Sununu Reality Check

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Sununu’s leadership failure on commuter rail dashes the hopes of NH businesses

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While Governor Sununu has been a fierce opponent of extending MBTA commuter rail service into New Hampshire for his entire political career, he briefly supported the idea of funding a rail feasibility study in order to appeal to Amazon while the company scouted locations for a new headquarters. When Amazon rejected Sununu’s bid, he made a behind-the-scenes effort to kill the rail study funding legislation that he had just set in motion. New Hampshire’s small business community has repeatedly petitioned . . .

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Sununu’s regressive energy plan no surprise given his record

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Since Governor Chris Sununu released his 10-year State Energy Strategy this week, it’s worth reviewing his history on energy and environmental issues. Sununu has denied climate change, defended President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, refused to join the bipartisan US Climate Alliance, considered withdrawing New Hampshire from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, voted against renewable energy projects as an Executive Councilor, gone back and forth and back and forth on studying commuter rail, and lied about signing a . . .

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Sununu’s history of conspiratorial thinking on voter fraud

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Governor Chris Sununu has a history of taking radical positions on voter fraud. In the run-up to his election, Sununu made a bogus claim, one that President Trump has since repeated, that Democratic electoral victories in New Hampshire are the result of busloads of illegal voters. This tendency toward conspiracy by Governor Sununu and his fellow Republicans has led to the introduction of some bills in the State House that would disenfranchise certain younger or vulnerable voters by instituting a . . .

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“Sununu Madness” Championship

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Sununu Madness, our bracket competition to decide Governor Sununu’s worst leadership failure so far, has now come down to just two options. The championship round features two examples of the unprincipled decision-making that has defined Governor Sununu’s term in office: The $22,000 pay raise Sununu gave himself on his first day the 275 days that Sununu has forced NH state employees to work without a contract On Governor Sununu’s first day in office, he gave himself an 18 percent raise amounting to $22,192.30 . . .

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“Sununu Madness” Final Four

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This March Madness season, Sununu Reality Check launched a project titled “Sununu Madness!”, a bracket competition designed to highlight 64 of Governor Chris Sununu’s most egregious failures of leadership in his term in office and narrow them down in an effort to decide which is Sununu’s worst misstep as governor. Sununu’s failures were originally split into four categories: support and defense of President Trump, ethical issues, leadership failures, and extreme positions. After a long series of Twitter polls, through which . . .

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Sununu Madness!

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Governor Sununu has let down New Hampshire on so many counts that it’s sometimes hard to decide which is the worst. To help with that, we put together a “Sununu Madness” bracket competition. It works just like the NCAA “March Madness” Tournament. To play, fill out your bracket (either electronically or print it and take a picture) by choosing Sununu’s worst failures, and send it to sununurealitycheck@nhdp.org. We’ll pick the winners by popular vote and announce them after each round. We’ll . . .

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Sununu puts his NRA A-rating over action on guns

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Today, Governor Sununu introduced a “school safety” task force, but in the wake of the Parkland school shooting, Sununu forgot about one big thing… He forgot to mention guns even once. Governor Sununu’s inaction on guns is likely due to his A-rating from the NRA and his expansion of gun rights as governor. Sununu’s unshakeable opposition to common sense gun reform is shameful. He can’t mask his inaction with school safety reform that refuses to address the 239 school shootings . . .

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Sununu misleads and attempts to distort his record in State of the State address

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                                       In his State of the State speech this morning, Governor Sununu consistently manipulated his record to try to create the appearance he’s doing anything other than looking out for his wealthy family, friends, donors, and corporations while in office. Here’s a list of his “accomplishments” so far in office, and the reality behind them. Sununu’s budget When Sununu congratulated himself for . . .

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Sununu Silence

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Despite his supposed “zero tolerance” policy on sexual misconduct, Governor Sununu has been silent about the members of his own party who have been accused of serial sexual assault and harassment. The New Hampshire Democratic Party has called on Sununu to condemn the behavior of three Republican elected officials with ties to the New Hampshire governor, but Sununu has deflected, ignored or refused all requests.   DONALD TRUMP On October 12th, 2016, two women accused then-candidate Donald Trump of sexual . . .

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Sununu tries his “doublespeak” routine on paid family leave

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When asked in a Seacoast Online interview whether he supports paid family leave, a bipartisan measure that passed the New Hampshire House yesterday, Governor Chris Sununu refused to level with the people of New Hampshire and employed his favorite “doublespeak” routine…again. Instead of outlining a firm position on the issue, he said he “loves the concept” but thinks it’s “unsustainable” and too “expensive.” This is Governor Sununu’s favorite tactic to try to mislead voters and avoid taking a position on critical issues for New Hampshire. Yesterday was far from . . .