Civil Liberties

A water drop and ripples

Contrast the applications of rights to speech.

By Justin Katz | December 26, 2023 |

As we watch progressive activists disrupt life in America, apparently with impunity, progressive attorneys general are happy to provide contrary examples dependent upon political viewpoint: Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell is suing an increasingly active neo-Nazi group and two of its leaders for an escalating pattern of harassing, intimidating, and confrontational conduct at anti-immigration…

A water drop and ripples

Those using the government to target individuals always think they’re on the side of “the people.”

By Justin Katz | November 6, 2023 |

This tweet from Democrat Attorney General Peter Neronha is a little old, but I didn’t want to let it pass without comment in this space: The people who own property in the state have rights, too.  Many, probably most, of them are “people of this great state.”  The AG has to enforce the laws as…

A scared white, male college student with his mouth covered threateningly from behind

The University of Rhode Island isn’t exactly representing the spirit of Roger Williams in the Ocean State.

By Justin Katz | November 6, 2023 |

Although it no-doubt reveals my prejudices, if I were to rank Rhode Island’s handful of institutions of higher education on matters of freedom of thought, I’d expect Brown University — the Ivy League bastion of the elites  and producer of the likes of Aaron Regunberg and Tiara Mack — to top the list of badness. …

A woman walks in a smokey alley

Politics This Week: Stories of Absolutely No Interest (To the Media)

By Justin Katz | September 11, 2023 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz tease out multiple stories that the local media could investigate to generate interest (but probably won’t).

"I Voted" sticker in a pile of leaves

Fewer Rhode Islanders are qualifying for the ballot.

By Justin Katz | August 18, 2023 |

Decreasing political participation is unhealthy, limiting voters’ choices, tilting incentives toward corruption, and separating We the People from the exercise of government authority, and campaign regulation reform would be a good place to start looking for a fix.

A house made of money

Politics This Week: Rights and Diversity

By Justin Katz | August 9, 2023 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz discuss recent developments in RI politics.

A "Submit Nomination" button on a keyboard

Politics This Week: Trespassing on Political Grounds

By Justin Katz | July 24, 2023 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz dissect the CD1 signature fraud controversy and the implications of the state claiming oceanfront property.

A hand reaches for chains

Politics This Week: Unions Versus the People in RI

By Justin Katz | July 17, 2023 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz discuss evidence of unions’ tightening grip on Rhode Island and other political topics.

Business people leap over a chasm.

Politics This Week: Media, Population Changes, and a Poll

By Justin Katz | July 10, 2023 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz review the political news of the day in Rhode Island.

A mother spoon-feeds her adult son

Politics This Week: Rhode Islanders Admit Mommy Government Knows Best

By Justin Katz | May 15, 2023 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz discuss the ways in which Rhode Island is sliding into full dependency.