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 →
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.
As I discussed in the prior post, Governor Chris Sununu has announced the creation of a Judicial Selection Commission. Unfortunately, the mission and composition of the commission indicate that Sununu has no intention of draining New Hampshire’s judicial swamp.
More particularly, the commission’s mission –which is to recommend judges based on “experience, good character and temperament” without considering judicial philosophy– and its composition –the Republican Chair was an activist-judge while the Democrat Vice-Chair helped select liberal, activist judges for prior Governor Maggie Hassan– mean the commission will not be trying to identify and recommend outstanding originalist/textualist (terms that will be discussed below) judges like the late Antonin Scalia. Continue reading →
Governor Sununu’s announcement yesterday of a Judicial Selection Commission makes it clear that he has no intention of draining New Hampshire’s judicial swamp. The announcement:
Not the first sentence. The criteria for judicial selection will be “experience, good character and temperament.” Not a mention of judicial philosophy. In other words, Sununu is just as inclined to nominate a judicial liberal like Continue reading →
In May of this year, Joe Foster’s term as Attorney General will end and Governor Chris Sununu will be able to nominate a successor. Here are some questions that Sununu should ask anyone he is considering.
1. Beginning no later than Phil McLaughlin, who was appointed Attorney General in 1997 by then Governor and now United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Attorney Generals in New Hampshire have claimed the power to not defend legislation that they deem unconstitutional. A recent example is Joe Foster refusing to defend an education funding law. Do you believe the Attorney General has such a power?
On Tuesday of this week, the Executive Council held a hearing on Governor Sununu’s nomination of Frank Edelblut to be Commissioner of the State Department of Education. A vote was supposed to follow at the Council’s meeting on Wednesday. It didn’t.
Democratic Councilor Andru Volinsky asserted that the vote would not be legally binding because State law requires as a prerequisite to the appointment of a Commissioner that the Governor consult with the entire State Board of Education, but Sununu had only talked to the Board’s Chairman.
Attorney General Joseph Foster, a Democrat, agreed with Volinsky’s interpretation.
Sununu responded by asking the Council to delay the vote to give him time to consult with the seven members of the Board of Education.