Another day, another election passed. Unfortunately, I was not one of the 9 out of 37 people elected to the Manchester School Charter Commission, but THANK YOU to everyone who voted for me! I deeply appreciate your support and know my time will come. Since the future of the Commission itself seems doubtful due to filing date irregularities in an exceptionally poorly drafted bill that only had one sponsor, Pat Long, I will hopefully get another chance to contribute later. I will be keeping a close eye on the legal situation, and will keep you posted. Have a great, state-free day! 😀
BREAKING NEWS: School Charter Commission Legal Dramas for Nov 5th Manchester Ballot (It’s on again!)
Tomorrow, at the polls, you were supposed to receive two ballots, one for general city stuff like voting for Victoria Sullivan for Mayor, and a special ballot for the 9-person School Charter Commission, as I explained a few weeks ago in this video.
BUT then, this morning, the whole shady School Charter Commission election went up in the air after a judge ruled the City failed to follow the clear language of the RSA and its own rules, and so the City would either have to reprint all the ballots by 6AM tomorrow to include the petitioner’s name (the Honorable State Representative Mark Warden) OR they will have to write another law to hold the election at a different future time. You can read more about the background of the case and the initial outcome in this article “Mayor Craig loses” or at the Union Leader. My Facebook post from this morning:
Well, tomorrow’s elections just got all kinds of more interesting! In a nutshell, the City broke its own rules when Pat Long managed to create this very shady “School Charter Commission” (which I’m running for and ask for your vote if the ballot is available tomorrow) and State Representative Mark Warden filed a lawsuit to call them out on a procedural point relating to when one could register as a candidate for the commission, and the City, having not followed their own rules, then argued, “Well, oops, yeah, but, like, yanno, it’s SO HARD for us to follow our own rules,” and the judge, thankfully, said, “Umm, look guys, that’s not how governing is supposed to work…”
NOW, as of 4:13PM this afternoon, I have learned that the Supreme Court of New Hampshire issued a stay pending further judicial review. This means the School Charter Commission Election WILL be held tomorrow as scheduled. Fancy that… guess if you know the right people, you can get the plain language of the law to mean whatever you want… In any event, please now DO vote for me, and the candidates recommended on LibertyBallot.com. Vote like your freedom depends on it!
In today’s episode, we welcome Victoria Sullivan for Mayor to the Manch Talk studio. Victoria discusses her mayoral race, her vision for Manchester, and she publicly commits to de-encrypting the MPD scanners if elected. As a strong proponent of open government and police accountability, for me, that’s spectacular news, and she gets my vote! Remember, remember, the Fifth of November is election day. Check out LibertyBallot.com for recommendations on the bestest candidates statewide, and finally, I ask for your vote for Manchester School Charter Commission. See you at the polls!
From the City Election Guide: “Carla Gericke is a lawyer, writer, and community leader. She serves on several local non-profit boards, co-hosts Manch Talk and the Told You So podcast, and speaks nationally on issues relating to Big Government. Carla has been appeared on WMUR, CNN, Fox, BBC, and been featured in GQ, the Economist, the New York Times, and elsewhere, and was named a ‘Remarkable Woman’ in 2014 by NH Magazine. Carla lives with her husband of 25 years and their rescued dog in West Manchester. She is seeking a seat on the school charter commission. Carla is willing to work with anyone, and believes more choices result in happier people. She wants you to be happy, and asks for your vote.”
On this week’s Manch Talk, we are joined by Ward 11 School Board candidate, Brittany Le Clear Ping. She’s a GREAT option, so take a gander!
This week, we discuss the upcoming Manchester city elections, the school charter commission, who is running (me! and I ask for your vote), what this commission might entail (it’s not clear, but things seem fishy), why good education is important, and more!
When a former Manchester alderman calls for gun confiscation in the state’s largest newspaper for the state’s largest city, I pay attention.
When that former alderman is Bill Cashin, who called the cops on me a few years ago when he didn’t like my 100% legal and protected First Amendment actions outside “his” Senior Center on Douglas Street (I was protesting against Chris Herbert after he suggested that the elderly of Manchester should be thrown out of their homes in order to be replaced with residents who can pay more in taxes), I pay attention because I know people who think this way are more dangerous than any firearm.
Why? Because anyone who thinks “we need MANDATORY gun buybacks” is a menace to society, liberty, and human dignity.
Let’s break it down:
1. Government is FORCE. What does this mean? It means that for every law we enact, the police are “authorized” to show up and use their guns to make you do whatever it is the piece of paper (the law) says. Sometimes–oftentimes, these days–these black-clad, balaclava wearing men and women, are not all that concerned about the morality of what they are doing, they’re just “doing it.” When confronted, they’ll simply say, “We’re just following orders.”
Of course, you know who else used that argument. Click through for more on “How the Nazis defense of ‘just following orders’ plays out in the mind,” but this is salient:
“If people acting under orders really do feel reduced responsibility, this seems important to understand. For a start, people who give orders should perhaps be held more responsible for the actions and outcomes of those they coerce.”
2. “Mandatory” literally means “required by a law or rule: OBLIGATORY.” So when Cashin uses the word “mandatory” in the context of a gun buyback, the question begs to be asked: What happens when people do not line up to hand over their firearms?
3. Would YOU voluntarily hand over your guns to a group of people who:
a. Are actively trying to disarm you because *they don’t like the things you like*;
b. Treat you, their law abiding neighbors, like criminals even when you have committed no crimes;
c. Are so irrational as to conflate a tool like a gun, with bad actions, like harming or killing someone. If you follow their logic, I’ll get on board when we have mandatory fork buybacks to save people from obesity.
New Hampshire has some of the least restrictive gun laws in the country, and we are one of the safest states. These two things are not coincidental, but rather go hand in hand. I find it utterly shocking, as should you, that a former alderman and veteran would call for mandatory gun confiscation. Back in 2018, several Democrats I was cultivating when I ran for NH Senate said: “Carla, we don’t want to take your guns, and if you keep saying that we do, we can’t vote for you.” Whatcha saying now?