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VIRTUAL CONNECTION: Gov. Daniel J. McKee holds a Facebook Live event on June 3 to discuss health care in Rhode Island. Panelists included, clockwise, Womazetta Jones, secretary of R.I. Executive Office of Health and Human Services; Stefan Pryor, commerce secretary; Patrick Tigue, the state health insurance commissioner; Dr. Megan Ranney, of Brown University; and Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, R.I. Department of Health director. It’s unclear what form these types of gatherings will take after the pandemic has passed.

Public officials ponder future of online meetings

Rhode Island public meetings have been virtual for more than a year. In that time, the audience for the meetings of public bodies such...
JACKS OF ALL TRADES: Because Rhode Island’s General Assembly serves part time, the 75 representatives and 38 senators make their living in a variety of other ways, including as lawyers, teachers, bankers, public employees and health care workers. Fifteen are retirees. The “other” category includes two stay-at-home parents, two farmers, a carpenter, a landscaper, a law student and a Ph.D. student. Four citizen legislators are featured on Pages 14 and 15. / SOURCE: R.I. GENERAL ASSEMBLY OFFICIALS  /  ILLUSTRATION: PBN/ANNE EWING

DOUBLE DUTY: Should R.I.’s citizen legislature become a full-time body?

Every year, Rhode Island’s 113-member citizen legislature has plenty to pack into a six-month session. This year has been no different. Major issues debated include...
SEEKING A PARTNER: After six years as lieutenant governor, new Gov. Daniel J. McKee says he wants his successor to be a partner he can work with. But they won’t be able to appear together on the ballot in the 2022 gubernatorial election. / AP FILE PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE

Gov. McKee must show how his office can work with lt....

Eleven years ago, the late Robert J. Healey Jr. ran the last of his three failed bids for lieutenant governor, capturing 39% of the...
PROVIDENCE was one of nine areas that fell short of the 99.9 percent Census completion benchmark as of the end of the Census 2020 count. / U.S. CENSUS BREAU VIA AP

Census takers fall short of target goal in areas of U.S.,...

From tribal lands in Arizona and New Mexico to storm-battered Louisiana, census workers who go door to door were unable to reach all the...

R.I. voter mailer seeks new citizens

The oversized postcard sent to people who aren’t registered to vote in Rhode Island had an unusual question. For the first time, Rhode Island...

R.I. census count enters crunch time

The coronavirus pandemic has made the difficult job of getting an accurate census count much harder at a time in which Rhode Island has...

Federal judge suspends R.I. mail-in-ballot witness requirement for 2020 elections

PROVIDENCE – A federal judge ruled on Tuesday night to suspend witness and notary requirements for mail-in ballot voting during the coronavirus pandemic for...
THE ACLU of Rhode Island is suing Rhode Island over mail-in-ballot requirements that would require a voter voting by mail to have a ballot envelope signature witnessed by a notary or two witnesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

ACLU sues state over mail-in-ballot witness/notary requirements

PROVIDENCE – The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is suing the state, challenging the witnesses or notary requirement for vote-by-mail ballots in...

Common Cause RI makes public push for independent redistricting board

PROVIDENCE – In each of the last two years, Common Cause Rhode Island has made efforts to get legislation passed to have new legislative...
THE GASPEE PROJECT and the Illinois Opportunity Project filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island Thursday alleging the enhanced-disclosure law requiring donors making independent expenditures to nonpartisan advocacy groups in support or opposition to a candidate to disclose addresses and places of employment violates free-speech and privacy rights.

Gaspee Project files lawsuit against R.I. BOE over donor-disclosure law

PROVIDENCE – A Rhode Island law that requires enhanced disclosure of donors making significant independent expenditures to nonpartisan, issue-advocacy groups is being challenged in...

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