Cook on Concord

Cook on Concord is written by Brad Cook, a shareholder in the Manchester law firm of Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green, heads its government relations and estate planning groups.

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No voter fraud in NH!

A recount of the Ballot Law Commission’s examination

Encouraging sign in the Queen City

Manchester Proud effort seeks to put city’s schools at the forefront

Focus on the Executive Council

Why has it has begun to attract more interest from candidates?

Remembering three giants

In their lives, Barbara Bush, Peter Peterson and Stewart Lamprey set examples that are difficult to find today

A different view of Trump

A trip to Florida reveals contrasting attitudes toward the president

A period of transitions

Remembering the impactful lives of several influential people

It’s time for gun controls

There is no reason anyone needs an automatic rifle

Why NH has no income tax

The state’s aversion to ‘broad-based’ taxes remains a mystery to many

Infrastructure frustrations

It’s time for a rational discussion of how to meet New Hampshire’s funding needs

Paul O’Leary’s legacy

The distinguished former head of the State Police was a ‘trooper’s trooper’

Good advice for the ages

Recent tax bill is at odds with George Washington’s ‘farewell’ wisdom

Thoughts and memories

At the end of the year, remembering recent losses of significant New Hampshirites

Taking on money in politics

Campaign finance reform is needed, now more than ever

Off-year election thoughts

Plus, the positive trend of exposing sexual harassers

Doing a deal in D.C.

If one man can come up with a proposal, why can’t Congress?

The pace of change

In a matter of days, New Hampshire’s political landscape is altered

Why leadership counts

A comparison of the styles of the president and NH’s governor

Evelyn LeBrun and the PELRB

Remembering the Public Employee Labor Relations Board’s longtime executive director

No rest for the weary

What lawmakers are doing when you think they are home

Pushing the button on memories

Collection of political buttons offers slices of history

When things were more civil

New justice’s swearing-in ceremony recalls better times

Returning to ‘regular order’

Congress should heed Sen. John McCain’s call to follow legislative rules

A history and business lesson

When people retain their civility, it can bring mutual opportunities

The church-state decision

U.S. Supreme Court’s Trinity Lutheran ruling could have a direct effect on New Hampshire

Lessons from a trip to Europe

Visits to Greece and France show how vulnerable democratic systems are to change, suppression and repression
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