Archive for New Hampshire

Romney All In For Another Run To Purchase White House

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

dollar signs

Six months ago, I posted on The Political Carnival that Mitt Romney was leading in the New Hampshire polls for a 2016 run. And in those six months, nothing has changed. He still leads.

Last week's Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll of New Hampshire Republicans finds Romney to be the overwhelming favorite to be their 2016 GOP presidential nominee, with 24 percent going for Mitt and a mere 9 percent for the second-place finisher, Christie.

On the surface, Mitt is saying no, but in reality, he's pulling out all the stops behind the scenes to make a third go of it, having failed in 2008 to McCain and having bested the GOP crowd in 2012. Romney is actively looking to blunt the fundraising of the other Republicans in consideration, Rand Paul, Rafael Cruz, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie and even Jeb Bush.

It takes huge money to run for POTUS. Romney not only has a lot of it himself, but according to this report from THE HILL:

Here is the dirty little secret of the GOP donor class, i.e. the rich establishment bundlers who funded the recent presidential campaigns of the Bushes, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and former Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.): They are actively trying to recruit Romney to run again in 2016 — and Mitt is indeed interested.

With the Chris Christie Bridge scandals and the lack of support for Jeb Bush, there's nowhere for the Republican party to turn if they want to beat Hillary Clinton. And for once, this is a smart choice for the Republicans. Romney has a ground organization. He's got name recognition. And he's got the bankroll.

How certain can we be that Romney's really going to go full bore?

At least that was the word sweeping through emails and conference calls heading into mid-June's exclusive Romney-sponsored GOP ideas summit out in Utah.

The truth is that the entire Utah event was actually aimed at beginning the process of having Romney again be the candidate of this Establishment Money Machine — only with some severe, but reachable, caveats.

Romney spoke to this summit — and on Sunday morning TV shows — on "how to beat Hillary," without actually saying what many were thinking: "Mitt Romney is the only Republican who could beat her."

 

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

Overnight: Robert Frost: The Road Not Taken

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

Robert Frost

One of my favorite Robert Frost poems with pictures from New England.

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

Afternoon-Evening Links

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

links Iran Cannes

Iranian backlash over Leila Hatami Cannes kiss

Local New Hampshire official quits after using slur to describe Obama

Abu Hamza found guilty of terror charges in US court

'American Spring' organizers baffled as to where their 10-30 million 'patriots' went

The 911 Museum's Tasteless Gift Shop

Florida Lawmaker: Common Core Will Turn ‘Every One Of Your Children’ Gay

Occupy Activist Who Claims She Was Groped By Police Officer Sentenced To Three Months In Jail

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

Granite-Thick Skulls In Granite State of New Hampshire

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

NewHampshireInfantinew252h204

New Hampshire is known as the Granite State. We all know granite. It's one of the hardest rocks in existence and it's the high end of kitchen counter tops. Granite has a new purpose now--it's used to describe the thick head of Sstate Rep. Will Infantine (R) from New Hampshire. He took to the floor of the state house yesterday to explain away why women don't DESERVE as much money as men for doing the same jobs. He was pushing for defeat of a fair pay act in the New England state. Oh, and he's quite eloquent. Just listen.

His exact words, reported in HUFFPO:

“Men by and large make more because of some of the things they do. Their jobs are, by and large, more riskier ” (sic)

“Men work five or six hours longer a week than women do. When it comes to women and men who own businesses … women make half of what men do because of flexibility of work, men are more motivated by money than women are.”

To be that big a moron and say these ridiculous statements in fighting against a fair pay bill should single this man out for Ass-wipe of the year consideration. But you know something, he's not alone -- not by a long-shot in that thinking. The New Hampshire House voted yesterday 187-134 on Wednesday to give preliminary approval to the Paycheck Equity Act, the bill seeking to eliminate wage discrimination on the basis of sex. But it should have been 321-0.

133 other members of that state lawmaking body agreed with Representative Dufus Infantine. Women are second class citizens and don't deserve to be treated equally. Think this is amazing?

It's sickening. And it's not going away. Republicans nationwide are trying to keep fair pay out of the hands of women. And this has got to be stopped. Period. Triple exclamation point!!!

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) holds big lead over Scott Brown (R-Bqhatevwr)

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

scott brown tweet  bqhatevwr

Hey, did you hear the one where Scott Brown of Massachusetts is now pretending to be from New Hampshire so he and his truck can run for the U.S. Senate? He blew it big time when he lost badly in Massachusetts back in 2012. Just ask Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Ooo! Ooo! And remember how Scott Brown was really, really proud to be from Massachusetts? Me too! Ari Melber, take it away:

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Now Scott Brown is running against Senator Jeanne Shaheen, and he has fewer than eight months to overcome her double digit lead, as well as convince New Hampshire voters-- to quote former witch, Christine O'Donnell-- "I'm you."

So far this appears to be their resounding response: Bqhatevwr.

Via American Research Group:

If the 2014 election for US Senate were being held today between Scott Brown, the Republican, and Jeanne Shaheen, the Democrat, for whom would you vote - Brown or Shaheen? (names rotated):

chart Jean Shaheen v Scott Brown 2014

Among registered voters who are undecided about how President Obama is doing his job (they account for only 9% of those registered), Shaheen has a huge lead, 73% to Brown's 7% (20% are undecided).

The breakdown goes a little something like this: Brown appeals more to GOP voters and men (Wait, aren't the two synonymous?), but Shaheen is preferred by independents and women.

More here.

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

How Embarrassing - Obamacare Works For Former N.H. GOP Chairman

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

Obamacare

Sometimes you can't win for losing, or so the old adage goes. And in New Hampshire, Fergus Cullen, the former chairperson of the Republican party, found himself on the short end of the stick -- by winning. How embarrassing is that? And this whole red-faced situation was provoked by that God-awful federal program called Obamacare.

Here's the problem -- the former chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party will save $1,000 a month in premiums for his family's health care package after signing up for a new policy through the federal Obamacare exchange. This sounds good, but how's he going to explain the windfall to his fellow GOP'ers who staunchly oppose the Affordable Care Act because it's bad? If it's found out that it works, then how do the Republicans in the House explain 50+ votes to defund or abolish it?

Have no fear. He's a Republican so he's found a way to spin it -- he's taking the Rumpelstiltskin approach, only backwards. He's going to take gold and spin it into thread. From HUFFPO:

But Fergus Cullen said the savings aren't enough to turn him into a supporter of the new health care law. He said he anticipates higher out-of-pocket costs with his new Anthem-administered plan, and he's frustrated by what he sees as a lack of information about coverage options. His old plan, which was pricey but covered what he needed, was cancelled by his insurer because it didn't meet Obamacare regulations.

It costs less. Covers more. Guarantees he can't be dropped for pre-existing conditions. Can be carried over regardless of his employer. Yes, it sure does seem like Obamacare has it in for Cullen. Poor guy. He's stuck with savings.

He claims he's forced to carry coverage in the new policy that he probably won't be using. True. He favors the À la carte  method of insurance where you buy only what you need. I wonder if that comes with a crystal ball or tarot cards because how do you know what you'll need until that catastrophic and unexpected surprise comes a knockin' on your door?

Now he'll have all that extra money and as a Republican, he'll probably want to see his savings grow. Lucky for him he has the nearby Foxwoods Indian Gaming Casino. He can try his luck there with $1000/month house money. And if he becomes addicted to gambling, he can blame that on Obamacare. Luckily for him psychological and substance addictions are now covered with the Affordable Care Act.

Damn. Maybe they'll just have to change the expression now to "Obamacare-- you just can't lose for winning."

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

Utah Seeks Political Power By Giving Up 3/4ths Of It

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

Salt lake city

Aside from salt and religion, not too much comes out of Salt Lake City -- well, unless you're a Mormon. And most of what I know about being a Mormon I learned from The Book Of Mormon -- the musical. I can't say that lifestyle is for me.

But I don't think that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints members are stupid by any means. They may be horny  (Utah leads the nation in pornographic purchases) but they are pretty savvy as a whole. They number 15 million members world-wide. Yet if they are the motivating factor in this latest scheme to become more relevant in the political world, they may have crested with Mitt Romney and now are walking back from that experiment.

According to The Hill:

In 2016, an unusual state could snatch the coveted first-primary spot away from New Hampshire if its legislature gets its way: Utah

The Utah state House voted overwhelmingly on Monday in favor of a bill that would allow the state to hold its presidential primary a week before any other state in the nation, via an entirely online system, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

This is quite interesting on a number of levels. First, the primary is to be totally online. Yep, no open polls. Only internet voting. That's pretty progressive if you ask me. The state is 68% Mormon. I just never thought of all of those folks as being so progressive. Actually, the opposite might have been my first thought. I see now that I was wrong. You learn something new every day.

Yet here comes the confusing part. The state wants to up its profile as being politically meaningful. By pushing to become the first state in the nation to hold a primary, a spot normally held by New Hampshire, Utah very well might become more relevant. It could happen. But there's something else that could happen too if they choose to make this move. They'll have to face the wrath of Reince Priebus and the entire RNC.

Currently the state sends 40 delegates to the GOP nominating convention.

If Utah goes through with the change, its 40 GOP delegates to the national convention will be cut down to just nine.

Nine voices for a state that could have 40. That's roughly a 3/4 cut. Does that make them more or less relevant and meaningful or just another small voice at the convention?

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare