Readers will need Microsoft Word (who doesn’t have that, seriously?) to view the just-released 2009 House Republican Alliance Scorecard:

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[Source: Cornerstone Policy Research Center]

One day after changing their minds on a “reconsideration” vote to pass Genderless Marriage, the House will now be “reconsidering” the Bathroom Bill!!
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Representative Kathleen Taylor, of Franconia (
kathleen.taylor@leg.state.nh.us, 823-8158) having voted against the bill yesterday, filed for reconsideration of the measure this morning allowing the vote to be taken again and possibly reversed, much like the genderless marriage bill.

As was apparent by the vote yesterday (172-157), many of the legislators had already left for the day when the vote was taken.  The supporters of this bill apparently believe that they will have the votes to OVERTURN this when the full House meets again on April 8.

CPR Executive Director, Kevin Smith, issued the following statement to the press:

“What an egregious act to reconsider this vote when there has been so much public outrage over this issue.  We thought we had seen the end of the House’s assault on New Hampshire families after they voted to change the definition of marriage yesterday, but apparently that was not enough for them.  Now, instead of focusing on issues like the budget or putting people back to work, the legislature will once again be  focusing on genderless bathrooms and genderless marriage.  It is such a bizarre corruption of priorities – it simply defies logic.  New Hampshire citizens have a right to be outraged over these developments.”

“Furthermore, I guess this is how this House operates – when they do not like the outcome of the first vote, they simply press the “RESET” button until they find enough representatives to change their votes.”

Cornerstone will have additional information regarding this vote and other votes on Monday.

FAQ Answer: House rules allow any Representative who votes on the prevailing side of an issue, can ask for “reconsideration” of that vote after the vote has been taken.

Back where I’m from (Dallas, TX), we call papers like The Hippo “alternative press” outlets, but anyway, The Hippo has a full-fledged feature article on NH State GOP Chairman John Sununu: click here to read it.

I can’t wait for 2010’s elections after reading that piece.

We’ll see just how the taxpayers in the Live Free or Die state support this experimentation in socialism that we’ve been handed by the Lynch Mob.

Ok, so the headline was SnowRevolt’s, not the chairman of the state GOP, but hey, if it made you laugh, it was definitely worth it.


For people who think I have been too tough on the Democrats by accusing them of ruining New Hampshire, to understand my criticism you don’t need to look any further than the recently proposed HB415 “Bathroom Bill” as well as Governor Lynch’s attempt to raid the Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Associating Plan to understand my criticism. These actions serve as reminders of the radical agenda being pushed by the Democrat Leadership in Concord that threatens to damage New Hampshire’s special quality of life and government structure.

This week a house judiciary subcommittee voted along party lines to advance the Bathroom Bill to the full committee. The legislation, which makes changes to existing laws, grants universal access to public restrooms based on individual’s preferred “gender-related identity, appearance, expression, or behavior of an individual.” This would allow an individual to legally choose if they would like to use a men’s restroom or women’s restroom based purely on their own personal preferred gender – regardless of their actual biological gender.

The Democrat’s Bathroom Bill is a radical assault on personal privacy that poses, at the least, an undue level of discomfort on users of public facilities and at the worst a mischief risk for families who utilize public restrooms facilities across New Hampshire. It’s about time that Governor Lynch shows some backbone and stands up to the extreme liberals that dominate the Democrat leadership in the New Hampshire House and Senate. He should publicly denounce and commit to veto egregious pieces of legislation like the Bathroom Bill before they reach his desk.

A second example of the Democrats disastrous agenda is Governor Lynch’s attempt to take money from the New Hampshire Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association Plan and use it to balance the budget. The fund consists of premiums and payments from doctors that were intended to provide stability to the medical malpractice insurance market. In the event that the plan was to have a surplus, New Hampshire regulations clearly states that it shall “repay members for assessments previously levied.”

Legal opinions can’t make this kind of expropriation justifiable. This is private money, not state revenue, and any attempt by the Governor to use it to fund the operations of state government amounts to nothing more than the theft of private property. If they are to succeed in these efforts to pocket this money from New Hampshire’s doctors what is to stop them from taking money from other groups to balance future budgets?

John H. Sununu

Wonder what his constituents think of this?

Marriage Equality Bill Makes It Out of Committee

by: Dean Barker

Tue Mar 17, 2009 at 18:56:49 PM EDT

I get emails.  I found this inside one sent from the State House:

House Bill 436, allowing gay marriage, 10-10, will go to the House with no recommendation, Judiciary Committee;

The full House meets again next Tuesday (this week is dominated by committee work).

For more on this landmark bill, see the expert himself, Rep. Jim Splaine, who says the bill will come to a vote on that first House meeting next Tuesday.

And for still more, here’s the text of the bill, including this summary:

This bill eliminates the exclusion of same gender couples from marriage, affirms religious freedom protections of clergy with regard to the solemnization of marriage, and provides a mechanism by which same gender couples who have entered into a civil union prior to the enactment of this bill may obtain the legal status of marriage.

Now would be a great time to contact your Representatives on this.

Update: Jim fleshes out the Judiciary vote in the comments:

Of the 11 Dems, 9 supported the bill:  Reps. Brendon Browne of Dover, Paul Hackel of Nashua, David Nixon of Manchester, Fran Potter of Concord, Gary Richardson of Hopkinton, Bob Thompson of Manchester, Janet Wall of Madbury, Rick Waltrous of Concord, and Lucy Weber of Walpole.  One Republican, Tony DiFruscia of Windham, was the 10th supporter.We did lose two Democrats, each of whom I respect so I won’t say anything negative about their votes.  Of those who spoke in defense of the bill, I have to single out Gary Richardson and Lucy Weber, each of whom did much to make the Civil Unions Law a reality two years ago.  Bob Thompson, a first-termer from Manchester, was also extra-fantastic.

From a very reliable source who is helping a Republican state representative 😉

Voters should present identification – such as a driver’s license – to vote in elections in New Hampshire.

Agree or disagree?

The latest from NH GOP chairman John Sununu:


For people who think I have been too tough on the Democrats by accusing them of ruining New Hampshire, to understand my criticism you don’t need to look any further than the recently proposed HB415 “Bathroom Bill” as well as Governor Lynch’s attempt to raid the Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Associating Plan to understand my criticism. These actions serve as reminders of the radical agenda being pushed by the Democrat Leadership in Concord that threatens to damage New Hampshire’s special quality of life and government structure.

This week a house judiciary subcommittee voted along party lines to advance the Bathroom Bill to the full committee. The legislation, which makes changes to existing laws, grants universal access to public restrooms based on individual’s preferred “gender-related identity, appearance, expression, or behavior of an individual.” This would allow an individual to legally choose if they would like to use a men’s restroom or women’s restroom based purely on their own personal preferred gender – regardless of their actual biological gender.

The Democrat’s Bathroom Bill is a radical assault on personal privacy that poses, at the least, an undue level of discomfort on users of public facilities and at the worst a mischief risk for families who utilize public restrooms facilities across New Hampshire. It’s about time that Governor Lynch shows some backbone and stands up to the extreme liberals that dominate the Democrat leadership in the New Hampshire House and Senate. He should publicly denounce and commit to veto egregious pieces of legislation like the Bathroom Bill before they reach his desk
A second example of the Democrats disastrous agenda is Governor Lynch’s attempt to take money from the New Hampshire Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association Plan and use it to balance the budget. The fund consists of premiums and payments from doctors that were intended to provide stability to the medical malpractice insurance market. In the event that the plan was to have a surplus, New Hampshire regulations clearly states that it shall “repay members for assessments previously levied.”

Legal opinions can’t make this kind of expropriation justifiable. This is private money, not state revenue, and any attempt by the Governor to use it to fund the operations of state government amounts to nothing more than the theft of private property. If they are to succeed in these efforts to pocket this money from New Hampshire’s doctors what is to stop them from taking money from other groups to balance future budgets?

John H. Sununu

From the state chairman of the NH Republican Party:


For people who think I have been too tough on the Democrats by accusing them of ruining New Hampshire, to understand my criticism you don’t need to look any further than the recently proposed HB415 “Bathroom Bill” as well as Governor Lynch’s attempt to raid the Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Associating Plan to understand my criticism. These actions serve as reminders of the radical agenda being pushed by the Democrat Leadership in Concord that threatens to damage New Hampshire’s special quality of life and government structure.
This week a house judiciary subcommittee voted along party lines to advance the Bathroom Bill to the full committee. The legislation, which makes changes to existing laws, grants universal access to public restrooms based on individual’s preferred “gender-related identity, appearance, expression, or behavior of an individual.” This would allow an individual to legally choose if they would like to use a men’s restroom or women’s restroom based purely on their own personal preferred gender – regardless of their actual biological gender.

The Democrat’s Bathroom Bill is a radical assault on personal privacy that poses, at the least, an undue level of discomfort on users of public facilities and at the worst a mischief risk for families who utilize public restrooms facilities across New Hampshire. It’s about time that Governor Lynch shows some backbone and stands up to the extreme liberals that dominate the Democrat leadership in the New Hampshire House and Senate. He should publicly denounce and commit to veto egregious pieces of legislation like the Bathroom Bill before they reach his desk
A second example of the Democrats disastrous agenda is Governor Lynch’s attempt to take money from the New Hampshire Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association Plan and use it to balance the budget. The fund consists of premiums and payments from doctors that were intended to provide stability to the medical malpractice insurance market. In the event that the plan was to have a surplus, New Hampshire regulations clearly states that it shall “repay members for assessments previously levied.”

Legal opinions can’t make this kind of expropriation justifiable. This is private money, not state revenue, and any attempt by the Governor to use it to fund the operations of state government amounts to nothing more than the theft of private property. If they are to succeed in these efforts to pocket this money from New Hampshire’s doctors what is to stop them from taking money from other groups to balance future budgets?

John H. Sununu

So, let me get this straight. Money that isn’t the government’s property is being raided to pay down the overspending (the media call that a “shortfall”) that Gov. Lynch and the Democrats in the two chambers have caused, and yet that money isn’t to be touched? And that’s not stealing?

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NH = Massachusetts Jr.?

March 9, 2009

Democrats in Concord are pushing a gas tax (like their friends in Mass did just a week ago) and a $10 saltwater fishing license, according to the Union-Leader today (Joe McQuaid’s humrous editorial on P A8 has the details.)

The more the Democrats spend and legislate, the more New Hampshire becomes a “Massachusetts Jr.”

And that is not a good thing.

Seriously. Hiking gas taxes 15-cents in this economy? We’re getting used to under-$2 gas prices. What the heck?

When do we get to call this “money laundering?”

In The News
03.06.2009

Governor Lynch’s budget is a shell game

by Tom Eaton

Union Leader
March 6, 2009

Now that the shock and awe of Gov. John Lynch’s budget address has faded and we have had a chance to look at the details of his proposed budget, one fact has become clear — the emperor has no clothes.

Gov. Lynch’s proposed budget is a shell game that amounts to intergenerational theft.

We’re not in this huge budget deficit because of the national economic downturn. This past budget cycle, the Democratic- controlled Legislature passed a 17 1/2 percent budget increase. For reference, the 2003 and 2005 budgets increased by about 3.5 percent, which included all essential and nondiscretionary spending. That coincided with the rate of inflation and demonstrated fiscally sound policy.

In this year’s budget, Gov. Lynch claims he cut general fund spending by $40 million. But that’s not exactly true. What he really did was some creative accounting. For example, he “relabeled” the State Liquor Commission budget so that it is no longer called general fund spending. This is not a cut; it is a name change. He is going to increase the agency’s spending from $71 million to $91 million. But with a little creative accounting, a $20 million spending increase instead looks like a $71 million spending decrease.

Gov. Lynch also proposes bonding $83 million in school building aid — money that used to be part of yearly general fund operating costs. The program isn’t going away. The state will still send $83 million to communities for building aid. But with another sweep of Lynch’s magical budget wand — poof — “level funding” an existing program looks like an $83 million spending cut. The reality is that the aid dollars were put on a “credit card” that our grandchildren will end up paying.

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No wonder the Democrats in New Hampshire are scared to death of next year’s elections. This kinda news doesn’t help:

The governor’s proposed budget is still in the red

The Union Leader
Charles Arlinghaus
February 18, 2009

The governor’s first draft of a budget made some important suggestions for lawmakers to consider. But it leaves much work to be done and a huge problem of around a half billion dollars.

The problem Gov. John Lynch faced going into the budget process was enormous. If no changes were made, we would face a current-year shortfall of $122 million and a hole in the coming budget of an additional $677 million over two years. In other words, as the governor prepared his budget, he knew that he had to make changes to reduce spending or increase revenues by $799 million just to balance the state’s operating spending.

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GOP Chairman John H. Sununu had this to say about the Democrats’ gas tax hike:


NEW HAMPSHIRE GOP STATEMENT ON DEMOCRATS’ GAS TAX PROPOSAL

CONCORD — Today, former New Hampshire Governor and Republican State Committee Chairman John H. Sununu released the following statement on the Democrats’ gas tax proposal:

“This week the ‘tax and spend’ Democratic leadership in the New Hampshire House passed a 15-cent per gallon tax increase. This action by those Democrats illustrates Governor Lynch’s inability to get the members of his own party to follow his agenda in the Legislature.

During his first bid for re-election in 2006, the Governor made his opposition to a gas tax increase one of centerpiece the issues of his campaign. Yet despite his pledge to stand firm against any attempt to raise the tax, Governor Lynch was either unwilling or unable to stop the House Democrats from passing this disastrous legislation.

It important for the Governor to urge Democrats in the New Hampshire Senate to join the Republicans in stopping this tax increase which he himself opposes. The last thing the legislature should be considering during these tough economic times is raising taxes. Any discussion about addressing the financial standing of the state highway fund should focus on reforms and cost saving strategies – not increasing revenues on the backs of the taxpayers.”

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