Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray, surprising many in politics, said he wanted to spend time with his family, not run for governor in 2014. Others noted that he had some political baggage, including low poll numbers, a mysterious high-speed car crash on an early morning in 2011, and a political friendship with a former housing authority director now under a joint federal and state investigation. Murray’s decision reshapes the emerging 2014 governor’s race, broadening the field.
One day he’s committing a string of verbal miscues, saying there is no “silver bullet” but that he is “shooting for Tuesday” in completing an ambitious gun control proposal. The next day, he’s the power behind the presidency. Vice President Joe Biden – who is the other person being inaugurated this weekend – has over the last four years refined one of the best shticks in politics, one where one of his biggest problems (his mouth) has become one of his greatest assets (his ability to connect). He is also, according to historians and political observers, becoming one of the most influential vice presidents in history.
The first of 31 prizes set to be raffled by New Hampshire police chiefs in May has a retail value of $1,995. It also has folding iron sights, a collapsible stock, and weighs 7.4 pounds, according to the manufacturer’s website. The winner, chosen from 1,000 entrants in a sold-out contest, will walk out with a military-style assault rifle that closely resembles one used to massacre 20 first-graders and six adults in Newtown, Conn.