NH Senate

Drunken Senate Binge-Spends ‘Surplus,’ Asks House to Go Along

by Steve MacDonald May 14, 2018

So much for the Senate being the more tempered and ‘August’ body of any legislature. Ours just took one look at the surplus I discussed here and went on a spending spree. CONCORD ­— It started as a routine bill to create the position of state demographer, but has turned into what some are calling […]

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Sen. Avard Commends Senate Passage of Constitutional Amendment Restoring Taxpayer Standing

by Op-Ed May 3, 2018

Press Release For Immediate Release: May 3, 2018 Media Contact: Kate Spiner (603) 271-3043 Kate.Spiner@leg.state.nh.us<mailto:Kate.Spiner@leg.state.nh.us> Avard commends Senate passage of constitutional amendment restoring taxpayer standing Concord- NH — Senator Kevin Avard (R-Nashua) issued a statement following passage of CACR 15 Wednesday which would give taxpayers standing to bring actions against the government.

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Millionaire Pushing ‘Gender Identity’ Bill in NH Wants to ‘Punish’ Anyone Who Disagrees

by Kimberly Morin April 28, 2018

Next week, the New Hampshire Senate will be voting on House Bill 1319 (HB 1319), AN ACT prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity. The legislation was voted “Inexpedient To Legislate” and to “Interim Study” by the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 24th. This legislation was defeated last year by the New Hampshire House of Representatives […]

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The NH Senate Just Killed The Horrible, Awful, Family Medical Leave Bill (HB 628)

by Steve MacDonald April 26, 2018

The NH State Senate just voted on HB628, the So-called Family Medical Leave Insurance Bill (FMLI). (For the Grok archive on HB628 look here and here.) It’s a bad bill, with bad mechanics, built to fail, and its only redeeming quality (and by that I mean if you happen to be a socialist Democrat tax and spender hell-bent on […]

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NH Senate Passes Gag Order on Therapists, Pastors, and Others. Will Gov. Sununu Sign It? [Updated]

by Steve MacDonald April 20, 2018

Yesterday, by a vote of 14-10, the New Hampshire State Senate passed HB587, a lawyer-up bill so badly written that it will not just compel speech. It will place a gag order on therapists, counselors, nurses, clergy, coaches, and anyone who might be consulted (even tangentially) for guidance on the issue of sexual attraction, even as Amended. […]

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The NH Legislature’s Latest Protection Racket

by Steve MacDonald April 8, 2018

You’ve seen movies where a couple of Goodfellas in suits show up at a business and the proprietor, looking uncomfortable, hands them a bag of cash. New Hampshire has this too. Some nicely dressed guys (and girls) are using the state legislature to force a business to extract protection money from you. (Again.) This time around it’s […]

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Will This Legislation End Statewide Assessment Tyranny?

by Steve MacDonald April 2, 2018

Student testing, statewide testing, has been an issue for years. Parents can opt their children out of these tests, and there is ample support for this right. But administrators obsessed with participation rates have no legal disincentives. “…school districts and administrators are getting more aggressive with parents and children who do not participate in the […]

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NH Senate Passes North Country Jobs Bailout On Ratepayer’s Backs

by Steve MacDonald April 1, 2018

The New Hampshire State Senate passed two bills that redistribute dollars by forcing energy companies to buy more expensive electricity from North Country “green” energy generators. “…the measures are needed, say backers of both bills, to preserve a total of 900 jobs. Many of those jobs are “in areas of the state where people can’t […]

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The Court Of My Opinion

by Ed Naile March 31, 2018

I went to a Senate Hearing on CACR 15 on Thursday. There was even a chance for me to testify! This the proposed NH Constitutional Amendment to restore a taxpayer’s right to sue a municipality or the State regarding taxation, a right that was stripped away by recent Superior and State Supra decisions. NH courts […]

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The senate is trying to Ram HB 628 Through as Fast as Possible!

by Steve MacDonald March 30, 2018

HB 628 is an unnecessary junk bill disguised as a feel-good Family Leave Act. (Lots of links here.) It’s a state mandate on job creators that’s bad for business and, The Senate is trying to ram HB 628 through as fast as possible! Thursday, April 5 — Senate Finance, State House room 105 2:30 p.m. […]

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NH Dems use Drama to Push ANTI-School Safety Gun Control

by Kimberly Morin March 22, 2018

Yesterday, in typical uninformed and ignorant Democrat fashion, Anti-school safety New Hampshire Senate Democrats tried to push a draconian gun control amendment that would have left students more unprotected than they are now all while turning law-abiding citizens into criminals. They did it as if they were a high school drama club rather than adults […]

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Yeah, so much for the Constitution, right Democrats? An aside on the Democrat only sponsored SB466

by Skip March 18, 2018

First Amendment:  Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.  I like how the Cornell Law School interprets the […]

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NH State Senate Passes Agrotourism Reform Bill SB412

by Steve MacDonald March 17, 2018

The first thing you need to know about SB412 (and why you should praise its passage in the state Senate) is that the mopes in Henniker don’t like it. And here’s why. No municipality shall adopt an ordinance, bylaw, definition, or policy regarding agritourism activities that conflict with the definition of agritourism in RSA 21:34-a. […]

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NH Senate Votes Down Gun-Free School Zones in N.H.

by Steve MacDonald March 16, 2018

An effort by Democrats to use public schools as a wedge issue to disarm law abiding citizens failed in the New Hampshire Senate this week. In a party-line vote, the Senate Education Committee voted down an amendment that would have allowed individual school boards to prohibit guns on school grounds and school buses.

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Medicaid Expansion Continues to Get Worse With Republican Help

by Steve MacDonald March 10, 2018

The NH State Senate proudly advanced, thanks to bipartisan support, the Medicaid Expansion scam, this time for five years. At the same time, over at the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, we are treated to some truth about what will happen when this turd becomes the latest version of what passes for law.

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Avard praises bi-partisan support of bill updating firearm terminology 

by Op-Ed March 9, 2018

Press Release Concord, NH – Today the NH Senate adopted a bill, SB 500, amending references to firearms terminology with the unanimous consent of the body. SB 500 received the unanimous recommendation of Ought to Pass from the NH Senate Judiciary Committee. “I am pleased this common-sense bill updating references to firearms terminology passed the […]

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NH Senate Kills Assisted Suicide Study Committee, Terminates Minimum Wage Hike Bill

by Steve MacDonald February 22, 2018

Two good bits of news out of the New Hampshire State Senate this week. SB 490, an end of life study committee bill that was sold by the sponsor as a path to assisted suicide legislation, was put to death by a vote of 12-10. Cornerstone thanks the senators who voted ITL. Contact information for senators is at […]

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Cleaning up Firearms Language in State Statute

by Steve MacDonald February 14, 2018

Susan Olsen joins me to discuss the introduction of SB500, Senator Kevin Avard’s Bill to clean up firearms terminology in State Statute. We talk about the proposed changes, testimony, support and opposition to the legislation. Also Available on Google Play

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Serving The People to the End: RIP Sen. Sam Cataldo

by Mike February 4, 2018

Many citizens of NH were saddened to hear of the sudden and tragic death, Saturday, of former State Senator Sam Cataldo in an auto accident, on his way to a School Board meeting in his home town of Farmington, NH. One of the finest men I’ve had the privilege to meet, Sam was serving the […]

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Senator Woodburn Deletes Embarrassing Video Boasting About Gun Control

by Kimberly Morin February 4, 2018

Over the weekend, New Hampshire Senator Jeff Woodburn, representing North Country in District 01, deleted a video of himself boasting about how proud he was to have pushed legislation that would ban bump stocks in the state. The video was posted on his Facebook page and only lasted a couple of minutes but it clearly […]

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Support SB 395 – Access to Electronic Records Under the Right to Know Law

by Steve MacDonald January 30, 2018

Max Ledoux from Tuftonboro, New Hampshire has an excellent video testimony about SB 395, legislation that would, “…make clear statutorily that government entities can not charge for electronic copies, but would not change how the courts have already interpreted the existing Right to Know law.”

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To Silence One Commissioner NH Democrats Would Use The Government to Silence Them All.

by Steve MacDonald December 27, 2017

The NHGOP sent out an email today on the easily triggered, toll-hike loving Chris Pappas, complete with a quote from a Union Leader Editorial. “For some reason, Frank Edelblut drives Democrats at the State House completely crazy. Edelblut recently tweeted to Executive Councilor Chris Pappas about the Cyber Robotics Coding Competition, using a phrase Pappas […]

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New Hampshire Senators Oppose Turnpike Toll Hike

by Op-Ed December 5, 2017

By Sen. Kevin Avard The New Hampshire Senate Republican Majority Office Senators oppose turnpike toll hike Concord, NH – The Governor’s Advisory Commission on Intermodal Transportation (GACIT) held a public hearing on Monday regarding the Department of Transportation plan for a statewide toll hike. Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem), Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Regina Birdsell […]

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Sexual Assault Accusations Are “Timeless,” Right, Ray?

by Ed Naile November 18, 2017

Ten years ago, doesn’t seem that long when you look at the alleged sexual assaults and improprieties being aired every day on national news sites, radio, and print. This story below is about an internal investigation by the Democrat Party of still serving Democrat Party Icon Ray Buckley’s alleged behavior with campaign staffers ten years […]

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Democrat Senate Dist. 16 Candidate Kevin Cavanaugh’s “Drug Problem”

by Steve MacDonald July 18, 2017

On July 25th voters in New Hampshire State Senate District 16, will go the polls in a special election. The Democrat in that race is Manchester Ward 1 Alderman Kevin Cavanaugh.  Kevbo is on record in support of making Manchester a Sanctuary city. Seeing as the Kevinator is an elected official in the largest city in […]

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Mike Sylvia – HB 614: No Hardship for NH Law Enforcement

by Steve MacDonald May 8, 2017

by Mike Sylvia This Thursday, May 11, HB614 goes to the New Hampshire Senate floor. We received a bad recommendation from the judiciary committee with a vote of 4-1 to kill the bill. Let’s all push the message on social media, in the press, and our email lists. We can overturn the recommendation by refuting […]

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Senator Sponsoring State-Sponsored Gambling Monopolies – A Stupid Idea For Which The Time Will Never Come

by Ed Naile April 27, 2017

Like a junkie who needs a fix, Liberal Lou D’Allesandro is chomping at the bit for another shot at a state gambling monopoly. Who would have guessed that the fake news promise of tax riches for all would subside in Manchester’s Tax and Spend Lou. Once again Senator Casino is trying to rally support for […]

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NH State Senate Democrat Scott McGilvray Passed Away Tuesday Night

by Steve MacDonald March 22, 2017

The District 16 Senator was also President of the NH-NEA, the state’s largest teachers union. CONCORD — Democratic State Sen. Scott McGilvray, who represented the Hooksett and Candia area, died Tuesday night, Gov. Chris Sununu announced at the breakfast meeting of the Executive Council Wednesday morning. I’m quite certain he and I would disagree on […]

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I’m sure Stephen Shurtleff is shocked, shocked.

by Susan Olsen January 11, 2017

No doubt NH Democrat Minority Leader Stephen Shurtleff is shocked…

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Avard questions $3.7 million in unspent funds for DD-waitlist in FY ‘16

by Steve MacDonald October 10, 2016

Concord, NH – Today, Senator Kevin Avard (R-Nashua) issued the following statement after learning there are $3.7 million in unspent funds for Developmental Disabilities Waitlist in FY 16, with 166 citizens still waiting for services according to the latest dashboard issued in July. This information came to light as part of the Agency Requests submitted […]

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