Lincoln Chafee

Politics
8:45 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Changes to the State Budget to Be Unveiled

As the legislative session winds down, the state budget has yet to be approved by the General Assembly.
Credit RIPR FILE

State lawmakers continue to meet behind closed doors as they prepare to unveil their changes to the budget introduced by Governor Lincoln Chafee.  The legislative spending plan will be vetted Tuesday by the House Finance Committee.

Filling a budget hole of about 30 million dollars is the top challenge facing lawmakers. The deficit is a result of lower than expected state revenues. Linda Katz of the liberal Center for Economic Progress is concerned that social programs for the needy may take a hit when legislators try to clear the red ink.

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On Politics
5:56 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Moody's Downgrades 38 Studios' Bonds; Chafee "Confident" on Payment

Moody's Investors Service isn't taking lightly debate about whether to pay back bonds issued to fund the state's investment in 38 Studios. The agency has downgraded the 38 Studios' bonds and warned Rhode Island of other possible action:

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On Politics
4:41 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

The Republican Party's huge New England Problem

Rhode Island and the rest of New England have become foreign territory for Republicans. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why.

Just about every state in New England, and especially Rhode Island, could benefit from robust two-party political competition. Our state’s  General  Assembly has 113 members. Only 11 caucus with Republicans.

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Health Care
4:20 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Hittner Nominated as Next Health Insurance Commissioner

Kathleen Hittner, MD
Credit Rhode Island Foundation

Governor Lincoln Chafee has nominated Dr. Kathleen Hittner as Rhode Island’s next Health Insurance Commissioner. Hittner must be confirmed by the senate.

Hittner has been tapped to replace outgoing commissioner Chris Koller, who is stepping down to become president of the Milbank Memorial Fund in New York City.

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On Politics
1:58 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Chafee using new Democratic label to raise campaign cash

Gov. Lincoln Chafee is busy embracing his new party. The RI governor was in Massachusetts with President Barack Obama on the campaign circuit to boost the Senate candidacy of U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, D_Mass.

Newly minted Democrat Chafee is also ramping up his fundraising for a 2014 reelection bid. The governor has scheduled a fundraising event for Tuesday, June 25th at the University Club on Benefit Street in Providence. It is a two-tier fundraiser with suggested contributions of  $500 and $1,000.

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On Politics
4:31 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Get tickets for the RI 350th Charter Celebration

Rhode Island has a big celebration coming up and the time to get tickets for the fund-raising gala is dwindling down.

Three and a half centuries ago, Rhode Island struck a blow that would ripple around the globe when England granted the colony a charter that for the first time in the modern world set up a government that gave absolute religious freedom to citizens.

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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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Politics
4:00 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Edwards Says Sakonnet Tolls Will Hurt More Than They'll Help

Rep. John Edwards of Tiverton is proposing legislation that will provide an alternative to tolls to pay for bridge maintenance.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Residents and merchants in the East Bay are sharply opposing tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge. Local lawmakers have joined them in asserting the tolls will hurt the economy in communities near the bridge.

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Politics
12:17 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Governor's Move to Dem. Party Costs Support of Lifelong Friend

Gov. Lincoln Chafee's move to the Democratic party has cost him the endorsement of Republican Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian.
Credit RIPR

Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s switch to the Democratic Party has cost him one key supporter. Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, a longtime Chafee friend and backer, said he will not support the governor in his re-election bid.

“He’s been a lifelong friend so I’ll still be his friend but we’ll have to see what happens politically as we move forward,” said Avedisian.  “I’m a Republican and I would expect to be supporting the Republican candidate.”

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On Politics
12:13 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Avedisian Says He "Can't Vote" for Chafee as a Democrat

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, who once described Governor Lincoln Chafee as his political soul-mate, says he "can't vote" for his close friend now that Chafee is a Democrat.

"I'm a Republican and I would expect to be supporting the Republican candidate," Avedisian told reporters, including RIPR's Flo Jonic, before a news conference Monday morning.

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