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News across Rhode Island — related to state and local government, the news media, social developments, and more — has a consistent underlying theme:  Our state has taken a bad turn, and those striving to correct it are struggling to gain a foothold. We can save the Ocean State!  People still have their consciences and…

An explosion of light
At this point, just assume that every company and organization is out to indoctrinate your children.

In recent years, one worrisome question as political stories have unfolded has been:  Where are the whistleblowers? James O’Keefe has found another one for Project Veritas.  David Johnson is a packaging contractor with Rhode Island–based toy company Hasbro, who is also a Black man, and couldn’t watch the company go down the path of using packaging…

Hasbro building on a red sky
GoFundMe’s bigotry has become so predictable.

Speaking with John DePetro this week, I suggested that competing GoFundMe campaigns around the controversy on Sayles Street in Providence showed a healthy social response to cancel culture and institutional biases.  I did predict, however, by way of noting it as something to keep an eye out for, that GoFundMe would cancel one campaign and…

GoFundMe Campaign Not Found
Turning students into trend-following activists is not evidence of civics “proficiency.”

The headline over Alexa Gagosz’s Boston Globe article is misleading: “Civics proficiency now a requirement for all Rhode Island public school graduates.” Just look: … this new law does not necessarily require that students take a separate civics course or civics exam. Instead, individual school districts will determine how their students can “demonstrate proficiency” because according…

"Injustice Won't Be Postponed" sign
Those who control the Census count control the relative power of each state and the direction of the country.

The link may be a little stale, at this point, but no local mainstream sources that I’ve seen have reported the suspicious revisions of the U.S. Census count, despite the obvious interest to Rhode Island, so it’s worth a mention.  Here’s Stephen Moore, writing in Rasmussen Reports: There is something very fishy about the new 2020…

U.S. Capitol Building
A local charter can never be clear enough to thwart local officials with no respect for their community.

On Tiverton Fact Check, I’ve posted an update on efforts to block residents from putting budget proposals on the ballot of our financial town referendum.  The upshot is that it’s not good. In the course of declining to intervene and force the Board of Canvassers to reverse its refusal to allow voters to consider other options…

Tiverton Town Hall
Advocacy Solutions took one for the insider team in South Kingstown.

The South Kingstown school department has provided Anchor Rising with a little bit more detail on the hiring of a PR firm to handle the matter of local mom Nicole Solas (and to criticize her): Then Chair and School Committee member Emily Cummiskey reached out to the District’s legal counsel, wanting to quickly respond to a…

South Kingstown schools logo
When CRT advocates say they want to teach “the good and the bad,” we should ask if they’re even teaching “the good.”

I’ve got an article on the site of Accuracy in Media noting that the providers of mainstream news seem more interested in making sure that schools teach what’s negative in U.S. history than in ensuring a balanced education: American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten insists that teachers in her union will and must “teach…

Lincoln Memorial
Free gifts for tourists doesn’t seem like the best use of federal COVID money but might make hotel lobbyists happy.

When Governor Dan McKee floated the idea of using “leftover federal stimulus funds” to hand out up to 100,000 gift cards to Rhode Islanders back in May, I made note to follow the story because I wasn’t sure whether it was a good idea or a meh idea.  If this just-announced program is the same…

Buildings in Providence
Why is public education one industry progressives won’t destroy in the name of justice?

With the various economic and education-related stories that have tumbled through my awareness lately, I had a somewhat random thought. We all know from the news that progressives will destroy entire industries — driving up costs for everybody in a regressive way, ruining their fellow Americans’ productive investments, telling workers to find other jobs —…

Support Your Local Planet Protest Sign
Fishing boats are another example of government bragging about easing problems it caused.

Liberty Rhode Island caught the RI House of Representatives bragging about softening its grip around the Ocean State’s economic neck.  The example comes from the House’s Facebook page, which appears to be a partisan outlet to promote newspaper clippings that say nice things about House Democrats.  The page quotes an article by Ryan Blessing in The…

A fisherman with his net
One bill’s $55 million price tag is a small sample of the increased cost of mandated “renewables.”

Exactly this dynamic, which Alex Kuffner reports in the Providence Journal, apply (with exponents) to the entire push for “green energy” more broadly: How much money could Rhode Islanders have been on the hook for if Gov. Dan McKee had not vetoed a bill that shifted some of the costs of solar and wind projects from…

Solar farm in North Smithfield
Everything we’re seeing in “our democracy” comes down to the reemergence of an entitled class.

Angelo Codevilla’s essay in American Greatness on May 17 is worth catching if (like me) you missed it.  In the various tumultuous issues the United States as been facing in recent years, he sees an emerging insistence by a governing elite that we are not, in fact, equal, but that their superiority is so manifest that…

Nicholas Poissin, The Judgment of Solomon
College students shouldn’t expect others to pick up the costs for their investments.

Somehow or other, a tweet by RI League of Cities and Towns Policy Director Jordan Day found its way into my stream, yesterday, lamenting the cost of her student loans. Day appears to have graduated from Rhode Island College in 2013.  She worked on Jorge Elorza’s campaign for mayor through all of 2014, which rolled…

Students graduating from college.
The General Assembly should pay much less… or much more.

Katherine Gregg reminds Rhode Islanders, via the Providence Journal, that representatives and senators in the state General Assembly get a raise when the country experiences inflation: On July 1, their annual salaries went up by $199.63, from $16,635.74. to $16,835.37 a year. (The House speaker and Senate president make double that amount.) And no, they did not…

Shadowy RI State House
With 40% of COVID deaths being among diabetics, forcing everybody to do (or not do) things is not justified.

There is a very strong case for diabetics to be vaccinated against COVID-19, as Dennis Thompson reports for HealthDay News: About 40% of deaths from COVID-19 in the United States were among diabetics, a “really quite sobering” statistic that should prompt people with the ailment to get vaccinated, said Dr. Robert Gabbay, chief scientific and medical…

Hospital beds
Now’s the time to start addressing doctor shortages in RI, before it’s an emergency.

G. Wayne Miller’s headline in the Providence Journal tells you about all you need to know about the article: “‘People are burned out’: RI faces a doctor shortage that could get worse.” Rhode Island is facing a shortage of doctors, which has made finding a physician in some specialties more difficult and could inhibit easy access…

WalletHub map of best states for doctors
Psst, Democrats: the key to higher wages is a strong economy and domestic workforce.

Of course, then government can’t take direct credit for handing out money. Newsmax reports that employers across the country are thrilled to be finding teens willing to take entry-level jobs: As the U.S. economy bounds back with unexpected speed from the pandemic recession and customer demand intensifies, high school-age kids are filling jobs that older workers…

Clothes display in a retail store
Seasonally adjusted employment shouldn’t be going down in Rhode Island, but it is.

As you see headlines today and tomorrow about how Rhode Island’s unemployment rate went down a tenth of a percentage point, keep this in mind, from an RI Dept. of Labor and Training press release just out this morning: The number of employed Rhode Island residents was 506,600, down 500 from May. Last June there…

For Hire sign
Progressives continue to use “conversion therapy” bans to convert our country into a theocracy.

Back when the Democrats of Rhode Island imposed their radical religion on the people of the Ocean State in 2017 with a “conversion therapy” ban, I pointed out that it didn’t just affect the therapy of children, but adults, as well.  I went on to emphasize exactly how this was the state government imposing a religious…

Eugene Delacroix Fanatics of Tangiers
Progressives don’t want more information about the weapons used in crimes.

Anita Baffoni reports for WPRI on the decision of Democrat Governor Dan McKee to take the middle path between vetoing a bill and signing it — allowing it to become law without his signature — on a bill that modifies what must be reported when guns are used in crimes.  Most notably, the bill, which…

Silhouette of a stickup
It’s not difficult to see where the urge for fascism really is on the American political spectrum.

Nobody should ever accuse progressives of spending too much time on self reflection.  Consider the following, from an article for Catholic News Agency by Joe Bukuras about pro-abortion protesters’ blocking a Catholic pro-life procession: “Violence can look like a man throwing punches,” a copy of a [New York City for Abortion Rights (NYCFAR)] flyer says….

Prolife prayer in NYC
Elorza’s view of poverty perfectly encapsulates progressives’ error.

No doubt many smart progressives would spot Democrat Mayor of Providence Jorge Elorza’s error in thinking, but this statement, as quoted on GoLocalProv, perfectly summarizes the progressive approach to policy: “If there’s one thing that causes poverty, it’s the lack of money,” said Elorza of the program that is currently funded through private donations —…

Vincent Van Gogh Tree Roots
Wokism is creating terrible, terrible incentive to undermine communities.

John DePetro reports that one of the families involved in the Sayles Street neighbor dispute a few weeks ago is nearing the $15,000 goal of its GoFundMe campaign.  Give some thought to the process by which they’re monetizing debate. Without assigning blame for who started it, we can state as fact that this family was…

BLM t-shirt of Sayles St instigator.
A gun confiscation policy will never, ever work in the United States (and is the wrong approach, anyway).

In a long (language-warninged) post from November 2018, Larry Correia ran through the mental exercise of imagining what would happen upon federal implementation of a gun confiscation program would look like.  He wrote in the context of comments that gun owners couldn’t possibly take on the U.S. military, which Joe Biden has recently echoed, as…

Edouard Manet's The Barricade (Civil War)
Reducing gun violence begins with the family and culture.

Speaking about a murder on Public Street in Providence, Democrat Mayor Jorge Elorza insists, “There’s just too many firearms out there, and not just too many firearms, but too many automatic firearms.”  In other words, he blames the guns. Last month, Providence Journal writer Amy Russo began an article on guns by asserting:  “Violence tends to…

A gun on a tree stump
Billionaires’ toys are an encouraging advance, not a travesty of privilege.

In a time of cultivated resentment (and leaving as a separate question whether something in our system is unjustly permitting individuals to collect monopolistic billions), we should take this as a leading edge toward the future: Two billionaires are putting everything on the line this month to ride their own rockets into space. It’s intended…

SpaceX launch
General Assembly all but requiring extended emergency declaration is so emblematic.

Writing on his Facebook page, Republican state Representative Brian Newberry explains how it is that the General Assembly teed up Governor Dan McKee to continue Rhode Island’s state of emergency despite there being no state of emergency: For those who have noticed Governor McKee has once again extended the “state of emergency” another 30 days…

Rep. Brian Newberry
Patricia Morgan and Richard August on State of the State

State of the State: Critical Race Theory in Public Schools

The Left is pulling out the stops to prevent our state from understanding critical race theory and the degree to which racism is harming our residents.

Racial conflict fist as a green light

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Municipal and School Officials Build Toward Race War

Critical race theory is all the rage, and John DePetro and Justin Katz worry about RI government efforts to stoke it into conflict.

Robert Chiaradio testifies

Demise of “Divisive Concept” Ban in Westerly Schools Outs Radical Activism

By creating incentives for activism, providing manufactured materials, and ignoring the substance of legislation, progressive advocates are providing cover for radicals to transform the teaching of civics and history into indoctrination into a divisive ideology that is tearing communities apart.

Richard August & Derek Amey on State of the State

State of the State: Is Inflation Coming?

With money flooding the economy at the same time supply channels are struggling to meet demand, the public is having to become familiar with concepts like inflation and modern monetary policy.

Don't Think, Don't Ask, Pay Tax, Vote for Us

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Politics Becomes All

John DePetro and Justin Katz discuss how everything is becoming political narrative, not serving and protecting the people, in Rhode Island.

Cut roots on a wall

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

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.

An Analytical Eye for Systemic Racism

Studies purporting to find evidence of “systemic racism” often miss the mark or, alternately, identify “systemic racism” for which progressive ideology is to blame and that Critical Race Theory (CRT) will only make worse.

A shush post at VisionLab

When Journalists Deride Requests for Public Access in Government

With their ideological bias, Rhode Island journalists don’t see themselves as aligned with those seeking public accountability regardless of worldview, but with the powerful seeking to impose their worldview on the powerless.

Colors in a bubble

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Blowing Progressive Bubbles in RI

This week, John and Justin discuss how Rhode Island media, politicians, and officials trip themselves and others up because they see the world from within bubbles.

Firedancer in a ring of fire

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

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

Poker hand

Governor McKee can do better. We hope he does.

Legislation to offer a 20-year deal to Rhode Island’s casino operators inexplicably leaves hundreds of millions of dollars on the table, and RI House Republicans hope the governor vetoes the bill.

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