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Senator Jeff Woodburn Concerned

Senator Woodburn

Sen. Jeff Woodburn

Later today, I am meeting with Governor Sununu to congratulate him on his inauguration and get to work making New Hampshire a better place by preserving the bipartisan progress we’ve made over the past several years, expanding opportunity for all people, and building a strong economy from the bottom up.

Senate Democrats are ready to work with the new governor, as we have with our Republican legislative colleagues, to craft compromises. But I’m concerned that, so far, Governor Sununu has focused on a divisive template of policies that make it harder for people to make ends meet and harder for people to get ahead.

To meet our constitutional oaths to ‘faithfully and impartially’ serve, I will urge the governor to hold regular, bi-weekly meetings with legislative leadership of both parties so that we can identify the seeds of agreement that can grow into fruits of our labor — things like renewing our successful NH Health Protection Program and bipartisan infrastructure investment plan—as well as priorities that strengthen families that Governor Sununu promised to support during the campaign– like full-day kindergarten, paid family leave, and reducing the cost of a college education.

Granite State working families deserve meaningful policies like these and I’m disappointed we didn’t hear more about these issues today.

Senator Woodburn represents District 1, the north country area, he enters his third term in the house.  Sen. Woodburn taught high school history for a time and writes on various topics regarding New Hampshire current events and history.

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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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We Remain Undettered

from Susanthebruce:
Op-ed published 7/8/2016, Conway Daily Sun and on the blog susanthebruce

The Governor and the Executive Council comprise the executive branch of our state government. The Council has veto power over pardons, contracts with a value greater than $10,000, and nominations. Executive Councilors earn a yearly salary of $12,354 plus an additional $4000 per year for expenses, in Districts 2-5. The District 1 Councilor gets $5800 per year for expenses. It should come as no surprise that NH is the only state that does the executive branch this way. We’re the only state with a ridiculously large House full of unpaid legislators. Neither one of these things actually works all that well anymore, but that does not deter us.

The Executive Council was intended to be a check on the governor’s power. Instead, it’s become a home for some angry men who don’t give a fig about what’s right for the state. Their figs are reserved for what is far right, as in their ideology. The Executive Council has become just another parade ground for ideological posturing by the members of the GOP as they use the position as a springboard to higher office.

Last summer the Executive Council voted against funding Planned Parenthood on the basis of the bogus videos that have since been discredited. Republicans seized on those videos as a way to play politics with women’s health and bodily autonomy, while pretending to have great concern for life. That Planned Parenthood saves lives didn’t factor into their grandstanding.

Planned Parenthood saved my daughter’s life twenty some years ago. Low wage working women in the north country didn’t have many choices when it came to their health care back then. The choices haven’t expanded all that much in the ensuing years, though the ACA has improved access for some. My daughter could afford Planned Parenthood, thanks to their sliding fee scale. An annual pap smear came back showing precancerous cells in her cervix. They were removed. She didn’t get cervical cancer. About 15 years later, she had a baby, because she didn’t get cancer and die, thanks to Planned Parenthood.

It is worth pointing out that Planned Parenthood is not just a provider of birth control. Planned Parenthood also provides STD testing and treatment, breast exams, and cancer screenings.
When Executive Councilors Joe Kenney and David Wheeler start grandstanding about Planned Parenthood, I take it personally. Women’s lives and women’s health are of no concern to these men. Women are just pawns to be used for grandstanding purposes.

Last week the Executive Council voted to restore funding to Planned Parenthood. Republican Chris Sununu was the swing vote this time. He’s supported Planned Parenthood in the past, and after a foray into political expedience last summer, he’s returned to his original stance. His own political party has already begun to excoriate him. There is no room for differences of opinion in today’s Republican Party.

David Wheeler brayed about “Planned Parenthood selling baby parts.” This has been disproven (at the same time the videos were debunked) but in the fact free age we live in, that is unimportant. He knows that the NH media won’t hold him accountable for his lies. Only two states (California and Washington) had fetal tissue donation programs. The program was completely voluntary. The tissue wasn’t sold – it was donated. Some (not all) of the clinics were reimbursed for the cost of shipping and handling. The tissue went on to be used for scientific research.

Joe Kenney put on his sad face to declare that the money for Planned Parenthood should be spent on the opioid crisis. Family planning is not a crisis, he opined, in the way that one might if they had zero chance of ever becoming pregnant. Women’s lives don’t matter in Joeworld, but suddenly, addicts lives matter? Try as I might, I can’t ever remember Joe having any concern for them in the past.
At the Executive Council meeting, Kenney said that there is never an unwanted child. There are orphanages and adoption agencies, he said. Does he even know what an orphanage is? (Spoiler Alert: warehouse for unwanted children.) Fauxlifers love to pretend concern for children, while begrudging every dime spent on their education, and doing nothing about child poverty and homelessness.

The 2015 data from NH Kids Count shows that in Carroll County, 10.5% of families with children under the age of 18 live below the federal poverty level. In Coos County it’s 19.2% of families, and in Grafton it’s 11.8%. Given that NH is the seventh wealthiest state in the nation, those numbers are shocking. Joe Kenney has yet to put on his sad public face to discuss the need to do anything about the increasing percentage of child poverty in his district.

According to the nhgov website, “The Executive Council plays a vital role in improving the state’s infrastructure, especially roads and bridges, via management and oversight of the state’s 10 year Highway Plan.” The website does not list “overseeing women’s reproductive parts” as one of the EC responsibilities. Ponder that next time you drive on East Conway Road.

NH typically has about 500 bridges on the state’s red list for structural impairments. We have 1,2000 bridges that are over 75 years old. New bridges are added to the red list every year. We add more bridges than we take off, though one way to remove a bridge from the red list is just to close it. The wait list for new municipal bridge projects is about 17 years. Our 10 year transportation plan is a farce. But hey, that’s not sexy. Talking about bridges doesn’t get your face on WMUR or get you written up in Breitbart. Doing your damn job doesn’t get your name up in lights.

According to the Executive Council website, Council members are supposed to be advocates for the people. Check out their responsibilities at
https://www.nh.gov/council/about-us/index.htm , then ask questions of your local EC candidates accordingly. You might ask about that “vital” role they play in improving our infrastructure. Ask the incumbent what he’s done in that regard. Be sure to ask which people they intend to advocate for.

Published as an op-ed in the July 8 edition of the Conway Daily Sun newspaper.

via ShutterstockIn a recent speech at the White House’s first-ever United State of Women summit, Vice President Joe Biden passionately addressed what he described as the “cause of his life”: ending violence against women. And during his remarks, he used a phrase he seemed to assume the 5,000 attendees would understand but was completely new…

via What is ‘second rape’ and what can we do about it? — Fusion

Here are the moving images of protests in St. Paul for Philando Castile’s killing — Fusion

Than Tibbetts/FusionThursday evening saw Minnesotans hit the streets to protest the death of Philando Castile, a black man from St. Paul who killed by police in the quiet suburb of Falcon Heights on Wednesday. Castile’s death, footage of which was broadcast across Facebook by his girlfriend Lavish Reynolds, set off a firestorm of controversy in…

via Here are the moving images of protests in St. Paul for Philando Castile’s killing — Fusion

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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Vermin Supreme Joins Libertarians

NH.com has posted that Vermin Supreme, the intrepid candidate from Rockport, Mass who promises free toothbrushes, dental floss and a pink pony to everyone has switched over to the Libertarians from his long-time running with the Democrats.

We think he’ll find himself right at home with the Libertarians who themselves seems by their very existence to make a mockery out of the political process.

Clinton’s Goldman-Sachs Speech Released

Just on Counterpunch: leaked parts of one of Hillary Clinton’s speeches in 2013 before investment firm Goldman-Sachs, a brilliant read and while obvious satire, the sad truth is that the writer doesn’t veer too far from the reality of the neo-liberal agenda/mindset.  The mind-set that brought us the bizarre concept that in order to capture voter share Democrats should abandon the New Deal, fair trade, environmental and labor protection and veer off into the land of imperialist capitalism.

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CLINTON: Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you very much, Lloyd [Blankfein], and thanks to everyone at Goldman Sachs for welcoming me today. I’m delighted to be back among friends, colleagues, collaborators, supporters, kindred spirits…

Let me jump right in. You know, over the past few months, there have been popular concerns about an economy that still isn’t delivering for the majority of Americans. It’s not “delivering” the way that they feel it should, that they feel entitled to. Most Americans that you speak to, speak a populist rhetoric that claims it is stacked for those at the top, that those of you here have it too good.

Read the rest at Counterpunch

 

February 25, 1941

Lesson here: Even occupation cannot stop the people from speaking out and acting out against injustice.

Today in Labor History

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The February Strike begins. It was a general strike in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands by workers against the pogroms and deportation of Jews in Amsterdam. It was the only direct action of its kind during World War II in Europe against the Nazis’ treatment of Jews. The strike is commemorated annually on February 25 at the statue of the De Dokwerker (“The Dock Worker”) in Amsterdam.

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