With openly gay Speaker of the House Gordon Fox winning his unexpectedly tight race, gay marriage supporters are breathing a sigh of relief.
Fox has pledged to bring same-sex nuptials up for a vote in late January, should he win re-election. Assuminng that happens - and assuming he gets the measure through his chamber - the spotlight will be on the state Senate.
When I heard a couple of days ago that Cranston's Board of Canvassers was denying a ballot to a voter it deemed mentally ill, I had a bit of deja vu.
I was once a reporter for the Providence Journal, where I covered Cranston City Hall. And one of the most interesting stories I worked on involved the board, led by the blunt and bareknuckled chairman Joseph A.
After I put this blog post up - declaring Republican state senate candidate Sean Gately a "no" vote on same-sex marriage, Ray Sullivan of Marriage Equality Rhode Island called the candidate. After their conversation, Sullivan tweeted that I may have jumped the gun in declaring Gately a "no."
I was surprised. Gately's position seemed pretty clear to me when we spoke yesterday.
Last night's Democratic primaries did not treat gay marriage advocates well.
The state senate is ground zero for the same-sex nuptials debate. And supporters need to pick-up about a half-dozen seats in the 38-member chamber to have a good shot at passing a bill next year. Last night, just one same-sex marriage supporter - Adam Satchell - claimed victory in the six most watched races.
Tonight's Democratic primaries were not kind to gay marriage supporters, who claimed just one of six key state senate races. Pro-same sex nuptials candidate Adam Satchell scored a decisive victory over Senator Michael Pinga. But five other gay marriage backers - David Gorman, Gene Dyszlewski, Laura Pisaturo, Lewis Pryeor, and Robert DaSilva - lost.
This morning: confirmation that the Tim Gill who plunked down $20,000 for gay marriage advocacy group People for Rhode Island's Future is the same Tim Gill who poured $15,000 into Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island's efforts. Gill has filed a document with the state's Board of Elections saying so.
As I reported in a Phoenix cover story a few weeks ago, the fate of Rhode Island's gay marriage bill could very well be determined by this fall's state senate elections. Advocates will need to pick up about a half-dozen seats in the 38-member chamber - no small task - if they're to have a real shot in the next legislative session.
Ray Sullivan, executive director of Marriage Equality Rhode Island - the leading advocate for gay marriage in the state - says he knows nothing about a new group, People for Rhode Island's Future, wading into state legislative races this week.
The group - its existence was first reported by WPRI's Ted Nesi - is mostly funded by Colorado technology magnate Tim Gill and Boston literary agent Esmond Harmsworth.
The Providence Journal's lead editorial today, "Bring your list to the polls," needles some public-employee union leaders for "trying to take out Democratic legislative leaders who pushed for pension reform last fall" and calls on voters to cast their ballots for the targeted pols. From the piece:
The best known example of the attempt to take out pension-reform leaders is the primary challenge faced by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Daniel DaPonte, of East Providence, from Pawtucket police Lt.
Democrat Frank Lombardi, the amiable Cranston School Committee member running to replace retiring State Senator Bea Lanzi, says he is opposed to same-sex marriage.
Lombardi says he supports full civil rights for gays and lesbians, but that his faith prevents him from embracing gay marriage.
Lombardi, who fought efforts to take down the controversial prayer banner at Cranston High School West, is locked in a Democratic primary with Rev.
The Rhode Island redistricting commission will roll out its final maps tonight. One issue to keep an eye on: prison gerrymandering.
The census counts prisoners as if they live at the correctional facility. And because Rhode Island is a small state with a single state prison complex - in Cranston - the potential for distortions is particularly great.