John Chafee http://ripr.org en R.I. House finally Ratifies 17th U.S. Constitutional Amendment: direct election of U.S. senators http://ripr.org/post/ri-house-finally-ratifies-17th-us-constitutional-amendment-direct-election-us-senators <p>At the behest of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Cale Keable, D-Burrillville, the Rhode Island House has finally voted to ratify the 17<sup>th</sup> Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, &nbsp;which reqired direct election of U.S. Senators.</p><p>Before the amendment took effect in 1913, senators were elected by state legislators. That system was widely criticized for breeding corruption as senate aspirants bribed lawmakers to secure the votes needed to win senate seats.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 21:18:02 +0000 Scott MacKay 34753 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Rhode Island Needs More People Like The Pells http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-rhode-island-needs-more-people-pells <p>Rhode Island pays its final respects this morning to Nuala Pell, widow of &nbsp;Sen. Claiborne Pell at services in Newport. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why the passing of Mrs. Pell signals the end of an era.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Sen. Claiborne Pell represented Rhode Island for 36 years in the United States Senate. Few senators have ever better served a state.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:59:09 +0000 Scott MacKay 32273 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Rhode Island Needs More People Like The Pells Nuala Pell, Spouse And Political Partner Of Sen. Claiborne Pell, Dies http://ripr.org/post/nuala-pell-spouse-and-political-partner-sen-claiborne-pell-dies <p>Nuala Pell, widow of revered Sen. Claiborne Pell, confidante of Pastores, Kennedys and European royalty, a force in Rhode Island politics for decades and a woman who was as at ease at a Democratic Party rally at a Portuguese Club as she was with the well-born swells of Newport society at Bailey’s Beach, died early this morning at Newport Hospital. She was 89.</p><p><strong>The Pell family has announced a memorial service to be held Monday, April 21 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Newport, at 11 a.m.</strong></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:13:52 +0000 Scott MacKay 31993 at http://ripr.org Nuala Pell, Spouse And Political Partner Of Sen. Claiborne Pell, Dies Sen. Whitehouse Introduces Legislation To Continue National Estuary Program http://ripr.org/post/sen-whitehouse-introduces-legislation-continue-national-estuary-program <p>Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has introduced legislation to re-authorize the National Estuary Program, which would benefit Narragansett Bay.</p><p>The program was first established in 1987 by the late Republican Senator John Chafee. It aimed to protect and restore estuaries from pollution and overdevelopment. An estuary is the area where fresh water meets the ocean.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 19:35:50 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 29698 at http://ripr.org Sen. Whitehouse Introduces Legislation To Continue National Estuary Program Scott MacKay Commentary: The Clay Pell Dilemma In RI Governor's Race http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-clay-pell-dilemma-ri-governors-race <p>Political pundits love to emphasize that campaigns matter.&nbsp; Clay Pell better hope that adage rings true if he hopes to be Rhode Island’s next governor, says our resident pundit, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Herbert Claiborne `Clay’ Pell&nbsp; IV is the grandson of a legendary Rhode Island U.S. Senator, a Harvard University graduate&nbsp; and at just 32 years old, possessor of a resume that would be the envy of many a decade or two older.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:01:28 +0000 Scott MacKay 28120 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: The Clay Pell Dilemma In RI Governor's Race Herb DeSimone Sr. and Richard Nixon http://ripr.org/post/herb-desimone-sr-and-richard-nixon <p>Herb DeSimone was a respected Rhode Island Republican politician and lawyer. He died last week after a long and distinguished career in the law and politics, having served as RI Attorney General, in the federal government during Richard Nixon’s administration and &nbsp;twice was the GOP’s standard bearer for governor.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 18:44:04 +0000 Scott MacKay 25639 at http://ripr.org Mighty Muffy: RIP Susan Farmer http://ripr.org/post/mighty-muffy-rip-susan-farmer <p>Susan Farmer, who in 1982 became the first women elected to statewide office in Rhode Island when as a Republican she ousted a longtime Democratic incumbent to become secretary of state, has died after a protracted battle with cancer. She was 71.</p><p></p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 21:10:36 +0000 Scott MacKay 21764 at http://ripr.org Mighty Muffy: RIP Susan Farmer Chafee's departure http://ripr.org/post/chafees-departure <p></p><p>In a Rhode Island political career spanning nearly 30 years, Lincoln Davenport &nbsp;Chafee has marched, Thoreau-like, to his own drummer. This afternoon, the state’s 74<sup>th</sup> governor, a man who tried to do his best in the worst of times, showed the state once again that he follows his own compass,<a href="http://ripr.org/post/chafee-drops-out-ris-2014-race-governor"> announcing&nbsp; he will not seek reelection in 2014 to the governorship he won narrowly in 2010</a>.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:05:08 +0000 Scott MacKay 21144 at http://ripr.org Reed + Whitehouse well-positioned to gain Senate seniority http://ripr.org/post/reed-whitehouse-well-positioned-gain-senate-seniority <p>With a wave of departures in the US Senate, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse are positioned to expand their seniority -- a potent coin of the realm in Congress.</p><p><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/02/19/senate-retirements-mount-quickly-could-reach-40-year-high/?wpisrc=nl_pmpolitics">Aaron Blake reports</a> at The Fix on the turnover:</p><blockquote><p>Currently, 24 senators have called it quits between 2010 and today — just three less than the previous high of 27 retirements between 1992 and 1996.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 22:06:23 +0000 Ian Donnis 10608 at http://ripr.org