Rhode Island (4)

Rhode Island updates on NPV, the Electoral College, and federalism.

NPV status: introduced 2007-failed; passed House and Senate 2008-governor vetoed; passed Senate 2009-failed. Introduced 2011-pending S. 164

Anti-Electoral College bill moving in Rhode Island

Rhode Island used to be known for its independence and spunk. It was the first American colony to renounce its allegiance to the British Crown. It refused to send delegates the Constitutional Convention and (stubborn to the end!) did not ratify the U.S. Constitution until after George Washington had already been elected and sworn...
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NPV spends lots, fails again in Rhode Island

The NPV (a state-by-state campaign to abolish the Electoral College) has amassed 77 electoral votes by state legislatures passing bills committing their votes to the winner of the national popular vote. For more back story, click here. What’s surprising is the amount of time, energy and money they’ve spent in one tiny state: Rhode Island. NPV...
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RI Legislature Reverses Its Stance on NPV

Great news. The Rhode Island House last week declined to adopt the NPV legislation, despite approving it last year.  (Last year, both House and Senate approved the measure, but the Governor vetoed the bill.)   Last week’s House vote was 28 for and 45 against. Providence Journal story on NPV in Rhode Island
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