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    Moms: This Is What Your Government Expects of You

    If you’re a mom of grown children, this is for you. Did you know that the Obama administration and the state of Rhode Island are counting on you to nag your kids into signing up for Obamacare? Good old-fashioned guilt and annoyance—that’s the ticket, apparently. But just giving your kids … More

    Obamacare and the Medicaid Expansion: How Does Your State Fare?

    The Medicaid expansion is touted by proponents of Obamacare as a “no-brainer.” While it is true that some states may see projected savings, it is erroneous to claim that this experience applies to every state. Proponents predict that by expanding Medicaid states will be able to reduce payments to health … More

    Scribecast: John Fund Explains Why Voter ID Laws Benefit Minorities

    Former President Bill Clinton recently compared voter identification laws to Jim Crow-era statutes that suppressed the black vote after the Civil War. “There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit … More

    Controversial Obama Judicial Nominee Faces Possible Senate Filibuster

    A lifetime appointment to the federal bench is now selling for $700,000. At least that was the cost for Rhode Island judicial nominee Jack McConnell, who has donated that sum of money to Democrats in the two decades before President Obama tapped him for federal district court. McConnell faces a … More

    States Make Strides in School Choice While D.C. Gets Left Behind

    School districts and legislatures in Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Virginia are demonstrating a commitment to greater educational opportunities for students and families by challenging the status quo of mediocre and failing public schools. While many East Coast states spent the weekend focused on snow removal, the town of Central … More

    Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Discusses the "Lunatic Fringe"

    Over the weekend, Senators from both sides of the aisle debated the merits of Obamacare with a level of emotion rarely seen in the halls of the U.S. Senate.  But one senator took home the prize for the most outrageous comments unbecoming of an elected representative.  Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) began a … More

    Outside the Beltway: California’s Nightmare the Future for Other States?

    The budget shortfalls, plunging revenue, and economic woes plaguing near-broke California could foretell the future of other cash-strapped states. A new study by The Pew Center on the States found that the economic pressures that pushed California to the brink of a total economic meltdown are also found in nine … More

    Outside the Beltway: Providence, RI Mayor Loves Taxes, Hates Students

    Welcome to a new feature of the Foundry, Outside the Beltway, where we will semi-regularly post state and local stories of either conservatism at its best, or liberalism at its worst. Today, we start off with liberalism at its worst. Providence, Rhode Island Mayor David Cicilline wants to tax college … More