Sunday, February 19, 2012


When New Gingrich first campaigned in NH he showed promise then his campaign started to go down hill. First he went before the legislature and, in his speech, supported right to work. What he did was walked into the middle of a nasty battle started by the speaker of the house. It wasn’t just Newt all of the republican presidential candidates did the same with Bachman looking the dumbest of them all. So, Newt then got the endorsement of Bully O’Brien and his numbers went into a free fall voting against Newt was the only way the union republicans had to send a message to the speaker.

Nobody wants to acknowledge what happened but, were warned the republican numbers are going independent. There are thousands of union republicans that have been driven away from the party. The current make up of the Republican Party has no use for senior citizens, veterans, gays, or the working middle class. They have proven this by, not only the right to work issue; but, the myriad of other anti working class bills that they have put in. The bottom line is the pool of republicans is getting smaller and it is being done on purpose. Let’s kill the republican party and push for free state movement philosophy of wiping out government and the programs that we need to protect us from predatory business practices (consumer protection), programs to help those most in need with no resources to help themselves and unprecedented and unwarranted attacks on our middle class work force and public sector employees.

The house was warned that this insanity of numerous attacks on the above groups would cause republicans and those groups being attacked would vote against them. Well, sorry Newt, your had huge numbers of republican union members and seniors, go somewhere else when you snuggled up to Bully; plain and simple and we all thought you were smarter than that.

The bad house leadership has brought down the Republican Party in NH. The arrogance and self serving decisions that are coming out of our leadership team is being hard to believe according to many active republicans that are watching what is going on. They don’t listen and have put themselves in an un-winnable situation.

I cannot believe that we cannot get better candidates running for governor. The republicans at least have started out supporting right to work, when they already know this is not on the radar screens for the republican voters, at least those who haven’t gone independent because of the current house leadership and agenda. So we wish those candidates the best of luck and they can always put on their resume they ran for governor. While the thousands of public middle class republicans can ask, “why did you stab us in the back, what did we do to deserve this”?

The next election will be about individuals and issues and not about parties the voters will have to continue to stay on top of this and I believe they are. An interesting side issue is I don’t see a ground swell of support for the democrats; they seem to have taken a vacation after the last election and it is not going unnoticed.

Sunday, February 12, 2012


It was very interesting to follow the Susan Emerson bullying bill as it went through the committee process. The testimony was conclusive that the incident against Susan happened. The former Sergeant at Arms for the senate testified he witnessed the incident and saw Susan with her back pushed up against the wall and O’Brien and Bettencourt about 2 inches from Susan’s nose yelling at her. I guess that shoots down the argument that it never happened and supports Tim Copeland’s version of events, which I already knew was true.

I also had the chance to talk to the Alvirne choir director who re-affirmed the attack on Susan did take place.

There are also reports that the majority office has threatened news paper reporters who write stories they don’t like, threatening to cut them off from any information from leadership office, is this another example of out of control leadership.

So the reputation of our house leadership is they are bullies, untrustworthy and lie. WOW isn’t that a lot to be proud of.

At the hearings that I attended on Susan’s bill it was obvious to me that many of the committee members believed Susan was attacked or bullied and some made recommendations to improve the bill and make it more workable. Then they did a double take, all in about 2 days, and voted against the bill in committee. So the question is did leadership bully the committee that heard the bullying bill?

This must make other members of O’Brien’s leadership team real proud and should make the voters proud of them in the next election.

There are conversations that we have a corrupt element in the house. First there was the infamous tobacco tax reduction of 10% that was one of the bully’s lines in the sand, shortly after he supposedly had a meeting with some big shots in D.C., only to have the tobacco companies raise the tobacco cost by 9%. Unfortunately, many republicans bought into the argument that it would raise revenue to plug some of the drastic cuts we made to the budget; well, that never happened and we were lied to. Now the speaker wants to suspend the rules to allow Cancer Centers of America to come to NH without following the rules or going through the Certificate of Need process to determine if we even need them in a state that has a number of quality cancer treatment centers. In my opinion this smacks of money.

I wonder how much money ALEC and the out of state right to work groups have paid to continue their attacks on the public sector workers? They have created artificial issues to attack those workers whose only fault is they provide us with badly needed services, such as protecting us, teach our kids, and make our state and towns run and belong to a union. In years gone by people joined the unions as cheap insurance against unfair treatment, sexual harassment and to bargain for safer working conditions, better pay and benefits; now, they do it to protect themselves from corrupt politicians.