Justin Katz

Mike Stenhouse and Christopher Carlozzi on In the Dugout

RI is increasingly governed by convenient truths.

By Justin Katz | April 30, 2021 |

And thus do the disconnected themes of Mike Stenhouse’s In the Dugout show, yesterday, come together — disagreeing with Dan Yorke, talking TCI with the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) Rhode Island director Christopher Carlozzi, and discussing COVID mask mandates with Andrew Bostom.

The Tragedy of RIDE’s LEAP Report

By Justin Katz | April 30, 2021 |

A little bit of document sleuthing points to the possibility that the RI Dept. of Education’s Learning, Equity & Accelerated Pathways Task Force buried findings that might really challenge the status quo and improve Ocean State education for our children.

WPRI image of hate sticker suspects

Without a sense of proportion, free expression is easily lost.

By Justin Katz | April 30, 2021 |

Maybe it’s evidence that I’m a creature from another age (if not another dimension), but I find news reports like this one out of Bristol disturbing, although probably not for the reason WPRI’s Bay Gammans thought it newsworthy: Bristol police are asking for the public’s help as they investigate reports of concerning stickers being posted…

Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung

People are noticing that Fenton-Fung has proven a far-left progressive.

By Justin Katz | April 30, 2021 |

The Cranston Herald has published a (shall we say) strongly worded letter by resident Suzanne Downing noting (as I did a few months ago) that Republican state representative Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung is not voting as one would expect a Republican to do: As a resident of District 15 in Cranston I was happy to support Barbara Ann…

School girl in medical mask

When it comes to kids, we’ll probably regret giving in to irrational coronavirus fears.

By Justin Katz | April 29, 2021 |

It’s anecdotal, I know, but in my limited circle of personal awareness, the risk of the COVID-19 vaccinations seems to be inversely proportional to the actual danger of the disease.  None of the elderly people I know who’ve been vaccinated have experienced side effects.  One middle-ager became infected after receiving the vaccine, and two young…

Mike Stenhouse and guests

The powers who be have Rhode Islanders’ children in their sights.

By Justin Katz | April 29, 2021 |

For his In the Dugout show, yesterday, Mike Stenhouse’s guests focused on RI progressives’ government actions in our schools, particularly taking advantage of their enhanced powers under the COVID regime: in the dugout were Ellen Schaffer, Aimee Gardiner, Karen Ferris, Jean Lehand, and Rick Provost.

A burning car

Act on Climate and TCI: The Plan to Impoverish Rhode Island

By Justin Katz | April 29, 2021 |

Predictably, the Transportation and Climate Initiative is being proclaimed as the transportation sector’s component of the central plan that will allow Rhode Island to achieve its aggressive emissions reduction goals. But what should we make of the fact that it isn’t nearly harsh enough?

A room with pealing paint

Watch out for attempts to resell you, for more money, what you’ve already paid for.

By Justin Katz | April 29, 2021 |

A line from Joe Biden’s speech yesterday should be a discussion point about how we look at public policy and at education.  Eric Quintanar highlighted it for the Daily Wire: “Twelve years is no longer enough today to compete with the rest of the world in the 21st century. That’s why my American Families Plan guarantees…

Income tax rate map

Clarity is the beauty of the income tax: you earned it, and they want to take it.

By Justin Katz | April 29, 2021 |

Yet another giant postcard arrived from Rhode Island’s special-interest labor unions promoting the government’s taking more money from the pockets of Rhode Islanders.  This one is to promote the results of a poll that the group Revenue for Rhode Island apparently paid Fleming and Associates to conduct (although naturally, that point isn’t clear on the…

In the Dugout, Apr 27, 2021

A Con-census That Rhode Island’s Got Problems

By Justin Katz | April 28, 2021 |

Mike Stenhouse went through the ins and outs of Rhode Island’s close-call with the Census for his In the Dugout show.  He also talked legislative shop with Republican Senator Jessica De La Cruz.

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