PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Lincoln Chafee era in Rhode Island government has officially begun. Chafee was sworn in yesterday as the first independent governor in the state since colonial times. WRNI Political Analyst Scott MacKay and Morning Edition host Elisabeth Harrison break down yesterday's events and what's in store for Chafee.
WRNI – Everybody has a story. Some of us have the proverbial short story of our lives, one that's rather linear and uncomplicated. But others of us have a much more intricate, novel-like set of stories, filled with complex, sometimes hair-raising, plots. Whatever our stories, we need to share them with each other, as we hear from Rachel Walshe.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – With the General Assembly starting its new session Tuesday, the legislature's most powerful committee - the House Finance Committee - is about to go through a drastic makeover. The committee faces a steep learning curve just as the state approaches a gaping budget deficit for the next fiscal year.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island's first independent governor since colonial times will be sworn in today at the state capitol. Lincoln Chafee will take the reins with the state facing a nearly $300-million shortfall.
Sensitive to the state's budget woes, Chafee scaled back the inauguration festivities by skipping the pomp and throwing a free Waterfire in downtown Providence. WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay says it's similar to the Linc Almond inauguration 16 years ago.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Later today, independent Lincoln Chafee will be sworn in as the next governor of the state of Rhode Island. He'll join a long list dating back all the way to 1663. We wanted to get some perspective on past inauguration days and the history of the governor's office in Rhode Island, so we called Pat Conley, the author of many books on Rhode Island history, constitutional lawyer, and local developer.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Despite the cold weather more than 300 people gathered outside City Hall to watch the swearing in of Angel Taveras as the 37th mayor of Providence. He took the oath of office with his mother and sister holding the family Bible.