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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


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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Both our State Governing Board and Policy Committee meetings are open to the public. The next Policy Committee meeting will be held at our office on Monday, December 8, 2014, at 5:30pm. 

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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

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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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Good government groups call on Rhode Island Senate to withdraw ethics resolution

Common Cause Rhode Island, along with the Rhode Island Taxpayers, and the League of Women Voters of Rhode, ask the Rhode Island Senate to withdraw Senate resolution 2824 Sub A as amended. This resolution, which would put a constitutional amendment

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Rhode Island People’s Pledge

Common Cause is proud to announce that the major Democratic candidates for Rhode Island governor have signed a People’s Pledge to discourage often negative and sometimes undisclosed outside spending in the primary election.  Clay Pell, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, and

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Supreme Court strikes down aggregate contribution limit; threatens Rhode Island cap

For immediate release April 2, 2014 Supreme Court strikes down aggregate contribution limit, further eroding restricts on money in politics Today the Roberts Court struck another blow against common sense limits on money in our elections.  McCutcheon vs. FEC eliminates

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‘A Constitutional Convention for Rhode Island?’

While in the past Common Cause has opposed the constitutional convention referendum, in 2014 we have chosen not to take a position on Questino #3 and instead engage in public education. Here are some of the reasons why we made