After GOP house organ Union Leader blasted the move to remove Rep. Mike Brunelle as a “sleazy, sophomoric trick to expel a Democratic leader they dislike,” Republican House leaders broke into song with “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.”
Committee Chairman John Reagan turned away citizens and advocates from testifying at a House committee public hearing on bedbugs. “I just didn’t want to spend any more time on it,” he said.
In Tucson, President Obama’s plea for civility, love, and compassion contrasted sharply with Sarah Palin’s talk of duels and “blood libel,” a fable of anti-Semitism in which Jews are accused of using the blood of gentile children in religious rituals.
Speaker of the House Bill O’Brien promised to disenfranchise college students. “They are kids voting liberal, voting their feelings, with no life experience.” To prevent them from voting, he said the GOP plans to “tighten up the definition of a New Hampshire resident.”
House Republican leaders said they will not push for repeal of marriage equality this year. GOP puppet master Kevin Smith, Cornerstone Action, is not concerned. “I know they are not going to put this issue by the wayside.”
Campaigning for GOP state chairman, Jack Kimbell said, “I won’t tolerate our party deviating from its conservative platform” — unless you can raise a lot of money. Kimball said Bill Binnie and Jim Bender’s pro-choice stance “does not matter” when it comes to them leading fund-raising efforts for the party.
State Attorney General Michael Delaney testified that a bill ordering him to challenge the constitutionality of the health care reform law violates the state constitution’s separation of powers doctrine and is itself unconstitutional. Free Stater Rep. Andrew Manuse, who campaigned saying, “I will fight against all laws that any reasonable person would deem unconstitutional,” called Delaney’s comments “abhorrent.”
Cross-posted to Blue Hampshire