Lincoln Chafee

Governor's Race
9:17 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Chafee Yet To Give Endorsement To Any Democratic Gubenatorial Candidate

Democratic governor Lincoln Chafee will not seek another term in office, and has yet to endorse any possible candidate.
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Governor Lincoln Chafee says he still hasn’t decided which candidate to support in this year’s gubernatorial race but he’s decided one thing.  Chafee, a Republican-turned independent-turned Democrat, said there’s no way he would endorse a Republican.

"I’m a democrat and I’m a very proud member of the democratic party now. It’s been an evolution, as you know. And I’m proud to become a democrat and stand up for the values of building the middle class and closing the disparity of wealth that exists in this country and that’s what I care about," said Chafee.

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Weather
4:01 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Rhode Islanders Dig Out, Warm Up

A snow plow clears streets in Cranston.
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The first snowstorm of 2014 may not have delivered all the snow we expected. But it has delivered the searing cold.  

Here's how Ocean Staters are digging out and staying warm.

Paul Caminero spent the morning shoveling snow in downtown Providence. But staying outside this long, in this kind of cold? That required some preparation.

“I’ve basically thrown on everything I can,” laughed Caminero. “I’ve got on two pairs of pants, gloves, North Face jacket, hoodie.”

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Scott MacKay Commentary
5:02 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Hello To The 2014 General Assembly's 2013 Hangover

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Rhode Island’s General Assembly convenes a new session Tuesday. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why this year’s legislature may sound a lot like last year’s.

By now, most of us have cleared our heads of those New Year’s  hangovers. That’s not the case for Rhode Island’s 113 lawmakers.

The 2014 Assembly that convenes tomorrow will resemble nothing so much as the …2013 Assembly. The reason for this is all too evident:  As has too often been the case, the Smith Hill Crowd decided not to decide some big, prickly issues last session.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Political Roundtable: Looking Back at The Year in Rhode Island Politics

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The Political Roundtable crew looks back at the top political stories of the year, including the race governor; the implementation of Obamacare in Rhode Island; the Ocean State's persistently high unemployment; and the emerging legacy of Lincoln Chafee.

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On Politics
4:48 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

TGIF: 15 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media

The year ended as 2013 began: with Rhode Island's political/media class fixated on the looming race for governor in 2014. At least we're a bit closer now. With that in mind, welcome back to my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and your cordially invited to follow me on the twitters. Let's get to it.

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On Politics
11:49 am
Thu December 19, 2013

What the pols can do to help RI small business

The hours are dwindling to Christmas and the annual shopping frenzy is on. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says we should shop local to support the Rhode Island economy and details what Congress can do to help.

The twinkle of  seasonal  lights on new fallen snow are everywhere,  Christmas shopping is in full blush and youngsters are readying for the annual reading of Clement Clarke Moore’s classic `Twas the Night Before Christmas.’

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RI News
9:25 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Rhode Island Officials Recognizes World AIDS Day

Rhode Island observed World AIDS Day Monday.  This year’s theme is “get to zero.”

Twenty-seven year old Anthony Maselli has been living with HIV for a little over a year.  After much deliberation, he decided to go public with his disease and says he has not suffered any repercussions because of it.  That’s not to say, however, that it’s an easy disease to live with.

"It’s very stressful sometimes and emotional for me. It took a while for me to be able to look at myself in the mirror and say ‘I’m HIV positive’ without completely breaking down," said  Maselli.

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Politics
2:17 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Gov. Chafee: This Year We’ll Call It A Christmas Tree

This season's statehouse pine is called a Christmas Tree this year.
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Gov. Lincoln Chafee has had a change of heart over what to call the tree that graces the Statehouse every December.

After coming in for intense criticism for calling the Statehouse tree a “holiday tree,” Gov. Lincoln Chafee is bowing to public pressure to change the nomenclature.

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On Politics
1:44 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Herb DeSimone Sr. and Richard Nixon

Herb DeSimone was a respected Rhode Island Republican politician and lawyer. He died last week after a long and distinguished career in the law and politics, having served as RI Attorney General, in the federal government during Richard Nixon’s administration and  twice was the GOP’s standard bearer for governor.

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On Politics
11:28 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Chafee: Tree Controversy Became Focus of "Too Much Anger"

Governor Lincoln Chafee is responding to critics regarding the hot-button holiday tree controversy at the State House.

In a statement, the governor starts by saying, "In 2011, my first year celebrating December in the State House I gave a simple six word instruction to the planners of the annual tree lighting: 'Do what they did last year.' ”

Chafee was criticized in the past for describing the Statehouse Christmas tree as a "holiday tree."

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