Experts say the accessibility of New Hampshire’s Legislature is a big draw for those looking to test the political waters, but with low pay and huge membership come drawbacks for those with grander political aspirations.
University of New Hampshire Associate Professor of Political Science Dante Scala says, unlike other states, those elected to the Legislature in the Granite State have an uphill battle being recognized, making it tough to parlay a House seat into a lobbyist position or a higher-ranking elected position, whether it be governor or a congressional seat.
…Legislators here are among the lowest paid in the country, with the meager salary producing a body whose makeup is far different from states like Massachusetts, whose lawmakers often are career politicians.
…“They really run because they can. Unlike in states with professional legislatures, the barriers to entry are very low in New Hampshire,” Scala noted.
Experts say the low pay and many members also benefit those with political aspirations because potential candidates don’t need to have established a name for themselves before running or have a huge war chest to mount a campaign.
“You just need to have time on your hands,” Scala said.
…“At the end of the day whether you are far on the Republican side, far on the Democrat side, or smack dab in the middle, you are nothing more than a volunteer with a glorified title,” he said.
Scala said some might enter the Legislature with grand aspirations and find their support is largely local.
“They think their status means a lot outside of Concord, and it isn’t necessarily so,” Scala noted.
…”At least the members aren’t on the take,” Pantelakos said.
After the shooting, officers left the home, while Clough-Garvin stayed inside it. He was the only person in the home at that time, MacDonald said.
Clough-Garvin was found dead about 8:30 a.m. in the home, MacDonald said.
Hold up…. Forget the officer’s arm…. They shot into a house, ostensibly shot and killed a man, did not check on his condition, and then just left his dead body in there for hours? What… The … Fuck…?
“Irresponsible” doesn’t begin to cover it. Officer shooting or no, every single officer involved should be relieved of their badges and prohibited from getting employment in any other law enforcement department in the future.
The American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire and the Concord Monitor are suing the city of Concord to court over a secret type of technology used by police.
A $5,100 line item in this year’s police department budget was set aside for “covert communications equipment.” City officials have argued that they can’t say what the equipment is and what it does – or even which company offers it – because of a nondisclosure agreement with the vendor.
“Using taxpayer money to fund secret police equipment is deeply troubling. The public has a right to know what the City of Concord and its police department spend their money on, and why the city wants to keep this secret equipment hidden from public view,” ACLU attorney Henry Klementowicz. “This right-to-know request is at the very heart of what the law was designed to do: promote transparency.”
…“Concord’s effort to keep secret its contract for services and the vendor’s privacy and refund policies should be rejected,” the suit states. “While the nature of equipment the city has purchased is not clear, what is clear is that the city has entered into a non-disclosure agreement with an unnamed vendor that requi res the city to take steps to prevent disclosure of important information to courts, grand juries, and defense counsel.”
Jeezus Krrreyest Werner, if it’s too much trouble to get a soul, can you at least get a clue?