This is a Test…

The New Hampshire primary, at least for Republicans, is a test. Not of who can win but of how well you can lose.

Someone has to lose.

Losers come in several varieties, but when it comes to New Hampshire Republican primaries, the most common sort is the sore one.

Unity is a town in New Hampshire, but when it comes to marshaling the forces of primary race losers, too often, we find them unable to make the leap from opponent to supporter.

The end result is Democrats.

For a bunch of folks who pretend they don’t want that, they do a fine job of making sure it happens.

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Republican Mark Sanford Wants to Be President – Thinks Now Is the Time to Run

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Mark Sanford is challenging Trump for the Republican nomination. But he has his work cut out for him. His own party isn’t holding a Republican primary in his home state of South Carolina.

The South Carolina Republican Party executive committee voted Saturday to skip a presidential primary in 2020, leaving an open path for President Donald Trump to win all of the Palmetto State’s delegates without competition.

Sanford, who has had plenty of time to consider his options, chose to announce the day after that.

Former Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina said on Sunday that he would challenge President Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, criticizing Mr. Trump’s stewardship of government spending and the global economy and questioning the financial ethics of his administration.

How’s that for an example of executive leadership skills? Saying it was not great would be a kindness. But I have to agree with him on one point. Spending.

As an observer or Trump tactics free from the blind hatred of the left, I find he is typically several moves ahead of everyone else. Real deal makers are like that. And while Mr. Trump has said he’d deal with the debt and deficit in his second term, I’m not seeing anything that appears (to me) to be chess moves with any of the spending on which he has signed off.

Sanford gets a point for that, but not much else appears to be on his side. Which may not matter. This could be nothing more than an expensive marketing play to buy some earned media. Doing anything to challenge Trump will spark media interest. That equals many hours of exposure for you and your issue or issues.

He’s been talking about running for months but always as just one option for his next step, even noting in the “ad” he cut a few months ago that he might pass on a presidential run and start an “advocacy organization” focused on federal spending instead.

Might just be a big publicity smokescreen. And with only a fraction of the never trump vote available for Bill Weld, and Joe Walsh, I’m not sure how serious a challenge he can mount.

Not that Weld or Walsh are getting much out of this. Although Walsh has a future as a “republican” diversity hire and resident Trump basher on crash and burn CNN after he gives up. And maybe that was the point.

As for Sanford, announcing the day after your state committee makes it impossible for you to win your own state? Really?

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Here’s the Guy Trying to “Buy” Some Space in the NH Constitution

Henry T Nicholas III political givingDemocrats like to talk about “keeping money out of politics.” Well, meet Henry T. Nicholas III, a wealthy Corporate baron. One of those ‘Big’ corporation guys the left ‘hates’ so much.  He’s also the brother of Marsalee, the woman for whom Marsy’s Law is named, and the money behind the push to amend the NH Constitution under the cover of “victims rights” reform.

Henry T. x3 has spent several million in New Hampshire already to advance his pet project to the detriment of victims, the constitutional protections of the accused, but that’s peanuts compared to the $29.49 million he has spent on political initiatives over the past nine years.

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NH Dems Blame Koch Brothers for Sununu Refusing To Advance Undercover Tax Scheme

NH Dems Whine - Blame Koch Brothers

I think it’s kind of cute that the NH Democrats continue to pretend this had anything to do with offering Family Medical Leave Insurance (FMLI) to New Hampshire Families. Or that Governor Sununu would accept “FMLI” in any form the legislature coughed up.

Here governor, sign this thing that happens to have family medical leave insurance in the name or else we’ll call you names and blame the Koch Brothers.

He didn’t so that’s what they did.

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HB628 Was Never About Creating a Family Medical Leave Insurance Program.

HB628 killing the NH AdvantageSince late 2017, leading up to today, we’ve written or shared at least twenty-three articles opposing HB628, the so-called Family Medical Leave Act. This makes (at least) twenty-four. Why so many? Until very recently neither the governor nor Republican Majority leadership had made a noise that wasn’t fawning.

And while a recent joint committee vote to ITL the bill has people singing praises, until the floor vote adds a final stake (at least for this session) I’m not convinced it’s dead with good reason.

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Day 12: Blood Pressure is Getting a Bit Too Low

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“Thank you. Thankyouverymuch!”

The first priority after surviving a cardiac event is to prevent another one. The cardiac cocktail is a manifold of meds designed to decrease stress on the heart. It’s a muscle, albeit the most important one in your body, but like any other muscle, it needs room to heal. The cardiac cocktail is designed for each patient to optimize both desired outcomes.

Blood thinners, Blood Pressure (BP) meds (lower it), Asprin (another blood thinner), and in my case something to keep the foreign objects (stents) where they belong and something to lower the cholesterol levels in my blood.

That is not a lot of chemistry, but it’s a good bit so what could go wrong?

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NH Senate Passes Gag Order on Therapists, Pastors, and Others. Will Gov. Sununu Sign It?

Diversity Speech policeYesterday, by a vote of 14-10, the New Hampshire State Senate passed HB587, a lawyer-up bill so badly written that it will not just compel speech. It will place a gag order on therapists, counselors, nurses, clergy, coaches, and anyone who might be consulted (even tangentially) for guidance on the issue of sexual attraction, even as Amended.

In fact, as amended, all it does is increase the odds of lawsuits and fat happy lawyers raking in fees.

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New Hampshire Democrats Demand More Money For A Problem They Don’t Want to Solve

NH Congressional DelegationNew Hampshire is getting another $3.1 Million to combat the opioid crisis. US News is reporting that New Hampshire’s All Gurl Delegation, Democrat x four, says it is not enough.

New Hampshire’s delegation had urged President Donald Trump’s administration to revise the formula used to allocate funding so it prioritizes states like New Hampshire that are hardest hit by the crisis. But that didn’t happen.

This coming from a gaggle of progressive geese with no real interest in solving “the problem.”

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Problem: Criminal Justice System Ignoring the Law – Solution: Amend a Constitution They Also Ignore

NH Assoc of Chiefs of PoliceI don’t believe the New Hampshire AG ever investigated claims by NH Police Chief Andrew Shagoury when, in his opposition to concealed carry, he suggested to a State House Committee that minors might have been issued pistol revolver licenses. That would be in violation of state law, as would his knowing it and not demanding an investigation himself.

Let me amend that. I know the AG didn’t because the gun-ban left would have short-stroked that for months to justify letting the government (the same elite club that may have broken the law to give concealed carry permits to minors) use the law to keep you from getting one.

That’s how government works if you happen to be new to this. And it’s why we hope the Committee vote to ITL Marsey’s Law sticks. But back to the Chief.

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Sununu: Can’t Support HB628 (Family Medical Leave Bill) “As Written” – But I Want More

HB628 killing the NH AdvantageGovernor Chris Sununu has informed the State Senate Finance Committee looking at HB628 that as written he won’t support it.

“I cannot support HB 628 until a comprehensive actuarial analysis is conducted,” …

That’s not a rejection of the idea of a state mandate but niggling over details. A point he affirms later in the same reporting.

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