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Lincoln Chafee

Lincoln Davenport Chafee 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 ... » Read more on Wikipedia.org

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Senate's 'Rhode to Work' plan sees mixed success
2014-07-06
Nine of the 21 pieces of legislation in the original "Rhode to Work" package passed the General Assembly and were sent to Gov. Lincoln Chafee. Seven bills died. That includes five that passed the Senate late in the session and then did not get heard on ...
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Rhode Island gets a special Bruins license plate
2014-07-05
Lincoln Chafee signed legislation creating a special plate for the National Hockey League team. The Bruins plates will cost $40 more than regular ones. The money will be split evenly between the state and the team's charitable foundation, which must ...
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  1. Chafee, with criticism, signs casino referendum

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Chafee vetoes bill on serving arrest warrants
2014-07-03
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has vetoed a bill that would expand who is authorized to serve arrest warrants, saying it raises separation-of-power concerns. Under current law, only sheriffs are authorized to serve writs of ...
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    Responsibility.org applauds RI Governor Lincoln Chafee for signing drunk ...
    2014-07-02
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., July 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signed into law a bill increasing penalties for the most dangerous segment of DUI offenders. On Tuesday, Gov. Chafee signed into law Senate Bill 2231, ...
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    1. Chafee vetoes bill on serving arrest warrants
    2. Rhode Island governor signs bill banning sale of e-cigarettes to minors, use ...

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    Despite veto calls, Chafee signs gang bill
    2014-07-01
    Lincoln Chafee has signed legislation that provides for an extra sentence for those convicted of a gang-related felony, despite calls from community groups for him to veto it. The legislation authorizes a sentence “enhancement” of up to 10 years for ...
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    1. Chafee signs e-cigarette ban bill into law
    2. Rhode Island bans e-cigarette sales to minors
    3. Use of standardized test as graduation requirement delayed; Chafee takes no ...

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    Gov. Lincoln Chafee signs legislation making calamari Rhode Island's official ...
    2014-06-27
    Lincoln Chafee signed legislation at the town dock here where millions of pounds of squid arrive for processing each year. About 125 fishing boats in Rhode Island catch half of all the squid brought in on the East Coast annually, Chafee said. Rep ...
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      Calamari becomes Rhode Island's official appetizer
      2014-06-27
      NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — Calamari became the official state appetizer of Rhode Island on Friday when Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed legislation at the town dock here where millions of pounds of squid arrive for processing each year. About 125 fishing ...
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      1. NEWS: Calamari is now RI's official state appetizer

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      Gov. Lincoln Chafee signs legislation making calamari Rhode Island's official ...
      2014-06-27
      Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed legislation that gives the squid dish an official status in a ceremony Friday at the town dock in Narragansett. Rep. Joseph McNamara and Sen. Susan Sosnowski both sponsored bills to honor the squid this year, to recognize the ...
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      1. Calamari Bill To Be Signed, Designating Rhode Island's Official State Appetizer

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      Gov. Lincoln Chafee's name spelled with extra "f" on new plaque at Newport's ...
      2014-06-24
      PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — The governor's name is misspelled on a new plaque unveiled in a ceremony to reopen Newport's historic Cliff Walk. The plaque was unveiled Tuesday at the event, which Gov. Lincoln Chafee attended. The plaque adds a ...
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      1. Rhode Island Governor's Name Misspelled on Plaque at Popular Tourist Attraction
      2. Tourists can once again traverse the Hurricane Sandy-damaged Cliff Walk in ...
      3. Rhode Island Cliff Walk damaged by Sandy reopens

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