Local Control

Regionalization in Belknap County – a bad idea

by Skip November 13, 2017

Well, it would be one way to not have to go begging for money again, right?  A while ago, we heard that the Belknap County Sheriff’s office was begging additional monies from the towns that it was serving for dispatch services (emphasis mine, reformatted): TOWNS PROTEST BELKNAP COUNTY IDEA TO ASSESS FEES FOR DISPATCH SERVICE As […]

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Local Education and The Beautiful Tree

by Steve MacDonald May 18, 2016
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Are brick and mortar classrooms obsolete? Jody and Ian Underwood continue the education discussion with the book “The Beautiful Tree,” we touch on the advantages of local control in education, and real-world costs per classroom versus what your school board is charging you. (Download this segment) (Full Podcast)   Podcast RSS Feed  

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Newspaper Doodlings – righting wrong thinking

by Skip February 14, 2016

Over at the Concord Monitor, a Tom Shamberg (a flaming Progressive from his voting record in the NH Legislature and ratings), is all about having the State take on the responsibility and cost for all of NH’s Education (hey, that’s what Progressives do – take away control but make everyone else pay for it).  From […]

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Why NH Should Vote for Ted Cruz and not Donald Trump

by Steve MacDonald February 7, 2016
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Ted Cruz knows that you are the best hope for saving America. But to do that you need a president willing to get the government out of the way so that you can. “… just like the left, Donald Trump’s solutions are all built on the “smarts” of certain gifted people and then empowering those […]

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Guest Post: Our Turn: School choice matters, so drop Croydon lawsuit

by Skip December 4, 2015

By Rep. GREG HILL, Rep. JR HOELL and MICHAEL BALBONI for the Concord Monitor: New Hampshire parents want the best for their children, and that includes a great K-12 education. The state’s public schools provide a conducive learning environment for most of its children, but for some children, the local school does not meet educational […]

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Recognize it for what it is: another tool for NIMBYs and BANANAs

by Skip December 2, 2015

This at the UL caught my eye with the title of Dave Solomon’s Power Plays: NH joins energy community rights network (emphasis mine, reformatted): She says the idea of the Community Rights movement is not to eliminate state or federal authority to site needed energy, transportation or water projects if they are publicly sponsored and deemed necessary […]

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Screw DC, Save Your State!

by Steve MacDonald November 17, 2015
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The states have a constitutional right to deny DC its overreach  on a wide range of issues but to do that we must act locally to elect officials who will stand up to the Washington Cabal. *Any audio problems reported during the program were corrected post-production. Listen to the entire podcast here GrokTALK! is a […]

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Don’t Give In To A Bully

by Steve MacDonald September 29, 2015
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The Bullies in the AG’s office are prepared to take a small town to court even though the law is against them. We talk more about the intimidation factor, the press, and the likely costs to go to court to defend School Choice. The NH AG is expected to take them to court. Help by […]

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Dances With Bureaucrats

by Steve MacDonald June 16, 2015
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New Hampshire’s Senior Senator, Jeanne Shaheen speaks for every Congressional delegation, and most if not all Democrats in our state, when she talks about New Hampshire being a donor state. For those not versed, it means we give more tax dollars to the Federal Government than it gives back. The Democrats, with Shaheen in the […]

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Epic – Former NH Supreme Court Justice Chuck Douglas smack down of NH State Education Commissioner Virginia Barry

by Skip April 13, 2015

This past Saturday (I gotta get the videos done – Thank GOD that Steve got the audio done!) we had Jody Underwood, Chair of the Croydon School Board, on to talk about the fight that NH State Education Commissioner Virginia Barry (Ph.D., dontcha know) concerning Cryodon and SAU #43’s use of “school choice” to send its […]

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HR 5 – The Student Success Act Is a Trap!

by Steve MacDonald February 27, 2015
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By Steve Mac Donald | Watchdog Arena The Student Success Act (HR5) working its way through the U.S. House is a trap. HR5 is being sold as legislation that will “support State and local accountability for public education, protect State and local authority, inform parents of the performance of their children’s schools, and for other purposes.”  […]

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DId you know that Obama has declared every neighborhood to be racist?

by Skip October 27, 2014

“The Orwellian-sounding regulation would force some 1,200 municipalities to redraw zoning maps to racially diversify suburban neighborhoods” Indeed!  And one more thing that Obama will do via Executive Order (via the Federal Sustainable Communities Initiative by the Federal Depts of  HUD / EPA / DOT) is take over all local zoning.  We’ve been sounding this […]

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Shaheen “Remember When” Part 3: Bureaucrats Before Bridges

by Steve MacDonald October 20, 2014
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Not that long ago, when given the opportunity to keep hundreds of millions of dollars annually from leaving New Hampshire, Jeanne Shaheen, Barack Obama’s Senate envoy to New Hampshire, voted to back the plundering pirates from Washington over state and local control…of transportation dollars. Which party is it that demands a steady increase in taxpayer-tithing […]

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Jeanne Shaheen – Fund Bureaucrats Before Bridges

by Steve MacDonald July 30, 2014
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The Democrats in the US Senate, with the help of 15 Republicans shot down a transportation reform amendment that would have… …devolve(d) the federal highway program to the states, allowing them to keep the vast majority of their gas tax revenues and to make their own transportation infrastructure decisions. No one who truly believes in […]

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“All politics is local: What we see here happens elsewhere” – Highway Trust Fund edition

by Skip June 9, 2014

When our “Meet the New Press” radio show was around, that was an oft said saying as a take off of what Massachusetts pol (and later US Speaker of the House) Tip O’Neil used to say “All politics is local”.  We extended it as it seemed that all of the political problems we talked about […]

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Discovering Possibilities – With Kevin Kervick

by Steve MacDonald April 29, 2014
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I’ve invited Kevin on GrokTALK! at least twice (here and here) so it seemed only fair to return the favor.  Kevin has a Nashua Cable Access program called ‘Discovering Possibilities‘ and he invited me on to talk a bit about the Bundy Ranch, courageous advocacy, community building and local control, and a number of other […]

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Locally ‘Grown’ – When You Keep The Political Power Local It’s Easier To Remove The Weeds.

by Steve MacDonald March 16, 2014
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From Stephen Green: Green is remarking on how Japan’s “buy your way to prosperity binge” has failed miserably and what the real solution is… Deregulate. Simplify the tax code. Protect the value of your currency. Those three steps are all it takes to achieve prosperity, but as Glenn Reynolds like to say, politicians don’t like […]

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Blogline of the Day – on raising the Minimum Wage

by Skip January 7, 2014

“The idea that my antipoverty strategy is to force employers to pay a wage higher than what they estimate the worth of workers’ services to be worth . . . that just strikes me as an intellectually impoverished response to the problem of people being in need. And to make an ideological totem out of […]

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Jeanne Shaheen – Right Back At You!

by Steve MacDonald November 11, 2013
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Guest Post by NH State Rep. Jane Cormier: “Dr. Marc Tucker – Mr. Smarty Pants”

by Skip November 4, 2013

On October 29, legislators and guests were invited to a Common Core rally, “Perspectives on Education Reform ” at the Legislative Office Building in Concord.  The keynote speaker was Dr. Marc Tucker, from the National Institute for Education and the Economy (Economy?).  Dr. Tucker has a colorful past and I have to say, he is […]

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Could Two Simple Questions Put Us On A Path To A More Responsive And Responsible (Even More Affordable) Government?

by Steve MacDonald November 4, 2013

There are mobs of rank and file Democrats (moderates, independents, and so on) whose only grasp of what the TEA Party represents comes from the professional left and their media allies.   (Lucky for them the socialist progressives own the education and media industrial complex, with only a few exceptions, so their PR campaigns get […]

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An object lesson that shows why the Federal Government should stay out of local affairs.

by Skip October 27, 2013

In the middle of August (yeah, I keep doing other things), I noticed that a whole bunch of new street signage started showing up in my small neighborhood in my tiny hamlet.  They were that bright bright new color mandated by the Federal Government – not just that “it’s a new sign” bright but bright […]

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Presentation on Regional Planning and Granite State Future

by Steve MacDonald October 27, 2013
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This is a complete video of the presentation sponsored by NH House Rep Jane Cormier for interested State Reps and given by our local expert on Regional Planning Comissions and their efforts (intentional or otherwise) to undermine local control, Ken Eyring. Follow this link to a PDF of the relevant links and documents that substantiate […]

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NH BIA Supports Common Core, But How Many of their Dues Paying Memebers Would Agree?

by Steve MacDonald October 23, 2013

The New Hampshire Business and Industrial Association, see also BIA, see also the same BIA that had no objection to the NH Democrat majority cramming a late-night-last-minute-LLC tax on small businesses a few years back—right up until they were convinced to be against it, has come out in favor of Common Core. Common Core is […]

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Guest post by NH State Rep. Jane Cormier: “Much Ado About Nothing…” FACT or FICTION?

by Skip October 2, 2013

“Much Ado About Nothing…” FACT or FICTION? On Monday evening, Virginia Barry, Commissioner of the NH Dept. of Education, held a forum for school boards and administrators at Bedford High School. It was quite an event with about 175 people in attendance. But, only members of NH school boards/administrators were allowed to ask questions or […]

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Brenda Grady – OFA Shill and Democrat Party Mule?

by Steve MacDonald August 2, 2013

New Hampshire House Rep Brenda Grady (D- Merrimack) has proven herself to be exactly what I claimed she and her husband were (he did not win office) before the election last November; mules for the state Democrat Party’s partisan agenda. While the Grady’s tried to style themselves as less partisan, moderate candidates, who would work […]

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CALL TO ACTION: SB48 passed the House Ed Committee.

by Steve MacDonald May 23, 2013

From Ann Marie Banfield c/o Facebook CALL TO ACTION: SB48 passed the House Ed Committee.  The good news is that both the Democrats and Republicans had ISSUES with ASSESSING “Dispositions”. That word was removed with an amendment. Unfortunately schools will be labeled “Priority” and “Focus” schools based upon the standardized assessment results. This means that […]

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Common Core architect & advisor to the NH DOE: ELIMINATE LOCAL CONTROL

by ambanfield May 14, 2013

This is the plan to eliminate Local School Boards….just released today – by Marc Tucker at the Center for American Progress (THE Progressive think tank frequented by Clintonistas and Obama-ites which is totally in favor of “fundamentally transforming” America); the important part:  …If Americans are going to decide which level of government we want to […]

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Don’t Mess With League City, Texas

by Susan Olsen February 27, 2013

Heidi Thiess, City Council Member in League City, Texas authored a resolution to to “protect and defend the constitutional right to keep and bear arms’.  It was introduced – and adopted – on February 12, 2013. In her public statement, she said “It is not about having a right to hunt or shoot skeet, it’s […]

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A Conservative Solution to The Public School Lunch Circular Firing Squad

by Steve MacDonald December 18, 2012

Federal mandates made school lunches cost more and forced foods into them most kids don’t care for so the Derry School District Lunch program is pondering why overall receipts are down. “The food service numbers are significantly less on student sales,” Simard said. She said the food services department is still working to determine the […]

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