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#FAKENEWS – NHPR’s “Coverage” of Ray Buckley’s Frivolous Ethics Complaint Against Sununu

I posted about Ray Buckley’s utterly frivolous “ethics complaint” against Governor Sununu here.

That post, in part, covered how hack-extrodinaire John DiStaso -Ray Buckley’s go-to guy to get his message out per Steve Vaillancourt- wrote a follow-up to his original story about Ray Buckley’s nothing-burger of an ethics complaint when there was nothing to follow up on.

Casey McDermott of New Hampshire Public Radio pulled a DiStaso yesterday, reporting that there was nothing new to report:

New Hampshire’s executive branch ethics committee met Monday morning to review a complaint involving Gov. Chris Sununu – but the details of its discussion and what, if any, action it might take on the complaint are still confidential.

The only reason to report there is nothing new to report is to keep the issue alive.  That’s #fakenews.

Additionally, McDermott repeats the Democrat talking point that Sununu used an attribute of his office to promote his family’s business:

This was the first time the ethics committee met since the New Hampshire Democratic Party filed a formal complaint accusing the governor of using his official state Twitter account to promote his family’s ski resort, Waterville Valley. The committee only meets monthly when there are new complaints to review; its last meeting was November 2016.

There is no such thing as an “official state Twitter account.”  That is, Twitter not the State of New Hampshire decides who gets a blue verified badge on his or her twitter:

What types of accounts get verified?

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A verified badge does not imply an endorsement by Twitter.

Yet McDermott never mentions that in her “reporting.”  Instead, she repeats the Democrats’ false talking point that a twitter account is a State resource /property as fact.  That’s #fakenews.

A Head-Scratcher from Sununu

I agree with Governor Sunna’s decision not to renominate Tom Raffio to the State Board of Education.  Raffio would continue the status quo, not #DrainTheSwamp.

But Drew Cline to replace him?  Cline is a smart guy.  But I don’t know of any experience or interest in education.  Google Drew Cline and education and nothing about education comes up except his nomination.  His website indicates that he has spent his entire career in journalism.

Google Rich Girard and education, and it’s a different story:

Girard currently serves on the Manchester School Board, and has been thinking about, talking about, writing about and working on improving education for more than twenty years.

Girard was the obvious choice.

On School Choice, Sununu Supports the #VolinskyAgenda

Governor Sununu recently had this to say about a prominent school-choice bill, SB 193:

I think when it comes to using state money for schools, and I think a lot of people know I’m a big believer in school choice, that whatever we do, we have to make sure we’re not harming public schools.

We’re not just removing funds out of those schools and we understand that as we move money around, what those pros and cons might be.

I do have concerns when you start using state funds, whether it be a voucher program, or all the different terms that you want to put for it, to schools of a non-public nature.

Whatever we do, we have to take things step wise. I think that’s the most important thing. You don’t want to jump into everything all at once.

One of the things I like and that I’ve seen and that I’ve encouraged on the table are opening it up just within a program that allows flexibility within public schools, whether it just be for certain grades or maybe for entire districts if the districts were small enough or compact enough.

I think the point is that you don’t want to jump in too big too fast. You have to understand what the repercussions to the public school systems might be and make sure that you’re doing it step wise so that you understand the pros, cons, negative effects, and unintended consequences of any program you put forward in the state.

Stated considerably more succinctly, Sununu (a) believes reducing funding for public schools in order to fund school-choice may “harm[] public schools,” and (b) he wants to limit, at least initially, school choice to choice among public schools.

Sununu’s funding concern echoes a claim made by hard-left Democrat Representative Marjorie Porter in a recent op-ed:

… funds are limited, and forcing public schools to share them with private schools is simply unfair. Our local superintendent estimates if these bills are signed into law as written, it will cost our local school district more than $600,000 – even before any of our currently enrolled students make use of it. How will this improve things?

Jason Bedrick of edCHOICE has demolished that claim:

According to the New Hampshire Department of Education, district schools spend $17,565 per pupil annually on average … .The ESAs would be funded only with a portion of the state’s per-pupil funding, but about two-thirds of the district school funding comes from local and federal sources. Those local and federal funds would remain entirely with the district schools, and the state would continue to fund districts for the students they enroll.

Schools have both variable costs, which go up or down based on short-term changes in student enrollment, and fixed costs which do not vary with enrollment. … the local and federal funding more than covers the average school’s fixed costs, meaning that decreases in enrollment translate into significant savings for district schools and more resources for students who choose to remain in public schools.

I would add that Porter and other hard-lefties want to have it both ways.  They claim that cost of an adequate education can be calculated through a per-pupil mathematical formula.  Yet Porter also claims that the cost of an adequate education does not decrease  if the number of students attending public schools decreases.  In other words, if as Porter claims the cost of an adequate education in a school is the number of students multiplied by the per-pupil cost of an adequate education, then the cost must decrease when enrollment decreases.

Sununu’s position that school choice should be limited to choice among public schools, supports the foremost goal of the #VolinskyAgenda, which is to prevent poor and middle class students from attending private schools:

TRANSLATION:

“strong pub schools” – block school choice, so middle-class and poor parents cannot pick the schools their children attend the way rich parents, like Andru Volinsky, can and do.  Forcing middle-class and poor parents into public schools facilitates Democrats inculcating their left-wing values into children, and thereby creates generation after generation of compliant Democrat voters who think, talk and act the way Democrats think they should.  Especially cannot allow children to attend religious schools because abortion must never be seen as the taking of an innocent human life.

To be clear, I do not think that Sununu supports Volinsky’s goal of using public schools to  inculcate Democrat (as in Democrat Party) values in children.

But to be equally clear, I do think that Sununu’s belief that choice should be limited to choice among public schools is horribly misguided.  It appears to be based on the erroneous notion that choice would deprive public schools of necessary funding.  And the goal should be to give students from poor and middle-class families access to the same educational opportunities as students from more affluent families.

What The NH House Freedom Caucus Must Do Next On The Budget

This is a companion piece to What Governor Sununu Must Do Next On The Budget, which I posted yesterday.  As I did with the prior post, I will begin with the NH House Freedom Caucus’ statement on the House’s failure to pass a budget: Continue reading What The NH House Freedom Caucus Must Do Next On The Budget

The Problem With Ovide

The Right and the Left rarely agree, but many prominent lawyers on the Left agree  that Trump knocked it out of the park with his pick of Neil Gorsuch to fill the seat held by the late Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.  For example, from the Weekly Standard.

Even those on the Left who opposed Gorsuch conceded the point by calling for -and/or- engaging in an unprecedented partisan filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee.  Simply put, although Gorsuch clerked for Justice Kennedy the Senate Democrats wouldn’t have filibustered Gorsuch if they thought he was going to be another Anthony Kennedy.

Soon Governor Sununu will have the chance to put his stamp on the New Hampshire Supreme Court: Continue reading The Problem With Ovide

What Governor Sununu Must Do Next On The Budget

Governor Sununu’s statement on the failure of the New Hampshire House to pass a budget:

“While I’m disappointed that House leadership couldn’t get a budget passed today, I am encouraged that the Senate has moved swiftly to take up my budget as a starting point for their deliberations. 

“The people of New Hampshire sent us here to get things done and to address our state’s most critical public policy and program priorities. I look forward to taking the next steps in the budget process by working closely with members of the Senate to do exactly that and, as always, my door remains open to all members of the House who want to bring good ideas forward. On matters of economic development, education and our opioid crisis, failure is not an option. Granite Staters deserve results. We will deliver a fiscally responsible budget.”

It is not enough for Sununu to have an open door.  He needs to meet one-on-one with the Representatives who voted against the budget.  Here is why: Continue reading What Governor Sununu Must Do Next On The Budget

NH House Freedom Caucus Exposes Jasper-Budget — Jasper Increases Spending More than Sununu

Say what you want about the NH House Freedom Caucus, but it is undeniable that they are doing  the work that the #fakenews #nhpolitics press should be doing.

More particularly, House Speaker Shawn Jasper and his minions are proposing a smoke-and-mirrors budget that actually increases spending by $21 million over the spending increases proposed by Governor Sununu in his proposed budget. Continue reading NH House Freedom Caucus Exposes Jasper-Budget — Jasper Increases Spending More than Sununu

Nobody Shills for Ray Buckley Like WMUR

Does this tweet constitute “Us[ing] his or her position with the state to secure privileges or advantages for himself or herself, which are not generally available to governmental employees, or to secure governmental privileges or advantages for others to which they are not otherwise entitled”?

That is the absurd position that Ray Buckley has taken.  More particularly, Continue reading Nobody Shills for Ray Buckley Like WMUR

Random Thoughts on the Sununu Budget

Here is the transcript of Governor Sununu’s budget address.

While not mentioned in the address, the press reports that overall spending is slated to increase, over the next two years, from $11.3 billion to $12.1 billion.  That’s an increase of seven percent in Fiscal Years 2018-2019 over the two prior Fiscal Years, July, 2015 through June, 2017. Continue reading Random Thoughts on the Sununu Budget