Quick Takeaways from the Special Election in State Senate District 16

Unofficial results have Democrat Kevin Cavanaugh defeating Republican David Boutin by a very comfortable margin of 55% to 45% in the Special Election for State Senate District 16.

The result should serve as a wake-up call to the NH GOP because Boutin held the seat from 2010 to 2016 and Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton essentially battled to a draw in 2016, with Clinton eking out a 15,150 to 15,040 win.

The difference in performance between Trump and Boutin is even more striking because Trump had to contend with hordes of out-of-State college students from Southern New Hampshire University and Saint Anselm voting in his election, while Boutin had the benefit of many of these students being home for summer break.

So why did Boutin so underperform Trump? Continue reading

BREAKING NEWS: Democrats Win Special Election in State Senate District 16

Yes, I know the election is not until July 25th.  And, actually, I expect the candidate running as a Republican, former State Senator David Boutin, to come out on top.  But while the Democrats may lose this particular battle, they have won the war.  More specifically, the Republican Party in New Hampshire has moved so far to the left that the Concord Monitor has endorsed Boutin.

In other words, the political divide in New Hampshire is no longer about small government versus big government, which I believe is the essence of the conservative versus liberal divide.  It’s about who can run big government better. Continue reading

Takeaways From Yesterday’s Special Election in Derry

The results are in, and Derry voters approved eight separate ballot-questions increasing taxing and spending in Derry.  And the Democrats are doing an especially vigorous happy dance because the Koch brothers’ Americans-for-Prosperity was on the losing side: Continue reading

More Than 80 Percent of Money Raised by Maureen Mann Came From Outside the District

On May 19, 2015, a Special Election will be held to fill a vacancy in Rockingham District 32, which covers the towns of Candia, Deerfield, Northwood and Nottingham. On the Republican side, Yvonne M. Dean-Bailey is running. While the Democrat candidate is Maureen R. Mann.

One of Maureen Mann’s campaign themes has been that Dean-Bailey is being financed by “outside money.”  We investigated Mann’s finances and found that over 80 percent of her funding came from outside Rockingham 32.  More particularly, only a little more than 16 percent of her prodigious $9,221.00 campaign war chest came from Candia, Deerfield, Northwood or Nottingham. Continue reading

Campaign Staffer of “Business-Friendly” Maureen Mann Part of “Occupy” Movement and Manipulated GE Stock

On May 19, 2015, a Special Election will be held to fill a vacancy in Rockingham District 32, which covers the towns of Candia, Deerfield, Northwood and Nottingham. On the Republican side, Yvonne M. Dean-Bailey is running. While the Democrat candidate is Maureen R. Mann.

Mann’s campaign recently was linked to a bogus email announcing that Dean-Bailey had withdrawn from the race: Continue reading

Maureen Mann Campaign Operative Confesses to Hoax Email

As readers of this blog know, I have been following the May 19, 2015 Special Election to fill a vacancy in Rockingham District 32, which covers the towns of Candia, Deerfield, Northwood and Nottingham. On the Republican side, Yvonne M. Dean-Bailey is running. While the Democrat candidate is Maureen R. Mann.

Yesterday, a reporter from the Concord Monitor tweeted that Dean-Bailey had withdrawn from the race: Continue reading

Where the Hell is the GOP Establishment?

On May 19, 2015, a Special Election will be held to fill a vacancy in Rockingham District 32, which covers the towns of Candia, Deerfield, Northwood and Nottingham. On the Republican side, Yvonne M. Dean-Bailey is running. While the Democrat candidate is Maureen R. Mann.

The most current candidate receipts-and-expenditures reports on the Secretary of State’s website covers the period through April 29, 2015, and show that the Democrat, Mann, has a huge financial advantage.  More specifically, Mann has raised over $8,000.00, while Dean-Bailey has raised only a little more than $3,600.00.

Conspicuously absent from Dean-Bailey’s list of donors is the GOP establishment. Continue reading

Maureen Mann: Bipartisan Pragmatist or Partisan Ideologue?

On May 19, 2015, a Special Election will be held to fill a vacancy in Rockingham District 32, which covers the towns of Candia, Deerfield, Northwood and Nottingham.  On the Republican side, Yvonne M. Dean-Bailey is running.  While the Democrat candidate is Maureen R. Mann.

Mann’s website never mentions that she is a Democrat.  The reason for that Continue reading