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Politics This Week with John DePetro: Everybody’s Focused on the Other

By Justin Katz | April 26, 2021 |

The weekly conversation about politics between John DePetro and Justin Katz focused on the ways everybody is looking for excuses not to address our real problems.

Police, protesters, and smoke on Jan 6

The media has a death grip on its January 6 narrative.

By Justin Katz | April 20, 2021 |

The lede text on a WPRI Facebook post caught my attention (emphasis added): Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was injured while confronting rioters during the Jan. 6 insurrection, suffered a stroke and died from natural causes, the Washington, D.C., medical examiner’s office ruled Monday. Was Sicknick injured?  I can’t remember seeing any reports to…

Note in Response to the Providence Journal

By Justin Katz | March 30, 2013 |

Because Providence Journal staff writer Lynn Arditi never made any attempt, of which I’m aware, to contact me or anybody associated with the Ocean State Current while writing her article,”Overtime reports inflated, say R.I. officials,” a few moments of a Saturday morning are justified for response. In the article, the Projo reports on the payroll…

As Local Talk Radio Churns….

By Marc Comtois | February 15, 2013 |

First the “Big O”, now Ron St. Pierre. The talk radio landscape is a-changing and one wonders where it will lead. While we can appreciate what both Glenn Ordway and St. Pierre have done, it seems to me like it’s a pretty normal changing of the guard. In short, out with the old and in…

Government as Reporters’ Parachute

By Justin Katz | January 23, 2013 |

During the handful of interactions I had with Connie Grosch at the State House, last session, she was friendly and very helpful. Moreover, she did her job taking photographs for the Providence Journal well. So, I was sorry to see her name added to the list of personnel cuts that the paper has made in…

What a Football Hero’s Fake Girlfriend Tells Us About the Media

By Marc Comtois | January 17, 2013 |

If you haven’t heard by now, Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o claims he was scammed into believing he had a girlfriend who then was in a car accident and died of leukemia. The details are too involved to be summarized, so read about it at Deadspin, who broke the story. The larger take-away is…

A State Full of Smart Non-Criminals and GoLocalProv Had to Import a Felonious, Bad Government “Mindsetter”?

By Monique Chartier | January 8, 2013 |

Look, GoLocalProv does and has done some excellent work. Just this morning, for example, we taxpayers appreciate the reminder to our elected officials that 30+ cities and towns have busted the tax cap since 2009. (Why? Property taxes in Rhode Island were quite high enough in 2009. Was there, for example, a corresponding increase in…

Gary Alexander’s Long Commute and Rhode Island’s Big Compensation

By Justin Katz | December 14, 2012 |

Rhode Island resident and former human services chief Gary Alexander has been making news back home related to his current job as Secretary of Public Welfare in Pennsylvania. About two weeks ago, Alexander’s work came up on the Current and Anchor Rising regarding a chart suggesting that a single-mother in the PA public welfare system…

Things We Read Today (41), Wednesday

By Justin Katz | December 12, 2012 |

Two narratives on the economy; a health exchange story the media is missing; government as pretend leader; powerful teachers’ unions (plus Ted Nesi’s Rolodex) Continue reading on the Ocean State Current…

Things We Read Today (30), Monday

By Justin Katz | November 5, 2012 |

Pre-election restlessness; race, politics, and advancement; differing job estimates without optimism; situational social issue calculus; old media as the election’s big loser. Continue reading on the Ocean State Current…

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