Tuesday, November 6, 2012
In Rhode Island, the voter ID law requires voters to present some sort of ID before they will be allowed to vote tomorrow – here's what you'll need.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voters in Rhode Island will need to present one of the following forms of ID, according to the R.I. Board of Elections: *The Rhode Island Secretary of State's office is issuing free voter photo ID cards to individuals who do not possess any of the valid Photo IDs listed above. See the Secretary of State's website for additional information on the program, or call (401) 222-2340. Except for birth certificates, Social Security cards, and government-issued medical cards, all other non-photo IDs must contain the current name and address of the voter, and must have been issued after the recent general election on Nov. 2, 2010: Any voter who is unable to present valid identification at the polls, will be required to cast a provisional ballot. …
Rhode Island's Democratic and Republican political influencers take part in our final survey before election day.
In the race for President of the United States, influential Rhode Island political insiders have weighed in regarding who has run the better "ground game" in Rhode Island leading up to the election. According to our results, Democratic influencers felt Obama has run a better ground campaign by a wide margin while a majority of Republican influencers surveyed said the ground campaign up to this point has been even. Patch surveyed 53 Republicans and 51 Democrats, asking regardless of their partisan preference, which presidential campaign do you think has run the better "ground game" campaign during the general election in Rhode Island? Among those who responded, 55.6% of Democrats said Barack Obama has run the better ground campaign by a …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Rhode Island state law allows people who have not registered to vote to cast a ballot of the top office – in Newport, go to City Hall.
Yes, you can vote for president on Election Day even if you didn't register. According to Rhode Island General Law 17-1-3, people who missed the voter registration dealine may vote for president/vice president only at their local Board of Canvassers on Election Day. In Newport, you can do that at City Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 6, during regular polling hours (7 a.m. to 8 p.m.). City Hall is the only Newport polling place set up for this. You will need to show an ID and complete a registration form. You will then be given a ballot for President/Vice President only. This is also for people who have moved to Newport from another city or town in Rhode Island over a year ago but failed to change their address. For more information about limited …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Should we pass laws to attack the problem, or is there another solution?
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The pay gap between men and women—the difference in pay for the same jobs—was front and center in last week's presidential debate. The exchange over equal pay led to the second debate's most memorable quip about "binders full of women." That statement became an instant Internet meme. Slate, meanwhile, has published an interactive map showing how each state and county does with wage inequality. In Newport County, women there are paid 61 cents for every dollar a man earns for the same job. So where is the worst in New England? Coastal New Hampshire's Rockingham County, where women average 59 cents for every dollar a man in a similar role would earn. What can be done? Should the government step in and legislate pay equality? Tell us your …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney squared off in the third and final presidential debate on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Here's how Rhode Island Republicans and Democrats reacted.
As we entered the final presidential debate Monday night, both parties were looking for a clear victory. But according to our Rhode Island political influencers, neither party felt their candidate was the dominant winner in the debate. That's the major finding of the Red and Blue Rhody flash poll sent out to local political influencers immediately after the debate ended Monday night. For the third and final time President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney came face to face for a presidential debate on Monday night in Florida. Obama and Romney faced off on Oct. 22 at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida with CBS's Bob Schieffer moderating the debate. The format for the debate was identical to the first presidential debate …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney squared off in the second presidential debate on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Here's how Rhode Island Republicans and Democrats reacted.
Rhode Island Democrats are more confident this time around in President Obama's debate performance over the first, while state Republicans feel former Gov. Mitt Romney's debate performance was less encouraging than the first. That's the major finding of the Red and Blue Rhody flash polls sent out to local political influencers immediately after the debate ended Tuesday night. Obama and Romney faced off on Oct. 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. in a town hall format, with CNN's Candy Crowley moderating a debate that covered both domestic and foreign policy. At the conclusion of the debate, Patch surveyed 52 Republicans and 51 Democrats, asking who they thought won the debate. Among those who responded, 61% of the Republicans …
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Question 5 would allow for bonding up to $20 million for clean water projects; Question 6 would allow for $20 million in bond money for environmental management projects.
Proponents of ballot questions 5 and 6 held a press conference at Goddard Park Tuesday to press for their passage, arguing that the $40 million ($20 million each) is essential for the future health of local waters and green spaces. "We want to be sure that people understand how important it is," said Jonathan Stone, executive director of Save the Bay. Noting that some groups this year are arguing against any additional government spending, Stone said, "This is not a year to be complacent." Jody King, past president of the Rhode Island Shellfishermen's Association, said his main goal was to be able to keep making a living on the water. "I love my job," said King. "Shellfishing is what I've done for the past 20 years and I want to do it for …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Here are details on Thursday's debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan.
The first and only vice presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan is set for 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. Check below for more information on that debate and the remaining debates leading up to Election Day. AOL will provide a live stream of the debate. TV Channels Broadcasting Live: ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and more, including CNN Espanol. Live Streaming Online: YouTube's Election Hub, AOL. Where to Watch the Debate neart Newport: Below is more detailed information on Thursday night's debate, as well as the schedule for upcoming debates, all of which are presented by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD): According to the CPD, "The debate will cover both foreign and domestic …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
RI Democrats express more confidence that the convention gave Obama a lift heading into November's election. Republicans say Eastwood’s speech was a help and a hindrance.
The presidential conventions are held not only select each party’s candidate, but also to rally voters just months before the November election. So which convention succeeded more in energizing its base? In the latest Red Rhody and Blue Rhody poll, Patch asked insiders from both sides of the aisle to assess the impact their convention had on voters and their candidates. A majority of Democratic insiders felt more confident in their candidate’s chances of winning in November post-convention. Most Republican insiders felt the convention hadn’t changed their minds about their candidate’s chances of winning in November. The survey was sent to 52 Democrats and 52 Republicans across Rhode Island. Ten Democrats and 14 Republicans responded. For …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Find where to vote, polling hours and changes to the voter ID law here.
Things are a bit different this election year – due in large part to the recently passed voter ID law and redistricting of Rhode Island. Before you show up to the polls on Tuesday, Sept. 11 for the primary elections, check out our quick and easy guide to this year's polls. Precinct Location Address 2102 Sen.13, House 73-02, Ward 1, Dist. 1 Park Holm Senior Center 1 Park Holm 2104 Sen.13, House 75-04, Ward 1, Dist. 2 St. John’s Church Hall Willow Street 2105 Sen.13, House 75-05, Ward 2, Dist. 1 Donovan Manor 19 Chapel St. 2101 Sen.12, House 73-01, Ward 2, Dist. 2 Fenner Hall 15 Fenner Ave. 2103 Sen.13, House 73-03, Ward 2, Dist. 3 St. Peter’s Church 525 Broadway 2106 Sen.13, House 75-06, Ward 3, Dist. 1 Newport Public Library…