Flotsam & Jetsam
The AG’s office might have cashed in if the recently defeated bill to allow slot machines at the state’s race tracks and North Country grand hotels had been approved. Those applying for a license would have had to give the AG $50,000 each to investigate them.
Congressman Jeb Bradley says House Majority Leader Tom Delay is “innocent until proven guilty.” Hasn’t he read for the Patriot Act?
Is it fair to say that, to the governor and speaker, taxing butts is a heckuva lot more palatable than allowing bets and raising the BET?
If you believe Rep. Robert Guida’s “I wasn’t in the room” explanation for not calling a roll call on the vote to double legislators’ mileage reimbursements, you’re likely to fall for the one that the roll call maneuver is “accountability at its finest.”
His fellow department heads refer to Safety Commissioner Dick Flynn as “Pac Man,” for his penchant for gobbling up pieces of other agencies and adding it to his domain.
With a Democrat in the corner office, Ray Wieczorek’s no longer a rubber stamp for a Republican governor. Now he’s a rubber stamp for Ruth Griffin.
Sure, Bill Richardson’s coming to New Hampshire just to fulfill a “speaking engagement” in June. Wanna bet?
Now that the Union Leader has changed its name to the “New Hampshire Union Leader,” does that mean it’s the UL uber alles?
They said it... “Did Representative Kurk ask for a roll call? I wasn’t in the room and never heard it. I would have supported it had I known.” — Rep. Robert “Roll Call” Giuda, head of the House Republican Alliance - which has demanded a record 90 roll calls this session - on why he and his group missed out on calling one when the House voted to double its mileage reimbursement from 38 cents to 76 cents for the first 45 miles. “I’ve always supported gambling, ever since I was a little boy running numbers for my grandmother.” — Sen. Andy Martel of Manchester - described as “joking” when he made the remark — during the debate over a measure to allow video slot machines in New Hampshire. “Next year I’ll introduce a lobbyist malpractice bill to see if we can fix that.” - A frustrated Sen. Bob Clegg puts forth a possible solution to the logjam on finding a medical malpractice reform compromise. “It’s not on my top five things-to-do-before-I-die list.” - J.C. Watts, the former Republican congressman, responds when asked at a Dartmouth College forum whether he has plans to run for president in 2008. He did, it was noted, add “never say never” to his not-quite-Shermanesque statement.