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  • June 06, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    It's shaping up as a historic election season, and Secretary of State Ralph Mollis wants to you know the following:

    Voters who are affiliated with the Democratic or Republican Party have until June 11 to disaffiliate if they plan on voting in a different party’s primary September 9. Voters can disaffiliate by contacting the board of canvassers in the city or town that is their legal residence.

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  • May 15, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    My friend Matt gave me a rash of grief yesterday about my generally favorable take on Cliff Wood's proposal to reconstitute the Providence City Council with 10 ward-based seats and five at-large seats. He equates the concept with downsizing democracy and says it would severely advantage deep-pocketed (white) candidates.

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  • May 07, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Coming your way, at the State House:

    From MERI:

    On Wednesday, May 7, the Rhode Island Assembly's House Judiciary Committee will hear testimony on several bills addressing marriage equality rights for all Rhode Island couples, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Supporters of marriage equality, including several members of MERI, are expected to testify.

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  • May 05, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Kim wants you to know:

    This Saturday, May 10th at 10:00AM, we will be re-opening the Obama HQ on Westminster Street for a Voter Registration Drive. After remarks from Congressman Kennedy and Attorney General Lynch (and a brief training) we'll hit the streets! Join Us!

  • March 05, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    I checked out the scene last night at Lupo's. Here's a brief report I wrote for this week's Phoenix:

    There were the makings of a celebration as the What Cheer? Brigade unleashed its joyous cacophony amid hundreds of Barack Obama supporters at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel on Tuesday night. Yet the results being described via MSNBC on the large screen on the nightclub’s stage – with Rhode Island being called for Hillary Clinton not long after polls closed at 9 pm – told another story.

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  • March 04, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    With most of the action on the Democratic side, today should nonetheless be a big day for John McCain and his top Rhode Island supporter, House Minority Leader Bob Watson of East Greenwich. (Watson had also been a strong proponent of keeping the Ocean State primary in March, rather than moving it up to Super Tuesday, sagaciously and presciently reasoning that the later date could enhance the state's relevance.

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  • March 04, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Speaking of delegates, voters in the First Congressional District have the opportunity to cast tallies for Joseph M. Fernandez, Jeff Padwa, and Rhoades Alderson, three of the key figures in Obama's RI campaign. The trio helped to get things moving here back when Obama's campaign looked very much like it was facing an uphill battle.

  • March 04, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Members of the Rhode Island Young Democrats are among the delegates running on today's primary ballot:

    For Senator Clinton

    CD1:

    Jennifer Claire Paolino

    Meghan Grady

    CD2:

    Andy Andujar

    James A. Cenerini

    Amy E. Gabarra

    Mark S. Weiner For Senator Obama CD1: Kimberly R. Ahern
    Edwin Pacheco CD2: Gonzalo Cuervo




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  • March 04, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    In further evidence of how the Clintons consider Rhode Island a must-win, Chelsea Clinton is being redeployed here today.

    Here's her sked:

    Providence, RI: Chelsea Clinton returns to Rhode Island to assist with local GOTV efforts today. As thousands of Hillary for President volunteers phone bank and canvass around the state, Chelsea Clinton will join the effort by talking to voters about why her mother is the best choice for president.

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  • March 02, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Very curious that the ProJo skips any endorsement today, even on the Republican side, for Tuesday's primary.

    In related news,

    -- Brown's Jen Lawless is out with a poll showing 42 percent of respondents for Clinton, 37 percent for Obama, and a whopping 22 percent undecided.

    -- The Obama campaign has launched what it calls an unprecedented GOTV effort:

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  • February 28, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    You don't have to be a political scientist to know that polling -- thanks in part to the ubiquity of cell phones -- is a lot less reliable in the past. Scott MacKay and Mark Arsenault take a look at the trend in today's ProJo:

    Pollsters say this race is a perfect storm of uncertainty, with a volatile electorate, well-financed campaigns, and record voter turnout that makes predicting who will show up to vote more difficult.

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  • February 28, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Matt offers a look at the delegate process in RI, and how it might impact the primary on Tuesday:

    Here’s how the system works: 4050 delegates at the Democratic Convention in Denver will select a nominee for president. Of these, 3250 are elected delegates who are chosen through the state-by-state primaries or caucuses.

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  • February 22, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    We knew that Giovanni Cicione, RI GOP chairman, is no fan of the union movement, but he's really steamed about plans to use a Teamsters Hall in East Prov as a voting place in our March 4 primary.

    From Republican central:

    WARWICK, RI - Rhode Island Republican Party Chairman Giovanni Cicione today offered his heartfelt congratulations to Barack Obama for securing recently announced endorsement of the Teamsters.

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  • January 28, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    More young people voted in 2004, and the youth vote could be huge in 2008 if Obama is the Democratic nominee. On a related note, Jessica Kerry writes in the Phoenix about efforts to push pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds in Rhode Island:

    Last year, a teen pre-registration bill sponsored by state Representative Ed Pacheco (D-Burrillville) passed overwhelmingly in the Senate and the House before Governor Donald Carcieri vetoed it in July, citing a need to clean up the voter rolls first (Savitsky calls this a “red herring response.

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  • January 15, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    [Clarification: since at least one conservative has taken the headline on this post a bit personally, let me state that "loser" is meant here in the strategic sense of winning or losing elections.]

    ....

    The recent arrest of Mynor Montufar has triggered a string of letters to the editor in the ProJo and posts on Anchor with a similar focus, particularly the generally ill-advised idea of having a string of children as teenagers.

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