Former Congressman Jeb Bradley plans to announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the special state Senate District 3 seat on Monday, March 23 at 10 a.m.

The announcement and candidacy paperwork filing will be at the Legislative Office Building behind the state house.

Bradley faces no opposition to the seat other than Democrat Bud Martin, who lost by about 500 votes last year to William Denley, the recent senator who had to resign because of a drunk driving charge.

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?

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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