I’m not going to rule out anything right now.Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott ”bqhatevwr” Brown • Suggesting that a senate run in New Hampshire was a real possibility for him. He made the statement in the Granite State homestead of Nashua—the first of four visits to the state in the next five weeks. Current Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is up for reelection in 2014. source
Republicans in New Hampshire’s state legislature have called for the first elected transgender official in the state – and the nation – to step down in light of a newspaper article that revealed her criminal past. Stacie Marie Laughton, a Democrat, made history this month when she was elected to a seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives from Hillsborough County, which includes Nashua. But a story in the Laconia Daily Sun revealed that Laughton was a convicted felon who served more than four months in jail for ”conspiracy to commit credit card fraud” in 2008.First Transgender Elected to Office Asked to Resign Over Past Conviction - ABC News (via firthofforth)
People have come up to me and said it’s changed my whole life. They’ve told me it has made me feel good again and not like a second or third class citizen. I haven’t heard anyone come up to me saying that it’s hurt my own marriage.New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch • Discussing the efforts to repeal gay marriage in the state’s legislature, which legislators are expected to vote on soon. The legislation, sponsored by Republican state Rep. David Bates, would keep 1,906 current marriages legal but bar any future ones, limiting the definition of marriage between one man and one woman. Lynch has promised to veto any law outlawing gay marriage.
Some people want their freedom to practice their religious one way, maybe another way. Some might not even want to practice it at all. But freedom, if you understand it, you should all fight for freedom, because you want to exert your freedom the way you want…[People] say, how are you going to compromise and give up some of your beliefs in order to get some things passed? You don’t have to compromise. What you have to do is emphasize the coalitions that people want their freedoms for a different reason and bring them together.Ron Paul • In his New Hampshire speech tonight. What’s notable here isn’t that Ron Paul is talking about liberty. What’s notable is that, in his tactical assessment of how to win supporters over to a movement, Paul sounds a whole lot more like a political theorist than a politician. The advice Paul is giving is very pragmatic—if you want to get people to support a cause, you must illustrate to them how they will benefit from the triumph of that cause. Of course, politicians use this technique all the time (the PATRIOT act, etc), but they rarely articulate that that’s what they’re doing. Paul is speaking in much more academic—and honest—terms than politicians normally do (with the possible exception of Newt Gingrich, though, to borrow a joke from Lewis Black, Newt is to academics what KFC is to chicken). If nothing else, it’s refreshing. source (via • follow)
» That’s according to Nate Silver: Silver crunched the numbers and did the math, and the average non-incumbent winner of the New Hampshire primary wins roughly 39 percent of the vote. Silver has Romney getting right around 39 percent. “If Mitt Romney stays close to our forecast and gets about 39 percent of the vote in New Hampshire tonight, his performance will be highly typical for the winner of the primary,” Silver writes.
You know that our campaign is more than about replacing the president. It’s about saving the soul of America.New Hampshire primary winner Mitt Romney • Who claims that Obama wants to turn the U.S. into a “European-style social state,” whatever that means.
BREAKING: Mitt Romney wins New Hampshire Republican primary— The Associated Press (@AP) January 11, 2012
More info as we get it. Obviously, the real story here is who gets second and third, honestly.
UPDATE: The L.A. Times reports that Romney’s victory is the first time a non-sitting Republican presidential candidate won both New Hampshire and Iowa. Really, the race should be more interesting in South Carolina, where it probably won’t get called so quickly.
mbimotmog says: Not really sure how this “crosses a line”…did the Union Leader create new ad space just for the purpose of allowing Obama to advertise or did the Obama campaign simply buy the biggest placement that the UL offered?
» SFB says: To explain, the problem we see with the Obama ads is that they’re so large that they overwhelm the rest of the content, which means that it’s having an adverse effect on the journalism. It feels like the financial gain overtook the ethics in this case. It’s not as bad as the DM Register, but it’s clearly intended on counteracting the news. When an ad is that large, the lines between advertising and editorial start to blur — which is less of a problem when the ads aren’t political. But in this case, the ads are very much intended to counteract the news of the day. Obama should be free to spend wherever he wants. But the newspaper should know when to say no to an ad request. — Ernie @ SFB