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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?

An account may be verified if it is determined to be an account of public interest. Typically this includes accounts maintained by users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas.

If you think your account should be verified, let us know. This article includes information about submitting a request to verify an account.

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.

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

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

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

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

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 Questions for New Hampshire’s Next Attorney General

Sununu Snookered by Volinsky and Foster

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.

Sununu got snookered. Continue reading Sununu Snookered by Volinsky and Foster

New Hampshire Republicans Living Up To Sobriquet “Stupid Party”

At the beginning of 2013, in response to the disappointing election results in 2012, then Arkansas Governor Bobby Jindal called on the Republican Party to “stop being the stupid party”.

Apparently some Republicans in New Hampshire did not get the call:

Now DiStaso is a hack who carries water for the Democrats, but why did the Republicans give him the opportunity to help the Democrats embarrass the new GOP Governor, the first GOP Governor in New Hampshire since 2003? Continue reading New Hampshire Republicans Living Up To Sobriquet “Stupid Party”

Sununu’s Plan to Replace Obamacare Just More of the Same

From the Associated Press:

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is asking Congress to give states as much flexibility as possible to design their own health care systems as part of the federal effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

“We urge Congress to untie the hands of the States,” the Republican governor wrote in a Wednesday letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “Let us have the flexibility to design a New Hampshire system for New Hampshire citizens.”

I attempted to locate the letter, but it is nowhere to be found on Sununu’s official government website.  (So much for New Hampshire having a transparent government).

So based on what the Associated Press has reported, I have to say that Sununu’s plan to replace Obamacare is just more of the same.

In other words, Sununu’s plan, again based on the Associated Press reporting, is to replace Obamacare with Sununucare.  More particularly “design[ing] a New Hampshire system for New Hampshire citizens” means shifting powers from the federal bureaucrats and regulators to State bureaucrats and regulators. Continue reading Sununu’s Plan to Replace Obamacare Just More of the Same