Ed Naile, CNHT
What to make of polls.
Polls are often used to judge what the public thinks or may do at any given time. Many "news" sources use polls to disparage their opponents. I like to call it "death by a thousand polls".
Here in NH we wait for the outcome of the next presidential primary and the next election, much as we have since after the last election - from the day AFTER the last election.
By constantly reporting on self-generated news stories about polls, media outlets can undercut anyone who may have just been elected by immediately polling to see who will run against him, as though he is irrelevant already. Or polls can be designed to show how fast the public has become disillusioned with the new official the media doesn't support.
Favored politicians or groups rarely suffer bad polling data or have their agendas questioned.
But in New Hampshire, presidential polls in particular no longer have any meaning. They are absolutely a shot in the dark.
Here is why.
Our state, through lack of enforcement of election law, encourages voter fraud in NH on a grand scale. In fact, the new Democrat majority has been busy undercutting any way of documenting who votes in NH, so remaining laws will be totally unenforceable. It started last year with HB391 and is in full swing now.
In 2004, some 677,000 voters cast ballots in the presidential race.
Mixed in with that number were 96,000 same-day registrants, 10% of whom are not traceable within two weeks, from results of ours and others attempts at contacting them by mail in Keene, Dover, Laconia, and some other places over the years. Many others of the 96,000 are non-residents, or what are known as "residents in their mind for a day" voters.
So unless your poll is calling people who are not registered yet, but may register on the spur of the moment, what does it really mean?
Did you see the story about the frisky hairstylist in Concord, David Holden, of Hairbiz, who is challenging John Edwards to get one of his famous $400 haircuts at his Concord NH salon?
Hairbiz hairstylist David Holden will donate the Edwards money and all other proceeds from any another unkempt candidate wanting a $400 dollar cut to a charity for autistic children. Bravo!
I knew this would happen!
David has been cutting my hair for about 15 years or so. I went in for a $17.00 trim before I left for Iowa and he was talking about doing it. When I got back he showed me the stack of national news stories about the stunt he has collected.
This is one of those “you couldn’t make it up” stories that liven up primaries here in New Hampshire.
And you have to admit, Mr. Edwards might have brought it on himself by paying $800 bucks for haircuts in Beverly Hills with campaign cash.
The three minutes he is caught on You Tube primping his bangs with a pocketbook mirror didn’t help macho-up his image either.
If I were a Republican presidential candidate with a sense of humor and a spare $400 dollars I would rush my locks down to David’s place pronto for the publicity.
I’m surprised there isn’t a line outside of Hairbiz already.
Even Rudy or Fred Thompson could make hay out of this.
It’s for the children.
Congratulations to Fosters Daily Democrat for penning an editorial mentioning the fact that new Lynch appointee, DOT Commissioner Charles O’Leary, was the DOT Commissioner back in 1990-96 DURING THE TIME SPAN of state employees dumping toxic lead paint under DOT building foundations.
They came up with this timely editorial two days after I wrote mine here on NHInsider.com making the same point, but that is still good work for any of NH’s pulp mafia. Congrats Fosters.
I would like to report more about what is going on with the paint chip scandal but I am having a small problem. The AG’s office I visited twice so far has not been able to give me the so-called report they worked on 15 months. Tough job it seems. It must take a department head to walk it across the room.
The first visit to the AG’s office I made was on Wednesday. I was told they would call me at one of two numbers I gave them. No call.
I went back yesterday and, lo and behold, the person who gives the report to peons like me is “in court for two days”. So now I have to wait until Monday next week for a report some “real” news people apparently already have. Plus by then we may have new excuses for not handing out a simple booklet.
Until then, lets talk about why the 1990-1996 Commissioner of the Department of Transportation who was in charge during the 1980 – 2005 illegal dumping of lead paint is being allowed to clean up the mess now.
If this lead paint scandal, and that is what it is, a scandal, as much as former Governor Benson raking sand on the beach in front of his house, is to be “cleaned up” shouldn’t it be done by officials with an once of credibility?
Governor Lynch appointed, with the blessing of the Governor’s Council, a DOT Commissioner who was apparently unaware of what was going on under his nose when he was commissioner during the dumping. Governor Lynch makes this same guy head the DOT while the paint chip investigation was either just finishing or still going on.
Hey Mr. Ethics Governor! The former DOT Commissioner, Carol Murray, did the right thing and turned the illegal lead dumping info over to the AG. Even though our AG’s office isn’t the most reputable gang one could hope for, at least it was a start.
How about having some real ethics Governor Lynch and appoint an unbiased special investigator to finish the job?
O’Leary isn’t the guy.
I was out of town for the last few days driving a truck to Iowa and back to NEW New Hampshire and in the process I noticed all the nifty mottos other states have and how out of date our "Live Free or Die" slogan has become.
So I think I have come up with the perfect new liberal "blue" slogan for New Hampshire, since not too much of the liberal agenda has become law yet.
Seat belts didn't make it, the liberal cowards took the income tax bill a new state rep. crafted off the table, the gun bill exploded, motorcycle helmets are waiting for next year, the Right to Know law "reform" is weak to useless, no boat speed limits yet, and so on.
The real achievement of the Democrats other than a huge deficit has got be homosexual marriage and repealing parental notification.
So how about this for a NEW "Blue" New Hampshire motto:
That about sums it up nicely.
Ed Naile, Chair
Coalition of NH Taxpayers
Ed can be heard on NH Taxpayer Radio every Thursday evening from 6-8PM on WLMW 90.7FM
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