Government is Us

Government is having a hard time these days. Our lack of trust in government has eroded our faith in institutions and more importantly, our faith in each other. To recover, we need to remember that government isn’t the enemy; government is us. Big-money, nasty-media, undoing of long-standing rules and stirring political divisions are all part of […]

New Hampshire’s Future

Reset the State House Clock Forward to 2018 John and I have 4 grown children between us and 8 grandchildren ranging from college-age to pre-school. My husband served as a US air force captain flying on F111’s, and my dad was a WWII and Korean War veteran with 20 years of service in the Navy. […]

Democracy in New Hampshire

Fight to Revive Our Democracy Long established checks and balances have come under unprecedented attack in recent years. I believe we need to elect people who understand how to revive our democracy and who are not beholden to outside groups. Getting the money out of our elections is a good start. But we must also […]

Money in Politics

Stop ‘Pay to Play’ politics Probably the biggest driver of ineffective laws is the effect of money on our legislatures. In recent years, even New Hampshire’s legislature has been infiltrated by outside groups writing their own bills and taking us further from a New Hampshire agenda. Groups like American’s For Prosperity are spending large amounts […]

Families

Enact Family Friendy Policies I’m in favor of solving the actual problems in our state. One of them is our aging population and our inability to attract younger families to locate here and assume the jobs of the future. That is why we need to make workers and families a higher priority. Out-of-state bills like […]

Healthcare

Strengthen the Healthcare System   New Hampshire has come a long way on healthcare since the Affordable Care Act went into effect in 2010. Our legislature worked in a bi-partisan way to figure out a plan that would help insure an additional 50,000 New Hampshirites. Although the law is still in place, the recent federal […]

Clean Energy

Gaining the Benefits of Clean Energy  Clean energy moves us into a new economy and helps us with lowered emission goals. Our fossil-fuel dependence will cost us far more than any investments in clean technologies today – because it is very  hard to budget for increasing weather disasters. I support clean energy being used for […]

Future-Focused Economy

Build a Future-Focused Economy Forward-facing programs like the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI nets NH income and helps us achieve energy efficiency goals) are win-win. If we pull out of RGGI we are required to continue paying but we no longer receive any benefit. The agreement was designed to prevent chaotic decision-making. Yet NH Republicans […]

Fiscal Management

Reclaim the Mantle of Fiscal Management  To manage money well, you first have to identify goals and priorities. The Republican majority in Concord (and in Washington) use ‘the red queen effect’ to stay in power. They make everyone run as fast as they can, just to stay in place. By threatening working programs and eliminating […]

Public Education

Properly Fund Public Education  In the current session, a dangerous bill to divert funds from public education (HB193) is being pushed hard by DeVos-style, anti-school administrators put in place by Governor Sununu. The current administration is in favor of using our tax dollars to fund vouchers for private schools, religious schools and home schooling, while […]