Court Appointments and the Governor’s Power

Raimondo wants you to follow rules that she, alone, has developed and proclaimed. Whatever their thoughts about the coronavirus, Rhode Islanders should insist that she must follow the rules that our representative democracy purports to impose.

Rhody Reporter: Rock the Vote

Mark Zaccaria analyzes the role of unsolicited Mail Ballots in the 2020 Election and asks the question: “Do we want an Election Day or an entire Election Season?”

Moving Social Media Beyond 230

The social media giants’ irresponsibility, bias, and dishonesty should put them in a position to have to make the next Nicholas Sandmann a billionaire.

Politics This Week with John DePetro: The Governor’s Court

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for November 30, included talk about:

  • The Pause arrives
  • The Queen’s bid for a higher court
  • McKee’s bid for the Queen’s attention
  • The General Assembly as courtiers
  • Is the jester in the Britt trial still relevant?

I’ll be on again Monday, November 30, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

Politics This Week with John DePetro: A Pause Before Dying

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for November 23, included talk about:

  • The governor hits “pause” on freedom
  • The Board of Elections hits “stop” for GOP challenges
  • Congressional Democrats hit “no” on Cicilline’s bid
  • A police review board director hits “send” on a leak
  • The General Assembly hits “go” on a progressive agenda

I’ll be on again Monday, November 30, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

Lockdowns are Now a Proven Failure As Their Collateral Damage Rises Inexorably

Eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, let’s examine the goal of the lockdown, the critical matter of its effectiveness and the collateral damage it has caused.

State Senate’s Hard Left on Progressive Street

Political leaders who can look at an economy in which nearly 20,000 people stopped looking for work during a pre-COVID-surge month when the nation was recovering and in which there are 36,000 fewer jobs than a year ago and conclude that this is what’s needed are not just pandering. They’re dangerous.

Following the Science Where Science Can’t Lead

We should acknowledge reality (you know, believing in science and all), respect rights, and do what planning and management we can around those to great Rs.

R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Mark Zaccaria says the Secretary of State’s organization had no respect for either the laws or the voters of Rhode Island as they managed the recent election.

… Except that Rhode Island’s COVID Positivity Rate Is Lower than Two Months Ago

Graph by epidemiologist Dr. Andrew Bostom basis State of R.I. data

At her press conference currently ongoing, Governor Gina Raimondo is announcing new restrictions, including reduction from fifteen to ten at social gatherings; no spectators at any sports for next two weeks; and fines, including fines on households, saying she doesn’t want cases to “explode”.

You’d reasonably conclude from these serious measures and language that Rhode Island’s case positivity rate, the newest panic-promoting selling point of the lockdown, was at a recent high, wouldn’t you? In fact, as epidemiologist Dr. Andrew Bostom said yesterday on the R.I. Center for Freedom and Prosperity‘s “Mikes with Mics” and shows in his graph, above, the current, very modest rise in case positivity is actually lower than the modest rise of August 1.

The Doxing Site That Proves the Campaign Finance Concern

The evolution of the progressive dox-machine proves the point on campaign finance concerns.

Tyranny, Plain to See from Raimondo

Warnings have been issued from the Castle of Smith Hill that we peasants are misbehaving, and the Empress will have none of it.

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Protest and Action

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for October 26, included talk about:

  • Fenton-Fung and Mattiello back in the ring
  • The governor comes for Thanksgiving dinner
  • Protests settle in in Providence

I’ll be on again Monday, November 2, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Questionable Use of Authority

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for October 19, included talk about:

  • Raimondo’s new COVID proclamations
  • Crime in Providence
  • Protesters on the highway
  • Who’s to blame in Pawtucket schools
  • Who really owns the Apex property
  • The legislative grant gravy train rolls one

I’ll be on again Monday, October 26, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

Rule by Submission

The extraordinary powers by which Raimondo is governing Rhode Island are floating in this gray area between law and regulation on the one hand and suggestion on the other, and it’s about time lawsuits started.

Rhody Reporter: That Ol’ Providence Gun Buyback Tune

Mark Zaccaria ponders the motivation of Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza for pursuing a potentially illegal gun buyback program at this time.

Politics This Week with John DePetro: The Absence of Competition… Sleaze

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for October 7, included talk about:

  • The petty sleaziness behind the Jeff Britt trial
  • Taking stock in Congressional races
  • A turning point in COVID dictatorship

I’ll be on again Monday, October 12, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

Last Impressions #52: Stable Pods and Unstable Metonyms

Justin Katz reports the (unfortunately) not Not Real News about “stable pods” at URI, reviews local conservative happenings in Rhode Island, and talks about the metonymic dogmatism of the Left.

Tips on Voting in RI

Mark Zaccaria provides five steps you should consider as you figure out when (and how) to cast your vote in the Ocean State.

Politics This Week with John DePetro: The Way the Guardians Face

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for September 28, included talk about:

  • Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung debates Mattiello
  • Noticing which way the police were facing at the Trump rally
  • The direction of RI pols on the Supreme Court
  • Journalists discover the aggression of the “protesters”

I’ll be on again Monday, October 5, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

Last Impressions #51: Rebels Needed

Governor Raimondo and her merry band of magic Appointees focus on the true danger in Rhode Island — not roudy rioters carrying signs that threaten to burn down the country, but college kids who aren’t voluntarily living as if in an open-air prison.

Randomness and Fairness in Electoral Process

In a small, probably inconsequential, way the order of candidates on Tiverton’s ballot for Town Council provides a test case for trusting the system.

Government Tracking Your Health Through the Sewer

The thing with encroachments on our liberty is that they always seem far off… until they’re at your door.

RI Government’s Sad Saga of COVID

Mark Zaccaria summarizes the threat to our rights and democracy as the state government’s rules slide of the table.

Is This the “Recovery” You Want?

The very people who are imposing our terrible response to COVID-19 will soon be moving forward with a suggested solution for the consequences, and we shouldn’t accept it.

The Same Old “Shut It Down” Tune on SCOTUS Confirmation

When the sentiment just after an electoral loss is that “the resistance” has to “get dirty” and “use any means necessary, short of violence”? Where do they go from there?

Last Impressions #50: The Laughable & the Ominous

A new Not Real News segment explores what RI politicians are really thinking, the Conservative Binder catches up on some right-leaning news from the state, and Justin discusses the Providence College lockdown and ominous economic news for the state.

Mikes on Mics: September 17, 2020

Join CEO Mike Stenhouse and co-host Mike Collins live on their mics talking about the BIG issues in the Ocean State.
Today’s Topics:
Constitution Day
Mail Ballot Failure in MA
Disarming the Police
TCI GAS TAX
AND MORE!!!!

A Problem with Mail Ballot Mania

The political debate over proliferating mail ballots is a pretty straightforward illustration of how debates go between the Left and the Right.

A One-Sided Concern About Procedures

A trio of “good government” groups is no better than the governor when it comes to using the excuse of COVID-19 to skirt the processes of representative democracy.

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