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The state legislature is the Rhode Island General Assembly, consisting of the 75-member state House of Representatives and the 38-member Senate. Both houses of the [[bicameral]] body are currently dominated by the Democratic Party.
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Federally, Rhode Island is one of the most reliably Democratic states during presidential elections, regularly giving the Democratic nominees one of their best showings. In 1980, Rhode Island was one of only 6 states to vote against Ronald Reagan. In the 1984 Reagan landslide, Rhode Island provided Walter Mondale with his 3rd best performance. Rhode Island was the Democrats' best state in 1988 and 2000 and 2nd best in 1996 and 2004. The state was devoted to Republicans until 1908, but has only strayed from the Democrats 7 times in the 24 elections that followed. In 2004, Rhode Island gave John Kerry a greater than 20 percentage point margin of victory (the third highest of any state) with 59.4% of its vote. All but two of Rhode Island's 39 cities and towns voted for the Democratic candidate. The only exceptions were East and West Greenwich. Rhode Island has abolished capital punishment, making it one of the 12 states that have done so. Rhode Island abolished the death penalty very early, just after [[Michigan]] (first state to abolish it), and carried out its last execution in 1840s.
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==Initiative, Referendum and Recall==  
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* [[Rhode Island vote fraud]]
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|style="color:#000;"|'''Rep. Jon Brien proposes marriage constitutional amendment'''
  
===Statewide===
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'''May 8, 2008''': Representative Jon Brien (D-Woonsocket) has introduced a bill in the Rhode Island State Legislature that proposes a constitutional amendment to the Rhode Island Constitution that would define marriage "as a lawful union between one man and one woman".<ref>Rhode Island Catholic Editorial, [http://thericatholic.com/stories/1142.html ''Marriage is again under legal seige''], May 8, 2008</ref>
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** Currently there is no initiative or referendum available in Rhode Island. An alternative is Legislative referendum which is possible in all states ([[http://iandrinstitute.org/New%20IRI%20Website%20Info/Drop%20Down%20Boxes/Requirements/Legislative%20Referendum%20States.pdf|click here for list]]), is when the state legislatures, an elected official, state appointed constitutional revision commission or other government agency or department submits propositions (constitutional amendments, statutes, bond issues, etc.) to the people for their approval or rejection. Every state requires that constitutional amendments proposed by the legislature be submitted to the citizenry via legislative referendum for approval or rejection. Legislative amendments (LA) are possible in Rhode Island, and are constitutional amendments placed on the ballot by the legislature or governmental body. This includes constitutional bond issues and amendments proposed by a constitutional revision commission.
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* [[History of direct democracy in Rhode Island]]
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* [http://www.elections.ri.gov/CampFinance/cfmain.htm|Campaign Finance Laws]
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* [http://www.campaigndisclosure.org/ Campaign Disclosure Project]
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* [[Rhode Island ballot news]]
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===County===
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* [[Bristol County, Rhode Island|Bristol]] | [[East Greenwich County, Rhode Island|East Greenwich]] | [[Newport County, Rhode Island|Newport]] | [[Providence County, Rhode Island|Providence]] | [[Wakefield County, Rhode Island|Wakefield]]
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==Government and City Links==  
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* [http://ri.gov|Official Rhode Island website]
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'''Government of Rhode Island'''<br>
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[[Rhode Island Constitution]] •
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[[Judgepedia:Rhode Island Supreme Court|Supreme Court]] •
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[[Rhode Island House of Representatives|House of Representatives]] •
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[[Rhode Island Governor|Governor]] •
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[[Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor|Lieutenant Governor]] •
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[[Rhode Island Attorney General|Attorney General]] •
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[[Rhode Island Secretary of State|Secretary of State]]
  
===Key Government Officials===
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'''Rhode Island Counties'''<br>
* [[Don Carcieri]], Governor of Rhode Island
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[[Sunshinereview:Bristol County, Rhode Island|Bristol]] • [[Sunshinereview:Kent County, Rhode Island|Kent]] •
* [[Elizabeth Roberts]], Lt. Governor of Rhode Island
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[[Sunshinereview:Newport County, Rhode Island|Newport]] • [[Sunshinereview:Providence County, Rhode Island|Providence]]
* [[Rhode Island Secretary of State]]
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[[Sunshinereview:Washington County, Rhode Island|Washington]] •'''[[Sunshinereview:Rhode Island counties|All Rhode Island counties...]]'''
* [[Patrick Lynch]], Attorney General of Rhode Island
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==News and blogging resources==
 
* [[Rhode Island media]]
 
  
Portions of this article were taken from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhode_Island Wikipedia] 6/26/07
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'''Ballots and elections'''
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* [[Rhode Island ballot measures|State ballot measures]]
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* State ballot measures in [[Rhode_Island_2008_ballot_measures|2008]]
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* [[Rhode Island vote fraud|Vote fraud]]
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'''Laws and history'''
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* [[Laws governing recall in Rhode Island|Laws governing recall]]
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* [[History of direct democracy in Rhode Island|History of direct democracy]]
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'''Media and activism'''
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* [[Rhode Island media|Newspapers and blogs]]
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[[Category:Rhode Island]]
 
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Revision as of 14:24, 20 May 2009

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Rhode Island on Ballotpedia

Rhode Island_ballot_measures
State measures
Getting_Started_on_Ballotpedia
Contribute
Rhode Island local ballot measures
Local measures
Ballotpedia:Rhode Island
The Rhode Island project

Rhode Island ballot news

Rep. Jon Brien proposes marriage constitutional amendment

May 8, 2008: Representative Jon Brien (D-Woonsocket) has introduced a bill in the Rhode Island State Legislature that proposes a constitutional amendment to the Rhode Island Constitution that would define marriage "as a lawful union between one man and one woman".[1]

...more Rhode Island ballot news

Rhode Island Government

Government of Rhode Island
Rhode Island ConstitutionSupreme CourtHouse of RepresentativesSenateGovernorLieutenant GovernorAttorney GeneralSecretary of State

Rhode Island Counties
BristolKentNewportProvidenceWashingtonAll Rhode Island counties...


Ballots and elections

Laws and history

Media and activism


Rhode Islanders can vote on...

Statutes from citizens
Prohibited
Vetoing legislation by referendum
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Recalling officials
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Contribute to Ballotpedia

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Transparency and Judiciary

Rhode Island on Sunshine Review
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References

  1. Rhode Island Catholic Editorial, Marriage is again under legal seige, May 8, 2008