Wealthy Killion says the prospect to work with ex-Franklin Pierce president George Haggerty was too good to cross up.
Considered one of New Hampshire’s most extremely regarded political operatives is transferring out of the state later this month.
Wealthy Killion of Bow has labored on many presidential campaigns and for years headed the political motion committee that helped maintain Senate Republicans within the majority.
Only some months in the past, Killion left the legislation agency of Gallagher, Callahan and Gartrell, the place he had run a political technique store, Elevare Communications, to take a submit with the New Hampshire School and College Council.
Killion has now accepted a submit with the Leesburg, Fla.-based Beacon School to be its vp of institutional development.
Created in 1989, the college accepts solely college students who’re disabled.
He begins that submit on the finish of this month.
“We’re near being empty-nesters so this appeared like the proper time to make a change,” Killion stated. “I’m going to overlook New Hampshire, as a result of I’ve had only a nice community of buddies and colleagues right here. It’s been a fantastic, 20-year run.”
For Killion, the transfer from Bow to the Sunshine State is a reunion.
Beacon School’s president is George Haggerty, the educator whom Killion got here to New Hampshire to work for at Franklin Pierce School.
“George reached out to me about this chance, and it was simply too good a proposal to refuse,” Killion stated. “I wasn’t trying to go away New Hampshire, however I couldn’t cross up the prospect to work with George once more.”
Shootout at Whittemore
Final week’s assembly of the Home Guidelines Committee raised the chance the Home session Thursday on the College of New Hampshire in Durham may very well be a really brief one.
If Home Republicans don’t associate with the request of Home Speaker Stephen Shurtleff, D-Penacook, to increase the deadlines for performing on payments, then just about all of them might die.
This might short-circuit makes an attempt to behave on a couple of dozen payments on the Home agenda this week.
The checklist contains the state’s 10-year freeway program (HB 2020), an impartial redistricting fee (SB 8) and Inexpensive Housing Initiatives (HB 1632).
The refusal of Home Democrats to confess a invoice to forestall enterprise tax hikes early subsequent 12 months clearly has put the Home GOP in no temper to accommodate the needs of the bulk.
Gov. Chris Sununu stated final week he would maintain preventing to revive that measure, sustaining that is the worst time to be elevating enterprise taxes.
Money trickle scuttles payments
The COVID-19 pandemic has laid waste to state coffers right here and throughout the nation.
Consequently, efforts by lawmakers to spend any important cash on new proposals for 2020 have gone down, one after one other.
Final week, state officers reported Might revenues $100 million under forecast tax and price collections with one month left within the state’s fiscal 12 months.
In contrast with a 12 months in the past, the state has collected $187 million much less in income.
Till this collapse, supporters had been hopeful this is able to be the 12 months that New Hampshire would undertake a legislation giving college districts cash for schooling help as quickly as they started a public kindergarten program.
Presently, the method relies on two-year-old enrollment figures, which suggests a metropolis or city that adopts kindergarten should pay for it the primary 12 months.
However the Home Methods and Means Committee is recommending that invoice (HB 1691) die as a result of it isn’t even clear whether or not the present Schooling Belief Fund that pays for state help to varsities “is solvent.”
Election reforms advance
Senate Democratic leaders proceed to place collectively packages of payments on precedence subjects they hope to behave on later this month.
This week’s trigger was making it simpler for individuals to vote within the wake of the pandemic.
The Senate Election Legal guidelines and Municipal Affairs Committee endorsed including to a Home-passed invoice (HB 1627) a number of modifications that embrace permitting voters to register to vote on-line, allowing anybody to get an absentee poll without having an excuse, and letting native officers course of absentee ballots earlier than Election Day.
“It’s of everybody’s curiosity that we do every part in our energy to guard public well being, guarantee free and honest elections, and work with our native election officers as New Hampshire continues to passionately take part in our democracy,” stated Sen. Melanie Levesque, D-Brookline, panel chair.
Sununu lashes again
Sununu has stayed disciplined through the pandemic, ignoring the each day bashing state Democratic leaders have directed at him.
Final Friday, he snapped again in response to the declare of Democratic major rival Dan Feltes that Sununu has did not seek the advice of with Democratic legislative leaders.
Sununu stated that was “completely false,” noting that he has hosted weekly phone convention calls with any state legislators who wish to query him in regards to the disaster.
“You bought a man sitting on his sofa sending out video blogs making an attempt to get headlines,” Sununu stated on New Hampshire In the present day with Jack Heath Friday, referring to Feltes.
A short while later, Feltes fired again on Twitter.
“Now we have one of many worst long-term care crises within the nation, an unemployment system that was robotically denying hundreds of Granite Staters who not too long ago misplaced their jobs, and we’ve employees who’re afraid to return to work as a result of an absence of protections,” Feltes started.
“What is occurring throughout this state and throughout this nation is heartbreaking and Governor Sununu must be extra targeted on the issues dealing with Granite Staters and fewer targeted on press conferences and enjoying politics.”
Candidate filings mild
Given these unprecedented instances, it’s no shock that candidate filings had been unusually mild when the sign-up season began final Wednesday.
Candidates could seem in individual at Secretary of State Invoice Gardner’s workplace so long as they arrive in a gaggle of lower than 10 and all put on masks.
State election legislation already allowed candidates to enroll remotely by faxing or emailing their submitting varieties, together with the modest price to run.
The submitting interval runs by means of subsequent Friday.
Many count on extra aggressive primaries to floor on the Republican facet as supporters and opponents of President Trump determine it is a good time to enter the fray.
Within the northernmost State Senate District, first-term Sen. David Starr, R-Franconia, faces a problem from State Rep. Erin Hennessy, R-Littleton.
Hennessy is a robust Sununu supporter who has served on the Home Finance Committee and was a gubernatorial appointee on the Legislative Advisory Board that endorsed the administration on how greatest to spend COVID-19 federal grant cash.
A shock candidate emerged within the individual of retired Supreme Court docket Chief Justice Robert Lynn, who’s operating for a Home seat in Windham.
Earlier than turning into a choose, Lynn was often known as a principled, conservative Republican. He’s operating in a city that has been reliably Republican.
“I really feel strongly that, with a view to protect the New Hampshire benefit, the Legislature should make a concerted effort to manage the scale and value of state authorities, and I pledge to work with Governor Sununu to just do that,” Lynn stated in a press release.
Poll legislation combat
The New Hampshire Supreme Court docket final week accepted the attraction of state prosecutors of the Hillsborough County Superior Court docket resolution that struck down a Republican-sponsored voter residency legislation (SB 3) as unconstitutional.
The legislation at challenge equates registering to vote with state residency necessities.
The New Hampshire Democratic Get together and League of Girls Voters maintained the legislation intimidated younger and new resident voters.
The excessive court docket suggested either side that they had till the tip of the month to determine whether or not to enter mediation to aim to resolve the dispute.
That’s not occurring. The Supreme Court docket later this summer season will announce a schedule for the attraction to proceed.
A fond farewell
The state misplaced one in every of its fighters for probably the most susceptible with the passing of Mary Mongan of Manchester.
Mongan, 94, rose from a U.S. Navy-trained nurse to commissioner of the Division of Well being and Human Companies underneath each Governors John H. Sununu and Judd Gregg.
Whereas in that place, she was often known as somebody who demanded a excessive degree of efficiency and didn’t endure fools.
She went on to change into the primary director of Hillcrest Terrace, a senior dwelling neighborhood in Manchester.
Mongan and her late husband, former Manchester Mayor John Mongan, had been a basic energy couple who served their neighborhood in numerous methods.
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