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Politics This Week: Things Stated and Unstated in RI Politics

By Justin Katz | March 6, 2023 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz discuss things RI insiders do and don’t want the public to think about.

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How exactly will license-plate cameras prevent suicide on the Mount Hope Bridge?

By Justin Katz | June 29, 2022 |

Oddly, that’s a question Melanie DaSilva doesn’t manage to answer in her WPRI article about the plans of local police to put license plate recognition cameras on both sides of the bridge that connects Portsmouth and Bristol.  It’s almost as if a paragraph is missing: [Investigating criminal activity is] not what [the cameras will] be…

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An arrest has been made in the Bristol “hate sticker” case.

By Justin Katz | May 29, 2021 |

By way of a follow up to my post questioning the news reports about “hate sticker” vandalism in Bristol, I note that an arrest has been made, and it looks like the person in the video from news reports was arrested after investigation.  The report does suggest that the videos showed the subjects placing the…

A Negative Approach to Governance

By Justin Katz | February 19, 2010 |

And around and around not-my-town goes: Rep. John G. Edwards (D-Dist. 70, Tiverton, Portsmouth), whose district encompasses neighborhoods on both sides of the Sakonnet River Bridge, has introduced legislation that will prohibit tolls from being charged on the bridge. … Instead, Rep. Edwards proposes placing a toll on Interstate Hwy 95 (I-95) in Westerly and…

Not Banned, but Invited?

By Justin Katz | July 15, 2009 |

Well, it appears that the RI Tea Party is not banned from next year’s Bristol parade: [Tea Party treasurer Marina] Peterson said she was given a copy of [Bristol Fourth or July Committee Chairman David] Burns’ apology, in which he says: “The Fourth of July Committee regrets and apologizes for any miscommunication to the Rhode…

The Constitutional Villain Speaks!

By Justin Katz | July 14, 2009 |

Christopher Kairnes, of Warwick, claims — trumpets — responsibility for handing out the pocket Constitutions: I had nothing to do with the Tea Party float nor did I ride on it. I never talked with the parade committee before the parade nor signed any agreement with it. I am an individual. I report to no…

Confiscating the Constitution

By Justin Katz | July 9, 2009 |

If nothing else, this illustrates how the celebration of an event can become more about the tradition of celebrating than about the event itself: In a temper-filled tempest, the Bristol Fourth of July Committee has barred the Rhode Island Tea Party from taking part in the annual Independence Day parade next year — or any…