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Ya know, speaking as solely the 28-year-old single SnowRevolt.com publisher, I think my county treasurer is pretty darn hot attractive:

Bikini Clad Grafton County Treasurer Vanessa Sievers Posts New Facebook Profile Picture

If you have been following this blog you will already know that our Grafton County Treasurer, Vanessa Sievers, does not show up regularly to sign weekly checks. Recently, we visited Sievers Facebook page and noticed a new profile picture. Yes, our very own Grafton County Treasurer has THIS new photo up on her Facebook page.
The recent change almost made us fall off our chairs and spit out our cornflakes! Obviously, missing a few check signings at the county wasn’t the only thing she did for spring break. If you have a Facebook account, I urge you to check out the new and improved Facebook photo for Vanessa Sievers. It will certainly raise a few eyebrows.
Oh, and Vanessa, if you are reading this…. so is your good friend Register of Deeds, Bill Sharp. Yikes! Now that’s just gross.

From Politics1.com:

NEW HAMPSHIRE. Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (D) announced Monday that she will not run for US Senator in 2010. Congressman Paul Hodes (D) previously entered the race to succeed retiring US Senator Judd Gregg (R). Hodes now looks unlikely to face serious opposition for the Democratic nomination. Former US Senator John Sununu is considering running on the GOP side, and would be viewed as the strongest Republican candidate. Several other Republicans — including former Congressman Charlie Bass and former Governor Steve Merrill — are also looking at the race.

When do we get to call this “money laundering?”

In The News

Governor Lynch’s budget is a shell game

by Tom Eaton

Union Leader
March 6, 2009

Now that the shock and awe of Gov. John Lynch’s budget address has faded and we have had a chance to look at the details of his proposed budget, one fact has become clear — the emperor has no clothes.

Gov. Lynch’s proposed budget is a shell game that amounts to intergenerational theft.

We’re not in this huge budget deficit because of the national economic downturn. This past budget cycle, the Democratic- controlled Legislature passed a 17 1/2 percent budget increase. For reference, the 2003 and 2005 budgets increased by about 3.5 percent, which included all essential and nondiscretionary spending. That coincided with the rate of inflation and demonstrated fiscally sound policy.

In this year’s budget, Gov. Lynch claims he cut general fund spending by $40 million. But that’s not exactly true. What he really did was some creative accounting. For example, he “relabeled” the State Liquor Commission budget so that it is no longer called general fund spending. This is not a cut; it is a name change. He is going to increase the agency’s spending from $71 million to $91 million. But with a little creative accounting, a $20 million spending increase instead looks like a $71 million spending decrease.

Gov. Lynch also proposes bonding $83 million in school building aid — money that used to be part of yearly general fund operating costs. The program isn’t going away. The state will still send $83 million to communities for building aid. But with another sweep of Lynch’s magical budget wand — poof — “level funding” an existing program looks like an $83 million spending cut. The reality is that the aid dollars were put on a “credit card” that our grandchildren will end up paying.

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No wonder the Democrats in New Hampshire are scared to death of next year’s elections. This kinda news doesn’t help:

The governor’s proposed budget is still in the red

The Union Leader
Charles Arlinghaus
February 18, 2009

The governor’s first draft of a budget made some important suggestions for lawmakers to consider. But it leaves much work to be done and a huge problem of around a half billion dollars.

The problem Gov. John Lynch faced going into the budget process was enormous. If no changes were made, we would face a current-year shortfall of $122 million and a hole in the coming budget of an additional $677 million over two years. In other words, as the governor prepared his budget, he knew that he had to make changes to reduce spending or increase revenues by $799 million just to balance the state’s operating spending.

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