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We (still) have to fix that

In 2013 Common Cause Rhode Island issued a report on problems with the administration of the 2012 election titled, “We have to fix that.” After sending dozens of volunteers around Rhode Island in 2016 we are back with an update;

Posted in RESEARCH

Statement of Common Cause Rhode Island on charges against former Representative Raymond Gallison

Statement of Common Cause Rhode Island on charges against former Representative Raymond Gallison It has happened again. With today’s plea agreement with former State Representative Raymond Gallison, Rhode Island has seen its third lawmaker arrested or charged in as many

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‘We have to fix that’

In 2012 Common Cause had volunteers at the polls in Rhode Island to observe the process. What we found was much room for improvement. Our report, ‘We have to fix that,’ provides details of what went wrong, and what can be done

Posted in RESEARCH

Open Government Groups Call for Release of 38 Studios Documents

August 2, 2016–Common Cause Rhode Island joined other open government groups today sending a letter to Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and Rhode Island State Police Superintendent Stephen O’Donnell asking them to release records related to the 38 Studios

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Common Cause calls for immediate improvements to voting in Rhode Island

Tuesday’s election demonstrated need for expedited modernization of our elections Providence, RI, April 27, 2016 – Yesterday more than 180,000 Rhode Islanders cast ballots in our Presidential Preference Primary (PPP). “Too many eligible voters showed up at the wrong polling

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Rhode Island ranks highly, but barely manages to pass State Integrity Investigation

Providence, November 9, 2015 – The Center for Public Integrity has once again ranked all fifty states for their efforts in government reform. Rhode Island moved up from a 9th place ranking in 2012 into 5th place in 2015. “This

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Common Cause calls on Board of Elections to act on secret money complaint

Common Cause calls on Board of Elections to act on secret money complaint Providence, October 28, 2015 – One year ago an out-of-state secret money group dumped almost half a million dollars into the race for governor and today we still

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A Lively Experiment

Common Cause is excited to present with our partner Rhode Island PBS a live version of their public affairs show, A Lively Experiment. Tickets are available by emailing events@commoncauseri.org, calling at (401) 861-2322 or clicking here: Buy Tickets

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Common Cause release on General Assembly to keep pension settlement out of budget

June 3, 2015 Common Cause Rhode Island calls on the General Assembly to hold a separate debate and vote on the pension settlement bills (S 876/H 6181). Currently it appears the legislation will be considered as part of the annual

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Modern Elections in Rhode Island!

Americans agree that we should have a voting system that protects the fundamental right of every eligible American—Democrat, Republican, or Independent—to have their vote counted. This year, the Rhode Island state legislature will be considering a voting reform package that

Posted in ISSUES, NEWS & EVENTS