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Politics
6:47 am
Thu November 4, 2010

Chafee not wedded to sales tax plan

Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee is pictured during a campaign event earlier this year. Photo by Louis Oppenheimer.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee says he's willing to reconsider his plan to expand the state sales tax.

During his first post-election news conference, Chafee says he thinks the state's agreement with 38 Studios is probably a done deal, now that 75 million dollars in bonds have been sold for the project. Chafee also says he's not absolutely wedded to his plan to impose a one percent sales tax on current exempt items.

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Politics
8:35 am
Wed November 3, 2010

Chafee, Cicilline win big

Photo by Ian Donnis.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Independent Lincoln Chafee won a close race to become Rhode Island's next governor.

His victory comes after months in which his rivals sharply criticized his plan to add a one percent sales tax on currently exempt items. Unofficial results show Chafee with 36 percent, Republican John Robitaille with just under 34 percent, Democrat Frank Caprio with 23 percent, and Moderate Ken Block with just under seven percent.

Chafee vows candor will remain his signature as the state's next governor.

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Politics
5:59 am
Wed November 3, 2010

Voters reject name change, approve bonds

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Islanders have approved $177-million in bonds while rejecting a change to the state's official name.


The three bonds will raise millions of dollars for road and bridge repairs across the state chemistry labs at the University of Rhode Island, an arts center for Rhode Island College, improvements to Fort Adams and open space at Rocky Point and India Point.

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Politics
11:39 am
Tue November 2, 2010

Secretary of State: check polling info before voting

A poll worker is pictured at the Cathedral of St. John in Providence. Photo by Alex Nunes.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It's Election Day and the Secretary of State's office says municipalities across the state have added nearly 90 new polling places since the September primary.

Depending on the community, most polls will be open between 7:00am and 9:00am and close at 9:00pm.

-SEE A SLIDESHOW FROM THE POLLS

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Candidate Conversation
3:25 pm
Sat October 30, 2010

Web Extra: Catherine Taylor on Archives

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In Rhode Island, the Secretary of State is the top elections official - preparing ballots and certifying election results. The Secretary of State also helps businesses register with the state and keeps track of state documents and archives.


Click on the audio icon to hear with Republican candidate Catherine Taylor has to say about maintaining the state's archives.

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3:38 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

Web Extra: Ralph Mollis on Archives

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In Rhode Island, the Secretary of State is the top elections official - preparing ballots and certifying election results. The Secretary of State also helps businesses register with the state and keeps track of state documents and archives.


Click on the audio icon to hear what Democratic incumbent Ralph Mollis has to say about maintaining the state's archives.

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Candidate Conversation
3:27 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

Web Extra: Catherine Taylor on Archives

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In Rhode Island, the Secretary of State is the top elections official - preparing ballots and certifying election results. The Secretary of State also helps businesses register with the state and keeps track of state documents and archives.

Click on the audio icon to hear with Republican candidate Catherine Taylor has to say about maintaining the state's archives.

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Politics
7:51 am
Thu October 28, 2010

Students take part in mock election

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A mock election in which more than 6,000 Rhode Island high school students voted sheds new light on the thinking of the next generation.

The kids developed eight ballot questions. All but one passed.

They voted to legalize civil unions and marijuana, to abolish the electoral college, to make 9/11 a national holiday and to do away with the NECAP test as a requirement for high school graduation.

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Politics
7:46 am
Wed October 27, 2010

In debate, Caprio defends "shove it" comment

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio is standing by his remark that President Obama can take his endorsement and quote "shove it." The four major candidates for governor chimed in on the controversial comment in a debate last night.

Last night's Channel 12 debate was the first since President Obama's trip to the state earlier this week. Republican John Robitaille said Caprio's comment raised questions about whether he has the temperament to make good decisions as governor.

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Politics
11:24 am
Tue October 26, 2010

President highlights small business in visit to Woonsocket factory

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – President Obama says Republicans have been on the wrong side of efforts to help small businesses. He made the comment during a stop in Woonsocket on Monday.

President Obama toured American Cord and Webbing, a 93-year-old company that makes military pouches and packs among other things. He called the company a success story, but said Republicans have stood in the way of helping similar firms.

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