Jeff Feingold is
Editor of NH Business Review's print and
on-line editions. He has
been a business journalist for more than 25 years, and recognized
by the Small Business Administration as National
Small Business Journalist of the Year.
Let's face it, Kelly Ayotte wasn't at the top of anyone's list of
fire-breathing conservatives before she decided to run for U.S. Senate.
But she sure has been making up for lost time.
Since declaring her intention to run last summer, Ayotte has been busy
bringing a new glistening shine to her credentials as a law enforcer,
with Exhibit A her nearly non-stop emphasis on the Officer Briggs case.
Then there's her argument before the Supreme Court - something she had to
do as part of her job description as AG, BTW - in defense of the state's
defunct parental notification law. And then there's her endorsement of
Arizona's immigrant law, followed by her more recent decision to hop
aboard the 14th Amendment repeal bandwagon.
Of course, the cherry on top is the big wet kiss Sarah Palin gave her in
claiming her as one of her own "Mama Grizzlies."
So where does a recent campaign contribution fit in for a woman who
opposes same-sex marriage? The 500 bucks came from Mary Cheney, the
lesbian daughter of the former vice president, who coughed up the dough
in April. Cheney, who lives in Virginia with her partner Heather Poe and
their two children, has caused quite a stir herself among activists in
the gay community for giving financial support to candidates, like Ayotte,
who oppose marriage equality.
Add a strange conception of New Hampshire's welfare system to a strange
conception of the state's tax laws as part of GOP gubernatorial hopeful
Jack Kimball's CV.
Kimball, who's been going around touting a plan to apply a lower tax rate
to businesses that make more money - a move that would be against the
state constitution - now is insisting that "welfare in this state
has become a way of life."
He's also claiming that New Hampshire has a more lenient public
assistance system than Massachusetts - which has led, he asserts, to
people from the Bay State moving here.
Among his fixes, Kimball says, would be to abolish the way benefits are
currently distributed - right now, it involves depositing money into an
account and recipients getting access to the money through an EBT, or
electronic benefit transfer.
"They won't be able to have it go directly into their checking
account so they can take it out and spend it on whatever they want,"
Kimball recently told an audience in Laconia. And, he said, he would make
recipients come in to the state's welfare offices and pick up a check and
"do something radical like pee in a cup, something to prove the
money isn't going into their arm."
You know what Forrest Gump's mama used to say.
Perhaps in the next edition of Merriam-Webster's there will be
accompanying photos of Timothy Horrigan and Keith Halloran to illustrate
the definition of the word "stupid."
Horrigan, now a former state rep from Durham, and Rindge-resident
Halloran, a candidate to become one, found their way into the
15-minutes-of-infamy rotation after actually posting on Facebook musings
about the hypothetical death of Fox News contributor Sarah Palin.
Yes, they posted their ruminations on Facebook, which at last count had
over 500 million members, so they weren't exactly whispering in a vacuum.
For the record, Horrigan posted that a "dead Palin wd be even more
dangerous than a live one" and said she "is all about her myth
& if she was dead she cdn't commit any more gaffes."
Halloran was even less circumspect. In commenting on the death of Alaska
Sen. Ted Stevens in a plane crash, he posted, "Just wish Sarah and
Levy were on board." That's a not-exactly-veiled reference to Palin
and the father of her grandchild, Levi Johnston.
FYI, Horrigan has since taken to lambasting Governor Lynch and other
members of the state Dem hierarchy for somehow throwing him under the bus
after his posting hit the fan.
Game, set, match
From the It Doesn't Take a Soothsayer To Have Seen This One Coming
Department, the announcement by the New Hampshire Lottery that it has
scrapped plans for the PlayNowNH online games, which caused a mass case
of outrage among politicos who said they were taken by surprise by the
It's been making the rounds...
• Is it too much of a stretch to assume that if David Lovejoy wins
the Rockingham County sheriff's race that's as good a gauge of voter
anger as anything?
• Bill Binnie's either brilliant or crazy in taking on both John
H. Sununu and the Union Leader in a week's time.
• It's clear by now that Binnie's big (actually, only) hope is to
pull a McCain and get independents to vote for him in the GOP
• Exactly what business is self-described
"businesswoman" Jennifer Horn affiliated with?
• At least when it comes to lobbing lobbyist insults, what goes
around, comes around, doesn't it Katrina?