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POLITICS AS USUAL (By Jim Baron) Rancid supplemental tax beats bankruptcy

May 6, 2012

A 13 percent supplemental tax really stinks.
There is no way around that fact for people who live in Woonsocket, so it is best to just put it out there from the start: After you have paid all your property and automobile taxes for the year, to be hit with a bill for an extra 13 percent and get nothing for it except to balance the city’s books is the rancid cherry atop a crap sundae.

POLITICS AS USUAL (By Jim Baron) It's a war memorial, not a religious symbol

April 29, 2012

Folks who read this column during the whole Cranston prayer banner controversy know I am a stickler about church and state separation.
Even when a complaint may seem picayune or silly, or targets a much revered or longstanding symbol, having religious iconography on public property is wrong and impermissible under the Constitution. Public property should and must be a zone of neutrality where all faiths feel welcome to pass and roam freely, but none can plant a flag — or a cross, or a crescent or a six-pointed star.

POLITICS AS USUAL (By Jim Baron) Revisiting an old friend — the Electoral College

April 23, 2012

Every presidential year, it seems, a debate starts up about the curious constitutional custom of the Electoral College.

POLITICS AS USUAL (By JIm Baron) Cicilline may actually get away with it

April 15, 2012

I’m not entirely convinced that Rep. David Cicilline won’t get away with it.
Unlike many political commentators and observers around these parts, who consider the former Providence mayor to be political roadkill, I think he has a fair to decent chance of being re-elected to a second term in Congress, despite his 14 percent approval rating in the last Brown University poll. In this case, “fair to decent” probably means a 50 to 65 percent likelihood.

POLITICS AS USUAL (By Jim Baron) How many legislators have been arrested now?

April 8, 2012

I’m going to be watching the House and Senate Finance committee hearings to see if any more money is being funneled into the ACI kitchen budget. I figure that, at the rate senators and representatives are running afoul of the law these days, legislators are going to have a vested interest in improving the quality of prison food.

POLITICS AS USUAL (By Jim Baron) 'Policy agenda' smells a lot like campaigning

April 2, 2012

Those of you who don’t get around much in the world of cyberpolitics might be surprised to learn that Gov. Lincoln Chafee has his very own channel on YouTube.
You can click on to YouTube and then search for either “Rhodeislandgovernor” or “Governor Lincoln Chafee” and you can get a list of a whole bunch of videos that either the governor’s office made, or that show some of his TV appearances or speeches at various public events.

POLITICS AS USUAL (By JIm Baron) Never a dull moment in Central Falls

March 25, 2012

Writing a weekly column like this, it is always a good idea to have a different mix of subject matter each week to keep things interesting for readers. Well, someone please tell that to Central Falls. That unfortunate municipality just can’t seem to keep itself out of the headlines, so we’ll have to keep discussing it here.
Besides, if you live in Pawtucket or Woonsocket and you think what’s going on in Central Falls doesn’t matter to you, then you’ve got another think coming.

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WOONSOCKET  – On a Saturday afternoon where Woonsocket High's players, coaches,...
SCITUATE – Wes Pennington doesn’t like excuses – in fact, he abhors them...
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