Andrew, Justin, Marc, and Don from Anchor Rising, Rhode Island's leading conservative blog, were kind enough to ask me to join them for dinner, and we enjoyed a lively, wide-ranging discussion last night at Hemenway's.
The liberal-leaning Phoenix scribe and conservative bloggers breaking bread (calamari, actually) over beers and banter? Surely, you jest. No, not at all (although we did enjoy laughs about the improbable ideological grouping).
These guys put thoughtful consideration into their efforts, and they've been kind enough to express the same about me. I'm not going to agree with everything -- or perhaps even a lot -- of what they say, and vice versa. Yet there's plenty of common ground in highlighting pressing public issues, trying to stimulate discussion about them, and recognizing the need for greater civic engagement.
The bottom line: if you want to be well informed in RI, Anchor Rising (as well as occasional Phoenix contributor Matthew Jerzyk's RI Future) is indispensable.