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This One Was For The Establishment

So Chris Sununu has nominated Attorney Gordon MacDonald to be New Hampshire’s next Attorney General:

And New Hampshire’s RINOs are ecstatic.  From lobbyist/insider Tom Rath, one of the political godfathers of liberal-activist-SCOTUS-justice David Souter:

From lobbyist/insider Jim Merrill:

If that is not enough to give conservatives pause, this should be:  New Hampshire’s hard-left was quite pleased with the nomination of MacDonald:

One of the two Democrats that will vote on MacDonald, executive councilor Andru Volinsky of Concord, called it a “generally a positive nomination.”

Volinsky, who earlier this year led the Democratic opposition to the nomination of now-Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut, described MacDonald as a “sophisticated, thoughtful lawyer, which is what I want in an attorney general. Never known to have any ethical issues. There are some questions that I need to ask and I’m sure he’ll be prepared to answer. But I think it’s a generally positive nomination.”

From Volinsky’s sidekick on the Executive Council:

“He’s got sterling legal credentials, community involvement, and he comes highly recommended by folks that I trust,” Councilor Chris Pappas said.

From former New Hampshire Supreme Court Justice John Broderick, a liberal activist jurist:

Former New Hampshire Chief Justice John Broderick congratulated Governor Sununu on his nomination of MacDonald, saying further, “He is a wonderful choice for a very demanding job. He is a highly respected lawyer, a very decent and compassionate person of the highest integrity, and a great listener blessed with very sound judgment. He is a superb choice as New Hampshire’s chief law enforcement officer. If confirmed, Gordon will add his considerable skills and gravitas to upholding and enhancing the long-respected history and traditions of the Office of the Attorney General in our state.”

Has the hard-left abruptly done a complete turnaround from its treatment of Frank Edelblut’s nomination as Commissioner of the Department of Education, and now ideology doesn’t matter?  Or is it that they are comfortable with MacDonald’s ideology?

MacDonald was affiliated with the Campaign for Legal Services, which is supporting his nomination.  While the Campaign for Legal Services stated objective is to assist low-income individuals who cannot afford a lawyer, it also aggressively pushes the left’s political agenda.  For example:

The support of the RINOs and the hard-left suggests this:  don’t expect much of a change in the New Hampshire Department of Justice under Attorney General MacDonald from Attorney General Foster.   The GOP establishment wouldn’t be cheering MacDonald’s nomination if they thought he was going to really crack down on voter fraud or aggressively push back against judicial activism.  Business as usual is good for their business.

And if the Democrats believed MacDonald is a change agent, you would be seeing the same degree and nature of opposition to him as the Democrats directed at Frank Edelblut. Which we are not.

To be clear, I am not suggesting that Sununu nominated MacDonald because he wanted someone who would be acceptable to Volinsky and his hard-left ilk.  I think this nomination was to please the GOP establishment, and the support of Volinsky and Pappas is incidental.

It’s A Fact That Thousands of Democrat Voters Were Bused Into New Hampshire From Massachusetts

In February, the mainstream media (both nationally and in New Hampshire), the Democrat Party and the New Hampshire establishment-GOP (not that there is much difference substantively between them and the Democrats) all lost their minds when President Trump allegedly stated, during a meeting where no press was present, that he and former United States Senator Kelly Ayotte lost the 2016 election in New Hampshire because thousands of Democrat voters had been bused into New Hampshire from Massachusetts.

Trump was assailed for having “no evidence” that thousands of Democrat voters had been bused into New Hampshire from Massachusetts, although these same taking-heads and politicians were at the very same time demanding an investigation of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia despite the lack of any evidence of collusion.  “Fact-checkers” proclaimed Trump’s claim “false”.

This is the brilliance of Trump.  While it is not literally true that thousands of Democrat voters were bused into New Hampshire from Massachusetts, it is true that both the Presidential race and the United States Senate race were decided by out-of-State or drive-by voters and Trump’s tweet is finally drawing national attention to that fact. Continue reading It’s A Fact That Thousands of Democrat Voters Were Bused Into New Hampshire From Massachusetts

NH State Senate GOP Takes a Pass on Voter Fraud

Let’s start by defining voter fraud.

Voter fraud occurs when someone who shouldn’t legitimately vote in New Hampshire votes in New Hampshire.  Only permanent residents of New Hampshire should be considered legitimate voters.  If a person is residing here only for a  temporary purpose, he or she shouldn’t be allowed to vote here.

For example, someone who moved to New Hampshire just to work on a political campaign shouldn’t be allowed to vote in the corresponding election.  As, for example, Joe Biden’s niece did in 2012: Continue reading NH State Senate GOP Takes a Pass on Voter Fraud

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

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

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 Attorney General Foster Opposition to Trump EO Based on Falsehoods

Here is New Hampshire Attorney General Joe Foster’s announcement that he opposes President’s Trump Executive Order on foreign entry into the United States:

So according to Foster, Trump’s Executive Order violates the constitution by excluding foreigners from entering the United States based on religion.

But here are the relevant portions of Trump’s Executive Order:

(c) To temporarily reduce investigative burdens on relevant agencies during the review period described in subsection (a) of this section, to ensure the proper review and maximum utilization of available resources for the screening of foreign nationals, and to ensure that adequate standards are established to prevent infiltration by foreign terrorists or criminals, pursuant to section 212(f) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1182(f), I hereby proclaim that the immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens from countries referred to in section 217(a)(12) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1187(a)(12), would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and I hereby suspend entry into the United States, as immigrants and nonimmigrants, of such persons for 90 days from the date of this order (excluding those foreign nationals traveling on diplomatic visas, North Atlantic Treaty Organization visas, C-2 visas for travel to the United Nations, and G-1, G-2, G-3, and G-4 visas).

(f) At any point after submitting the list described in subsection (e) of this section, the Secretary of State or the Secretary of Homeland Security may submit to the President the names of any additional countries recommended for similar treatment.

(g) Notwithstanding a suspension pursuant to subsection (c) of this section or pursuant to a Presidential proclamation described in subsection (e) of this section, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security may, on a case-by-case basis, and when in the national interest, issue visas or other immigration benefits to nationals of countries for which visas and benefits are otherwise blocked.

There is no mention of religion in the Executive Order.  Rather, entry by the nationals of seven countries identified by the Obama administration as hotbeds of terrorism -Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen- is suspended for 90 days, to allow the development of heightened vetting procedures.

The affected nations are Muslim-majority countries, but other Muslim-majority countries -Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, for example- are not on the list.  Moreover, the Executive Order applies equally to non-Muslims.

In short, there is no targeting by religion.

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

A Modest Step to Begin Draining the Swamp in Concord

I previously posted some thoughts on reforming legislative hearings – New Hampshire Legislative Hearings are Largely a Waste of Time.

As an interim step, I propose the following reform: that no lobbyist be allowed to testify at a legislative hearing until every member of the public has already testified.

The reforms I proposed in New Hampshire Legislative Hearings are Largely a Waste of Time would make this reform unnecessary.  But until those or similar reforms are made, the privileged treatment of lobbyists at legislative hearings should be turned on its head.