Chris Sununu Sounds Like and Sides With the Democrats on Obamacare

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

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

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

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

Instead of Outsourcing the Selection of Judges, Here’s How Chris Sununu Should Do It

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

Chris Sununu Has No Intention of Draining New Hampshire’s Judicial Swamp

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

Questions for New Hampshire’s Next Attorney General

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?

The correct answer is Continue reading