Rhode Island Politics

Kamala Harris disembarks from Air Force 2 in RI

Under RI’s Act on Climate, can I sue Kamala Harris for her strange visit to Rhode Island?

By Justin Katz | May 6, 2021 |

A photo that Governor Dan McKee posted on his Facebook page, shown as the featured image for this post, caught my eye.  That’s an awfully big plane to carry one person hundreds of miles for tarmac handshakes with VIPs, a photo op with some local professionals, and a quick run to a neighborhood bookstore.  How…

Immigrant crossing sign with Discover Beautiful RI sign

Politics This Week with John DePetro: RI’s Most Important Residents

By Justin Katz | May 3, 2021 |

The weekly conversation about politics between John DePetro and Justin Katz digs into the trends and hidden meanings behind politics and policy in Rhode Island, raising the question of whether it’s all about replacing Rhode Islanders with immigrants.

Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung

People are noticing that Fenton-Fung has proven a far-left progressive.

By Justin Katz | April 30, 2021 |

The Cranston Herald has published a (shall we say) strongly worded letter by resident Suzanne Downing noting (as I did a few months ago) that Republican state representative Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung is not voting as one would expect a Republican to do: As a resident of District 15 in Cranston I was happy to support Barbara Ann…

Cash under a medical mask

The question is the value add.

By Justin Katz | April 19, 2021 |

I’m working my way through the HBO television series, The Wire, and just finished season two.  It doesn’t give much away to explain that the plot revolves around a dock-worker-union head’s quest to use revenue from smuggling to pay off city politicians so that they’ll include a dredging project in their budget.  It’s purely a transactional…

Zambarano Hospital deteriorating

What about the mental health of RI government?

By Justin Katz | April 19, 2021 |

One way of looking at Governor Dan McKee’s decision to hold off on implementing his predecessor’s plans for the state-run Zambarano psychiatric hospital is as a battle of union interests.  Raimondo’s plan to spend $65 million (initial asking price) for a new facility would have made construction unions happy, whereas McKee’s move serves the service…

Sharp and Important Contrast: Republican vs Democrat Handling of Two Election Results This Week

By Monique Chartier | March 23, 2013 |

In case you missed it, this past week presented an excellent opportunity to watch RI Dems and Repubs handle election results. > At the State House, Democrats discovered that [gasp] a committee had done its job and actually voted on whether to send a bill to the House Floor, resulting in an 8-0 vote in…

Man Bites Dog: A House Committee Passes Ethics Bill instead of Holding for Further Study

By Marc Comtois | March 13, 2013 |

UPDATE @ 4:30 PM: Kathy Gregg at the ProJo tweeted out: Hear that right? Did Speaker [F]ox just publicly remove J Patrick O’Neill from house judiciary after last nights ethics bill coup. Yes. Thus does O’Neill become the object lesson for what happens when you move to vote a bill out of committee without Speakah…

Yowzah: RI Campaign Consultant Arrested for Alleged Campaign Violation

By Monique Chartier | March 9, 2013 |

The campaign flyer at the center of this allegedly campaign law violation, and its dissemination at the last minute of the 2012 campaign, was such a nasty maneuver that part of me cheered when I heard that it has resulted in an arrest. (Jim Archer, candidate for the General Assembly, was the target of the…

One of the Few Manufacturing Jobs that We Don’t Need: Gov Chafee Manufactures Out of Thin Air a Brand New Business Climate Factor

By Monique Chartier | March 3, 2013 |

The headline of Governor Chafee’s OpEd in today’s Providence Journal summarizes his premise: Gay marriage key to flourishing R.I. economy But is it? Several analyses have placed Rhode Island at or near the bottom for business-unfriendliness. What criteria did they use to rank the states? Helpfully, in their December, 2012 report [PDF] “A Review of…

Apathy and Fear in Rhode Island

By Justin Katz | February 27, 2013 |

Most Americans probably know very little about Rhode Island beyond the fact that it is at the wrong end of an awful lot of national economic and civic rankings. Residents of the state who’ve sought some explanation for its willful decline inevitably come across the concept of “Rhode-apathy.” Under the thralls of what force would…

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