Saturday, January 1, 2011

Monitor demands answers from Stephen instead of Lynch?

March 14, 2010 by Patrick  
Filed under State House

He may only have been a candidate for governor for a little over one week now, but the editors of the Concord Monitor want specific answers from Republican candidate John Stephen on subjects as granular as prison recidivism rate. A Sunday editorial by the famously liberal paper appears to hold Stephen more accountable for state [...]

Sununu: “Election sends clear message to Governor Lynch”

November 4, 2009 by Patrick  
Filed under State House

How should Granite State political obsessives interpret Tuesday’s election results? As “a clear message to Governor Lynch and the radical leadership in the House and Senate that New Hampshire is fed up with the lack of fiscal discipline that has been displayed by the Democrats,” according to GOP Chair and former Gov. John Sununu. Sununu [...]

Anti-spending crowd likes the sound of “Gov. John Stephen”

October 28, 2009 by Patrick  
Filed under State House

During the Q&A session toward the end of the House GOP’s Stop the Spending Summit on Tuesday in Concord, someone playfully asked presenter John Stephen when he will be announcing for governor. The crowd responded with applause.

Lynch, union on the outs

September 27, 2009 by Staff Reporter  
Filed under State House

Diana Richard voted for Gov. John Lynch last year. It was a mistake, she said, that won’t happen again. “I’m sorry for casting my last vote,” Richard said. “It should have gone to someone who could foresee the future.” Richard, a secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, is a member of the [...]

State union cozying up to GOP

September 27, 2009 by Staff Reporter  
Filed under State House

REPUBLICANS ARE MAKING political hay out of the bitter contract talks between Gov. John Lynch and the State Employees Association. SEA is talking with a variety of GOP leaders, including Republican Party Chairman John H. Sununu, about working more closely together in the future on legislation SEA advocates. It is also in talks with the [...]

Contract talks net tentative SEA OK

September 19, 2009 by Staff Reporter  
Filed under State House

Rather than accept changes to the state’s health care plan, union negotiators took an additional day of furlough as part of a tentative agreement reached yesterday between the state and the State Employees Association, the governor’s office said. Agreed to late in the afternoon, the proposal will go to the bargaining senate of the State [...]

Key Dem Made Case for Income Tax in Mid-August

September 10, 2009 by Patrick  
Filed under State House

A key Democratic lawmaker in Concord who is instrumental in the behind-the-scenes maneuverings for a so-called economic summit to explore new revenue options in the Granite State made the case for an income tax in her local paper only three weeks ago. In a letter to the editor in the Valley News newspaper which NowHampshire.com [...]

NowHampshire.com poll: Income tax plans could sink Democrats

September 9, 2009 by Patrick  
Filed under State House

Granite Staters remain adamantly opposed to an income tax and are significantly less likely to vote to reelect their state legislator if they support an income tax, a new survey conducted for NowHampshire.com by Populus Research says. Speaker of the House Terie Norelli kicked off a firestorm last week that has yet to simmer down [...]

Hassan calls tax opposition: “A lot of noise from the other team”

September 4, 2009 by Staff Reporter  
Filed under State House

Senate Minority Leader Peter Bragdon, R-Milford, called on Lynch, “to direct his Democrat Legislative leaders to focus on responsible solutions to looming budget issues, instead of conjuring up harmful ideas.” Democrats said the furor was a political maneuver. “We’re getting a lot of noise from the other team when we really would like constructive ideas,” [...]

Republicans Hammer Norelli’s Income Tax Trial Balloon (Updated)

September 3, 2009 by Patrick  
Filed under State House

Republicans are having none of New Hampshire House Speaker Terie Norelli’s (D.-Portsmouth) income tax talk. Norelli is quoted in Thursday’s Portsmouth Herald saying she is open to an income tax and will hold an “economic summit” in the fall to discuss ways to make up for state budget shortfalls. Republicans reacted swiftly, hoping to pin [...]

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