Op-Ed

We Must Pass the Budget

Cornerstone calls on the State House and Governor to pass the budget. Like many other conservative groups, we did not get everything we wanted this legislative session. On civil liberties especially, there is a great deal of work left to do – and we are committed to continuing the fight. But the fact is that the 24-week abortion ban contained in Sections 37-40 will …

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24 Weeks: An Extremely Modest Point at which to Prohibit Abortion

Pictured above: 3D ultrasound of fetus between 20-24 weeks HB 625-FN places limitations on late term abortions in the state by protecting the pre-born starting at 24 weeks gestational age with exceptions for medical emergencies. The bill was passed by the NH House on February 25th and is now pending a committee hearing in the Senate. Currently there is no impediment to abortion in …

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The Attack Ad Told Me to Check the Facts – So I Did

I am an “undeclared” voter, in the parlance of New Hampshire’s election laws, which means I’m not registered with any political party. I get a hefty pile of political ads in the mail every day during election season, as both major parties try to win my vote. Check the facts, they urge me. I recently got a mailer from the state Democrat party attacking …

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The Forgotten Force in Our New Hampshire Government

The Executive Council isn’t just a group of advisors. Its members wield real power in the state and serve as a check on the Governor. Whether we’re talking about significant state contracts, pardons, or judicial nominations, it’s the Executive Council who has the final say. If that surprises you, you are far from alone. In fact, the power of New Hampshire’s Executive Council is unmatched by any other similar state body in the country.

Is It Even Possible to be Non-Partisan in 2020?

Two years ago, we wrote a piece “The Challenge of Being Non-Partisan in Partisan Times,” acknowledging the sharp political divisions in our small state. Little did we know what lay ahead on both the state and national levels.

What Does a Candidate’s Social Media Tell You?

A candidate may check off all the “right” boxes on a survey or campaign platform but fail in presenting a mature and thoughtful approach online. For those who look deeper, that is a clear indication of trouble ahead should they take office.

The Truth on the NH Budget and Planned Parenthood Spending

The following Cornerstone Op-Ed was printed in Granite Grok November 8th, 2019 and the Union Leader November 13th, 2019 and the Concord Monitor November 18, 2019.  We’ve heard a good deal of applause in the wake of the passing of the state budget and taxpayer replacement of “lost” Title X funds. Examples are recent columns by Dunlap, Leach, and Vidunas in the Concord Monitor and  …

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Planned Parenthood to Taxpayers: Shut Up and Pay. We’ve Got a Business to Run.

This Cornerstone Op-Ed was originally printed Aug 21st 2019 on NH Journal Online. When the federal government got into the family planning business a half-century ago, one thing was agreed upon by all parties, even the people who argued the feds didn’t belong in anyone’s bedroom: funds for family planning were not to be used for abortion. Family planning was one thing, abortion was …

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