My two cents on the pending change of presidents in the New Hampshire Senate, as far as the life issues go: meet the new boss, same as the old boss. That’s even before we know who the new boss will be.
I expect no changes, regardless of who replaces Peter Bragdon (R-Milford) as Senate president. The party division will still be 13-11 GOP, and at least two of those Republicans will still be disinclined to support any pro-life initiative.
Peter Bragdon happens to be senator in my district, and I like him fine as an elected representative – although I am very concerned about his recent hiring by the LGC, which led to his resignation as Senate president. Much has been written about that elsewhere and I won’t add to the word count. I understand Chuck Morse (R-Salem) will seek the presidency, and the good folks at Granite Grok have come out for Andy Sanborn. Good guys and pragmatists, every one. None of them would like to see any life-issue bill on the front burner, IMHO, which will make for an interesting situation if there’s a push to repeal parental notification.
Of course, a name could come up that surprises me. That won’t change the numbers, even though it might change the way bills are managed.
So here we are, with the Senate situation just the same as it was five minutes or five months ago. Let’s move on. 2014 is getting closer.