Skip to comments.N.H. GOP losing 3 state senators willing to work across the aisle
Posted on 05/13/2014 9:26:25 AM PDT by cotton1706
State Sen. Jim Rausch of Derry announced he wont seek re-election yesterday, making him the third Republican senator who plans to vacate his seat alongside Sens. Bob Odell of New London and Peter Bragdon of Milford.
Even during times of intense polarization at the State House, all three have shown a willingness to work across the aisle on at least a few major issues, leading to bipartisan plans to increase the states gas tax to pay for road and bridge repairs, expand Medicaid and join 10 other states in a plan to reduce carbon emissions. But its these very types of initiatives that have led conservatives, including the Republican Liberty Caucus, to threaten primaries against incumbent Senate Republicans. With the retirement of just these three senators, the New Hampshire Senate could look very different next year.
A big question is who emerges as the Republican candidates in those districts, and will they be in a similar cast to those three or will they be more partisan, said Dante Scala, associate professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire.
Conservative challengers emerged in both Odells and Rauschs districts even before the two announced their retirement plans, but both point to family as their reasons for retiring. Both have been in the Legislature for 14 years, with Rausch spending four in the Senate and Odell 12. Bragdon is retiring to continue his work as executive director of HealthTrust, a job that caused him to step down as Senate president and prompted an ethics investigation last fall. He will leave the Legislature on June 6. No Senate Democrats have yet announced plans to retire, but more announcements are likely. About one-third of the Senate turns over each year.
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Work across the aisle = helping pass liberal agenda items.
They were RINOs. The lefty press is sad to see their allies retiring?
So, will three democrats start to reach across the aisle to work with the Republicans?
“They were RINOs. The lefty press is sad to see their allies retiring?”
Exactly. They’re weeping.
IN OTHER WORDS...
How come the work across the aisle only works one way in the eyes of the MSM?
I know some rich tax-dodging liberals who summer in NH to escape the heat from dodging taxes all winter in Texas then they do their best to ruin the nest they live in with liberal crap they are fanatic pro-aborts...
It’s always good to see Republican’s voting to increase taxes.Thank god they ‘re quitting.
Any new blood in the area where Romney lives?
I pose this challenge to anyone:
Find me just ONE article where any mainstream presstitute is crying about a demoncrap who is unwilling to “reach across the aisle” to compromise with the GOP.
Working across the aisle = capitulation.
The word “Bipartisan” means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out. - George Carlin
Peter Bragdon retired from the Senate because he took a job that was a conflict of interest with being Senate President.
They brought ethics violations charges against him last year because he took that job. Prior to that he was a pretty good conservative. I do not know anything about the other two. Bragdon was my state Senator and State Rep prior to that.
Keep in mind. In NH State Reps and State Senators are NOT full time jobs. They get paid $100/year plus mileage. Most Reps are either retirees or business people that also work for the State govt. on a part time basis. They are not like Ma or NY state reps that get a big salary and pension from the tax payers.
Fixed it for you, Mr. Snot-Nosed Professor.
There are actually two definitions of partisan that are used by political pundits. Here is the one that applies to Democrats:
partisan: par-ti-san adjective - Being a good Democrat. Staying true to your party. Rarely used to describe Democrats and never in a negative sense.
partisan: par-ti-san adjective - Holding to foolish outdated belief. Divisive. Obstructionist in viewpoint. Commonly used to describe Tea Party types and their ilk. In general use it is exclusively used to describe Republicans.
(A big question is who emerges as the Republican candidates in those districts, and will they be in a similar cast to those three or will they be more partisan,)
“...will they be in similar cast to those three or will they better represent their constituents,”
There. I fixed that.
“willing to work across the aisle”
That’s communist code speak for “willing to do as WE instruct them to do”