Lincoln Chafee

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Former governor Lincoln Chafee announced his departure from the presidential race Friday morning, six months after he launched what proved to be a quixotic bid for the nation's top office.

"As you know I have been campaigning on a platform of Prosperity Through Peace," Chafee said, in prepared remarks for an address to a group of Democratic women in Washington. "But after much thought I have decided to end my campaign for president today.  I would like to take this opportunity one last time to advocate for a chance be given to peace."


Former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee is expected to make an announcement about his bid for the Presidential nomination today.

The democrat penned a cryptic tweet Wednesday night writing, “I look forward to speaking at DNC Women’s Forum tomorrow morning. I’ll address my future in the campaign there.” The vague tweet has some speculating whether the candidate will drop out of the race.

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  The criticism came fast and hard for former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee’s presidential debate performance. Yet RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this shouldn’t tarnish his family’s political legacy or his reputation for truth-telling.

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After a bruising week, former governor Lincoln Chafee has no intention of getting out of the presidential race. Chafee has attracted critical attention following a nationally televised debate on CNN.

Chafee’s spokeswoman, Debbie Rich, said he plans to continue in the presidential race and has not considered dropping out.

Following the CNN debate, Rich says Chafee is motivated to bring what she calls a more peaceful approach to foreign policy challenges.


Tad Devine, the Providence native who is Democratic presidential aspirant Bernie Sanders top media consultant, said in an interview today that last night’s CNN Democratic presidential debate has resulted in $2 million in campaign contributions flowing into the Vermont senator’s campaign chest.

``The response has been incredible,’’ said Devine, who was busy today conducting post-debate interviews with reporters.


Former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee took to the national stage, as one of five Democrats taking part in last night’s presidential primary debate. 


Former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee will take the national stage Tuesday evening in the Democratic presidential debate. The former Republican announced his run for the democratic nomination in April of this year to moderate local and national fanfare . 

Hurricane Joaquin blows toward Rhode Island as the state remains vexed by its own ring of challenges: the hangover of 38 Studios, trying to modernize state agencies, financially troubled fire districts, you name it. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As always your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee said Monday he's looking forward to taking part in debate being staged by October 13 in Las Vegas.

"I look forward to joining the other distinguished Democratic candidates CNN has invited to debate the issues on October 13th," Chafee said in a statement. "I know from my previous campaigns that voters highly value the chance to assess the candidates in a debate format."

Chafee has attracted barely any support since he announced his campaign in April.

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The 38 Studios lawsuit disclosures have once again cast a cloud over the Rhode Island Statehouse. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders when Rhode Islanders will finally be fed up enough to bring change to Smith Hill.

There will be a day when Rhode Island moves beyond 38 Studios, but that day is a long time off. The public release Thursday of tens of thousands of pages of documents is just one more step toward trying to get a better understanding of Rhode Island's most recent scandal. So with that in mind, thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me all week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Former Gov. Lincoln Chafee, now seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, weighed in this afternoon on the release of the 38 Studios court documents.

It was Chafee, a vigorous opponent of the 38 Studios deal when he was running for governor in 2010, who later hired lawyer Max Wistow to file suit against principals in the deal. 38 Studios went bankrupt, leaving taxpayers holding the bag for $75 million in state-backed bonds to the company run by former Boston Red Sox star pitcher Curt Schilling.

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During a closed session on June 9, 2010, the board of Rhode Island's Economic Development Corporation received a briefing on what then-Governor Don Carcieri suggested was a "fairly significant transaction" that had presented itself to the EDC.