Saturday, January 19, 2013
Reports, audits, forms, contracts among documents to be posted for public.
Saturday, January 19
Gov. Lincoln Chafee recently presented the state's new public access "transparency portal" Jan. 10, demonstrated during a technical briefing led by Chief Digital Officer Thom Guertin, a Woonsocket native. The portal is part of Chafee's Transparency and Accountability Initiative to provide the public with an increased level of information about the operation and management of government and ensuring the most efficient use of taxpayer dollars. With the launch of the site, Rhode Islanders have access to a number of documents that have already been uploaded to the Rhode Island state government Transparency Portal. Over the next 18 months, the state will continue to add financial reports, audits, forms, and other financial information such as …
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…
Friday, August 24, 2012
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 …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Gov. Lincoln Chafee will visit Portsmouth Town Hall today at 8:30 a.m.
While Gov. Lincoln Chafee plans to speak about "fiscal challenges" this morning at Portsmouth Town Hall, he might find one topic dominating above the rest. For several weeks, Portsmouth residents have urged their neighbors to meet with the governor and voice their opposition to bridge tolls on the new Sakonnet River Bridge. On Tuesday, the group Preserve Portsmouth posted this announcement on Portsmouth Patch, with a large "no tolls" graphic. On East Main Road and Turnpike Avenue, handmade signs protesting tolls are still visible nearly two weeks after more than 100 demonstrators rallied against tolls. What do you think about Chafee's visit? Will you attend and speak to him about bridge tolls? Tell us in the comment section below! …
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 …
Friday, August 17, 2012
Caleb Chafee, son of Gov. Lincoln Chafee, has been charged with violating the state's social host law.
Caleb Chafee, 18, the son of Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, has been charged with one count of violating the state's social host law, announced the Attorney General's Office Friday. [Updated at 2:43 p.m.] The governor says his son will "accept responsibility" in a statement sent Friday afternoon. "Underage drinking is a major problem in Rhode Island and across the country," wrote Gov. Lincoln Chafee. "With that in mind, the so-called 'social host' law has been broadly designed to prevent such unfortunate incidents from occurring and to protect the young people of our state. "Throughout this process, Stephanie and I have taken this matter seriously and have been concerned and disappointed by the details of the event in question, as any…
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The Office of the Attorney General is asking State Police to provide more information into an alleged graduation party allegedly hosted by the governor's son.
It's been seven weeks since a "highly intoxicated" woman was found walking along Route 102 after leaving a graduation party allegedly hosted by the governor's son, but the investigation into this incident continues. The Office of the Attorney General now wants the State Police to provide more information about this alleged party and continue their investigation, reported The Providence Journal Tuesday. The 18-year-old woman was hospitalized after apparently drinking too much at the May 28 graduation party allegedly hosted by Caleb Chafee. Chafee, son of Gov. Lincoln Chafee, allegedly hosted the party and told the girl not to call 911 until she was away from the property, according to a report by WPRO. A State Trooper has also been …
Friday, July 13, 2012
A member of the State Police is being punished after giving a talk show a police report.
A state trooper is being penalized after allegedly giving a police report to radio talk show WPRO, reports The Providence Journal on Friday. According to The Journal, the report was about a graduation party allegedly hosted by the governor's son, Caleb Chafee. The identity of the state trooper being disciplined was not released. State Police are investigating an incident in which a "highly intoxicated" 18-year-old woman was found walking along Route 102 in Exeter on May 28 after apparently leaving a party. Chafee, son of Gov. Lincoln Chafee, allegedly hosted the party and told the girl not to call 911 until she was away from the property, according to the report. Caleb Chafee, 18, graduated from the Portsmouth Abbey School on May 27.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Rep. John Edwards, sponsor of the bill, witnesses the signing of this law. This legislation makes Rhode Island the 15th state in the country to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Rep. John Edwards and Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee sit for the ceremonial signing of his legislation (2012-S 2253Aaa, 2012-H 7092Aaa), which decriminalizes an ounce or less of marijuana. The new law imposes a civil penalty of a $150 fine for carrying 1 ounce or less, plus forfeiture of the drug. A third offense within 18 months of the previous offense would be treated as a misdemeanor. Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Warwick) sponsored the bill in the Senate.
Friday, April 27, 2012
U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha sent a warning letter this week to property owners planning to lease space to medical marijuana centers, including one in Portsmouth.
U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha took another step this week to prevent medical marijuana centers (or compassion centers) from opening. Neronha sent a warning letter to property owners who are expected to lease space to medical marijuana centers, reports the Associated Press. The U.S. attorney says these property owners could face "forfeiture proceedings," according to the article. The Associated Press spoke with Middletown doctor Seth Bock about the letter. You can read his reaction in the article here. In spring 2011, Bock's proposal for the Greenleaf Compassionate Center in Portsmouth was one of three medical marijuana centers, or compassion centers, in Rhode Island approved for licenses by the Department of Health. But the process got put…