A trip to Montreal for the International Jazz Festival and Fireworks or to Amsterdam for a half hour of flowers at Kukenhof and Queens Day celebrations (orange everywhere) had been planned for the second half of this week's Liberty Express (Monday at 10 pm, Tuesday at 11 pm, Thursday at 9 pm, and Sunday at noon on ManchesterTV23 and always availalble at vimeo.com/channels/libertyx).
However, the show was overrun by weasels and snakes, and we never quite make it to Amsterdam or Montreal. With the background song "War Is A Science" from Pippin (a great Broadway show with Ben Vereen and Irene "Granny" Ryan back in the early 70s), yes indeed we spend most of the hour inundated by snakes and weasels (aka The Manchester Seven) as we relive last week's redistricting vote. Time flew. The first half hour was gone before I even took a breath. Those snakes just kept attacking! Ugh!
Need I say more.
The seven Manchester Reps who broke their pledge to support the Governor's veto on redistricting and in so doing voted to take two additional Reps from their city are...well....you know them by know, and if you don't, you certaily will by the time The Liberty Express finishes (maybe I'll run it again just prior to the November election).
Will Infantine, Ward 6, Chair of the Delegation (since resigned, or so we hear)
Mike Ball, Ward 2
Leo Pepino, Ward 4
Cathy Cusson Cail and Ross Terrio, Ward 7
Carlos Gonzalez and Connie Souch, Ward 12.
Since we've completed the first quarter of the year, this week's show also reviews our 12 for 12 predictions from back in January. It appears we have two right (no gay marriage repeal and no casinos) and two wrong (speed limit increase and Gatsas for Governor) so far.
C'mon Ted, there's still time...your press secretary awaits!
I'll keep my predictions the same for the U.S. Senate (GOP takes over with a gain of seven seats) and only minimal GOP losses in the U.S. House, but I'm once again increasing the number of gains for Democrats in the NH House (it may reach 100) and am upping Democratic gains in the NH Senate from three, giving Dems eight, to a gain of five seats, which would give Dems 11 senators.
I'm also backing off on a prediction of a Bass win.
Yes, expect Republicans to take a big hit in Manchester...what more can one expect when the party is overrun by snakes and weasels.