Three Takeaways From the ACLU’S Bogus Lawsuit Against Secretary of State Gardner

I previously blogged about the ACLU-NH’s lawsuit against Secretary of State Gardner here, here and here.  A hearing had been scheduled for this past Monday (August 7th), but at the last minute was canceled because:

Three takeaways:

(1.)  The ACLU-NH Capitulated Continue reading

Sununu and His Attorney General Hang Secretary of State Gardner (and the President) Out to Dry

This is the third in a series of posts about a lawsuit the ACLU-NH has brought against Secretary of State Bill Gardner that is intended to prevent New Hampshire from participating in President Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Continue reading

The ACLU-NH Lawsuit Versus Secretary of State Bill Gardner: Is Sununu Just Playing “Matador Defense”?

The phrase “matador defense” refers to basketball players who do not put much effort into playing defense.  Defense is played with your feet in basketball.  Matador defense occurs when the defensive player makes a great show of waving his arms, but doesn’t move his feet and the offensive player dribbles right past.

These tweets have me concerned that Governor Sununu and his Attorney General are planning on putting on only a “matador defense” against the ACLU-NH’s lawsuit against Bill Gardner, which as I discussed in detail here is intended to prevent New Hampshire from participating in President Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity:
So apparently, without even seeing the decision, Sununu has already ruled out an appeal.  This is significant because the odds highly favor the case being heard by a Democrat-appointed judge who will not rule based on the law -which as I discussed here requires that the lawsuit be dismissed because the plaintiffs lack standing– but based on his or her political inclinations -that is, in favor of the ACLU-NH. Continue reading

The ACLU’s Lawsuit Against Secretary of State Bill Gardner is Total Bullcrap

The New Hampshire Democrat Party has brought a lawsuit against New Hampshire’s Secretary of State, Bill Gardner, which effectively would prevent New Hampshire from participating in President Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.  (Yes it was nominally brought by the New Hampshire chapter of the ACLU, but the ACLU-NH is as a practical matter a surrogate for the Democrats.)

As I will discuss in more detail below, the law in New Hampshire is that in order to bring a lawsuit the persons or entities brining it (the plaintiffs or petitioners) must have “standing.”  That is, they must be able to show that they will suffer a definite, personal injury from the unlawful conduct alleged in the lawsuit as opposed to suffering in some indefinite way in common with people generally.

The petitioners in this lawsuit are State Senator Bette Lasky, State Representative Neal Kurk and the ACLU-NH.  None of them have standing.  Indeed, none of them even allege they have standing.  The lawsuit, therefore, is total bullcrap and should be dismissed. Continue reading

Advice to House Republicans on the Budget – Let the Democrats Pass the Democrat-ly Chosen Speaker’s Budget

The moment of truth comes this week for House Republicans when Speaker Jasper’s budget comes up for a vote.

Overall, Governor Hassan proposed increasing spending from $10.5 billion (fiscal years 2014-2015) to $11.6 billion (fiscal years 2016-2017).

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Before we turn (or attempt to turn) to the House budget (which I am going to refer to as the Jasper budget, since he named the members of the budget-writing committee), note that Hassan’s proposed budget breaks out “general funds.”  This pie chart depicting the sources of funds for 2015 (July, 2014 – June, 2015) helps explain what “funds” go into New Hampshire’s budget: Continue reading

Some Questions for Rep. Neal Kurk About the DOT Budget

Dear Rep. Kurk:  I read your op-ed in today’s Union Leader about the 2015-2017 budget.  Your op-ed doesn’t say anything about your proposal to raise the gas tax by seven to eight cents, never mind explain why we should increase the gas tax when you just increased it last budget. Continue reading

Under Speaker Jasper Budget Process Devolves Into Total Chaos

The budget process under Speaker Jasper has become nothing short of total chaos.

While the budget committee is meeting, Democrats and local press have been non-stop tweeting about cuts, massive cuts, draconian cuts … .  Some of us, like this blog have pointed out that increasing spending less than the Democrats want to increase spending is not cutting the budget.  It’s simply increasing spending less than the Democrats want to increase spending.

But there has been practically no pushback by Jasper and his team against the refrain of cuts, massive cuts, and draconian cuts. Continue reading

Dear Concord Monitor – What DOT Budget Cut?

Check out this title from the March 17th Concord Monitor:

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The article begins as follows:

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation would eliminate the positions of 321 employees if lawmakers pass a House bill cutting $41 million from the state highway fund budget over the next two fiscal years, according to officials.

But reading further reveals that the “cutting” is not spending less than the prior, 2013-2015 budget, but not increasing spending as much as Govern Hassan proposed. Continue reading