Mitt is not the lone star
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
wasn’t on vacation yesterday, and he wasn’t shaking secretive rich folks
for huge piles
. Instead, he was sweating it out in New Hampshire
, a full month before he was supposed to have been awkwardly mingling with common folk
and spitting talking points at reporters in earnest and, you know, campaigning for president like he means it.
There’s a reason for Romney’s sudden reemergence into the public arena. He’s being stalked by a smooth-talking
governor with a personal hotline to heaven
. Worse yet, this guy has a head of hair to match
Romney’s original game plan didn’t have him stumping around the northern woods in the August heat.
The consensus GOP front runner for the White House dropped by a New Hampshire farm in June to make his electoral ambitions formal, and to declare his preference
of America over socialism-stained Europe. But after his announcement, Romney retreated into a quiet period
. He focused on raising money, building his organization, and hammering Barack Obama
from afar, while keeping public appearances to an absolute minimum.
The plan called for Romney’s campaign to remain in a quiet period until after Labor Day
Labor Day couldn’t come quickly enough, though. While Romney floated above the GOP field, Texas
Gov. Rick Perry
saw, and exploited, an opening
in the field. Perry’s team confirms
to the New York Times
today that, after a summer of floating trial balloons that culminated in a Christian mega-rally
, the governor is entering the White House race.
Perry is now solidifying a fundraising and campaign staffing network in key primary states. He plans to visit New Hampshire and South Carolina
on Saturday, the same day as the Ames
, Iowa straw poll
. Perry’s flurry of activity has rousted Romney from his front porch, and back onto the trail, a month ahead of schedule.
If you’re Romney, the problem with that fact, of course, is that the stories about your sudden return from some August relaxation all lead
to your recent vacation, and a nod toward the cowboy
charging at your heels. --PAUL MCMORROW BEACON HILL State Treasurer Steven Grossman reversed a proposed ABCC regulation
that would have required microbrewers
to either grow 50 percent of their grains and hops or buy it from local farmers. Here is the Gloucester Times story
and the Cape Cod Times report.
Congress to cut its vacation short, drawing an unfavorable comparison between Capitol Hill and the State House, where officials are touting a recent ratings upgrade.
The Globe reports
that a federal jury has subpoenaed all financial records for the last decade from a North Shore special needs agency
that is the subject of a wide-ranging corruption investigation.
The Cape Cod Times
mulls over whether dogs should be allowed in restaurants
under certain conditions
Massachusetts officials ponder how the S&P downgrade will affect cities and towns.
Former Arlington state senator Jim Marzilli speaks
-- but mostly about gardening and cooking. MUNICIPAL MATTERS
The group trying to recall Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua
says it has filed the necessary signatures. “This is a great day because the citizens of Lawrence are screaming out loud ‘We’re not afraid! Enough is enough!’” Rev. Edwin Rodriguez tells
story on the recall effort is here
Ripple effects of the ratings downgrades
are hitting Massachusetts municipalities, the Globe reports
officials are abandoning a $1 million debt exclusion request for removing PCBs
at an elementary school and instead will return to voters in the fall to seek $2.37 million for the removal project as the costs continue to rise.Greenfield Mayor William Martin
says litter and graffiti along Main Street are getting out of control
and he is looking at a crackdown on offenders.
A Land Court
judge has ruled Milton officials exceeded their authority
when they renewed a permit for a telecommunications tower
on the local American Legion Post
’s property over the post’s objections.NATIONAL POLITICS/WASHINGTON House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
, in a memo to his colleagues, stands firm in his opposition to any new taxes on people earning more than $200,000 a year. “We were not elected to raise taxes or take more money out of the pockets of hard working families and business people,” he writes. Time
has the memo
offers a counterintuitive analysis of the debt ceiling deal
in the National Review
that says Republicans
scored a Pyrrhic victory that, in the end, will force them to raise taxes or see defense spending cut because they were outfoxed by President Obama
America’s dirty little secret: Prejudice against tea partiers by the left
Mirroring Mitt Romney’s
problems with health care, Texas Gov. Rick Perry
was for immigration reform before he was against it.
the country’s recent ratings downgrade on the president. Meanwhile, Sen. Scott Brown
, who shares a political brain trust with Romney, refuses to blame
the downgrade on legislative gridlock, telling the Herald
, “I was saying let’s do it in January when we got back, but we were too busy doing judges and all this other stuff.” (The liberal elitists
at Slate beg to differ
Could the roof-riding Romney family dog Seamus
actually become an important part of a general election Obama campaign strategy against the former Bay State governor? The New Republic
’s Jonathan Chait says yes
, while lamenting the possibility. President Obama polls well in 16 states and the District of Columbia
but isn’t topping anyone’s charts elsewhere. Neither is Congress.
The Barack Obama-Jimmy Carter
analogies fly anew
. The president responds
to financial chaos by chasing a political center that doesn’t appear to exist, prompting Margery Eagan
him a “gutless, quivering wimp.” Wisconsin
recall elections become a test of the nation’s mood, WBUR reports
The Dow plunges
more than 634 points
after S&P’s downgrade. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are downgraded
, too. Larry Summers analyzes the situation
with Tom Ashbrook
on On Point. Rep. Michael Capuano
goes on Broadside
with Chet Curtis
the rating mess.
Nationalized mortgage giant Freddie Mac
waits until Wall Street trading closes to announce a $2.1 billion loss
. Freddie’s red ink comes days after Fannie Mae announced
a $2.9 billion quarterly loss.
Two Harvard Business School
professors explain on Greater Boston
just how shaky the economy is
and say there are indications we’re heading for a double-dip recession.The Berkshire Eagle
says that Verizon workers should consider whether striking over benefit cuts
is a good way to preserve their union.
Just because you own a fridge
doesn’t mean you’re middle class.EDUCATION
When Republic High School in Missouri banned Kurt Vonnegut’s
novel Slaughterhouse Five
, the Vonnegut Library in Indianapolis offered free copies to any student that wanted one, Time reports
The Lowell Sun
, in an editorial
, takes Matt Damon
to task for his unquestioning defense of teachers. The paper says Damon has La-La-Land Disease.
The Salem School Committee selects Stephen Russell
, the former superintendent in Dartmouth, to be its next superintendent, the Salem News reports
A Montreal Gazette
transportation writer pens a clarification
saying an earlier piece about the new bike-sharing program
that some Bostonians took as an attack on the Hub of the Universe
was actually a smack at his own hometown, so chill out.ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT
The state is asking homeowners to report colonies of 10 of more bats
on their properties in order to track the progression of a mysterious white fungus that is killing colonies in the eastern US.
Who rescues the rescuers? The State Police, that’s who. The staties come to the aid of a state rescue team
who found a woman who got lost in the Freetown State Forest
but lose their way shortly afterwards.CRIMINAL JUSTICE
police officer has settled a civil rights claim against him
for use of excessive force.