RI Political Corruption

Vilhelm Pedersen illustration of Hans Christian Anderson's The Emperor's New Clothes

Are you represented in the Rhode Island House?

By Justin Katz | December 20, 2022 |

Although the core political story in Rhode Island is inevitably Democrat, this isn’t a partisan post.  The one detail I recall from Amity Shlaes’s book, Coolidge, that detracted from the 30th President’s story was an anecdote from when he was the Republican president of the Massachusetts Senate.  A lobbyist persuaded him to go one way on…

A man picks a path in the woods

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Incentives Gone Wrong

By Justin Katz | August 23, 2022 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz discuss the ways in which Rhode Island politics encourage or discourage candidates.

A behind the back cash bribe

Politics This Week with John DePetro: A Boughten Government

By Justin Katz | August 2, 2022 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz comment as the Rhode Island campaign season heats up.

A water drop and ripples

Don’t forget that legislative grants are still out there.

By Justin Katz | July 26, 2022 |

Rhode Island provides an excellent case study in how corruption works.  Elections aren’t stolen at the ballot box (except as a last resort).  Rather, corruption rigs the game at every opportunity — buying and coercing votes so that they don’t have to be stolen or manufactured.  The only way to stop this is to get…

Fingers crossed

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Rhode Island Insiders Come to a Con-Census

By Justin Katz | May 23, 2022 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz discuss manipulation of the Census numbers (and the population) and whether RI’s electoral system can be trusted.

A shadowy man on the phone

State government theft from workers shows we need trust in ourselves, not new laws.

By Justin Katz | May 6, 2022 |

With a bit of spectacularly bad timing for Rhode Island insiders (who may very well win anyway), an employee of the state Department of Labor and Training has been charged with stealing funds from exactly an area that labor unions are trying to make more flush: An employee of the Rhode Island Department of Labor…

Mail ballot envelope

Two questions persist with the voter fraud story.

By Justin Katz | April 28, 2022 |

Without insinuating an answer, I find myself wondering how it was that progressive Democrat state senator Dawn Euer, apparently alone among all people who track and inform the public about such things was the one who knew of three voter fraud arrests.  Think of that.  If she hadn’t mentioned the situation to score political points,…

Working on a checklist

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Talking Points and Ruts

By Justin Katz | April 4, 2022 |

John DePetro (now back in the states) and Justin Katz pick RI politics back up with missing a step.

Hospital beds

When activists call for more government, remind them of Eleanor Slater.

By Justin Katz | March 28, 2022 |

Here’s an important detail from a recent budget analysis by the Rhode Island Public Expenditures Council (RIPEC), as summarized by WPRI’s Eli Sherman: In a breakdown of the hospital’s financial picture, RIPEC estimated McKee is seeking to spend $143.7 million in state and federal revenue next fiscal year on the state-run medical and psychiatric facility,…

A water drop and ripples

Add a leaky Dunk to the signs of RI’s deterioration.

By Justin Katz | February 28, 2022 |

For the cost of taxes and the cost of living around here, why do Rhode Islanders tolerate this sort of thing? For the third time in the last four years on national television, the Dunkin’ Donuts Center has served as a national embarrassment, as games have had to be canceled or delayed because the management…