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Obama calls for increase in minimum wage

NEW BRITAIN, Conn., March 5 (UPI) -- President Obama called for an increase in the minimum wage in a speech Wednesday in Connecticut, saying the United States needs to provide more good jobs.

Clay Pell running for Rhode Island governor

PROVIDENCE, R.I., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Clay Pell, grandson of a U.S. senator and married to a former Olympic figure-skater, disclosed Monday he is running for governor of Rhode Island.
At least 2 killed in monster storm across mid-Atlantic, Northeast

At least 2 killed in monster storm across mid-Atlantic, Northeast

BOSTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A monster weather system across the mid-Atlantic and New England is being blamed for at least two deaths and widespread travel disruption, authorities said.

Rhode Island to light 'Christmas tree' instead of 'holiday tree'

PROVIDENCE, R.I., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee said Monday the big evergreen to be lit up with festive lights in the Statehouse is a "Christmas tree," not a "holiday tree."

R.I. Gov. Lincoln Chafee announces retirement

PROVIDENCE, R.I., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced Wednesday he will not seek a second gubernatorial term in 2014.

R.I. Gov Lincoln Chafee, R-turned-I, to switch to Democrat

WARWICK, R.I., May 30 (UPI) -- Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, currently an independent after leaving the Republican Party, plans to switch to Democrat, a spokeswoman says.
The Issue: Minnesota latest state to recognize same-sex marriage

The Issue: Minnesota latest state to recognize same-sex marriage

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton's signing into law a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the Land of 10,000 Lakes means that now a dozen states -- a fifth of the country -- recognize same-sex marriage.
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Same-sex marriage legalized in Delaware

DOVER, Del., May 7 (UPI) -- The Delaware Senate Tuesday gave final legislative approval to a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state.

R.I. nightclub fire victims remembered

WEST WARWICK, R.I., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- More than 200 friends, family and survivors gathered to mark the 10th anniversary of a Rhode Island nightclub fire that killed 100 people.

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Emergencies declared in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut

Emergencies declared in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut

BOSTON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Gov. Deval Patrick ordered drivers to stay off the roads Friday as Massachusetts braced for what was predicted to be a 100-year blizzard.

Supreme Court will not hear R.I. case

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court will not consider Rhode Island's request that it overturn an appellate ruling that the state hand over a homicide suspect.
R.I. tree ceremony upsets some officials

R.I. tree ceremony upsets some officials

PROVIDENCE, R.I., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A Rhode Island lawmaker said many people are "not happy" about Gov. Lincoln Chafee giving only 30 minutes notice before lighting the Statehouse "holiday tree."

Chafee: Moderates will help Obama in 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee Tuesday told the Democratic National Convention he represents Americans who helped Barack Obama in 2008: moderates.

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.
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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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