#NHPolitics Ins and Outs — June 9, 2024

By Colin Booth

June 9, 2024

Another week of #NHPolitics Ins and Outs, taking you on a tour of the ins and outs of the ever-changing world of New Hampshire Politics, keeping score of the winners and losers week-by-week — and letting you know who’s in and who’s out.

Let’s get into it.

Who’s In?

Charlie Brown’s Green Football? — The road for legalized recreational cannabis has been a long, winding one here in New Hampshire, and Granite Staters were given new reason to hope this week when a Committee of Conference reached a long-awaited compromise between the House and Senate versions of the bill, with elements Gov. Chris Sununu has said would be critical to getting his support.

The bill now goes to his desk, which is the last chance for this issue passing this year. If he declines, marijuana becomes a leading issue in the 2024 gubernatorial campaign. Check out NH Bulletin for the full story.

Gone but not Forgotten — Many Democrats across the state were crestfallen when State Senator Becky Whitley announced this week she would not be pursuing her campaign for the 2nd CD seat currently held by Congresswoman Annie Kuster. She was the candidate many Democratic insiders, especially young staffers in the state, saw as being most in-tune with the pressing issues facing the state like housing and reproductive rights. Check out her exit interview on WMUR for more.

NH Veterans for Biden Recognized — Several New Hampshire veterans that have been staunch supporters for President Biden were recently featured in a national video speaking on Donald Trump’s weak record on veterans issues and how he cannot be trusted to lead. Check out the video for more.

 

Who’s Out!

“Maybe that’s a good idea to have a wallet with him…” — State Rep John Hunt went viral on social media this week for remarks he made in a committee suggesting dark-skinned hikers in New Hampshire carry ID to avoid being detained under new Republican legislation moving forward in the state. Check out our video with over 35K views and our explainer article.

Big Questions from Scanlan Not Answered — This week New Hampshire Secretary of State David Scanlan spoke before a committee of conference on HB 1569, new Republican legislation that would require Granite Staters to present proof of citizenship to register to vote, part of a national push by Republicans to inject more onerous requirements on voting based on conspiracy theories Republicans pushed in the wake of Donald Trump’s 2020 election denial and insurrection on the capitol. Check out our explainer video for more.

“They just can’t.” — State Senate Candidate for district 18 Victoria Sullivan kicked off Pride Month this week by saying the LGBTQ+ community had no right to use the rainbow as a symbol, citing her “religious beliefs.” This kicked off a number of prominent LGBTQ+ Granite Staters sharing their experiences with Sullivan’s bigotry, with NHDP Chair Ray Buckley offering especially sharp words.

“For over a decade, she has mocked, smeared, attacked and been outright cruel to the LGBTQ community and individuals specifically. The glee she displays by dehumanizing people is repulsive. Now, on the cusp of her fifth straight defeat for public office, she is grotesquely attempting to repackage herself by claiming ‘I know a few gay men so I cannot be the vicious homophobe I have acted like.’ She has caused too much pain, too much personal hurt to too many over the years to be forgiven,” Buckley wrote on social media.

NH GOP’s Recent Guest Banner Week — Last month the NH GOP hosted Congressman and supposed VP contender Byron Donalds as the headline guest for their Amos Tuck fundraiser. This week, Congressman Donalds courted controversy by suggesting Black Americans were better off under Jim Crow, the set of laws and customs that enforced racial segregation and discrimination against African Americans in the Southern United States until the Civil Rights Movement.

The response to his remarks has been prodigious, with almost every major news outlet condemning his remarks. The NH GOP however? Silent.

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  • Colin Booth

    Based in Epsom, Colin Booth is Granite Post's political correspondent. A Granite State native and veteran political professional with a deep background in journalism, he's worked on campaigns and programs in battleground states across the country, ranging from New Hampshire, Texas, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.

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