Legislature

NH Suprme Court Rules on Pension System

by Steve MacDonald December 10, 2014
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The bigger court news (as opposed to my previous post) is today’s decision in every union v. New Hampshire or (2013-0669, Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire & a. v. State of New Hampshire & a.) regarding the desire to ask public employees to pay more of their own retirement benefits.  On appeal, the State […]

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AFP Releases Legislative Scorecard (Updated)

by Steve MacDonald June 27, 2014
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Americans For Prosperity NH has released its  legislative score card. I have embedded the document as promised.  Have a look and see how your legislators rated.  The NH State Senate will be of particular interest to many, I am sure.

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“But We Have To Do Something” Lobby Passes Bill That Will Do Nothing…

by Steve MacDonald April 18, 2014
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The “But We Have To Do Something” Lobby has successfully ushered a hand-held cell phone ban through the New Hampshire legislature, sort of.  The NH Senate voted to pass the legislation with an amendment that will send it back to the House before it can make its way to the governor; who will have to […]

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Kansas Legislature Passes Sweeping Gun Law

by Steve MacDonald April 6, 2014
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Yahoo!/AP Kansas legislators gave final approval Saturday to a bill that would nullify city and county gun restrictions and ensure that it’s legal across the state to openly carry firearms, a measure the National Rifle Association sees as a nationwide model for stripping local officials of their gun-regulating power. The House approved the legislation, 102-19, […]

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NH Bill To Ban Cell Phone Use in Motor Vehicles (Except for Hands-Free), Both Stupid And Useless.

by Steve MacDonald February 3, 2014
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There is a bill in the New Hampshire legislature that would ban drivers from using cell phones that are not hands-free and it may be one of the most useless (and that is saying something) bill in the legislature this year. Why? Not that long ago the National Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) maintained detailed […]

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Pro Choice? Choice? Really? Well, Here’s Your Chance To Prove it!

by Steve MacDonald January 6, 2014
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When Democrats say they are ‘Pro-Choice’ what they mean is defending a woman’s “right” to have an abortion.  That’s the choice. They have no interest in funding abstinence programs, so sex seems inevitable.  Sex, no matter how much taxpayer funded contraception you provide, will always result in more unwanted or accidental pregnancies than not having […]

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Guest Post: Did the Democrats just embrace ‘Tea Party’ principles?

by Steve MacDonald July 7, 2013

By Reps. Al Baldasaro, Carol McGuire, Pam Tucker, co-chairs of the N.H. House Republican Alliance Did the Democrats just embrace ‘Tea Party’ principles? Just one month ago, the New Hampshire Democratic Party called the Senate version of the state budget “reckless” because it was based on a “Tea Party ideology;” namely, that state spending should […]

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How Much Mileage Can We Get Out Of This? (Updated & Bumped)

by Steve MacDonald May 23, 2013

Update! – The Democrats claim they needed the Monday Caucus so that both sides could give their views on the Casino Bill, and that this was a legitimate purpose for which they could exact a mileage reimbursement on a Monday, but Wednesday morning of the same week, before the session and vote on the Casino Bill,  the […]

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I,________, do solemnly swear, that I will bear faith and true allegiance to the ‘Guidelines?’

by Steve MacDonald February 23, 2013

Has ignorance reared its ugly head again in the New Hampshire Legislature   Yeah, yeah, more times per day than we could count with all those people there.  Actually, I’m referring to Debra DeSimone, Rockingham 14 who seems to have a questionable view of her relationship to the constitution. According to Ms. De Simone, the constitution is really just a guideline […]

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Free For Me But Not For Thee

by Steve MacDonald February 19, 2013

In reporting on New Hampshire House Bill HB 514 –An Act relating to giving legislators a free ride–WMUR reports that it a) came out of committee with instructions to kill it (this is good) but b) that supporters of the bill claim that Members skiing for free at Canon Mountain–the Bill’s real purpose–doesn’t add costs […]

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“Chase” That Chill Away – HB 307 is Dead.

by Steve MacDonald February 18, 2013

Last Wednesday the New Hampshire House voted on HB 307, an act relative to government being a big pain in the ass.  Wait…that would be most of the bills and all of the ones written by Democrats.   I’ll be more specific. HB 307 – AN ACT relative to the removal of certain wood stoves upon the sale of a […]

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Op-Ed by Carolyn McKinney (Chair, RLCNH) “The Legislature must reestablish its place above the courts”

by Carolyn May 14, 2012

The Legislature must reestablish its place above the courts By Carolyn McKinney, chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire. While many in Concord are clamoring over language for an educational-funding constitutional amendment (CACR 12), what’s being lost in the final debate of the 2011-2012 session is a constitutional amendment proposal far more important […]

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Spec Bowers – Silly Editorial About O’Brien

by Steve MacDonald April 8, 2012

(Excellent editorial by State Rep Spec Bowers to the Concord Monitor. Copied from Spec’s Facebook page) Spec Bowers Op Ed;  Silly Editorial About O’Brien The Monitor’s April 5 editorial about House Speaker Bill O’Brien is one of the sillier ones of the last year and a half. It reminds me of the old legal adage, […]

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Good stuff: The RLCNH Report for the week of January 9

by Tim Condon January 10, 2012

Hot off the presses: This week’s RLCNH Report features a long list of bills that the legislature did not vote on last week, plus a calendar full of House committee hearings. Top action items for the week include: HB 574 to restore property rights during a time of emergency HB 1382 to allow parents to […]

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Who Missed The Vote? [updated]

by Steve MacDonald April 1, 2011

Someone asked…who didn’t vote on HB1 and HB2. Who are these reps anyway? OK, we’re here to deliver. HB 1 here, HB 2 on the jump!

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Mike Earmark Brunelle To Be Investigated

by Steve MacDonald January 6, 2011

The democrats are probably already crying like a toddler who just lost their balloon. (Ironic that they wont have to pay a fine.) But we should look at this seriously and in a context that the progressives understand.

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