Entries in Rhode Island (5)


Lawmaker Wants to Make Calamari Rhode Island's Official Appetizer

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) -- Having apparently solved all the problems affecting the Ocean State, a lawmaker has moved on to the pressing matter of naming an "official appetizer" for Rhode Island.

Democratic state Representative Joseph McNamara wants calamari, a dish of battered and fried squid, to be recognized as one of Rhode Island's treasures.

In an effort to boost tourism, McNamara believes "As people get a taste of this delicious calamari across the United States, they will come to Rhode Island for the main entree."

There may be something to the lawmaker's reasoning since squid happens to be Rhode Island's top seafood export.

McNamara also pulled out a study from Cornell University that a seafood marketing campaign would be a boon for fishermen in the state.

For the record, Rhode Island's official state drink is milk, the greening apple is the official state fruit and naturally, the official state shell is the quahog.

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Northeast Primary Day: What to Watch After Santorum’s Exit

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Five Northeastern states -- Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island -- will hold their primaries on Tuesday, and a total of 231 delegates are at stake.

Before Rick Santorum dropped out of the race, polling had indicated that Mitt Romney was the strong favorite in these contests -- the only truly close contest was Santorum’s home state of Pennsylvania.

After Santorum dropped out of the race, all of these primaries ceased to be contested.  Romney is likely to walk away with at least a strong majority of the delegates, possibly all of them.  Still, there are several important things to watch in Tuesday’s battles:

1. How many delegates will Romney win?

Although Romney is his party’s presumptive nominee, he is still several hundred delegates shy of the 1,144 he needs to officially clinch his party's nomination.  Romney has amassed 697 delegates so far, according to ABC News’ projections.

In Tuesday’s contest, the most delegate-rich state is New York with 95.  There are 72 delegates at stake in Pennsylvania, 28 in Connecticut, 19 in Rhode Island and 17 in Delaware.  Delaware awards their delegates on a winner-take-all scheme, but the other states are proportional, meaning there is an opportunity for Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul to pick up a couple of delegates here or there.

2. Will Gingrich pick up a bounce after Santorum’s exit?

Back in January, Gingrich encouraged Santorum to drop out of the race and endorse him.  The logic behind the encouragement, aside from wanting to narrow down the field, was that Santorum supporters would be more likely to back Gingrich over Romney -- that Gingrich and Santorum were splitting the more conservative base of the party. 

This theory has been floated throughout the primary season: If either candidate were to drop out and endorse the other, it would benefit the remaining candidate.  There are no hard numbers to back it up the suspicion, however.

Santorum hasn’t endorsed anyone in the race, and the talk of his endorsement so far has been centered on a possible Romney endorsement, not a Gingrich endorsement.  But Tuesday’s primary offers a chance to see whether Gingrich can in fact benefit from Santorum’s departure in any way.

3. Will Santorum still get a percentage of the vote?

Although he suspended his campaign weeks ago, Santorum’s name remains on the ballot in all five of these primaries, so technically speaking there’s nothing to stop dedicated supporters from checking his name.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Rhode Island Governor Declares War on Talk Radio

Photo Courtesy - Office of Governor Lincoln Chafee(PROVIDENCE, RI.) -- State officials in Rhode Island will soon be ordered to stay off the airwaves, provided the interviewer happens to be a talk show host.

A spokesman for Gov. Lincoln Chafee tells the Providence Journal that talk radio is essentially “ratings-driven, for-profit programming,” and “we don’t think it is appropriate to use taxpayer resources” to have state employees use work time to “support for-profit, ratings-driven programming.”

Chafee intends to stay off the air, too, reversing something of a trend.  His predecessor, Republican Gov. Donald Carcieri, was a frequent talk radio guest, as are many current and former governors and big city mayors across the country.

A former mayor of Providence, who happens to be one of the biggest talk show hosts in the state, sharply disagrees with the governor’s stance.

“Chafee is – I don’t want to be critical – but he’s not exactly Demosthenes,” says Buddy Cianci, who hosts the afternoon drive program on WPRO-AM.  “The fact is that he’s got some issues that he maybe doesn’t have the answer to [on the air].”

“But how do I take it?  I take it as a total slap in the face to the public of the state of Rhode Island.  There are thousands of people who listen to our radio shows.  For him to ban all these people from coming on talk radio is certainly an affront to open government, and certainly is an affront to transparency,” Cianci tells ABC News.

The governor’s office has issued a clarification, saying the policy will not apply in “emergency situations,” like impending snowstorms.  Nor will the rule apply to interviews with news reporters or on the local NPR station, Christian Vareika, a Chafee spokesman, said.

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ABC News: Chafee Rides Dem's Obama Snub to R.I. Governor Victory

Photo Courtesy - Chafee for Governor(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) -- Rhode Island voters turned away from the two major party candidates to elect Sen. Lincoln Chafee the state's first independent governor, after the Democrat lashed out at President Obama for not endorsing him.

The race swung Chafee's way after Democrat Frank Caprio said Obama could "shove it" for endorsing Chafee over him. Since then, Caprio fell to third place in a field that also included Republican John Robitaille.

Chafee pulled in 36 percent of the vote, with Robitaille drawing 34 percent.

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Former GOP Senator Bucks the Trend in Rhode Island Gov. Race

Photo Courtesy - Chafee for Governor(WARWICK, R.I.) -- As Tea Party fervor spreads across the country, one former Republican senator, Lincoln Chafee, is looking to revitalize centrism and make history in his home state of Rhode Island by becoming the first independent governor in the state's history. Even though the state is overwhelmingly blue, only one of the last four governors has been a Democrat. Most polls show a neck-and-neck race between Democrat Frank Caprio and Chafee, considered to be the most liberal candidate on the ballot.

What Chafee has going for him is a strong base of support and the backing of a family that has a long history in Rhode Island politics. Chafee's father, John, a Republican, served both as governor and U.S. senator.

Chafee may be somewhat of a Republican refugee but he served more than seven years in the Senate and left with an approval rating of 63 percent, especially high for a losing incumbent. He's also separated himself from the pack with an unusual stance -- raise taxes. In a state with a staggering budget deficit and an unemployment rate of 11.6 percent, above the national average, Chafee's opponents have seized on his proposals. The former senator argues that an increase in sales tax wouldn't adversely impact economic growth.

Chafee quietly split from the Republican Party in 2007 after a loss to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse. In a brutal primary and election, Chafee was painted as a Bush supporter, though he often diverged from his party, supporting abortion rights and same-sex marriage. Chafee was the only GOP senator to vote against the Iraq war. 

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