PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee says he's willing to reconsider his plan to expand the state sales tax.
During his first post-election news conference, Chafee says he thinks the state's agreement with 38 Studios is probably a done deal, now that 75 million dollars in bonds have been sold for the project. Chafee also says he's not absolutely wedded to his plan to impose a one percent sales tax on current exempt items.
The Coast Guard is looking for the owner of a life jacket found floating in the water near Block Island. The discovery follows several reports of flare sightings on Tuesday evening.
Coast Guard officials say they are treating this as a search and rescue case.
"Anytime we have multiple reports of flare sightings that leads us to believe there may be someone in distress," says Coast Guard Petty Officer Connie Terrell. "That's how we're treating it until we get any further information otherwise."
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Republican Secretary of State candidate Catherine Taylor has conceded the race to Democrat Ralph Mollis.
In a released statement, Taylor congratulated Mollis in what she called a hard fought race. She said the 1.2 percent margin shows the importance of counting every vote, and that the two candidates agreed last night to look at the margin fresh this morning.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Independent Lincoln Chafee won a close race to become Rhode Island's next governor.
His victory comes after months in which his rivals sharply criticized his plan to add a one percent sales tax on currently exempt items. Unofficial results show Chafee with 36 percent, Republican John Robitaille with just under 34 percent, Democrat Frank Caprio with 23 percent, and Moderate Ken Block with just under seven percent.
Chafee vows candor will remain his signature as the state's next governor.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – What a difference a day makes. After casting ballots yesterday, Rhode Islanders have selected a new governor, congressman, attorney general and a host of other public offices. This represents a major shift in the state's political landscape. WRNI's Dave Fallon broke down the results with WRNI Political Analyst Scott MacKay.
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