August 1, 2009

Kathy Santos: Guidelines for Choosing General Assembly Candidates in 2010

Engaged Citizen

Your representative and senator need to be replaced if...

  1. They didn’t vote to eliminate unaffordable mandates to help cities and towns.
  2. They approved a budget without knowing the costs
  3. They voted to keep their free healthcare or just pay a "token" co-pay while everyone else pays 20%+ if they even have health insurance
  4. They voted against Voter ID and the elimination of the straight party ticket or didn't even let it out of committee
  5. They voted for never-ending teacher contracts and/or related bill
  6. They allowed a fresh coat of paint to be sprayed onto the rotting corpse of that bill, which died in March, and then pulled a "New Caruolo" out of their hat
  7. They voted against eVerify or didn't let it out of committee
  8. They have scared businesses away from RI and now prostitutes have more job security than the average college graduate
  9. They go to Las Vegas for "gambling information" when Twin Rivers is going bankrupt in their own backyard
  10. They are too good to brownbag it and stick us with the tab for their meals
  11. They think it's a good idea to eliminate part of the name of our historic state
  12. They didn't strengthen child molestation laws
  13. They allowed prostitution to continue in RI
  14. They voted to legalized medical marijuana when it's still against federal laws
  15. They voted against a bill that would have allowed we the people access to public information in a more timely manner
  16. They didn't strengthen drunk driving laws
  17. They ignore your letters, emails, phone calls, and testimony at the State House. Then, they insult you by coming into committee late or leaving early, eating in front of you, making and taking phone calls and text messages, carrying on conversations with someone else, and falling asleep when you are giving them important information
  18. They actually think they are doing a great job
  19. They belong to public sector unions
  20. They won't allow voter initiative
  21. They leave the State House while huge protests are being conducted outside by their constituents
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22. His last name is Connors.

Posted by: Patrick at August 1, 2009 9:38 PM

But if they're socially conservative, they're allowed to skip 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17 and 18, right? Trust me, liberals strongly dislike the status quo, too.
Things won't change because of the "they're a bunch of scum...but not MY guy (or gal) mentality too many R.I. voters have.

Posted by: rhody at August 2, 2009 2:07 AM

"Things won't change because of the "they're a bunch of scum...but not MY guy (or gal) mentality too many R.I. voters have."

I thnk that is fighting human nature, "I hate all lwyers, except mine. He's a pretty decent guy".

I think we should just push for "no incumbants".

Posted by: Warrington Faust at August 2, 2009 11:11 AM

Hasn't come up here, but here is my view on "term limits".

I think limiting the terms of elected officials will lead to "Mandarinization" of the government. The bureaucrats, who have no term limits, will pull the wool over the eyes of the inexperienced elected officals that they "serve".

Posted by: Warrington Faust at August 2, 2009 11:14 AM

Medical marijuana for sick persons... surely some of the most heinous legislation and deserving of immediate removal from office. Society will crumble!

Some of this is legitimate, but some of it is serious bunk.

Posted by: Dan at August 2, 2009 4:09 PM

"Things won't change because of the "they're a bunch of scum...but not MY guy"

Hey, I fully admit my my Senator is a few steps below useless. (Connors)

Posted by: Patrick at August 2, 2009 9:38 PM

And so's mine (Ruggerio). I'm just amazed that the biggest union fat cat lawmaker of all always gets a free pass when people here complain about legislators' ties to unions.

Posted by: rhody at August 2, 2009 11:32 PM

Bye-bye Amy Rice.

Posted by: Dan at August 3, 2009 11:11 AM
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