Articles from October, 2010

The R.I. Voter Guide: What they said, how we ruled

Is it just us or has this seemed like a really long campaign? Maybe it's because the first candidate to announce a run for governor did so in May. Of 2009. Or maybe it's because there have been so many forums and debates -- more than 40 for the governor contenders alone -- that they've all blurred together. We've tried to keep up with all the charges, countercharges and promises, fact-checking the most interesting, provocative and outrageous. Here's a look back at Campaign 2010. We hope you find it useful as you make your choices.

Website ignores key facts in bid to tie Lincoln Chafee to organized crime in Ukraine

Given Lincoln Chafee's record of being willing to buck the system and the Chafee family's reputation, Rhode Islanders were jarred to hear the independent gubernatorial candidate being accused of consorting with someone who might have ties to organized crime. But that's what happened earlier this month when a local news website reported on Chafee's work at a foundation established by a Ukrainian billionaire. We explored Chafee's role there, and got different opinions on the politics and intrigue swirling around the effort to set up a think tank in one of the world's fledgling democracies.

What's in a name?

We've examined two claims made recently by gubernatorial candidates Frank Caprio and Lincoln Chafee. Caprio attacked Chafee for his handling of a 1990s teachers' dispute in Warwick.  We ruled Caprio's claim Half True. Chafee said changing Rhode Island's official name would require amending the U.S. Constitution. We couldn't rule definitively on that, but decided to share our research anyway.