Friday, September 14, 2012
The video, produced by a Chafee staffer on his own time, included the url to the governor’s state website.
A video made to announce Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., earlier this month has been removed from YouTube following a complaint by a blogger for Rhode Island Patch sites. The video – which featured audio from speeches by Pres. Obama and Gov. Chafee – had ended with a list of references, including “www.gov.ri.gov.” Blogger Rene Lafayette wrote, "This is a clear violation of partisan, political use of publicly funded resources," in a blog posted on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Christine Hunsinger, Chafee's spokeswoman, said Thursday the video was made by James Alvarez, who works in the governor's communications office. He "volunteered to do it on his own time and used his own computer," Hunsinger…
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Gov. Lincoln Chafee heard dozens of protests against bridge tolls Thursday at Town Hall, but referred most questions to DOT Director Michael Lewis.
If there was one thing clear from Gov. Lincoln Chafee's visit to Portsmouth, small business owners are far from happy. "Between the toll and the sales tax, you're putting me out of business," said business owner Jeff Phelan to the governor. Phelan, who owns and operates Leisure Limousine, parked one of his vehicles outside Town Hall with a large "no toll" sign. Phelan wasn't alone. At least a dozen demonstrators held signs and waited for the governor's arrival early Thursday morning. Chafee held the community forum to hear from local small businesses and to "discuss ways to help them succeed, grow the economy, and create jobs for Rhode Islanders." Instead, Chafee heard from one resident after another, many of them being business owners…
Gov. Lincoln Chafee visited Portsmouth Town Hall on Thursday.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee visited Portsmouth Town Hall on Thursday to discuss "fiscal responsibility." He was met by a dozen bridge toll protesters outside, while more than 100 residents and politicians waited inside Town Hall. Featured here is a report of the meeting. 8:45 a.m. — Gov. Lincoln Chafee arrives. Audience member yells, "Don't shake his hand. He's selling us out." Town Council President Joe Robicheau gives introductions. Chafee gives opening remarks. The governor says, "for the first time in 20 years," voters will not see a transportation bond on the election ballot. 8:49 — Tiverton business owner asking questions to Chafee at the moment. "Why do Aquidneck Island residents have to pay," owner asks. Michael Lewis, director of the …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Caleb Chafee, son of Gov. Lincoln Chafee, appeared in court today on the charge of violating the state's Social Host Law.
Caleb Chafee, 18, the son of Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, was sentenced today in Washington County District Court on the charge of violating the state's social host law. Chafee pleaded no contest to the charge and was sentenced to perform 30 hours of community service, as well as pay a $500 fine, reports "The Providence Journal." The governor's son must also write an essay and visit Rhode Island Hospital. Chafee, a graduate of the Portsmouth Abbey School, was charged with violating the social host law after a graduation party occurred in Exeter on May 28. State Police began investigating after a "highly intoxicated" 18-year-old woman was found walking along Route 102 after apparently leaving the party. This is the second incident …
Monday, June 11, 2012
The Senate could vote later today on the budget, which includes a proposal to transfer ownership of the Sakonnet River Bridge to the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority.
Monday, June 11, 2012
The Rhode Island Senate is expected to vote today on the 2013 budget bill, 2012-H 7323Aaa, which includes a proposal to transfer ownership of the Sakonnet River Bridge. The 2013 $8.1-million spending plan, which was passed by the House of Representatives early in the morning of June 8, was heard by the Senate Committee on Finance on Friday, which subsequently reported the bill out for a vote by the full chamber. The governor's budget includes a proposal to transfer ownership of the new Sakonnet River Bridge from the Department of Transportation to the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, ultimately anticipating tolls to be placed on the span of Route 24 connecting Tiverton to Portsmouth. The Senate floor session is scheduled to …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Gov. Chafee Monday said all state offices must recognize out-of-state same sex marriages and that R.I. pass marriage equality.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed an executive order recognizing out-of-state same sex marriages Monday, reported the Providence Journal. RI Future broke the story Monday morning and reported Monday afternoon that at a press conference Monday afternoon, Chafee said “Let’s get there ourselves. This is the home of Roger Williams. Come on, let’s go.” The state General Assembly passes a law last June allowing for same sex civil union, but for many in the gay community that isn't enough. “While this moves us closer to full marriage equality, nothing less is sufficient, and we will keep fighting," said Ray Sullivan of Marriage Equality Rhode Island, in a press release. According to RI Future's Bob Plain, Chafee is talking to members of the General …
Monday, May 7, 2012
Patch reported live from the Tiverton Town Council meeting of Monday, May 7.
The Tiverton Town Council met Monday night. Featured here is a report of the meeting. To watch full-length Tiverton Town Council and School Committee meetings, go to http://www.tivertonvideos.blogspot.com.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The advocacy group released town numbers Monday morning, and highlighted the news at a policy breakfast attended by over 500 people.
The population of Tiverton and Little Compton children under the age of 18 dropped by roughly the same percentage as the state overall, the advocacy group RI Kids Count announced in its 2012 RI Kids Count Factbook, released this morning at an event in Warwick. According to the statewide survey, Tiverton's under-18 population fell from 3,367 in 2000 to 2,998 in 2010, a reduction of about 11 percent. Little Compton's under-18 population fell from 780 in 2000 to 654 in 2010, a reduction of about 16 percent. The state's total childhood population fell by about 9 percent. A Census breakdown of town-specific data is attached in a .pdf to this post. Only two other states had decreases in the population of children over that time, the group said…
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Under the governor's budget plan, the restaurant tax would go from 8 percent to 10 percent next year.
When it comes to Gov. Chafee's proposal to increase the restaurant tax from 8 percent to 10 percent, restaurant owners in Rhode Island have strong feelings. Ken Lewis, manager of Crowther's Restaurant in Little Compton, said he's completely against the proposal. "It's not going to help business at all," he said, nothing that his waitresses and bartenders rely mostly on tips, and if the governor's restaurant tax increase goes through, their tip sizes will be reduced. Black Goose owner Steve McDonald echoed the sentiment. "We're opposed," he said. "It's definitely going to hurt us." “This is a second restaurant tax,” said Matt Wronski, owner of Tio Mateo’s and Greenwich Bay Gourmet in East Greenwich. “First they added a percentage point …
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The Rhode Island State Police announced Thursday the arrest of 24 people statewide falsely claiming unemployment benefits.
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Thursday, March 15, 2012
The following is from a press release issued by the Rhode Island State Police: Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent, of the Rhode Island State Police and commissioner of public safety, announced that on Thursday, March 15, members of the Rhode Island State Police, assisted by the United States Marshals Service and local police officers from the cities of Pawtucket and Warwick, and the town of Johnston, arrested 24 individuals for the felony offense of obtaining money under false pretenses over $500. One person from Little Compton was named: Reynaldo V. Cockrum, age 37, of 41A West Main Road, Little Compton, Rhode Island The cases were referred to the Rhode Island State Police Detective Bureau by investigators from the Rhode Island …