Author Archive | Gary Patton

Local residents urge State Sen. Stiles to support Medicaid Expansion

On Saturday, over 40 local Seacoast residents lined the sidewalk in front of the Hampton gazebo in support of Medicaid Expansion. Hampton State Reps. Renny Cushing, Elaine Ahearn Andrews and Chris Muns were among those in the crowd. Medicaid Expansion will provide health insurance to 49,000 needy NH working families who currently use expensive emergency […]

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State Sen. Stiles, Mad Tailors, and Medicaid Expansion

The Tea Party is like a mad tailor who makes a suit that doesn’t fit you, but he insists that you must wear it. In its quest for ideological purity, the Tea Party insists that societal problems be solved in the private sector, or, at worst, by local government. The difficulty is that problems come […]

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State GOP Misfires on Obamacare

“Ready-Fire-Aim.” That’s right. Shoot your mouth off before you know what you’re talking about because it serves your political purposes to do so. . Soon, everyone in New Hampshire will be required to have health insurance. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire will be the only company providing individual health insurance policies […]

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State Senate GOP Tries To Keep NH in the Dark

Scot Lehigh of the Boston Globe said it best. When it comes to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), Republicans act like Captain Ahab in mad pursuit of the great white whale, Moby Dick. No matter how much damage they do to others or, indeed, themselves, the GOP can’t bring themselves to end their  fanatic and […]

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GOP Senators Reject $2.5 billion for NH

A $2.5 billion grant is available under the Affordable Care Act which will help 58,000 more poor working families in New Hampshire afford health coverage. The federal government has pledged to pay 100% of the cost of expanding Medicaid in the first three years, 93 to 95% for the next three, and at least 90% […]

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What’s this? Democrats and Republicans are both right.

Surprise! Democrats and Republicans are both right. Those on the far right like Grover Norquist see government as a monster which must be shrunk in size “until it can be drowned in the bathtub.” To people like Norquist, government is wasteful, needlessly duplicates programs, and consistently fails to reach its goals. Indeed, there is some […]

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Surprise! Dems and GOP compromise on state budget

Congress is broken. Whatever President Obama proposes, the Republican-controlled House reflexively rejects for fear that Obama might gain a political victory. As a result of this impasse in Washington, legislative action has moved to the states. There, bills are being passed, but they are frequently bad ones. Republican-dominated governments in Wisconsin, North Dakota, Virginia, North […]

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Disturbance At NH Gun Safety Rally

Sometimes, things happen that are so bizarre that they don’t seem real. They must be part of a dream, a nightmare or a fantasy. Six months have elapsed since the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that took the lives of 20 children and six teachers. A bus tour has been organized by safety […]

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Stiles’ Decision Critically Affects Citizens United Repeal

  State senator Nancy Stiles is once more in the political spotlight. In a roundly-criticized Citizens United decision (1/21/2010), the United States Supreme Court declared that corporations have the same First Amendment rights as people do. As a result, corporations have the right to spend unlimited amounts of money in elections. In addition, these unlimited […]

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Another Mass Murder By A Deranged Gunman

One and done. Sometimes, when a dramatic event occurs, we think of it as a once in a lifetime happening. Halley’s Comet passes Earth every 75 to 76 years. Once the comet has disappeared, we may dismiss it from our minds, thinking, “Well, I’ll never see it again during my lifetime.” So, it may be with […]

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