Gov. Lincoln Chafee

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Governor Lincoln Chafee has announced that $2.1 million dollars of state and federal funding will support youth summer work experiences in a variety of industries this summer. Starting in July, more than 20 community-based organizations will provide work experience and work-readiness training to residents between 14 and 24 years old. 


Rhode Island Democrats should look to Massachusetts for some leadership on the economy. RIPR political analyst  Scott MacKay explains why.

Rhode Island is once again ensnared in a noisy political campaign season. The stench of government corruption has led to new leadership on Smith Hill. Gordon Fox is out as speaker and Nick Mattiello is in. Democrats control both chambers of the General Assembly by big margins. Yet the historic majority party can’t seem to speak with a coherent voice on our state’s struggling economy.

It seems sometimes like every Rhode Island business and political leader points to the better economy in Massachusetts. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay looked across the state border and finds more myth than reality.

RI Officials Remember Fallen Heroes

May 24, 2013

State officials gathered this morning to remember Rhode Islanders who made the ultimate sacrifice.  The Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony in the Garden of Heroes, outside of the state capitol building.  Gov. Lincoln Chafee, joined other officials to honor those who have fought for our country. 

“It’s a day of memory for those who died in great service for our nation, and mixed in with the fun of the barbeque, and the family events," said Chafee.  "I’m sure that everybody does pause at some time, to remember as they well should.” 


In another sign that Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is serious about running for governor in 2014: sources close to the mayor say he has hired a leading Washington, D.C.-based political consulting firm and top Rhode Island campaign strategist J.B. Poersch, a longtime aide to U.S. Sen. Jack Reed.

Taveras has retained SKDKnickerbocker as his campaign consultants. Poersch and veteran consultant Bill Knapp will lead the team advising Taveras as he plans his campaign.

So now the most ridiculous and irresponsible decision of former Gov. Donald Carcieri’s tenure has come home to roost. That, of course, would be the decision to gamble $100 million or so of the taxpayers’ money on Curt Schilling’s ill-fated 38 Studios video game company.

The company is now bankrupt. As ProJo State House veteran Katherine Gregg reports, the budget proposal from Governor Lincoln Chafee, the most vocal opponent of this fiasco during the 2010 governor’s race, has proposed making the initial $2.5 million payment to bondholders.

Another week passes with the usual palaver  from the Rhode Island political and business elite on economic development. RIPR political  analyst Scott MacKay says its time for some changes in the way Rhode Islanders view our state and ourselves.

The governor’s office sent out the following advisory at about 11:32 am today:

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee will host the 2012 State House tree lighting today, November 29, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. in the State House rotunda. The student orchestra from Cranston’s Park View Middle School will be performing holiday songs in the Bell Area of the rotunda beginning at noon.

According to the governor’s schedule, Chafee’s due for a ribbon-cutting for JetBlue at T.F. Green Airport at 1:25 pm.

It’s almost all over but the voting. Some questions to consider:

1. If David Cicilline loses, does he try to stage a comeback in 2014?

2. If Brendan Doherty loses, does he move to the head of the list of possible GOP gubernatorial candidates in 2014?

3. How come the RI Republican Party can’t find a GOP candidate for John Loughlin’s old seat in a conservative part of the state?

4. If Doherty loses, will it be because he waited too long to get his message rolling, or because Democrats had a far better ground game?

Governor Lincoln Chafee is not on the ballot at next month’s general election. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay tells us why Chafee is lucky he isn’t facing voters.

It has been nearly two years since Linc Chafee was elected governor as an independent with just 36 percent of the vote. From Republican Governor Donald Carcieri and the Democrats who run the General Assembly, Chafee inherited a dysfunctional state government, communities on the edge of bankruptcy, the 38 Studios fiasco and one of the nation’s worst economies.

With Lincoln Chafee set to hit the DNC stage this evening, the Republican Governors Association isn’t wasting any time in criticizing governors aligned with President Obama.

Here’s part of a mailing sent by the association:

Reporters –

Narragansett Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas has followed through on his plan to seek a meeting with Governor Lincoln Chafee.

The Narrgansetts remain on the sidelines as Rhode Island’s gambling halls are spending big bucks to promote an expansion of their offerings this November.