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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...
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...

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...
WHERE IT COUNTS: Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea, with the state’s ballot-counting machines. A task force is investigating whether the election system needs an upgrade to reduce its vulnerability to hackers.
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Modems could be weakness in securing R.I. elections

A statewide elections technology that was considered an upgrade as recently as 2016 is now viewed as a potential security problem. The modems added to...

Does IGT controversy miss the point?

The unfolding story over the no-bid contract extension with International Game Technology PLC for supplying technology and services to the state’s lottery system has...
HIGHER PRIORITIES: Mario Bueno, executive director of Progreso Latino, a nonprofit that provides comprehensive social services to Latin Americans in Rhode Island, speaks with Johanna Tones, bookkeeper. Bueno said the 2020 census is not as high a priority for immigrants as other, more-pressing concerns, such as working and housing.
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Rhode Island could lose one of its two U.S. House seats...

The last time a U.S. census form arrived in the mail, Marcela Betancur helped her mother fill it out. As a 20-year-old, she had...
NEW FACE: Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, center, speaks with Sen. Dennis L. Algiere, R-Charlestown, and Sen.-elect Jessica de la Cruz, a Republican who will represent North Smithfield, Burrillville and Glocester, during an orientation for new members in the Senate chambers at the Statehouse.
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Lawmakers have returned to tackle a host of familiar issues

The General Assembly reopened Jan. 1 with a new configuration of legislators facing many of the same issues that have been circulating in the...

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