National Politics

A water drop and ripples

I’m not making claims of election fraud, here…

By Justin Katz | December 24, 2022 |

… but the ability to spend $1.7 trillion with relative ease and minimal scrutiny is a whole lot of incentive to manipulate elections.  In debates about such issues, it’s shocking that nobody ever mentions the incentive.

A water drop and ripples

Cicilline doesn’t trust the American people.

By Justin Katz | December 23, 2022 |

Whatever your view of Donald Trump and/or David Cicilline, take a moment to think about the underlying perspective required for a position like this: Democratic Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline is leading an effort to ban former President Donald Trump from holding public office again. If this means anything, it means that Cicilline wants to…

Cash, cuffs, and the American flag

The federal government is sowing the seeds of our division.

By Justin Katz | December 21, 2022 |

I’m midway through reading a book about the psychology of changing your mind, and the author apparently sees understanding the subject as an important tool in overcoming our polarization.  I’ll have much more to say about the book, no doubt, not least to suggest that increasingly subtle psychological manipulation may be causing the polarization.  After all,…

Travis Rowley and Richard August on State of the States 12/12/22

State of the State: Rowley’s View of Current Politics

By Richard August | December 18, 2022 |

Host Richard August catches up with Travis Rowley on the world of politics.

A classic red Ford Mustang

Cool Cars, Military Sports, and Republican Politics

By John Loughlin | December 11, 2022 |

John Loughlin interviews Dave McDonald of Smithfield Classic Cars and Auto Sales, RNC Chair Candidate Harmeet Dhillon, and General Robert Caslen, regarding Army Navy 2022.

Richard August and John Carlevale

State of the State: 2022 Midterm Election Retrospective

By John Carlevale | December 4, 2022 |

John Carlevale and Richard August discuss the midterm elections.

Fail box checked

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Awash in Failure

By Justin Katz | November 21, 2022 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz review varied ways in which Rhode Island’s establishment is failing the state.

American flag in a field at sunset

Sunlight for Energy, Cancer, and Mail Ballots

By John Loughlin | November 19, 2022 |

John Loughlin talks with Michael Chaves of Love Solar, Dr. Shafman on pancreatic cancer, and Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation on mail ballots.

Mail ballot envelope

The odds in the Congressional tallies are… curious.

By Justin Katz | November 10, 2022 |

In the long days since most Congressional districts in the United States managed to provide sufficient vote counts for victors to be named, Republicans have only needed approximately one-quarter of all remaining districts to claim a majority.  Thus far, the Democrats have beaten the odds, and the GOP is still eight seats away, which is…

A water drop and ripples

The red wave came up against the winds of mail ballots.

By Justin Katz | November 9, 2022 |

First a note to those who might be newly engaged in politics or have forgotten:  It isn’t at all unusually for the media narrative to switch after the votes are in.  Thus, whereas before, commentators would say that it might be such a big “red wave” that the Republicans would take the Senate, indicating that…