The Ocean State Current
The Ocean State Current is the independent, nonpartisan news and commentary bureau of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity. Its mission is to leverage online multimedia to ensure that a well-informed public has the breadth of information required for healthy self governance. To further that mission, the Current seeks to integrate with the existing community of local news providers in all media in such a way as to find stories and convey perspectives that might otherwise be overlooked.
The Current’s name (evoking “current events”) is a play on words, but with a philosophical undertow:
Human nature and economic law influence all social endeavors. We can resolve to fight the current or resign ourselves passively to whatever direction it dictates, but we cannot ignore its pull. The current flows through each of us and in our interactions. However ingenious our designs, however eternal our structures seem, they need a comprehending touch and constant vigilance to forestall erosion.
Managing Editor Justin Katz attracted national attention when he joined an early wave of bloggers with his site DustintheLight.com in 2002 — back when one frequently had to explain that the term was short for “Web log.” When current events convinced him of the precarious condition of Rhode Island civil society, he joined other local conservatives in founding AnchorRising.com in 2004. In the years since, Justin has published regularly in such venues as the Providence Journal, National Review Online, and Rhode Island Catholic and was featured in Proud to Be Right: Voices of the Next Conservative Generation (HarperCollins, 2010), and Anchor Rising, now with the Ocean State Current, has become among the most widely read sources of political commentary in the state.
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Mike Stenhouse is founder and CEO of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, a state-based free-enterprise public policy think tank. With an Economics degree from Harvard University, Stenhouse was also a two-time All-America baseball selection and also earned a varsity letter in basketball. He went on to have an 8-year professional baseball career, including stints as a major leaguer with the 1986 Boston Red Sox American League Championship team, with the Minnesota Twins (’85), and with the Montreal Expos (’82-’84). Previously, Stenhouse served as Executive Director for the Ocean State Policy Research Institute. He formerly served as VP of the Board of Directors for RI Special Olympics. A Cranston, RI native and Cranston HS East graduate, Mike was named the state’s Journal Honor Roll selection as well as Words Unlimited Student Athlete of the Year as a senior in 1976. Mike has been inducted into the Hall of Fame for Harvard University Athletics, the Cape Cod Baseball League, the RI Interscholastic League, and the City of Cranston Athletics.
Founded in 2004, Anchor Rising is possibly Rhode Island’s longest-running blog for news and commentary, especially with an emphasis on politics and policy. And it has long been the most prominent Web site expressing conservative views in the state. Ocean State Current managing Editor Justin Katz was one of the founding contributors. The other contributors are:
Carroll Andrew Morse
Carroll Andrew Morse has been a contributor to Anchor Rising since its founding in 2004. He writes regularly on the Rhode Island legislature and government, the underpinnings of self-government and the democratic process, the interaction of politics and policymaking, and national security and foreign policy issues. Andrew holds a Masters in Public Affairs from Brown University’s Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions, but believes blogs posts should stand on their own, regardless of credentials.
The third of Anchor Rising founders, Marc Comtois lives and works in Rhode Island with his family. In addition to opining, he can be found volunteering or playing at soccer fields around the state. He also likes studying history, listening to music, digging into genealogy and drinking good beer.
Monique Chartier is a political gadfly and editor of the RI Taxpayer Times newsletter.