Wednesday, November 26, 2014



For a little local discussion a friend of mine sent me a local news article that was touting how the oysters were taking Viagra and making a big comeback in Great Bay as well as the Eel Grass is having a fantastic year.

This is quite surprising since the Exeter Dam is still up with all of the nitrogen problems killing all the fish, etc, etc, etc.  This is what we were told when the big push was being made to tear down the dam at a cost of over a million dollars.

As you may have heard old houses, not maintained by the landlord, are going to be torn down so new development can go in.  I heard there was going to be cottages with porches, a private club all overlooking the river; but, there is not going to be a river we’ve nicknamed Clement Creek for the person who lead the charge to tear down the dam when he was chairman of the Board of Selectman.  A creek is what it is going to be.  So I guess the little red riding hood cottages won’t really have a river to sit and overlook.  I hope that will keep their tax bill down; but, I understand that cottage porches were a selling point to the planning board.

What will the voters do when they realize they were lied to?  That will be another story.


Friday, November 21, 2014


The recent Speaker’s race came out as predicted; but, what really surprised me was how close it was, O’Brien by 4 votes; however a win is a win and we now have him back for two years.  Unfortunately, Chandler is not a good campaigner coupled with the fact that too many of the crazies were elected or re-elected.  There is a good side and that is the house is not veto proof and if things, once again, get too far out of hand, they will not be able to override Maggie’s vetoes.

I predict the biggest fight will be over the budget with UNH and HHS getting hit hard, as they did a couple of years ago.  Although what Maggie did to get UNH to hold down tuition increases was to subsidize UNH with taxpayer $’s and taking credit for keeping the increases down.  HHS, as I’ve heard has problems in their budget and the Medicaid expansion is a budget buster by all accounts.

I would not be surprised to see another 10% or more budget reductions across the board.  These can be very painful but we have lived through them before. 

The big Republican fear is how much damage will O’Brien do before the 2016 elections?  The last time the Republicans got clobbered, state wide, and it was laid at O’Brien’s feet.  The rumors are that Chris Sununu, a good guy and formidable candidate will be running for governor and Kelly Aoyette is up for re-election with the two Congressional seats up also.

What people are not discussing publicly is can O’Brien survive without the support of the Republican Party and establishment.  Will he make a move to control the State Party Convention, the Republican Chairmanship and or the executive committee? Will he fight with the establishment over control of the Republican political process?

The Republicans are using 20 year old campaign strategies in a changing political environment with NH showing the growing dissatisfaction with both parties. 

Where do we go from here?  We have to ask the party bosses and establishment Republicans who are second guessing the voters and trying to control the political process.

Thursday, November 13, 2014



Kelly Ayotte and some other establishment Republicans signed a letter asking Republican State Reps to vote for Gene Chandler for House Speaker against Wild Bill O’Brien the house bully.  The content follows:


“Support Gene Chandler, lawmakers urged

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte and state Republican leaders past and present are asking members of the New Hampshire House to vote in Gene Chandler as speaker.

The group sent a letter Wednesday to the state representatives recommending the Republican as the next Speaker of the House, a title he held from 2000 to 2004.

“Now, we have the opportunity and responsibility to make great things happen for the people of New Hampshire ...,” the letter said.

The letter is addressed to “representative-elect,” signed by Ayotte, former Govs. John H. Sununu and Stephen E. Merrill, the Hon. Charles F. Bass and former Speakers Doug Scamman and Donna Sytek.

The letter asks the lawmakers to cast a vote for Chandler during the Republican caucus on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

“We have all worked with Gene over the years and know that he will listen carefully to all members of the Republican caucus and will put you first,” the letter said”.


Republicans took a drubbing because O’Brien brought down the whole Republican agenda.  What is equally interesting the same Billybots that blindly supported O’Brien and got thrown out of the legislature because of it, appear to be supporting him again; DUUUUUHHH! It is obvious to me and it is my opinion that our Republican establishment remembers two years ago when in that election the Republicans were placed on the endangered species list.


Now that we will have Kelly Ayotte in a tough race with Maggie Hassan in 2016 they cannot afford another Republican debacle like the last election and has encouraged open warfare amongst the Republican Party.  It looks like the Free Staters are supporting O’Brien against the Republican establishment that is supporting Chandler.


The pundits are saying that NH is not a red state or blue state; but, a purple state, it looks more and more like a black and blue state to me.

Sunday, November 9, 2014


With the 2014 elections over it reminds me of a blog I did about two years ago when I talked about re-districting.  I mentioned that by separating Exeter from any of the surrounding towns the O’Brien redistricting plan would probably guarantee the we wouldn’t be getting any Republican State Rep candidates elected for the better part of 10 years because there would be no way to offset the number of democratic voters.  It looks like that understanding held true.  Some of the Republican candidates worked hard; but, lost.  I can tell you that is never fun.

I was told there was about 60,000 Republicans not voting for Scott Brown.  The pundits are all over the board as to why he lost; but, the most interesting fact is neither Shaheen or Brown took debating 101 in school.  The funniest thing I saw was Shaheen, from Missouri, attacking Brown from MA as being a carpet bagger that always made me chuckle.  Two of the biggest anti Brown issues were his anti gun stances, which cost him the large and vocal gun groups, and Shaheen putting him on the defensive for abortion.  This forced him to come out with expensive ads pandering to the women’s vote and supporting abortion which cost him many of the religious right.  That was a smart move on Shaheen’s part.

Poor Walt Haverstein, although coming closer than people expected was never destined to win; the rumor going around Republican circles was he was just a place holder for the next candidate to run for an empty governor’s seat when Maggie runs against Ayotte in 2016.  Now Maggie has to raise another few million $’s for that race.  The other issue that Walt made a cornerstone of his platform was doing away with the Obama expanded Medicare program.  If you stop and check it was the Republicans that pushed that plan through NH not the democrats.  I hear there is millions to be made in the implementation of this program for those that know how to work the system all at the expense of the rate payers.  Poor Walt, he was out here talking about repealing a program that the State Senate Republican leadership pushed through.  I hate to tell you this Walt I think you were set up for failure, that’s why, in your debates, Maggie kept pounding you on her bi-partisanship, she never pushed expanded Medicaid through the Republicans did.

The Republican Senators just elected nationwide need to never forget we did not elect them to compromise our principles; the democrats are all screaming bi-partisanship because they need republicans to push through their agenda, the very agenda that has our country over 18 trillion in the hole and in the middle of WW 3 with the Muslims; bring down the deficit, clean up the runaway Obama entitlement programs and rebuild (not cut our military), oh, by the way the United States is a Christian country.