Project Veritas Action President James O’Keefe will conduct a news conference today to address issues related to the three voter fraud videos he released around the time of our First-in-the-Nation Primary. The videos received significant media coverage, including right here on Girard At Large and front pages across the state. The third video received a lot of international coverage, as it depicted Australian Labor Party employees appearing to illegally assist Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign here and in other states.
According to a media advisory sent by P V A, and as previously reported by Ed Naile in our A Question of Voter Fraud segment, following the release of the first two videos, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office sent letters informing P V A of their intent to conduct an investigation. P V A says it offered, via legal counsel and the media, to assist with the investigation, but never received a response. Another letter was sent to P V A by the A G’s office following the release of the third video.
The press conference is today, at one o’clock, in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building, right behind the State House.
The New Hampshire Senate Finance Committee passed S B 5 3 3 yesterday. It spends an additional 3 million dollars more than the 80 million dollars that has already been approved to address the heroin and opioid crisis in the state. In a statement released after the vote, Senate President Chuck Morse, Republican from Salem, said the bill gives two point five dollars in unspent funds to the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery and funds a new position in the Attorney General’s office that will focus solely on prosecuting drug offenders.
In the statement, Finance Committee Chair Senator Jeanie Forrester, Republican from Meredith said, quote:
“We have committed to nearly $30 million for priorities outside of the budget including substance abuse programs like drug courts, the drug interdiction grant program and upgrades for the Prescription Drug Monitoring program. In addition to that, the Finance committee is aware of more than $45 million in potential spending needs outside the budget that we continue to watch to make sure we are acting as good stewards of our resources and living within our means.”
Governor Margaret Wood Hassan complained the bill cut her original proposal for these programs in half and said it creates new, bureaucratic hurdles that slow the process of getting these resources to our communities.
G O P senate candidate Jim Rubens, who has launched a primary challenge to Senator Kelly Ayotte, released a statement in response to nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the U S Supreme Court yesterday, saying he would carefully examine Garland’s record on cases involving the First, Second and Fourth amendments and all other portions of the Bill of Rights. In a shot at Ayotte, who has supported the Republican loeadership’s decision to not hold hearings on any nominee, Rubens said, quote
“Senators should not be afraid to take a tough vote – even if it is a ‘no,’ even during an election year – in the event he fails Constitutional scrutiny.”
News from our own backyard continues after this.
The Manchester School District announced it received a twelve thousand dollar grant from the Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation to expand Extended Learning Opportunities for high school students. The funding will be used to pay stipends to teachers who work with students in the program, which provides academic credit, as their participation requires them to work beyond their contractual school day. The grant will pay for four hundred hours of teacher time to support the so called E L Os, which allow students to connect with members of the community and learn about subjects that interest them outside the classroom.
In coordination with the towns of Merrimack and Litchfield, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is inviting the public to informational meetings in each town to discuss the results of recent drinking water tests. There has been an investigation into the presence of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in drinking water at the Saint-Gobain facility in Merrimack. Perfluorooctanoic acid is a chemical compound used to make things like Teflon and Gore-Tex. It is suspected of causing cancer. The meeting in Merrimack will be held at seven on the evening of Wednesday, March twenty third in the Mastricola Upper Elementary School. In Litchfield, the meeting will be held at seven on the evening of Thursday, March twenty fourth in the middle school.
The Bedford Police Department, in conjunction with the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, will give a presentation on how to protect children online called “Social Media: A Predator’s Playground.” The presentation will educate attendees on the potential risks of using the Internet. In making the announcement, Bedford Police Chief John Bryfonski said, quote:
“This is a great opportunity for the community, especially residents who have children, to learn about best practices to keep their students safe on social media.”
Bryfonski encouraged residents to attend the presentation which will be made on Monday, April 4th at 6:30 P M in the Bedford High School Theater. For more information or if you have questions about the event or topic, please contact Detective Matt Fleming at m fleming at Bedford n h dot org.
That’s news from our own backyard, Girard at Large hour ___ is next.