Co-Chair, Civic Education Merit Awards Committee introduces Merit Award Judge, Stephen R. White, Esq., who awards 2nd prize to Glen Simmons of Hampden Meadows School in Barrington, RI. His student, Audrey McCarthy, speaks about her experience in his class.
  • Part 6: Christine Davidson, Co-Chair, Civic Education Merit Awards Committee introduces Merit Award Judge, Michelle Little, who awards 1st prize to Edward Kostka of Pawtucket High SchoolI. His student, Antoinette Kou, speaks about her experience in his class.


League Day 2012 Stephanie Chafee speaking on Hunger in RI
Date: April 12, 2012
On Thursday, April 12, 2012, the League of Women Voters Rhode Island celebrated League Day at the State House with a speech by Stephanie Chafee in the Governor's reception Room at the State House. This video was selected as one of 5 finalists for the Best Political/Community Issues Program.

  • Part 1: Introduction by Derry Riding, President of the League of Women Voters Rhode Island and remarks by League Lobbyist, Robin Ashley Covington.
  • Part 2: Speech by Stephanie Chafee on Hunger in Rhode Island.
  • Part 3: Questions to Stephanie Chafee from the audience.


Susan B. Wilson Civic Education Merit Award Ceremony 2011
Date: June 14, 2011
LWV South County event
On Tuesday, June 14, 2011 the 4th Annual Susan B. Wilson Civic Education Merit Award Ceremony was held in the Governor's reception Room at the State House in Providence, RI.

  • Part 1: Introductions by Christine Davidson, Co-Chair, Civic Education Merit Awards Committee, and Elizabeth Head, President LWVRI Education Fund; pledge led by Jacob Clark, Rogers High School, Newport; national anthem sung by Emma Passaretti, Westerly High School.
  • Part 2: Keynote speech by Deborah Gist, RI Commissioner of Elementary & Secondary Education.
  • Part 3: Elizabeth Candas from the South Kingstown/Narragansett LWV explains origin of and criteria for the Susan B. Wilson Civic Education Merit Award and Christine Davidson, Co-Chair, Civic Education Merit Awards Committee awards 3rd prize to Mark Manzo of E-Cubed Academy in Providence.
  • Part 4: David DiMarzio, Clerk of Court for the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island awards 2nd prize to Colleen Kiernan Hermes, Stephen Ferris, Marylou Butterfield, John Heino, Jim Silva and Mike Kuriscak of Rogers High School in Newport.
  • Part 5: Donna Lamontagne, lawyer and coordinator for iCivics RI, awards 1st prize to Jay Fusco, Jeri Muccio, Amanda Murphy and Matt Nichols of Westerly High School.


Meet Your Legislators Night
Date: April 4, 2011
LWV South County event
On Monday, April 4, 2011, the League of Women Voters South County hosted a Meet Your Legislators Night at the Kingston Free Library in Kingston, Rhode Island. The legislators made brief opening statements and then took questions from the audience.

  • Part 1: Welcome by Pam Ancheta, President of LWV South County, introduction by Elizabeth Candas, forum chair and opening statements by legislators present, Sen. Susan Sosnowski, Sen. James Sheehan, Rep. Donna Walsh and Rep. Spencer Dickinson.
  • Part 2: Question from Elizabeth Candas on how to contact your legislator and opening statement by Rep. Teresa Tanzi.
  • Part 3: Question from Martha Stamp, South Kingstown resident, "What are you going to do so businesses can stay in Rhode Island?"
  • Part 4: Question from Patrick Murray, Narragansett resident, "Would any of you consider cutting your pay by 25% to set a precedent?"
  • Part 5: Question from Tina Jackson, Charlestown resident, about tax cuts and job creation in New Jersey as a model for Rhode Island.
  • Part 6: Question from Richard Pike, "What is your plan to reduce expenses in the state?"
  • Part 7: Question from Meg Rogers, Narragansett resident, "Will you vote for the combined reporting bill currently under consideration and what data did you find that combined reporting would promote job creation in Rhode Island?"
  • Part 8: Question from Patrick Manning, Narragansett resident, about the issue of Michael Woodmansee's release from prison.
  • Part 9: Question from Patrick Murray, Narragansett resident, "Do you support in-state tuition for illegal aliens, while taking money from veterans in Bristol?"
  • Part 10: Question from Chester Duff, former Rhode Island resident, "What are you going to do to break the cycle of economic downturn in this state?"
  • Part 11: Question from Roland Benjamin, South Kingstown resident, about minimum corporate tax law, combined reporting, Bill 5609, "Are you aware how these proposals negatively impact small businesses?"
  • Part 12: Question from Paul Marshall, Wickford resident, "What is your vision for job creation that focuses on Rhode Island's strengths, like the ocean?"

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League Day 2011 - Governor Chafee Speech
Date: March 30, 2011
On Wednesday, March 30, 2011, the League of Women Voters Rhode Island celebrated League Day at the State House with a speech by Governor Lincoln Chafee in the Governor's reception Room at the State House.

  • Part 1: Introduction by Joanne DeVoe, President of the League of Women Voters Rhode Island; and speech by Governor Lincoln Chafee.
  • Part 2: Questions to Governor Chafee from the audience.


Education Funding Formula
Date: November 10, 2010
A presentation on the new education funding formula by Ms. Carolyn Dias, Chief of Financial Integrity and Efficiencies for the Rhode Island Department of Education with additional explanations from Kristen Cole, Senior Finance Officer for Rhode Island Department of Education

  • Part 1: Introductions, Guiding Principles, Core Instructional Amount, Student Success Factors.
  • Part 2: Funding Formula, State Share Ratio, Additional Funding for Special Programs, Benefits, Legislative Highlights.
  • Part 3: Questions and Answers.

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Meet The Candidates Nights
Dates: September 29, 2010; October 6, 2010; October 13, 2010
LWV South County event
Listed below are the LWV South County forums for the 2010 election season. Audience members had the opportunity to submit written questions. All debates were televised live and rebroadcast on Cox 17 and Verizon 28.
Click here for the rebroadcast schedule.

  • Wednesday, September 29th
    Forum for South Kingstown School Committee & Town Council Candidates
    At Narragansett Town Hall, 25 Fifth Avenue, Narragansett, RI
    6:30: South Kingstown School Committee Candidates
    8:00: South Kingstown Town Council Candidates
  • Wednesday, October 6th
    Forum for RI State Senate Candidates from Districts 36 & 37 and
    RI State Representative Candidates from Districts 33, 34, 35 & 36
    At Narragansett Town Hall, 25 Fifth Avenue, Narragansett, RI
    6:30: RI State Senate Candidates from Districts 36 & 37
    8:00: RI State Representative Candidates from Districts 33, 34, 35 & 36
School Committee
Town Council
  • Wednesday, October 13th
    Forum for Narragansett School Committee & Town Council Candidates
    At Narragansett Town Hall, 25 Fifth Avenue, Narragansett, RI

    6:30: Narragansett School Committee Candidates
    8:00: Narragansett Town Council Candidates


League Day 2010
Date: March 10, 2010
On Wednesday, March 10, 2010, the League of Women Voters Rhode Island celebrated League Day at the State House with a presentation, "The View from the Commissioner's Office" by Deborah A. Gist, Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary & Secondary Education, and with a Proclamation by Governor Donald L. Carcieri and Resolutions by Senate President M. Teresa Paiva-Weed and House Speaker Gordon D. Fox commemorating the Rhode Island League of Women Voters' 90th Anniversary.

  • Introduction by Joanne DeVoe, President of the League of Women Voters Rhode Island; and presentation by Commissioner Deborah A. Gist. "The View from the Commissioner's Office" explains the Rhode Island application for federal "Race to the Top" education funds.
  • Questions from the audience to Commissioner Deborah A. Gist about money spent on education in RI: average results, school breakfast program, parental/community involvement in meeting needs of poor children, the funding formula, the increase in the number of charter schools, teacher quality/training and longer school day/year.
  • More questions from the audience to Commissioner Deborah A. Gist about RI's chances of winning a "Race to the Top" grant, the impact of RI's large number of school districts, the graduation requirement for projects, the complexity of the proposed funding formula and its chance of legislative passage.
  • Proclamations in commemoration of the Rhode Island League of Women Voters' 90th Anniversary and the 90th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the Constitution: Suzanne Carcieri (on behalf of her husband, Governor Donald L. Carcieri); Representative Peter F. Kilmartin, on behalf of the RI House of Representatives; Senator Elizabeth Crowley on behalf of the Rhode Island Senate. Senator Crowley then discussed the Rhode Island suffragist, abolitionist and reformer, Elizabeth Buffam Chace.


Susan B. Wilson Civic Education Merit Award Ceremony 2010
Date: June 9, 2010
LWV South County event

  • Introductions and keynote speech by Amanda Pereira, a student member of Young Voices, an urban youth empowerment and advocacy group, in Providence, RI.
  • Lila Sapinsley awards Grand Prize to Deborah Marcello & Greg Quirk of Portsmouth Middle School and James Frutchey awards Jury Prize to Susan Burt Squillante of Feinstein Middle School in Coventry, RI.


Susan B. Wilson Civic Education Merit Award Ceremony 2009
Date: June 9, 2009
LWV South County event

  • Introductions and keynote speech by Michael Trofi, RI Commission on Civic Education
  • Christopher Little, Esq. awards Grand Prize to Lawrence Verria of North Kingstown High School
  • Camilla Weiner awards Jury Prize to Colleen Chappell of Curtis Corner Middle School
  • Christopher Little, Esq. awards Honorable Mention to Michael Calenda & Jonathan Rollins of Ponaganset Middle School


The National Popular Vote
A presentation by Matt Sledge, RI Director of FairVote
Date: April 6, 2009
Part of LWV South County Speakers' Series

  • Presentation & beginning of discussion
  • Remainder of discussion


League Day 2009, "Jump Starting the Rhode Island Economy"
A presentation by Joseph R. Paolino, Jr.
Date: April 28, 2009
LWV RI event

  • Presentation
  • Question & Answer Session

 


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