NHinsider.com blogger Rick Olson is my guest for the full hour of More Politically Alert this week which aired Wednesday night on Manchestertv23 with rebroadcast Thursday at 9 p.m., Sunday at noon, and Tuesday at 11 p.m. (always on vimeo.com/channels/mpa).
It was a quick hour. I let Rick go on about his opposition to Northern Pass while I checked the Bruins score (it was 0-0 at the time. One caller, a transplant from Quebec, predicted the Bruins would lose in four straight--no, it wasn't Majority Leader DJ Bettencourt or the bearded Rep.Tim Comerford! Yes, sadly, the caller, could be right).
Rick and I agreed on most items (right to work, photo ID to vote, Romney's level of acceptability, Wiener's wiener), but Rick is more anti Northern Pass than I am.
We also slipped into a discussion the Pemi-Baker Fish and Game Club which got me to reminiscing about my days spent as a newspaper reporter for the Plymouth Record back in the 70s when the entire area was extremely Republican as opposed to rather Democratic today.
With right to work still a few votes shy of two-thirds needed to override the Governor's veto, Rick Olson was a perfect guest. He lost a race for State Rep in highly Democratic Manchester Ward 5, and he was only 18 votes short of Republican Norma Greer Champagne who inexplicably has bolted the GOP and sided with big labor on the issue. Rick Olson would have been a firm vote in favor of right to work. Hint, hint, Ward 5 Republicans regarding whom to put your money behind next time around (Rick and not Norma).
Actually as I explained on the show, Rick Olson should have much more fertile territory to run in in 2012. As Manchester loses two State Representatives, any redistricting plan will have to include floaterial districts. Rick will not be forced to run in just Ward 5. A plan which included Wards 1, 2, 4, and 5 would be much better for a Republican running for Rep, but that's a blog for a future date.
We also share our philosophy of what we decide to blog about here. Good stuff—at least I enjoyed it. That's more than I can say about some of my shows (just kidding Joel! That was fun too).
I also reveal that I now enjoy doing this blog more than I do my TV show (lazy person that I am, I always believed that talking for an hour was easier than sitting down to write, but writing is actually more fun--and rewarding--these days).