Flotsam & Jetsam
Never mind all that technology the previous administration talked about bringing to state government - how about some calculators over at HHS?
The D.C. Hate New Hampshire Firsters can just smell the primary’s blood in the water.
Why can’t we run presidential campaigns the way they do in Iraq and not announce the candidates’ names until five days before the vote?
Is it possible that at least one of the top-level HHS employees either forced out or fired by Craig Benson might have been able to spot the $70 million double-counting mistake?
Are we in the first year of the Lynch administration or the seventh year of the Shaheen administration?
There’s no truth to the rumor that Craig Benson has been named to the board of directors of the National Organization for Women.
They said it... “Straight-ticket voting is a mindless endeavor. It doesn’t strengthen parties, it strengthens mindlessness.” - Rep. Steve Vaillancourt, R-Manchester. (Previously L-Manchester, and before that D-Manchester.) “Management should have been looking at this, but they’re out there distracted by other stuff, out there doing GraniteCare.” - Stan Arnold, budget adviser to Gov. John Lynch, offers his hypothesis on how the $70 million hole in the state Health and Human Services budget came about. “What’s that British rock band? Rage Against the Machine? You just have to stand there and holler until something happens.” - A not-quite-with-it Sen. Peter Burling, D-Cornish, invokes the famous American band in promoting his legislation that would create a commission to bargain with pharmaceutical companies to bring the cost of drugs down. In other words, Burling - to quote a Rage song — wants to “Take the Power Back.” “You come with me to Saratoga, and I’ll show you odds of winning that are a lot better than scratch tickets.” — Lempster Republican Sen. Bob Odell to Senate Majority Leader Robert Clegg, R-Hudson, who wanted to know if dog and horse bets are riskier than playing the lottery. “Just a coincidence.” — House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee Chairman David Welch, R-Kingston, on the curious scheduling of bill to repeal the state’s hate crime statute. The hearing was held Jan. 27, the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. “The governor is very open and very nice. He said he hopes everyone feels this was the best session ever.” - Rep. Julie Brown, R-Rochester, after having lunch with Governor Lynch, who is scheduling regulator meetings with groups of legislators.