Category Elections

Why We Have Primaries, and Why We Shouldn’t Have Them Any More

September 8th will be the only election for many Rhode Islanders where there’s more than one candidate on the ballot. We should change that.

The State of RI’s Political Parties, as Divined Through Candidate Declarations

The General Assembly has a lot of uncontested seats, and more than a few missed chances for both parties.

What Can We Learn from the Two-Party Vote Share for RI House Seats?

The electoral incentives for the Rhode Island House’s leadership doesn’t match those faced by their caucuses.

About the 2018 Primaries

Progressives are moving forward, despite a few losses.

2018 Lays the Groundwork for a Progressive RI

Earlier in the summer, RI Future’s Will Weatherly wrote an article entitled “Stage set for progressives to take over Rhode Island”¬†that’s stuck in my mind. I’m unsure if Weatherly or RI Future owner/editor Bob Plain wrote the headline (Bob usually rewrote mine). Meanwhile, the Republican-led far-right Gaspee Project has been painting this as though progressives […]

On Lowering the Voting Age in Providence

In the wake of two sets of interviews¬†by Dan McGowan with potential city council candidates, I noticed that Dan raised the idea of at-large council seats. I don’t particularly love it, I think at best the at-large councilor would be a persuadable swing vote, at worst, they could plausibly argue popular support no matter how […]

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.