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Census miscount likely allowed R.I. to keep second congressional seat

PROVIDENCE – A miscount in the 2020 U.S. Census Bureau report seemingly allowed Rhode Island to keep its second congressional seat, corrected data from...
RHODE ISLAND's gubernatorial hopefuls take part in the Rhode Island Public Expediture Council's forum on Thursday. From left are Dr. Luis Daniel Muñoz, Gov. Daniel J. McKee, Ashley Kalus, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, Helena B. Foulkes and Matt Brown. PBN PHOTO/JACQUELYN VOGHEL

Voters lose out if leading candidates don’t attend debates, observers say

With Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s change of heart and recommitment to participate in Thursday’s gubernatorial forum, he managed to narrowly avoid giving his opponents...

More candidates take virtual route

From YouTube announcements to Twitter fundraising, Rhode Island political candidates are embracing virtual campaigning with gusto as the 2022 election season gains momentum. That doesn’t...

Should the state and local communities continue providing remote access to...

An executive order issued by Gov. Daniel J. McKee allowing public government meetings to be held virtually expires at the end of the month. Government...
MORE ACCESS: John Marion, executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island, says the General Assembly needs to pass legislation preserving remote access to public meetings after the pandemic ends. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Remote access to public meetings a pandemic legacy to celebrate

There are few positive things the pandemic will be remembered for, but the ability of government to be able to reach out to more...

A McKee/Matos ticket would require a constitutional amendment

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee kicked off his 2022 election campaign on Tuesday when he toured Igus Inc., an East Providence-based manufacturer of...

Redistricting approved by the General Assembly with incumbent protections

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island General Assembly approved the newly-drawn redistricting maps on Tuesday for the House, Senate, and congressional district borders with the...

R.I. redistricting commission keeps 113 incumbent legislators in their existing districts

PRROVIDENCE - Rhode Island's Special Commission on Reapportionment has approved its redistricting maps, keeping all 113 incumbent legislators in their existing districts. The state's political...
JOHN MARION, executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island, says the state's legislative redistricting process is flawed and open to abuse and needs to be changed. Pictured is the R.I. Statehouse. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

Does public need more input in R.I.’s redistricting process?

The process that shifts the political landscape every 10 years with the redrawing of legislative district boundaries should include inviting more public input through...
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...

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