With his political skills, Merrill was able to package, market a governing philosophy in three words

Former Gov. Steve Merrill had a way about him that would make people around him comfortable, even if they disagreed with what he was saying. >> Download the FREE WMUR appMerrill, who died on Saturday at the age of 74, had the political skills to convey his conservative approach to governing succinctly – in three words, in fact: “New Hampshire Advantage.”The genesis of what became known as the New Hampshire Advantage was certainly not new to Merrill. It had been a tradition in the Granite State, especially among Republicans, for decades preceding him.It was brought to the forefront in the 1970s by former Gov. Meldrim “Ax the Tax” Thomson, Jr. and carried on by former Gov. John H. Sununu and then former Gov. Judd Gregg, who went on to serve three terms in the U.S. Senate.It’s a phrase that encapsulates a way of thinking and governing that has been carried … Read More