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Political Happy Hour with Joshua Miller

Tuesday, February 09, 2016
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Here’s your afternoon firewater snow-cup of politics, from Joshua Miller of the Boston Globe reporting from a very snowy Hampstead, N.H.

PRESIDENTIAL SIREN SIREN SIREN! via the FT: “Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire media owner and former New York mayor, has stated for the first time that he is considering a run for US president, a move that would dramatically reshape the 2016 race for the White House. Speaking to the Financial Times, the founder of the eponymous financial information group criticised the quality of the debate in the presidential race. He said that he was ‘looking at all the options’ when asked whether he was considering putting his name forward. ‘I find the level of discourse and discussion distressingly banal and an outrage and an insult to the voters,’ Mr Bloomberg said in an interview, before adding that the US public deserved ‘a lot better’ ...” Sadly, behind paywall:

THE FINAL GRANITE STATE PUSH, via Alan Rappeport of the New York Times in Manchester, N.H.: “Presidential candidates spent the final day before the New Hampshire primary election racing across the state, anxiously making their final appeals to voters and attacking each other in increasingly meanspirited terms. With a snowstorm bearing down ... and threatening to derail the final crush of campaign events on Monday, Republicans jockeyed for position in the hope of outperforming recent polls that suggest that Donald J. Trump is the favorite to win the state ...”

IF TRUMP IS THE POISON, BUSH SAYS HE’S THE CURE? via Eric Moskowitz in Nashua on “Making his second-to-last official stop of his New Hampshire primary campaign Monday, Jeb Bush immediately cast himself as an antidote to perceived Republican front-runner Donald Trump. Speaking to a Rotary Club that his father addressed a generation ago as vice president, Bush made a case for pluralism and pointed to his 4-year-old granddaughter Georgia Helena Walker Bush as a ‘quadra-hyphenated American’ — calling her ‘a Canadian-Iraqi-Texas-Mexican American.’ In his opening remarks, Bush called Trump one of those ‘politicians that push down a group of people to make themselves look better,’ while casting himself as a Florida governor who listened to his constituents and a leader who can bring people together. ...”

CHRISTIE ‘ON ONE KNEE,’ from me in Hudson, N.H.: “New Jersey Governor Chris Christie knelt down in the dust of the factory floor here at Gilchrist Metal Fabricating Co. and leaned in close to hear undecided voter Ann Antosca’s question about his plan to reform Social Security. The 53-year-old real estate agent suggested that understanding his proposal was the final hurdle to getting her vote. ‘I was gonna get up, but I think I’ll stay on one knee,’ Christie said to laughter from a crowd of more than 100, before diving into a detailed explanation of the state of the beloved federal program and his plan to save it. Less than 24 hours before New Hampshire voters hit the polls, Christie was joyfully, pugnaciously, extemporaneously embracing his campaign mantra of ‘Telling It Like It Is’ and making a last-ditch effort to appeal to Granite State voters before they cast their ballots. ...”

MY FAVORITE QUOTE I HEARD FROM HIS PUGNACITY, GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE OF NEW JERSEY TODAY: “You don’t want to send somebody who is not going to fight to Washington, D.C. But remember something else: You don’t want to send somebody to Washington, D.C., who’s just gonna burn the city down. I’ll burn it down. But after I burn it down, I’m going to rebuild it. And rebuild it in a way that works for you. You can’t just — can’t just hire the angry guy. You gotta hire the guy who knows how to use that anger to build something, to make something better.”

HIS EXCELLENCY, GOVERNOR CHARLES DUANE SNOW OF MASSACHUSETTS, via Andy Metzger and Colin A. Young of the State House News Service: “The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has about 1,900 pieces of equipment and about 550 employees on the roads clearing snow that began falling Monday morning as the state prepares for the evening and Tuesday morning commutes, Gov. Charlie Baker told reporters Monday afternoon. ... Baker updated reporters on conditions from the State House, where he said he first arrived at 6 a.m., and he said that in instances where a storm blankets the entire state with more accumulation he would likely go to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency’s bunker in Framingham. ...” Link via

THE LATEST, from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, via press release: “The most intense portion of the storm has now passed, although lighter snowfall will continue throughout the evening and into tonight, resulting in additional (but less significant) accumulation of plowable snow. During this morning’s high tide (11 a.m.), coastal communities experienced moderate levels of flooding that required some local road closures. Minor coastal flooding is expected for the nighttime high tide, but impacts will be less than what was seen this morning. At this time, power outages are minimal across the state.”

ECONOMIC MOOD MUSIC — FILL UP THAT TANK!, via Deirdre Fernandes on “Gasoline prices fell for the ninth consecutive week in Massachusetts, tumbling to an average of $1.77 a gallon on Monday, according to AAA Northeast. The price for a gallon dropped four cents from last week and is at its lowest point since January 2009, due to an oversupply of crude oil, according to the nonprofit auto club. ...”

DAILY DRONE. Just because. “Fireworks From A Drone,” via GoPro on Vimeo:

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