Category Elections

Let’s Talk About Last Week

I just wanted to play Battletech this week. But then everyone decided this would be a good week to make a lot of news. So let’s go through it, one by one. 1. Scott Avedisian: From Mayor to RIPTA Avedisian has confounded me of late. I’m not the only one to point this out, but […]

Spoiler Brown? Rhode Island is beset by weak candidates with a strong hold on their nominations

In 2010, General Treasurer Frank Caprio likely had then-state Representative Joe Trillo pass a message to the GOP candidate John Robitaille: drop out, so you don’t spoil things for me against Lincoln Chafee. Just over a month later, the RI GOP chairman responded, suggesting Caprio drop out in favor of Robitaille and not act as […]

RIPR Pundits Suggest RI Has Too Many Cooks in the Governor’s Race

If there are too many candidates running for governor, Rhode Island should nurture this diversity of choice, not attempt to restrict it.

Why the conventional wisdom on Joe Trillo is likely right

Joe Trillo isn’t going to be the Trump of the 2018 Rhode Island gubernatorial race.

Thank You to RI’s Canvassers

Quite a lot of my good friends are either activists or people deeply involved in politics. A lot of them come out of a tradition of canvassing, perhaps the most important function of a political campaign. I don’t. I once went to an interview at one of the PIRGs, and on the elevator out, two […]

Why You Should Focus On Election Reforms That Make A Difference

Pew Research released a poll surveying Americans’ feelings about the 2014 midterms, and down at the bottom were the responses from those who didn’t vote. The Washington Post’s Wonkblog made a handy chart of their responses. Now, here’s the thing, Wonkblog decided to split this into two categories: structural reasons and personal reasons (you’ll see that if you click […]

Graph of RI House Vote Totals

How Did Republicans Gain 5 Seats In The House With The Fewest Votes Ever?

The most fascinating story not yet told in the 2014 elections isn’t the issue of whether or not Healey spoiled Fung’s chances or how the Democrats swept all the statewide races for the first time since 1960. It was that the Republicans gained seats in the RI House of Representatives despite earning their fewest votes since […]