Poison Fruits of the Democrat Machine

The complete domination of the Democrat political machine across Rhode Island has been accomplished in the past fifteen years, and the poison fruits can be seen in legislation that tramples Rhode Islanders’ rights.  As the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity’s annual Freedom Index makes clear, our rights are no longer a consideration when legislators make the laws by which we all must live.

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Strategic Focus for a Civic Resurgence

Something RIGOP Chairwoman Sue Cienki told the team on WPRI's Newsmakers brought John DePetro and I to a mild disagreement during our Monday segment on his show, yesterday.

In a quick exchange, Cienki told reporter Ted Nesi that the party currently has no plans to run a candidate against U.S. Senator Jack Reed.

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Ethics Commission Won't Save RI from Lawson

In its ongoing mission to prove that Rhode Island spells "ethics" u-n-i-o-n, the state Ethics Commission has found that the vice president of the National Education Association of Rhode Island has zero conflict of interest when, as a state senator, she votes for state-mandated giveaways to her union's members.  In fairness, the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity's Freedom Index for 2019 proves that Valarie Lawson (Democrat, District 14, East Providence) is perfectly happy to give away taxpayer dollars to members of any government union.

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A Red Dye for Freedom

The RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity has published its 2019 Freedom Index, which grades all legislators in the General Assembly based on their votes during the session.  Overall, the picture isn't pretty.  Of the 95 bills scored on the index, the Center considered 66 to be a negative for freedom, with only 25 being positive, and the positive bills were mostly not as significant in their effect.  The most useful part of the index, however, is the scoring of individual legislators, which will help voters to make decisions when the next election comes around.

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A Movement Built for Malcontents Meets at Sabin Tavern

Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich has it mostly right, as John Loughlin quotes him to Dan McGowan in The Boston Globe, "The Republican Party in a blue state is made of contrarians and malcontents. If they could compromise and work together for the greater good, they’d be Democrats.”  What he gets wrong is the phrase, "for the greater good."

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