The #VolinskyConstitution

UPDATE June 24, 2017:  Appears I was wrong and Bradley was right.  #VolinskyAgenda & fellow hard-leftist Dan Feltes (Communist – Concord) lobbied Democrat representatives to vote against full-day kindergarten.

As usual, I find myself in disagreement with State Senator Jeb Bradley (RINO – Wolfeboro).  More specifically, I think Bradley’s observation that Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky (Communist – Concord) is trying to create political-cover for Democrats in the New Hampshire House and Senate to vote against increased spending on kindergarten is wrong.

I think Volinsky believes that he can bluff the Legislature into increasing spending on kindergarten, failing which some Democrat lawyer will file a lawsuit along the lines Volinsky has sketched and that New Hampshire’s Democrat-appointed judiciary will expand the Claremont rulings to make “fully-funded, full-day kindergarten” a “constitutional right.” Continue reading

Unlike Trump’s Transformational Agenda, New Hampshire GOP Largely Content to Tweak the Status Quo

Ask anyone who follows politics, indeed even someone who doesn’t follow politics, what President-Elect Trump’s agenda is and there will be no hesitation: Repeal and replace Obamacare; bring back manufacturing jobs; build a wall on our border with Mexico; a massive overhaul of the tax code aimed at restoring traditional levels of economic growth; appoint a judge in the mold of Antonin Scalia to fill the open seat on the Supreme Court; rebuild the military. With Republicans in control of both houses of Congress, albeit not with a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, it’s a good bet that this agenda in some form or another will be enacted.

Republicans also control the entire government in New Hampshire. Yet in stark contrast to the transformational agenda in Washington DC the agenda in Concord is essentially a few tweaks to the status quo: Continue reading

Conservatives Should Just Admit They Lost on the Budget and Move On

There has been a lot of back and forth between Democrats and Republicans since the budget “compromise” between Governor Hassan and GOP legislative leadership, over who won.   Continue reading

NH GOP “Leaders” Snatch Defeat From the Jaws of Victory (or Why Donald Trump Leads the Polls)

You just knew it had to happen.  That the Statehouse GOP “leadership” would find a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

The GOP was winning on the budget.  Governor Hassan’s poll numbers were dropping because the veto was seen as self-serving and partisan.  All the GOP’s “leaders” had to do was to remain resolute and Hassan would have had to sign the GOPs budget in order to commence her Senate campaign.

But they didn’t: Continue reading

Governor Hassan’s Budget Veto is All About Politics

Let’s start with the fact that there really is not that much difference between the budget proposed by Governor Hassan and the budget proposed by the House-Senate Committee-of-Conference.  Here is what the Governor proposed: Continue reading