Occupy New Hampshire takes over White Park | Concord Monitor: “White Park became ground zero of the Occupy New Hampshire movement yesterday, as residents from across the state descended on Concord to decide how to make their voices heard in a fashion similar to the ongoing Wall Street protests.
Using a consensus-building direct democracy format, about 100 people decided to begin an occupation of Veterans Park in Manchester at noon Saturday. The protesters, who intend to meet for a daily general assembly and occupy the park in shifts, will join a growing movement concerned about the influence of money and big business on government.”
More about the Games Speaker O’Brien is playing with our state house.
Nashua’s Lambert joins Romney’s NH team – NashuaTelegraph.com: “So, do you think House Speaker William O’Brien, R-Mont Vernon, shrugged off losing another special election to an ex-Democratic state legislator who happens to be his cousin, Peterborough State Rep.-elect Peter Leishman?
Not so much.
Right after Leishman’s solid victory over Peterborough Republican David Simpson, House Democratic Leader Terie Norelli, of Portsmouth, asked O’Brien to let Leishman fill in for an ill Democrat on the House Finance Committee.”
He is also playing games with Right To Work. He is bringing in GOP Primary candidates to speak just before he calls for the override vote. Read More Here
Sunday Morning Politics from Tom Fahey.
Tom Fahey’s State House Dome: House appears to be on path to ‘Wonderland’ | New Hampshire NEWS0604: “If the House votes Wednesday to follow Speaker Bill O’Brien and amend SB 198, the budget fix the Senate passed could not take effect until the Senate voted again. Senate President Peter Bragdon has said since August that the Senate is not returning until January, so there goes $2 million. On top of $2 million extra spent since July 1.
Late last week, House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt called out the Senate, essentially calling members part-time slackers. This wasn’t an off-the-cuff fit of pique; it was a prepared statement.
“While I can fully appreciate that the Senate has a passion for part-time work, where I come from, we judge people by actions, not words,” he said. “
The Associated Press: Same-day voter registration at issue in Maine: “AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A growing trend by states to restrict voters’ rights has brought a backlash in Maine, where an upcoming “people’s veto” referendum seeks to restore same-day voter registration.
On Nov. 8, Maine voters will decide a very straightforward proposal: whether to repeal a new state law that requires voters to register at least two days before an election. Repeal would effectively restore same-day registration, a policy that’s been in effect in Maine for nearly four decades.
The law allowing people in Maine to register at the polls up to and including Election Day is strongly favored by Democrats, who say it encourages voter participation. But it’s opposed by Republicans who contend that same-day registration opens the door to fraud and abuse.”