Kevin Landrigan's April
26. 2012 commentary on the House Redress Committee
(along with with a later commentary on pardons)
additional commentary by Rep.
Timothy Horrigan; April 27, 2012 & July 30, 2012
The House Redress of Grievances Committee has been the subject of much controversy of late, even though our actual hearings are poorly attended. Several times, we have had to cancel "executive sessions" where votes are taken, because we were unable to gather a quorum. Kevin Landrigan of The Nashua Telegraph and posted a video commentary about the committee on TheLobbyNH.com. (The video itself is a freebie but the Lobby is a paid website, well worth the $99/year fee.)
I don't necessarily agree with everything Landrigan says here, but I agree with 98% of it, and I know from past experience that he knows what he is talking about. Speaker Bill O'Brien is in my opinion, not quite "four-square" behind the committee. O'Brien made the creation of a committee a cornerstone of his campaign for Speaker a year and a half ago, and he still cites its creation as one of his accomplishments. But once the committee was created (and once I was appointed to it) he has done little or nothing to help us. I would merely say he is "three-square" behind the committee. One big problem O'Brien has with the committee is that his House Counsel, Ed Mosca, became one of the villains of Petition #26: Mosca handled the ex-spouse's side of Josh Youssef's contentious divorce.
[July 30, 2012} Sometime in July 2012 (or maybe late June), Kevin weighed in on a subject which is near and dear to the Redress Committee's heart. We have had a few petitioners (most notably Michael Brewster) who have been convicted of something along the way. They understandably want to be pardoned. Here Kevin explains why we shouldn't hold our breath waiting for any pardons as long as John Lynch is Governor. In eight years Governor Lynch has never even seriously considered pardoning anyone. New Hampshire, by the way, has a somewhat unusual procedure for handling pardons: the Executive Council has to approve the pardon, along with the Governor.
in 2009-2010, under Speaker Terie Norelli. petitions could be filed— but no standing committee was in place to hear them:
Rep. Kevin Avard interviews Dot Knightly on his TV Show "Speak Up!" (Ms. Knightly originally wrote the questions the AG objected to.)