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.

Just going to leave this here…

The man who was just elected New Hampshire Speaker of the House on the first ballot with 214 votes is fretting about a “shadow caucus.” See John DiStaso’s WMUR post.

Where’s your 10-20%?

Rep. Shawn Jasper is Speaker for a second term. He and Democrat Steve Shurtleff were the only nominees on the one and only ballot, with Jasper prevailing 214-165 before Shurtleff called for acclamation. Eight votes were scattered among other candidates. That accounts for all the reps present. Whatever divisions marked the GOP caucus last week …

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Repudiate him, now

This just in: Trump is a vulgar lout.  Oh, wait. We knew that. But at least he’s not Clinton. Oh, wait – we knew that, too. Every woman inundated with campaign phone calls and palm cards and TV commercials and web ads about how one or the other is better for women ought to be …

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Clinton thinks 40 years of the Hyde Amendment is enough

I posted this at DaTechGuy Blog. Let me add that Maggie Hassan is all in with Hillary Clinton in opposing the Hyde Amendment. Not long after Roe v. Wade federalized abortion policy, Members of Congress led by Henry Hyde moved to prevent federal funds from being used for abortions. The Hyde Amendment was finally added to …

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Books and bans and challenges

It’s Banned Books Week, according to the American Library Association. I’ll join the ALA in cheering for free expression and the right to read. Where I part ways with the ALA is where they equate banned books with challenged books. It gets my hackles up when I’m advised not to challenge things. Read more at …

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Jasper to seek another term as Speaker

No shock here, but Speaker Jasper will make it official tomorrow. From WMUR’s John DiStaso: @NHSpeaker of the House Shawn Jasper confirms he’ll announce a second run for Speaker at presser tomorrow 930 a.m. #nhpolitics#WMUR .@NHSpeaker of the House Shawn Jasper confirms he'll announce a second run for Speaker at presser tomorrow 930 a.m. #nhpolitics …

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The Speaker took sides, but…

Following up on Steve’s post about New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper taking sides in a few Republican House primaries, let’s see how that’s working out.  The Jasper for NH committee filed a September 7 report of independent expenditures in eight districts, targeting certain GOP incumbents by omission – in Merrimack, for example, the committee’s …

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PP contract & Hassan/Van Ostern ethics: “unofficial sources” yawn

Darlene Pawlik, New Hampshire citizen, thought there was something fishy about politicians taking campaign funds from one branch of Planned Parenthood and then supporting state contracts with another PP branch. She recently filed an ethics complaint with the Executive Branch Ethics Committee, asking that the committee look into those fishy actions by Governor Maggie Hassan …

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Texas DA drops charges against Daleiden, Merritt re PP body-parts videos

From the Houston Chronicle: The Harris County [Texas] District Attorney’s office on Tuesday dismissed all charges against anti-abortion activists who secretly videotaped Planned Parenthood officials in Houston. David Robert Daleiden and Sandra Merritt were charged with tampering with a governmental record, for using a fake identification to gain access to the facility. In a surprise …

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