RI Political Corruption

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Politics This Week with John DePetro: Many Ways to Ignore Core Problems

By Justin Katz | April 19, 2021 |

For their weekly conversation, John DePetro and Justin Katz discuss Governor Daniel McKee avoiding the underlying problems at Zambarano, the media ignoring the underlying violence of BLM rallies, Providence ignoring the underlying issues with public safety, and the implications of fundraising results from Congressmen James Langevin and David Cicilline.

A Local Focus on Apathy and Fear

By Justin Katz | April 13, 2013 |

My essay on apathy and fear in Rhode Island is in today’s Providence Journal. From the version that Anchor Rising readers may have already read on the American Spectator’s site, I’ve changed the focus a bit and added some key anecdotes with a much more local focus. To expand even more on the anecdote about…

RIOpenGov Strives to Fill Transparency Void

By Justin Katz | April 2, 2013 |

The RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity has posted state payroll information to its transparency Web site, RIOpenGov.org. The site lists all state employees by name, department, and division, and presents their pay, including overtime, for the years 2010 and 2011. The Ocean State Current drew some attention to this data last week, with reports…

Things We Read Today (43), Tuesday

By Justin Katz | December 18, 2012 |

Explaining Rhode Island’s decline in four brief sections: legal process, the economy, the media, and fashionable graft. Continue reading on the Ocean State Current…

Things We Read Today (26), Wednesday

By Justin Katz | October 24, 2012 |

Mainly on government’s bad incentives: bad housing spending in Providence, unlearnable spending lessons for the governor, stimulus corruption, and Medicaid reform. Continue reading the Ocean State Current…

07/11/12 – Board of Elections

By Justin Katz | July 11, 2012 |

3:27 p.m. After a quick zip across from the WPRO studios in East Providence, I’m in the Board of Elections hearing room awaiting the board’s vote on withholding phone and email information from voter registrations on an emergency basis. See Andrew Morse’s background report for details. I’d wager that the attendance is not usually so…

Usurpation Cannot Be Challenged in Central Falls

By Justin Katz | October 7, 2011 |

This ruling is worth highlighting before it slips in the vast mire of news about Rhode Island’s fatally ill civic structure: The state-appointed receiver running Central Falls can go after Mayor Charles D. Moreau and the City Council to recoup legal fees spent defending the receivership law from Moreau’s unsuccessful state Supreme Court challenge, a…

The Pension Performance Is Already Underway

By Justin Katz | October 4, 2011 |

I wanted to go to last night’s Publick Occurrences event, but after around 10 hours of motivational speeches and get-rich sales pitches, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. Part of the problem is my suspicion that the game is already set, and like those sales pitches, everything being said right now is just…

The General Assembly Line for Pensions

By Justin Katz | September 28, 2011 |

Have you spotted the line of argument that members of the General Assembly have devised for explaining why legislators who benefit from public-sector pensions are free to vote to changes to the system? Here’s retired NEA member and recently elected representative from East Providence (whose pension comes in at $54,512, annually): Echoed Duffy Messier: “Everyone…

Rhode Islandism on Rhode Islandism

By Justin Katz | September 23, 2011 |

Mangeek’s comment to my post about the very Rhode Island background of the prospective head of hte 195 commission is just too appropriate not to reproduce for additional commentary: “when Kane’s father was a principal of a Providence elementary school” I had the pleasure of attending that school during Principal Kane’s tenure. He was an…

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