General Treasurer

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Diossa’s grandstanding on Washington Trust is disqualifying.

By Justin Katz | November 6, 2023 |

While I’m catching up on noteworthy items I’ve had on my to-do list, I have to point out that General Treasurer James Diossa’s grandstanding talk about “evaluat[ing] the banking relationship and the state’s business with Washington Trust Company” ought to be disqualifying for him to continue holding his position.  I’ve offered my opinion on the…

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Politics This Week: Whistling Past a Changing Political Environment in RI

By Justin Katz | October 23, 2023 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz dig into important developments that the RI mainstream doesn’t want to address.

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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.

James Lathrop and Richard August on State of the State

State of the State: James Lathrop for General Treasurer

By Richard August | October 23, 2022 |

Host Richard August speaks with James Lathrop, the Republican candidate for Rhode Island General Treasurer.

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Politics This Week with John DePetro: A Politics Built on Pariahs

By Justin Katz | August 31, 2022 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz discuss the harm of a political system so monolithic those who disagree are outcasts.

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Politics This Week with John DePetro: Motha Enters RI Battle of the Monsters

By Justin Katz | July 25, 2022 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz review Rhode Island politics… this week, mainly having to do with McKee and his cast of characters.

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Please, no “Fung for Governor.”

By Justin Katz | January 4, 2022 |

Criticisms of Allan Fung among Rhode Island Republicans have always struck me as either too demanding for purity or else founded in personal animosity (albeit perhaps with some justification… I don’t know).  He was a solid Republican mayor and, from what I could see, a reasonably loyal member of the party.  Given the GOP’s position…

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Politics This Week with John DePetro: Shouting into the Echo Chamber

By Justin Katz | December 20, 2021 |

John and Justin marvel at the inability of RI insiders to address the obvious problems facing the people they say they represent.

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Magaziner is abusing the position of General Treasurer.

By Justin Katz | October 14, 2021 |

If we had a healthy civic culture, wherein citizens had been adequately educated in the appropriate use of government power, it would be the stuff of scandal, rather than political bragging, that Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner is abusing his authority over state investment funds for purposes of political activism.  As he touts on…

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Magaziner running from the podium after announcing a run for governor has become typical crafting.

By Justin Katz | September 20, 2021 |

The bottom line is that the news media supports progressive Democrats, so its practitioners are not anxious to press their candidates when they decline to answer questions in the service of crafting the news stories.  That’s why it’s entirely natural for Rhode Island General Treasurer to hold a press conference announcing his expected run for…