On this eve of the Supreme Court's decision on ObamaCare, it's reassuring to note that, here and there in this Republic, elected representatives, not the courts, establish policy. Witness New Hampshire.
As you may recall, one of the Tea Party's most sweeping victories in 2010 took place in the Granite State. Before the election, Republicans held only 10 seats in the 24-seat Senate and 174 seats in the 400-seat House. Since the 2010 election? Energized by the Tea Party, the GOP has dominated both houses, holding 19 seats in the Senate and 298 in the House.
The Democratic governor, John Lynch, has repeatedly thwarted the Republican legislature, but this very afternoon the legislature overrode a number of his vetoes. As of today, to name one measure the legislature enacted over gubernatorial opposition, New Hampshire voters will be required to show drivers licenses or other forms of official ID before casting their ballots, a measure reaffirming the integrity of the democratic process itself. And businesses will receive tax credits for donating to scholarships that permit students to attend either public or private schools, an important first step toward school choice.
"No parent should be forced to send a child to school that does not meet the child's needs," the Speaker of the New Hampshire House, William O'Brien, well and truly said. The legislation "makes school choice a reality for many children who lack the ability to find an educational environment where they can thrive."
To Speaker O'Brien, the Republicans in the legislature, and the thousands of everyday New Hampshiremen and -women who came to Granite State politics through the Tea Party, congratulations--and keep fighting.