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State Candidates Meet and Greet with Voters and Bernie

Yesterday afternoon the progressive group Rights and Democracy hosted a Labor Day celebration and get together at Jim Mitchell Park in Warner, NH.  Rights and Democracy hosted the event to draw attention and support for progressive candidates in the upcoming elections from county commissioner to state house and senate to gubernatorial races.

We were able to capture on camera some of our fantastic progressive state candidates.  We also caught volunteers with Rights and Democracy and other notable state activists who’ve helped in putting forward a progressive agenda for our state.

Along with a crowd of what we’d estimate at about 500, hopeful candidates for various state offices showed up for a meet and greet opportunity.  Some of the candidates had received endorsements from Rights and Democracy.

Volunteers manning the sign-in table at the entrance to event.

RAD volunteers staff the sign-in table at the entrance.

Tim Smith, state rep incumbent and running for his third term, Hillsborough 10, talking to a voter

Tim Smith, state rep incumbent and running for his third term, Hillsborough 10, talking to a voter

Bernie, waiting to speak, studies his notes.

Bernie, waiting to speak, studies his notes.

The numbers of progressive folks who turned out on what came to be a bit of a hot day to listen and talk to local candidates and see Bernie took over every bit of the green and then some. It was quite clear that RAD had under estimated the number of folks coming as the food tent couldn’t keep up with the demand and a line quickly formed.
Bernie gets onstage

When came Bernie on the stage, he received a standing ovation.  He immediately went into the importance of paying attention to the issues coming in the next congressional session.  Bernie mentioned the dangers of TPP and called on people to get involved in pushing their congress people to not pass the TPP which among other ills, includes a provision to have corporate entities empowered to sue countries, states and local governments for infringing on their “rights” to make a profit.

Kris Roberts, state senate candidate, Keene

Kris Roberts, state senate, District 10 candidate (district 10 is southwestern New Hampshire)

He also spoke of the importance of reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, to which some folks in the crowd yelled out “Offshore wind!”
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As many would have expected, Bernie closed his speech by a his obligatory push to get progressives to support Hillary Clinton.  Immediately when after utterly the first sentence and her name, the crowd booed loudly and some shouted “Jill Stein!”.  But Bernie was unfazed, holding up his hands while the cacophony continued Bernie charged on, “I know, I know!” the crowd began to quiet down slightly, “I’ve been in politics for thirty years, I think I know something about third party politics!”

He then went on to explain that Trump was like no other candidate in the history of this country and everyone should do what they can to stop him.  What is notable is that Bernie did not praise Hillary or go into anything about her, but stood firm on the idea that right now presents a unique challenge that must be addressed in a unique way.  Certainly, Bernie left no indications of his love of the mainstream Democratic party, or the Democrats at all for that matter, since in fact, as he referenced no doubt in his “I know something about third party politics!” statement, he has run most of his career as an independent.

Rights and Democracy also had a videographer there who was able to capture the speeches on video which were uploaded and we copied here:

 

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Steve Marchand, candidate Governor and Josh Adjutant, candidate state rep, Grafton 9, listen to Bernie.

Dan Feltes, incumbent state senate, running for his second term

Dan Feltes, incumbent state senate, District 15, (southern New Hampshire) running for his second term with his mom and Ken Roos, Vice President of SEIU Local 1984

According to the news release given out at the volunteer tent Rights and Democracy  is ” a bi-state progressive political organization in New Hampshire and Vermont.” Rights and Democracy also states that “over 200 people committed to attend the event in less than six days.”  No doubt demonstrating the hunger of the average voter for a message that speaks to their concerns and their needs.

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“The political revolution that began with Senator Sanders campaign in still only getting started,” said Michelle Salvador, founding chair of Rights and Democracy.  “There is an enormous frustration with the political system in this country, and we believe the best thing we can do is build the movement for change on a local level.”

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Tim Smith, state rep candidate, Hillsborough 10 (Manchester west-side) speaks.

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Mark King, state rep candidate, Hillsborough 33, clowns around with the camera, “Ok, how about if I look up?”

Rachael Booth signs a transactivist's shirt. Rachael spoke about how issues around efforts to legislate bathroom use gave her the final push to run.

Rachael Booth signs a transactivist’s shirt. Rachael spoke about how issues around efforts to legislate bathroom use gave her the final push to run.

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Rachael Booth, candidate state rep Grafton 15 takes the speaker’s podium to talk about what motivated her to run.

More pictures:
Josh Dolman and his partner, Josh works on the Shawn Connolly Congressional campaign.

Josh Dolman and his partner, Josh works on the Shawn Connolly Congressional campaign. Josh appears at nearly every progressive event.

We also got a shot of Eric Zulaski, partner of Elizabeth Ropp who spoke.  Both Eric and Elizabeth were early supporters of Bernie’s campaign and had the first house party in New Hampshire.  Eric works on immigrant rights and also does his share of volunteer community activism in his spare time.

Eric Zulaski, activist and current employee with

Eric Zulaski, community activist currently working on immigration issues.

Anthony, Field Organizer for Rights and Democracy

Anthony, Field Organizer for Rights and Democracy, we got him to stop running and put down his clipboard for a minute!

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Tireless Bernie campaign volunteer and now a tireless Rights and Democracy volunteer Jane Haig, just come to New Hampshire from Alaska and we’re glad she did!

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Folks listen intently.One of many Jill Stein supporters.

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Serial Liar Caught at it Again in Bid For 2nd District Congressional Seat

As according to Tucker at Miscellaney Blue, Eric Estevaz, in running for the second congressional district, has gotten a little too eager for the spot and has already taken on deceiving the public.   Apparently he forgot that with most Republicans, deception is best left until after you’ve been elected, not before.  If that’s not bad enough, Tucker points out that this isn’t the first time Estevez delved into using stretchers to boost his personal resume and qualifications.

We’d suggest that Estevez look into a career in finance brokerage, he might find his proper home there.

Here’s Tucker:

Campaign hijinks: Congressional candidate photoshopped endorsement photo

2nd District congressional candidate Eric Estevez announced the endorsements of fellow House Reps. Bob Elliott (R-Salem) and John Manning (R-Salem) by blasting social media with a picture of the trio standing together in front of the State House.

The photo appears to have been taken during an Estevez campaign rally. The three men are festooned with Estevez for Congress lapel stickers. Estevez campaign signs fill the background and adorn the lectern.

It didn’t happen. Not that way.

Click to Miscellaney Blue for the whole story.  Also previous Miscellaney Blue reports on Estevez.

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Once Libertarian Stooge, Now Internet Creeper

Republican House Representative of Northwood, Kyle Tasker, otherwise known as “Two Gun Tasker” has found himself on the receiving end of the law rather than the making end.

According to a story in the Union Leader, Tasker was arrested in an internet sting arranged based on reports of him harassing a young girl online.   Police did the typical perv-lure of pretending to be a child, in this case a 14 year old girl, interested in meeting up with him for sex.  Tasker fell for the bait and instead of finding the hoped for target of his perversion he found himself in the hands of the law.

In addition, following his arrest, officials searched Tasker’s house and found a large quantity of illegal drugs including marijuana, mushrooms and the narcotic addiction control drug, Sedoxone and an arsenal of weaponry.  Tasker, true to form, also had a loaded weapon on his person when arrested.

Of course Tasker’s colorful career as part of the Republican libertarian Bill O’Brien Gang of Fools is over.  House Speaker Jasper had immediately called for his resignation and finally Jennifer Horn has come out to condemn him as well.

Tasker gained his nickname “Two  Gun” after he dropped a loaded handgun from his body holster onto the floor of the house during session.  He mentioned later that he not only carries one gun on his person at all times, but two.  Just in case.

Tasker also gained national notoriety for his comments on Twitter during a protracted debate that lasted days on the house floor over a Domestic Violence funding bill that house Republicans were holding up on political grounds.

Since birds of a feather flock together, Tasker also found friendship among many among the libertarian far-crank branch known as Free Keene.  Most have lobbied hard for the legalization of marijuana and Tasker was noted to be joining them once in a committee hearing on the issue, trying his best to make a cutting edge point by using an electronic hookah to imitate smoking pot during the hearing.

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Free Keeners characterized him as a hero for his supposed act of civil disobedience on behalf of faithful tokers everywhere.  But its worth wondering if the Free Keeners see him as a hero of civil disobedience now, even though Free Keene’s cult leader, Ian Freeman has said often that he believes consent laws should be lifted and sex with minors legal.

Also, just a last interesting note.  Tasker somehow got himself placed on the Committee on Children and Family Law this year where he was serving when he got arrested while attempting to meet a child for sex and  Tasker was serving on the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee when he dropped the loaded gun on the house floor!

h/t to susanthe bruce who also notes: “In the UL comment section, Rep. Felonious Max Abramson, (R-FreeState) is castigating the police for setting up a sting. Apparently poor young Kyle was POWERLESS in this situation.  The police forced him to try to solicit sex with a child. He had no choice.”

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Representation of what the Northern Pass would do to the White Mountains. From steveswhitemountainblog.com

News and notices from Bury Northern Pass:

Concerned About the Northern Pass Project’s Impact on Historic Resources and Scenic Landscapes?

 Critical steps for public input in federal and state review processes for the proposed Northern Pass project are imminent. Now is the time to learn more about how you can speak up for historic resources and scenic landscapes. 

Attend an Advocacy Workshops in June

Special Historic Places, Northern Pass and You

Presented by the N.H. Preservation Alliance and National Trust for Historic Preservation 

with presenters:

Rebecca Harris, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Maggie Stier, New Hampshire Preservation Alliance

and special guests from the

N.H. Division of Historical Resources

To Learn More and get dates and times of these workshops go to NH Preservation Alliance, News and Events

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Vermont Underground Power Line Project Passes with Overwhelming Resident Support

VT buried project kicks butt (there’s no better way to say it)
Just one year after Blackstone -TDI’s New England Clean Power Link filed for a presidential permit, the DOE has issued the Draft EIS, which is mostly favorable. NECPL is an entirely underground HVDC transmission project that will run  from the Quebec border 100 miles under Lake Champlain, then 55 miles across VT buried in highway ROWs. It has generated virtually no opposition; indeed, it enjoys community support. The unprecedented speed with which the Draft EIS was issued shows what happens when developers design projects with community concerns in mind, not in spite of them. NECPL is also about halfway through the VT state permitting process.
This project garnered a mere dozen scoping comments v. nearly 8,000, overwhelmingly negative, for NP. The Draft EIS took only a year v. the nearly 5 years that NP’s will have taken when it is finally issued. By one opposition member’s count, NECPL’s total lobbyist expenses are approximately $2,500 while Northern Pass lobbyist expenses just for the year 2014 alone totaled approximately $250,000, not to mention the enormous sums spent on expensive NH and nationwide PR consulting firms, e.g., Scott Tranchemontagne’s Montagne Communications, Erik Taylor’s Elevare, Saint Consulting Group, TargetPoint Consulting, and others.
Selected quotes from the NECPL Draft EIS:
Following construction, the transmission cable would not affect use of the recreation facilities in the Overland Segment, because it would be buried underground in road and railroad ROWs. No permanent aboveground facilities would be constructed along this segment of the proposed Project route that would affect recreational resources. (5-63)
 
Operation of the Project would pose no risk to public health and safety because most of the cable would be buried underground. (5-64)
 
Because the Project would be buried, no long-term impacts to property values would be expected. (5-36)
 
Because the Project would be buried, no long-term impacts to residential property values would be expected. (5-37)
The next step in NECPL’s Draft EIS process is the 60-day hearing and comment phase. Public hearings are on July 15-16, with final written comments due on August 11.
The Draft EIS is posted at http://necplinkeis.com/?page_id=10
News reports:
Union Leader: Dave Solomon,  “Vermont hydro project ‘leapfrogs’ Northern Pass” – http://www.unionleader.com/section/news05#sthash.vnE2Jbb2.dpuf (Read comments on this one.)
Burlington Free Press: Wilson Ring, “Minor harm to lake from power lines.” http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/local/vermont/2015/06/04/feds-report-champlain-power-project/28501673/
VT Digger: Morgan True,” Environmental study sees little problem with cable under Lake Champlain,” https://vtdigger.org/2015/06/03/environmental-study-sees-little-problem-with-cable-under-lake-champlain/
VPR: Taylor Dobbs,”Transmission Line Under Lake Would Have Minor Environmental Impact,” http://digital.vpr.net/post/study-transmission-line-under-lake-would-have-minor-environmental-impact

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Want Your Say On Northern Pass? Speak Now.

Editorial in published June 1, Concord Montior  My Turn
by Susan Schibanoff

My Turn: Want your say on Northern Pass? Speak now

 
A recent letter to the editor (“A Cleaner Concord,” Monitor, May 2) urges readers to “please vote no on the Northern Pass coming to Concord unless they bury it.” The writer does not explain when or where this vote would take place, or whether there will be a statewide referendum on the project.
 
There won’t be. Neither you nor your town will have the opportunity to vote Northern Pass up or down. Nor will your elected representatives in the Legislature say “yea” or “nay” to Northern Pass on your behalf. The governor won’t decide either, at least not directly. Two agencies, one federal and one state, control the fate of Northern Pass, not the voters. The Department of Energy will decide whether to grant the project a Presidential Permit to cross the international border; the state Site Evaluation Committee will make the critical decision whether to permit the project to actually be built in New Hampshire, and, if so, how and where.
 
The DOE is expected to issue its Draft Environmental Impact Statement on Northern Pass this month or next. The DEIS is not a permit; it is a preliminary statement of the DOE’s evaluation of the project’s various impacts. Soon after the DEIS is made public, project sponsors have said they will file an application with the state permitting authority, the SEC.
 
The DOE will take public comment about the DEIS before it decides whether to issue a Presidential Permit. The SEC will also consider the public’s views.
 
But neither the DOE nor the SEC will come to you directly and ask you what you think. If you want your voice, or your town’s voice, to be heard, it’s easy enough, but you or your town must initiate the action with both the DOE and the SEC.
 
The time is drawing near for everyone who cares about Northern Pass and its impacts on our communities and state to act. This is your final chance to affect the outcome of this project.
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A Letter From Frank Guinta

From the inbox:

Oh goodie! A letter from our congressman Frank Guinta!

Oh look its a survey! Let’s see what he wants to know.


resign you stupid fucker

Ok, I think that will cover it!

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AFSC State House Watch – #20

From our Inbox to you: American Friends Service Committee, State House Watch #20

NH State House Watch, the American Friends Service Committee

State House Watch May 29
2015 Issue 20

Yesterday the Senate Finance Committee voted along party lines to a budget proposal that will go before the full Senate next Thursday, June 4.  After the budget passes, the House will have to decide whether to just accept it or else appoint a Committee of Conference to resolve differences.

As we reported last week, the Senators were working with a more optimistic revenue forecast than the one employed by House budgeteers in March.  That gave them resources to spend more on services that had been cut or axed by the House.  But the Senate Finance Committee added a plan to cut business taxes, which would have a devastating impact on the future funding of priorities such as education and health care.  It means that costs would continue to be shifted to local communities and property owners.

The Senate budget plan also fails to re-authorize or fund the NH Health Protection Program and fails to fund the negotiated pay raise for state employees.  The preference of the Senators for cutting the taxes of profitable businesses over ensuring fair wages for state workers and the health of low income people is alarming.

Governor Hassan issued a strong statement shortly after the committee vote.  “I have serious concerns that the Senate Finance Committee’s partisan plan will hurt families, undermine business growth and take our economy backward while relying on gimmicks that will ultimately leave the budget unbalanced,” she said.

“Senate Republican leadership says that New Hampshire can’t afford to lower tuition at the community colleges, provide a modest cost-of-living increase to employees, fix our roads, fund mental health or even adequately staff our correctional institutions or our juvenile justice system. They even say that in the midst of a heroin epidemic, New Hampshire can’t afford to adequately fund substance misuse prevention and treatment.  But instead of funding those priorities, Senate Republican leadership included large tax cuts that will create a hole in this budget and budgets well into the future,” Governor Hassan continued.  Read the whole statement here
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Writing in today’s Concord Monitor, Jeff McLynch of the NH Fiscal Policy Institute also warns about cutting taxes on profitable businesses.  “Of course, while such back-loaded business tax cuts would have immediate and negative ramifications for New Hampshire’s ability to provide the public services central to the state’s high quality of life, they are also wholly at odds with the idea that we must live within our means. Phasing in business tax reductions over time or delaying their initial implementation until some later date simply puts off – for another day and onto future legislatures – the difficult choices and tough trade-offs that would have to be made to accommodate the revenue losses they would produce,” he says.  Jeff will be our guest on the “State House Watch” radio show Monday.

After the Senate approves a budget Thursday, the House will decide whether to accept it or appoint a Committee of Conference to resolve differences.  Rumors are that some House Republicans think the Senate is being too charitable to human services.  Once the two chambers agree, Governor Hassan can decide to veto the budget, sign it, or let it become law without her signature.

Will the Sununu Center be Turned Over to Profiteers?

The Finance Committee budget includes a requirement for the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a plan to reduce the cost of providing services at the Sununu Youth Services Center by privatization.

Several years ago, NH decided against privatizing our prisons. States that have privatized their youth offender programs have found little in the way of savings, but a great deal of risk of abuse for juvenile offenders. We object strenuously to the idea of turning over the care of our children to profiteers.

More Giveaways to Business Owners

The CEO of Planet Fitness (a chain of health clubs) told the Senate Finance Committee that he would move his company headquarters to Massachusetts if the state doesn’t change its tax code. Planet Fitness began in Dover and now has some 950 locations nationwide. The company, now structured as a Limited Liability Corporation and controlled by TSG Consumer Partners, described by Reuters as “a buyout firm,” is planning on going public soon (i.e. selling shares on the stock market).  That will require it to change its corporate structure, which would generate tax obligations under current state law.  The owners are unhappy about this.  According to NHPR, CEO Chris Rondeau says he wants to stay but the tax is too big a burden. “It would be cheaper to pay the raise to cover an income tax to move across the border. It’s that great of a tax that it’s hard as a CEO to recommend staying,” he told the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday.

This may be the only time we ever hear a NH CEO praising an income tax.

The Planet Fitness amendment is now attached to HB 550, which was about administration of the tobacco tax.  It will be considered by the full Senate on Thursday and then be the subject of additional discussion in the Ways and Means Committee on Friday.

Hurray for Nebraska!

On Wednesday, the Nebraska legislature overrode the governor’s veto of a bill to repeal the death penalty, making Nebraska the 19th state to repeal capital punishment.

State House Watch friend and victim’s rights advocate Representative Renny Cushing has a piece in Time Magazine titled, “Why the Death Penalty Should Die.”

Updates from Last Week

As we’d hoped, HB 315, the bill giving landlords even more power to evict tenants with only 7 days’ notice was voted ITL by the House on a voice vote.

HB 25 The capital budget, which was amended to include $1 million for the Affordable Housing Fund, passed the Senate unanimously.

Next Week in the Senate

The Senate will be in session on Thursday, June 4, starting at 10:00 AM.

Consent Calendar

HB 225, requiring the defendant to personally appear in the courtroom during a victim impact statement. Committee recommends OTP 5-0.

Regular Calendar

HB 208, relative to allowance sales under the NH regional greenhouse gas initiative program (RGGI). The bill was amended in committee to change the allocation of proceeds from allowance sales under RGGI. In the amendment, all proceeds would be allocated to commercial, industrial, and residential retail customers. Beginning in 2016, thirty percent of the remainder of those proceeds would go to the low-income core energy efficiency program. The remainder would go to municipal, school district, and local government energy efficiency programs. The committee recommends OTP/A on a vote of 3-2.

HB 614, implementing the goals of the state 10-year energy strategy, modifying uses of the site evaluation committee fund, establishing fees for energy evaluation, and relative to public information sessions on proposed energy siting. Committee recommends OTP on a vote of 6-0.

HB 1-A, making appropriations for the expenses of certain departments of the state for fiscal years ending June 30, 2016 and June 30, 2017. This is also known as the state budget. The details of the proposal as it has emerged from Senate Finance can be found here.

HB 2
, relative to state fees, funds, revenues, and expenditures. This is known as the budget “trailer” bill. It determines where the revenue sources for funding the budget actually come from. The Senate amendments to this bill can be found in this supplement. This is where you can find the language ordering privatization of juvenile corrections services.

HB 550, relative to administration of the tobacco tax, was amended by the Finance Committee to reduce the expected tax burden of Planet Fitness. Even before passage in the full Senate, the proposal is already scheduled for further consideration in the Ways and Means Committee next Friday.

Next Week in the House

After a couple weeks off, the House will be in session on June 3, starting at 10:00 AM.

Consent Calendar

SB 169, relative to permissible uses of EBT cards. Committee recommends OTP/A on a vote of 17-0. This is the Senate EBT bill that included an unenforceable ban on the use of cash obtained through EBT. The House had passed its own bill, HB 219. The Senate amended HB 219 to mirror their SB 169. The House did not concur with the amended bill, and have asked for a Committee of Conference. The House Health and Human Services Committee returned the favor by amending SB 169 to mirror their original version of HB 219. We are sorry this is so confusing, and are pinning our hopes on everyone getting mad and passing neither bill.

SCR 1, a resolution recognizing the contribution of Bhutanese refugees to New Hampshire, and requesting the United States government work diligently on resolving the Bhutanese refugee crisis, reaching an agreement to allow the option of repatriation and promoting human rights and democracy in Bhutan. The committee recommends OTP on a vote of 13-0.

Regular Calendar

SB 52, establishing a commission to study the issue of residential tenancies in foreclosed properties. The majority felt that there was nothing to study, and that the situation for renters in foreclosed properties was unfortunate, but could not be improved with state intervention. The minority believes that the study is needed to find a way to protect tenants from hasty evictions while taking into account the needs of new building owners in foreclosure situations. The committee voted ITL on a vote of 11-8.

SB 179, relative to eligibility to vote. This is the bill that originally attempted to tie voting to motor vehicle registration and proof of 30-day residency in the state. After the recent decision by the NH Supreme Court ruling that rules on auto registration can’t be mixed with voter registration, motor vehicle registration language was removed. The original bill stipulated that anyone moving from one part of the state to another within a 30 day period would have to vote in their former location. The amended version allows a voter to transfer their registration to their new location. There was an attempt to clarify the language around the terms “domicile” and “residence.” The amended bill also gives the legislature statistical data pertaining to registration forms and affidavits. The majority claims that this bill is necessary because of all of the stories about voter fraud that they heard in testimony.

From the minority report: “Anecdotes abound about “voter fraud,” “drive by voting,” “undeserving voters” and the like. However, the Committee received no verified or credible record that NH elections are tainted in such a way. Those angry about “students voting” must recognize that New Hampshire law expressly allows students enrolled at our New Hampshire colleges to declare our state as their domicile while they attend these New Hampshire ‘institutions of learning’ (RSA 654:1 I-a). SB 179, as amended, may still contain unconstitutional provisions, and puts our well managed, efficient, and wholly credible election system at risk. It is inexpedient to legislate.”  If this bill becomes law, we expect it to be challenged in court.

SB 255, establishing a low-wage service worker task force. This bill was amended in committee to change the configuration of the study committee, which originally included one state senator, two state representatives, representatives from DRED, Deptartment of Labor, Department of Employment Security, Department of Health and Human Services, the Business and Industry Association, the NH Lodging and Restaurant Association, organized labor, someone from the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, and two members of the public. In the amended version, the committee consists of 3 members of the NH House and two state senators. The majority report offered no reason for this change. The minority is disappointed that a once diverse committee is now quite limited.  The amendment also removes the original requirement that the committee study the demographics and rate of poverty of low wage workers and the impact of low wage jobs on children, families, and communities. The majority voted OTP/A. The minority voted OTP without the amendment. The vote was 9-8.

Coming up in House Committees

Tuesday, June 2

Ways and Means, Room 202, LOB
10:00 AM  Full committee work session on revenue estimates.
1:30 PM Subcommitee work session on HB 386, reducing the rate of the business profits tax.

Coming up in Senate Committees

Tuesday, June 2

Finance, Room 103, SH
9:00 AM Senate Budget briefing on HB 1-A and HB 2 (the budget and the budget trailer bill).

Friday, June 5

10:00 AM  HB 550

, Work Session on the Planet Fitness Giveaway, also known as “the sale or exchange of an interest in a business organization under the BPT.”

“State House Watch/White House Watch” Radio

Jeff McLynch from the NH Fiscal Policy Ins titute will walk us through the state budget, especially the proposals to reduce business taxes. We will also have a guest from Global Tradewatch talking about the Trans Pacific Partnership, “fast track” authority, and other corporate-led international economic agreements now being negotiated.  You can hear us Monday from 5 to 6 pm and Tuesday from 8 to 9 am at 94.7 FM in the Concord area and at wnhnfm.org anywhere you can get an internet signal.  You can also download podcasts of past shows.

Governing Under the Influence

Check out our website to find out who’s coming to NH to campaign for President.

Events Coming Up 

Wednesday, June 3

Author and peace activist Frida Berrigan will be speaking about her new book, “It Runs In the Family: On Being Raised by Radicals and Growing into Rebellious Motherhood.” Hosted by Seacoast Peace Response.  7:00 PM at Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrot Ave. More on Facebook.

Saturday, June 6

Granite State Organizing Project MICAH Awards Dinner, 6:00 – 9:00 PM, St. Lawrence Community, 1 East Union St., Goffstown, honoring Sister Mary Elizabeth Leonard, Colonel Gail Prince, Jim and Yolande Walsh, John McAlister, Phyllis Appler, and Lawrence and Natalie Welch. More information and tickets here.

Wednesday, June 10

“Building a Sustainable Seacoast Economy with Offshore Wind Power,” with Paul Williamson, Director of the Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative (MOWII), 6:30-8:30 PM, Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Ave.  This is the annual meeting of the Seacoast Anti-Pollution League. (SAPL)  A brief meeting will be held before the presentation. More on Facebook.

June 11 to 13

Michael McPhearson speaking tour on “Moving Away from Militarism: Ferguson, Baltimore, Baghdad, and Beyond.”  Michael McPhearson is Executive Director of Veterans for Peace and Co-Chair of the St. Louis-based Don’t Shoot Coalition, which formed after the killing of Michael Brown.

Thursday, June 11 – Hanover Public Library, 7 pm, sponsored by AFSC’s Governing under the Influence project with NH Peace Action and Hanover Quaker Meeting.  For more information, call 224-2407 or email Eric.

Friday, June 12 – Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester, 7 pm, sponsored by AFSC’s Governing under the Influence project with NH Peace Action, the Greater Manchester NAACP, and the UUCM Social Responsibility Committee.  For more information, call 224-2407 or email Eric.

Saturday, June 13 – Annual Membership Meeting of NH Peace Action, 10:00 AM, 34 Wadleigh Road, Sanbornton.  More information and RSVP here and Facebook.

June 13

“The Last Call, The Untold Reasons of the Global Crisis,” a film asking, “Can the golden age of unlimited growth last forever?” and “Are there no actual physical limitations to growth on our planet?”  7:00 PM at the Concord UU Church, 274 Pleasant Street, Concord.  Free and open to the public, with discussion afterwards. Contact John Warner for further details.

Friday, June 19

Friday Family Fun Night hosted by New American Africans, starting at 6:30 pm.  A fun night of drumming, dancing, ice cream, and friendship. South Congregational Church, 27 Pleasant St. Concord.  More info on Facebook.

Saturday, June 27

Progressive Summit, hosted by Granite State Progress and NH Citizens Alliance for Action, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, New England College, Henniker.  Details here or on Facebook.

-Arnie Alpert and Maggie Fogarty

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The AFSC is a Quaker organization supported by people of many faiths who care about peace, social justice, humanitarian service, and nonviolent change.  Arnie Alpert and Maggie Fogarty direct the New Hampshire Program, publish the newsletter, and co-host the “State House Watch” radio show on WNHN-FM.  Susan Bruce helps with research and writing.  Fred Portnoy, WNHN Station Manager, produces the radio show. 

“State House Watch” is made possible in part by a grant from the Anne Slade Frey Charitable Trust.

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Guinta Revealed by FEC Investigation to Be Very Spoiled and Very Ungrateful

Frank Guinta, District 1 (R) and shame of New Hampshire.

The Union Leader, in their so far unsuccessful campaign to chase NH District 1 Congressman and General Embarrassment out of office, has taken the time to read through the FEC investigation.  According to the Union Leader report, Guinta’s mother ” told investigators that she and her husband “decided $1 million of wealth would be available to each of their three children,” Thus ma and pa gave Frankie checks that in effect became advances on that one million dollar inheritance.  But that doesn’t stop there.  Ma and pa also took care of Frankie when he ran for mayor of Manchester, paying for his campaign expenses, his credit cards and even paying the mortgages on his two properties:

Even though its a bit old now, its never too late to take at look the collection of commentary from the O’Brien Doofus Brigade: Miscellany Blue: The Enemy of my Enemy is My Friend

“His parents wrote him other checks between 2001 and 2010, totaling at least $57,050 to pay for a variety of Guinta’s personal expenses, “such as his mayor campaign, his credit card bills, and his mortgages on two properties,” according to the FEC report.” What really hits home though about Guinta’s character besides how obvious it is that a man who runs as a Tea Partier, an ultra-conservative party that loves to bleat about self sufficiency and hard work, should at least walk the walk.  In other words, if you believe in being a responsible hard worker then be one and stop asking mom and dad to bail you out and pay for your personal expenses.  That’s just being spoiled, creepy family grifter which may be why his sister explained that she had no idea about any money at all being set aside for anyone. Every dysfunctional family has one; the spoiled child who gets all the attention, all the support and adulation of their parents, often at the expense of other members of the family.  We hope his sister was on the phone looking for her 1 million as soon as her deposition had ended.

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Jade Helm 15 Coming to New Hampshire! Crap Your Pants eh.. Get Under the Bed Pronto!

h/t: Tim and Jan

As Tucker reports on his site Miscellany Blue the local New Hampshire wingnuttia has spun itself into a frenzy over someone’s sighting of a tank in Nashua.  This to them, offers proof that the dear citizens of Nashua and most likely those beyond may soon find themselves hauled off to FEMA camps no doubt hidden in any wooded areas nearby — or possibly in the gulags of nearby “self proclaimed SOCIALIST!” Bernie supporters.  Gulags of socialist oppression we’re sure where they’ll be forced to eat vegan foods, offered a hit of the best weed, some nice cold micro-brew and a yoga session before being set free with well wishes and invites to return.

Here’s Tucker’s story:

Jade Helm 15 update: ‘Tanks massing in New Hampshire’

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(Photos: thecommonsenseshow.com)

The Obama administration to preparing to invade Texas, declare martial law and wage war on the American people.

If you missed that news, you haven’t been paying attention to conservative talk radio and Internet conspiracy sites. Fortunately, Jack Kimball is paying attention. The former state GOP chair and Ted Cruz advance man has been keeping his followers updated about the impending military takeover on Facebook.

Kimball first warned his supporters in March. “Wake up America! Operation Jade Helm 15 (look it up) has now expanded to 10 States,” he wrote, with a link to an Alex Jones InfoWars video.

Jade Helm 15 is a two-month long military training exercise scheduled for this fall in which American special operations forces will conduct counterinsurgency war games.

Conspiracy buffs grew suspicious when they discovered a Defense Department planning document for the exercise that labeled Texas and Utah as hostile territory. They noted those conservative states were depicted in red while states friendlier to the president were colored blue.

As Matt Yglesias writes, “The Pentagon’s official line is that they are not planning a takeover, but again, that’s what you would expect them to say.”

Kimball doesn’t buy it. “Jade Helm 15 just got worse! Pleeeeeese wake up America!” he implored earlier this month. “Massive movement of Military equipment across the US continues,” he warned.

For the rest of the story including some video visit Miscellany Blue

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Governor Hummer Still a Bummer

susanthebruce takes out her sharp pen again and takes a stab at the weakly and lying position of Planet Fitness owners, coming to the state house to have a public cry-fest over their responsibility to pay their fair share of taxes.

Susan’s reference to “Governor Hummer” comes also from one-term (first in 78 years) Governor Craig Benson‘s proud and open use of a bright yellow Hummer SUV during his service as Governor and a time (early to mid 2000’s) when fuel prices were spiking. People noted at the time also proud insistence on driving the highways at 75 miles an hour in the 5-7 mpg vehicles commonly referred to in popular lexicon as Penis Extenders.

Onto susanthebruce:

The NH Senate has decided that the best thing we can do for our economy is to slash state spending on infrastructure and education, then give tax cuts to business.

Today in a Senate hearing:

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Planet Fitness officials say they will move their headquarters out of state to avoid paying high taxes when they go public.
Senate Republican leaders today propose and a panel endorsed a tax break for any firm in the same position.
The change would exempt the ownership of a limited business partnership from having to pay taxes on profits from the sale of shares made when it took the company public.
Backing the Planet Fitness bid at a public hearing on the tax break was former Gov. Craig Benson.
Benson failed to mention he had served on the company’s board and recently was described in published reports as “one of the leading Planet Fitness Club owners.”
Craig Benson was so unpopular and corrupt during his only 2-year term that he failed to be reelected.
This is a guy who had brilliant ideas like closing down the notches in winter, so that we wouldn’t spend so much on plowing. That those are the ONLY access roads to the north didn’t seem occur to him. He got stuck in traffic one day, so he shut down the Hampton toll booth. He illegally dredged in front of his oceanfront house in Rye.
For a Republican governor not to get a second term in NH is telling.
Senate President Chuck Morse says any elected leaders should be responsive to this request.
“Any citizen who called and said they were moving 500 jobs to another state, myself, the governor, the speaker would have reacted,’’ Morse said.
The CEO of Planet Fitness is threatening to move his HEADQUARTERS out of state. It seems unlikely that 500 people work at the headquarters.
The state of NH should not negotiate with hostage takers. Tell Governor Hummer he’s still a bummer.
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