A few weeks ago (2/20/20), Speaker of the New Hampshire House Steve Shurtleff aka “Pocket-Stalin” devoted a day to conducting Soviet-style show-trials of GOP Reps who refused to comply with an obviously unconstitutional House Rule:
We learned that the reprimand was scheduled for 1:30 and that the press was invited in. The procedures for these individual reprimands were conjured up by the Speaker whereby the Deputy of the House, Rep. Lucy Weber, would read the charge, the charged Representative would then be able to come up to “defend themself” and then the House would vote on the Motion to Reprimand (Roll Call Votes are on the Gencourt website). Mind you, unlike other motions or bills that we vote on, no other House member could argue or comment on the Motion to Reprimand, i.e. the vote before us. The only person allowed to speak on the Motion was the accused. This was totally new territory and the format was concocted by Speaker Shurtleff. The Speaker also chose this particular time in the session calendar to do this reprimand, which is not coincidentally right before the 2020 election season, even though technically these Representatives could comply with this rule until such time that their term is up in December 2020. So why now? I think you get the picture. It’s political theater… something to paste on glossy election flyers …
Needless to say, all the time that Pocket-Stalin devoted to his Soviet-style show-trials could have been spent on the actual business of the House, which would have made last night’s all-nighter unnecessary.
But this is how Fake-Reporter Kevin Landrigan reported it:
Kudos to Leon Rideout for calling out this Fake-Reporter on this Fake-News: