Group targets Assembly races over pension reform votes

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August 28, 2012

Rhode Island

By: George Sousouris

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island: An interest group concerned with Rhode Island's pension reform efforts from 2011 has announced that it will target three races in the General Assembly. Two incumbents are being targeted for opposing the legislation, while one is being supported for his efforts in leading the overhaul.[1]

The group, EngageRI, describes itself as, "a nonprofit organization committed to advocating for sound policy decisions in the Rhode Island General Assembly...founded by a group of concerned Rhode Islanders who believe that comprehensive pension reform is the key to creating jobs, sustaining our state's quality of life and ensuring a bright future for our citizens." They are attempting to influence the outcome of three key races through $10,500 in mailings, one of which hails Senator Daniel Da Ponte (D), and two others which target Reps. Rene Menard (D) and Spencer Dickinson (D) who ultimately voted against the pension overhaul.[2][1]

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