Chris Sununu Has His Harriet Miers Moment

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:

TUCKER CARLSON, MSNBC HOST: Are you impressed by the president’s choice of Harriet Miers?

JUDGE ROBERT BORK, FORMER SUPREME COURT NOMINEE: Not a bit.  I think it’s a disaster on every level.

CARLSON: Why?  Explain the levels on which it’s a disaster.

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

Serious Questions Raised by Sununu’s Nomination of Arlinghaus

Chris Sununu has nominated long-time FOS, Friend-of-Sununus, Charlie Arlinghaus to be the Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services:

“New Hampshire will be in good hands with Charlie Arlinghaus leading the Department of Administrative Services,” Sununu said in a statement. “Charlie has a deep knowledge and understanding of the budget and state agencies, and I look forward to nominating him at tomorrow’s Council meeting.”

This raises some serious questions. Continue reading

#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: Continue reading

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: Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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

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

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

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