Constitutional ed funding question fails | Concord Monitor: “The amendment had the support of Democratic Gov. John Lynch but not his party. After the vote, House Speaker Bill O’Brien, a Mont Vernon Republican, blamed Lynch for failing to get enough Democratic votes to pass the measure. Also missing, however, was sufficient support from Republicans, who hold a super-majority in both chambers.
“We needed a bipartisan solution . . . that Gov. Lynch didn’t provide,” O’Brien said. “Gov. John Lynch just couldn’t fulfill his side of the compromise.”
Lynch responded in kind in a written statement.”To make progress on an important public policy issue such as this, all sides must work together, and that can only happen if an element of trust exists,” the statement said. “Clearly, there is a fundamental divide among House members on this issue, not only between the two parties, but also within the Republican caucus. Cooperation and trust are fundamental to building the coalitions needed to pass an amendment such as this one. Unfortunately, those essential qualities were missing from today’s debate.””
Wrap-up day yields some surprises – NashuaTelegraph.com
: “CONCORD – During a marathon final day of regular business, the New Hampshire Legislature dispensed with remaining contested issues for the 2012 session.
As expected, lawmakers sent a bill legalizing medical use of marijuana to Gov. John Lynch, who has vowed to veto it.
Lynch said he supports significant changes to state grants for school construction projects. A moratorium on such building aid has been in place for the past three years.”
States that could be new union battlegrounds – Boston.com
: “NEW HAMPSHIRE: Last year, Democratic Gov. John Lynch vetoed a bill last year that would have made New Hampshire a right-to-work state. The House passed it again this year, but it died when Republicans realized they did not have a veto-proof majority. House Speaker William O’Brien says he will try to pass the measure again next year, when the state could have a Republican governor.”
John DiStaso’s Granite Status: Did Lynch work for the failed ed funding amendment? | New Hampshire NEWS0602
: “LYNCH’S (TARNISHED?) LEGACY. John Lynch will leave office in January as one of the most popular governors in New Hampshire history.
But flexing political muscle has never been Lynch’s forte, and yesterday the votes on the proposed compromise education constitutional amendment were taken. Was it by design that the Democratic governor whose support was so intensely coveted by some Republican leaders — literally for years — turned out to be a non-factor?”
NH Legislature approves voter ID bill – Boston.com
: “CONCORD, N.H.—New Hampshire voters would be required to show photo identification at the polls starting next year under a compromise bill approved by the House and Senate.
The bill approved Wednesday essentially calls for starting with what the Senate had proposed, followed by the House.
That means a wide range of identification would be acceptable this fall — including student IDs — but in later elections, only driver’s licenses, state-issued non-driver’s identification cards, passports or military IDs would be allowed. Those who don’t have photo identification would sign an affidavit and be photographed by an election official.”
On The Ground in Wisconsin: Lessons From The Losing Side | New Hampshire Public Radio
: “*Don’t make assumptions about union households
: Democrats at the table were stunned by the exit poll statistic showing that 38 percent of voters with a labor union member in the family voted for Walker. “You can’t assume just because a person is a union member, they are also a Democrat,” said Kristin Hansen, a volunteer here for Organizing for America, Obama’s re-election organization. “I’m shocked because I thought the unions were talking to their people.”
*Stricter voting registration laws are affecting turnout: Republican efforts in Wisconsin to enact a law that would require voters to present identification at their polling places are currently on hold while under court scrutiny. But myriad other ballot and voter registration changes enacted by the GOP-controlled Legislature since Walker was elected in 2010 have limited opportunities for registering voters.”
The Message From Wisconsin – NYTimes.com
: “How did he do that? With the aid of more than $45.6 million, most of it from outside the state, that paid for ads praising him for his “courage” in taking on unions and attacking labor for its “selfish” intransigence. As one ad put it, “Labor union mobs led by Barack Obama’s Organizing for America are trying to intimidate and harass Governor Walker and lawmakers in Madison, simply because they’re finally doing the right thing.”
Mr. Walker’s campaign raised seven times as much money as Mr. Barrett’s, much of it in six-figure checks from some of the same business interests contributing millions to Republican “super PACs” and advocacy groups this year, including Sheldon Adelson and Bob Perry.”
Why We Need Unions
: “Unions are much more than a political mechanism by which teachers and policemen and firemen can be scapegoated. They are not limited to industries under the direct control of a governor’s diktat. There is a simple reason why all those huge employers of retail and service workers—Target, Wal-Mart, Starbucks, Whole Foods, and countless others—are so emphatically anti-union: fear. These companies know that unions represent a sort of power for their workers that their workers will otherwise never have. That power translates to better working conditions and higher wages. That, in turn, eats into a company’s profits, as all expenses do. For some companies, this is merely a nuisance, a potential hit to the stock price. For others—like Wal-Mart, which has built the world’s largest retail chain by squeezing every last cent out of its costs—it is a potential existential threat.”