Tag: New Hampshire

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. NH Governor Sununu: Lockdown Could Last “a Couple More Months”

Gov. Chris Sununu (RINO-NH)

We’ve been under a Stay-at-Home order in New Hampshire (ironically named the “Live Free or Die” state) since March 26. The original rationale for the order was to “flatten the curve” so that the hospitals did not become overwhelmed. We never came anywhere close to being overwhelmed. The highest number of hospitalizations at one time was about 115, and there are more than a thousand beds set aside for COVID treatment. In fact, hospitals across the state have been furloughing staff, including nurses and doctors, and cutting hours due to severe revenue shortfalls. The hospitals are underwhelmed.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Now Here’s an Interesting Poll


In most of the major polls conducted, just about any Democrat candidate beats Trump. According to Quinnipiac, Trump even loses to Socialist Bernie Sanders in Texas. Think about that for a second. Texas. Austin, Texas, maybe. But all of Texas? It raises questions on the methodology of the polling that’s being done. And after all, we all know how accurate the polling was in the 2016 election…until the final poll came in on Election Night…where previous polling in some states was definitely called into question.

Now, this latest poll from New Hampshire is interesting (see graphic above). Because it compares the turnout of previous incumbent President running for their second term. In this poll, people just didn’t pick up the phone to respond to a pollster. For the most part, they had to walk or drive to a voting station in cold winter weather to cast a vote. And unlike some polling that only samples about a thousand or two thousand respondents, this sample size is well, more bigly. What the poll suggests is that perhaps all the other polling may be a smidge off. Because enthusiasm for the current President may not be represented accurately. I realize the massive turnouts for Trump at rallies around the country are not an empirical scientific indicator of how well Trump is likely to do in November as is the paltry turnout of any of the Democrat candidates. And anything can happen between now and November. But if I were a Democrat operative supporting any of the candidates still in the race, I might find this latest New Hampshire poll a bit unsettling. Of course, Chuck Schumer tells us that when the Democrats finally do choose their nominee there will be tremendous enthusiasm for him or her that will amaze everyone…or words to that effect. So, what do I know?

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Sanders Wins NH; Buttigieg, Klobuchar Close Behind


Brooklyn Bolshevik Bernie Sanders rallies a New Hampshire crowd with his popular “Liquidate the Kulaks” speech.
With 98 percent of the vote in, Bernie Sanders has been declared the winner of the New Hampshire primary. Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar are close behind Sanders, with the latter greatly outperforming her polls headed into election day.

Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden have been stuck in the single digits most of the night, a brutal showing for both. All the other candidates have less than 4 percent of the vote. Latest results are listed below the fold.

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Remember the good ol’ days when former Vice President Joe Biden was the Democratic frontrunner? Democrats clung to him against their own best judgment for several months based on subtle nudging from the party establishment and favorable coverage in mainstream media. Elizabeth Warren’s lies helped at a time when she started to look like a […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Buttigieg Reaps the Whirlwind


As I half-watched last night’s Democratic debate (the other half, contemplating what sin I committed in a previous life), the candidates’ urgency stood out. Instead of meekly hoping not to offend, Amy Klobuchar hit Pete Buttigieg with a flurry of Minnesota-nice rabbit punches. Liz Warren held the Hoosier’s ample ears as Joe Biden mocked his meager experience. Biden continued this attack with a video released Saturday:

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. NH Dem on House Education Committee: “F*** Private and Religious Schools”


Tamara Meyer Le, a New Hampshire State Representative who serves on the House Education Committee, posted in a recent (and now deleted) public Facebook post, “[Expletive] private and religious schools.” Le deleted the post after Ricochet’s friend Michael Graham of New Hampshire Journal publicized her post. Michael writes that he has made multiple requests to Le for comment but she has not responded to him.

In an October 20th Facebook post, the Seacoast progressive and member of the House Education Committee used the profanity in a diatribe on her public FB page regarding her 8th-grade daughter’s friends applying to private high schools. “And then it happened. The Sunday afternoon my 8th grade daughter who is getting A-/B+s in 8th grade had to learn – while her friends were applying to private high schools – we would not be,” Le wrote. “Private and religious schools do not have anti-discrimination policies that protect students with disabilities.”
“[Expletive] private and religious schools,” Le concluded. Several of her fellow House Democrats ‘liked’ her comment, including Reps. Casey Conley and Heidi Hamer.

My own New Hampshire state representative, Glenn Cordelli (R-Tuftonboro), serves on the Education Committee with Rep. Le and tells me that “her comments reflect her views about private schools.” He also says that Le has in the past “introduced legislation to include private schools in anti-discrimination statutes” because “she believes they discriminate against kids with disabilities because they do not accept all kids.”

New Hampshire Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut joins “The Learning Curve” for a fascinating conversation about how to accelerate innovation in schooling and scale creative models, such as the New Hampshire Career Academy and the state’s education tax credit scholarship program. Bob and Commissioner Edelblut also discuss the new NAEP results, the importance of objective measures of student performance, and the need to create learning environments that nurture students’ curiosity.

Cara and Bob break down the newly released student performance results from NAEP, known as the Nation’s Report Card. In Denver, will next week’s school board election mean a setback for school choice and accountability? In Detroit, an “equity lawsuit” that could have national implications regarding students’ “fundamental right” to a quality education is making its way through the court system.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Democrat Candidate for NH Governor, Andru Volinsky, Blocks Media Outlet on Twitter


Andru Volinsky, a Democrat, announced this morning that he will seek the Democrat nomination to run for governor of New Hampshire against incumbent Chris Sununu, a Republican. New Hampshire Journal, run by friend of Ricochet @michaelgraham, naturally wanted to get a comment from the candidate, but noticed that Volinsky has blocked New Hampshire Journal’s twitter account.

Volinsky is engaging in unconstitutional “view point discrimination” according to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled unanimously this past July in upholding a lower court’s decision in Knight First Amendment Institute v. Trump:

This case requires us to consider whether a public official may, consistent with the First Amendment, “block” a person from his Twitter account in response to the political views that person has expressed, and whether the analysis differs because that public official is the President of the United States. The answer to both questions is no. …blocking of the plaintiffs based on their political speech constitutes viewpoint discrimination that violates the First Amendment.

While the November midterms look tough for the GOP congress, Republican governors are the GOP’s 2018 good news–particularly in blue states like Massachusetts and New Hampshire. What’s their secret sauce? We have experts from both those states offering their insights.

And what the heck happened to VT’s Republican star Gov. Phil Scott–who had the biggest popularity plunge ever measured by Morning Consult polling? All the deets are in the podcast.

Jennifer Horn is a former state chair of the NH GOP, and current co-chair of the NH Log Cabin Republicans. She was kicked out of last week’s state convention in part because her fellow Republicans did not want to debate her proposal to change the state party platform over the issue of marriage equality. She joins us on the BTBW podcast to make her case and to defend Gov. Chris Sununu’s decision to sign a bill banning “transgender discrimination” in the Granite State.

Speaking of marriage, we also talk Royal Wedding….

Ready or not, America, here it comes: Early polling from “First In The Nation” New Hampshire says it’s President Trump vs Pocahontas. Circle the wagons! We discuss it with pollster David Paleologos.

What’s it like to be the token conservative at one of America’s most liberal newspapers? We ask the Boston Globe’s Jeff Jacoby.

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Posting from this week’s Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy newsletter. A lesson in how Republicans act when they want to expand an entitlement program but claim that it doesn’t affect general fund appropriations. The bill reauthorizing Medicaid expansion passed the state Senate on Thursday when half of the 14 Republicans joined all 10 Democrats […]

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(NOTE: The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, New Hampshire’s original free-market think tank, publishes a weekly email newsletter. This week’s newsletter is a little rumination on partisanship. It’s posted below, in full, for your consideration. If you enjoyed this essay, you can sign up for the free Friday newsletter here.)   Preview Open

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Occupational Licensing Is a Whole Quilt of Crazy


Here’s a bit of trivia: New Hampshire’s tallest building was erected by a general contractor unlicensed by the state. Before you decide to avoid forever Manchester’s 20-story City Hall Plaza, you should know no building in the state, including every house, was built by a state-licensed general contractor — because New Hampshire doesn’t license general contractors. I’ll be focusing on New Hampshire here, but the crazy quilt of occupational licenses smothers opportunity in every state.

The state doesn’t license carpenters, auto mechanics, welders or asphalt layers either. Yet your home does not fall apart, commercial buildings don’t tumble down, roads don’t dissolve in the rain.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. New Hampshire Congressional Candidates Andy Sanborn and Eddie Edwards


Andy Sanborn and Eddie Edwards are declared candidates running for the Republican nomination (to be held in September 2018) to run against (presumably) Carol Shea-Porter for the United States House of Representatives. They both spoke to Republicans onboard the Winni Belle on Lake Winnipesaukee recently. Here are excerpts from their speeches.

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The selectmen in my town sued me back in December in an attempt to avoid their responsibilities under New Hampshire’s Right to Know law, which requires them to provide governmental records for me to inspect at no charge. They tried to charge me $6.50 to inspect 25 pages of emails. When I refused, they took […]

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