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7:06 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Cicione seeks replacement for RI-GOP chair

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A major change is coming to the Republican Party of Rhode Island. State chair Giovanni Cicione says he does not want to run for re-election and is seeking someone to replace him.

"As a volunteer, father and business owner, I've got a lot of things pulling on me," he says. "I think four years has been a good run and I'd love to find someone willing to put in the same level of effort and keep the ball rolling because we've got a good thing going on."

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6:52 am
Tue December 7, 2010

Supreme Court to hear climate suit brought by RI, other states

The U.S. Supreme Court is pictured here. Photo by Kyle Rush via Flickr Creative Commons.

WASHINGTON – In a new case about climate change, the Supreme Court will hear an appeal from electric utilities that are trying to short-circuit an effort by Rhode Island and other states to force cuts in power plant emissions.

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7:15 am
Fri December 3, 2010

Speaker Fox shakes up staff at State House

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – House Speaker Gordon Fox is shaking up his staff prior to the start of the legislative session.

Fox is firing about 10 State House staffers as part of what his office calls a routine change in administration.

Fox spokesman Larry Berman says Fox didn't have a good chance to make the changes before because he was elected as Speaker last February, in mid-session.

Berman calls the changes part of an ongoing reorganization involving a variety of positions.

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6:46 am
Tue November 30, 2010

Chafee: closing deficit means cuts to govt.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee says closing an almost 300 million dollar deficit for the next fiscal year will require significant cuts to state government.


Rhode Island faces a deep deficit for the fiscal year starting next July first due to the loss of federal stimulus money. Chafee says closing that gap will require reductions in spending by many state departments.

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6:56 am
Tue November 23, 2010

Chafee to keep Gallogly at revenue department

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island governor-elect Lincoln Chafee says he wants to keep Rosemary Booth Gallogly as head of the Department of Revenue.

Gallogly is currently the acting director at the department, a post she was appointed to by outgoing Republican Gov. Don Carcieri in March. She is also the head of the Department of Administration, but Chafee has nominated former Democratic Lt. Gov. Richard Licht for that post.

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6:55 am
Thu November 18, 2010

Chafee makes appointments to transition team

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee has added three members to his transition team.


Margaret Holland McDuff is the CEO of Family Service of Rhode Island, John Simmons is executive director of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, Lawyer Claire Richards has previously served as special counsel to Governor Carcieri, among other positions.

Chafee says the trio brings experience, energy and knowledge to his transition.

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6:55 am
Thu November 11, 2010

Cariceri in 2012?

WRNI file photo by Alex Nunes.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – State Republican Chairman Giovanni Cicione is touting two GOP members as possible challengers to US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse in 2012.

Cicione told the Washington publication Roll Call that he may challenge Whitehouse if other candidates don't come forward. But Cicione says he'd prefer that other Republicans, like Governor Carcieri or Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, represent the GOP.

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6:56 am
Wed November 10, 2010

Chafee to leave Ukrainian foundation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee heads to Geneva this week, where he plans to cut ties with a group that counsels the government of Ukraine.

The Foundation For Effective Governance was the target of a news report alleging ties to organized crime. According to The Providence Journal, those accusations were overblown.


Chafee says he is leaving the group in order to focus on his duties as Rhode Island governor. He is expected back in the Ocean State on Friday.

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Politics
6:51 am
Thu November 4, 2010

Taylor concedes to Mollis

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Republican Secretary of State candidate Catherine Taylor has congratulated Democrat Ralph Mollis for his hard fought victory in the race.

In a released statement, Taylor said the 1-point-2 percent margin shows the importance of counting every vote.

Taylor says she is confident every vote has been counted. Unofficial results show Mollis ahead of Taylor by 3,794 votes, not enough to trigger a recount.

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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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