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  • December 28, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee, who seems bent on an overhaul of the state's Economic Development Corporation, isn't saying whether he'll retain EDC chief Keith Stokes or not.

    Chafee sharply criticized the EDC during the campaign over the 38 Studios deal, leading to heavy speculation that he would dump Stokes.

    But that could be harder to do if Stokes pulls of the grand coup he has been working round the clock on in recent days: poaching an America's Cup boat race that seemed destined for San Francisco just a few weeks ago.

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  • December 27, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    The ProJo's Political Scene has a fun bit today on a recipe for "a new way forward" that governor-elect Lincoln Chafee doled out to legislative leaders at a recent reception. Among the ingredients: "a 10-pound satchel of honesty" and "a gallon of listening."

    It's not an entirely new concoction, though. This reporter saw a very similar recipe from an earlier period in Chafee's career - a political ad from his days in Warwick city politics - posted on the wall in his gubernatorial campaign headquarters a couple of months back.

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  • December 20, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Mike Trainor, a spokesman for governor-elect Lincoln Chafee, confirms that Republican State Representative John J. Loughlin II has met with the incoming administration to discuss a cabinet post. Sources say the job in question is head of the state's division of veteran affairs.

    Loughlin, a veteran himself, made a spirited - if unsuccessful - run for the departing Congressman Patrick J.

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  • December 03, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee has tapped Catherine Taylor, who made an impressive GOP bid for the secretary of state's office, as his director of the department of elederly affairs. Taylor's ties to the Chafee clan go back some time - she worked as an aide to Chafee's father and to Chafee himself in the US Senate for 20 years.

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  • November 29, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Governor Carcieri tells talk-radio station WPRO, in an interview to be aired next month, that he is not ruling out a run against Senator Sheldon Whitehouse in two years. His comments add fuel to a fire started in recent weeks by GOP party chairman Gio Cicione, who has touted a possible Carcieri Senate run.

    Carcieri leaves office with low approval ratings.

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  • November 22, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee taps a top figure in the Carcieri Administration for a key budget post. This comes after picking a Democrat, Richard Licht, as his director of administration:

    Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee today announced Rosemary Booth Gallogly as his choice for Director of the Department of Revenue.

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  • November 17, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    From the governor-elect:

    Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee today announced the addition of Margaret Holland McDuff, Claire Richards, and John Simmons to his transition leadership team.

    The three new members, Chafee said, bring with them “a wealth of experience, energy, and knowledge.”

    “I am appreciative and encouraged that Margaret Holland McDuff, Claire Richards, and John Simmons have joined my transition leadership team,” Chafee said.

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  • November 16, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Richard A. Licht is not as colorful and profane as Rahm Emanuel. But Lincoln Chafee's choice for top aide bears some resemblance to President Obama's choice, just after taking office, of Emanuel as chief of staff.

    Like Obama, who had spent just four years on Capitol Hill when he ran for president, Chafee - whatever his experience in politics - is not a seasoned operator in his new sphere.

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  • November 11, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    With Rhode Island still in the depths of an economic crisis, social issues got little attention during the gubernatorial contest. But the pro-life blogosphere is aflutter about governor-elect Lincoln Chafee's decision to name Dr. Pablo Rodriguez to his Transition Advisory Committee - a group, as the name suggests, that advises the transition team.

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  • November 08, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Here are the details from the Chafee campaign:

    Governor-elect Lincoln D. Chafee today named Patrick A. Rogers, a partner at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, LLP, as Chairman of his gubernatorial transition team. “I am pleased that Patrick Rogers will spearhead the transition effort,” Governor-elect Chafee said.

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  • November 08, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    This is how it works for most politicians: promise the world during the election, then scale down expectations afterward and deliver on what you can. It is another measure of the quixotic nature of Lincoln Chafee's bid for governor that we are seeing something like the opposite: propose an enormously unpopular idea during the campaign - a one percent sales tax on exempt items like food, clothing, and medicine - and then signal afterward that you might drop it.

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  • November 04, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Lincoln Chafee made New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg a symbol of his push for an independent style of governance. But it was a two-way exchange: Bloomberg's endorsement of dozens of candidates across the country was widely viewed as an attempt to build a national brand in preparation for a possible presidential run, even if the mayor has said he is not weighing a White House bid.

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  • November 04, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    I've got a piece in today's Phoenix about Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee's prospects on Smith Hill.

    It should be interesting to watch: on the one hand, he takes the office with a rather weak mandate - just 36 percent of the vote and broad public opposition to his signature campaign proposal, an expansion of the sales tax.

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  • November 03, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    And the shift from campaigning to governance begins. From the Chafee camp:

    I have been informed that the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) has closed its financing package with 38 Studios.

    I would have preferred that the EDC honor my request to defer the closing so that I would have had a chance to formally contribute to the process.

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  • November 02, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    In another sign of the national reach of Rhode Island's gubernatorial tilt, the New York Times has endorsed Lincoln Chafee for governor. Chafee is one of eight gubernatorial candidates outside of New York and Connecticut endorsed by the paper - and the only one who is not a Democrat. Among the others: Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, Ted Strickland of Ohio, and Jerry Brown of California.

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