Unofficial results have Democrat Kevin Cavanaugh defeating Republican David Boutin by a very comfortable margin of 55% to 45% in the Special Election for State Senate District 16.
The result should serve as a wake-up call to the NH GOP because Boutin held the seat from 2010 to 2016 and Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton essentially battled to a draw in 2016, with Clinton eking out a 15,150 to 15,040 win.
The difference in performance between Trump and Boutin is even more striking because Trump had to contend with hordes of out-of-State college students from Southern New Hampshire University and Saint Anselm voting in his election, while Boutin had the benefit of many of these students being home for summer break.
Yes, I know the election is not until July 25th. And, actually, I expect the candidate running as a Republican, former State Senator David Boutin, to come out on top. But while the Democrats may lose this particular battle, they have won the war. More specifically, the Republican Party in New Hampshire has moved so far to the left that the Concord Monitor has endorsed Boutin.
In other words, the political divide in New Hampshire is no longer about small government versus big government, which I believe is the essence of the conservative versus liberal divide. It’s about who can run big government better. Continue reading →
But the Monitor’s editorial actually is not about Fisher. It is about pushing the progressive feminist agenda in New Hampshire though “shaming”: suggesting that anyone who does not support the progressive feminist agenda is just a less virulent misogynist than Fisher. Continue reading →
Shurtleff’s “free money” pitch raises an obvious question: if State tax revenues are “free money”, then why isn’t Shurtleff suggesting doing away with municipal taxes altogether and funding schools and local government exclusively with State taxes? Continue reading →
The death of Antonin Scalia has unleashed a political war over who should nominate his replacement, President Obama or the next President. Perhaps nowhere is the battle as fierce as in New Hampshire where incumbent Senator Kelly Ayotte is locked in a virtual dead-heat with the putative Democrat nominee, Governor Maggie Hassan. Continue reading →
It’s not surprising that the Concord Monitor has endorsed Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders. The Monitor has seen Jeanne Shaheen (Governor 1997-2002, United States Senator 2009-2021), John Lynch (Governor 2005-2013) and Maggie Hassan (Governor 2013-2017) turn New Hampshire ever-bluer through incrementalism and was there in 2002 when gubernatorial candidate Mark Fernald lost in a landslide when he tried it Bernie’s way.
But the intellectual dishonesty of the Monitor’s endorsement should not go untold. Indeed, reading the editorial is like chug-a-lugging a mug of the Clinton Kool-Aid. Continue reading →
Yesterday I posted about New Hampshire Public Radio’s reporting on the Executive Council’s refusal to confirm one of six nominees Governor and-United-States-Senate-candidiate Maggie Hassan to the New Hampshire Superior Court: