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Demystifying NH’s Budgeting Process

Demystifying NH’s  Budgeting Process

By: DJ Bettencourt -April, 2015 New Hampshire’s budgeting process can fittingly be compared to a nine-inning baseball game. The governor bats lead off by asking their department commissioners for proposed…

Internet Sales Tax in New Hampshire

Internet Sales Tax in New Hampshire

By: DJ Bettencourt – March, 2015 It is unsurprising that in a state with no general sales tax, the topic of Internet sales taxes has become a key issue for…

Helping Granite Staters Get to the Bottom of Downshifting

Helping Granite Staters Get to the Bottom of Downshifting

By: DJ Bettencourt – January, 2015 As Governor Maggie Hassan and the Republican-controlled legislature begins crafting the 2015-2016 state budgets, Granite Staters can be certain that both sides will allege…

“Revenue Estimates: the Most Important Legislative Battle of 2015”

“Revenue Estimates: the Most Important Legislative Battle of 2015”

  By: DJ Bettencourt – December, 2014 This month, the newly elected members of the New Hampshire Legislature officially took office. Despite most of the attention focusing on legislative leadership…

New Hampshire’s Federal Delegation Should Lead on the World Stage by Emulating Bush

New Hampshire’s Federal Delegation Should Lead on the World Stage by Emulating Bush

By: DJ Bettencourt – November, 2014 Few presidents upon leaving office have kept a lower profile than George W. Bush. Where other presidents have sought to bolster or define their…

For the Good of Animals, Granite Staters Should be Weary of Craigslist

For the Good of Animals, Granite Staters Should be Weary of Craigslist

By: DJ Bettencourt – October, 2014 At the Salem Animal Rescue League, we appreciate that the vast majority of pet owners love their pets and could never imagine having to…

Victory for School Choice at the New Hampshire Supreme Court

Victory for School Choice at the New Hampshire Supreme Court

By: DJ Bettencourt – September, 2-14 Late last month, the New Hampshire Supreme Court delivered a huge victory for educational choice in the Granite State. At least temporarily. In 2012,…

New Hampshire Desperately Needs Walt Havenstein

New Hampshire Desperately Needs Walt Havenstein

By: D.J. Bettencourt – August, 2014 Few states have endured a longer drought of electing a Republican governor than New Hampshire. In fact, that dry spell is unrivaled even in…

Don’t blame Massachusetts for New Hampshire’s Leftward Drift

Don’t blame Massachusetts for New Hampshire’s Leftward Drift

By: DJ Bettencourt – July, 2014 In New Hampshire politics there is a widely held but grossly inaccurate myth. For Republican believers in the myth, it is a source of…

In VA Scandal, Granite Staters Bear a Unique Culpability

In VA Scandal, Granite Staters Bear a Unique Culpability

By: D.J. Bettencourt – June, 2014 Those unfamiliar with the Veterans Administration (VA) scandal have undoubtedly still heard of the hullabaloo of political leaders and bureaucrats deflecting blame for the…

On World Stage, New Hampshire Delegation Should Look to Richard Nixon

On World Stage, New Hampshire  Delegation Should Look to Richard Nixon

By: DJ Bettencourt – May, 2014 Whatever may be said of Richard Nixon, he was a visionary and strategic genius on foreign policy. Indeed, Nixon’s most enduring and important legacy…

NH State Senators Should Strengthen NH Domestic Violence Laws and Further Protect our Beloved Four-Legged Friends

NH State Senators Should Strengthen NH Domestic Violence Laws and Further Protect our Beloved Four-Legged Friends

By D.J. Bettencourt – April, 2014 State Senators should strengthen New Hampshire’s domestic violence laws and further protect our beloved four-legged friends. This month, the New Hampshire State Senate has…

Bettencourt’s Retirement Marks the End of an Era on the Field and in The Classroom

Bettencourt’s Retirement Marks the End  of an Era on the Field and in The Classroom

D.J. Bettencourt While this special 10th Anniversary edition of The Valley Patriot represents a wonderful accomplishment for this publication, it also represents a personal milestone for the Bettencourt family. This…

New Hampshire’s Marijuana Law Betrays Small Government Principles

New Hampshire’s Marijuana Law  Betrays Small Government Principles

By: DJ Bettencourt – February, 2014 Granite Staters might assume that New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan’s pledge to veto legislation passed this month to legalize marijuana would end the discussion…

Now is the Time for the University of New Hampshire to Bring Back Baseball

Now is the Time for the University of New Hampshire to Bring Back Baseball

By: DJ Bettencourt – January, 2014 The founder of the modern Olympics, Pierre de Fredy, once observed that, “those who find themselves first in physical exercises are also first in…

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