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.

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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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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NIFLA v. Becerra: Pro-Life Agencies Need Not Market Abortion

In today’s NIFLA v. Becerra decision, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that pro-life pregnancy care centers may not be compelled by a state to advertise for abortion. The margin: one vote. Apparently, abortion providers in California are so hard up for business that they thought they ought be able to drag pro-lifers into helping out …

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Check Your Party Registration

FYI, it’s that season again: the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s office has issued the standard biennial reminder of the deadline for changes in party registration before this year’s primary election in September. Nothing new; just a reminder. “Tuesday, June 5th is the deadline for changing your political party affiliation before the September 11, 2018, …

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Follow-up on Thursday’s Numbers

Brief epilogue to my last post: What’s the concur/nonconcur/Committee of Conference vote on the therapy ban bill, HB 587? HB 587 is on its way to Governor Sununu’s desk. It could strip professional licensing from any counselor whose words to a gender-questioning child are deemed insufficiently supportive of gender reassignment. That’s the absurd vagueness of …

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