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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

Common Cause calls for action in wake of Fox plea

March 3, 2015 Today’s plea agreement by former House Speaker Gordon Fox is another sad chapter in the long history of political corruption in Rhode Island. U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha said it best at today’s press conference when he issued

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Help protect the vote on Nov. 4th

Want to make sure every eligible voter has a chance to cast their ballot on November 4th? Then volunteer for Common Cause Rhode Island’s Election Protection program. In 2012 the average wait time at the polls for a Rhode Islander

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We’ve hired a temporary organizer for election protection

Common Cause RI will recruit, train and deploy volunteers outside polling places across the state on November 4, 2014 to answer voters’ questions about the voting process. Please contact us if you’d like to volunteer to be at the polls

Posted in NEWS & EVENTS

Common Cause calls on primary winners to engage in People’s Pledge

Common Cause Rhode Island is calling on the winners of the party primaries for governor to engage in a People’s Pledge. The People’s Pledge is a voluntary agreement among the candidates to discourage outside special interest money in the election.

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Open government groups blast attorney general opinion on open records law

Calling it “a new low” in the state’s enforcement of the Access to Public Records Act (APRA), five open government groups today blasted an opinion issued by the Attorney General’s office which held that public bodies can charge members of

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The State of the People’s Pledge

August 21, 2014 With the Democratic primary for governor in its final weeks it is time for a status update on the People’s Pledge. The Pledge is an agreement signed by the three major candidates, Clay Pell, Angel Taveras, Gina

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Common Cause Legislative Scorecard

The 2015-2016 General Assembly was one of the most successful for Common Cause in our history. This scorecard reflects that success, with average scores at their highest point in almost a decade. Significant success in Election and Ethics reform lead

Posted in RESEARCH, Uncategorized

Common Cause expresses disappointment in Senate ethics resolution

June 12, 2014 The Rhode Island Senate set back the cause of government ethics today. By passing S 2824 Sub-A as amended, the Senate approved a resolution that will, if approved by the House of Representatives, put a constitutional amendment

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