Lincoln Chafee

11:37 am
Tue January 8, 2013

The world didn't come to an end in 2012, but the board of education did

Rhode Island Public Radio's Political Analyst Scott MacKay answers my questions about the political machinations that left Rhode Island with no board for either K-12 public schools or colleges and universities at the start of 2013.

4:46 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Former federal official calls RI pension case "the mother of all mediations"

A former head of the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service -- the government arm mediating Rhode Island's pension dispute among eight parties -- calls the case "the mother of all mediations."

Peter J. Hurtgen, who led the FMCS from 2002 through 2004, says a subset of the eight parties in mediation could potentially reach some areas of agreement among themselves. But he says the complexity of the case makes it unusually fraught for mediation:

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4:21 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

TGIF: 12 things to know about RI politics + media

A New Year, a new General Assembly session, and the formal/informal start of the 2014 campaign season are upon us. Welcome to another edition of my Friday column. Thanks for reading, and feel free to send me your tips or thoughts at idonnis (at) ripr (org). Here's the rundown:

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2:41 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Mediating the RI pension case -- and what it means for 2014

The court-ordered pension mediation set to begin this month will take place against an intensifying political backdrop: the early stage of the 2014 gubernatorial race. State Treasurer Gina Raimondo says politics can remain separate and apart from the mediation process.

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4:29 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

TGIF: Answering RI's 12 top political questions of 2012

We’re offering a slight break from TGIF’s usual format this week with a look back at how 12 of the big questions of Rhode Island politics played out in 2012. As always, feel free to share your thoughts and comments on the blog or by email: idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org.

Question 1. Will Governor Lincoln Chafee offer a more coherent message that helps lift his slumping approval rating?

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10:45 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Governor Chafee reflects on year past and year coming

RI Governor Lincoln Chafee
Credit RIPR file

A persistently high unemployment rate and the fate of last year’s pension overhaul in mediation are some of the top issues facing the state starting next month. As we transition into the New Year, Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis has been talking with state leaders. Last week he sat down with Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, today with Governor Lincoln Chafee,
Next week, Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis will talk with state Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

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3:55 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Chafee mum on whether his budget will include tax hikes

Governor Lincoln Chafee is declining to talk specifics about whether his next budget will include revenue increases – a.k.a. tax hikes.

The governor offered this comment during an interview last week (excerpts of which will be broadcast on RIPR Thursday morning):

“The budget will come out in January … we’re still putting it together.”

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1:59 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Chafee says approving a pension settlement is mostly up to him and the General Assembly

As the two sides in Rhode Island's pension lawsuit prepare for court-ordered mediation next month, Governor Lincoln Chafee says the authority to approve a settlement rests largely with him and the General Assembly.

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2:20 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Caruolo asks to not be chair of new combined Board of Education

George Caruolo has asked Governor Lincoln Chafee to withdraw his name from consideration as the nominee to chair a controversial new combined state Board of Education.

Via statement:

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2:45 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

What is Robitaille thinking?

You just have to wonder what  John Robitaille is thinking? He decides to drop out of  the running (not that he was ever in) for governor in 2014 with a blast at voters. "Voters in Rhode Island seem to want bigger government. Higher taxes don’t seem to bother them. We’re always at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to business friendliness.’’

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