June 28, 2013

So What Happened? (View from the Right)

The unexpected twists of the RI House budget debate indicate much deeper changes in Rhode Island's political landscape, and voters should pay attention.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:47 PM
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June 27, 2013

Private Schools Are Not Just for the Kids of Government Employees/Retirees

A letter writer opposing school choice legislation fails to mention circumstances of his career (and young retirement) that might be relevant to his opinion.

Posted by Justin Katz at 3:23 PM
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06/26/13 – House Floor, Budget Round 2

Justin’s back at the State House for round 2 of the House budget debate.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:22 PM
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06/25/13 – House Floor: Budget

Justin writes live from the floor of the House on budget night.

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:16 PM
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June 25, 2013

A Chill on a Hot Day

Using current controversies to contrive a trick for cooling off on a hot day.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:09 AM
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Employment in May: Steady as She Doesn't Go

Rhode Island's employment picture is still stagnation, but with plenty of evidence that the state could slingshot back to life if it would stop holding itself down.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:37 AM
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June 24, 2013

Roosevelt Society and the Right's Biggest Challenge

The Roosevelt Society's inaugural event, featuring "conservative black chick" Crystal Wright, raised the central challenge of the American Right... even though nobody seemed to see it.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:31 AM
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June 22, 2013

For Lack of a Cri de Coeur

Some thoughts on the obligation to be cranky and contrarian in modern day Rhode Island.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:48 PM
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Dollars in the Court Room, Here Come the Judge

A short new addition to the proposed budget creates a slush fund for the judiciary and raises a whole series of questions.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:20 AM
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June 21, 2013

Pension Reform Debate: Painkilling Spin About Fantasies

Continued debate about Rhode Island’s pension reform is disconnected from the reality of the pension system, not to mention the steps that the state really has to take to resolve its problems.

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:00 PM
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Budget Process Reflection

Experiencing the state budget process firsthand gives perspective on what’s wrong with Rhode Island and the apparent illusion of self-governance in the state.

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:30 AM
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06/18/13 – House Finance Committee (Budget Introduction)

Justin writes live from House Finance on budget-introduction night.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:34 AM
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June 14, 2013

The Good of Public Education

The school choice debate comes down to philosophy and priorities, and the education of the public, in its vast diversity, should come first.

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:46 AM
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June 13, 2013

Watchlist for the Freedom Index

The RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity has released the full list of the 551 bills (so far) that are likely to be on its General Assembly Freedom Index 2013 if they receive floor votes.

Posted by Justin Katz at 3:05 PM
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Lardaro Should Watch His Credibility Attacks

Len Lardaro's attack on the credibility of the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity ought to come with doubts about his Credibility Index.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:29 AM
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June 12, 2013

Portsmouth Institute 2013 Conference: “Catholicism and the American Experience,” Day 1, Peter Steinfels

Peter Steinfels offered some intellectually challenging opposition to conservative Catholics at the Portsmouth Institute conference on "Catholicism and the American Experience."

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:49 PM
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June 10, 2013

Portsmouth Institute 2013 Conference: “Catholicism and the American Experience,” Day 1, Robert George

Robert George’s opening talk at the 2013 Portsmouth Institute conference on “Catholicism and the American Experience” argued for the necessity of religious freedom, in opposition both to theocratic imposition of doctrine and secular exclusion of existential searching.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:15 AM
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