Is Someone Going To Sue Governor Hassan?

by Steve MacDonald March 16, 2015
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I get to listen to about 15 minutes of Girard at Large on my way to work and this morning in the seven-o’clock hour the subject of Governor Maggie Hassan’s illegal edict came up.  I guess she is above the law. The Duchess of Exeter has declared correspondence between herself and her Ministers (at her […]

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Rich Girard on Right to Know

by Steve MacDonald March 10, 2015
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Kimberly will probably post the entire article up here at some point but seeing as the vote is tomorrow I wanted to quote Rich Girard (from the article) regarding HB 646 and right to know. If cases of abuse were really running rampant, we’d hear more than just the anecdotal evidence of some spectacular infraction. […]

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The Four Selectman of the 23 Million Dollar Salem Safety Apocycomplex

by Steve MacDonald February 23, 2015
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To what lengths will four selectman in Salem, New Hampshire go to get what they want? What they want is to take $23,000,000.00 ($23  million dollars) and turn it into the Salem Taj Mahal and safety complex.  There is one dissenting selectman who is concerned about the process, the cost, the lack of enough open […]

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Should School Board Members Have To Pay To Access Public School District Documents?

by Ed Naile January 28, 2015

At various school districts in NH there is a growing trend to have elected school board and budget committee members pay thousands of dollars for access to public documents. The NH AG will not get involved and stop this abuse of office by offending superintendents, no surprise. And who in their right mind trusts any […]

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What Are The Amherst New Hampshire Selectman Hiding?

by Steve MacDonald January 9, 2013

The Amherst New Hampshire Town Selectman are trying to use the state’s Right to Know Law to hide something.  Town Administrator Jim O’Mara has been put on administrative leave and the selectman are refusing to answer any questions. Calling it a personnel issue, selectmen refuse to comment on O’Mara’s status as a town employee. Bruce […]

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Franklin NH – The Most Expensive Voter Checklists in the State?

by Steve MacDonald November 26, 2012

I just got confirmation that the clerk for Franklin New Hampshire requires not just $75.00 for the complete citywide voter checklist used for the election, but another $75.00 for the updated checklist after all the new names have been added. My udder is sore just thinking about it.  Is this where I say that having […]

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Information Intimidation in Franklin NH?

by Steve MacDonald November 22, 2012

While public document fees are not unreasonable for the purpose of covering the cost of the  materials or labor required to meet a request, at what point do these sums become an obstacle for the average citizen?  When does the sum begin to limit access otherwise protected by law? In the case of voter checklists […]

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A Note On Absentee Ballots and Right to Know

by Steve MacDonald November 20, 2012

New Hampshire’s Right to know Law, often referred to as 91-a, prohibits state and local officials from hiding ‘public’ documents.  And while some parts of the bureaucratic machine are happy to give you what you request in a timely and even pleasant manner, others who can’t (or don’t want) be bothered by you pesky citizens […]

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Sullivan’s Manchester Problem

by Steve MacDonald May 20, 2010

I must confess to a feeling of near bi-partisan enthusiasm when I glanced at the headline to Kathy Sullivan’s Tuesday morning UL Column—“Why Municipal executives records must be kept public.”  Without having yet read it thoughts of typing up one of the rarest of blog posts, one in which I can say without reservation that […]

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