Gov Lincoln Chafee en Gov. Chafee: This Year We’ll Call It A Christmas Tree <p>Gov. Lincoln Chafee has had a change of heart over what to call the tree that graces the Statehouse every December.</p><p></p><p></p><p>After coming in for intense criticism for calling the Statehouse tree a “holiday tree,” Gov. Lincoln Chafee is bowing to public pressure to change the nomenclature.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 19:17:40 +0000 Flo Jonic 25641 at Gov. Chafee: This Year We’ll Call It A Christmas Tree Board Delays Vote on Higher Education Commissioner <p>The State Board of Education put off a vote Monday night on Governor Lincoln Chafee’s recommendation of attorney Eva-Marie Mancuso for State Commissioner of Higher Education. The delay followed warnings from Common Cause Rhode Island that the appointment would constitute an ethics violation.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:18:17 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 18495 at Gov. Chafee's higher ed dept. fumble <p>It seems curious that Gov. Lincoln’s Chafee’s Administration waited until today to announce that it intends to ask the State Ethics Commission for a waiver from the revolving-door ethics law so that lawyer Eva Marie Mancuso can legally become interim commissioner of higher education.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 20:42:36 +0000 Scott MacKay 18473 at What Canada knows that RI doesn't <p>The Boston Globe reported Monday that the Canadian government has established a business accelerator program in Cambridge to help its ``most promising young start-ups tap into the expertise and energy of the growing innovation economy around MIT and, ideally return home with new customers, connections and ideas.’’</p><p>As anyone with a pulse is aware, the area around Kendall Square in Cambridge has evolved over the past two decades from a seen-better-days warehouse and manufacturing district into an innovation lodestone.</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 16:04:00 +0000 Scott MacKay 12251 at Bishop Tobin and Gov. Chafee joust again over gay marriage <p>Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas J. Tobin and Governor Lincoln D. Chafee are at it&nbsp; again over their favorite hot button issue, same-sex marriage. His Excellency issued a statement supporting the move by Sen. Frank Ciccone, a Providence Democrat, to put the marriage equality issue to a statewide voter referendum.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:01:06 +0000 Scott MacKay 11934 at A sensible solution to tuition waiver dust-up <p></p><p></p><p>Governor Lincoln Chafee seems to have hit upon a simple solution to the tuition waiver issue at state colleges and the University of Rhode Island: require recipients of the waivers to disclose them publicly.</p><p>The free tuition plans for faculty families and several other categories of Rhode Islanders became an issue after a Providence Journal investigation revealed that URI allowed an employee of the privately run Institute for International Sport to obtain full tuition by misclassifying her as a university employee.</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 19:44:07 +0000 Scott MacKay 10293 at Not bad for a small state <p>The neighborhood we call Rhode Island was clobbered by the giant n’oreaster that began as flurries Friday morning and cascaded into a blizzard with echoes of 1978, leaving our corner of&nbsp; New England buried under two feet or more of fluffy, plump white drifts.</p><p>The storm mixed menace, beauty, inconvenience and biting chill. Thousands of us shivered through Friday and Saturday night in houses bereft of electricity as gusts whipped, thermostats plunged and down parkas were our pajamas. .</p> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 20:13:05 +0000 Scott MacKay 10089 at Class notes: school closures, high stakes testing <p><strong>Schools close as budgets stretch and buildings age</strong></p><p>East Providence is closing Oldham Elementary School citing the high cost of upgrading the building. The district has faced serious deficits in the past, contributing to municipal financial woes. <em>The Providence Journal</em> reports that district officials Oldham would have needed an estimated $2 million in renovations to stay open. As a result of the closure, some students will be shifted to other schools.</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 14:16:29 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 9598 at Class notes: school closures, high stakes testing Senate President Paiva Weed's legacy hinges on gay marriage <p>Same sex marriage has won overwhelming approval in the Rhode Island House. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on what’s next in this historic debate.</p><p>If you don’t believe the political landscape in Rhode Island has undergone a seismic shift, you weren’t at McKim, Mead and White’s State House for the historic House vote on same sex marriage. &nbsp;The measure won overwhelmingly on a 51 to 19 tally.</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 19:31:07 +0000 Scott MacKay 9236 at Senate President Paiva Weed's legacy hinges on gay marriage Fung calls on Gov. Chafee to bring diversity to RI Supreme Court <p>(PROVIDENCE, RI) Cranston Mayor Allan Fung called on the governor to appoint a person of color to the Rhode Island Supreme Court.&nbsp; Fung made the call at the annual Martin Luther King Jr Day breakfast during remarks that also gave credit to voters for electing Latino mayors in Providence and in Central Falls.</p><p>Gov. Lincoln Chafee was at the breakfast, he says he heard Fung’s call.</p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 06:00:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 8954 at