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David Scannell and the Land of Make Believe

The race for school board in Ward 2 is the kind of contest that makes most political observers both cringe and giggle.  It features venerable incumbent Debra Gagnon Langton and her opponent David Scannell, a self aggrandizing leftist ideologue willing to say anything to make himself look relevant, if not impressive.  A former aide to Mayor Robert A. Baines, former Executive Director of the New Hampshire Democratic Party and an English teacher, Scannell’s had a lot of time and practice mastering the Art of Deception. As proof, let’s take a look at just one of the propaganda pieces he’s...

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Gaudet files official complaint over Tessier charter violations

Manchester resident Jim Gaudet, who filed complaints against Manchester aldermen Ron Ludwig of Ward 2 and Normand Gamache of Ward 11 for violations of the city charter has filed another complaint with Mayor Ted Gatsas in light of revelations that at-Large School Committeewoman Nancy Tessier violated multiple charter sections and state laws.  Gaudet is a retired police officer who spent more than a decade prosecuting cases in court. Below is the content of the complaint Gaudet posted in a comment threat on the Girard at Large Facebook page.  In posting the letter, he stated that the mayor’s office had...

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The Saga of School Board Member Nancy Tessier – Messier and Messier

You have to admire the Manchester paper for helping out a friend on the city’s school committee. Here is the title of a “news” story they wrote: Paul Feely’s City Hall: Did school board member violate confidentiality? http://www.unionleader.com/article/20171001/NEWS0603/171009965 The issue isn’t, did she violate confidentiality, she absolutely did that. Apparently, it is a funny habit she has. The real story is that a majority of the Board covered for her rather than do the right thing – have an investigation – in public. The liberal seat-warmer on the Manchester School Committee is one, Nancy Tessier. Here is a paragraph...

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The New Jury Duty

New Hampshire courts, the Attorney General, and Secretary of State have been playing a word game with NH’s elections. They have reversed the lawful meaning or the words “domicile” and “resident” resulting in the corruption of NH’s Federal elections. This has been going on since the 1972 case, Newburger v. Peterson. The problem with pulling a scam like this is that it has a domino effect on other critical state statutes. Take for instance the selections of juries for State and Federal cases. Our State Constitution demands all NH voters be domiciled in their respective town or ward. There...

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STIHL TIMBERSPORTS – A non-political entertainment alternative

Tired of football and all the politics? How about something different. As many of you know I have been working for Stihl Timbersports for 25 years. I am on the production crew. Recently, Duluth Trading Post, one of our sponsors, wrote me up a bit in a blog add for their Firehose Pants: https://blog.duluthtrading.com/stihl_timbersports_wood_monkeys/ We filmed this Series Final in Milwaukie, Wisconsin at a German heritage festival. It was great. All 12,000 seats were full and then some. This year the old guys fell, one by one, to some new, younger, competitors who have gone through the college events...

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Another View — Rich Girard: Breaking the rules, and getting away with it

Posted as originally published in the Union Leader on Friday, October 13, 2017. It is with some sense of amazement that I write this letter to the people of Manchester. On Monday, September 25th, the Manchester Board of School Committee did two things that actually made my jaw drop. As you may know, at-Large board member Nancy Tessier violated policies of the school board, provisions of the city charter and laws of the state when she disclosed the contents of a non-public meeting to the staff members who were the subject of a confidential discussion.  That’s not my accusation. ...

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Crybaby Candidates and the Mentality of Self-Importance

On October 5th, I reported on a candidate forum organized and advertised by Ward 6 school board candidate John DiPietro.  Having read his press release and visited the Facebook event post he published, it was clear that this was an open invitation to any candidate running for office and any member of the public who wanted to discuss a variety of issues facing the city’s schools.  That NH Commissioner of Education Frank Edelblut  agreed to moderate the round-table, I thought, was a great catch for the event.  Not only would he hear from both from local elected officials, candidates,...

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DiPietro seeks release of Tessier Report

Manchester, NH– Jon DiPietro, candidate for school board in Ward 6, submitted a Right to Know request to Manchester Board of School Committee Clerk Maura Leahy today. He is seeking access to documents related to the breach of confidentiality by at-large Board of School Committee (BOSC) member Nancy Tessier on September 14th, 2017. During its meeting on September 26th, the BOSC voted to receive and file a letter from attorney James O’Shaughnessy containing his findings regarding allegations that Tessier disclosed confidential information from a non-public meeting to employees of the Manchester School District.  A motion by committee member Rich...

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Manchester School District identifies board members who take taxpayer provided health and dental benefits

In response to a Right to Know request filed by former Hooksett School Board Member John Lyscars, the Manchester School District has released the names of those board members who take taxpayer provided health and or dental insurance benefits and identified the associated premium costs to the district.  Lyscars said he filed the request because, as a Hooksett taxpayer, he was unhappy that tuition his town paid the to educate its children in the Queen City’s schools was going to board member benefits, rather than to classroom needs. Lyscars’ original request produced a document that identified the plans taken...

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A tale to two types of voters

The Concord paper serves a city that has a ton of people who work for, or have a family member who works for, government. They like a news source that makes them feel happy and secure. Well, they have it in spades with the local paper. Here is an example: http://www.concordmonitor.com/Democrats-question-lawmaker-s-motives-in-getting-voter-data-12358315 Take this poorly crafted, but standard, attack article about the devious motives of a person who simply wanted to put to rest all the allegations of voter fraud in New Hampshire. The story writer attempts to expose House Speaker Shawn Jasper for asking the Secretary of State to...

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