Steven J Connolly


Bunch Of Crap. The Game Is Up. 

This is a speculation blog.

I’ve been really disappointed with the start of this legislative session. It started with the wonderful $3.4 million dollar Nashua rail bill followed by more of the same in Concord. The Cannon Mountain ski pass idea was borderline pathetic even for a bunch of $100.00 a year mostly retired legislators.

But a shot at redemption might be on the horizon.

Senate Bill 152.  The casino bill.

I like the description poised in the media especially the hard wiring to the racetrack in Salem. Flawed wiring by any standards that still won’t change the likely fact that this legislation will be found ITL in the not so distant future.

So the political question(s) then becomes:

Who takes responsibility for this defeated legislation? Is it Gov. Hassan or the Senate Promoter Sen. Morse?

I won’t speculate here. I don’t know the depth to what Sen. Morse has promised to deliver in his Senate district. And how deep these promises might go.

But once S.B. 152 is defeated I hope the Rep. Gionet gambling bill follows it. It’s the bill no one is paying any attention to.

Gambling at the Indian Head in Lincoln.

Come on.


Box, Fear And Bait. 

In her state speech Gov. Hassan outlined $80 million dollars of new spending on the assumption that the casino legislation passes including construction of a new women’s prison to replace the aging facility at Goffstown.

Now according to the media the new Governor is warning that cuts will have to be made if the casino legislation fails.

How can something that hasn’t even been built be considered a cut?

This is yet another reason why this legislation needs to fail.

I’ve studied the implementation of expanded casino legislation and license granting in places like Pennsylvania and even Kansas and these states didn’t go through ¼ of the political and fear based garbage of what is going on in this state.

Something is seriously wrong here.


Selling Used Cars and Casinos. 

The idea of expanded casino gaming in New Hampshire has become a used car sales lot.The whole idea of expanded casino gaming in New Hampshire is unraveling.

The evidence of this statement are everywhere.

Constant bickering between Statehouse parties,  reported statements and possibilities made to individuals like Jerry Gappens at NH Motor Speedway and the public relations by the Gov. office of course.

Generous public relations. Like a sales pitch for a used car. The ones with 150K on the odometer.

It’s also coming down to overselling.

This legislation has become like a used car lot where the salesmen including Gov. Hassan are trying to do anything to get sales support and get people to buy what they are selling.

Ask anyone who has ever worked in sales why this type of strategy ultimately fails:

It’s about the customers, and what the customer wants because it is the customer that has the money $$$$. Customer satisfaction is what drives sales not the other way around.  

Is this what the customers and voters of this state want?

I don’t see the answer to this question anywhere on the lot.

Have you noticed that everyone has a different line that they’re selling. I read an absurd one today in the Littleton Courier this one is from Rep. Gionet from Lincoln and it went something like this: “No one is paying any attention to my bill.”

I don’t know if this is true or not but not once have I ever sensed that this legislator has introduced legislation other than what he wants and supports.

Remember what I said about customer satisfaction.

The casino bills should all be killed. Inexpedient to Legislate (ITL).




Reduce National Guard. Save Money. 

Is this the future mission of the NH National Guard? Governor Hassan is making some news with this possible sequester and its impact on New Hampshire. One headline reads:

“Possible furlough of 6,000 National Guard members."

Not necessarily a bad idea.

The NH National Guard performs a vital state and country mission, but unfortunately similar to most entrenched bureaucracies from Washington has become an organization that is top heavy with administration that is insulated from accountability and costs; and also an organization that at times has deep problems even defining its own role in existence.

The NH National Guard could be reduced by 1/3 a move that would save taxpayers millions of dollars, and its core mission(s) would not only be preserved but likely improved.

Some examples of this financial savings:

-  Why does the NH National Guard need five flag officers with the rank of Brigadier General or higher?

-  Same argument about Colonels and Majors—way too many.

-  Why does the guard need to base aircraft tankers at Pease Tradeport when there are already tankers stationed at Bangor, Maine, Dover, Delaware and believe it or not Iceland?(U.S. Air Force). Why are these tankers used for flyover events at NASCAR races in Loudon, NH?

-  If the National Guard is designed to be part-time “weekend warriors” why are there so many members drawing full-time salaries and state benefits?

 I could continue on here but I won’t.

 Millions of taxpayer dollars could be saved.






Must See To Believe.

If the political pages in the NH Sunday Union Leader are to be believed,

Deep issues in the expanded casino gaming idea for New Hampshire.

In her state speech Gov. Hassan stated her support for one “highly regulated, upscale casino.” Whatever this means. Gov Hassan never once stated where this casino would be located, but I think it safe to say that the Rockingham Park in Salem proposal fits this statement.

Now comes in Mr. Jerry Gappens at NH Motor Speedway in Loudon and I don’t have the newspaper quote directly in front of me but it went something like: “the door is open about getting a license.”

And whether this is direct or indirect I don’t think this really matters.

I’m now wondering how many legislators Gov. Hassan spoke with about who would be granted a license whether it be in Salem or Loudon?

This is where the words politics, preference and favoritism come into play.

Now I’ll overshadow this issue with an important policy question: who exactly is deciding who is granted a license and who is being told what?

Dangerous waters ahead.