The Mire We’re In
If you haven’t already read it, the final installment of Kenneth Payne’s review of how Rhode Island reached its current state of political mire. One key thing to remember, as wrangling over budgets and state government action continues:
The General Assembly’s powers are plenary and unlimited, except as those powers are restricted by the U.S. and the Rhode Island constitutions. As the historian and lawyer Patrick T. Conley put it in 1999, the executive and legislative branches are “neither separate nor equal.”
Sometimes one gets the impression that the only reason dead voters let the Republicans win the governor’s seat is to secure a scapegoat.