State Senate District 7 candidates Andrew Hosmer and Joshua Youssef met tonight in a debate at the Franklin Opera House. Annmarie Timmins, reporter for the Concord Monitor (and alleged Democratic Party propagandist), was there and captured the highlights.
Last month, Annmarie Timmins reported that state Senate candidate Joshua Youssef had accused House Legal Counsel Ed Mosca of illegally posting court documents on his blog, edmosca.com, to “sabotage” Youssef’s Senate campaign.
Mosca is representing Youssef’s ex-wife in their contentious divorce case. Youssef demanded Mosca resign as House Counsel and he emailed House Republicans asking them to intervene on his behalf with House Speaker Bill O’Brien.
A copycat version of Mosca’s blog has now appeared that extols Youssef’s virtues. The copycat blog, edmoscablog.com, accuses Mosca of being “not only obsessed, but absolutely consumed with a personal vendetta against Joshua Youssef.” It includes this disclaimer at the bottom of each page:
This site not owned or authored by, or in any way affiliated with NH Attorney Edward C. Mosca, NH Bar ID 9353 or “www.edmosca.com.” All Content provided herein obtained from public sources, is opinion of author, and/or is provided for informational/educational purposes only.
The author is not identified.
Occupy New Hampshire has splintered into two separate factions in a disagreement over participation by Free State Project supporters.
As alleged Democratic Party propagandist Annmarie Timmins reported, members of the anti-FSP group incorporated as a nonprofit and require members to sign a Solidarity Statement and a Commitment to Respectful Conduct.
All this was too much for Comedy Central blogger Ilya Gerner, who noted the irony of this action from a group “opposed to the insatiable greed and undemocratic influence of corporations and the authoritarianism embedded in non-consensual decision making.”
The Free State Project is an alliance of libertarians relocating to New Hampshire to create a libertarian state but who can’t afford the airfare to Somalia. Many have been joining in Occupy protests because New Hampshire is weird that way, making this the most significant schism since the People’s Front of Judea vehemently opposed the Judean People’s Front.
Tensions between Free Staters and some Occupiers have risen after the realization that building a social movement based on shared cultural preferences, rather than policy goals, ends in tears as both groups return to occupying their parents’ basements.
This afternoon, state House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt released a statement criticizing Gov Lynch over his nomination of attorney Jim Bassett to the state Supreme Court. Annmarie Timmins and Bettencourt then went back and forth on Twitter over the details of the statement. Timmins got the last word.
The House and Senate sessions in Concord today were extraordinary. The Senate picked up where it left off swatting away the frivolous, the extreme and the downright wacky legislation sent its way by the House.
The House retaliated by attaching the language from the defeated bills as non-germane amendments to Senate bills on which they were already voting and tabling six noncontroversial Senate bills as hostages. Wow.
It was another wild and woolly House session in Concord this morning. We’ll pick it up when the House GOP returns from a private caucus called by Speaker O’Brien.
Update: The House Democrats issued a statement calling Speaker O’Brien’s actions “an unprecedented power grab.”