Marijuana bills pass R.I. House and Senate

PROVIDENCE, R.I., June 6 (UPI) -- The Rhode Island House and Senate passed matching bills that would decriminalize the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana.
Chafee rejects blame for Schilling's woes

Chafee rejects blame for Schilling's woes

PROVIDENCE, R.I., May 29 (UPI) -- Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee said Tuesday blaming him for former major league pitching ace Curt Schilling's business failure "defies logic."

Rhode Island gov. stands by 'holiday tree'

PROVIDENCE, R.I., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee sparked controversy nationwide when he called a 17-foot spruce tree in the State House a "holiday tree."
Effort focuses on commitment in gay unions

Effort focuses on commitment in gay unions

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- A bipartisan effort seeks to re-angle the gay marriage debate in the United States from an emphasis on civil rights to the value of commitment, supporters say.

In-state tuition approved for undocumented immigrants

WARWICK, R.I., Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Undocumented immigrants will pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges in Rhode Island, a state higher education governing board has decided.

R.I. city files for bankruptcy protection

CENTRAL FALL, R.I., Aug. 2 (UPI) -- The city of Central Falls, R.I., battered by debt and years of financial woes, has filed for bankruptcy protection.
Sexting by minors now illegal in R.I.

Sexting by minors now illegal in R.I.

PROVIDENCE, R.I., July 14 (UPI) -- Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed a bill making it illegal for minors to send sexually explicit messages or images from cellphones, his office said.

R.I. Senate OKs same-sex unions

PROVIDENCE, R.I., June 29 (UPI) -- A measure allowing same-sex civil unions won passage from the Rhode Island Senate Wednesday.

Man pardoned 166 years after hanging

PROVIDENCE, R.I., June 29 (UPI) -- Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee Wednesday pardoned an Irish immigrant hanged for murder 166 years ago, the last person executed in the state.

R.I. speaker gives up on same-sex marriage

PROVIDENCE, R.I., April 28 (UPI) -- The openly gay speaker of the Rhode Island House says the Legislature is not ready to pass a same-sex marriage bill and he now wants to legalize civil unions.
Patrick Kennedy to wed New Jersey teacher

Patrick Kennedy to wed New Jersey teacher

PROVIDENCE, R.I., March 29 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island said he feels so fortunate that sixth-grade teacher Amy Petitgout has accepted his proposal of marriage.

R.I. urged to pardon man hanged in 1845

PROVIDENCE, R.I., Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Gov. Lincoln Chafee is being urged to pardon the last man executed in Rhode Island, 166 years after the fact.
New governors take oaths of office

New governors take oaths of office

SACRAMENTO, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- California's one-time governor took office again and Nevada welcomed its first Hispanic governor to the mansion Monday as five governors took their oaths.

Chafee elected Rhode Island governor

WARWICK, R.I., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Republican-turned-independent Lincoln Chafee was elected Rhode Island's next governor, narrowly beating John Robitaille Tuesday.
Political potpourri: News and notes from the campaign trail

Political potpourri: News and notes from the campaign trail

So many political stories ... so little time to read them. This by-no-means-thorough digest reviews some of the stories that may have flown under the radar and includes a sample of polls as Election Day draws closer.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
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Lincoln Chafee
WAP2003010916 - WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I., speaks at a news conference where he and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., not pictured, introduced a bill to freeze the top tax rate until the budget is balanced on Jan. 9, 2003, on Capitol Hill. rlw/Roger L. Wollenberg UPI

Lincoln Davenport Chafee ( /ˈtʃeɪfiː/ chay-fee; born March 26, 1953) is an American politician who has been the 74th Governor of Rhode Island since January 2011. Prior to his election as Governor, Chafee served in the United States Senate as a Republican from 1999 until losing his Senate re-election bid in 2006 to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse. In 2007 he left the Republican Party and became an Independent. He is the first Independent to serve as Governor of Rhode Island since John Collins, who served 1786-1790.

A Rhode Island native educated at Phillips Academy and Brown University, Chafee worked as a professional farrier for seven years before entering state politics in 1985. He was a delegate to the Rhode Island State Constitutional Convention, a member of the Warwick, Rhode Island city council, and later the mayor of Warwick. Chafee was appointed to the United States Senate in 1999 upon the death of his father, Senator John Chafee, and was re-elected in the 2000 Senate election for a full six-year term.

Chafee was a supporter of Barack Obama's 2008 presidential bid. On January 4, 2010, Chafee declared his intent to run for Governor of Rhode Island. Prior to entering the gubernatorial race he was a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies.

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