Students disrespecting the American flag in a Veterans Day display require signage to explain their significance.
The events in Ferguson, MO have drawn widespread public attention to the increasing militarization of local police departments. It’s a topic that has been discussed amongst civil–rights minded folks for the last decade or so and has both national and local impact.
Justin liveblogs another commission hearing on eliminating the state sales tax, this time concerning the state’s economic modeling of the proposal and alternatives from the Center for Freedom & Prosperity.
Justin liveblogs from another meeting of the legislative commission to study the elimination of the sales tax.
The legal arguments of the State Labor Relations Board, when it comes to child-care providers’ election to decide whether to unionize, are transparently thin and suggest that the fix might be in.
Justin writes live from the commission to study elimination of the sales tax.
Graffiti vans advertising the name of the Providence mayor, who is currently running for governor, ought to raise questions about campaign finance and the appropriate uses of public office.
Barricades blocking the Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence, Rhode Island, offer an early lesson of what can happen when we forget that the government and the people are not the same thing.
While surviving the anarchy of the government shutdown, I came across some figures regarding the “essentialness” of the employees of certain government agencies. For example, apparently only 6.6% of the employees of the Environmental Protection Agency remain on the job, resulting in all sorts of “ineffeciencies”.
Justin liveblogs another commission hearing about repealing the sales tax.
The image of town hall free speech in America may be shifting from the Norman Rockwell classic Americana.
Justin writes live from the legislative commission to study the sales tax repeal.
Yesterday, the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity recognized the two winners of its essay contest on the topic of school choice, as Rhode Island’s offering in the nationwide celebration of Friedman Legacy Day.
While reading the comments to Scott Mackay’s recent RI-NPR piece dismissing the latest CNBC-negative-ranking-of-RI stories, I came across a reference to recent Pew data (using 2012 numbers) that showed that Rhode Island state employees earned more than private sector employees in the state. Well, that’s nothing new, but I thought I’d take a look at the data. It’s worse than I thought.
At the Portsmouth Institute conference on “Catholicism and the American Experience,” Roger Kimball presented the art world as a hollow religion, standing in opposition to ordinary life just because.
Reflections upon a morning reading of the Declaration of Independence.
Justin’s back at the State House for round 2 of the House budget debate.
Justin writes live from the floor of the House on budget night.
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.
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.
Writing live from a House Finance committee hearing on the Sakonnet River Bridge toll.
Justin liveblogs from Brookings Institution VP Bruce Katz event with the RI Foundation.
Another economic development study presentation at the State House, liveblogged.
Justin liveblogs from the Senate’s “Moving the Needle” Summit.
Justin writes live from a five-hour, four-panel economic conference put on by the RI House of Representatives.
Justin writes live from RISC’s summer meeting.
Justin writes live from the Stephen Hopkins Center’s panel discussion on the 38 Studios deal and its aftermath.
Justin writes live from a joint House & Senate Committee Hearing on casino legislation.
Justin writes live from the RI Senate Committee on Finance, including Central Falls retirees and a path to MERS.
Justin liveblogs from a Tiverton School Committee that promises controversy over tactics used while advocating for particular budgets.