Adventures in Town Government

Tiverton Town Hall

A local charter can never be clear enough to thwart local officials with no respect for their community.

By Justin Katz | July 22, 2021 |

On Tiverton Fact Check, I’ve posted an update on efforts to block residents from putting budget proposals on the ballot of our financial town referendum.  The upshot is that it’s not good. In the course of declining to intervene and force the Board of Canvassers to reverse its refusal to allow voters to consider other options…

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Advocacy Solutions took one for the insider team in South Kingstown.

By Justin Katz | July 21, 2021 |

The South Kingstown school department has provided Anchor Rising with a little bit more detail on the hiring of a PR firm to handle the matter of local mom Nicole Solas (and to criticize her): Then Chair and School Committee member Emily Cummiskey reached out to the District’s legal counsel, wanting to quickly respond to a…

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Politics This Week with John DePetro: Municipal and School Officials Build Toward Race War

By Justin Katz | July 20, 2021 |

Critical race theory is all the rage, and John DePetro and Justin Katz worry about RI government efforts to stoke it into conflict.

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Politics This Week with John DePetro: Politics Becomes All

By Justin Katz | July 13, 2021 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz discuss how everything is becoming political narrative, not serving and protecting the people, in Rhode Island.

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Politics This Week with John DePetro: Story Tone Depends on Skin Tone

By Justin Katz | July 6, 2021 |

More and more, it appears that the way a story is covered by the media and addressed by government officials depends most on the skin color of the people involved, as John DePetro and Justin Katz discuss.

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We really are struggling to keep our democratic rights in Rhode Island towns.

By Justin Katz | July 3, 2021 |

Something in a Richard Fernandez essay on PJ Media feels very appropriate to Rhode Island’s current situation.  He writes of the ways in which Western populations have attempted to ensure that people in power make decisions with the good of the people in mind, rather than the good of the powerful, and notes various ways in…

7/2/21 Narragansett Times front page

Looks like a pretty thorough house cleaning in the South Kingstown Schools

By Justin Katz | July 2, 2021 |

The RIRepublicans Twitter account tweeted out the picture of the Narragansett Times from today used as the featured image for this post. The South Kingstown school committee chair, Emily Cummiskey, the school superintendent, Linda Savastano, and the controversial National Education Association organizer who was on the school committee have all resigned.  These are added to the…

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A warning sign comes with Nicole Solas’s legal help.

By Justin Katz | July 2, 2021 |

It’s great news that Nicole Solas is getting some heavy-duty legal support in her efforts as an engaged resident of South Kingstown.  William Jacobson reports for Legal Insurrection: Now Solas has some high-powered legal help. The Goldwater Institute, which has a very strong litigation wing, will be representing Solas according to a press release issued today…

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Politics This Week with John DePetro: Growing Signs of Distrust

By Justin Katz | June 28, 2021 |

From a U.S. Senator to the news media to a local school committee, Rhode Islanders’ trust is slipping, but John DePetro and Justin Katz aren’t sure it’s enough to bring change.

Tiverton Board of Canvassers 6/25/21

Speaking of tyranny, defenders of civil rights in Rhode Island should make a point of documenting and communicating examples.

By Justin Katz | June 28, 2021 |

South Kingstown has been receiving national attention recently based on multiple ways in which its school committee and superintendent have been crossing lines of propriety, but related trends bear watching across Rhode Island.  Then-Governor Gina Raimondo’s COVID-19 emergency declaration, which now-Governor Daniel McKee has refused to remove, didn’t only restrict the public’s freedom, but also increased…

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