Garcia ‘struggles with name recognition’ — literally


The latest Granite State Poll included the observation that congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia (and her Republican opponents) “struggle with name recognition.” The invitation for a Garcia campaign event hosted by the Coos County Republican Committee, in which her name is misspelled, makes that abundantly clear.

Executive Council candidate: Viva Manchvegas!


Jim Adams, Republican candidate for the District 4 Executive Council seat held by Democrat Chris Pappas, has a spectacular photo of the Manchester skyline on his campaign web site — Manchester, England. Oops.

h/t: NH Democratic Party

Crack team of N.H. House Republicans track down Miscellany Blue editor leading double life in Virginia

There’s an architect in Virginia who must be wondering what he ever did to piss off a bunch of Tea Party lawmakers in New Hampshire.


Research by state House Rep. Steve Beaudoin (R-Rochester) with support from Reps. John Burt (R-Goffstown), JR Hoell (R-Dunbarton) and Daniel Tamburello (R-Londonerry).

Karen Testerman is angry at Barak [sic] Obama

In a campaign email, U.S. Senate hopeful Karen Testerman misspelled the President’s name. “We are … Angry that our government won’t pass a budget! Not since Jeanne Shaheen and Barak Obama were elected in 2008,” she wrote. Just sayin’

Ayotte’s ‘Oops’ Moment on Deficit Reduction

When Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner testified before the Senate Budget Committee, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte was vocal in her criticism of the administration for not embracing the Bowles-Simpson deficit reduction recommendations — until she was asked about the report’s proposals for raising revenue.

Geithner was responding to questions by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), and at one point turned the tables on her. He asked Ayotte if, given her “affection” for Bowles-Simpson, she would support its tax reform that raised trillions in revenue for deficit reduction.

“Are you willing to embrace the broad balance of Bowles-Simpson? Then there is a lot to talk about,” he said.

Ayotte would only say that it is up to the president to take the lead on the budget.

Correction of the Year

Larry Sabato and and Alan Abramowitz:

CORRECTION: Due to sloppy research by our interns, the authors would like to clarify a couple of points. It turns out that all news reports cited above were not published in the last ten days, but right after the 1994 Republican midterm landslide. Every time “Barack Obama” appears in print, you should substitute “Bill Clinton”. The acronym “OTB” actually stands for “One-Term Bill” not “One-Term Barack”.


Rhode Island Rejects Name Change

It sounds like a headline ripped from the pages of The Onion, but it’s true. Rhode Island votes resoundingly defeated a ballot initiative to change the state’s official name from “State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations” to “Rhode Island”. Who knew?

Best Automated Voice Mail Transcription Ever

Actual voice mail (Frank Guinta robocall):

"…the failed leadership of Obama, Reid and Pelosi"

Automated transcription:

"…the failed leadership of Obama being a pussy"

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The Prescient Press?

Headline of the Day: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

GOP Legislator Who Crusaded Against College Sex Ed Classes Owns Company That Sells Kinky Sex Gadgets


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Face-off for Best Negative Ad of the Year

"Bill Brady will kill your dog" or "Sam Katz kicks children in the face."
You make the call.


They Do Things Differently in California

California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and Senatorial candidate Carly Fiorina were in Newport Beach to attend the Hispanic 100 lifetime Achievement Award Gala.

Before speaking, the two Republican candidates … downed shots of tequila as the crowd cheered them on.

Fiorina spoke first, saying, “…[I] think every speech should begin with a shot of Tequila.” Then she let out a yell, “It was great!”

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