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  • Dem 2016 Hopeful Blasts Hillary Clinton for Foundation Scandals, No Accomplishments at State Dept

    05/01/2015 4:30:11 AM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | April 30, 2015 | Staff
    Former Sen. Lincoln Chafee said he is not convinced Hillary Clinton will be the presidential nominee for the Democratic Party. Clinton faces a primary challenge from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and potentially Chafee himself. When asked about Clinton being pushed further to the left, Chafee brought up the scandals surrounding the Clinton Foundation and lack of accomplishments. “I would argue that between what’s happening internationally in her tenure as Secretary of State, no real accomplishments, and now these new allegations coming out about the Clinton foundation and the book coming out next week. These are real,” Chafee said.
  • Lincoln Chafee: 'I'm running' and here's why

    04/16/2015 7:48:08 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 108 replies
    CNN ^ | 04-16-2015 | By Jedd Rosche and Dan Merica
    Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee said Thursday on CNN that he's running for the Democratic nomination for president, just a week after announcing he formed an exploratory committee, his most definitive statement he's made toward formalizing a 2016 campaign. "Yes, that's why I'm running. Because I feel strong about where we're going as a country," Chafee told CNN's "New Day" on Thursday, when asked why he's been so critical of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. Chafee was asked by CNN's John Berman in the context of having not formally declared his presidential campaign. Chafee spokeswoman Debbie Rich said Chafee did...
  • Lincoln Chafee Says He's Exploring 2016 Run as a Democrat

    04/09/2015 8:00:44 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    NBC ^ | April 9, 2015 | Carrie Dann
    Lincoln Chafee, a former governor and senator from Rhode Island, says he's exploring a run for the 2016 Democratic nomination. On a new web site, Chafee, who served as an independent as governor and a Republican in the United States Senate, says he's concerned about "international instability, especially in the Middle East and north Africa." "Throughout my career, I exercised good judgment on a wide range of high-pressure decisions, decisions that require level-headedness and careful foresight," he added. "Often these decisions came in the face of political adversity. During the next weeks and months I look forward to sharing with...
  • Republicans criticize Rice over Iraq, Iran, Hamas

    02/15/2006 10:29:50 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 28 replies · 1,034+ views
    AP ^ | February 15 2006
    Republican senators criticized the Bush administration Wednesday over its policies in Iraq, Iran and the Palestinian territories, as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's first testimony on Capitol Hill in months exposed her to a tough grilling from some members of her own party. "I don't see, Madame Secretary, how things are getting better. I think they're getting worse in Iraq, they're getting worse in Iran," Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., told Rice as she appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Rice also had a tense exchange with moderate Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I., over the pace of progress toward Israeli-Palestinian...
  • 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...
  • Obama ‘delighted’ to have America’s least popular governor join his party

    05/29/2013 1:36:24 PM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 7 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 5/29/13 | David Freddoso
    ...The man once quietly referred to in the Senate hallways as “The Missing Linc” is about to get really clever this week and preserve his re-election hopes by becoming a Democrat. Because surely there aren’t any ambitious Democrats in Rhode Island who would consider primarying a party-switching governor who rates a few points north of Kim Jong Un....
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • The Christmas Spirit

    12/22/2012 3:58:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | December 22, 2012 | Bill O'Reilly
    Anyone offended by public displays of Christmas needs to see a psychiatrist. Are we clear on this? You are a loon if the sight of baby Jesus arouses anger or sadness in you. Get help. This brings us to the governor of Rhode Island, Lincoln Chafee. He recently told me on national television that the reason he will not use the word "Christmas" in describing the state Christmas tree is that the word might offend non-Christians. The governor calls the state-purchased symbol a "holiday tree." My reply to the governor was that by excluding the word "Christmas," he might...
  • 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, 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...
  • Curt Schilling calls R.I. Gov. Chafee a "dunce"

    08/20/2012 9:15:45 PM PDT · by South40 · 15 replies (AP) ^ | August 20, 2012
    (AP) PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Former major league baseball pitcher Curt Schilling, whose video gaming company recently collapsed, called the governor a "dunce of epic proportions." Schilling, who won a World Series with the Arizona Diamondbacks and then two with the Boston Red Sox, criticized independent Gov. Lincoln Chafee in a Saturday exchange on Twitter about the collapse of 38 Studios, which got a $75 million loan guarantee from the state in 2010.
  • Former GOP Sen. Lincoln Chafee to attend Dem Convention

    08/17/2012 3:31:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 49 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/17/12 | Liz Goodwin - The Ticket
    Former Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee will attend the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte in September, WPRI reports. Chafee is now the independent governor of liberal Rhode Island, and has been drifting away from the Republican Party since at least 2006, when he lost his re-election bid for the Senate. (In 2004, he withdrew his support for President George W. Bush's re-election.) Chafee backed President Barack Obama's 2008 run, and is a co-chair for his campaign.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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....
  • Is Gay Marriage an Economic Development Plan?

    03/22/2011 4:12:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 22, 2011 | Maggie Gallagher
    The arguments for gay marriage get ever stranger: This week in Indiana, Jill Cook, an executive from engine-maker Cummins Inc., testified that a proposed state marriage amendment "jeopardizes our ability to be competitive in global markets." I hope Cook was not testifying under oath, because that's an amazing whopper of a claim, and one that we are hearing more and more often. In Rhode Island, newly elected Gov. Lincoln Chafee actually touts gay marriage as key to his economic development plan for Rhode Island. Chafee brandishes the 2007 book "The Flight of the Creative Class" by professor Richard Florida to...
  • Two new governors: Scott of Florida sides with the people, Chafee of Rhode Island sides with ACLU

    01/17/2011 7:22:38 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | JANUARY 17TH, 2011 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    Elections do make a difference……. Both Florida at 12% and Rhode Island at 11.6% are suffering unemployment levels far above the national average. Both states welcomed new governors this month and both Rick Scott a conservative Republican of Florida and Lincoln Chafee a liberal Independent of Rhode Island took immediate action to address their state’s unemployment woes. In Tallahassee, Scott issued a series of Executive Orders one of which included a directive to his state’s agencies that they must immediately begin using the E-Verify system to certify the eligibility of state employees and contractors they use as to citizenship. Scott’s...
  • Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s Crusade Against Talk Radio Shows Contempt for Voters

    01/16/2011 1:52:06 AM PST · by Walter Scott Hudson · 8 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | January 15, 2011 | Walter Hudson
    Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee is leading a crusade against talk radio. His latest volley is a call for advertisers and consumers to join him in a boycott. When talk radio hosts use harshly divisive language, “The advertisers should shut them down,” [Chafee] said [Thursday] morning. Chafee said the solution to the vitriolic rhetoric – which some have linked to the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords [last] weekend – is for people to stop paying for it, including not buying books from people who use such language(…) Chafee made national news earlier this week when he announced that he...
  • Rhode Island Governor Chafee to ban employees from talk radio ('Waste of tax payer money' he says)

    01/12/2011 6:24:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/12/2011 | Greg Halvorson
    Add to Paul Krugman, Clarence Dupnak, Chris Matthews and Sherrod Brown the name, Lincoln Chafee, who joins a growing chorus of stooges building a narrative around the straw-man, talk radio.  The governor of Rhode Island, Mr. Chafee will institute a "no talk policy" for state officials, banning them from speaking to radio hosts.  A spokesman tells the Providence Journal:  "Talk radio is essentially ratings-driven, for-profit programming and we don't think it appropriate to use taxpayer resources to have state employees use work time to support for-profit, ratings-driven programming."  Get that?  It isn't the state's business to aid the private sector...
  • Rhode Island governor bans state employees from talk radio

    01/12/2011 5:58:09 AM PST · by Steve495 · 17 replies
    Radio Vice Online ^ | Jan. 12, 2011 | Steve McGough
    Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I.) will soon send out a directive that state employees may not call into or spend any time on talk radio during state time. Chafee doesn’t think state resources should be used for “ratings driven, for-profit programming.” NPR of course, will be exempt. But is this really a problem in Rhode Island? Has there been some sort of epidemic of state workers ignoring their responsibilities and showing up on talk radio? A very small percentage of listeners actually call into talk shows, and of those callers a minuscule number of them are state workers on...
  • Chafee to Issue Talk Radio Ban [for state employees]

    01/11/2011 4:55:18 PM PST · by freespirited · 19 replies · 1+ views
    ABC ^ | 01/11/11 | Steven Portnoy
    State officials in Rhode Island will soon be ordered to stay off the airways, provided the interviewer happens to be a talk show host. A spokesman for Gov. Lincoln Chafee tells the Providence Journal that talk radio is essentially “ratings-driven, for-profit programming,” and “we don’t think it is appropriate to use taxpayer resources” to have state employees use work time to “support for-profit, ratings-driven programming.” Chafee intends to stay off the air, too, reversing something of a trend. His predecessor, Republican Gov. Donald Carcieri, was a frequent talk radio guest, as are many current and former governors and big city...
  • Frank Caprio to Get Bill Clinton's Help Despite Obama's Non-Endorsement

    10/30/2010 9:18:17 AM PDT · by Semper911 · 19 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 27, 2010
    Former President Bill Clinton will campaign in Rhode Island for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio this week - despite the candidate recently telling President Obama, who refused to endorse Caprio, to "shove it," according to Politico. The appearance, currently scheduled for Sunday, could give the Democrat a much-needed boost in the polls: According to a Rasmussen report from last Friday, Caprio trailed Independent Lincoln Chafee by seven points.
  • Obama assails GOP on clouded final campaign push (Republicans "gotta sit in back")

    10/25/2010 6:59:19 PM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 65 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/25/10 | DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent
    WOONSOCKET, R.I. – President Barack Obama attacked Republicans with gusto Monday as he plunged into a final week of midterm election campaigning, but his party's prognosis remained darkened by the feeble economy and his itinerary was designed largely to minimize losses. Nor was his greeting totally friendly in a state where Obama has pointedly declined to endorse his party's candidate for governor. Obama can "take his endorsement and shove it," declared Democrat Frank Caprio, battling Republican-turned-independent Lincoln Chafee in a Rhode Island gubernatorial race rated tight in the polls. Chafee endorsed Obama during the 2008 campaign for the White House....
  • RI Democrat: I don't need Obama endorsement [Obama can "take his endorsement and shove it."]

    10/25/2010 5:51:23 AM PDT · by Semper911 · 40 replies · 1+ views
    NECN ^ | Oct 25, 2010 7:33am
    <p>PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Democratic candidate for governor of Rhode Island is reacting angrily to news that he won't be getting the endorsement of President Obama.</p> <p>Obama is scheduled to visit Rhode Island on Monday, but according to The Providence Journal, won't be endorsing anyone.</p>
  • 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...
  • An Interview with Arlen Specter’s Challenger

    04/28/2009 10:02:19 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 21 replies · 951+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 4/28/09 | Purple Mountains
    Today, while I was in the middle of this post about Senator Specter and his likely opponent, Pat Toomey, the news surfaced that Specter is switching parties to become a Democrat. This is probably a gain for Republicans, since Specter mostly voted Democrat, and it saves the conservative, Toomey, from a tough and expensive primary fight. Toomey can go on to defeat Specter in the general election, and Specter has no guarantee that he will win the Democratic primary anyway. I have changed this post to a short excerpt, instead of the lengthy interview I was planning to publish in...
  • Former GOP Sen. Lincoln Chafee: Sarah Palin a 'Cocky Whacko'

    09/11/2008 2:09:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 316+ views
    <p>PROVIDENCE, R.I.--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.</p> <p>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 "lackluster McCain candidacy."</p>
  • 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,...
  • Former GOP senator calls Palin a 'COCKY WACKO'

    09/11/2008 9:47:40 AM PDT · by rface · 63 replies · 261+ views
    AP ^ | 9.11.08 | AP
    (The Former Republican Senator) 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. (The Former Senator) said her speech at the Republican National Convention had the unintended effect of energizing Democrats and Obama supporters. "People were coming into my office, phone calls were flooding in, e-mails were coming in, 'I just sent money to Obama, I couldn't sleep last night' .... To see this cocky wacko up there, HA! (the former GOP Senator) said to laughter.
  • 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...
  • Current and Former Republicans Line Up for Obama

    08/12/2008 12:28:18 PM PDT · by FocusNexus · 75 replies · 426+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Aug. 12, 2008 | FoxNews
    Barack Obama's campaign is rolling out a number of centrist Republicans who are endorsing the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee over Republican rival John McCain - in a show of his ability to win cross-over votes. A conference call Tuesday featured former Iowa Rep. Jim Leach, former White House intelligence adviser Rita Hauser and former Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln Chafee, who represented his state as a Republican, but switched to become a Democrat so he could vote for Obama in the primary. Leach predicted that a lot of Republicans and independents are going to be attracted by Obama's campaign. The Obama...
  • (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...
  • Former RI Sen. Lincoln Chafee Leaves GOP

    09/17/2007 10:52:26 AM PDT · by RightWingConspirator · 51 replies · 144+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 9/16/2007
    Former Sen. Lincoln Chafee said he has left the Republican Party because the national GOP has drifted too far from him on critical issues, including the war in Iraq, the economy and the environment. "It's not my party anymore," Chafee, who represented Rhode Island from 1999 until 2007, told The Providence Journal in an article published Saturday. Chafee said he is now an unaffiliated voter after leaving the GOP "in June or July." He said he made the move because "I want my affiliation to accurately reflect my status." Chafee was appointed in 1999 after his father, Sen. John Chafee,...
  • 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...
  • In a Foxhole with Lincoln Chafee Watching Your Back

    11/10/2006 12:34:29 PM PST · by PurpleMountains · 1 replies · 211+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 11/10/06 | Purple Mountains
    Rhode Island is my second home, and since I was born and raised there, I follow the politics and happenings in the state. The name, Chafee, is a revered one there, as the Senator’s father served honorably and well in the military during World War II and as governor and senator from that state. “Lincoln Chafee's family tree includes Sen. Henry Lippitt, who served from 1911 to 1917, and Harvard University's notable legal scholar, the late Zechariah Chaffee. (The family uses several spellings of the Chafee name). His father, John, served three terms as Rhode Island governor and more than...
  • R.I. senator may leave Republican Party

    11/09/2006 5:35:03 PM PST · by libertarianPA · 100 replies · 1,913+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/8/06 | MICHELLE R. SMITH
    PROVIDENCE, 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," Chafee said at a news conference. When pressed on whether his comments indicated he might leave the...
  • Chafee unsure of staying with GOP after losing election

    11/09/2006 2:45:59 PM PST · by youthgonewild · 190 replies · 3,952+ views ^ | November 9, 2006 | Michelle R. Smith
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. --Two days after losing a bid for a second term in an election seen as a referendum on President Bush and the Republican Party, Sen. Lincoln Chafee said he was unsure whether he'd remain a Republican. "I haven't made any decisions. I just haven't even thought about where my place is," Chafee said at a news conference when asked whether he would stick with the Republican Party or switch to be an independent or Democrat. When asked if his comments meant he thought he might not belong in the Republican Party, he replied: "That's fair." Chafee, 53, is...
  • Poll: Rhode Island Senate race close as election day nears

    11/06/2006 4:05:33 PM PST · by Smogger · 7 replies · 396+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | November 6, 2006 | AP
    By The Associated Press, By The Associated Press | November 6, 2006 THE RACE: U.S. Senate, Rhode Island THE NUMBERS: Sheldon Whitehouse (D): 48 percent Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R): 45 percent USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, 880 registered voters interviewed by phone from Nov. 1-3, sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. OF INTEREST: Recent polls indicate Chafee tightening the race. The same poll a month ago showed Whitehouse leading Chafee by 11 points, 50-39 percent. A poll out Sunday by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research poll for McClatchy Newspapers-MSNBC showed Chafee leading 46-45, with a margin of error of plus...
  • Democrat York Endorses Republican Chafee (RI Senate race)

    11/05/2006 9:16:15 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 40 replies · 783+ views ^ | 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.
  • GOP may keep Senate seat in Rhode Island

    11/05/2006 9:48:50 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 36 replies · 1,420+ views
    McClatchy Washington Bureau ^ | November 5, 2006 | Ron Hutcheson
    If Sen. Lincoln Chafee wins re-election in Rhode Island on Tuesday - and a new McClatchy Newspapers-MSNBC poll indicates he might - it will be because he is one of the most rebellious Republicans in Congress. Although Chafee had been trailing Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse in previous polls, the latest McClatchy poll showed him with 46 percent support, compared to 45 percent for Whitehouse. About 9 percent of voters remained undecided. While Chafee's slim lead was within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points, it was the first indication in weeks that he might survive the...
  • 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,...
  • 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....
  • Rhode Island's Lessons For Real Republicans (If GOP Stands For Nothing, It Deserves To Lose Alert)

    09/13/2006 10:45:32 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 72 replies · 1,015+ views ^ | 09/14/06 | Jane Chastain
    How did our country stray so far from the founding principles of limited government, states' rights, self-reliance and moral integrity? Most Americans blame it on Congress. Americans have little faith in members of Congress, but we keep re-electing our own congressman and senators, often with little or no serious thought on the matter. In 1994, after 40 years in the political wilderness, Republicans assumed control of Congress with the promise that they would get back to those founding principles. A few tried. Fewer are still trying, but we are torpedoing their efforts. Even if we are alert enough to know...
  • How Lincoln Chaffee Won (US Senate GOP Primary-RI)

    09/13/2006 9:11:40 AM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 83 replies · 2,033+ views
    Hotline/National Journal (subscripton only) ^ | September 13, 2006 | Marc Ambinder
    September 13, 2006 How Chafee Won Late last Thursday, Sen. Elizabeth Dole hurried up to Sen. Lincoln Chafee on the floor of the Senate and put her foot down. You might lose this race, she told him, if you don’t put your best ads back up. Chafee, gun-shy about the negative ads he knew Dole was referring to, relented, as he’s done innumerable times in the year and a half since it became clear that he’d face a primary challenge. The next night, Rhode Island television viewers were once again treated to the sounds of Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey joking...
  • 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...

    09/12/2006 8:15:50 AM PDT · by ABUTOM · 7 replies · 352+ views
  • Chafee delays vote on Bolton nomination

    09/07/2006 10:50:44 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 84 replies · 2,421+ views
    Chafee delays vote on Bolton nomination By ANNE PLUMMER FLAHERTY, Associated Press Writer (Published: September 7, 2006) WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Lincoln Chafee has pulled the plug on a push by his fellow Republicans to confirm John Bolton as U.N. ambassador, saying he had more questions that needed to be answered. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee was expected to vote along party lines during a committee meeting Thursday to approve Bolton. But the panel postponed the vote after Chafee, R-R.I., expressed doubt. "Sen. Chafee said he still had questions that were not answered," said the senator's spokesman, Stephen Hourahan. Chafee...