Using Credible Report Cards

There are many organizations that exist who rate elected officials based on any number of positions: the NRA, AFL-CIO, NEA, and the Center for Freedom and Prosperity, to name a few. These are openly partisan organizations who support a specific position to benefit a specific group of people. They provide value to their members by helping them vote for candidates …

Where’s the Party Affiliation?

When we set out to create RI Rank, we made it a point to avoid the promotion of “tribal politics” by omitting party affiliation from our rankings segments. We reasoned that for what we are trying to accomplish, listing party affiliation provided no value, and in fact detracted from our mission. By listing an “R” or a “D”, this risks …

Making Information Simpler

When we set out to create RI Rank, our main focus was on ease of use. We took a good look at the legislator scorecards that already exist – Common Cause, the ACLU, and the Environmental Council of RI to name a few – and made it our mission to do it better. We found that each organization had a …

What Exactly Are We Doing Here?

Rhode Island has a problem. It is a two-headed monster of a problem: Voters do not have enough information about their state representatives to know who to vote for, so in turn they vote by party. Due to this information gap, most Republican candidates for the State House in turn run as Democrats, banking on the State’s large Democratic voter …