Lincoln Chafee

Politics
8:09 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Avedisian Not Considering A Run For Governor

Warwick mayor Scott Avedisian says he's not considering a run for Governor now that Chafee has announced he won't seek re-election.
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Governor Lincoln Chafee’s decision not to seek re-election hasn’t changed the political plans of one prominent Republican. Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian still plans to choose between seeking re-election and running for lieutenant governor.

Avedisian won a special election to become mayor of Warwick in 2000 and he’s gone on to become the longest-serving mayor in that city’s history. The moderate Republican hasn’t been in any rush to seek a different office, and he said Chafee’s move doesn’t alter his plans.

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On Politics
5:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Judge Allows More Time for Talks in Pension Dispute

The two sides discussing a possible settlement over the 2011 overhaul of Rhode Island’s state pension system will have a few more weeks to talk.

The two sides met Thursday afternoon with Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter. In the latest in a series of continuances, she scheduled another update on ongoing mediation in the case for September 30.

Taft-Carter ordered mediation last December after a series of public-employee unions filed a suit over the pension overhaul. The unions say the overhaul went too far in cutting benefits and violated their constitutional rights.

On Politics
12:23 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Avedisian Says He's Not Considering Gov's Office Following Chafee's Stunner

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Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian says he's not mulling a run for governor following Governor Lincoln Chafee's decision not to seek re-election.

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On Politics
5:05 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Chafee's departure

In a Rhode Island political career spanning nearly 30 years, Lincoln Davenport  Chafee has marched, Thoreau-like, to his own drummer. This afternoon, the state’s 74th governor, a man who tried to do his best in the worst of times, showed the state once again that he follows his own compass, announcing  he will not seek reelection in 2014 to the governorship he won narrowly in 2010.

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Politics
4:40 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Rhode Island Politicians Praise Chafee for his Public Service

As the media burst with news that Gov. Lincoln Chafee was not seeking re-election, the state’s top elected officials crafted statements praising the governor.

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and state treasurer Gina Raimondo, who are both expected to run for Chafee’s office, released statements thanking him for his years of public service. Taveras called him a man of integrity, while Raimondo called Chafee an unfailing optimist who always had the state’s best interest at heart.

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On Politics
3:03 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Chafee Drops Out of RI's 2014 Race for Governor

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In a surprise announcement, Governor Lincoln Chafee announced Wednesday afternoon he won't seek re-election for a second term.

Chafee's approval rating has remained below 30 percent, yet he maintained his decision was motivated by a desire to focus on improving the Ocean State and its economy in his remaining time in office.

"There are many factors into this decision, but the main thing is that you can’t be doing two jobs well at the same time, especially with the situation that we have here in Rhode Island," he said.

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On Politics
4:44 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

TGIF: 11 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media

Welcome back to my weekly column. The news doldrums of summer are getting left behind (see item 1), So hang on to your hat, it's going to be quite a ride, Rhode Island. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me throughout the week on Twitter. Let's head in.

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On Politics
10:33 am
Fri August 30, 2013

It's on: Coyne-McCoy Super PAC Boosts Raimondo, Hammers Taveras + Chafee

If there was any doubt that Kate Coyne-McCoy's pro-female candidate super PAC was founded to boost Gina Raimondo's gubernatorial aspirations, its description of the political "lay of the land" facing Rhode Island should resolve that question. It touts Raimondo in unfailingly positive terms, while indicting her two expected Democratic rivals, Governor Lincoln Chafee and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, as ineffective leaders.

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RI News
2:20 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

RI Judge Allows Bulk of 38 Studios Lawsuit to Move Ahead

This desk trophy commemorating the 38 Studios $75 million loan was auctioned off after the company went bankrupt.
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Rhode Island’s lawsuit over failed video game company 38 Studios will move forward. Superior Court judge Michael Silverstein dismissed some of the counts, but allows key parts of the state’s lawsuit to move ahead.

(Read the judge's 98-page decision here.)

When video game maker 38 Studios went belly up after receiving a $75 million state loan guaranty, it left taxpayers in the lurch for roughly $100 million.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
1:30 am
Sun August 25, 2013

RI Can Do Younger Citizens a Favor by Investing More in URI

Out-of-state tuition at URI for 2012-13 was $23,156, according to data from the New England Board of Higher Education.
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The days are getting shorter, our cobalt coastline is cooler. The rhythms of fall return. In our cozy corner of New England, a timeless harbinger of the season is students thronging college campuses.

Behind the teary parental goodbye hugs and lugging the laptops to the dorm looms an uneasiness in the realm of higher education these days. Students loaded down with mountains of debt graduate into an uncertain economy. ``Do you want fries with that diploma’’ is the gallows humor of our age.

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