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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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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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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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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

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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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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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Our Mission

Common Cause of Rhode Island is a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to promote representative democracy by ensuring open, ethical, accountable, effective government processes at local, state and national levels by educating and mobilizing the citizens of Rhode Island.

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Restoring ethics oversight of the General Assembly

In 2009 the Rhode Island Supreme Court ruled that the state’s Ethics Commission no longer has jurisdiction over the General Assembly for most of their legislative activities. Irons v. Rhode Island Ethics Commission Our testimony on S 2034 (O’Neill) that

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Ethics Held Hostage

Learn more about Common Cause RI effort to hold the General Assembly accountable to the ethical standards all other public officials are held to. EthicsHeldHostage.com 

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