Huckabee works to fire up GOP faithful at Manchester event | New Hampshire NEWS06: “The event also included a small protest outside the Radisson Hotel, where about 25 people demonstrated against state gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne, primarily because of his stated support for proposed right-to-work legislation, which seeks to prevent compulsory union membership or dues paying at a workplace.
“I’m out here to protect my personal welfare,” said Mike King of Manchester, who said he is a union iron worker. “(Lamontagne) wants to create a right-to-work state, which would diminish workers’ rights. These are rights that people before me fought hard to get and my generation is fighting hard to keep.”
“Right-to-work would, over time, lower wages for all employees, not just union employees,” said Deb Howes, who said she is a teacher at Amherst Street school in Nashua. “How are we going to support an economy when no one has any money to spend?””
New Hampshire Labor News: NH AFL-CIO Release: Manchester residents: “This is what NH would look like under Lamontagne”: “Over fifty Granite Staters gathered outside of the Republican Victory dinner tonight with handmade signs to lay out what New Hampshire would really look like under gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne. Carrying signs that read “Working Families Matter” and “Ovide for governor = 2+ years of O’Brien”, the Manchester and Nashua residents expressed their worry that if elected, Lamontagne would pursue the same extreme agenda that Speaker O’Brien attempted to ram through the Legislature.”
Parents say Manchester budget fight upsets kids | New Hampshire NEWS06
: ““It is unfortunate how much time has to be devoted to the budget process,“ Brennan said. “It takes over this building.”
If budget problems are not resolved, he said, some openings produced by layoffs will be filled by transferring teachers, he said. In other cases, laid-off administrators will return to classrooms by “bumping” teachers with less seniority.
Transfer notices must be sent by June 30. Brennan said he will try to hold off until the budget situation is resolved, but prefers to let teachers know before the last day of school where they will be working in September.”
In the third ring of the circus: bad bills | Concord Monitor: “t’s been bedlam in the State House in the final days of this memorable legislative session. A Republican majority that includes a fair percentage of radical libertarians and Tea Party types is struggling to turn New Hampshire into their version of Freedonia. The resignations of former House majority leader D.J. Bettencourt and a member of his staff, for reasons of ethics or the lack thereof, have drawn attention away from a variety of detrimental bills that voters may have forgotten were still under discussion.
Some of legislation, we hope, will fail of its own accord. Some may be vetoed by Gov. John Lynch and die because the Legislature can’t override his veto. And one or more proposed constitutional amendments that would do deep and lasting harm to the state could be put before voters in the fall. Here’s a look at what’s still pending:”
House, Senate leadership to discuss education funding compromise | The Republic: “CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire’s House and Senate leaders are weighing in on the latest developments in the effort to shift more control over public schools from the courts to the Legislature.
The state is required under a landmark 1997 state Supreme Court ruling to provide all public school children with an adequate education, but lawmakers have been trying to nullify the ruling ever since.
Both the House and Senate passed new proposed constitutional amendments this year, and negotiators have been working to reconcile the differences between them in the last week. House and Senate leaders will join members of the negotiating team to discuss a tentative agreement Thursday.”
Bill passes to spare Hampton, Portsmouth ‘spiking’ pension costs | SeacoastOnline.com
: “CONCORD — State Sen. Nancy Stiles’ efforts to protect Hampton, Portsmouth and other municipalities from hundreds of thousands of dollars in new “spiking” pension costs have been approved by the House and Senate.
The N.H. House on Wednesday concurred with the Senate-passed version of House Bill 1483. This legislation contains the original text of Senate Bill 228, which was sponsored by Stiles, R-Hampton. The bill repeals current law scheduled to take effect July 1, 2012, which states that, if a public employee’s final average pay is greater than 125 percent of the employee’s average base pay, cities and towns must pay the part attributed to “spiking.”
Spiking occurs when public employees’ highest average pay, upon which pensions are calculated, includes pay for overtime, stipends and private work details.”
Tax Amendments Likely Headed to Ballot | New Hampshire Public Radio
: “It looks like tax policy will be front and center on ballots later this fall.
Lawmakers have agreed on two constitutional amendments that limit New Hampshire’s ability to tax its citizens.
When Republicans swept into the Legislature after the 2010 elections, they promised to focus on jobs and the economy.
Leadership in both chambers believe they’ve helped deliver on that promise by reaching agreement on constitutional amendments to install a tax cap, and another banning an income tax.”
LETTER: Democrats Ask O’Brien For Answers – Salem, NH Patch
: “As you know, the image of the New Hampshire House has been tarnished by recent events. Our legislative ethics guidelines state that legislators should treat their office as a public trust, acting “openly, equitably and honorably in a manner that permits the citizenry… to hold government officials accountable.” Furthermore, as you wrote to the Republican caucus, you insisted on “honesty, integrity and ethical behavior” from your leadership team and said you would have “no tolerance for any leader who departs from that foundational standard.””
NH ex-GOP leader apologizes in resignation letter, admits ‘lapse in judgment and integrity’ | The Republic: “”It is among my many regrets that through my own fault, I cannot express my thanks and say farewell to you all in person,” Bettencourt wrote. “I want the House to know that I am sorry for inexcusable lapse in judgment and integrity. We are citizen legislators. Our obligations as legislators never relieve us of our obligations as citizens. I have breached those citizen obligations and I stand ready for the consequences.”
House Speaker William O’Brien, right, tells reporters Tuesday May 29, 2012 from his office at the Statehouse in Concord, N.H. that Rep. Peter Silva, R-Nashua, left, will become the new House Majority Leader. The former New Hampshire Republican Leader, D.J. Bettencourt resigned over the weekend after admitting he falsified law school reports. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Bettencourt, 28, also apologized to the law school, saying it had offered him the opportunity to learn and be part of an honorable profession.
“But that profession comes with high expectations that my actions demonstrate I am not yet ready to meet. I can only hope that one day I will be worthy of it,” he said.”
Sadly, Americans have become a nation of liars | SeacoastOnline.com
: “But shouldn’t lying by our political leaders be a capital offense, especially when people die as a result? Lies by our political leaders have resulted in thousands of people dying unnecessarily.
And now, what many of us have known for a couple years, political leaders in this state have been lying … and (have been) caught at it. House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt has been ousted because he falsified his records for a law degree from the UNH School of Law. He’s not only a lying politician, but a lying lawyer “wannabe.”
In the wake of this resignation, the Portsmouth Herald outlines a list of lies that both Bettencourt and House Speaker William O’Brien have been engaged in since they were elected: Lies that have been promoting their perverse ideology at the expense of N.H. residents. Now that the Herald has shed public light on these public liars, we need to not only question this authority but replace it. I am calling on the good folks of New Hampshire to call for the resignation of Speaker William O’Brien as well. We need to purge this state of perjuring politicians!”
CWA Union Teams Up With Free Press, Consumer Groups to Oppose Telecom Deregulation – Working In These Times: “The Communications Workers of America union has been criticized by progressive consumers groups like Free Press for its positions on net neutrality and the proposed AT&T-T-Mobile merger. Last year, Free Press criticized CWA for endorsing the T-Mobile-AT&T deal, which would have given CWA the right to organize T-Mobile employees without employer interference.
“It may create more dues-paying members for CWA, but does it mean it’s good for the overall job market and the country? Mergers almost always result in layoffs,” Free Press Political Adviser Joel Kelsey told me last year.”
N.H. House bill would allow recordings of public officials » Latest News » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA
: “But some local departments are concerned about how the bill will affect police work, including Plaistow, according to Deputy police Chief Kathleen Jones.
“My officers are good at what they do and I don’t have any fear of anyone taping them on duty,” she said. “My fear is that it’s going to distract the officer from the task at hand, which can be dangerous. If people are filming officers on car stops, that puts them in harm’s way.”
Windham police Chief Gerald Lewis agreed.
“What we do is open to public view and inspection,” he said. “The only concern I have is when such recording interferes with the incident we’re involved in or privacy concerns. We have to protect rape victims’ identities and juveniles’ identities. There may be aspects of a case we don’t want to have recorded.””
Can unions fight Super PACs? – Salon.com: “faced with a post-Citizens United landscape and armed with hard-fought lessons, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is pledging a “big change” in how the federation does politics. “Before, we used to build everybody else’s structure,” says Trumka, “and now, we’re going to build our own structure.” He says to expect three changes: more focus on door-to-door organizing rather than TV ads; more funds toward building a permanent, independent political infrastructure and less towards candidates’ coffers; and more outreach beyond union households. What could this look like for Obama’s reelection effort in Ohio or Elizabeth Warren’s Senate campaign in Massachusetts? Less direct campaign cash from unions and fewer union-backed TV ads on their behalf. More union volunteers, acting apart from the Democratic campaign, persuading and mobilizing people to vote for the candidates. And an organization pledged to better hold the candidates accountable if they win.”
A Betrayal of Trust – Nashua, NH Patch
: “Unfortunately, this is exactly what turns off most of us to politics; the arrogant belief that the rules are not for you, the dishonesty and collusion. There are good people and bad in every enterprise; sometimes good people make bad mistakes and sometimes bad people are just plain bad people. Other times, bad people actually learn to do better and earn redemption.
Whether it is because we have become jaded ourselves or are just disillusioned, we the people have come to believe that “that’s just the way it is” in politics. Sooner or later, we figure, everyone we elect becomes corrupt or abusive in one way or another, putting party and power above the people.”
James O’Keefe edges near committing voter fraud again
James O’Keefe Scams Voter Fraud and Voter ID Laws Into Existence – COLORLINES
: “But O’Keefe isn’t looking for veritas or accuracy — he just needs the perception that something fishy is going on so that he can direct you to his page and have you contribute to his fairy tale fund. That’s how hustles work. Right now, on his website he invites people to fork over the dollars because “Our work in North Carolina as draining on our staff and funds — but we produced jaw-droppiong (sic) results once again!”
Here’s the jaw-dropping results: A Veritas actor assumed the name of a man, Michael Bolton, who died two weeks before North Carolina’s May 8 primary. O’Keefe’s actor went to Bolton’s polling place and attempted to fill out the dead man’s ballot. The poll worker asked the actor if he was Michael Bolton Jr., the deceased’s son, to which the actor responded affirmatively, but O’Keefe edits this part out. Instead, he presents the video as if his actor voted on behalf of a dead person, even though the actor never actually filled out the ballot.”