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Richard Hinch - Opioid Epidemic is and Will Continue to be a Top Legislative Priority

By: House Majority Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack)

In a recent op-ed, Governor Hassan laid out her reasons for calling a special session of the legislature to deal with the state’s ongoing opioid epidemic, which is directly affecting so many New Hampshire families. Addressing this crisis has been and will continue to be a top priority for the legislature.

A week prior to the Governor's special session request, House and Senate leaders held a press conference where they presented an array of legislation that would be taken up in an expedited manner when the regular session convenes in January. These proposals aim to bolster the state’s response to the crisis, and include funding for more regional drug courts, improving access to long term recovery services, increasing penalties for fentanyl, and improving the state’s efforts in prevention and interdiction. With broad consensus in the legislature that addressing the opioid epidemic is our top priority, there was no disagreement that a bill could reach the governor's desk in a matter of weeks, not months, as she claims.

The governor’s recent level of concern is a remarkable change of course from what we experienced this past summer, where millions of dollars in new funding for treatment and enforcement were delayed for 10 weeks by the governor’s veto of the legislature’s budget. While the governor was busy vilifying Republicans for changes to New Hampshire’s business tax code, much needed funding was delayed to the very things she is hoping to support today.

In the legislature’s budget, funding for drug and alcohol treatment and recovery programs was increased by 75% from the previous budget. The substantial growth in dollars budgeted for these types of services was a steadfast commitment by the legislature to help our state respond to the crisis. We had hoped the budget would become law as soon as possible, but the governor’s veto stopped this new wave of dollars from reaching our overwhelmed addiction treatment and behavioral health service providers.

Included in these funds was a doubling of the budget for theGovernor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery. Because of the delay caused by the budget veto, the Commission could not set or approve their budget until October 23rd. Had the governor let the budget become law in June, her own Commission could have approved their budget in July or August, and the additional dollars could have been utilized months ago, rather than just now reaching programs and service providers.

Also included in the legislature’s budget were funds earmarked for additional personnel in the State Police crime lab. The crime lab is facing an enormous backlog of work as a result of increased drug related crime requiring substance analysis. The legislature listened to the concerns of the Department of Safety and stepped up by fulfilling their request for additional dollars. Due to the governor’s budget veto, these dollars are just now reaching the Department of Safety, and recent reports suggest that postings for new job openings are only now happening this week.

These are just two examples of a failure by Governor Hassan to recognize the important steps forward we were able to make in 2015, and a failure to recognize that her actions impeded the ability of her own executive branch of government to have the resources they need to do an effective job.

Governor Hassan’s change of course suggests that she believes it is now more politically expedient to devote time and resources to the issue than it was in June or July. Rather than focus on the pragmatic policy implications of the legislature’s budget, the governor chose to focus on politically driven talking points provided to her by staff and consultants whose business it is to manufacture disagreement.

During the 2015 legislativesession we were proud to not only put forward a statewide spending plan with an emphasis on supporting programs to aid in the state’s efforts to address this crisis, but we also passed legislation that gave first responders greater access to Narcan, passed a Good Samaritan law to protect those who report drug related emergencies, and increased funding for more community based mental health services.


We don’t disagree with the governor that more needs to be done. But, in recent weeks, we’ve seen what a rushed process void of stakeholder input can produce, when the Board of Medicine rejected most of the Governor’s proposed rule changes to prescribing practices. We want to avoid similar situations as we move forward.


The governor would like us to believe that a special session of the legislature is the solution to New Hampshire’s drug crisis when, in fact, it is a deflection of her responsibility as governor. The solution won’t merely be a set of bills that come before the House and Senate. It requires a leader capable of managing the executive branch of government to effectively deploy the resources the legislature has appropriated, and the ability to seek results instead of headlines. Up to this point, we have not seen these qualities manifested by the governor.

The legislature will continue to act in a proactive manner as we have demonstrated throughout this year, and are willing and able to work in a bipartisan, coordinated manner to pass the best legislation we can with the resources we have available. It is up to the executive branch to manage delivery of funds and services, and in turn produce measurable results.



The death penalty saves more innocent lives, in three ways, than does life without parole (LWOP) (1,2).
The (now) 155 "exonerated" or "innocent" from death row, as its offshoot, the 4.1% "innocent" on death row, are both deception, very easily discovered by fact checking, wherein the anti death penalty folks have just redefined "exonerated" and "innocent" and stuffed a bunch of cases into those fraudulent definitions (1,3).
There is no verifiable case of an innocent executed, in the US, at least since the 1930's (1,2).
Since 1973:
(a) there have been 14,000 - 28,000 actual innocents murdered by those known murderers that we allowed to murder, again - recidivist murderers (two different recidivism studies from different years) (1).
(b) up to 200,000 innocents have been murdered by those criminals we have released or not incarcerated (1).
The evidence that the death penalty deters some is overwhelming (1,2).
The evidence that the death penalty deters none does not exist (1,2).
Death is feared more than life. Life is preferred over death. What is feared more deters more. What is preferred more deters less.
Media and Fact Checking
The anti death penalty "innocent" and "exoneration" frauds are, very easily, confirmed, yet, most often, are simply passed onto the public by the media, aiding in that fraud, even though the anti death penalty folks have admitted the deceptions (1,2, 3).

1) The Death Penalty: Do Innocents Matter? A Review of All Innocence Issues
2) OF COURSE THE DEATH PENALTY DETERS: A review of the debate
99.7% of murderers tell us "Give me life, not execution"

3) The "Innocence" Frauds
a) 70-83% of the anti death penalty folks claims of death row "exonerations" are false.
Start with Sections 3&4
The Innocent Frauds: Standard Anti Death Penalty Strategy
b) The 4.1% "Innocent" on Death Row: More Nonsense  
c) Innocence Project Invents False Confessions
250% error rate in "confessions"
d) Journalism professor accused of framing innocent man for murder as part of his campaign to abolish death penalty in Illinois, Daily Mail, November 10, 2014,

Jim Rubens - End Purple State Political Stalemate 


End Purple State Stalemate


FYI: I’ll be at the 603 Alliance GPS Caucus, this Saturday in Contoocook if you want to say hi or talk politics. The Caucus is open to all registered Republicans and Independents with the goal of unity around a single conservative candidate.
Here’s my dinner speech last Friday at the Republican Liberty Caucus convention in Nashua ...
Fed up watching New Hampshire’s hard won Republican seats constantly flip back to milquetoast Democrats? Last week, it was nothing-burger Maggie Hassan. Odds makers rank her so competitive that the entire US Senate is now at risk of falling back into Democrat hands. This purple state stalemate has been going on now for 20 years, and it’s a political dead end.
Here’s how the Republican establishment has tried and failed to cope with purple state stalemate:
Anoint a candidate whose vote is reliably for sale to the high bidder. Lightly season with some pro-life talk. Then blur differences with the Democrat, avoid controversy, do ribbon cuttings, and win over the last one percent of low-information voters with a pleasant smile or a macho jawline.
There are two massive problems with this strategy.
Number one, we’re left out in the cold if we want small government accountable to the people and not to the bought and paid for Washington party barons. Number two, we get endless talk and promises on what we want, but no action. And the country we love slides downhi
  • We’re six years into the so-called recovery built on a sugar high of zero percent interest rates and four trillion dollars of printed money. And the middle class is still being squeezed by rising living costs, stagnant wages and decent-paying jobs continue to evaporate.
  • 100 trillion dollars in debt andunfunded promises recklessly loaded on to our kids and grandkids and no end in sight. The bi-partisan Washington cabal won’t do a partial government shutdown to force long-term spending sanity and to save our currency. But showing their true colors and to show that they can do big things when they want to, look at this past December’s bi-partisan Cromnibus budget deal. Another $430 billion in debt. And they had no trouble inserting language written by Citicorp lobbyists sticking ordinary taxpayers with losses from big-bank derivatives trading.
  • Let me explain Donald Trump to the Republican establishment. A giant bloc of working Americans despise open borders, amnesty for illegal aliens, and the flood of excessive immigration that is driving down wages and threatening the social cohesion necessary for voluntary civil society. (Clarity point: immigration is great for America if its rate allows immigrants to absorb into our culture).
  • And Washington’s bi-partisan hawks. No victory/exit strategy, 15 years of lost wars, tens of thousands of dead and injured American soldiers, trillions in borrowed money, and constantly increasing chaos in the Middle East. Just over two years ago, these strategy-blind hawks had us funding, arming and training ISIS. Now they have us taking sides with Al Qaeda in proxy wars in Yemen and Syria. They’re dangerously close to getting us into a shooting war with Russia. They won’t say a cross word about our key Arab “ally”, Saudi Arabia, the world’s leading sponsor of jihadi ideology, funder of the 9-11 terrorists, brutal human rights violator, and over 200 beheadings so far this year. Years of bi-partisan talk about honoring our vets, yet VA bureaucrats are still killing our vets on waiting lists. (Here's my earlier post, how we can win the war on terror).
  • Another example. The bi-partisan drug war. A trillion dollars spent worldwide. In Nashua alone so far this year, 16 dead from drug overdose. Half of young black males likely to be locked up during their lifetimes. $8 billion spent last year to eradicate opium production in Afghanistan, now at record levels, supplying ¾ of global demand and major funding for the Taliban. (Here's my earlier post, Drug War Rethink).
  • Here’s another bi-partisan Washington cave in. Every member of Congress swears to defend the United States Constitution. Then why are they breaching the Fourth Amendment by allowing government to spy on hundreds of millions of innocent Americans with no evidence that our safety has been enhanced?
  • And the tax code. It’s impenetrably complex and riddled with special interest breaks that drive up rates for the rest of us. It severely distorts free market choices. The public hates it, but Washington politicians want it that way because Washington lobbyists want it that way.
  • And for my last example, the perfect illustration of the nose ring that crony capitalists have installed on the party barons in both parties, the Ex-Im Bank. Eighty percent of Ex-Im loan guarantees in 2012 went to one company, Boeing. They’ve corrupted the economy so that businesses are forced to hire lobbyists and fly to Washington to pay homage instead of shopping private lenders or guarantors to help export their products.
My point is, the bi-partisan establishment can get things done in Washington when they want to. Seventy-five percent of Republican voters do not trust Republican leadership because the Washington establishment is not advancing core conservative principles and is not working for average Americans.
So, here’s how we can come to grips with our nation’s biggest political challenges. Here’s how we can end purple state stalemate.
It’s what Ronald Reagan did.  He brought millions of Reagan Democrats, average working Americans, into the Republican coalition. He led a durable political realignment.
Today, times are different, the issues and the demographics are different. But the dynamics are the same.  Let’s stop trying to compromise with Washington’s business-as-usual, pay to play, incumbent protection racketeers. Let’s stop working so hard to appeal to the last one percent who decide in the voting booth who has better hair. It’s time for a full-on political realignment to bring another ten percent to the small-government, of-by-for the people ticket.
We will win when grass roots activist leaders unite social conservatives, liberty Republicans, and populists.
The time is more right than in decades. The anti-establishment candidates for President are consistently out polling and out energizing the establishment.
But here’s the rub. The anti-establishment factions on the right must unite.  As I learned last year in my US Senate run, unity is difficult.  All of us are deeply committed to our core principles. But as we all learned, we either suck up and accept lesser-of-two-evils crumbs from the establishment, or we find big common purpose among ourselves.  United we stand, or divided we all fall.
Tactically, this means doing more of what the 603 Alliance is doing. This means uniting around one grass roots, small government, of, by, and for the people candidate in every primary. This is how Dave Brat took out Wall Street crony capitalist Eric Cantor.
What our unity candidate will look like and how we get united will be different in different states, races, and election cycles.  Sometimes our candidate will be a leading defender of life, sometimes a champion of liberty, sometimes a candidate single-minded about a private sector economy that works again for middle class American citizens.
When we win these primaries, if we’ve done our job at realignment coalition building, we’ll have candidates readily able to defeat Democrats. We will win, not by blurring differences, not by going purple, but by delivering solutions to our big challenges, solutions that end self-dealing and business as usual corruption in Washington.
It’s not nearly enough just to be against the establishment. Let’s get to work on working together to turn our great nation around. 

Jim Rubens - GPOs: Crony Capital Poster Child & How To Fix It 

Combined, Trump, Sanders and Carson now outpoll their establishment rivals, lopsidedly in New Hampshire. We are at the leading edge of a national political revolt, driven less by ideological litmus testing, far more an expression of open disgust for the Washington insider class who give lip service to average Americans and enrich and aggrandize themselves by selling power and economic privilege to the high bidder.
Into the weeds with a blatant case in point …
… which is the Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) safe harbor exemption, an obscure one-paragraph law written by medical industry lobbyists and snuck into a 1987 Medicare/Medicaid reform bill. The six dominant GPOs are middlemen, supplying most of the $300 billion in generic drugs and medical equipment and supplies used by U.S. hospitals.
The GPO safe harbor is unique in federal law, permitting GPOs to pay kickbacks to hospitals and hospital executives in return for sole-source contracts. This legalized banana republic corruption warps traditional free market incentives that give us continuously improving products and services at lower cost.
Combined with lax anti-trust enforcement, legalized GPO kickbacks have sharply suppressed competition, manufacturing capacity, and innovation in the generic drug and medical equipment and supply industries. Additionally, American healthcare costs are increased by at least $30 billion annually, $17 billion of this paid by taxpayers. Doctors are stuck with periodic shortages and price spikes for commodity anesthetics, antibiotics and even bagged sterile saline. Patients are subjected to unnecessary risk.
For fifteen years, doctors, healthcare entrepreneurs, muckraking journalists and a handful of Senators (Grassley, Coburn, Kohl and Leahy) have fruitlessly pressed Congress to end this corrupt, crony capitalist market distortion by simply repealing the GPO kickback safe harbor law.
Why no action by Congress? Leadership barons in bothparties get millions in campaign contributions from GPOs, hospitals, manufacturer cartels and their lobbyists. The Democrats’ lead handmaiden and recipient of GPO campaign money is Chuck Schumer, who went ballistic during a 2006 Senate hearing because GPO kickbacks were even being discussed in public.
What to do?
Repealing the GPO kickback safe harbor is but one of thousands of discrete and widely supportable reforms that would end crony capital corruption and restore government of, by, and for the people. But Congressional party barons use their hammerlock over procedure to block reform bills like these on behalf of their donors.
One simple solution is to break procedural gridlock by allowing every member of Congress to do what every member of the New Hampshire legislature can do: bring bills to the House or Senate floor for a straight up or down vote.
Under U.S. Senate rules and custom, only Senate majority leader McConnell can offer a motion to proceed to floor debate on a bill. I propose a change to Senate rules allowing a simple majority of 51 Senators to agree to allow floor debate and a vote on specific, single-subject bills. Under this special rule, debate time limits would be agreed to by sponsors in advance, only germane amendments permitted, and the right to filibuster retained. Specific, broadly-supported legislation could come directly and promptly to the Senate floor for open debate.
Subject to heightened public attention on open floor debate, wavering Senators would break from Chuck Schumer’s grip and be embarrassed into voting for a stand-alone bill to repeal the GPO kickback safe harbor.
As in the New Hampshire legislature, this procedural change would not grind Congress to a halt. It would force debate and votes on more issues. Senators would spend more time on our nation’s backlog of pressing and unresolved issues. They would stop spending half their time groveling for money from the crony capitalists who have corrupted Washington and stifled the general prosperity that would otherwise flow from free market competition.

Every citizen in our first in the nation primary state should be asking the candidates what they will do to break Washington gridlock and end crony capitalist corruption.
I’ll be speaking tomorrow in Rochester
How an Article V convention to propose constitutional amendments can save America from national bankruptcy and political corruption
Rochester 9-12 Group
Monday the 14th, 6:30 pm
Church of Christ, 336 Salmon Falls Road, East Rochester


NH Rep Max Abramson - New Hampshire's Dumbest Law

When we reuse or recycle old milk jugs to water our plants, we rarely think that we may find ourselves facing criminal charges and one year in corrections for each offense.  It's unlikely that this would actually happen, yet there are still many old laws on the books that were never repealed as technology, society, and our economy has changed.  Enacted in 1907, the legislature made only one modification in 1961, changing this to a misdemeanor.
Perusing the Revised Statutes Annotated at your local library or online, we find that it is illegal to hunt with ferrets or destroy a muskrat house.  It is perfectly lawful to collect seaweed in all 50 states, but in New Hampshire, you cannot do so at night.  If your GPS gives you a notice on the highway, you must now pull over to hit OK under the new hands free driving law. warns of a $150 fine for ”maintaining the national forest without a permit.” (no relation) warns of RSA 353:10, which makes it a crime to check into a motel or inn under an assumed name.
While some of these laws may have made sense long ago, some are leaving more confusion and questions than answers.  School age kids from around the state are being invited to find the silliest, most outdated, nonsensical laws that they can find.  Interested students can get on the Internet and start putting words into the search field at:
They can then find the RSA number and post your suggestion to the Facebook page, New Hampshire's Dumbest Law before the September 15th deadline.  Students can also mail their suggestion to New Hampshire's Dumbest Law, PO Box 746, Seabrook, N.H. 03874.  A number of legislators will select from those suggestions and file a bill to repeal that law.  The winning class will get to come to the State House and argue before a House Committee to repeal this law and learn the legislative process in person.  This is a great learning experience for students, and should be a good chance for youngsters to affect the laws of our state.
Rep. Max Abramson
Rockingham 20