Much has changed since I stopped posting on my previous blog, Northwood Progressives. The Democrats swept the elections in NH, and recently we took back our town, or at least we hope we did. There is a recount on Monday, and I will update the situation then.
I decided to start a new blog because I feel I am starting a new part of my political life. I have become a reporter for our local citizen journalism newspaper, The Forum, covering the board of selectmen in my town, and I will cross-post my articles here. I have also been writing about the politics of small towns in NH for Democracy for NH. Those articles will be posted here in the future as well.
I am very interested in finding out how we in NH can have better, fairer government in our small towns, without losing that very long history of self-government that we have. Our town meetings have been called the "purest form of democracy," but as life has become less concentrated in the places where we sleep, attendance has dropped off and complaints have grown that only a small "elite" is running town government. I will be exploring the whole idea of "elites" in a future post.