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For The First Time In Its History, Rhode Island Poised To Elect Governor Who Isn't A White Man

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

Rhode Island has never before elected a governor who wasn't a white man. But in Tuesday's primary, Democrats and Republicans both nominated candidates...

Ed Markey's Hate-Speech Bill Earns Him Top Spot in 2014 New England Muzzle Awards

Dan Kennedy | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Dan Kennedy

US Senator Ed Markey doesn't seem like your typical enemy of free speech. Progressive and amiable, the Massachusetts Democrat is known mainly for speaking up on behalf of liberal causes such as fighting climate change and preserving funding for public broadcasting.

Governor Declares 'Day Of Reason' In Nod To Atheist Groups

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (D) has signed a proclamation declaring a "Day of Reason" in the state following requests by atheist groups. Chafe...

The Real Case Against Decriminalizing Marijuana

Terrance Hamm | Posted 06.16.2014 | Black Voices
Terrance Hamm

Times are pretty hard now. You can turn on the news and bear witness to all types of negative news stories. WTOP reports that unemployment rates are c...

GOP Governor Joins Dems Calls For Unemployment Extension

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican governor has joined Democrats in calling on Congress to reauthorize long-term unemployment insurance. Brian Sandoval of ...

This State's Making Dramatic Moves To Help The Mentally Disabled Get Better Jobs

AP | ERIC TUCKER and MICHELLE R. SMITH | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Residents with mental disabilities would no longer be forced to work long hours doing manual labor for little money and inst...

Friday Talking Points -- Republicans' Foot-Shooting Party

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Even when Republicans weren't shooting at their own feet this week, it appears they were conducting a circular firing squad instead. The 2014 campaign, in other words, is off to a raucous start... and it's only February.

Rhode Island Governor Offers Amazingly Stoner-Sounding Idea For Pot Revenues

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

During a Monday appearance on HuffPost Live, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (D) discussed one of the most stoner-sounding ideas for putting marijuan...

Governor Proposes Major Shift For Rhode Island

AP | DAVID KLEPPER | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Idaho has potatoes and Maine has lobsters. If Gov. Lincoln Chafee has his way, Rhode Island will be the state Americans asso...

'Holiday' Trees Offend the Religious and the Secular

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

In a Yuletide shift, Lincoln Chafee finally agreed to call a 17-foot statehouse spruce a Christmas tree, admitting that his past practice of calling it a 'holiday tree' generated too much anger. No kidding. Naming a Christmas tree a holiday tree is offensive.

Rhode Island Governor Will Just Call It A 'Christmas Tree' After Ridiculous 'Holiday Tree' Criticism

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 12.02.2013 | Politics

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I) decided Monday that he will officially refer to the 17-foot-tall Colorado blue spruce in the statehouse as a "Chr...

Dem Gov Bows Out

Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (D) announced Wednesday he would not seek reelection in 2014. Chafee made the announcement outside the state Depar...

Gov Vetoes Contentious 'Choose Life' License Plate

AP | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rhode Island's governor has vetoed legislation to authorize a "Choose Life" license plate that would have raised money for a Chris...

Democratic and Republican Ideologies Undergo Dramatic Role Reversal

Rich Rubino | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Outliers who get elected are also usually the most electorally vulnerable in that they invariably represent states and Congressional districts inhospitable to their party's ideology. The Republican Party, once the liberal party is now the conservative Party.

Friday Talking Points -- So You Think You Can Rant?

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Lincoln Chaffee is our Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week award-winner. See, Republicans? Not only will you be welcomed, you'll actually get awards for making the trek across the aisle! Step right up, there's room for everyone!

Ex-GOPer Says Obama Inspired Big Switch

Reuters | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics

By Aaron Pressman WARWICK, R.I., May 30 (Reuters) - Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee credited U.S. President Barack Obama with in...

White House: Obama Welcomes Governor's Party Switch

AP | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics

BY DAVID KLEPPER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A White House spokesman says President Barack Obama welcomes Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (CHAY'-fee) to...

RI Gov To Make Big Switch

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 05.30.2013 | Politics

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I) plans to switch parties and run for reelection as a Democrat, according to Politico, the Washington Post and the ...

Michelangelo Signorile

Rhode Island Governor Slams GOP's Stance On Gay Marriage, Immigration

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 05.13.2013 | Gay Voices

Gov. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, a former Republican U.S. senator who became an independent after he left the Senate in 2006, slammed the GOP on t...

Jennifer Bendery

Republicans Who Voted Against Iraq War Stand Their Ground 10 Years Later

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Congress voted to authorize the Iraq War in October 2002, only seven Republicans voted against it -- and they took heat for bucking...

Former GOPer Considering Joining Dems

AP | MICHELLE R. SMITH and DAVID KLEPPER | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The most well-worn political parlor game in Rhode Island these days surrounds Republican-turned-independent Gov. Lincoln Chafee an...

For Women's Equality, Some Positive Developments

Susan Bulkeley Butler | Posted 03.24.2013 | Women
Susan Bulkeley Butler

It's time to stop talking about women's equality -- in pay, in management, in government -- and start doing something about it.

Big Gay Marriage Battle Heats Up In Small State

AP | DAVID KLEPPER | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Hundreds of supporters of same-sex marriage rights assembled at the Rhode Island Statehouse on Tuesday, urging lawmakers to m...

State Pension Case Continues As Court Hears Arguments

AP | DAVID KLEPPER | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — With billions of dollars and the retirement security of public workers at stake, the legal dispute over Rhode Island's sweepi...

A Holiday Message for Obama

Susan Bulkeley Butler | Posted 02.05.2013 | Women
Susan Bulkeley Butler

In 1961, Jacqueline Kennedy began the tradition of selecting a theme for the official White House Christmas tree. John F. Kennedy, meanwhile, started something else during that holiday season: On Dec. 14, he established the President's Commission on the Status of Women.