Edwin Lord Mills A Royal Procession

Politics This Week: Those of Unknowing Privilege

By Justin Katz | May 22, 2023 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz explore the increasingly disconnected behavior of RI’s political elite.

Man hiding money behind his back with his fingers crossed.

Politics This Week: Tales from the Everything’s Personal State

By Justin Katz | April 25, 2023 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz discuss how personal relations, feelings, and drama pervade Rhode Island government in every aspect.

Cranston Pensions: Rhode Island… with Emphasis

By Justin Katz | February 13, 2012 |

The RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity had published data covering all of Cranston’s public-sector retirees, and I’ve posted a general comparison of the numbers with those for the state system overall.

The Cranston West Banner Can’t be Required to Just Disappear

By Carroll Andrew Morse | January 17, 2012 |

If the Cranston West banner has to be destroyed or removed, or if certain words have to be redacted from it, to comply with Judge Ronald Lagueux’s Federal Court decision, there is no reason why a Soviet-style disappearance from history without explanation must occur, or that the public should not be informed that they are…

An Illustration of RI’s Advantaged Class in Cranston

By Justin Katz | April 26, 2011 |

Like the swapping of high-paying public jobs for the sons of union leaders, the fact that Cranston is currently paying $67,107-86,778 annual pensions to six former police chiefs feels emblematic of the state’s broader systemic corruption: In the past 20 years, Cranston has hired — and retired — six police chiefs. Most served three years…

Once Again Re: The Direction of Imposition

By Justin Katz | March 11, 2011 |

This started out as a comment to my previous post on the topic, but it began to feel more like a post in its own right. As usual, our left-leaning readers have got me all wrong. I have absolutely no problem with any religion having an exclusive prayer posted in public schools, even with required…

Re: The Direction of Imposition

By Justin Katz | March 11, 2011 |

I’ve been at a loss as to how to respond to the comments to my post this morning about the Cranston school prayer banner, because those who advocate for the removal of the banner are so extreme in their beliefs (even those who are typically reasonable and moderate in their approach) that they appear to…

The Direction of Imposition with Cranston Prayer

By Justin Katz | March 11, 2011 |

The debate over a banner with a prayer in a Cranston public school — which the ACLU attempted to bully the district into moving with the threat of a lawsuit and which the school committee has voted to defend — makes very stark the contrast of the sides. On one side is the fact that…

Education Roundup

By Marc Comtois | February 26, 2011 |

A bevy of education-related stories today. The repercussions following the Providence teacher “firings” continue, with Mayor Tavares getting attention from the New York Times. The ProJo reported that teachers fear it’s the end for seniority-based retention, which is kind of a strange way to put it because, as the story also explains, that end was…

Cranston’s 2011 Inaugural Ceremonies (Plus Some Non-Ceremonious Stuff), Part 3

By Carroll Andrew Morse | January 4, 2011 |

Here’s the non-ceremonious part of Monday night’s inaugural ceremonies in Cranston. After his official address to the public, Cranston City Council President Anthony Lupino attempted to appoint City Council Committee chairmen. Three of the Democrats appointed by President Lupino to chairmanships, but who had not voted for Councilman Lupino, objected to being appointed. Councilman Emilio…