Monday, October 15, 2012
JohnstonPatch looks at the referenda items on the 2012 ballot in Johnston — and asks for your feedback.
After the selections for President and U.S. Senator and Representative, below the ballot slots for town council and school committee — on the third page, in fact, of the 2012 ballot for Johnston voters — are three referenda questions that could have a major effect on the town. [Need info on this year's election? Check out the JohnstonPatch Election Guide.] The first, Question 8, asks voters to decide whether the office of Mayor should be limited to two, four-year terms. Question 9 covers $4 million in bonds to fix local roads, and Question 10 seeks $1 million for open space preservation. Here's a breakdown of each ballot item, and its potential effects: Question 8: Term Limits for Mayor Text: Should Section 2-4 of the Home Rule Charter …
Friday, October 5, 2012
The continuation of Breast Cancer awareness month tops the 5 Things to Know Today list for Oct. 5, 2012.
1. Campaign Pt. 1: It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Follow along with cancer survivor Judy Fitzgerald as she blogs her experiences and shares lessons for staying healthy and helping prevent the disease. Give Thursday's installment a read here and check back each weekday at 2 p.m. throughout the month of October for a new submission. 2. Campaign Pt. 2: Incumbent Mayor Joseph Polisena addressed his record, his campaign platform, and his opponent. We have excerpts here. Republican Peter Filippi responded to the Mayor's statements — see the comments. 3. Campaign Pt. 3: And, oh yeah, the Presidential race had a bit of a complexion change after Wednesday night's televised debate. See what people said on Patch. 4. Support: Johnston's own …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
The National Committee on the Preservation of Social Security and Medicare announced their endorsement of U.S. Rep. James Langevin this morning in Johnston.
Incumbent U.S. Rep. James Langevin (D) visited the Johnston Senior Center this morning to accept the endorsement of the National Committee on the Preservation of Social Security and Medicare, an organization dedicated to supporting legislation for seniors. "One thing I will not do, as long as I'm in Congress, is turn Medicare into a voucher program," Langevin announced to a crowd of about 100. "It's not the way to go, Medicare is the way to go, [and] we're going to preserve it." Max Richtman, President and CEO of the organization, said the group has backed Langevin for 12 years because of his commitment to preserving the safety net programs. "You recognize that Medicare is crucial to the health of older Americans, many of whom cannot …
The three-term incumbent spoke about the upcoming race, his opponent, and his record during an interview with JohnstonPatch.
Following his formal reelection bid announcement on Sept. 27, Mayor Joseph Polisena hosted JohnstonPatch for an interview at Johnston Town Hall covering his accomplishments as mayor, the work he feels is still ahead, and his opponent in the race, Peter Filippi. We've transcribed excerpts from the coversation below. Making the announcement, campaign message: We had over 150 people show up, which was great — volunteers and supporters — and we had Sen. Whitehouse and Sen. Reed and several other state dignitaries. We're moving forward — I think the town has come around since I took office in 2007, our economic development has exceeded my expectations, we're looking at $550 million in new business. I know people say "you keep saying that …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
In honor of National Voter Registration Day, we’re giving you all the information you need on how and where to register to vote.
If you haven’t yet registered to vote, head over to Johnston Town Hall and get it off your to-do list. Today is National Voter Registration Day, and thousands of local, state and national organizations have mobilized to make sure millions of people don’t miss the chance to cast their vote in this year’s elections. Six million people didn’t vote in the 2008 elections because they either did not know how to register or because they missed the voter registration deadline. The voter registration deadline for Rhode Island is Oct. 7. Mail ballots may be requested up to Oct. 16. Here’s information on how you can register in time for the Nov. 6 elections: And don't forget — this year, all voters are required to show valid photo ID at the polls. …
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Coverage of the Sept. 11 primary and a couple of odd police reports collected the most clicks last week.
Sept. 10: Join Johnston's Next Cash Mob Tonight In the spontaneous spirit of 'cash mobs,' we posted a quick reminder of the one held Monday night by the North Central Chamber of Commerce — and reached a lot of readers. Sept. 11: What Do I Need to Know About the Primary? Local voters wanted to be informed about last Tuesday's primary vote, and JohnstonPatch helped in that effort with our concise guide to the day's balloting. Sept. 12: Fuoco Takes 2nd Council Term, Petrarca Loses House Seat, Lombardo Wins After a fairly late night posting Tweets and Facebook updates from Tuesday's voting, we posted a wrap-up of the results on Wednesday morning that hit the top of the chart. Sept. 13: Man Nabbed on DUI Tries to Use 'Get Out of Jail Free …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Polling places in Johnston reported light traffic this morning, with higher numbers expected later today.
Early voting at most Johnston polling locations was light this morning, with a quicker pace at the voting booths in Ward 1, where three Democratic candidates are vying for the seat currently held by Eileen Fuoco. Click here for more info about today's primary in Johnston, including how to find your polling place. After about three hours of voting, 67 ballots had been cast at Pell Manor, with about 80 votes counted at Simmons Village by around 10 am. The three candidates in the Ward 1 race — Fuoco, Edward Cardillo, and Paul Crowell — were splitting time between the two locations. During an interview at Pell this morning, Fuoco said she was confident of a victory. "I've got a strong turnout — I think the majority of the people will support…
Monday, September 10, 2012
A town council seat will be decided in tomorrow's primary vote, as will the state Senate seat in Dist. 25.
Two contested races in Johnston will be settled by tomorrow's primary vote, including the Ward 1 Town Council seat currently held by Eileen Fuoco (D) and the state Senate Dist. 25 post held by Democratic incumbent Sen. Frank Lombardo. Following the candidates' gathering of signatures in July, Fuoco's name will appear at the top of the ballot in the Ward 1 race, with Edward Cardillo Jr. and Paul Crowell III listed second and third, respectively. After Democrat William J. Murphy failed to collect the required number of signatures, and no other candidates filed papers to run, Lombardo will face Nicole Acciardo, 19, to decide the race. State House of Representatives Dist. 44 is also up for a primary vote between incumbent Rep. Peter Petrarca…
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Mr. Obama is the 44th President of the United States and is looking to get reelected in the 2012 elections.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Name: Mr. Barack Hussein Obama Age: 51 Place of residence: Chicago, IL Attended college : Yes College : Columbia University Degree : Bachelor's degree in Political Science Year of graduation : 1983 University : Harvard University Law school Area of research : Juris Doctorate Year of graduation : 1991 Job titles held : Community Organizer, Developing Communities Project President, Harvard Law Review Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Chicago Law School Party affiliation : Democrat Running for a: Federal office Running for position: President of the United States Incumbent: Yes First elected: 1996 Previous elective offices : U.S. Senator (Ill.) Unsuccessful bids for elective offices : None. Address P.O. Box 803638 …
Mr. Romney, a former Governor of Massachusetts is the nominee of the Republican Party for President of the United States in the 2012 elections.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Name: Mr. Willard Mitt Romney Age: 65 Place of residence: Belmont, MA Attended college : Yes College : Brigham Young University Degree : Bachelor's Degree in English Year of graduation : 1971 University : Harvard University Law school and Business School Area of research : Juris Doctorate Year of graduation : 1975 Job titles held : Management Consultant, Boston Consulting Group Vice President, Bain & Company Co-Founder/CEO, Bain Capital Party affiliation : Republican Running for a: Federal office Running for position: President of the United States Incumbent: No First elected: 2002 Previous elective offices : U.S. Senator (Mass.) Unsuccessful bids for elective offices : Ran against Ted Kennedy for the position of Senator of Massachusetts …