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  • Rhode Island Dems' supermajorities mathematically safe

    The Providence Journal reports that Republicans are leaving nearly 70% of Rhode Island's 113 legislative seats uncontested this fall, making it mathematically certain that Democrats will return this fall with both their state Senate and state House supermajorities intact:

    Both chambers are overwhelmingly Democrat, and as of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, only 11 Republicans had surfaced as Senate candidates, including the two competing for the seat that North Kingstown Republican Sen. Dawson Hodgson is giving up to run for attorney general, and the 27 competing for House seats, including the two vying to replace Democrat Larry Valencia of Richmond.

    A spokeswoman for the secretary of state’s office said it is possible that not all cities and towns have provided the names of all their legislative candidates. If history repeats itself, not all of the potential candidates who threw their names into the ring will be able to collect all the signatures necessary to qualify for the ballot.

  • Rhode Island Democrats push marriage equality through state House of Representatives

    Reuters is reporting that the Rhode Island House of Representatives has given overwhelming support to legislation that would allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in the state.

  • Marriage equality advances in Rhode Island

    Rhode Islanders United for Marriage is reporting that "the Judiciary Committee of the Rhode Island House of Representatives voted unanimously to send

  • Rhode Island Democratic Senate leader promises vote on marriage equality

    Rhode Island may soon cease to be the only New England state to not afford equal marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples. According to The Advocate the state Senate's Democratic President M. Teresa Paiva Weed "has committed to allowing a vote on the issue in the next year."