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A 1950s coach has a bad idea

Politics This Week: RI Pols Put the Exploitation in “Team”

By Justin Katz | January 22, 2024 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz review the ways in which RI’s self-appointed “coach” and self-presumed captains manipulate the “team” of Rhode Islanders.

1 plus 1 equals 3 with young man on smartphone in background.

Politics This Week: Education and Agendas

By Justin Katz | April 18, 2023 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz walk through how the effects of today’s education, or lack thereof, are trickling through all facets of society.

"Injustice Won't Be Postponed" sign

Seth Magaziner’s gun tweet is a scary symptom.

By Justin Katz | April 12, 2023 |

To solve problems without causing unexpected damage, you have to have some reasonable explanation for the circumstances.  This recent anti-gun tweet from Democrat Congressman Seth Magaziner illustrates how politicians are moving farther and farther away from problem-solving: If you’re accustomed to analyzing data visualizations, it might take you a moment to understand Magaziner’s point.  The…

Dane Ardente and Richard August on State of the State

State of the State: R.I. Gun Magazine Limits Before the Court

By Richard August | March 5, 2023 |

Richard August interviews Dane Ardente about a gun rights lawsuit responding to restrictive measures recently passed by the General Assembly.

A broken window

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Credibility in Government

By Justin Katz | February 6, 2023 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz talk the Rhode Island politics of the day.

A water drop and ripples

There’s only one reason to ban bulletproof vests for citizens…

By Justin Katz | December 20, 2022 |

… as New York has done.  It’s to make civilians more vulnerable.  Supporters framed their intention as making bad people more vulnerable to the police, as during mass shootings, but the ban doesn’t apply only to bad actors. As simple common sense, policies designed to make people more vulnerable ought to be approached with suspicion. …

Thomas Eakins Cowboys in the Badlands

A careful look at gun-control rhetoric shows where it’s going.

By Justin Katz | November 4, 2022 |

Here’s a noteworthy WPRI headline: “‘Speechless:’ 7-year-old child brings gun to Boston school.” Must be all those Republicans who control the city! Out of curiosity, I went in search of information about how strict Massachusetts’s gun-control laws are and found myself reminded of that old Weezer song about unraveling a sweater:  “If you want to…

A handgun, bullets, and target

Even the introduction of NY’s gun law is a bad sign.

By Justin Katz | July 15, 2022 |

We’ve reached the point in the Northeast that the leaders of Democrat-run states seem to be searching for ways to trample multiple Constitutional rights with a single policy.  Consider this new law in New York: Under the law, applicants have to provide local officials with a list of current and former social media accounts from…

McKee signs gun control bills

Governor McKee’s gun-control photo-op was wildly inappropriate.

By Justin Katz | June 28, 2022 |

The image used as the featured image of this post shows Rhode Island Democrat Governor Dan McKee signing gun control legislation recently at the State House, and even people who support the outcome should be concerned by it. For the good of our states and our country, Americans used to have a clear, if undefined,…

A fist punches water

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Punches and Polls

By Justin Katz | June 27, 2022 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz review up-to-the-minute politics in Rhode Island.