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Comedy Central described New Hampshire’s state house of reps as ‘a bunch of part-time real-estate agents throwing monkey feces at a wall.’ But that’s not entirely fair—some of them are lawyers too.

Take a look at America’s worst state legislatures. (via motherjones)

I’m offended that Texas’s part-time, meets every other year, legislature didn’t make the cut.


New Hampshire: With state representive win, Laughton state’s first openly transgender lawmaker

Overshadowed by the wave of historic results that emerged from Tuesday’s election, including women taking the governor’s office as well as two congressional seats and making New Hampshire the first state with an all-female delegation, was another bit of history.

Stacie Laughton, a Democrat, became the first openly transgender lawmaker in the state.

“I believe that at this point, the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community will hopefully be inspired,” Laughton said Wednesday. “My hope is that now maybe we’ll see more people in the community running, maybe for alderman. Maybe in the next election, we’ll have a senator.”

Laughton won one of three seats in the state House of Representatives in Ward 4, joining Democrats David Cote, no relation to the author, and Mary Gorman. She garnered 1,588, easily beating two Republican candidates.


John Cho & Kal Penn Act Out Questions You May Have About Voting in New Hampshire

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By Jason Cherkis

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney argues that federal disaster response should be handled at the state level, but when disaster struck Massachusetts, he was missing in action, according to some of the state’s local politicians.

On Oct. 9, 2005, heavy rain storms caused the Green River to rise to historic levels and begin flooding into Greenfield, Mass. The flooding destroyed a trailer park and demolished swaths of low-income housing. Roads were impassable. The flood waters submerged the town’s water treatment plant.

As the rain fell and the Green River rose, Greenfield’s then-Mayor Christine Forgey tells The Huffington Post that she did not hear from Romney. About 75 people, including many retirees, lost their homes in the trailer park, she says. Still many more were displaced. Forgey says a resident opened up the high school and used it as a crisis shelter. A radio station launched a food and clothing drive and the Red Cross provided services.

New Hampshire had faced the same flooding. It’s damage was worse. Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat, called up the National Guard and cut short a trip to Europe to return to his state so he could oversee the flood response.

Forgey, according to press accounts, tried to get Romney on the phone, but she only got as far as a the Lieutenant Governor’s chief of staff. She and others started complaining to the press in the hopes of getting the governor’s attention.

The town could handle distributing donated shirts and juice. But Greenfield, with its population of 18,000, couldn’t repair this level of loss, which had been estimated to exceed $1 million. Forgey said she needed the state government to respond and for Romney to declare an emergency. But for days, Greenfield residents were on their own, with limited outside help. “We really didn’t get the response we were looking for,” she says. “I had to declare a state of emergency … We really needed help desperately, desperately.”

On the first day, Forgey says she did not hear from Romney. Nor the second day. Nor the third.

Romney wasn’t in Massachusetts when the flood hit, and the emergency did not alter his plans. The Associated Press reported at the time that the governor had been scheduled to speak to an economic club in North Carolina. “If the governor thought for one second he was needed here today, he would be there,” a spokesperson told the AP.

Seven years later, Forgey still brings up Lynch’s leadership as an example that Romney should have followed. “You can imagine the level of frustration as a mayor on a local level and people are saying please help us and your hands are tied,” she said. “I wished that Governor Romney had taken a page from Governor Lynch’s book and basically paid attention to what was happening in Western Massachusetts. Government is here to help people, especially in disasters.”

Even after returning to Boston, Romney still hadn’t talked to Forgey or visited the flood-affected areas. “The governor’s office hasn’t even acknowledged that it’s rained,” Democratic state Rep. Christopher Donelan complained to the Boston Globe.

It would be three days since the rains began and only after heavy criticism from the local press — which began to make comparisons to the Hurricane Katrina disaster response — before the governor ventured to Greenfield to the shake the hands of the flood victims.

But even his visit proved a disappointment. Forgey says she never met with Romney, as his visit was unannounced. They only spoke on the phone.

Romney defended his inaction to the Associated Press. “The floods weren’t of a nature of such significance on Monday, based upon the reports, that suggested that my being in Western Mass would have made any difference whatsoever.” He went on to add: “There will always be occasion for people to say why didn’t you do it this way or that way. You do the best you can, based on the information you have.”

But once in Greenfield to survey the damage, Romney seemed ignorant of even the most basic geography, according to John Barrett, then-Mayor of North Adams. He said the governor called him while he was driving through Greenfield to say he was in the area. “I said, ‘that’s the next county,’” Barrett recalls telling Romney. “You’re an hour away.”

“I don’t think he understood that was part of the job … that part of it was dealing with catastrophic storms,” Barrett, a frequent and early critic of Romney, says. “He just didn’t pay too much attention to it.”

Even after seeing the damaged town and displaced residents, Romney still did not act immediately. Forgey says he waited until another part of the state had flood problems before declaring a state of emergency, which was necessary before the affected areas could receive federal assistance. Before declaring the emergency, Romney had said if the state didn’t qualify for federal aid, he would make sure the damages were covered via the state legislature.

Dan Bosley, a former Democratic state representative in Western Mass, echoes Forgey’s criticisms. His district had severe flooding that closed roads and bridges. He says Romney waited too long to seek money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and that when it finally came, it wasn’t enough. Some damage had to wait for a second disaster, and a new administration, to get fixed. “We were the 47 percent out here,” he says. “He just couldn’t be bothered. He was out of state. He just ignored us and I just found that very frustrating.”

A year later, horrible floods hit on Mothers Day 2006 in Melrose. The floods displaced 8,000 of the area’s 30,000 residents, including hundreds of elderly tenants. Their entire public works building was under water. Rob Dolan, the town’s mayor, says Sen. Ted Kennedy had been one of the first to call to offer assistance. The next day, FEMA representatives were on the ground.

Dolan says the state’s response was exceptional. But the idea that the state could do the kind of recovery and damage assessments on their own as, Romney has recently suggested, is troubling to Dolan, who broke with his party and voted for Romney when he ran for governor in 2002.

Federal grants, Dolan says, helped pay for new drainage systems to prevent future floods. The feds also cracked down on businesses who were jacking up prices on mold removal and tree cutting after the flood in 2006. “The federal government was on them like white on rice,” he says. “We called the feds on those people and it just ended, you know? That’s a big issue.”

Melrose was just five miles from Romney’s office and three miles from his house. Dolan says he never got a call from Romney. Maybe he drove through, Dolan thinks. “I’m not sure if he did,” he says. “They did say he was going to drive through.”

The Romney campaign did not respond to a request for comment.


Organizing for America released this television advertisement showing President Obama speaking about how much we have accomplished in the last four years and how much work there is left to do. This is the plan the President laid out in his State of the Union, and has been sharing with Americans across the country this year.

The ad is airing in New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Colorado. If you haven’t already, join the millions of other Americans in visiting his website to read about the President’s plans for the next four years.

Check out all of our BOR videos of the day on the VOTD tag.


In New Hampshire, just grabbing a pint with POTUS.

Pints with POTUS!


“‘Both Mitt and I have summer places up in New Hampshire on Lake Winnipesaukee. And a few summers ago I was taking my grandchildren and children to town in the boat for ice cream. And we got into the docks and they were all full and I looked around, there was no place to park, so we stopped at the end of a dock. They all jumped off and ran up the dock. And I realized there was nobody in the boat to help me dock the boat, handle the ropes, do anything – they just left me out there at sea. So I finally found a place to park after about 20 minutes, and I pulled in, I said, ‘Who’s going to grab the rope?,’ and I looked up and there was Mitt Romney. So he pulled me in, he tied up the boat for me. He rescued me just as he’s going to rescue this great country.’”

(via motherjones)


The Obamas and Bidens - Portsmouth, New Hampshire

(via demnewswire)


President Obama visits Mack’s Apples in Londonderry, New Hampshire

August 18, 2012


Bud, a truck driver from New Hampshire, is one of 2.7 million people who have chipped in to help the campaign. Here’s why:

“President Obama has had his hands tied these past few years and he’s still done a good job. That’s not easy. I know that President Obama knows what he’s doing, that he does the right thing, and that he gets it.

“I feel safe with President Obama in office, so I want him to come back for another four years. He needs to finish the job he started.

“I’ve voted for Democrats and Republicans—I just pick the best candidate. This year, the choice is pretty clear for me.”

Maybe the only Chick-Fil-A I’d eat at (if I were in NH).


New Hampshire’s only Chick-fil-A restaurant is going against the wishes of chicken chain founder Dan Cathy by pledging to co-sponsor an LGBT Pride Festival in the state.

In a statement on the New Hampshire Pride Festival website, Nashua Chick-fil-A franchise manager Anthony Picolia said he was backing the the event, citing “positive relationships with family, friends, customers and employees in the LGBT community.”

“It would make me sad if someone felt that they were not openly welcomed into my life or restaurant based on their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender,” Picolia explained. “Chick-fil-A at Pheasant Lane Mall has gay employees and serves gay customers with honor, dignity and respect. We also don’t discriminate in giving back to the Nashua community, donating to a wide variety of causes.”

Being a decent human being. You’re doing it right.


Bill Nye the Science Guy visits New Hampshire as part of the “Out-Educate” tour.


Bill Nye the Science Guy visits New Hampshire as part of the “Out-Educate” tour.


At one point, stopping to guzzle a glass of lemonade, Romney was asked how it tasted, to which he replied, “Lemon. Wet. Good.”

The parade ended in a park overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee, where Romney stood alongside New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte to make brief remarks in honor of the holiday.

There’s really nothing here, other than Mitt has the personality of a paper bag. Which yes, we all knew.

But really? “Lemon. Wet. Good.” It’s like a robot spitting back the layman’s chemical formulation and recipe of Country Time pink powder lemonade…


Barack Obama in Durham, New Hampshire


Barack Obama in Durham, New Hampshire