Flotsam & Jetsam
If New Hampshire wants Killington, Vt., so much, maybe Theo Epstein could help work out a three-way trade: Killington to New Hampshire, Newington to Maine and Bar Harbor to Vermont.
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is trying so hard to stay out of controversy that you’d swear he was running for vice president.
The bad news: Sen. Bill Frist of Tennessee is seriously considering running for president. The good news: That means Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee isn’t.
Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh, apparently successful in wiping out the memory of his father’s experience as a presidential candidate in New Hampshire, has been busy sending out feelers to potential Granite State supporters via his All America PAC.
There’s no truth to the rumor that Judge Francis Frasier considered tacking on another 150 hours of community service to the sentence of Nashua Mayor Bernie Streeter for aggravated arrogance.
The pressure’s increasing on Agriculture Commissioner Steve Taylor to take on Executive Councilor Ray Burton in ‘06.
It may have surprised a few people to find out that one of the biggest advocates for leasing additional Mt. Sunapee acreage to the operators of the ski area has been former DRED Commissioner George Bald, who was leaning on friends in Governor Lynch’s office to get the guv to back down from his opposition.
Is it a good thing or a bad thing when Chuck McGee, immediately after his sentencing on election fraud charges, announces that he’ll be available as a GOP campaign consultant as soon as he gets out of prison?
It looks like this is the last year for Public Service of New Hampshire sponsorship of Craig Benson’s Start-Up NH business plan competition.
They said it... “It was a political junkie’s heaven.” — Terry Shumaker, executive director of NEA-NH, gives his take on his experience as a member of a national Democratic Party commission on the primary schedule. “Political junkie’s heaven,” by the way, would be hell for the rest of us. “It’s not like forgetting to register your car.” — Buddy Phaneuf, president of the Cremation Society of New Hampshire, eliminates forgetfulness as one excuse for the failure of a crematorium owner to register for approval to operate from the state. “He couldn’t get through to the guy. Ironically, the line was busy.” - Jeff Newman, chair of the Concord City Republican Committee, describes how former Republican executive director - and future federal inmate — Chuck McGee scurried to put a stop to a phone-jamming scheme after getting the word to kill the plan. “So we have a wonderful issue to beat up our opponents on.” - Rep. Neal Kurk, R-Weare, explaining why he vigorously opposed a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban the state from every instituting an income tax.