Lincoln Chafee - Independent Candidate for Rhode Island Governor

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Will Rhode Island go independent?

May 25, 2010

Stateline.org
By, Pamela M. Prah

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- With all the well-documented anger against hyperpartisanship and against both major political parties this year, you might expect the time to be ripe for a crop of independent governors. No independent or third-party candidate has been elected anywhere in the country in more than a decade. If this is the year of the independent, though, it is starting off relatively slowly.

Except in Rhode Island. The Ocean State is usually seen as a bastion of Democratic power, but that's not entirely true. Rhode Island does vote reliably for Democrats at the presidential level, and routinely elects a Democratic legislature, but in fact it hasn't had a Democratic governor in 16 years. It is one of only nine states in the country where independent and unaffiliated voters outnumber those of either major party.

That's where Lincoln Chafee comes in. After serving one term in the U.S. Senate as a liberal Republican and then losing his seat to a Democratic challenger, Chafee is convinced this is the moment to seek the governorship under an independent banner.

The last time any state elected an independent governor was in 1998, when Minnesotans picked former wrestler Jesse Ventura and Maine voters reelected Angus King for a second term. Earlier in the 1990s, voters in Alaska and Connecticut elected independent governors. Few have come close since then.

But Chafee looks pretty strong so far. Many Rhode Island sources consider him the man to beat. A Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey in April showed Chafee running neck-and-neck against one of the two major Democratic candidates, and well ahead of the other Democratic hopeful and the likely Republican nominee.

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RI Interfaith Coalition Gubernatorial Forum - Video

May 12, 2010

RIFuture.org
By, Brian Hull

The Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition hosted a gubernatorial candidate forum today from 11 to 12:30 at the Roger William's Park Casino as part of their "One Voice to Reduce Poverty" event. Four questions were asked and each candidate had three minutes to respond (for the last question, the candidates only had two minutes). Here's the video in full.

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6 RI gubernatorial candidates discuss poverty

May 11, 2010

BusinessWeek
By, Eric Tucker

Rhode Island's six gubernatorial candidates on Tuesday discussed ways to combat childhood poverty, a resonant issue in a state grappling with a double-digit unemployment rate and a prolonged economic slump.

The candidates, appearing on the same stage for the third time in a week, offered broad-brushed answers to general questions about access to health care, ensuring quality education and narrowing the achievement gap between children from wealthy and low-income families.

Frank Caprio, the Democratic general treasurer, said it is critical for parents to be more involved in their children's education and suggested resource centers at schools that could help parents on daily life issues.

Former Republican U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee, who is running as an independent, said he supports tax credits for distressed communities, merging community college and vocational tech programs and continued subsidies for child care so single mothers can more easily return to work.

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New Web site takes aim at Chafee's run for governor

May 10, 2010

Projo.com
By, Katherine Gregg, steve peoples and John Mulligan

The Democratic Governors Association has taken aim at former U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee's independent campaign for governor with the launch of a new Web site that ridicules his call for a sales tax on items currently exempt, and tries to blame him for the Iraq war, the excesses of Wall Street and "the economic hardship facing Rhode Island today."

The site opens to a "short list of things Lincoln Chafee wants to tax" that includes: "The blind ... Amputee Veterans ... People who heat their homes ... People who wear shoes ... People who use water ... People who read the newspaper .... People who take medicine."

It then gives viewers of the new Web page -- http://www.senatorchafee.com -- a chance to: "Use the form above to tell a friend or call Lincoln Chafee at (401) 456-0003, and tell him to drop his proposed tax plan. Rhode Island is already paying the price for his votes as Senator."

A click away, it says, "Rhode Island is paying for the decisions and policies of the Bush years with one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation." At the bottom is this tag line: "Paid for by the Democratic Governors Association. Not affiliated with a candidate or candidate's committee." (There are associated Twitter and Facebook accounts to keep those who sign up abreast of Chafee's other alleged shortcomings.)

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Update: Democratic governors group takes aim at Chafee

May 7, 2010

Projo.com
By, Katherine Gregg

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Democratic Governors Association has taken aim at former U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee's independent campaign for governor with the launch of a new web site that ridicules his call for a sales tax on items currently exempt, and tries to blame him for the Iraq war, the excesses of Wall Street and "the economic hardship facing Rhode Island today.''

It then gives viewers of the Web page a chance to: "Use the form above to tell a friend or call Lincoln Chafee at (401) 456-0003, and tell him to drop his proposed tax plan. Rhode Island is already paying the price for his votes as Senator.''

A click away, it says - "Rhode Island is paying for the decisions and policies of the Bush years with one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation.'' At the bottom is this tag line: "Paid for by the Democratic Governors Association. Not affiliated with a candidate or candidate's committee.'' (There are associated Twitter and Facebook accounts to keep those who sign up abreast of Chafee's other alleged shortcomings.)

While the Democratic Governors Association has launched attacks against Republicans running in California and Nevada, in Rhode Island its efforts are aimed at Republican-turned-independent Chafee, who has been the front-runner in most recent polls, though a late April Rasmussen poll showed him running even with Democrat Frank T. Caprio, the current state treasurer, who faces Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch in a primary.

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Women's Policy Issues: A Gubernatorial Forum - Full Video

May 5, 2010

RIFuture.org
By, Brian Hull

The Poverty Institute and the Women's Fund of Rhode Island hosted a gubernatorial debate called "Women's Policy Issues" on May 4, 2010 at Lincoln School in Providence. The candidates include Ken Block, Frank Caprio, Lincoln Chafee, Patrick Lynch, Victor Moffitt, and John Robitaille. This was the first time all six candidates were together (two additional Independent candidates, Andrew Wasser and Todd Giroux were not there).

Click here to see the full video of the forum.

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