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  • Rhode Island Governor Vetoes Pro-Life, Pro-Adoption License Plate Measure

    07/20/2013 12:04:03 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 21 replies
    The New American ^ | 7-20-13 | Dave Bohon
    Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee (shown) has vetoed a bill that would have authorized the state to offer a “Choose Life” license plate to raise funds for a faith-based crisis pregnancy center in the state. The governor cited the First Amendment's supposed separation of church and state mandate that he insisted prohibited the state government from involving itself in such a campaign. The measure, which was approved by the Democrat-controlled state legislature earlier this month, would have allowed half of the $40 cost of the vehicle plates to go to Providence-based CareNet, a Christian crisis pregnancy center. Supporters said the...
  • Chafee: Moderates 'taken out' of party

    05/31/2013 5:40:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/30/13 | Breanna Edwards
    Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee says he didn’t just switch parties to earn brownie points among Democrats — he did so because of the changing dynamics of the Republican party. “The Southerners…just had a different view of where the Republican party should be and as a result the North Easteners and some of the other moderate Republicans slowly were taken out of the party, either by elections or by choice,” Chafee explained to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Thursday. “The shift occured down to the south. My dad [former Sen. John Chafee] lost his leadership position to Sen. Cochran from Mississippi,...
  • Sources: Lincoln Chafee to switch parties

    05/29/2013 9:43:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 98 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/29/13 12:25 PM EDT | By ALEXANDER BURNS
    Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has notified senior Democratic Party officials that he intends to switch his party registration and join the Democratic Party, multiple sources familiar with Chafee’s decision told POLITICO. Chafee, a former GOP senator elected as an independent in 2010, has struggled with low approval ratings and faces a difficult reelection fight in 2014.
  • RI to become tenth state allowing gay marriage

    05/02/2013 11:41:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 2, 2013 1:19 PM EDT
    Rhode Island is poised to join nine other states and the District of Columbia in allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry. Gov. Lincoln Chafee planned to sign gay marriage legislation into law Thursday evening, immediately following a final procedural vote in the state’s General Assembly. The outcome of the vote is not in doubt. Hundreds are expected to gather at the Statehouse to celebrate the new law, which has already passed the House and Senate once. The first weddings could take place Aug. 1, when the new law would take effect. …
  • Ocean State Anointed - Meet Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee: Former Republican, current...

    02/22/2013 4:54:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies
    American Spectator ^ | February 2013 | Ethan Epstein
    Meet Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee: Former Republican, current Independent, future Democrat? In late December, Rhode Island’s six Republican state representatives (out of a total chamber of 75 members—no, that’s not a typo) announced an intriguing initiative. The state’s house minority leader declared that in the new year, his party would pursue an audacious plan to eliminate the Ocean State’s sales tax, which stands at 7 percent, among the nation’s highest. The elimination of the sales tax had been suggested by the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, the state’s premier (well, just about only) free-market think tank. The...
  • Gov. Lincoln Chafee: It’s Not “Tradition” to Call It a Christmas Tree

    12/06/2012 1:31:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 5, 2012 | Jon Street
    Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I-R.I.) told CNSNews.com on Wednesday that his administration calls the decorated evergreen tree erected in the Rhode Island State House in December a “holiday tree”—rather than a “Christmas tree”—because that is what the tree is traditionally called. … But Rhode Island State Rep. Doreen Costa, who has called Chafee “Governor Grinch,” told CNSNews.com that she doesn’t remember Chafee’s predecessor, Gov. (Donald) Carcieri, calling it a “holiday tree”—nor does she recall Carcieri’s predecessor, Gov. (Lincoln) Almond, calling the tree a “holiday tree.” … But Carcieri also referred to it as a “Christmas tree,” she said. … “Governor Chafee,...
  • Lincoln Chafee will speak at Dems' convention as Obama backer

    08/31/2012 12:12:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    WPRI ^ | 08/31/2012 | Ted Nesi, WPRI.com Reporter
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - Gov. Lincoln Chafee will deliver a prime-time speech at the Democratic National Convention next week, joining other former Republicans in a push to burnish President Obama's bipartisan credentials before the November election. Chafee will deliver his seven-minute speech Tuesday evening, the first night of the convention in Charlotte, N.C., his office confirmed late Thursday. He'll speak between 8:30 and 9 p.m., shortly before first lady Michelle Obama. Just eight years ago Chafee was a Republican U.S. senator and thus a VIP at the Republicans' convention; now the independent governor is a co-chair of Democrat Obama's re-election...
  • Chafee: State [RI] recognizes out-of-state same-sex marriages

    05/15/2012 4:41:24 AM PDT · by kevcol · 8 replies
    The Call ^ | May 14, 2012 | Jim Baron
    PROVIDENCE – Monday was a day for gay and lesbian Rhode Islanders to whoop and cheer. They were cheering for Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who signed an executive order requiring the state to officially recognize the same-sex unions of couples who were married elsewhere but live here. At several points during his announcement, Chafee made it clear that he wants his action to be one step toward allowing full gay marriage rights in Rhode Island. “Are we overdue or what?” he asked the friendly audience. “The home of Roger Williams? C’mon, let’s go.” Several hands went up when the governor asked...
  • The War on Christmas: Lincoln Chafee’s Holy Day Tree

    12/12/2011 9:36:08 AM PST · by Paladins Prayer · 9 replies
    The New American ^ | Monday, 12 December 2011 | Selwyn Duke
    I’m not sure why ex-Senator and current Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee keeps getting elected, but I’m quite sure he offends me. I truly can’t stand seeing his face, and you don’t have to ask why. You see, that’s the way offensiveness is: It’s completely subjective and not constrained by rhyme or reason. Along with a lot of other people, however, I now certainly have one very logical reason to chafe at Chafee: His decision to call the 17-foot-tall blue spruce Christmas tree in his state capitol’s rotunda a “holiday tree” despite opposition from residents and lawmakers. This, mind you,...
  • Lincoln Chafee’s ‘holiday’ tree

    12/07/2011 12:48:10 PM PST · by rjsclassics · 9 replies
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Carolers singing "O Christmas Tree" crashed Rhode Island's Statehouse tree lighting on Tuesday after Gov. Lincoln Chafee unwrapped a holiday hubbub by calling the 17-foot spruce a "holiday" tree. Chafee insisted his word choice was inclusive and in keeping with Rhode Island's founding as a sanctuary for religious diversity. But his seasonal semantics incensed some lawmakers, the Roman Catholic Church and thousands of people who called his office to complain that the independent governor was trying to secularize Christmas. "He's trying to put our religion down," said Ken Schiano of Cranston, who came to the tree lighting...
  • Rhode Island governor gets rid of capitol 'Christmas' tree

    12/01/2011 6:37:50 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 38 replies
    A battle is brewing in Rhode Island and you can weigh in with other Americans to stop this War on Christmas! November 30, 2011 Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee does not like a Christmas tree being called a Christmas tree. So he is changing it. According to FoxNews, Gov. Chafee has said the Christmas tree in the State House Rotunda in Providence, as of this year, will be called a "holiday" tree.
  • RI Governor Insists On 'Holiday Tree'

    11/29/2011 7:21:22 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies · 1+ views
    NewsCore ^ | Nov. 29, 2011
    (NewsCore) - A Rhode Island lawmaker is calling Gov. Lincoln Chafee "Governor Grinch" for defying politicians and deciding that the state would have a "holiday tree" instead of a "Christmas tree." The governor defended his decision by arguing that it is in keeping with the state's founding in 1636 by religious dissident Roger Williams as a haven for tolerance -- where government and religion were kept separate. Chafee, an independent, said in a statement issued Tuesday that his stand was a continuation of past practice, "and does not represent a change of course on my part." But Rep. Doreen Costa,...
  • Chafee says Romney ‘a different person’ as he woos GOP base (RINO Alert)

    10/13/2011 5:07:25 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 34 replies
    R.I. Gov. Lincoln Chafee says former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney is “a completely different person” as a presidential candidate than the man who was once a fellow member of the Republican Party’s moderate wing in the Northeast.“It’s the same thing I saw with John McCain, and I saw with George Pataki and with Rudy Giuliani,” Chafee told WPRI.com during an interview at his office Wednesday. Referencing a speech on foreign policy Romney gave last week at The Citadel, Chafee said: “The appeal you have to make to the Republican primary audience – that’s just alien to what’s in our best...
  • Big Turnout at Rhode Island State House to Protest In-State Tuition for Illegals

    10/05/2011 7:13:18 PM PDT · by montag813 · 26 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 10-05-2011 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With Arizona Over 500 people turned out for a protest against R.I. Gov. Lincoln Chafee's support for in-state tuition for illegal aliens - which was implemented with a lawless decree by Chafee's education "czars" when he failed to get the Legislature to pass the outrageous bill. Local media hailed the "unusually large turnout for a weeknight" at the the State House in Providence, which included many Stand With Arizona activists, along with members of Rhode Island for Immigration Law Enforcement, and average citizens furious at the Obama-style bypassing of elected officials on behalf of illegal aliens....
  • ACTION ALERT: Protest Rhode Island In-State Tuition for Illegals (In-Person or Call - 5pm today)

    10/05/2011 8:29:05 AM PDT · by montag813 · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 10-05-2010 | John Hill
    EVENT: JOIN R.I. LEGISLATORS AND PROTEST THE LAWLESS DECREE OF SUBSIDIZED TUITION FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS BY GOV. CHAFEE'S UNELECTED 'BOARD OF GOVERNORS'WHO: SWA Activists from RI, CT and MA - and ALL SWA'ers to call, fax or email. 6 Rhode Island Representatives and Senators will be attending the protest and holding a press conference (see below).WHERE: Rhode Island State House (Smith St. Side). Providence, R.I.WHEN: Wed., Oct 5th, 2011, 5:00 P.M. NOTE: SWA will be providing signs for you to print out (if you need them please email us at act@standwitharizona.com). Otherwise please bring your own (non-political) signs against in-state...
  • Rhode Island legislature passes same-sex civil union bill

    06/29/2011 6:28:25 PM PDT · by Hawk720 · 7 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 06/29/2011 | CNN Breaking
    Less than a week after New York became the nation's sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage, Rhode Island state lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill that permits civil unions between gay and lesbian couples. The measure, which passed the state Senate by a count of 21-16, is widely seen as a compromise intended to provide same-same couples with added rights and benefits, while also preventing an expanded legal definition of marriage. The legislation, which passed overwhelmingly in the state's lower house on May 19, affords same-sex couples a host of new state tax breaks, health-care benefits and...
  • Republican Group Targets Its Own Party (McCain attacks conservatives, defends Lincoln Chaffee)

    06/18/2011 3:04:40 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies · 1+ views
    NPR ^ | 2011-06-16 | Liz Halloran
    It wasn't long ago that the conservative, free-market Club for Growth was viewed by a swath of Republicans as a furtive, well-heeled enemy whose efforts to purge moderates from the GOP had to be thwarted. The club and its agenda are "not representative of the Republican Party," the director of the Republican Main Street Partnership, a group of moderate GOP congressional members, once said, adding: "We raise money on a daily basis to defeat them." When asked this week about the Republican animus the group faced in the recent past, Club for Growth executive director David Keating replied: "That sounds...
  • RI Gov. Chafee: Stop paying for vitriolic commentary

    01/14/2011 7:02:10 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 69 replies
    The Providence Journal ^ | January 13, 2011 | Felice Freyer
    When talk radio hosts use harshly divisive language, "The advertisers should shut them down," Governor Lincoln Chafee said this morning. Chafee said the solution to the vitriolic rhetoric -- which some have linked to the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords over the weekend -- is for people to stop paying for it, including not buying books from people who use such language. Chafee made his comments in response to reporters' questions after a meeting on health care. He noted that he had been a target of violence-tinged criticism himself. In 2006, conservative commentator Ann Coulter wrote a column, "They...
  • No talk radio for Chafee, and on-duty state workers, too

    01/11/2011 10:15:10 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 12 replies
    Prov. Journal Bulletin ^ | 1/11/11 | KATHERINE GREGG and RICHARD C. DUJARDIN
    PROVIDENCE — No one is likely to confuse new Governor Chafee with his Republican predecessor, Donald L. Carcieri, and now here’s another way to tell them apart: Chafee doesn’t plan to spend his own time on talk radio, and he intends to ban state employees from spending their state work time talking on talk radio, which was Carcieri’s favorite medium and an integral part of his communications operation. Spokesman Michael Trainor said a directive will go out over the next day or so that reflects that new policy. He said the policy emanates from a belief that talk radio is...
  • New R.I. Gov. Lincoln Chafee makes life easier for illegal aliens (Grab a large barf bag!!)

    01/06/2011 11:39:09 AM PST · by pillut48 · 23 replies
    examiner.com ^ | * January 6th, 2011 9:47 am ET | Dave Gibson
    On Wednesday, newly installed Rhode Island governor, Lincoln Chafee rescinded an executive order put in place by his predecessor, Gov. Donald Carcieri which ordered state agencies and their vendors to use the E-verify system to screen-out illegal aliens for employment. Gov. Chafee also ordered the Rhode Island State Police to stop participating in the federal 287(g) program which allowed them direct access to an immigration database when they suspect an arrestee to be in the country illegally. The program has proven very successful in identifying and reporting illegal aliens to federal authorities. Immediately after signing the order, Chafee said: “My...
  • Political Theatre In Rhode Island?

    10/25/2010 11:02:50 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 1 replies · 1+ views
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 10/25/10 | CaroleL
    In an election cycle that has Democratic candidates running as far as they can from an unpopular president, Rhode Island's Democratic gubernatorial candidate made a sure to go viral comment today when he didn't get President Barack Obama's endorsement. Democrat Frank Caprio told a local radio station, "He can take his endorsement and really shove it" and went on to criticize Mr. Obama for ignoring Rhode Island's recent floods and "treating us like an ATM machine." So was this a real snub of a fellow Democrat or a well-orchestrated plan to help both Mr. Caprio and the president?
  • RI Dem: Obama can 'shove it' for not endorsing him

    10/25/2010 9:19:09 AM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | MICHELLE R. SMITH
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Democratic candidate for Rhode Island governor is telling President Barack Obama to "shove it" after learning Obama would not endorse him. Frank Caprio's campaign last week said he would welcome Obama's endorsement. But on Monday, the same day Obama is set to visit Rhode Island and a day after the White House said Obama would not endorse anyone, Caprio told WPRO-AM that Obama can "take his endorsement and shove it."...
  • Rhode Island Governor: Chafee Still Leads

    03/29/2010 5:05:45 PM PDT · by speciallybland · 11 replies · 398+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 03/29/2010 | Scott Rasmussen
    Former Senator Lincoln Chafee remains the leader in the race to be Rhode Island’s next governor, with State Treasurer Frank Caprio the strongest Democrat in the contest for now. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in Rhode Island shows Chafee, who is running as an independent, earning 39% support to Caprio’s 28%. Likely Republican nominee John Robitaille picks up 22% of the vote, with 11% more undecided. Chafee pulls 37% of the vote if state Attorney General Patrick Lynch is the Democrat in the race. Robitaille is in second with 26% support, and Lynch runs third with...
  • Candidates for RI gov promise gay marriage support

    02/08/2010 12:51:31 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies · 364+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 2/8/10 | RAY HENRY, Associated Press Writer
    Providence, R.I. (AP) -- Both Democrats running for governor and former Sen. Lincoln Chafee, an independent candidate, will publicly pledge to sign a gay marriage bill if elected, gay rights activists said Monday. Attorney General Patrick Lynch and General Treasurer Frank Caprio, the Democrats, and Chafee have been invited to make their promise public at a Statehouse rally scheduled for March 3, said Kathy Kushnir, executive director of Marriage Equality Rhode Island. Republican John Robitaille has not responded to an invitation from Marriage Equality, and he did not return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment. Robitaille opposes gay...
  • Former Sen. Chafee to announce gubernatorial bid

    01/04/2010 10:35:05 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies · 713+ views
    CNN ^ | Jan. 4, 2010
    (CNN) - Lincoln Chafee Monday will formally announce his bid for Rhode Island governor Monday. The former Republican senator-turned-independent will officially jump into the race at an event in Warwick, where he once served as mayor. The 56 year old Chafee lost his U.S. senate seat in 2006 to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse after a bitter Republican primary battle against Stephen Laffey. Chafee eventually left the GOP and is now an independent.
  • Former Sen. Lincoln Chafee explores 2010 run for governor [super-RINO gone Democrat]

    04/06/2009 2:51:13 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 46 replies · 1,130+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-04-06
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Former Sen. Lincoln Chafee created a committee on Monday to explore a run for governor next year as an independent candidate after leaving the Republican Party, his first formal move to enter the race.
  • Former GOP Sen. Chafee relishes Obama’s victory [sick]

    11/14/2008 12:27:12 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 21 replies · 1,053+ views
    The Providence Journal, Providence, RI ^ | 2008-11-16 | Edward Fitzpatrick
    The cameras focused on a tearful Jesse Jackson, and the reporters seemed more interested in talking to Spike Lee, Brad Pitt and Oprah. But at Chicago’s Grant Park, when President-elect Barack Obama declared “Change has come to America,” there was another face in the crowd that Rhode Islanders would have recognized. Former U.S. Sen. Lincoln D. Chafee, the Republican-turned-independent who campaigned for Obama, was about 20 feet from the side of the stage. Chafee and his wife, Stephanie, waved to Obama’s brother-in-law, Craig Robinson, and his wife and two children. The Robinsons, who were on stage with Obama, used to...
  • Former GOP Sen. Lincoln Chafee: Sarah Palin a 'Cocky Whacko'

    09/12/2008 5:27:48 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 16 replies · 228+ views
    WBBM 780 Chicago ^ | 9/11/2008
    WBBM 780 - Chicago's #1 source for local news, traffic and weather Posted: Thursday, 11 September 2008 2:02PM Former GOP Sen. Lincoln Chafee: Sarah Palin a 'Cocky Whacko' PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Former Rhode Island Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee has called vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin a "cocky whacko" and said her selection as John McCain's running mate has energized supporters of Democrat Barack Obama. Chafee left the Republican Party last year after losing his bid for re-election and now supports Obama. He told an audience Tuesday at the New America Foundation in Washington the Alaska governor has revived a...
  • Chafee Calls Palin a 'Cocky Wacko' [Barf Alert]

    09/11/2008 7:54:03 PM PDT · by Bishop_Malachi · 2 replies · 153+ views
    AOL News ^ | September 11th, 2008 | BRETT J. BLACKLEDGE
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Sept. 11) - Former Rhode Island Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee has called vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin a "cocky wacko" and said her selection as John McCain's running mate has energized supporters of Democrat Barack Obama. Chafee left the Republican Party last year after losing his bid for re-election and now supports Obama. He told an audience Tuesday at the New America Foundation in Washington that the Alaska governor has revived a "lackluster McCain candidacy." "They've just thrown this firestorm, this tornado, into the whole presidential election," Chafee said in response to an audience member's question about whether...
  • Former GOP senator calls Palin a 'cocky wacko' (First Matt Damon, now Chaffee!!! Oh, No!)

    09/11/2008 1:06:47 PM PDT · by teddyballgame · 16 replies · 225+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 9/11/08 | AP Staff
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Former Rhode Island Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee has called vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin a "cocky wacko" and said her selection as John McCain's running mate has energized supporters of Democrat Barack Obama. Chafee left the Republican Party last year after losing his bid for re-election and now supports Obama. He told an audience Tuesday at the New America Foundation in Washington that the Alaska governor has revived a "lackluster McCain candidacy."
  • (Former Senator Lincoln) Chafee: Palin a 'Cocky Wacko'

    09/11/2008 12:35:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 58 replies · 438+ views
    So much for a respite from personal attacks in the presidential race. Former Senator Lincoln Chafee, the Rhode Island Republican who is backing Democrat Barack Obama, today stood by his remarks calling Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin a "cocky wacko." Chafee told an audience Tuesday at the New America Foundation in Washington that Palin has revived a "lackluster McCain candidacy," calling her surprise selection "this firestorm, this tornado, into the whole presidential election." Responding to an audience member's question, he said her speech at the Republican National Convention had also energized Obama supporters. "People were coming into my office,...
  • Chafee, Republican For Obama, Wants 9/11 Reinvestigated

    08/15/2008 10:29:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies · 836+ views
    The National Review ^ | August 14, 2008 | Jim Geraghty
    Two news items that really ought to run together: August 13, Providence Journal: Ex-Sen. Chafee joins Republicans for Obama August 13, Gothamist: Actor Ed Asner, former Dallas Cowboy Mark Stepnoski, and formerly famous hip hop group Arrested Development are leading a petition drive to get a referendum on New York City’s November ballot that would establish a new 9/11 investigation. If the group, called 911 Truth, can collect 30,000 signatures before September 4th, the City Council will be required to consider the measure, which calls for an investigative panel with subpoena authority. Former Senator Mike Gravel (who would join the...
  • Lincoln Chafee Endorses B. Hussein Obama

    02/14/2008 7:50:08 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 157 replies · 304+ views
    Associated Press | 2/14/08
    Former Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee is endorsing Democratic Sen. Barack Obama. The Rhode Islander told The Associated Press he is endorsing Obama in a conference call Thursday. Chafee left the Republican Party last year and became an independent. He was one of the Senate's most liberal Republicans before he lost his seat in 2006 to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse.
  • Democrats say McCain nearly abandoned GOP

    01/31/2008 7:52:48 PM PST · by Hoodat · 142 replies · 747+ views
    The Hill ^ | 03/28/2007 | Bob Cusack
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was close to leaving the Republican Party in 2001, weeks before then-Sen. Jim Jeffords (Vt.) famously announced his decision to become an Independent, according to former Democratic lawmakers who say they were involved in the discussions. In interviews with The Hill this month, former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and ex-Rep. Tom Downey (D-N.Y.) said there were nearly two months of talks with the maverick lawmaker following an approach by John Weaver, McCain’s chief political strategist. Democrats had contacted Jeffords and then-Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-R.I.) in the early months of 2001 about switching parties, but in McCain’s...
  • (March 28, 2007) Democrats say McCain nearly abandoned GOP

    01/31/2008 9:35:11 PM PST · by AllseeingEye33 · 40 replies · 653+ views
    The Hill via Drudge ^ | March 28, 2007 | Bob Cusack
    Democrats say McCain nearly abandoned GOP By Bob Cusack Posted: 03/28/07 07:39 PM [ET] Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was close to leaving the Republican Party in 2001, weeks before then-Sen. Jim Jeffords (Vt.) famously announced his decision to become an Independent, according to former Democratic lawmakers who say they were involved in the discussions. In interviews with The Hill this month, former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and ex-Rep. Tom Downey (D-N.Y.) said there were nearly two months of talks with the maverick lawmaker following an approach by John Weaver, McCain’s chief political strategist. Democrats had contacted Jeffords and then-Sen. Lincoln...
  • Chafee Hints at Obama Endorsement

    10/15/2007 2:49:47 PM PDT · by Kuksool · 36 replies · 85+ views
    Real clear poltics ^ | October 15, 2007 | TOM BEVAN
    Lincoln Chafee may be out of politics, but he's still making political news. Last month it was reported that Chafee had bolted the Republican party. This weekend on a local talk show in Rhode Island, Chafee ruled out endorsing any likely Republican nominee. When asked about supporting a Democrat, Chafee hedged, but then added that if he did endorse a Democrat it would not be Hillary Clinton. Chafee said Clinton, and others who voted in favor of the Iraq war were "disqualified" to lead the country. The whole exchange looked like it could very well be a preview of an...
  • I Told You Lincoln Chafee Wasn't A Republican

    10/01/2007 8:38:34 AM PDT · by Dukes Travels · 47 replies · 157+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | October 1, 2007 | Paul Ibrahim
    Lincoln Chafee, the man who less than a year ago served as the Republican Senator from Rhode Island, is apparently no longer a Republican today. That’s right, he recently dropped his affiliation with the party to become an independent. “It’s not my party anymore,” he says. “Anymore?” When exactly was it ever your party? It is extremely tempting to point at Chafee’s official change of affiliation and remind President Bush, Karl Rove and the rest of the Republican establishment just how wrong they were. You see, although they all knew how liberal Chafee was, they poured money, effort and endorsements...
  • (Lincoln) Chafee Quietly Quits The GOP (With His Tail Between His Legs)

    09/19/2007 2:52:50 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 32 replies · 690+ views
    The Providence Journal ^ | Sunday, September 16, 2007 | Bruce Landis
    Chafee quietly quits the GOP 01:00 AM EDT on Sunday, September 16, 2007 By Bruce Landis Journal Staff Writer PROVIDENCE — Lincoln D. Chafee, who lost his Senate seat in the wave of anti-Republican sentiment in last November’s election, said yesterday that he has left the party. Chafee said he disaffiliated with the party he had helped lead, and his father had led before him, because the national Republican Party has gone too far away from his stance on too many critical issues, from war to economics to the environment. “It’s not my party any more,” he said. Chafee’s departure...
  • Chafee no longer a Republican

    09/16/2007 10:21:47 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 67 replies · 2,017+ views
    Chafee no longer a Republican Former Repubican Sen. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, who lost his seat in last year’s Democratic congressional wave, announced that he has left the Republican Party, according to the Providence Journal. “It’s not my party any more,” he said. In his seven-year tenure in the Senate, Chafee frequently split from his party on key legislation. He opposed the war in Iraq, voted with Democrats on estate tax and HMO regulation legislation and refused to support the confirmation of U.N. Ambassador John Bolton. In the past, Chafee had insisted that he would remain in the Republican...
  • Former (RI) Sen. (Lincoln) Chafee Leaves GOP

    09/15/2007 7:03:52 PM PDT · by fieldmarshaldj · 46 replies · 1,402+ views
    The Political Graveyard Discussion Group ^ | 9-15-2007 | Scott Bill Hirst
    I learned today Former Republican United States Rhode Island Senator Lincoln D.Chafee changed his affiliation to Unaffiliated as a voter in Exeter*, where he is now registered, the change I recall took place on July 10TH. His wife, Stephanie is registered in Providence as a Republican*. The Senator is a former Exeter resident and Warwick Mayor and City Councilman. What is amazing is the media has NOT picked this up yet and it happened several weeks ago! Ironically former Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey still maintains his GOP interest and was at the South County Republican Breakfast were I learned this...
  • Fred Thompson Supported Lincoln Chafee's Senate Run

    04/10/2007 1:10:22 PM PDT · by perfect_rovian_storm · 110 replies · 1,948+ views
    CBN News ^ | 4/10/2007 | David Brody
    The Brody File is in constant research mode. For all you Fred Thompson fans out there, grab a seat. Pause your TIVO episodes of Law and Order. Put on hold those portraits you've ordered of Fred Thompson and Ronald Reagan side by side in your living room. I've discovered that when socially liberal bad boy Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee was running for re-election in 2006, Fred Thompson campaigned for him and came to his defense. Here's the money quote: "There are a lot of reasons I support Linc. We agree on most issues, disagree on some. Obviously, keeping control of...
  • Lincoln Chafee's Compassionate Conservatism Blog

    04/01/2007 6:00:35 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 11 replies · 893+ views
    Right Wing News ^ | 4/1/07 | John Hawkins
    Hello everybody! It's me, former Senator Lincoln Chafee here. After I lost my re-election, I realized that it was because a lot of you people don't really understand what conservatism is all about -- and it's not your fault that you don't get it. After all, it's men like me who've actually been in government and had experience, who have a responsibility to teach everyone else about governing -- but we haven't lived up to our obligations. In the interim, hucksters like the former owner of this blog and Rush Limbaugh have stepped into the gap and filled your heads...
  • Chafee Urges Action on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict; Video Now Available Online

    02/22/2007 4:02:21 PM PST · by dynachrome · 9 replies · 329+ views
    www.watsoninstitute.org ^ | 2-19-07 | Lincoln Chafee
    Chafee provided concrete accounts of what and where the Bush administration went wrong. He added that while in each case, the administration's rhetoric on the subject had been laudable, the government failed to act on its rhetoric. “Has this been a deliberate deception?” he asked.
  • Ousted Republican US senator criticizes Bush on Israel (Lincoln Chafee)

    02/12/2007 5:50:55 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 26 replies · 705+ views
    AP ^ | February 12, 2007
    Ousted Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee criticized President George W. Bush's handling of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, saying the president was bowing to a faction of evangelical Christians who oppose a Palestinian state. "The religious thing is driving the foreign policy here," Chafee said following a speech at Brown University in which he questioned whether the president's past comments pushing for peace were sincere. Chafee, who served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, lost his seat in November as Democrats swept into power in Congress. He landed a job at Brown's Watson Institute for International Studies following his loss to Democrat...
  • Senate resolution to criticize Iraq plan [Hagel]

    01/17/2007 11:12:58 AM PST · by Enchante · 77 replies · 1,452+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 01/17/07 | ANNE FLAHERTY
    WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats working with a well-known Republican war critic are developing a resolution declaring that President Bush's troop build up in Iraq "is not in the national interest," said people familiar with the document. The resolution also would put the Senate on record as saying the U.S. commitment in Iraq "can only be sustained" with popular support among the American public and in Congress, according to officials who are knowledgeable about the draft. These officials would speak only on grounds of anonymity because the drafting is still under way. Sen. Chuck Hagel (news, bio, voting record), a Nebraska...
  • John Bolton: Sacrificed

    12/05/2006 5:52:57 AM PST · by Quilla · 47 replies · 1,334+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | December 5, 2006 | Ben Johnson
    It’s official: John Bolton has been sacrificed. The question is, how far will the dagger plunge into the back of America’s foreign policy interests? President Bush has accepted Bolton’s resignation after the recess-appointed UN ambassador was unable to secure a vote in the Senate. The Left, led by a vindictive Lincoln Chafee eager to get back at the president he blames for his much-deserved defeat, refused to bring the Bolton nomination to the floor. Unlike the first stormy Bolton hearing, there was little question he would have been confirmed this time. In April 2005, it seemed unlikely Bolton could be...
  • Lame Duck RINO Stands In Way Of Bolton Nomination

    11/16/2006 9:48:00 AM PST · by Jim 0216 · 34 replies · 1,296+ views
    Center For Individual Freedom ^ | 11/15/07 | Jeff Mazzella
    "[C]utting down the man who was our best chance to reform the U.N. has nothing to do with the popular will -- and everything to do with [Senator Lincoln] Chafee getting the satisfaction of stabbing President Bush and the GOP one last time." -- Investors Business Daily, November 13, 2006 -- RINO Senator Lincoln Chafee -- sullen and pouting because the voters in his state just kicked him out of office -- has announced he intends YET AGAIN to block the nomination of John Bolton as our U.N. ambassador. In fact, the Rhode Island RINO made his intentions known within...
  • Holding to the Center, Losing My Seat (Lefty Chafee barf alert)

    11/12/2006 4:09:19 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 59 replies · 1,737+ views
    New York Times ^ | 11/12/06 | Lincold D. Chafee
    Holding to the Center, Losing My Seat By Lincoln D, Chafee LAST Tuesday, I was one of the many moderate Republican casualties of the anti-Bush virulence that swept the country. Despite my having voted against the Iraq war resolution, my reputation for independence, the editorial endorsement of virtually every newspaper in my state, and a job approval rating of 63 percent, I did not win. Why? Back in December 2000, after one of the closest elections in our nation’s history, Vice President-elect Dick Cheney was the guest at a weekly lunch meeting of a small group of centrist Republicans. Senators...
  • Chafee blames loss on Rhode Island's party-ticket ballot

    11/11/2006 8:19:55 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 51 replies · 1,518+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | November 11, 2006 | Eric Tucker
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Sen. Lincoln Chafee said his knees buckled when he walked into his polling place Tuesday morning and saw that voters were given a prominently displayed option of casting votes along a straight-party line. "It was so easy to just go against the Republicans and fill in that Democrat. It was so easy," Chafee said Thursday in a post-mortem dissection of his loss to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse. Voters in Rhode Island did exactly that on Tuesday, filling in Democrats in large numbers and sweeping the Republican Chafee from office as part of a fierce backlash that uprooted GOP...
  • Chafee may leave Republican Party

    11/10/2006 11:19:08 AM PST · by soccermom · 72 replies · 1,366+ views
    Yahoo news ^ | November 10, 2006 | Michelle Smith
    ROVIDENCE, R.I. - Two days after losing a bid for a second term, Sen. Lincoln Chafee (news, bio, voting record) said he was unsure whether he would remain a Republican. Chafee lost to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse in a race seen as a referendum on President Bush and the GOP. On Thursday, he was asked whether he would stick with the Republican Party or become an independent or Democrat. "I haven't made any decisions. I just haven't even thought about where my place is,".......