- July 23, 2018 // Environment
Sununu’s corporate sponsorship on display in energy vetoes
Governor Chris Sununu has accepted over $50,000 in contributions from Eversource, and over $10,000 from other utility companies. In May, Governor Sununu was faced with three renewable energy bills, two related to specific biomass plants in the states and one relating to net metering. In his 10 year state energy strategy (which you can read about here) that any action he took on energy policy would be designed to lower costs for “ratepayers.” His strategy also specifically took aim at . . .
- June 18, 2018 // Economy
Trump had plenty to thank Sununu for on his birthday
The NHGOP threw President Trump a birthday party, but they skipped the gifts since Governor Chris Sununu has been bending over backwards to give Trump everything he could possibly ask for ever since they both took office. Sununu has stood with Trump through the healthcare repeal debacle, to his reckless disregard of climate change, to the promotion of dangerous voter fraud conspiracy theories. He defended Trump through the racist Muslim Ban, the release of the sexist Access Hollywood tape, and the outrageous comments . . .
- June 8, 2018 // Ethics
Sununu tries to mask his ugly history on LGBTQ rights
On a Friday afternoon with no ceremony or even advance notice, Governor Sununu signed HB 1319, a transgender rights bill. This bill was passed with unanimous support by New Hampshire Democrats in spite of the efforts of a majority New Hampshire Republicans who voted to defeat it. Sununu avoided including the word “transgender” in his official statement after signing a bill ensuring equal protection for transgender people in housing and employment. Last year during a legislative fight on this same . . .
- May 23, 2018 // Economy
Sununu’s leadership failure on commuter rail dashes the hopes of NH businesses
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 . . .
- April 19, 2018 // Environment
Sununu’s regressive energy plan no surprise given his record
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 . . .
- April 12, 2018 // Ethics
Sununu’s history of conspiratorial thinking on voter fraud
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 . . .
- April 2, 2018 // Ethics
“Sununu Madness” Championship
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 . . .
- March 29, 2018 // Ethics
“Sununu Madness” Final Four
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 . . .
- March 15, 2018 // Ethics
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll pick the winners by popular vote and announce them after each round. We’ll . . .
- February 26, 2018 // Sununu Reality Check
Sununu puts his NRA A-rating over action on guns
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 . . .