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Political Happy Hour with Joshua Miller

Monday, May 25, 2015
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Here’s your condensation-specked-beer-can-in-the-cooler-in-your-trunk of politics, from Joshua Miller of the Boston Globe, writing from a nearly empty Massachusetts State House.

NEED-TO-KNOW — The long-weekend forecasts, via Boston || Hyannis || Portland, Maine || Portsmouth, N.H. || Lenox || NYC

NEED-TO-KNOW II, via Rebecca Fiore on “The Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the State Police are warning of traffic delays for people making holiday getaways — particularly those heading for Cape Cod. ...”

TAX FIGHT! Or a very wonkish version of that, from me on “The Massachusetts House of Representatives Friday asked the state’s highest court to weigh in on the constitutionality of a Senate budget plan that includes stopping an automatic decrease in the state income tax and adding a new tax on some flavored tobacco products. The move ratchets up tensions between the liberal-leaning Senate and the more conservative House, which have been feuding in recent weeks over how to fix the troubled MBTA and whether to change the rules of the legislative committee process. ...”

ELIZABETH WARREN WATCH FROM ACROSS THE POND, via a not-so-favorable Lexington column in the Economist: “ ... Mrs Warren is sincere in her moral indignation ... [but] Mrs Warren’s message boils down to: Americans are right to be furious, Washington is run by special interests, government is broken and the economic pie is shrinking—and the solution lies in more Washington, and trusting government to distribute pie more fairly. How would she resolve that paradox? Nobody knows, because Mrs Warren—a shrewd politician—is not actually running for the presidency. ...”

JUST ANOTHER DAY IN BOSTON 2024 NEWS, via the Associated Press in London: “Boston and US Olympic leaders will travel to Switzerland next week to sound out the IOC about their struggling candidacy for the 2024 Summer Games amid a leadership shake-up at the top of the bid. The high-level American delegation will be at IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, next Wednesday and Thursday as part of the new ‘invitation phase’ for Olympic bid cities, two officials with knowledge of the meeting told The Associated Press. ...” Link via

CLINTON N.H. EVENT INTERRUPTED BY BENGHAZI EMAILS, from James Pindell on “...[T]he State Department released 900 pages of emails, which they characterized as not contradicting an official review on what went wrong during the September 2012 attack. ... With cases of beer and kegs serving as Clinton’s backdrop, a chorus of vibrating phone news alerts interrupted her roundtable with small business leaders at [a brewery] ...”

THE DANGERS OF NOT VOTING, via David Schwartz of Reuters: “An Arizona woman was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison on Thursday for running over her husband with the family car because he failed to vote in the 2012 presidential election, court officials said. Holly Nicole Solomon, 31, pleaded guilty ... to two counts of aggravated assault ... Police said Solomon was upset with her husband ... in the days following the Nov. 6 re-election of U.S. President Barack Obama and believed the family would face hardship from his winning another term in office. ...”

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MEMORIAL DAY — I was moved by this David Lane photo on the front page of today’s New Hampshire Union Leader with the caption: “Sis Moffett of Penacook places an American Flag beside the grave of her son, former U.S. Marine John Moffett, at New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery on Thursday. ...” Front-page PDF, via the Newseum:

CLOSING THOUGHT, via JFK in 1961: “... Whereas the same principles and revolutionary beliefs for which our forbears fought and died are still at issue in the world and the challenge against them can be met only through the same qualities of courage, strength, and unflinching determination shown by our noble dead ...

Now, Therefore, I, John F. Kennedy, President of the United States, do hereby urge the people of the United States to observe Tuesday, May 30, 1961, Memorial Day, by invoking the blessing of God on those who have died in defense of our country, and by praying for a new world of law where peace and justice shall prevail and a life of opportunity shall be assured for all ...”