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N.H. GOP losing 3 state senators willing to work across the aisle
concordmonitor.com ^ | 5/13/14 | Kathleen Ronayne

Posted on 05/13/2014 9:26:25 AM PDT by cotton1706

State Sen. Jim Rausch of Derry announced he won’t 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 state’s gas tax to pay for road and bridge repairs, expand Medicaid and join 10 other states in a plan to reduce carbon emissions. But it’s 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 Odell’s and Rausch’s 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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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections

1 posted on 05/13/2014 9:26:25 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706
With the retirement of just these three senators, the New Hampshire Senate could look very different next year.

Change!

2 posted on 05/13/2014 9:27:42 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: cotton1706
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 state’s gas tax to pay for road and bridge repairs, expand Medicaid and join 10 other states in a plan to reduce carbon emissions

Work across the aisle = helping pass liberal agenda items.

3 posted on 05/13/2014 9:28:24 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: cotton1706

They were RINOs. The lefty press is sad to see their allies retiring?


4 posted on 05/13/2014 9:28:43 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: cotton1706

So, will three democrats start to reach across the aisle to work with the Republicans?


5 posted on 05/13/2014 9:30:04 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: GeronL

“They were RINOs. The lefty press is sad to see their allies retiring?”

Exactly. They’re weeping.


6 posted on 05/13/2014 9:30:31 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: cotton1706
"...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 state’s gas tax to pay for road and bridge repairs, expand Medicaid and join 10 other states in a plan to reduce carbon emissions..."

IN OTHER WORDS...

7 posted on 05/13/2014 9:32:08 AM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: cotton1706

How come the work across the aisle only works one way in the eyes of the MSM?


8 posted on 05/13/2014 9:33:36 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: cotton1706

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...


9 posted on 05/13/2014 9:33:41 AM PDT by Mamzelle (I)
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To: cotton1706

It’s always good to see Republican’s voting to increase taxes.Thank god they ‘re quitting.


10 posted on 05/13/2014 9:33:52 AM PDT by puppypusher ( The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: cotton1706

Any new blood in the area where Romney lives?


11 posted on 05/13/2014 9:34:48 AM PDT by Mamzelle (I)
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To: cotton1706

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.
Just ONE.
Any takers?


12 posted on 05/13/2014 9:52:21 AM PDT by rhinohunter (Freepers aren't booing -- they're shouting "Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz")
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To: dirtboy

Working across the aisle = capitulation.


13 posted on 05/13/2014 9:52:57 AM PDT by Ancient Man
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To: Ancient Man

The word “Bipartisan” means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out. - George Carlin


14 posted on 05/13/2014 9:55:10 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: cotton1706

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.


15 posted on 05/13/2014 9:55:10 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: cotton1706
Work across the aisle means compromising their values.
16 posted on 05/13/2014 9:57:50 AM PDT by Ben Mugged (The number one enemy of liberalism is reality.)
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To: cotton1706
“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 principled,” said Dante Scala, associate professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire.

Fixed it for you, Mr. Snot-Nosed Professor.

17 posted on 05/13/2014 10:06:08 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: cotton1706
“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".

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.

18 posted on 05/13/2014 10:18:08 AM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: cotton1706

(“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.


19 posted on 05/13/2014 10:44:29 AM PDT by winner3000
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To: cotton1706

“willing to work across the aisle”
That’s communist code speak for “willing to do as WE instruct them to do”


20 posted on 05/13/2014 10:48:16 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: cotton1706

Good! The Concord Monitor is a leftist rag. If they are unhappy, I am happy!


21 posted on 05/13/2014 11:49:12 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfusbutcher)
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22 posted on 05/13/2014 11:50:12 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: cotton1706

Isn’t it odd how often GOP reaches across the aisle result in tax increases and laws further restricting individual liberties? And this, of course, is referred to as “bipartisanship.”


23 posted on 05/13/2014 11:58:54 AM PDT by DPMD
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To: cotton1706

So RINOs are gone?? Big stinking deal, huh?


24 posted on 05/13/2014 12:08:48 PM PDT by JSDude1 (Defeat Hagan, elect a Constutional Conservative: Dr. Greg Brannon!)
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