Ever since I was elected to my first of eight terms as a State Representative from Ward 8 in Manchester (the airport area), a prime goal has been to keep people informed of what’s going on in Concord and indeed anywhere I can find it.
To that end, I spent ten of the last 13 years hosting a weekly show, More Politically Alert (MPA), on Manchester Public Access Television (Channel 23). I’ve written hundreds of pieces for the media and fellow Reps over the years. Unfortunately you haven’t seen them (and most likely won’t see them) in the Union Leader because editorial page director Drew Cline and publisher Joe W. McQuaid don’t like me personally. Cline as much as admitted that in an email to me last week when he said they use my letters to the editor (200 words a pop), but never anything more than that. Not by mere coincidence, I suggest they stopped using longer features about five years ago when I inducted the two of them into the MPA Hall of Shame.
Similarly Cline revealed they don’t use pieces from Ed Mosca, a prolific conservative writer who was recently named NH House legal counsel, because he posts them on his web site prior to submission. What a lame reason! Other papers have used writings from Mosca and me, but apparently the Union Leader is too busy giving Democrat hack Kathy Sullivan banner space every week. Wonder if she posts any similar thoughts before sending it on to William Loeb Drive or if Cline is singling out Mosca for “special” treatment?
Hey, that’s their choice. I’m not complaining, just stating the facts.
Now that I’m on both House Finance and the House Redistricting panel (thank you, Speaker O’Brien), I have even more to report to the public on a regular basis.
That’s why I gladly accepted the opportunity to become a Front Page blogger for nhinsider.com.
I’ll try to post something every week day and hope to provide the kind of information you won’t see or hear any place else. That’s what I do on my television show, which airs live every Wednesday night at 9 p.m. By Friday, I find I have more to impart, so this site will blend in perfectly with the show.
Everybody knows that I don’t pull any punches—I abhor those on both the left and right who would use government to enslave us. Everyone also knows that I usually have the facts down cold before I say or write something, and while the Union Leader (and other media) is not overly vigilant in correcting errors, I believe a far greater sin than making an error is failing to correct an error in a timely manner.
Issues matter most to me. I’ll support an issue even if the cause is championed by someone I have come not to like, and vise versa. If I personally like someone, I will not sign onto his or her plan if it’s against what I stand for. That’s the way it should be. For example, just today Durham Rep.Tim Horrigan, D-Durham (whom I like) was on the opposite side on HB113, to stop funding Channel 11 with taxpayer dollars.