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Politics
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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Politics
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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Politics
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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Politics
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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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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