This particular Speaker of the House choice is critical for citizens of New Hampshire.
Carol McGuire relocated to New Hampshire from Washington state in 2005. "We decided if the Free State Project failed and we hadn't moved, we couldn't live with ourselves," ( Mother Jones). Rep. McGuire makes no attempt to hide her Free State ambitions and she and her husband have captured seats in the NH House in an effort to literally take over NH. There may be 40 plus Free Staters in the NH House.
McGuire said she would like to repeal all minimum wage laws and allow corporations to pay workers whatever they feel inclined. She also said the $7.25 minimum wage is overly generous to young people who are not worth the minimum, adding that young people would get a job if they could be paid $5 hourly. She has received a 100% A+ rating from the Koch brothers Americans for Prosperity and was a two time Legislator of the Year by the far right NH Liberty Alliance. She is a board member of the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers, an extremist Tea Party website.
Laurie Sanborn received a 92% rating from the Americans for Prosperity ( 100% in 2014) and has very strong Libertarian and Tea Party ties. She also has a close relationships with the Free State Project and has been endorsed by the most extreme members of the party who oppose current Speaker Jasper. In addition, she and her husband Sen. Andy Sanborn (R-Bedford) had over 25 tax liens filed against them for unpaid property taxes over the past 20 years. There were over $100,000 in delinquent taxes dating back to 1998 for commercial and residential properties in Concord and Warner.
If the NH House elects either of these two folks to be Speaker, we can count on two years of obstruction and political paralysis in Concord. In the words of Shawn Jasper about his two challengers : “clearly they have an agenda that just says no to pretty much everything.”
I hope the House says no to Sanborn and McGuire.