The New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies recently released a study titled Education Finance in New Hampshire – Headed to a Rural Crisis. The Center is decidedly left of center, but the study is well worth the read because it contains a lot of useful information. Here are some takeaways, albeit probably not the takeaways the authors intended. Continue reading
Earlier this week Governor Chris Sununu released a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell regarding the Senate GOP’s health-care legislation, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, advising that, “the current version of the BCRA goes beyond addressing Obamacare’s flaws. This is not an approach I can support, and I am opposed to the BCRA as currently written.”
But when one reads Sununu’s letter it quickly becomes clear that Sununu’s actual problem with the BCRA is that it does not spend as much on Medicaid as Obamacare: Continue reading
I previously posted about Senate Bill 8 here. The bill was a response to the Department of Education’s and the Attorney General’s jihad against the Town of Croydon’s policy of using tax revenues to send some of its public school students to private schools in other school districts.
While well-intentioned, as I explained here, Croydon’s policy was not authorized under State law and a legislative fix was needed.
Senate Bill 8 was intended to be that legislative fix. However, the State’s attorney general and certain RINOs in the New Hampshire House amended Senate Bill 8 to expressly discriminate against religious schools. Continue reading
This past Friday, the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (PUC) lifted the so-called cap on net metering. I explained net metering, and the “cap'” in a prior post, which I partially reproduce below. In a nutshell, net metering forces electricity consumers who do not use solar to subsidize electricity consumers who use solar: Continue reading
I previously posted about Governor Sunna’s nomination of Bobbie Hantz Marconi to the New Hampshire Supreme Court here and here. In brief, I was of the opinion that Sununu was playing identity-politics along the lines President George W. Bush played when he nominated Harriet Miers to the United States Supreme Court because Marconi has no experience in or interest in constitutional law.
I truly hate to say I told you so, given how rare and crucial supreme court appointments are, but I told you so. Continue reading
I previously posted about Governor Sununu’s nomination of Bobbie Hantz Marconi to the New Hampshire Supreme Court, likening it to President George W. Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers.
The Executive Council, which must confirm the nomination, will hold a “public hearing” on the nomination. Unlike hearings before the United States Senate, where a finite number of witnesses are called by each Party, the “public hearing” held by the Executive Council allows any member of the public to speak.
This makes hearings on judicial nominees before the Executive Council essentially a farce. Judges should not be nominated based on their popularity with the public, but based upon criteria I discussed in a prior post: (1) Judicial Philosophy (2) Intellectual capacity (3) Experience (4) Integrity and (5) Demeanor.
Here are two questions the GOP Executive Councilors should ask the nominee, but probably won’t. Continue reading
UPDATE June 24, 2017: Appears I was wrong and Bradley was right. #VolinskyAgenda & fellow hard-leftist Dan Feltes (Communist – Concord) lobbied Democrat representatives to vote against full-day kindergarten.
As usual, I find myself in disagreement with State Senator Jeb Bradley (RINO – Wolfeboro). More specifically, I think Bradley’s observation that Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky (Communist – Concord) is trying to create political-cover for Democrats in the New Hampshire House and Senate to vote against increased spending on kindergarten is wrong.
I think Volinsky believes that he can bluff the Legislature into increasing spending on kindergarten, failing which some Democrat lawyer will file a lawsuit along the lines Volinsky has sketched and that New Hampshire’s Democrat-appointed judiciary will expand the Claremont rulings to make “fully-funded, full-day kindergarten” a “constitutional right.” Continue reading
I previously posted about the #VolinskyAgenda here, in response to this tweet from Volinsky:
Volinsky is out with an op-ed about how he would grow the New Hampshire economy.
But just as the #VoliskyAgenda described in Volinsky’s tweet really involves empowering government at the expense of parents, healthcare consumers, and private business, so too Volinsky’s economic agenda is all about increasing the size and scope of government. Continue reading
Remember Harriet Miers? She was President George W. Bush’s choice to fill the United States Supreme Court vacancy left by Sandra Day O’Connor’s retirement. Here’s what the late Judge Robert Bork had to say about Miers back in 2005:
BORK: Well, the first one is, that this is a woman who’s undoubtedly as wonderful a person as they say she is, but so far as anyone can tell she has no experience with constitutional law whatever. Now it’s a little late to develop a constitutional philosophy or begin to work it out when you’re on the court already. So that—I’m afraid she’s likely to be influenced by factors, such as personal sympathies and so forth, that she shouldn’t be influenced by. I don’t expect that she can be, as the president says, a great justice.
But the other level is more worrisome, in a way: it’s kind of a slap in the face to the conservatives who’ve been building up a conservative legal movement for the last 20 years. There’s all kinds of people, now, on the federal bench and some in the law schools who have worked out consistent philosophies of sticking with the original principles of the Constitution. And all of those people have been overlooked. …
The same concerns raised by Bork apply to Governor Chris Sununu’s nomination of “Bobbie” Hantz Marconi to the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Continue reading
The problem with Senate Bill 3 is that it doesn’t go far enough, as explained below. That said, it is a baby-step in the right direction that can be easily improved upon, and it probably is the best that can be expected under the current RINO (Republican-in-Name-Only) legislature.
If Senate Bill 3 is defeated, which would take GOP votes, it would mean the GOP chose to make no improvements to New Hampshire’s porous voting laws, give the Democrats -who have been flat out lying about Senate Bill 3- an undeserved victory, and embolden the Democrats to escalate their voter-fraud schemes in 2018. Continue reading