On February 18th New Hampshire Rep. Hoell’s HB 407 and Montana Rep. Schwaderer’s HB 330 advanced, both passing state legislative chambers as amended. HB 407 is a repeat of Rep. Hoell’s bill from last session, HB 1307. HB 1307 failed in the NH House last year. However, the bill made national news, leading to the creation of Rep. Shwaderer’s bill, a similar bill in Tennessee, and a much more narrow federal bill.
The idea of police militarization reform legislation was inspired by the coalition of liberal activists and Free Staters that attempted to convince the Keene and Concord, New Hampshire city councils to vote against acquiring Department of Homeland Security BEARCATs. Despite Rep. Hoell neither being a liberal nor a Free Stater, he decided to lead the national legislative effort to bring about reform. The tragedies of Ferguson, Missouri further intensified the issue. Unfortunately, opposition to BEARCATs didn’t pick up much steam outside of NH and the University of Berkeley. Instead, critics were mostly concerned about a different federal program that distributed much larger military vehicles called MRAPs to local governments.
Rep. Hoell’s HB 407 was recommended Inexpedient to Legislate by the Municipal and County Government Committee. The NH House overturned the Committee recommendation 204 to 134. Committee member Rep. Ammon proposed to amend the bill so that it would create a committee to study police militarization reform. The amendment passed with the help of Rep. Hoell, Rep. Simmons, and the chair of the Committee, Rep. Belanger. The bill was sent to the NH Senate.
Rep. Shwaderer’s HB 330 originally called for reining in on the militarization of police in Montana, including MRAPs. On February 16th, the Judiciary Committee amended and passed the bill. The amendment weakened the bill, dropping opposition to MRAPs (remember, the bill never included opposition to BEARCATs). On February 18th, the MT House voted 88 to 12 to pass the bill. The bill was sent to the Appropriations Committee.
There is trouble in paradise. Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan’s love for illegal money from unions is causing her bad publicity. According to the Democratic New Hampshire Attorney General’s office, the Plumbers and Steamfitters union gave Maggie an illegal $25,000 donation in 2012. The Democratic Attorney General also ruled that Maggie received $33,000 in illegal donations from unions this year. This is the same attorney general that Maggie Hassan hand picked for the office.
How did all of this first come to light? The New Hampshire Republican Party filed complaints with the New Hampshire Attorney General. Thank you Republicans for uncovering these dirty money scandals.
Here was what Maggie’s campaign said about the issue in July. Someone either doesn’t know the law, or lied to the Concord Monitor.
“We are confident that all contributions are in line with past precedent under New Hampshire law and advice that campaigns and contributors have received from the Attorney General’s office and the Secretary of State’s office over the years,” campaign spokesman Aaron Jacobs said in a statement.
State Rep. Cynthia Chase isn’t known for her honesty. After all, she claimed the stated goal of the Free State Project is to take over New Hampshire (when the exact opposite would be more accurate). The actual goal of the FSP is found on its website, “The Free State Project is an effort to recruit 20,000 liberty-loving people to move to New Hampshire.” However, Rep. Chase is in favor of reducing freedom to discourage decent people from moving to New Hampshire, like she did just a few years ago.
In the opinion of this Democrat, free staters are the single biggest threat the state is facing today. There is, legally, nothing we can do to prevent them from moving here to take over the state, which is their openly stated goal. In this country you can move anywhere you choose and they have that same right. What we can do is to make the environment here so unwelcoming that some will choose not to come, and some may actually leave. One way is to pass measures that will restrict the “freedoms” that they think they will find here.
Representative Chase is at it again. She admitted that there is a secret project by Granite State Progress, which itself is funded by billionaire George Soros. She said the project is called OUR State Project and the members meet at the Granite State Progress office on the third Thursday of the month. She said the Project is non-partisan so presumably, as long as you care about the future of New Hampshire and are non-violent, all of you readers are welcome at the meetings at 4 Park Street, Suite 300 in Concord, NH. Read more about the OUR State Project and it’s goals below, in Rep. Chase’s own words.
Rep. Chase, I’m sorry that your friends find rational moral philosophy and freedom intimidating. While I cannot claim to speak for the Free State Project, I believe this fact should be obvious, the Free State Project doesn’t get involved with politics at all. While there are people that happen to be candidates and also free staters at the same time, there are also candidates that happen to be gingers, British, atheist, lesbian, progressive, constitutionalists, tall, obese, short, under 30 years old, of Greek decent, left-handed and so on. There aren’t free state candidates just like there aren’t British candidates or Atheist candidates.
While Rep. Chase and Susan Bruce are involved in a Project to take down peaceful people living in New Hampshire, Susan Bruce assumes that the only well read newspaper in New Hampshire, the Union Leader, is involved in a conspiracy to help increase freedom. For some reason, a quote about people living in glass houses comes to mind right now.
The New Hampshire unemployment rate has fallen every month in 2014. April is no different. The preliminary April unemployment rate is 4.4%, a drop from the March rate of 4.5%. The states that border New Hampshire also have below average unemployment rates. The rate is 3.3% in Vermont, 5.7% in Maine and 6% in Massachusetts.
New Hampshire Employment Security issued a press release with the news.
Seasonally adjusted estimates for April 2014 placed the number of employed residents at 714,640, an increase of 2,200 from the previous month and an increase of 10,770 from April 2013. The number of unemployed residents decreased by 1,160 over-the-month to 32,740. This was 6,290 fewer unemployed than in April 2013. From March 2014 to April 2014, the total labor force increased by 1,040 to 747,380. This was an increase of 4,480 from April 2013.
Updated local rates for New Hampshire will be unveiled on May 22nd. As of April 29th, here are the unemployment rates for the four largest metropolitan areas in New Hampshire.
PORTSMOUTH, NH-ME MetroNECTA
ROCHESTER-DOVER, NH-ME MetroNECTA
MANCHESTER, NH MetroNECTA
NASHUA, NH-MA NECTA DIVISION
Click here for more detailed local unemployment employment information.