Local Control

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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Republicans Want to Limit Your Access to (Insert lie here)

by Steve MacDonald October 17, 2012

Democrats will make up stories about their own mothers if they think it will advance their political agenda, so we cannot pretend to be surprised when the professional Lefts “Republican War on Women Blitzkrieg” embraces outright deception; the idea that Republicans want to limit your access to (insert lie here.) This idea is based on […]

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Ask A New Hampshire Democrat: About The Hostage Situation

by Steve MacDonald October 3, 2012

There are those among us who are concerned that New Hampshire sends more federal tax dollars out of the state than it gets back.  The same people, typically Democrats and Moderate Republicans, argue for more Federal meddling in state affairs.  The same people who also complain about “out of state influence” in local elections. If […]

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GrokTV Event: Brookfield Planning Board – presentation on “Sustainable Communities Initiative” – Part 3

by Skip June 28, 2012

In addition to Ken Eyring and Eileen Mashimo testifying to the Brookfield Planning Board, NH State Representative Lou Vida was also present and asked if he could speak as well: After the testimonies were given, the Board went into their official session – and promptly started asking questions (after the jump):

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GrokTV Event: Brookfield Planning Board – presentation on “Sustainable Communities Initiative” – Part 3

by Skip June 27, 2012

Eileen Mashimo next addressed the Brookfield Planning Board and added some of the connections to some of the groups that are behind the scenes of this initiative, how the people and the groups all  interconnect, and the methods by which this “Granite State Future Plan” is being rammed through the process (it is rather manipulative).  […]

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GrokTV Event: Brookfield Planning Board – presentation on “Sustainable Communities Initiative” – Part 2

by Skip June 27, 2012

Ken Eyring continues and finishes his presentation of some of the paperwork that just never seems to stop once a local community signs onto the “Granite State Future Plan” (the NH adaptation of the Federal program called “Sustainable Communities Initiative”  operated by a consortium of the Federal EPA, the Federal Dept. of Transportation, and the […]

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GrokTV Event: Brookfield Planning Board – presentation on “Sustainable Communities Initiative” – Part 1

by Skip June 27, 2012

Monday night, the Brookfield, NH Planning Board heard a presentation by Ken Eyring and Eileen Mishimo on their research concerning the Federal Government pushing their Sustainable Communities Initiative (called Granite State Future Plan here in NH, a “massive entitlement / welfare program”).  Those that are pushing this agenda are doing so by making it seem […]

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The International Baccaluareate And Political Truancy

by Rick Olson May 2, 2012

The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.   —Abraham Lincoln Bedford students say issue is local control, reads todays’ Union Leader Headline. Over one-hundred Bedford High School students showed up at yesterday’s hearing to oppose HB 1403. Amidst cries of outrage over interference with, […]

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They call it Cramming Costs Down, I Call it Returning Local Control (and Local Responsibility)

by Steve MacDonald January 18, 2012

We sent a Republican super-majority to the New Hampshire State House to deal with the profligate spending and incompetent accounting of the Democrats.   We can all disagree on the specifics of the outcome but one fact is clear–they did what we sent them there to do.  State government is no longer growing in excess of […]

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ConservationNH And Their “Tree-huggin” Hippy Crap

by Rick Olson January 9, 2012

“The college idealists who fill the ranks of the environmental movement seem willing to do absolutely anything to save the biosphere, except take science courses and learn something about it.” — P.J. O’Rourke The NH Union Leader’s Ted Seifert featured a story about ConservationNH.org and their inaugural release of the, “Dirty Dozen” list of bills currently […]

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