Today, RNC Chairman Reince Preibus caused a meltdown among the New Hampshire press and the New Hampshire Republican establishment by suggesting that New Hampshire may lose its first-in-the-nation primary status in 2020: Continue reading
Jeb Bush will unveil his energy plan later today. From the previews, it appears -like Bush’s tax plan, and regulatory plan- to be an outstanding plan. Continue reading
There has been a lot of back and forth between Democrats and Republicans since the budget “compromise” between Governor Hassan and GOP legislative leadership, over who won. Continue reading
The State Department of Education and the Town of Croydon appear to be headed to court over whether New Hampshire law allows a school district to offer school choice. Continue reading
The next GOP Presidential debate is on October 28, 2015. It’s hosted by CNBC.
As far as I can tell, CNBC has yet to set the criteria for inclusion in the debate. However, it appears that the RNC would like to do away with the undercard debate.
Here is what I would like to see. Continue reading
Portsmouth just passed an ordinance aimed at Uber. Seacoastonline described the ordinance as follows:
The transportation ordinance, effective Sept. 17, has put Uber out of business in Portsmouth because it requires proof of commercial insurance and criminal background checks for drivers and Uber has not complied.
Uber disputes the City’s contention that it has not provided proof of insurance and background checks:
“The bottom line is that all trips are covered up to $1 million and all driver-partners must pass an extensive background check before they get on the road, standards that have been codified into law in over 40 U.S. jurisdictions,” according to the statement.
The City says:
Let’s step back from the trees and look at the forest. Continue reading
I previously posted about the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s claim that Medicaid Expansion is vital to combatting heroin use: Continue reading
The big news yesterday was Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker ending his campaign for POTUS. Here is an insightful obituary of the Walker campaign by Byron York.
At fourteen, not counting Jim Gilmore, the field is still huge. The problem with that, according to Walker, is that it splits the anti-Trump vote: Continue reading
Check out the invitation below. The Republican State Committee is holding a “gala reception” on October 2 to honor former U.S. Senator Judd Gregg:
The list of hosts includes Joel Maiola. Maiola is currently one of New Hampshire’s super-lobbyists. The Nashua Telegraph’s lobbyist database reported the following for Maiola in 2014: Continue reading
The Union Leader editorializes today that the budget “compromise” entered into by the GOP’s legislative “leaders” and subsequently approved by the rank-and-file –unanimously in the Senate and by a majority in the House– is a “huge” victory for conservatives:
The New Hampshire House of Representatives has a lot of caucuses, which are groups of legislators who join together to advance certain causes. One should be called the Perfect Is The Enemy Of The Good Caucus. It almost derailed one of the right’s biggest recent policy victories, the reduction of state business tax rates.
The state budget passed in June contained small but important business tax cuts. They would bring business tax rates below those in Massachusetts. Currently New Hampshire businesses pay a higher corporate income tax than their counterparts in “Taxachussetts” do.
Nowhere mentioned in the Union Leader’s editorial is that the budget that the Legislature passed that became the basis of the compromise increases spending over six percent over the two year budget cycle. The current inflation rate –inflation for the 12 months ended August, 2015– is .2 percent. Note the decimal point. That’s .2 percent not two percent.
That’s a “huge victory” for conservatives? Continue reading