Saying he is “proud of all that we have achieved in Manchester,” Mayor Ted Gatsas yesterday announced he is running for governor of New Hampshire. In a statement released about half an hour after a caller into this radio show alerted us to a change in the Ted Gatsas for Mayor Facebook page to Ted Gatsas for Governor, the mayor’s camp announced the creation of the Friends of Ted Gatsas political committee and his candidacy. Gatsas said he was excited by the opportunity to bring his “executive experience and leadership to the State House” and touted his record improving the city’s infrastructure, economic development efforts and schools. Said Gatsas, quote:
Just as I have done in Manchester, as Governor of the State of New Hampshire, I will work tirelessly to build partnerships and gain consensus so we can overcome our challenges, meet the needs of our citizens and get things done.
Gatsas also outlined the priorities on his agenda saying quote
We need strong leadership in Concord to combat the deadly opioid epidemic, to reduce the burdening health care costs affecting so many New Hampshire families, to create a climate for increased economic development and innovation and to return control of our schools to the local communities.
District Three Executive Councilor Christopher Sununu and State Rep. Frank Edelblut of Wilton have also declared they will seek the Republican nomination for governor.
AutoFair President and C E O Andy Crews was named chairman of Gatsas’ campaign. Gatsas will be our guest this morning at 7: 20.
First District Congressman Frank Guinta, Republican from Manchester, voted to send an amicus brief to the U. S. Supreme Court in support of the 2 6 states that have sued the government to stop President Obama’s Executive Amnesty. Texas and 25 other states want to overturn the executive order that provides work permits and other benefits to as many as five million illegal aliens. Said Guinta, quote:
Many times, President Obama said that he has no authority to unilaterally change our country’s immigration laws, over which Congress has sole authority…Not only did he violate the Constitution’s separation of powers, and its language that he faithfully execute all laws, the President violated the Administrative Procedure Act, guaranteeing the public’s right to review and comment on regulations…In deciding to hear United States versus Texas, the Supreme Court has also underscored the economic harm of the Administration’s weak enforcement of our borders and criminal laws.
While Guinta was touting his vote on supporting the states in their anti-amnesty lawsuit, G O P congressional candidate State Rep. Pam Tucker, Republican from Greenfield, was calling him to task for his vote in favor of the House budget which she says closely resembles the one submitted by Obama. She said Guinta and House Republicans caved into Obama, special interests and political expedience to support a budget that increases spending, grows the national debt and doesn’t balance. Quote:
“By abandoning conservative principles and voting for this budget, we know beyond a shred of doubt that the establishment in Washington is not willing to make the tough decisions and do what’s necessary to solve the nation’s problems,” said Tucker.
In saying it was “time for a change,” Tucker said she was the only candidate running in the congressional primary who had announced opposition to the deal.
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The New Hampshire Senate voted unanimously yesterday to approve S B 3 4 8. The bill enables local communities to introduce a tax credit of up to twelve thousand dollars for permanently and completely disabled veterans. After passage, the bill’s sponsor, District Eleven Senator Gary Daniels, Republican from Milford, issued a statement praising his colleagues for supporting the bill saying quote:
We have a responsibility to take care of the men and women who have served our country and risked their lives for our safety.
The Senate also passed a bill yesterday that supports the state’s farmers by permitting local farms to diversify their business operations. Bill sponsor, District Sixteen Senator David Boutin, Republican from Hooksett, said the bill will allow local farms to market and host non-traditional farming operations like educational tours, farm to table diners, weddings and other pursuits. Said Boutin, quote:
By allowing farms to diversify, we help ensure their sustainability for generations to come, strengthen and support our farming culture in our state and stimulate the creation of farming and agricultural jobs.
Senators tabled S B 4 13. The bill would have forbade employers from asking questions relative to an applicant’s criminal history on their job applications. About the bill, District Nine Senator Andy Sanborn, Republican from Bedford, said while the state wants to make sure that those who have a criminal background can find work and become productive members of society, the bill could have prevented schools or other businesses working with children or other vulnerable populations from asking applicants about their criminal histories.
District Nineteen Senator Regina Birdsell, Republican from Hampstead, expressed concern over the passage of S B 4 16. The bill requires employers to consider their employees’ requests for “flexible work arrangements.” Birdsell said the bill quote “allows for intrusive overreach by the legislature in private businesses.” She said the legislation quote
inappropriately creates a statute that is a solution in search of a problem. This bill establishes unnecessary restrictions on business, limiting the flexibility employers often need…to be successful in this New Hampshire Economy.
That’s news from our own backyard, Girard at Large hour ___ is next.