Quote of the day: Billy bots and Free Staters

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Lee Quandt, the former Republican state representative from Exeter, warns that a number of extremists and Free Staters from the Bill O’Brien era are plotting their return:

On the state rep races some are predicting a 265 republican to democrat majority with, you got it, the famous “Bill the Bully O’Brien” as speaker once again. If you remember the last time he was speaker in two short years he turned the legislature into a cult and by doing that brought down the whole republican agenda and we lost the house.

Many of the same people who the voters rejected during the last election, let’s call them Billy bots because they couldn’t think for themselves, are running again. That includes a number of Free Staters who are still hell bent on taking control of NH and frustrated they can’t. We have Free Staters and Free State backers running in Exeter who are trying to keep a low profile knowing, like Exeter, many communities will not vote for them.

Mayday PAC jumps the shark with $103K donation to N.H. libertarian group that opposes its efforts


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In a move likely to alienate many Granite Staters, a national organization dedicated to ending the corrupting influence of special interest money in politics has donated over $100,000 to a New Hampshire group whose leader actively opposes its efforts.

Mayday PAC is the super PAC created by Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig to help elect candidates to Congress who will reform the way political campaigns are funded. New Hampshire political committee reports indicate the group recently donated $103,500 to Stark 360, a new super PAC dedicated to transforming the Republican Party to a “party of liberty.”

Lessig launched his effort to curb special interest money in politics with NH Rebellion, a campaign inspired by Doris Haddock. In 1999, the 88-year old grandmother known as Granny D walked from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. to promote campaign finance reform.

The professor and activist partnered with Open Democracy, the New Hampshire organization founded by Granny D. In January, Lessig and supporters walked the length of New Hampshire, from Dixville Notch to Nashua, to publicize the campaign.

Open Democracy then focused on passing legislation in New Hampshire that requires the full disclosure of political spending by special-interest organizations. That legislation, Senate Bill 120, was approved by the New Hampshire legislature in June and signed into law by Gov. Hassan.

Meanwhile, Lessig announced the formation of Mayday PAC and raised over $7 million in the first two months. One of the first candidates the group endorsed was Jim Rubens, who is running in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat held by New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.

Stark 360 also endorsed Rubens, citing his support for “repealing Obamacare, auditing the Federal Reserve, and defunding the NSA.” A portion of the Mayday funding is reportedly going to pay campaign workers who participate in Stark’s Anybody But Brown campaign.

Stark’s chairman, Aaron Day, wears several libertarian hats. He chairs the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, which works to elect libertarian Republicans. Day is also chairman of the Free State Project, the controversial group attempting to persuade 20,000 “liberty-loving” individuals to move to New Hampshire and “exert the fullest practical effort” to dismantling government.

Day is a vocal opponent of efforts to reform campaign finance. He referred to the SB 120 legislation championed by Open Democracy, for example, as “The Incumbent Protection, Racketeering, and Nullification of the 1st Amendment Bill.”

One of the goals identified by Stark 360 in its prospectus is to win “a pro-liberty majority” for Republicans in the state legislature and return Bill O’Brien to his former role as Speaker of the House.

O’Brien leaves no doubt where he stands on campaign finance reform. "Every time you hear a Democrat say that we need a Constitutional Amendment to reverse the Citizens United decision,” he writes, “understand what they really want: the government to have the authority to regulate, tax, and deny independent political speech.”

In which Bill O’Brien receives a succinct reply

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"Last night I sent out an invitation to a luncheon and presentation this upcoming Thursday on Right to Work," notes former state House Speaker Bill O’Brien on his Facebook page. “I probably should have mentioned that RSVPs aren’t necessary if invitees aren’t attending.”

from: Bruce Toker <btoker@myfairpoint.net>
to: William O’Brien <williamlobrien@gmail.com>
date: Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 7:03 AM
subject: Re: Pre-notice of AFP Foundation / American for Tax Reform Invitation for Luncheon and Presentation on Right to Work

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O’Brien rewrites history: “The people of N.H. didn’t reject our efforts when we were in the majority’

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In 2012, Republicans lost control of the New Hampshire House and their controversial leader was relegated to the back bench. Led by Speaker Bill O’Brien, the GOP entered the election with an overwhelming 288-103 House majority. When the dust had settled, Republicans had lost over 100 seats and Democrats had been returned to power.

Despite that electoral shellacking, O’Brien insists “the people of New Hampshire didn’t reject House Republicans’ efforts when we were in the majority.”

"Contrary to myths invented by Democrat operatives," he told Republican House candidates, "our efforts were appreciated by the people of New Hampshire."

In an email seeking support for another term as Speaker, the Mont Vernon Republican explained why he stepped down after the GOP lost control of the House.

"Having spent so much time in Concord during those two years," O’Brien wrote, "when we didn’t gain a majority, I decided to leave the caucus leadership to those who, having seen the good that could be achieved through energetic, conservative leadership, I hoped would continue the journey."

"Unfortunately, we didn’t see the type of liberty-focused leadership that many had hoped for," O’Brien complained. "With a rather narrow majority, Democrats were able to get many liberal agenda items, such as increasing the gas tax and expanding ObamaCare here in New Hampshire through the House without the type of fight principled conservatives should have delivered," he wrote.

O’Brien promised to make New Hampshire “a model of reform for the nation.” He concluded with a rhetorical flourish. “We stand at the cusp of what should be a great election for Republicans because the philosophical foundation of the liberal philosophy once again has been shown to be built on a malevolent quicksand of lies, socialistic misconceptions, and European concepts of individual subservience to government.”

Bill O’Brien promises to push Right to Work measure ‘to the front of the legislative line’

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Former state House Speaker Bill O’Brien, who is campaigning for another term as Speaker should Republicans take control of the House, has signaled he would take up where he left off when voters stripped his party of control in 2012.

O’Brien promises he will push Right to Work legislation “to the front of the legislative line” in the upcoming term. In his previous term as Speaker, the Mont Vernon Republican’s Ahab-like obsession to enact the anti-union legislation failed despite overwhelming Republican majorities in both chambers.

Yesterday, O’Brien praised the Supreme Court ruling that declared unions representing “quasi-public” employees cannot require non-union workers to pay union fees. The decision “bolsters hopes that all government employees will one day be free from paying forced union dues as a condition of employment,” O’Brien wrote on Facebook.

Freedom from Union Tyranny abetted by state laws. That is what Right to Work has always been about,” he continued. “This upcoming legislative term we must put restoring worker freedom in New Hampshire to the front of the legislative line.”

As before, O’Brien inveighed against union bosses. “In this ‘Live Free or Die’ state, we have the courage to give workers a choice to pay or not pay union dues,” he wrote. “No one should be forced to turn over their hard-earned wages to union bosses.”

From O’Brien, a stark tale of purple prose

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[T]hese heroes before you lightened the crushing footfalls of a liberal-engorged state government trampling on the Live Free or Die Soul of New Hampshire.

— Former state House Speaker Bill O’Brien, saluting Republican members of the House who served during the 2010-2012 term.

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'Culture-destroying, anti-American, statist propaganda'

All the Democrat representatives except two and a bunch of Republican representatives voted for HB 1251. Their votes were to require you to pay, through your taxes and whether you want to or not, for the culture-destroying, anti-American, statist propaganda that is public television. … So now, if the Senate agrees, you too will be financing the collectivists in their efforts to convert all of us into European socialists.

— Former state House Speaker Bill O’Brien, on legislation that would repeal a limitation on state funding for New Hampshire Public Television

2013 in review: ‘A Year in NH GOP Shame’

With 2013 nearly in the rear view mirror, Susan Bruce catalogs 12 months of sensational and offensive remarks from the state’s Republican lawmakers. Some made national headlines, as when Stella Tremblay claimed the U.S. government carried out the Boston Marathon bombing and Bill O’Brien likened health care reform to the Fugitive Slave Act. Some were less high profile but no less preposterous:

Rep. William O’Brien, speaking at a “right to work” hearing: “New Hampshire wages are artificially high, a symptom of stagnation.” […]

Rep. JR Hoell speaking on one of last session’s gazillion gun bills: “Maybe Democrats want a young mother to allow her children to be murdered as she runs under a table to hide instead of take a weapon from her purse and save her most precious loved ones?” […]

Rep. Jane Cormier, in a lengthy floor speech on SB11, a bill to allow municipalities to work together on financing and building water and sewer projects: “The EPA now considers rainwater a pollutant.” […]

"The wheels are coming off the GOP clown car, kids," Bruce writes. "Stay tuned…"

Pope Francis and Bill O’Brien: Compare and contrast

In writing about Pope Francis, blogger (and Rockabilly Hall of Fame member) Randy Haspel compares the pontiff’s message with that of conservative politicians — including a former New Hampshire Speaker of the House:

Americans of a certain political bent have rejected the pope’s message as leftist propaganda. Famous Christian thinker Sarah Palin reared her ugly head to declare the pope was far too liberal. Other politicians have had so many running commentaries that differ with the pontiff, I thought it might be fun to compare some quotes: […]

"It is vital that government leaders take heed and broaden their horizons, working to ensure that all citizens have dignified work, education, and health care." — Pope Francis

"And what is Obamacare? It is a law as destructive to personal and individual liberty as the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 that allowed slave owners to come to New Hampshire and seize African Americans and use the federal courts to take them back to … slave states." — New Hampshire state representative Bill O’Brien

Quote of the day: Another false flag candidate

My fear in deciding to not run again for political office and take up my career in business was that we would be left with yet another false flag candidate in the Republican primary in the 2d Congressional District; someone calling himself conservative and yet, on policy after policy, whether it is support of Common Core or being the deciding vote to keep the Energy Cap and Trade Tax in NH, following in the Democrats’ wake by adopting most of their policies. I was concerned that he would try to convince us that it is sufficient to oppose liberals on one or two policies in order to gain conservative support.

— Former state House Speaker Bill O’Brien, on second district congressional candidate Gary Lambert

Bill O’Brien’s latest racist rant: Media covering up black crime wave targeting white folks

In posts scattered around Facebook, former state House Speaker Bill O’Brien promotes the latest right-wing meme: there’s a black crime wave targeting white folks — and the media is covering it up in the name of political correctness:

Accurate reporting would have let us know long ago that there has developed an established pattern - a game - of unprovoked, racist attacks by black young men on helpless, usually solitary and older, white and Hispanic people.

Once again the legacy media, which is run by statists and leftist apologists, has done our country a disservice. And people have died because of their ideological blinders.

"Are there incidents of this in New Hampshire?" O’Brien was asked:

Apparently it is an ongoing occurrence in urban areas and states, including Massachusetts. Giving the misreporting it is hard, if not impossible, to determine its extent there or whether it is occurring in NH. It’s sort of like voter fraud: if you ignore it, then you can deny it.

For evidence, O’Brien linked to a Thomas Sowell piece describing the “knockout game.”

The way the game is played,” wrote Sowell, “one of a number of young blacks decides to show that he can knock down some stranger on the streets, preferably with one punch, as they pass by. Often some other member of the group records the event, so that a video of that ‘achievement’ is put on the Internet, to be celebrated.”

Old news, writes Salon’s Alex Pareene:

This belief in an epidemic of black-on-white crime that the press and law enforcement conspire to keep secret is an old one, and crazies have been sending newspapers mimeographed manifestos on the subject for years. It’s a common topic of discussion at white supremacist message boards and in the comments sections of newspapers, which are often indistinguishable from white supremacist newsletters. It was the sort of crap Ron Paul’s famous newsletters would cover, back when he was trying to win the ‘rednecks’ over to the libertarian cause. The sort of people who obsess over this shit are of course older, white and likely already terrified of America’s urban areas and black neighborhoods. …

O’Brien references “White Girl Bleed A Lot,” a self-published book by Colin Flaherty that describes an epidemic of race riots and media cover-ups — a tome Pareene dismisses as “a silly book designed solely to scare white people:”

So here’s the thing: If you look for every example of crimes committed by black people in every American city over the last three to five years, you’ll find enough examples to make it sound like a lot of crime, because America is a violent country with a lot of crime, a lot of poverty and a lot of impoverished minority neighborhoods located conveniently close to much wealthier white neighborhoods (and business districts where everything is also owned by white people).

But this epidemic of racial crime isn’t an epidemic. It’s barely a blip. According to the FBI, there were 575 crimes motivated by anti-white bias in 2010, nationwide. There were 545 anti-white crimes in 2009 and 716 in 2008. There were more than 2,000 crimes motivated by anti-black bias in each one of those years. Of course, the book insinuates that all black-on-white crime is racially motivated, but even by that standard things are looking pretty rosy in America right now.

Former N.H. House Speaker Bill O’Brien: I am in control

The performance by former state House Speaker Bill O’Brien in today’s House vote on Medicaid expansion brought to mind the infamous Alexander Haig “I am in control" episode. Former state Rep. Jennifer Daler (D-Temple) was on hand to capture O’Brien’s antics:

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