Rhode Island Politics

Viruses on a cell

Mainstream stories on Whitehouse’s beach club show the near-biological process of protecting leftist politicians.

By Justin Katz | July 1, 2021 |

Even just the headline of Alexander Bolton’s article on The Hill gives the game away:  “The weird story behind Sheldon Whitehouse’s beach club furor.” Take whatever side you want on Sheldon Whitehouse as a U.S. senator and his family membership in an exclusive Newport beach club, but the story isn’t weird.  It’s part of an established…

Jorge Elorza speaks at a Pride event

Politics This Week with John DePetro: The Privileged in Rhode Island

By Justin Katz | June 21, 2021 |

This week, John and Justin discuss the special interests who get special privileges in the Ocean State.

Cut roots on a wall

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Systemic Avoidance of Root Causes

By Justin Katz | June 14, 2021 |

This week, John and Justin discuss homelessness, gun crime, and the common theme that activists and politicians don’t want to touch the real problems behind them both.

A sonogram.

Will the pro-life wave reach the Ocean State?

By Justin Katz | June 5, 2021 |

The Catholic News Agency highlights an “unprecedented surge” of pro-life legislation around the United States: “The unprecedented surge of pro-life activity in state legislatures this year proves life is winning in America,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List. “The 61 new laws enacted and hundreds of bills introduced include legislation to stop…

Firedancer in a ring of fire

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Office on Fire, Candidates Not

By Justin Katz | June 2, 2021 |

For their weekly conversation, John and Justin review the changing political landscape from the point of view of gubernatorial candidates and Providence school children.

WalletHub map of best states for doctors

Another WalletHub list puts Rhode Island dead last: Best States to Practice Medicine

By Justin Katz | May 29, 2021 |

Christian Winthrop spotted the ranking recently for Newport Buzz: In order to help doctors decide where to practice, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 19 key metrics. Their data set ranges from the average annual wage of physicians to hospitals per capita to the quality of the public hospital system.…

A foot massage

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Playing Footsie in a Parasitic Legislature

By Justin Katz | May 24, 2021 |

For this week’s conversation, John DePetro and Justin Katz discuss the complete lack of will to fix education for Rhode Island kids or reduce abuse for Rhode Island taxpayers.

RI State House over caution tape

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Progressives Without Answers

By Justin Katz | May 19, 2021 |

For this week’s conversation, John DePetro and Justin Katz discuss Rhode Island progressives’ inability to come up with solutions for problems that their policies have created.

Rep. Christopher Blazejewski

GoLocal on the House Majority Leader’s lack of interest in minority issues is an example for news media.

By Justin Katz | May 12, 2021 |

If journalism were really about holding the powerful accountable and approaching them with a skeptical eye, we’d see a lot more stories like this one, in which the GoLocal Prov News Team reported the difficulty that the minority women who make up the pro-charter-school group Stop the Wait RI have been having getting any response from…

Mike Stenhouse and Tara Levasseur on In the Dugout 05/11/21

Freedom requires its beneficiaries to stand up for it.

By Justin Katz | May 12, 2021 |

Several of the topics on Mike Stenhouse’s In the Dugout show, yesterday, had that theme, whether it was state GOP Chair Sue Cienki talking about Governor Dan McKee’s insult to the opposition party, talk about a Worldwide Freedom Rally in RI, or arrests of COVID-lockdown-resisting Christians in Canada.

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