The Presidential Primary post-mortems have piled up like yesterday’s snow and ice and will soon melt away. Predictably, the national pundits have again learned little. They have gone right back to relying on national polls to tell us who has any chance to gain the Democratic nomination.

The national polls at this point are still little more than a sign of name recognition, not voter strength. Former Vice President Joe Biden was a big name, so he was the “frontrunner.” But then New Hampshire happened and now Bernie Sanders is more of a national name.

Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg did well here, but “the black vote” is said not to favor them. Too white, somehow. This is said, and incessantly repeated, by the national poll-loving pundits. We wonder how blacks must feel about constantly being stereotyped as an indivisible bloc.

Michael Bloomberg, meanwhile, has bought his own national name ticket and with it has cowed the Democratic National Committee into changing its already flawed debate rules so that he might “qualify” for the stage. This kind of thumb-on-the-scale business also affected New Hampshire in that candidates who were qualified by competency (U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, for one) were cut from the stage for lack of poll numbers and thus never had much of a chance.

Poor Iowa may never recover from failing to provide quick results for the national talking heads. Thank God New Hampshire can count efficiently, even with a huge turnout.

Secretary of State Bill Gardner and election officials across the state did a superb job, as usual. We hope that if and when Gardner decides to retire, New Hampshire will have the good sense to see that he is replaced with someone who has a similar love for and understanding of the non-partisanship that is critical to not just the Primary, but to all our elections.

Sunday, February 23, 2020
Friday, February 21, 2020

Before another New Hampshire Presidential Primary fades from memory, it may be instructive — and comforting — for Granite Staters to consider a few words of praise from a national media figure. In an age when it is much more popular to dismiss the primary than to appreciate it, columnist Geo…

The National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago recently tested the civic knowledge of a nationally representative sample of Americans with a series of questions on foundational events in U.S. history as well as political principles.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
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The Manchester Proud education group has put much thought and hard work into its plans for city schools, as it will demonstrate this Thursday at 6 p.m. at Memorial High School. But its lack of any meaningful study of the role of public charter schools is disappointing.

Monday, February 17, 2020
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The existing Manchester school board will meet at Memorial High this Thursday night to review and possibly accept the Manchester Proud group’s plans. How a future school board will be constituted is the work of the new School District Charter Commission. And its nine members want to hear from you.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Recently proposed New Hampshire legislation would toughen criminal sentences for drunk or drugged drivers in incidents in which someone dies. Emotional testimony at the bill’s hearing suggested that such a law might have prevented these deaths.

Friday, February 14, 2020

The Presidential Primary post-mortems have piled up like yesterday’s snow and ice and will soon melt away. Predictably, the national pundits have again learned little. They have gone right back to relying on national polls to tell us who has any chance to gain the Democratic nomination.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

In addition to opposing Hillary Clinton in 2016, Donald Trump was favored by many Americans who simply cried “enough!” at the duplicitous and spendthrift ways of both Republicans and Democrats. Voters, it seems, were tired of being bought off with their own money.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020