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Gov. Lynch: “The New Hampshire Way”

by Doug May 31, 2007

      . John DiStaso, writing in the Union Leader breaks the bad news: New Hampshire became the fourth state to legalize civil unions today, as Gov. John Lynch signed the bill, calling it “the New Hampshire way.” This is the full text of the Governor’s statement: "Dating back to the Abolitionist movement, we […]

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T-Bones – glad they came!

by Skip May 28, 2007

      TMEW and I went to a new restaurant this past week in Laconia,NH called T-Bones.  A NH based chain, they have quite a menu – and had my favorite on it.  Now, I have traveled a lot for business over the years and eaten in almost all parts of the country; I’m […]

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The Future of NH? The Taxman Cometh…

by Doug May 27, 2007

Charlie Arlinghaus of the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy has released a study on what he sees as a growing hole in the NH state budget. It is lengthy, but a good read for the long weekend. Of course, if you wish to "not worry and be happy," you’d better skip it… . Tax […]

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Relegating the poor to more misery

by Skip May 27, 2007

Was reading this article over at Honolulu Advisor (why not, I lived in Honolulu for a few months years ago!).  The Kaua’i County Council yesterday passed the state’s first ban on "big-box" stores, with a prohibition on any retail or wholesale establishment bigger than 75,000 square feet. Council members said they oppose big-box stores for […]

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Newt on the Fair Tax

by Doug May 24, 2007

On Monday May 21st, Newt spent part of his day here in NH, first at a book signing at Wal Mart and then at a meeting of his group, "American Solutions for Winning the Future" (ASWF), hosted by the folks from VictoryNH. . I filmed his entire talk at ASWF and have finally started chunking out the […]

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About those healthcare costs… Part 3. What if Wal Mart got in the act? (GASP!)

by Doug May 24, 2007

    . In prior postings on the subject, I noted that the delivery of health care services in my local region is controlled in total by a single monopoly. I wrote …the local "non profit" health-delivery institution is, for all intents and purposes, a monopoly. Through the years, they have worked all the machinations […]

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More is never enough, is it?

by Skip May 24, 2007

Very few politicians actively campaign for lower taxes, and then mean it.  Most, especially if they have been around for a while, are always looking for new revenue streams…. …as if they really believe that they always have the right to take more out of the pockets of those that actually earn it (yeah, I […]

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THE (SELF-PROCLAIMED) STATESMEN ARE IN THE PAST

by edmosca May 23, 2007

It has come down to this:  Those who back the Whalley amendment are “statesmen,” while those who don’t are “screamers” and “criers.”  I’m quoting from a recent op-ed by one of the self-proclaimed statesmen supporting the Whalley amendment. According to this statesman, the Whalley amendment will lower the level of judicial review of education legislation […]

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A dumb question… Who’ll pay? You know the answer.

by Doug May 21, 2007

                       . Now that it appears that illegal aliens will be able to pay a $5,000 fine as part of a process to become a legal US citizen, what happens when they can’t pay? Most of the people I know in my daily life would have […]

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ConserveNH gains momentum…

by Doug May 20, 2007

The local paper (unavailable online) has noticed the latest project that the gang at the ‘Grok is supporting…       Gilford bloggers take aim at pending NH civil union law by Michael Kitch Saturday May 19, 2007 GILFORD — Doug Lambert and Skip Murphy, the protean conservative couple who spawned the internet blogs GilfordGrok […]

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WHALLEY’S WORLD

by edmosca May 18, 2007

Apparently, Mike Whalley told the House Finance Committee yesterday that his “amendment, by including the word ‘reasonable,’ would lower the standard [of judicial review]. Court review of legislative decisions would be based on whether they have a ‘rational basis.’”  There is a standard of legal review known as rational basis review.  As a practical matter, […]

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Tax-free NH. Well, not really…

by Doug May 17, 2007

    If you got it, they’ll tax it… . The following press release was issued yesterday afternoon by the NH House Republican Office. Can you imagine if this was the GOP that had decided to tax milk? I’ll bet the Dems and their comrades in the statewide newsmedia would have had a cow… NH Democrats Continue to […]

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About those healthcare “costs”– Part 2. The Empire Strikes Back

by Doug May 17, 2007

    . Last week I posted a piece about Hillary Clinton visiting Laconia and having a private meeting with the leaders of the local health-care monopoly. I wrote: As they lament rising costs that hurt "little people", do you suppose anyone will ask why the LRGHealthcare CEO’s salary rose nearly $134,000 in the span of […]

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Notable Quote: Keeping Sufficiently Awake

by Doug May 17, 2007

I totally agree with this sentiment. It is the antidote to apathy… "The manna of liberty must be gathered each day, or it is rotten. Only by unintermitted agitation can a people be kept sufficiently awake to principle not to let liberty be smothered in material prosperity. Republics exist only on the tenure of being agitated." […]

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Will Massachusetts vote for a (gasp!) Republican?

by Doug May 16, 2007

Our friend Liz Mair of GOPProgress.com fills us in on an interesting election coming up in "Kennedy County" south of the Granite State (er, we’re lookin’ like Kennedy Country here in NH, now that I think about it). In this week’s column for the New York Sun, Liz reports on the upcoming October election to […]

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Crime Voters: A Surging Swing Group

by PoliticsGeek May 15, 2007

As stories file in about the murder of Corporal Bruce McKay, I am sad to report that I have become a “crime voter.”  The murder of Corp. McKay began officially to push me in that direction, but then an evening visitor at my front door sent me over the edge.  Seems one of my neighbors […]

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Civil Unions, Gay Marriage, and All That

by PoliticsGeek May 14, 2007

Ron Tunning was our guest this weekend on Meet the New Press (you can listen to the discussion here).  Ron is the chairman of the local Democrat committee. He is also a fierce advocate of gay marriage.  I—as you can clearly tell in the Podcast—am not.  I am just as adamant in my defense of […]

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Flag Flap

by Doug May 14, 2007

    . The Democrat controlled NH House Judiciary Committee caused a stir when it rejected on Tuesday a Senate bill requiring the POW-MIA flag flown at all courthouses in the state. The NHInsider reprinted a Union Leader editorial on the matter giving the details: "Barnes’ bill, Senate Bill 27, would have mandated flying the […]

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Crime Control

by PoliticsGeek May 13, 2007

Fellow Granite Staters Mark Steyn and Jay Tea have weighed in with some perspective on the murder of Corporal Bruce McKay, to which I can add very little if anything. My only contribution is that events like this one tend to catalyze political debates and I suspect it will not be long before our Democrat-controlled […]

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RIDICULOUS QUOTE OF THE DAY

by edmosca May 13, 2007

Today’s Pravda-on-the-Merrimack’s political column has this gem from Fergus Cullen on Fran Wendelboe’s plan to start a group to recruit candidates who believe in Ronald Reagan’s principles:  "We already have a Reagan organization in New Hampshire. It’s called the Republican Party." Nice try, Fergus, but no cigar.  Reagan Republicanism is anathema to the majority of […]

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A Sunday morning talking head show for NH…

by Doug May 13, 2007

    . After many years of watching the Sunday morning talking heads shows, this weekend, I’ll be staring back FROM the set. Arnie Arnesen, former Democratic gubernatorial candidate and long-time liberal NH political pundit hosts a program about NH politics called "Political Chowder." I was invited to be a member of the panel discussion […]

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Enough!

by Doug May 11, 2007

Our friend Pat is often lecturing me and Skip about the need for Republican unity. "Now is not the time for purges," he tells us, whenever we start to discuss those Republicans that represent a big part of the problem the GOP has had in sticking together on core issues. I believe that just being willing to […]

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About those “healthcare” costs…

by Doug May 10, 2007

      . AT the very last minute, we find out that Mrs. Bill Clinton, NY Senator and Democratic presidential wannabee will be in our neck of the woods tomorrow (Laconia, NH) for a private meeting with the head of the local nonprofit medical industrial complex hospital and our local Democrat State Senator Kathy Sgambati. […]

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What more do they want?

by Doug May 9, 2007

In today’s Union Leader, we learn that a group of "retired generals, Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and peace activists are taking aim at Sen. John Sununu" It is part of an ad campaign criticizing Sununu and other Senators and House members for supporting President Bush’s Iraq policies. Oh really? Sununu? Now, don”t get me wrong, I […]

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View of a Central NH Independent Man

by Doug May 9, 2007

    The golden "Independent Man" atop the RI (Doug’s birthstate) statehouse dome . Bob Jones weighs in with some thoughts on the war and the so-called "pull-out" of troops from Iraq. Bob is one of the most "independent" fiercely non-partisan people I know. We respect his thoughts and views, and are happy to post them here […]

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“[I]mposing taxes on us without our Consent”

by Doug May 7, 2007

  Boston Tea Party. Is it time for NH to dump the Democrats overboard? . Some arguments are just made to go beyond face value into the realm of high philosophical debate. Such is the union-building legislation passed by the New Hampshire state Senate, SB-88. Consider the details, as reported by Bob Cook of the […]

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What about the Fair Tax? GraniteGrok asked Sen Lindsay Graham…

by Doug May 5, 2007

Today on our radio show, Meet the New Press, we interviewed David Burton of the Americans for Fair Taxation group. When properly explained with enough detail, The "Fair Tax" seems to make a great deal of sense. In a few words– it replaces all federal taxes with a national sales tax at the end sale […]

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EVEN LIBERALS CAN BE RIGHT SOMETIMES

by edmosca May 3, 2007

Yesterday Pravda-on-the-Merrimack (Concord Monitor) ran an op-ed by Professor Marcus Hurn of Franklin Pierce on civil unions.  He makes two points.  One is "Civil unions are not like mandatory seatbelts, smoking prohibitions, insurance mandates or the minimum wage. A civil union restrains no one’s liberty. It affects no private contracts."  The other is "Unlike some […]

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Perhaps now’s the time for somebody to do the right thing…

by Doug May 3, 2007

Several days back, I cross-posted a story on our local blogsite about a grant for items requested by our local fire department under the guise of "homeland security." .   Writes Michael Kitch in today’s [the April 26th] Laconia Daily Sun: [Gilford, NH] Deputy Fire Chief John Beland asked the board [selectmen] to authorize the department […]

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The gathering storm…

by Doug May 3, 2007

Is anybody out there considering the result of increasing the size of NH’s traditionally frugal state government by a whopping 16%? Where does it end? What happens in an economic downturn? I can’t believe I’m pining for the days of an 11% Shaheen budget. Once we giveth, it is impossible to taketh away. Unfortunately, by […]

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