In January, the New Hampshire House is expected to vote on Senate Bill 193. The bill provides that an “eligible student” can receive a grant from the State equal to 95 percent of the per-pupil funding the State provides to municipalities to pay for the cost of an “adequate education” (currently $3,636.00) in order to fund an “education freedom savings account.” The account must be opened through an approved scholarship organization and the funding can be used to pay only for “qualifying educational expenses.” Here is the version passed by the House Education Committee.
The bill only very narrowly passed the House Education Committee, and only after amendments to narrow its scope from the version passed by the Senate and only because one Democrat (Barbara Shaw of Manchester) offset the opposition of two Republicans-in-Name-Only (James Grenier of Lempster and Robert Elliott of Salem).
Predictably, Senate Bill 193 has been roundly criticized by the Democrats. Among the criticisms is the claim that the bill violates the Blaine Amendment of the New Hampshire Constitution. Continue reading
Yesterday, New Hampshire Democrats held their annual “Kennedy-Clinton Dinner,” which is their major fundraiser. The dinner is named after former Presidents Kennedy and Clinton.
NH GOP Chair, Jeanie Forester, called on the Democrats to denounce Clinton and remove his name:
When asked about Forester’s press release, Democrat Chair Ray Buckley responded as follows:
Asked by Fox News if the state Democratic party should have a conversation about taking Clinton’s name off the dinner, party Chairman Raymond Buckley said, “I think it would be an interesting conversation right after we see the resignation of Donald Trump.”
Asked again, Buckley responded that “I think that once we see the Republican Party really stand up and represent the real values of America, I think we can have a number of other conversations about other officials. But right now this country, this world, is under assault by Donald Trump and that’s really the most pressing issue.”
Buckley is engaging in whataboutism, a tactic routinely employed by the Soviet Union to deflect criticism. For example, in response to criticism of human rights violations, the Soviets would criticize race-relations in the United States. The goal of whataboutism is to avoid addressing the criticism by creating a false equivalence. Continue reading
Former White House chief strategist and current head of Breitbart News Steve Bannon created a firestorm recently when he spoke to a conservative group, the 603 Alliance, in Manchester, New Hampshire and stated that he believed that President Trump actually won New Hampshire:
“I believe strongly, and I’m prepared to put my money where my mouth is, that we won the state of New Hampshire,” he said. Continue reading
Following yet another loss in a special election to fill a vacancy in the State Legislature -the eight loss in ten special elections- and a resounding defeat for incumbent GOP Mayor of Manchester Ted Gatsas, GOP State Chair Jeanie Forrester told one of WMUR’s #BuckleysBoys that “[w]e have worked hard, but have to work harder on getting the base motivated and getting them out to vote.”
The problem with Forrester’s assessment, in my opinion, is that the State GOP is not giving voters much to be motivated about. Continue reading