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  • Chafee the Democrat? (Already plotting switch!)

    11/06/2006 5:55:12 PM PST · by Western Civ 4ever · 48 replies · 1,543+ views
    TNR's "The Plank" blog via NRO ^ | 11/6/2006 | Greg Pollowitz
    Well, this would just make tomorrow night so, so special...from The Plank: I have a friend in Rhode Island—a Democrat torn between his affections for Lincoln Chafee and his desire to make Harry Reid majority leader. Over the weekend, my friend attended a Chafee event and cornered the senator. Now, my friend doesn't have a personal relationship with Chafee, but he put the question bluntly to him: Why should I stick with you in a race with so many national implications? Chafee pulled my friend aside, lowered his voice, and told him that he might not be a Republican for...
  • Democrat York Endorses Republican Chafee (RI Senate race)

    11/05/2006 9:16:15 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 40 replies · 783+ views
    Cox.net ^ | November 3, 2006
    Three-time Democratic gubernatorial candidate Myrth York has endorsed Republican incumbent Senator Lincoln Chafee's bid for reelection. Declaring that she places greater value on the character of the candidate than on party, she says Chafee most closely represents her values on issues ranging from opposition to the war in Iraq to the environment to personal freedoms.
  • Republican Party's liberal senator in danger

    10/25/2006 10:28:25 AM PDT · by Anita1 · 67 replies · 1,396+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed Oct 25, 2006 11:04am ET | By Jason Szep
    Lincoln Chafee, the only Republican U.S. senator to vote against the Iraq war, often breaks ranks with his party to survive in one of the nation's most liberal states. But in two weeks Rhode Island may break ranks with Chafee, ousting one of the most moderate voices in the Republican Party and handing the Democrats one of six key seats needed to seize control of the Senate... Trailing by four to 11 points in recent polls, Chafee is stressing his unique brand of Republicanism - from championing environmental issues to fighting Bush's tax cuts, pressing for direct talks with Iran,...
  • Whitehouse leads Chafee in two new polls (Rhode Island College, Whitehouse +3)

    10/10/2006 4:07:19 PM PDT · by okstate · 43 replies · 895+ views
    Providence Journal ^ | 10 October 2006 | Steve Peoples
    The man hoping to oust incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee is leading in two new polls released today. Democratic challenger Sheldon Whitehouse has a 10-point lead in the poll conducted by the national independent pollster Rasmussen Reports. He leads Chafee 49 percent to 39 percent with 8 percent undecided and 4 percent supporting other candidates. A separate poll released by Rhode Island College's Bureau of Government Research and Services found that Whitehouse leads by 3 percentage points, 40 percent to 37 percent with 23 percent undecided. Both polls have a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points. Rasmussen surveyed...
  • Klobuchar leads by 16 in Minnesota; Chafee down 9 in Rhode Island (Rasmussen poll)

    10/08/2006 2:38:07 PM PDT · by okstate · 34 replies · 1,626+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 8 October 2006 | Scott Rasmussen
    Rhode Island Senate: Lincoln Chafee (R) 42% Sheldon Whitehouse (D) 51% Undecided 7%500 Likely Voters, poll taken Oct 6http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2006/senate/ri/rhode_island_senate_race-17.html Minnesota Senate: Amy Klobuchar (DFL) 56% Mark Kennedy (R) 40% Undecided 4%500 Likely Voters, poll taken Oct 5http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2006/senate/mn/minnesota_senate_race-15.html Minnesota Governor: Mike Hatch (DFL) 50% Tim Pawlenty (R) 46% Undecided 4%500 Likely Voters, poll taken Oct 5http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2006/governor/mn/minnesota_governor_race-57.html
  • The most exciting Senate races this November I

    10/08/2006 2:22:25 AM PDT · by qlangley · 7 replies · 347+ views
    QuentinLangley.net ^ | 27 September 2006 | Quentin Langley
    Democrat targets The President’s approval ratings remain low and generic polls (“which party would you be most likely to vote for?”) give an edge to the Democrats, though perhaps by less than in the summer. So the seats most likely to change hands are ones the Democrats are targeting. Montana ought to be safe for the Republicans, and with another candidate, it would be. But Conrad Burns has been linked to uber-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, now convicted of corrupting public officials. Burns has been trailing for some time, and Montana now pips Pennsylvania as the Democrats best hope of a pick...
  • Vanity: "special" endorsements to the King of the RINOs (McPain endorses Chafee)

    09/30/2006 8:44:42 AM PDT · by Alex1977 · 13 replies · 510+ views
    Senator John McCain (R - Az.) “Senator Chafee is one of the most fiscally responsible members of the U.S. Senate,” said U.S. Senator John McCain. “He wants to cut excess government spending, and he is willing to make the tough decisions to eliminate the federal deficit. Senator Chafee has been a leader on environmental issues, he’s working to raise fuel efficiency standards and make America energy independent, and he’s an honest advocate for his state. He is an important member of the Senate and we need him to keep representing the people of Rhode Island in Washington.” ------------------------------------------------ Senator Elizabeth...
  • Geneva Conventions, Habeas Corpus For Terrorists And Bumper Sticker Designs

    09/29/2006 1:29:12 AM PDT · by conservativeimage.com · 1 replies · 606+ views
    ConservativeImage.com ^ | 9/29/6 | RedFox
    Is Ted Kennedy going to hold the entire city of Fallujah accountable for violating the Geneva Conventions when they killed four non-military American contractors, burnt and beat their bodies and hung them from a bridge? How are democrats going prosecute the masked terrorists when they beheaded Nick Berg, Paul Johnson and others? Will the democrats voting Geneva Convention and Habeas Corpus rights to terrorists stipulate that when video taping a beheading, terrorists not wear masks, clearly identify themselves and where they can be reached? How would we process Osama Bin Laden if we caught him alive? Would we treat...
  • Who's Against John Bolton

    09/21/2006 5:41:43 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 15 replies · 1,128+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 22 September 2006 | Robert Novak
    The focus temporarily is on Sen. Lincoln Chafee, a frequently unfathomable maverick Republican, as the days dwindle down for this Congress to permit John Bolton to continue as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. But Bolton's two-year struggle to get confirmed can be directly traced to a determined Democratic senator and the vengeful UN secretariat. Senate Republican Whip Mitch McConnell sat down Tuesday for a heart-to-heart talk with Chafee, pleading with him to permit Bolton's nomination to reach the Senate floor. The reason Chafee is in this pivotal position can be attributed to Sen. Christopher Dodd's fierce open opposition to...
  • Chafee Blocking Bolton Confirmation

    09/21/2006 11:33:16 AM PDT · by Wuli · 38 replies · 1,429+ views
    Center for Individual Freedom ^ | September 21, 2006 | Center for Individual Freedom
    Once again, John Bolton -- the tough-talking, no-nonsense U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations -- is facing an uphill battle for confirmation in the Senate.
  • ARG Polls - Connecticut and Rhode Island Senate (Lieberman up 2, Chafee down 5)

    09/20/2006 11:19:14 AM PDT · by okstate · 24 replies · 853+ views
    American Research Group ^ | 19 September 2006 | American Research Group
      Connecticut US Senate If the general election for US Senate were being held today between Ralph Ferrucci, of the Green party, Timothy Knibbs, of the Concerned Citizens party, Ned Lamont, the Democrat, Joe Lieberman, of the Connecticut for Lieberman party, and Alan Schlesinger, the Republican, for whom would you vote? (names rotated) 9/19/06 Lamont Lieberman Others Undecided Likely voters 45% 47% 3% 5% Republicans (26%) 15% 66% 8% 11% Democrats (39%) 62% 36% 0% 2% Unaffiliated (35%) 47% 45% 3% 5% 8/21/06 42% 44% 3% 11% Based on 600 completed telephone interviews among a random sample of likely...
  • Poll: Sen. Chafee in Tight Race With Democrat Whitehouse in Rhode Island (Chafee down one)

    09/19/2006 12:16:26 PM PDT · by okstate · 43 replies · 966+ views
    FOX News ^ | 19 September 2006 | AP
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A new Brown University poll shows Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee and Democratic challenger Sheldon Whitehouse neck-and-neck two months before an election that could help decide the balance of power in the U.S. Senate. If the election were held Tuesday, 40 percent of voters said they would select Whitehouse, compared to 39 percent for Chafee. That lead is negligible because the poll, conducted between Sept. 16-18, questioned 578 likely voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
  • Rasmussen Rhode Island Senate Poll: Chafee down 8 points

    09/17/2006 9:19:48 PM PDT · by okstate · 55 replies · 1,283+ views
    Dave Leip's Atlas of Presidential Elections ^ | 17 September 2006 | Rasmussen
    Original source for Leip's Atlas was Kos, so take that with a grain of salt. Here's what they say Rasmussen's new premium poll from Rhode Island says: Whitehouse (D) 51% Chafee (R) 43% +/- 4.5 MOE, 500 likely voters
  • Breaking: Rino Chafee on the brink?

    09/12/2006 5:25:08 PM PDT · by cutepanda · 12 replies · 514+ views
    Is Chafee on the brink? Steve Laffey's campaign aides will be stunned if they lose. Campaign sources say they hit all their target numbers in every targeted precinct etc, assuming a turnout of 50 to 55k voters. These are just targeting predictors, not vote counts, so anything can happen, but everything has gone as planned for their turnout operation. The Secretary of State reports that precincts across the state ran out of the more than 20K Unaffiliation forms they distributed. That suggests a least three possibilities: 1. Independents and Democrats voted for Chafee and then re-established their independent credentials 2....
  • Sumatran Rhinos Are Living Fossils

    09/13/2006 10:29:03 PM PDT · by restornu · 11 replies · 846+ views
    Cryptomundo ^ | Sept 12, 2006 | Darren Naish
    Zoologist Darren Naish has written a thoughtful essay on “Are Sumatran Rhinos Really Living Fossil?” His blog is in response to my comments on the “living fossil” issue, discussed here. I disagree with Naish’s restrictive parameters, of course, as I see this more an issue of educational semantics influenced by zoology, not ruled by it. Darren Naish’s approach is worthy of your attention and he has every right to his very informed point of view. Needless to say, in this case, I was employing the “living fossil” definition that this rhino species is “a living species/clade with many ‘primitive’ characteristics...
  • The Fix: Rhode Island: National GOP Helps Secure Chafee Win

    09/13/2006 4:47:47 AM PDT · by steve-b · 50 replies · 1,006+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/13/06 | Chris Cillizza
    Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R) beat back a strong primary challenge from Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey (R) tonight, a victory for which national Republicans deserve considerable credit. The Republican National Committee, White House and National Republican Senatorial Committee coordinated on a vast voter identification effort on Chafee's behalf that, combined with sophisticated microtargeting and a big get-out-the-vote operation, won the day for the senator....
  • Moderate GOP candidate wins in R.I.

    09/13/2006 2:43:58 AM PDT · by Alex1977 · 31 replies · 1,181+ views
    yahoo-AP ^ | Sept, 13 2006 | ROBERT TANNER
    In the latest test of the country's politics of polarization, the middle ground held on. Rhode Island Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee said his victory Tuesday against a conservative challenger sent a message across the nation that moderate Republicans remained "alive and kicking" after beating back a challenger that ran to his political right. "Partisan politics must not prevail," he said. His primary win over Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey was notable in a year that saw moderates from each party lose primaries to hard-line candidates. Chafee thanked Democratic-leaning independents for supporting him, while he also got backing from the Bush administration...
  • RI's Chafee Leads, As 9 States, DC Vote

    09/12/2006 7:00:07 PM PDT · by VU4G10 · 32 replies · 1,764+ views
    AP ^ | Sep 12, 9:53 PM (ET | ROBERT TANNER
    Moderate Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, his political career at risk from a more conservative challenger, led in early returns Tuesday in a contest that could be crucial in the larger fight for control of Congress. With 3 percent of precincts reporting, Chafee had 2,735 votes, or 55 percent, to Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey's 2,241 votes, or 45 percent. The last big day of primaries before the November elections also brought intriguing Democratic contests for Senate in Maryland and a House seat in Minnesota. In all, nine states and the District of Columbia voted, with the other states...
  • R.I. Senate race highlights GOP primary (Chafee vs. Laffey)

    09/12/2006 9:22:25 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 847+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/12/06 | Robert Tanner - ap
    Rhode Island's independent-minded Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee (news, bio, voting record) confronted stiff opposition Tuesday in his bid for a second term, the latest race with a moderate targeted by his own party's hard-line critics. Nine states and Washington, D.C., were holding primary elections Tuesday, but Chafee's race has drawn the most attention as another test of the depth of anti-incumbent sentiment and the erosion of the political middle ground. Chafee has a remarkable amount of support from national Republicans, especially for a senator who has often been at odds with the party, bucking the administration on tax cuts, civil...
  • Republican "Club" takes aim at moderate Chafee (raises more than $700K for conservative challenger)

    09/11/2006 2:54:19 PM PDT · by dead · 14 replies · 554+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/11/06 | John Whitesides, Political Correspondent
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The conservative Club for Growth, which has angered some Republicans for years with a series of well-funded challenges of party moderates, is taking aim at its biggest target yet -- Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island. The group, which advocates tax cuts, free trade and limited government, has raised more than $700,000 for Chafee's conservative challenger and helped put the moderate senator at risk in Tuesday's Republican primary in Rhode Island. The maverick Chafee has frequently opposed the policies of President George W. Bush, but the White House and Republican Party establishment have rallied to his...
  • Chafee's Perfect Record on Judicial Filibusters

    09/11/2006 4:12:45 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 37 replies · 878+ views
    Confirm Them ^ | September , 2006
    On Tuesday, the GOP primary in Rhode Island pits Sen. Lincoln Chafee against Cranston Mayor Stephen Laffey. Whatever else may be said about Chafee, he has been a very reliable vote against obstructionist filibusters of judicial nominees. He's voted for cloture all 25 times (see details below the fold). According to Rasmussen, Chafee has pulled to within two points of Democratic challenger Sheldon Whitehouse in his bid for re-election (i.e. 44% for Whitehouse and 42% for Chafee). Whitehouse previously had a six point lead. But Chafee must first face off against Laffey, on Tuesday. Rasmussen has Whitehouse leading Laffey 58%...
  • Senate Seat on line for GOP in Rhode Island Primary

    09/11/2006 5:48:02 AM PDT · by no dems · 83 replies · 1,145+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9-11-06 | Amy Fagan
    WARWICK, R.I. -- Senate Republicans face the prospect of one less seat Wednesday morning, party leaders say, if Sen. Lincoln Chafee, a liberal, loses his primary tomorrow to conservative Stephen Laffey. "Mr. Laffey has no chance to win a general election. We would find ourselves down a seat going into the November elections," said Dan Ronayne, spokesman for the NRSC. Mr. Ronayne has said the committee will not back Mr. Laffey if he wins. The national Republican machine has devoted time, money and resources to securing a primary victory for Chafee. This support came even though the incumbent opposes party...
  • Chafee's Perfect Record on Judicial Filibusters

    09/10/2006 2:49:27 PM PDT · by TitansAFC · 26 replies · 609+ views
    Confirm Them ^ | 9-10-06 | Andrew Hyman
    On Tuesday, the GOP primary in Rhode Island pits Sen. Lincoln Chafee against Cranston Mayor Stephen Laffey. Whatever else may be said about Chafee, he has been a very reliable vote against obstructionist filibusters of judicial nominees. He's voted for cloture all 25 times (see details below the fold). According to Rasmussen, Chafee has pulled to within two points of Democratic challenger Sheldon Whitehouse in his bid for re-election (i.e. 44% for Whitehouse and 42% for Chafee). Whitehouse previously had a six point lead. But Chafee must first face off against Laffey, on Tuesday. Rasmussen has Whitehouse leading Laffey 58%...
  • Rhode Island’s Republicans Deeply Split Ahead of Senate Primary

    09/08/2006 7:11:37 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 33 replies · 1,118+ views
    YAHOO NEWS ^ | 08 SEPTEMBER 2006 | AP
    Few incumbents have been as besieged in this year’s campaign season as moderate Rhode Island Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee (news, bio, voting record), who faces a threatening challenge from conservative Cranston Mayor Stephen Laffey in the Sept. 12 primary. And the final days of that contest have been as rough on Chafee as what came before: He has found himself obliged to disavow some of his own side’s hard-hitting negative ads aimed at Laffey, and facing criticism from Laffey and allied conservatives concerning his indecision over whether to support Senate confirmation of John R. Bolton, President Bush’s confrontational appointee as...
  • Senate Panel Postpones Vote on Bolton

    09/07/2006 7:44:08 AM PDT · by Freedumb · 49 replies · 2,365+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 9/7/06 | Anne Plummer Flaherty
    WASHINGTON - A Senate panel postponed a vote scheduled for Thursday on approving John Bolton as U.N. ambassador, a job he has held temporarily since last year when President Bush appointed him over Democratic opposition. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Richard Lugar, R-Ind., gave no reason for the delay and did not say when the vote would be held. Bolton had been opposed by many Democrats but was expected to be confirmed by the Republican-led panel. Lugar said he removed the nomination from the agenda of Thursday's committee meeting after conferring with several senators. His approval by the committee would...
  • RI Senate Poll - Whitehouse +2 over RINO Chafee, +27 over "I'm not a Conservative" Laffey

    09/05/2006 7:46:48 AM PDT · by TitansAFC · 35 replies · 1,189+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 9-3-06 | Scott rasmussen
    September 3, 2006 Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee (R ) has pulled to within two points of challenger Sheldon Whitehouse in his bid for re-election. The latest Rasmussen Reports poll in Rhode Island shows Whitehouse earning support from 44% of voters while Chafee attracts 42% (see crosstabs). Whitehouse had a six point lead last month. Based upon this poll we are shifting the Rhode Island Senate race from “Leans Democrat” to “Toss-Up” in our Senate Balance of Power ratings. Rhode Island is the fifth race in the Toss-Up category. Though he has his sights set on Whitehouse,...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 3 September 2006

    09/03/2006 5:01:28 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 865 replies · 16,734+ views
    Various big media television networks ^ | 3 September 2006 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, September 3rd, 2006 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., and Arlen Specter, R-Pa.; Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., and his Democratic challenger, state treasurer Robert Casey. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean; Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. THIS WEEK (ABC): Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del.; Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I., and his primary challenger, Cranston Mayor Stephen Laffey; actress and animal rights activist Bo Derek. LATE EDITION (CNN) : Rep. Christopher Shays,...
  • Weekend Show *Preview* for 9/2 - 9/3/06 (not the live thread)

    09/01/2006 3:44:27 PM PDT · by Phsstpok · 47 replies · 1,759+ views
    Network and Cable News Networks | 9/1/06 | Network and Cable News
    Preview and Analysis of the Weekend Talk Shows for 9/2 and 9/3/06It's Labor Day weekend!  The press can now concentrate (without feeling silly) on the Fall elections.  Who cares if there's actual news that might affect the future of human existence, let alone the fortunes of the United States and all Americans?  They get to report on the horse race!Meet The Press starts off the Sunday shows in my area, so I'll talk about them first.  Lil' Timmah is back and he's got a signature MTP event - live debates.  He'll get to sit upright to ask questions of Casey...
  • Laffey Takes Commanding Lead in Republican U. S. Senate Primary

    08/31/2006 11:46:13 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 353 replies · 24,640+ views
    RHode Island College ^ | Date Posted: August 31, 2006 | Rhode Island College
    U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee may lose his seat to challenger Steve Laffey, according to a new statewide Republican primary voter poll released today by the Bureau of Government Research and Services at Rhode Island College. The survey was conducted August 28-30, 2006, at Rhode Island College by Victor L. Profughi, director of the Bureau of Government Research and Services. It is based on a statewide random sample of 363 likely Republican primary voters in Rhode Island. The sample was proportioned among the state’s geographic regions to reflect the likely voter contribution from each portion of the state. Overall, the poll...
  • (Ann Coulter) They Shot the Wrong Lincoln

    08/30/2006 2:40:47 PM PDT · by Spiff · 101 replies · 4,966+ views
    Human Events ^ | 30 August 2006 | Ann Coulter
    They Shot the Wrong Lincoln by Ann CoulterPosted Aug 30, 2006In addition to supporting Democrat Joe Lieberman over Republican Alan Schlesinger in Connecticut, President Bush is supporting the Democrat over the Republican in Rhode Island, too. In the Republican primary, Bush supports Lincoln Chafee -- who votes with Bush on the important issues less often than Sen. Lieberman does -- over the only actual Republican in the race, Stephen Laffey. Apart from Bush, the only person who hasn't figured out that Lincoln Chafee is a Democrat is Lincoln Chafee. As the expression goes, if Chafee switched parties, the average IQ...
  • 72 Hour Program Activated In RI (GOP trying to bail out RINO Chafee)

    08/29/2006 8:06:58 AM PDT · by AuH2ORepublican · 24 replies · 1,766+ views
    The Hotline---Hotline on Call ^ | August 28, 2006 | Kevin F. Rennie
    72 Hour Program Activated In RI.... Democrats were right in 2004: the Republicans have adopted a draft. It only applies, however, to party workers employed by state victory committees in the east of the Mississippi. For many it will be worse than boot camp. They are to be sent to Rhode Island to try to rescue Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee’s re-election campaign in the September 12th primary. Workers start arriving Friday and will be charged with sorting out the mess that Washington operatives believe is the Chafee campaign. First task may be to get Republican voters to forget Chafee’s erratic...
  • Whitehouse, Chafee race a dead heat (RI Senate race)

    08/25/2006 5:48:08 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 43 replies · 1,034+ views
    The Providence Journal ^ | August 24, 2006 | Katherine Gregg
    A new poll shows Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse in a statistical dead heat with the Republican whose seat he is seeking in the U.S. Senate, and more than 30 points ahead of Sen. Lincoln D. Chafee's GOP primary challenger, Stephen P. Laffey. Conducted by the veteran Rhode Island polling firm Fleming & Associates for Channel 12 (WPRI), the poll conducted between Aug. 16 and Aug. 21 showed Chafee over Whitehouse, 43-to-42 percent, with 15 percent undecided in a hypothetical matchup. "The race is within the [4-to-5 percent] margin of error at this point," said pollster Joseph Fleming. Were Laffey to win...
  • In R.I., a Feisty Conservative Challenges Sen. Chafee

    08/25/2006 10:22:03 PM PDT · by neverdem · 50 replies · 1,290+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | August 26, 2006 | Shailagh Murray
    COVENTRY, R.I. -- It was getting dark, but Stephen Laffey removed his cap, wiped his sweaty brow and sprinted across the lawn to greet one more voter. Glenn Myers, stocky and middle-aged, opened the screen door to shake hands with the 44-year-old Cranston mayor. "I believe in you," he told Laffey, who was barnstorming the neighborhood with his wife and five kids and various high school friends. "And I hope you beat the pants off of Lincoln Chafee." The Laffey-Chafee Republican showdown Sept. 12 is the next chapter in the turbulent 2006 election saga. A spate of primary upsets --...
  • R.I. Sen. Chafee, Laffey Meet in Debate

    08/23/2006 7:53:09 PM PDT · by jdm · 29 replies · 775+ views
    Forbes via AP ^ | August 23, 2006 | M.L. JOHNSON
    Sen. Lincoln Chafee and Cranston Mayor Stephen Laffey sparred over how to handle the war in Iraq, the benefits of embryonic stem cell research and the confirmation of a Supreme Court justice in their first televised debate Wednesday night. Supporters gave both candidates a standing ovation and chanted their names as they emerged from their dressing rooms before the debate. Polls have shown them running neck-and-neck in a Senate race that has gained national attention, and both are looking for an edge as the Sept. 12 primary approaches. The candidates and their parties are putting millions of dollars into the...
  • Chafee, Laffey meet in first televised debate.(8pm Tonite)

    08/23/2006 2:39:14 PM PDT · by got_moab? · 17 replies · 395+ views
    WARWICK, R.I. Senator Lincoln Chafee and Cranston Mayor Stephen Laffey will meet tonight in their first televised debate. The two Republicans have sparred over taxes, immigration, national security and personal character during radio debates held during the past two weeks. They are scheduled to appear tonight before a live audience at Toll Gate High School in Warwick, where Chafee once served as mayor. The candidates face each other in the September 12th Republican primary. The race has gained national attention as Republican leaders consider Chafee's seat crucial in keeping their slim majority in the Senate. The winner of the Republican...
  • Conservative group sets sights on Chafee - Club for Growth

    08/11/2006 1:39:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 1,397+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/11/06 | M. L. Johnson - ap
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Fresh off their first victory over a Republican incumbent, GOP conservatives seeking party purity on taxes and spending are focused on ousting moderate Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee (news, bio, voting record) of Rhode Island. The Club for Growth and its 36,000 members spent around $1 million to help challenger Tim Walberg unseat first-term Rep. Joe Schwarz in Michigan's Republican primary on Tuesday. The win came despite Schwarz's support from President Bush and the National Rifle Association. Since its inception in 1999, the group has spent millions to help dozens of conservative Republicans win seats in Congress —...
  • Rhode Island senate: Chafee lagging by 6

    08/09/2006 12:42:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies · 1,290+ views
    rasmussenreports.comon Yahoo ^ | 8/9/06 | rasmussenreports.com
    Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee, marginally leading his Democratic opponent in previous surveys, is trailing for the second Rasmussen Reports election poll in a row. Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse now leads 44% to 38%. A month ago, Whitehouse was ahead 46% to 41%. Chafee faces a primary battle with Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey, not the GOP's best hope here. In a match-up with Laffey, Whitehouse leads 55% to 31%. Chaffee's tribulations are not unique. Our recent polling shows that Democrats are holding their own in Senate contests, including in states where it was thought the GOP had a decent chance to pick...
  • The last of the liberal Republicans?

    08/07/2006 1:22:25 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 70 replies · 1,469+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Aug 7, 2006 | Tom Curry
    It is hard to imagine two politicians less similar than Steve Laffey and the man whose job he’s trying to take, Sen. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island. Laffey and Chafee both carry the Republican label. The similarity ends there. Laffey, the mayor of Cranston, R.I., and the challenger in the Sept. 12 Republican primary, is a hyperkinetic, fast-talking son of the working class. “My father was a tool maker, he never went to college. I’m the only Laffey in the history of Laffeys who ever went to college,” he said. He graduated from Bowdoin College and Harvard Business School, before...
  • Time to stick a fork in Sen. Chafee (Was: Chafee Now Trailing by 5)

    07/19/2006 12:58:49 PM PDT · by dangus · 59 replies · 1,796+ views
    Rasmussenreports.com ^ | 7/18/06 | Rassmussen
    It doesn't look good for Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee, whose support has gone from bad to worse in the latest Rasmussen Reports election poll of Rhode Island's U.S. Senate race. Chafee now earns just 41% of the statewide vote and trails Democratic challenger Sheldon Whitehouse by five percentage points. In June, with 44% support, Chafee was a bare two points ahead of Whitehouse; in April he had scraped a three-point advantage. Chafee continues to be challenged for the Republican nomination by Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey as Republicans show their disaffection with the incumbent. Now trailing Whitehouse 29% to 57%, Laffey...
  • Senator Lincoln Chafee(R) calls for immediate cease-fire.

    07/19/2006 6:36:03 AM PDT · by navysealdad · 91 replies · 2,017+ views
    Fox TV
    Senator Lincoln Chafee(R) calls for immediate siece-fire. Blames Bush administration for failures in Middle-East.
  • Rhode Island Senate: Chafee Now Trailing by 5

    07/18/2006 10:07:17 AM PDT · by okstate · 34 replies · 1,221+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 18 July 2006 | Scott Rasmussen
    It doesn't look good for Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee, whose support has gone from bad to worse in the latest Rasmussen Reports election poll of Rhode Island's U.S. Senate race. Chafee now earns just 41% of the statewide vote and trails Democratic challenger Sheldon Whitehouse by five percentage points. In June, with 44% support, Chafee was a bare two points ahead of Whitehouse; in April he had scraped a three-point advantage. Chafee continues to be challenged for the Republican nomination by Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey as Republicans show their disaffection with the incumbent. Now trailing Whitehouse 29% to 57%, Laffey...
  • Senate Picture Changes A Bit (2006 elections)

    07/08/2006 6:23:55 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 42 replies · 1,808+ views
    The Cook Political Report ^ | July 1, 2006 | Charlie Cook
    The fight for control of the House is getting more ink than the battle for control of the Senate, but several recent shifts in individual Senate races merit attention. All year, talk about the Democrats' chances of taking the Senate has focused on the five most endangered Republican incumbents. They are, roughly in order of vulnerability, Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, Conrad Burns of Montana, Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, Mike DeWine of Ohio, and Jim Talent of Missouri. The discussions then turn to the second tier of vulnerable Republicans, speculating whether Democrats can perhaps pick up a sixth seat (the...
  • Chafee in Dead Heat with Whitehouse, While Whitehouse Leads Laffey in U.S. Senate Race

    06/28/2006 7:45:06 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 31 replies · 1,180+ views
    U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee is locked in a close race with Democrats Sheldon Whitehouse in the Senate general election, according to a new statewide survey conducted by researchers at Brown University. The survey was conducted June 24-26, 2006, at Brown University by Darrell M. West, director of the Taubman Center for Public Policy and the John Hazen White Sr. Public Opinion Laboratory. It is based on a statewide random sample of 719 registered voters in Rhode Island. Overall, the poll had a margin of error of about plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. If the general election is held today,...
  • Chafee Watch [switch to Independent next week?]

    06/22/2006 2:46:39 PM PDT · by Gothmog · 44 replies · 1,254+ views
    National Review's the Corner ^ | 6/22/06 | John J. Miller
    Next week is a big one for Senator Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island: He must decide whether he's going to run for re-election as a Republican or as an independent. The deadline is 4 pm on Wednesday — almost exactly a week from right now. If Chafee doesn't believe he can win the GOP primary against challenger Steven Laffey, he may decide to forgo the whole thing and create a three-way race between himself, Laffey, and presumptive Democratic nominee Sheldon Whitehouse. This would create an interesting dilemma for Elizabeth Dole and the NRSC, which has already pumped a lot of...
  • Poll shows Republican primary a dead heat in U.S. Senate race

    06/22/2006 9:19:10 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 56 replies · 1,578+ views
    A poll out today shows that Senator Lincoln Chafee has lost ground among Republicans and faces a very serious challenge from Cranston Mayor Stephen Laffey in his battle for re-election. The poll by Rhode Island College shows that if the Republican primary were held today and only registered Republicans voted, Laffey would defeat Chafee, 45 to 28 percent. Chafee would do better if the primary drew a large number of unaffiliated voters, but the race would still be too close to call. If three-fourths of the votes cast in the primary came from unaffiliated voters, the poll predicts Chafee would...
  • McCain Campaigns for Liberal Sen. Chafee

    06/19/2006 7:22:03 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 36 replies · 1,035+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 20 June 2006
    Arizona Senator John McCain is the latest heavyweight Republican to pitch in for his liberal Rhode Island colleague, Sen. Lincoln Chafee, who now faces a tough primary contest to retain his seat in the Senate. Chafee - regarded by many conservatives as a typical RINO (Republican in Name Only) - is running in the September 12 GOP primary against Cranston Mayor Stephen Laffey, who disagrees with Chafee on the issue of Iraq. Chafee, who voted against the war, has waffled on the issue of setting a time table for troop withdrawal while Laffey insists that the United States must keep...
  • Chafee Votes Against Death Tax Repeal

    06/09/2006 2:48:04 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 13 replies · 516+ views
    Club For Growth email ^ | 6/9/06 | Club For Growth
    Chafee Votes Against Death Tax Repeal On Thursday, the Senate voted 57-41, short of the 60 votes needed, to end debate and proceed to a vote on the permanent repeal of the Death Tax. RINO Senator Lincoln Chafee was one of only two Republicans to vote the wrong way (George Voinovich of Ohio was the other). This vote is yet another example of why the Club's PAC is working hard to hand Chafee a pink slip this September in Rhode Island's GOP primary. In fact, Chafee's vote against Death Tax repeal is a clear example of how little he respects...
  • Poll: Chafee and Laffey in dead heat (Rhode Island GOP primary)

    06/02/2006 4:28:52 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 78 replies · 1,442+ views
    The Providence Journal ^ | June 1, 2006 | John Mulligan
    The conservative Club for Growth has released highlights of a poll that shows Sen. Lincoln D. Chafee in a statistical dead heat with his Republican primary challenger, Stephen P. Laffey. The Washington-based group, which has endorsed Laffey, said its survey of 300 very likely Republican primary voters showed that Chafee would get 45.7 of the vote if the election ``were held today'' and Laffey, the mayor of Cranston, would get 44.3 percent
  • The Eleven GOP Senators who voted to give Social Security to Illegals (Vanity)

    05/22/2006 4:26:39 PM PDT · by no dems · 205 replies · 6,403+ views
    no dems
    O.K. Freepers, here’s the list of Pubbies who voted with the Dems Thursday to give Social Security benefits to Illegal Aliens. Brownback (KS) Chafee (RI) DeWine (OH) Graham (SC) Hagel (NE) Lugar (IN) Martinez (FL) McCain (AZ) Specter (PA) Stevens (AK) Voinovich (OH) I must admit that I was shocked by Brownback’s and Lugar’s votes.
  • First lady navigates blue state for Chafee

    05/20/2006 7:52:20 AM PDT · by got_moab? · 37 replies · 911+ views
    The Providence Journal ^ | May 20, 2006 | SCOTT MacKAY
    Laura Bush lavishes praise on Sen. Lincoln Chafee during a fundraiser at the Providence Biltmore that raises $150,000 for his reelection effort. PROVIDENCE -- First Lady Laura Bush swooped into arguably the most Democratic state in the nation yesterday to boost the Senate candidacy of incumbent Republican Lincoln D. Chafee and urge a crowd of GOP stalwarts to work hard for his reelection. "I'm so happy to be in Rhode Island and have this chance to support your U.S. senator, Lincoln Chafee," said Mrs. Bush. "He is an important member of the U.S. Senate." "For him, public service is a...