State Senate

Breaking News: NH State Senator Bob Odell is Retiring

by Steve MacDonald April 18, 2014
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Alternate headline.  Bob Odell – “My work here is done.” After trashing New Hampshire by guaranteeing a future broad-based tax to pay for his embrace of Medicaid expansion (see also ObamaCare), too-long term State Senator Bob Odell has reportedly announced his retirement– days after JP Marzullo announced he would challenge Odell in a primary. (Happy […]

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Guest Post – JP Marzullo (Candidate for NH State Senate Dist 8)

by Steve MacDonald April 17, 2014
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Like many of us in Liberal Bob Odell’s State Senate District 8, I am disappointed that our Senator is devoting so much time trying to find new ways to raise taxes on the hard-working people in New Hampshire.  You’d have thought that voting to expand Obamacare was enough. It was not. In his never-ending quest […]

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SB 120 – Speech Limited In NH By Those Most Threatened By It (Updated)

by Steve MacDonald April 15, 2014
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I have been following the New Hampshire Political ruling class efforts to stifle political speech for years.  It is a bipartisan effort to erect barriers to free speech.  So what do you call that?  Almost free speech?  Sort of Free speech?  Selective Free speech?  Speech that’s free but only during the calendar days defined by […]

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32 Million Dollars New Hampshire Families Didn’t Deserve To Keep

by Steve MacDonald March 28, 2014
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The NH State Senate has passed a hike in the gas tax which is guaranteed to pass through the NH House like s**t through a goose.  This will extract an estimated 32 million dollars out of the New Hampshire economy, affecting tourism, jobs, and wages. So as we approach November, in a year expected to […]

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Notable Quote: Aaron Day – Please Send Someone A Copy of the Party Platform

by Steve MacDonald March 28, 2014
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Can someone point me to the sections in the NH Republican Party Platform that support Obamacare, Common Core, excessive gas taxes, gun regulation, and are anti Right to Work? If not, can someone please forward the platform to the Republican Reps and Senators that voted for such legislation? Also from Aaron… “Had great meetings in […]

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Democrats say Yea to Gas Tax, No To Study the Definition of Domicile

by Steve MacDonald March 19, 2014
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The New Hampshire Senate voted to pass SB367 (with 4 Republicans–Boutin, Odell, Stiles, and Rausch).  SB 367 is a hike in the gas tax that is estimated to extract an additional 31 million dollars per year from New Hampshire Families and small business owners.   Business owners will have to eat the increase or pass it […]

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Who’s In Your Wallet!?

by Steve MacDonald March 16, 2014
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The Republican party has no interest in receiving advice from me, and not just because we’re not exactly on speaking terms.  As a rule, I don’t speak to ‘The Party” I speak to folks who run as Republicans, activists, and voters, who may or may not be Republicans but have traditionally prefered what Republicans run […]

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GrokTALK! March 1, 2014 With Jenn Coffey on The Medicaid Trap & The ObamaCare Trap

by Steve MacDonald March 5, 2014
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Jenn Coffey joins us in segment three to talk about more issues with expanding Medicaid in New Hampshire. We talk about the importance of not depending on federal dollars that can and do get cut and how no lessons appear to have been learned from special Ed dollars that ended up being a fraction of […]

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Missouri State Senate Votes to Nullify All Federal Gun Laws

by Steve MacDonald February 20, 2014
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While our NH State Senate is erecting various barriers to speech, while using speech to articulate creative excuses for accepting ObamaCare bribes and future tax hikes, the Missouri State Senate just passed SB613. This act declares as invalid all federal laws that infringe on the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment to the […]

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Strong NH Radio Ad – Ask Your State Senator to Vote No on Medicaid Expansion in NH

by Steve MacDonald February 18, 2014
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Citizens for a Strong NH has a new radio ad urging everyone to contact their State Senator and ask them to vote NO on SB 413, the bill to expand ObamaCare in New Hampshire. Listen to the Ad Here

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I voted for Medicaid Expansion In New Hampshire And All I got Was…

by Steve MacDonald November 18, 2013
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Just Looking to keep things simple. (Variations on this theme are inevitable)

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NH Senate Votes 19-5 to Table HB 135

by Steve MacDonald May 23, 2013

The NH Senate has tabled HB 135, the Deputy Dawg Shurtleff House passed bill that would have repealed stand your ground in New Hampshire and replaced it with Run Away or else go to court and have them tell you a year later…yeah, you should have run away. Bad bill. Tabling is not death, however. […]

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New Hampshire State Senate Nixes Medicaid Expansion in Budget

by Steve MacDonald May 23, 2013

By a vote of 4 – 2 Senate budget writes have ‘Just said No’ to the proposed Medicaid expansion option tied to the “Eliminate Any Hope Of Affordable Care Act,” frequently misrepresented as the ‘Affordable Care Act,’ or ObamaCare.  Speaking for the majority, State Senate Majority Leader Peter Bragdon, who happens to be State Senator, said something incredibly intelligent. […]

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Why Would NH State Senator Jeb Bradley Want to Harpoon the Nano-Brewery Bill?

by Steve MacDonald April 30, 2013

Word has it that a backroom deal has been ‘crafted’ to harpoon the nano-brewery bill. I say ‘backroom’ and ‘crafted’ because a recent executive committee session for HB253 did not attract a single lobbyist.  The New Hampshire beer cartel didn’t send any hired guns to pimp their interests.  No one from the liquor commission bothered to show […]

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HB 135 Deputy Dawg Shurtleff ‘Stand Your Ground Repeal’ – NH State Senate Hearing is Tomorrow

by Steve MacDonald April 22, 2013

c/o Scott Smith / Facebook New Hampshire: Shurtleff Criminal Protection Bill Scheduled for Senate Committee Hearing in Concord on Tuesday On Tuesday, April 23, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear House Bill 135. Introduced by state Representative Stephen Shurtleff (D- Merrimack 11), HB 135 will render law-abiding citizens defenseless victims by removing consequences […]

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State Senate Votes 13-11 to Table HB 370 – The Education Scholarship Credit Lives!!!

by Steve MacDonald April 18, 2013

HB 370, the government-school monopoly, anti-education-choice-bill from the union-owned Democrat House, that would have repealed the education scholarship tax credit that passed last year, has been tabled by the New Hampshire State Senate.    Tabling a bill is not legislative death but it is not unlike locking a prisoner up in a dungeon and forgetting they are there.  Someone might wander […]

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Tom Brady (Not that one) Can’t Be On The NH-GOP State Committee

by Steve MacDonald December 17, 2012

Actually, the other Tom Brady can’t be  an NH-GOP voting Committee member either but let us not get distracted. NH-GOP Bylaws, Article 1, section 4A: A.  Any registered Republican who, at the same time joins or allows his or her name to be used in support of a political committee or a defined group of […]

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Early Turnout in Merrimack…

by Steve MacDonald September 11, 2012

I hit the polls early this morning, arriving at 7:15, and the traffic in and out was steady, even brisk.  No long lines, and the presentation of ID posed no problems. I also ran into Lenette Peterson, Jeanine Notter, Chris Buda (Local GOP Chair), George Markwell (Merrimack School Board), saw a few other folks as […]

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Endorsement: Dan Dwyer, State Senate

by Steve MacDonald September 11, 2012

As State Senate President, Peter Bragdon lays claim to a number of accomplishments, he also owns a number of disappointments, one of the most egregious of which is our continued membership in the Regional Greenhouse Gas initiative (RGGI).   I hold him solely responsible for our continued participation in this unconstitutional scheme which the Democrat majority […]

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Please Keep Your Hands Off My Speech

by Steve MacDonald May 8, 2012

Political speech is a popular subject these past few days, and seeing as that is what we do here, it should be.  Any slight change about what is defined as paid speech could make what we do very difficult to define financially, and more cumbersome to execute.  Take for example the value of web space […]

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AFP New Hampshire Legislative Score Card is Out!

by Steve MacDonald July 14, 2011

Americans For Prosperity has released its 2011 Score card for New Hampshire Legislators in the House, and the NH State Senate. The tally is based on eleven bills AFP focused on in 2011 and whether the New Hampshire Representative or Senator took AFP’s position.

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Save HB 540 – Biannual Auto Inspections [updated]

by Steve MacDonald April 9, 2011

It will not turn into a short film titled ‘Death on The Highway II,’ but it will save everyone a few hours and a few bucks. It’s HB 540, the bill to move New Hampshire from annual auto inspections to every other year.

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Republican Change In New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald April 8, 2011

“The New Hampshire House of Representatives received a mandate from the voters of this state to cut state spending; reduce taxes and fees; return fiscal sanity to the state; promote economic development and create jobs; mend a state retirement system that was nearing insolvency; provide our children with an education based on excellence; protect the personal rights and freedoms of its citizens; and maintain transparency in state government. Listed here is a compilation of legislation passed by the 2001 New Hampshire House of Representatives in response to that message that they received in November from the voters.

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Blind Spot

by Steve MacDonald November 23, 2010

The saving of New Hampshire Taxpayer dollars has already begun. Peter Bragdon announced that his State Senate chief of staff will not be earning the $100,000.00 his predecessor is said to have received.

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Ray Buckley And His Extremist Friends…

by Steve MacDonald October 31, 2010

Paid for by The New Hampshire Democratic State Committee and Ray Buckley, Chair, is an ad in the New Hampshire Sunday News.  Don’t feel bad if you missed it.  It’s an 1/8th of a page affair that  tries to scare people.  They, the democrats, have to resort to this because of the frightening reality that […]

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