Posted tagged ‘New Hampshire’

Mitt Romney Set to Announce Presidential Bid

May 27, 2011

Sources close to former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and have confirmed that he will formally declare his candidacy for White House next week and he’ll make his announcement in New Hampshire.

It should be an interesting primary over the next year with anticipated opponents including Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich.

From CNN:

This will be the second time this spring Romney is using New Hampshire as a backdrop to make news. On April 11, Romney announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee with a video he taped that day at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. The Granite State holds the first primary in the presidential primary and caucus calendar and is considered a must win contest for Romney.

“Republicans in the Granite State have been closely watching Gov. Romney for 10 years since he was elected in Massachusetts in 2002. He needs to win in a state where voters know him best,” says Rich Galen, a Republican strategist who advised Fred Thompson during his 2008 GOP presidential bid, and who is the author of Mullings.com, an on-line column.

Ice Storm Shuts Down Parts of East Coast

December 12, 2008

A powerful ice storm has knocked out power to more than a million homes and businesses in New England and upstate New York. It’s a great day to be living in sunny California!

From the Associated Press:

The governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire declared states of emergency Friday morning, and schools were closed and travel disrupted across the region.

Power may not return to tens of thousands in Massachusetts until Monday at the earliest, Gov. Deval Patrick said. “Many of us view that as an ambitious estimate at this point,” he told a news conference.

New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch urged residents “to take sensible precautions and heed all warnings from public officials.”

“I don’t think anyone anticipated it would be as bad as it is,” he added.

In Hampstead, N.H., Mark Cegelis said things were hectic at his neighborhood gas station, which was jammed with people trying to get gas for home generators.

“It’s kind of lawless out there right now,” Cegelis said. “There’s a lot of people very frustrated, stacking up at the gas stations. It’s pretty ugly.”

He bought 21 gallons for himself and tried to deliver some to some friends in Derry but couldn’t get there because of downed trees blocking roads. So his friends came to him instead, and were expected to hunker down until power was restored.

In eastern New York, particularly around Albany, the state capital, outages brought the total in the state to more than 235,000.

Connecticut Legalizes Gay Marriage

October 10, 2008

The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled today that gay and lesbian couples have the right to get married. Connecticut is the third state to mandate equally treatment for citizens when applying for marriage licenses, regardless of their sexual orientation.

From CNN:

“Interpreting our state constitutional provisions in accordance with firmly established equal protection principles leads inevitably to the conclusion that gay persons are entitled to marry the otherwise qualified same sex partner of their choice,” the ruling said.

“To decide otherwise would require us to apply one set of constitutional principles to gay persons and another to all others. The guarantee of equal protection under the law, and our obligation to uphold that command, forbids us from doing so. In accordance with these state constitutional requirements, same sex couples cannot be denied the freedom to marry.”

The decision would only allow gay couples the state benefits of marriage. The Defense of Marriage Act, passed in 1996, denies gay couples federal recognition of state marriages, which provides for federal benefits with regard to Social Security, taxation, immigration and others.

Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and New Jersey have civil unions.


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