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On Politics
12:28 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Raimondo Zips Past 2M; Chafee Lags Taveras After Party Switch

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo raised just under $400,000 in the quarter that ended June 30, pushing her campaign cash arsenal past the staggering sum of $2 million.

Meanwhile, attracting a stronger fundraising base seemed to be part of the rationale when Governor Lincoln Chafee switched from an independent to a Democrat in May. Yet Chafee raised a modest $69,765 for the quarter, according to a report filed with the state Board of Elections.

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On Politics
10:52 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Looks Like Stephanie Chafee's In It to Win it (for Linc)

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo has proven herself a superstar at raising campaign cash. Yet as independent-turned-Democrat Governor Lincoln Chafee faces what looks like a difficult primary next year, his ability to contribute mightily to his own campaign is a definite asset.

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On Politics
4:24 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

The Stealthy Slyness of Chafee's Rap on Republicans (Part II)

Chafee, when he was still an independent.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The Fix says VP Joe Biden has a message in tune with Democrats' needs as they face a tough mid-term fight in 2014:

Speaking at a fundraiser in D.C. for Massachusetts Rep. Ed Markey’s special Senate election campaign, the vice president launched into a lengthy broadside against the current state of the Republican Party.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Walsh Offers a Labor Perspective on the Democratic Gubernatorial Field for 2014

Robert Walsh, executive director of the National Education Association Rhode Island, joins Bonus Q+A for a discussion of pensions, President Obama, public education, and the Democratic field in next year's race for governor.

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On Politics
3:51 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Robert Walsh Now Regrets Backing Obama over Clinton in 2008

Walsh bending the ear of House Speaker Gordon Fox during a previous legislative session
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

One of Rhode Island's most prominent Democratic union leaders, Robert A. Walsh Jr., says he now regrets backing Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in 2008:

"I was an early and vocal supporter of President Obama's first bid for [presidential] office, and in hindsight, I probably should have been an early and vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton. So for all my friends who have chastised me for that, this is an admission that I was wrong on that case -- on the experience issue."

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On Politics
4:26 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

TGIF: 11 Things to Know About RI Politics + Media (Chafee Switch Edition)

While Lincoln Chafee's move to become a Democrat might be utterly unsurprising to some, the governor's move nonetheless scrambled the landscape for what already looked like a riveting election fight next year. That's why Chafee leads my weekly column. Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (and) org  and to follow me on Twitter. Let's go:

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On Politics
12:04 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

It's official: Gov. Lincoln Chafee is a Democrat

Chafee goes Democrat, aided by Dotty McCarthy, at Warwick City Hall.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Lincoln Chafee, who rose to public attention as the son of an iconic moderate Republican and left the GOP amid the rightward movement of George W. Bush's presidency, on Thursday became a Democrat.

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Politics
10:35 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Analysis: What Chafee's Switch to Become a Democrat Means

Gov. Chafee has been a Republican and an Independent, now he plans to join the Democratic party.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay sat down with host Elisabeth Harrison to discuss Governor Lincoln Chafee's decision to join the Democratic party.

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On Politics
12:40 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Chafee to Seek Re-election as a Democrat

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Lincoln Chafee plans to visit Warwick City Hall Thursday morning to change his party affiliation from unaffiliated to Democrat and to make a brief statement.

Chafee plans to make the switch at 10:30 am Thursday, according to spokesman Christian Vareika (who emphasized he was speaking on personal time, on a personal phone).

Vareika denied that Chafee's move is an opportunistic one in advance of a tough re-election fight:

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On Politics
4:31 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Young Volunteers Could Loom Large in the Expected Taveras-Raimondo Primary in 2014

The sophisticated grassroots campaign in support of same-sex marriage offers a tangible reminder of the value of field work makes in Rhode Island politics. So as we move closer to an expected Democratic gubernatorial clash between Angel Taveras and Gina Raimondo next year, keep an eye on their level of outreach to young political activists.

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