Friday, August 17, 2012
Challenger says voters deserve a voice, information from their representative.
Stephen Casey, 43, firefighter and a 12-year city resident, the son of an active town politician, decided to challenge Rep. Jon Brien for the Dist. 50 seat in the Sept. 11 primary after the incumbent's vote to table the tax equity act. The bill, H-7729, was included as an amendment to the budget during this year's legislative session. It would have restored the 2006 tax rate on people making more than $250,000 per year. Jon Brien's vote helped table the measure, effectively killing it, as did the vote of Rep. Lisa Baldelli Hunt (D-District 49, Woonsocket) and 51 other representatives, according to the House Journal from June 7. "That would have brought another $131 million back into the state," Casey said. A portion of that figure could …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Woonsocket also chose Mitt Romney to run against Obama.
Mitt Romney continued his march toward a showdown with President Barack Obama, winning Rhode Island's primary Tuesday with 63 percent of the vote, 8,682 votes state-wide. Locally, Romney won Woonsocket with 55.7 percent of Republican voters, 233 votes, according to the RI Board of Elections. The former Massachusetts governor defeated Ron Paul, the closest challenger, who received 30.9 percent, 129 votes. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich checked in with 6.7 percent, 28 votes, while Sen. Rick Santorum, whose name remained on the ballot despite his decision to back out of the race two weeks ago, captured 5.7 percent, 24 votes. On the Democratic side, President Barack Obama, who was running unopposed, won 73.4 percent of the Woonsocket …
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Secretary of State: IDs will be required for first time, all voters will be counted.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis is reminding voters to be prepared for changes at the polls when voting in this Tuesday’s presidential primary. Under the state’s new Voter ID law, poll workers will ask them for ID for the first time. A wide range of common IDs including a R.I. driver's license, RIPTA bus pass, college ID and Social Security card will be accepted "The perception that identity theft could occur at the polls weakens the public's faith in the integrity of our elections. Voting should be at least as secure as everyday tasks like renting a car or getting a library card that routinely require ID," said Mollis. Most importantly, no eligible voter will be denied the right to vote. Voters who do not bring an acceptable ID to the …