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10 News Conference Wingmen, Episode 42 (Providence Mayoral Primary and Church/State)

Justin and Bob Plain argue over the Democrat primary for Providence mayor and its implications for the separation of church and state.

Interview with Steve Frias, on the Work of the Constitutional Convention Preparatory Commission


The excerpt I would pick to introduce my interview with Steve Frias, about the work the preparatory commission for a constitutional convention has done, would be this one

Steve Frias: There will be an argument that there are reforms that people want in this state that are not happening, because the General Assembly refuses to give them serious consideration, for instance, the line-item veto. Rhode Island is one of the few states not to have it. On Ethics Commission jurisdiction, the Supreme Court made their decision in 2009, I believe, and five years later, while there have been votes on it in one chamber or another, it hasn’t been adopted yet….

This is a way for the people to amend the Constitution, and get things into it, that the General Assembly has shown by its behavior in recent years that it is just not willing to do.
However, when I asked Commissioner Frias directly what the most important thing he thought people could get out of the commission’s report was, his answer was
SF: That the 1973 Convention was really cheap.
(In 1973, the convention cost about $20K, to be exact)

The entire interview, including a view on what a complete cost-benefit analysis of a constitutional convention should involve, is available below the fold.

Rhode Islander into the Heart of Ebola Country

Tim Flanigan, an infectious disease specialist from Tiverton, has headed off to Liberia to fight Ebola, and he has a few simple requests.

10 News Conference Wingmen, Episode 41 (Primaries and Unions)

Justin and Bob Plain pick favorites in some primaries and argue about pensions and government labor unions.

10 News Conference Wingmen, Episode 40 (Public Funding of Art)

Justin and Bob Plain discuss the morality and economics of funding art through the government.

10 News Conference Wingmen, Episode 39 (A Providence Income Tax)

Justin and Bob Plain discuss the notion of a municipal income tax in Providence

10 News Conference Wingmen, Episode 38 (Funding Transportation)

Justin and Bob Plain talk transportation infrastructure funding.

10 News Conference Wingmen, Episode 37 (WJAR Gubernatorial Debates & Immigration)

Justin and Bob Plain discuss the first Republican and Democrat gubernatorial debates on Channel 10, WJAR, with some emphasis on the illegal immigration crisis.

Mark Zaccaria on Issues Facing the US Senate


After his campaign announcement, Republican Senatorial candidate Mark Zaccaria answered questions posed by Anchor Rising on the subjects of:

The guiding principle and vision of American foreign policy.

Where to go on Obamacare, from where we now are.

The institutional way to deal with executive overreach.

The gulf between the elites and the people, on illegal immigration.

Mark Zaccaria Announces for Senate


Mark Zaccaria: “[Y]our taxes, your food and your housing costs are all up as a result of what the Federal Government has done, and Jack Reed has voted yes for every single one of those increases, certainly during the last couple of terms. I contend that Rhode Islanders are ready to vote no, and it’s about high time.

But they have to have a choice to be able to do that, to be able to vote for better monetary policy, or smaller government that costs less, so that it takes less money out of your pockets. You have to have that alternative on the ballot. I hope to be the face of that message to the hard-working, tax-paying men and women of Rhode Island during this campaign.

There is another way, folks. We can do that. And I will be making that point, to anyone who will listen to me, every day between now and the fourth of November…you don’t have to vote for the guy you voted for last time. In fact, it might be better if you voted for somebody new.”

10 News Conference Wingmen, Episode 36 (Hobby Lobby, Freedom, & Health Care)

Justin and Bob Plain discuss the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision and the underlying issues of freedom and health care.

Staley and Hayden’s Representation

In their passing, Harry Staley and Robert Hayden leave behind an explanation and an example for civic participation.

10 News Conference Wingmen, Episode 35 (Cianci and the Providence Mayoral Campaign)

Andrew and Samuel Bell discuss the Cianci effect in the Providence mayoral campaign.

James Baar: Nightmare at the Exchange

Erik Brown thought he had found help with his healthcare bill. Instead, he found himself trapped in a nightmare at the exchange.

10 News Conference Wingmen, Episode 34 (General Assembly Budget)

Justin and Bob Plain discuss the General Assembly’s budget and whether all money in a society belongs to the government, so that letting people keep it is the same as giving it away.

10 News Conference Wingmen, Episode 33 (Sending HealthSource RI to Feds)

Justin and Bob Plain discuss closing down HealthSource RI and using the federally run version.

10 News Conference Wingmen, Episode 32 (Government-Driven Tourism)

Justin and Bob Plain discuss the appropriate role of government in branding and promoting tourism in Rhode Island.

10 News Conference Wingmen, Episode 31 (38 Studios Bonds)

Justin and Bob Plain take up the question of to pay or not to pay the 38 Studios bonds.

10 News Conference Wingmen, Episode 30 (NECAPs, Right to Education, Common Core)

Justin and Bob Plain talk about standardized testing and whether school committees have a right to sue for more money from other communities.

10 News Conference Wingmen, Episode 29 (Free Markets v. Regulation)

Justin and Bob Plain discuss the relative weight of free-market solutions versus regulation.