Steven J Connolly


Hold All Tickets

I’m not a political analyst.

I don’t study Rasmussen, UNH Survey Center to find out how the upcoming elections are going to turn out. I’m interested in several races and issues and believe that the outcome has no statistical probability that can be measured-- it’s a matter of simple retail and grassroots politics and who works the hardest for the votes.

This is the way that it should be.

Let’s talk about State Senate District #1.

A horse race that pits Republican Debi Warner against Jeff Woodburn. And this one will be a photo finish. Senate District #1 comes down to the wire.Inquiry. Hold all tickets.

But I’ll place my bets:  A $2.00 Exacta Ticket (Woodburn, Warner). Then a $2.00 Trifecta (Woodburn,Warner,Undecided). Then finally as a short hedge I’d put a $3.00 Show bet on that undecided; it’s a 28-1 pure long shot, indecision that miracously clunks up for third right on the damn rail that costs Warner that first place finish.  

That damn 28-1 horse that suddenly decides it wants to run. A lot like NH voters that decide right at the polls.


Set A Course To The Rocks. 

New Hampshire is on collision with the rocks.

It's approaching decision time in New Hampshire.

A new governor in January.

Of course there is also the idea of what the future may bring, the vision, the promises of the campaign and where all of this will lead the granite state.

Now can we talk about reality?

New Hampshire is at a crossroads and like all things political, a dangerous crossroads. I'm not going to recount candiates and campaigns but there are two direction(s) that this state will move in with the understanding that we're on a collision course with the rocks.

The first is stabilize the ship and gradually, safely move away from the rocks. The major problem with this strategy is that it neglects to consider the underlying issues that are causing the ship to steer towards the rocks in the first place. The Tides.

The second is a recognition that the ship is indeed in serious trouble and there is only one way out of this: Risk.   Put up a full sail. Turn the tiller to 090 and hope that this can hold together long enough to get to safe and open water. The Tides.

This is why I'm voting for Maggie Hassan for Governor.

In any tough decision it's often easier to take the conservative (safe) route. The vessel won't hit the rocks but it will never reach open sea either.

O' Captain My Captain.




Kick The Tea Party Out Of New Hampshire. 

Thomson: What exactly are his qualifications to be giving out economic advise about the future of New Hampshire?

The Tea Party needs to kicked out of New Hampshire.

They do nothing for this state.

There can be many examples of this. The endless shouting and complaining, the press releases the rallies calling for this and that. Never any specific examples or how New Hampshire moves forward. And it's always the same.

I don't know if he is a member of the tea party but I'm sick of hearing about "Ax The Tax." by Tom Thomson of Orford. Somehow being the son of a former governor uniquely qualifies him to solve the economic and financial issues that face New Hampshire.


What has Mr. Thompson ever done in this world except be a son of a former governor?

I'm getting off topic.

The Tea Party needs to be kicked out of New Hampshire for no other reason than they have no solution(s), no quantifiable ideas; and other than a few loud mouthed organizers like Jennifer Horn they have no direction except to consume valuable time and energy and press releases, lots of press releases.

Just kick them out. It will be like the Mariel Boatlift in Cuba in 1980.

Kick them out.

Guess what happened in Cuba after this happened.

Life got better.


Republic Of Indian Stream. 


Here is an interesting and unreported aspect of New Hampshire history.

Succession or is it Secession. Haven't looked it up.

My Bad.


Maine Moves Foward With Trains.  


On November 1, 2012 the new Amtrak service between Portland, Maine and Brunswick starts. This is an extention of the Amtrak Downeaster train that runs from Boston through New Hampshire to Portland.

It should be interesting to see some of the statistics once this new rail service has settled into place. I'm confident it will a picture of economic development and ultimately an incentive to push Amtrak further into Maine likely the state capitol of Augusta.

There is economic activity and forward progress wherever there are trains. It's that simple.

Amtrak to Brunswick, Me. starts November 1st. I'm still opposed to what is happening with the NH Rail Transit Authority. The real difference here between Maine and New Hampshire is public support. In Maine the public is behind expanding Amtrak including grassroots support groups like Train Riders Northeast.   

This doesn't exist in New Hampshire. NH Rail Transit Authority has a flawed, misty vison for Amtrak Service in New Hampshire.

I'm hoping that the Legislature and Executive Council will continue to ITL and vote down legislation and contracts related to the NH Rail Transit Authority. I'd say this would help them get their act together.

But they haven't listened yet.