Steven J Connolly


Where Are The Reforms Kevin? 


This is an interesting quote from the Concord Monitor from the recent Republican debate in Rindge:

"Asked about why voters should choose him, Smith said "while Ovide has spent the majority of his career in the courtroom, I've spent the majority of my career actually getting good reforms in state government."

So Kevin Smith has spent the majority of his career getting good reforms in state government.

Interesting idea.




Just Accept It. 

Did Reardon ever accept responsibility for what had gone wrong?

Like many I'm following the departure of Tara Reardon from both a tactical and political sense. There won't be any significant repercussions from this. NHDES is a backwater and two or three news cycles all this goes away.

But the thought that keeps ringing through my mind is this: What would have happened if Reardon had stepped up to the plate accepted full leadership responsibility for what had gone wrong and expressed remorse to both the Executive Council and New Hampshire.

I'm confident she would be still be the Commissioner.

Acceptance is an intergral part of any sucessful manager at any level.  

Reardon doesn't do this. Instead she plays the denial lawyer game: personal records and names can't be revealed; then in what I think is a disgusting show of I,I,I and Me, Me, Me.   Reardon outlines all her leadership qualities for NHDES never once mentioning the internship program amongst the undefined improvements and weekend hours available for the unemployed proletariat to seek jobs.

How many people actually found jobs there Ms. Reardon? Interesting statistics.

When the unqualified Richard Brothers was replaced I thought the Gov. Lynch nominee was a selection that could lead Employment Security into a better place than it was. During my two terms in the house I actually intoduced legislation to reduce the Littleton NH DES office by 50% and save NH taxpayers in the area of $325,000.00 in salaries, benefits and rent. I had considered the idea of closing the office entirely as they had done in Conway. Guess what happened when they closed the office in Conway? 

Life went on.  




Leadership Or Stupidity And Questions.  


Any marketing campaign can be framed by these words. If it fails to drive sales then its stupid and of course if it is successful.... 

This is Kevin Smith for Governor Ad: Commute.

I'll state up front I'm not a Kevin Smith supporter so I see this ad through my lens however, in the dead heat of a hot summer I respect if nothing else the marketing plan that this campaign is advancing.

Behind in every poll including both Republican straw polls, little to no name recognition at a time when most people are trying to figure out how to stay cool never mind a distant Republican primary.

And the Kevin Smith campaign attempts to swim up river.


By the way, how much did this media buy cost?  Who paid for it?




It's Bad But Not That Bad. 

Congressman Guinta has good staff. I needed legislative information and I got it the same day. Try doing this in the Second Congressional District.

So today I got in touch with Congressman Guinta's office in Washington, D.C. about the bond requirements for truckers. I'm still not happy that this is being enacted with the transportation bill H.R. 4348 that is being signed into law today; but, after speaking with Director of Communications, Mark Powell can understand it's rationale.

"The bond rates hadn't been increased since 1978." said Powell in response to my questions about this which essentially amts. to about a 650% increase but I haven't calculated an adjustment for inflation. So I asked who exactly was behind this legislation here and now.

It would turn out that the major players in the trucking industry: ATA, Owner-Operators Association and Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) are all behind this bond increase and have met with Congressman Guinta before this legislation was enacted.

I'd have to agree with Mr. Powell these industry groups would not have all supported it simultaneously if the goal were to put the trucking industry out of business.

I'm pleased at the performance at the Congressman Guinta's staff. They took the time to return my inquires, took the time to research the issue and provide a reasoning as to why an action was taken. And I don't even live in the First Congressional District!

Guess I've become so accustomed to the attitude and performance that I receive from Congressman Charlie Bass including his staff persons who Bass even states: "Don't get paid very much."

It's time for a change in the Second Congressional District.  



Getting The Shoes Shined. 

Congressman Guinta getting a haircut. Wonder if they shine his shoes as well.

It's a hot day and I'm at a Dunkin Dougnuts sipping an iced mocha coolata, it's pronounced: (coool-latta). I'm also dialing the Manchester office of Congressman Frank Guinta I'm trying to find out why he is authoring legislation increasing the bond requirements for truckers, a move that will result in lost jobs and very likely higher food costs for NH consumers.

"This is Congressman Guinta's Office this is Jessica." a voice says.

"Hello" I respond "My name is Steven Connolly and I'm looking for information about some transportation legislation recently filed by the Congressman."

"We do have legislative information on or website." she quickly responds. So I elaborate: "I'm on the website right now, I'm looking for information from your press release about the transportation bill and more specifically the bond requirements for the trucking industry."

"All the transportation legislation is handled in D.C." she says. For some reason I'm sensing some buck passing going on here. There aren't any staffers in New Hampshire that can answer a question about a major piece of legislation and its consequences?

Let's move on.

"Okay I say, I'll call down to Washington," but is there any chance you could at least forward my concerns on: I'm a blogger on and I'm concerned that if these amendments move forward it will result in the loss of jobs."

"If your a blogger you might want to get in touch with Mark Powell he deals with the media and I'll forward your concerns on to Congressman Guinta." she says.


Tomorrow I'll call down to Washington. I hope that I'll better luck here than I have contacting my own Member of Congress, Charlie Bass, Dartmouth Class of 1974.