Friday, January 4, 2013
The Rhode Island senator was overwhelmingly re-elected in November.
Friday, January 4
The following information is from a press release issued by the staff of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. Washington, DC – Today, marking the start of the 113th Congress, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) was sworn in to his second term as Rhode Island’s junior senator. The Oath of Office was administered by Vice President Joe Biden during a ceremony on the Senate Floor. Whitehouse was accompanied by Rhode Island’s senior senator, Jack Reed. “It has been my life’s honor to serve the people of Rhode Island in the United States Senate, and I thank them for putting their trust in me for another six years,” Whitehouse said. “In the months and years ahead, I will continue the fights that I began during my first term: to support middle class …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Senator James Sheehan has been appointed chairman of the Oversight Committee after serving as the vice chairman in 2012.
Thursday, January 3
Release courtesy of the Legislative Press Bureau. Sen. James C. Sheehan (D-Dist. 36, Narragansett, North Kingstown) has been appointed the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Government Oversight for the 2013-2014 General Assembly session. The appointment was announced Wednesday by the president of the Senate, M. Teresa Paiva Weed. Senator Sheehan, who is serving his seventh term in the Rhode Island Senate, was the vice chairman of the Oversight Committee during the previous legislative session. The Senate Committee on Government Oversight considers appointments of the governor that are sent to it by the Senate for advice and consent. The committee also monitors and evaluates past, current and prospective performance of public bodies and …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
In a session full of pomp, circumstance, family and friends, the members of the 2013-14 General Assembly convene for the first time.
75 state representatives were sworn into the General Assembly during a New Year's Day ceremony. Rep. Gordon Fox (D-Providence) was returned to the House speakership by a vote of 66-6, with 3 abstentions. Across the way, in the Senate chambers, 38 senators were sworn in. Sen. Teresa Paiva-Weed (D-Newport, Jamestown) regained the presidency, with Hodgson casting the lone "nay" vote.
Friday, November 9, 2012
Although precincts flip in one General Assembly race, the results are otherwise unchanged with the mail ballot count.
Barring a shocking outcome from a recount or a late challenge to the election results, the candidates everyone thought they had elected after Tuesday remain the same after mail ballot counting Thursday afternoon. The closest race – South Kingstown Town Council – saw the fifth place candidate, Democrat Paul Donnelly, expand his lead from 81 votes to 108 over fellow Democrat Fred Frostic. Seventh place candidate and Republican Sean O’Donnell gained on Frostic, but remains 110 votes behind Donnelly. The mail ballots did flip Narragansett to Republican Chris Wilkens in the District 34 General Assembly race. With the ballots factored in, Wilkens beat Tanzi by 32 votes at St. Mary’s, and lost by one vote at the Pier School, meaning he did carry …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Did your candidate lose? Did they win? Read the postmortem here for Narragansett and South Kingstown candidates.
Although as many as 1,000 mail ballots remain to be counted for South Kingstown, and 600 for Narragansett, most races of the 2012 General Election appear to be settled. Looking for a full rundown for the candidates? Well, here you go! Here is our rundown, in the order of Narragansett, South Kingstown, state and federal races, and ballot questions. NARRAGANSETT TOWN COUNCIL The composition of the Narragansett Town Council will be radically different going forward, as the only incumbents remaining are Susan Cicilline-Buonanno (3,067) and Glenna Hagopian (2,637). Joining them will be James Callaghan, Matthew Mannix (2,829) and Douglas McLaughlin. Callaghan was the top vote-getter with 3,404 votes, and McLaughlin was fifth with 2,527. In sixth…
Rhode Island voters favor Democrats in election.
It was a good night for Democrats Tuesday in Rhode Island. In Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District David Cicilline was able to win a second term against a tough race fought against Republican Brendan Doherty. The former head of the Rhode Island State Police strongly criticized Cicilline during the course of the campaign over his final leadership of the city of Providence when he was mayor for eight before heading to Washington two years ago. In the 2nd Congressional District James Langevin was able to win a seventh term over Republican Michael Riley. Riley reportedly lent his campaign more than $600,000. Langevin cited as accomplishments his work to maintain submarine production at Electric Boat and efforts to strengthen job training …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." The Obama campaign won the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from President Obama attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy. The race tightened during the final months of the campaign, with gaffes and surges …
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Check back at your local Patch all day for live election updates. 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 during our latest Red Rhody/Blue Rhody political survey. 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. In 2008, Rhode Island voted Democratic with 296,571 voters casting ballots for the Obama-Biden team. Republican John McCain and Sarah Palin earned 165,391 votes. According to the Rhode Island Secretary of …
Voters in Rhode Island on Tuesday cast their ballot for Barack Obama, giving him the state's 4 Electoral votes.
Barack Obama won Rhode Island’s 4 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican Mitt Romney. The Wall Street Journal along with the Associated Press has called the race in Rhode Island declaring Obama the winner. In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Democratic candidate, and since the 1990s has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race 3 out of 5 times. Romney and Obama did not campaign aggressively in Rhode Island. The state has typically been a Democratic stronghold in recent presidential elections. The economy was a key issue for many voters in the state.
Exercise your civic right to vote! A slew of local races are hotly contested.
Hey listen, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but there’s an election today, Tuesday, November 6, 2012. (And if you don’t know, it must mean you don’t have a mail box, or own a TV, or drive, since all those mediums have been splattered with a ridiculous amount of advertising for several months now.) Not sure where your polling place is, or who you’re even voting for? Well, that’s not a great sign. But you can look it up by going here, to the Secretary of State’s website, and they have a neat lookup method. Sample ballots are also available, in case you want to practice before hitting the polls. For the full voter guide, see the attached PDF. This guide includes the full text for the seven state ballot questions. If you’re unfamiliar with the …