Ellen Kolb

Ellen is a writer, pro-life activist, and communications consultant. She blogs about life-issue politics in New Hampshire at Leaven for the Loaf.

New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner

Update: Bill Gardner Re-elected Secretary of State

Update, 3:25 p.m.: Secretary of State Bill Gardner has been re-elected to another term by the New Hampshire House and Senate. Gardner prevailed over Colin Van Ostern 209-205, with one “scatter” vote. With 415 legislators present and voting (House and Senate combined), 208 votes were needed for victory. Vote was by secret ballot. 

Justice O'Connor

Sandra Day O’Connor: “Make civic learning…a reality”

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor announced today that she is stepping back from public life altogether, now that she has been diagnosed with dementia, “probably Alzheimer’s disease.”  She used the announcement to make a plea that we do something in particular for our kids and each other: teach civics. “I’ve seen first-hand …

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U.S. Senate chamber

Get On With It

As I write this, Sen. Susan Collins has just announced her support of Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.  As I listened to her thoughtful and lengthy statement, I couldn’t quite forget the quote (possibly apocryphal) attributed to Dwight Eisenhower: “I made two mistakes and both of them are sitting on the Supreme Court.” Translation: …

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Update: No Change In N.H. House Winners After Derry Recount

A quick follow-up to the Grok’s post-primary New Hampshire House election summary: this morning’s recount of Derry votes confirms that incumbent Rep. Brenda Willis will not be moving on to the general election. She was edged out by Stephen Pearson by ten votes for the final spot on the Republican slate of candidates for House …

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On Being “A True Granite Stater”

Cornerstone has issued its legislative scorecard for the 2017-18 session, bringing forth this reaction from the chairman of New Hampshire’s Democratic Party (which may account for an increase in the scorecard’s circulation): As someone who has worked with Cornerstone (currently as a consultant), I think it’s worth looking at what Mr. Chairman considers “anathema to …

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