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Katy Burns: Let us all praise Lyndon Baines Johnson! Really.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A number of years ago I had a drink with an old friend. We’d first met as very young reporters and hit it off immediately, sharing a fascination with politics as well as a great curiosity about people and life in general. Our conversation turned to the subject of Lyndon Baines Johnson, by then well out of office, and I was going on about the then-discredited former president and “his” …

Katy Burns: Is America overregulated? Hardly!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

So Scott Brown – the erstwhile Massachusetts senator who recently took it into his head that the scenery in New Hampshire is so much more attractive than that in the Bay State – is finally ending his elaborate political tease. He wants back in the U.S. Senate – but this time to represent …

Katy Burns: Hey, single ladies! Get hitched!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Republicans have lately been stewing about their problem with the ladies. That is, the fact that they really, really aren’t popular with women. Look at the results of the last presidential election. The Democratic ticket got a healthy 11 percent more of the female vote than did the Republican. Now, some say this might have to do with the Republican Party’s stance on …

Katy Burns: George Wallace – evil recalled

Monday, January 21, 2013

In 1958, George Wallace lost the Democratic primary for governor of Alabama. He had been endorsed by the NAACP. His opponent had the support of the KKK. An aide recalled Wallace’s reaction after that race. “I was outniggered by John Patterson. And I’ll tell you here and now, …

Katy Burns: The people of Market Basket

Sunday, January 13, 2013

So who, exactly, are the people of Market Basket? Are you one of them? Think of our local supermarkets as neighborhoods. We’ve got the upscale – Shaw’s, admired for its broad avenues/aisles and chichi sections (the wine department is especially attractive) but little patronized – and the middle-class …

Katy Burns: Disorder in the House

Sunday, January 6, 2013

In the legislative chambers in Concord last week, all was relative sweetness and light. But those in D.C.? Not so much. Here in New Hampshire, the swearing in of Maggie Hassan as the state’s 81st governor and the opening of a new legislative session were mostly feel-good occasions …

Katy Burns: Know what we need? A strategic syrup reserve

Sunday, December 30, 2012

In just two days another new year rolls into town. And quite a year it promises to be. At the State House, the dis-empowered Democrats of two years ago are suddenly re-empowered and threatening to undo all of what they see as the mischief perpetrated by the now …

Katy Burns: In Sandy Hook, Lost innocents

Sunday, December 23, 2012

I’ve written a column for the Monitor since 1999, and one of the easier and more enjoyable ones to write each year is about Christmas, about the so-called holiday season. After all, what’s not to like? This is a time of remembering, of renewing friendships and coming together …

Katy Burns: Our three govs – Hey, it’s not our fault!

Monday, December 10, 2012

If a national organization gave awards for preposterous political analysis, ex-governors John H. Sununu, Craig Benson and Steve Merrill would be gold medalists. These three amigos – not to be confused with the new trio formed when Kelly Ayotte took to hanging around with John McCain and Lindsey …

Katy Burns: The return of Our Martha

Sunday, December 2, 2012

We lost Our Martha in 2004. Well, we didn’t really lose Martha Stewart then, but we might as well have. She was disgraced, a has-been, a felon. More to the point for me, she was no longer an icon who was a reliable topic on a slow news …

Katy Burns: Digesting the Twinkies frenzy

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Twinkies are dead! No, they’re not! Long live the Twinkie! Oops, looks like they’re gone. And now let us mourn. And hoard! We thought politics brought out emotions in people. Ha! That’s nothing compared with the avalanche of passion evoked by the announcement of Hostess Brands to close …

Katy Burns: It’s all about turnout! (Oh, and demographics, too)

Monday, November 19, 2012

‘It’s the economy, stupid!” That scrawled sign, taped to a wall in the ’92 Clinton presidential campaign’s war room to remind workers of what the important issue was, has become political history. It’s repeated in every campaign, including this one. But the truth is, it’s also the turnout. …

Katy Burns: Not-so-funny money flooded local House race

Monday, November 12, 2012

In many respects, Mary Beth Walz typifies a traditional member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. So why are a couple of oil billionaires from Texas picking on her? New Hampshire’s citizen legislature is filled with people like Mary Beth: folks who are actively giving back to …

Katy Burns: Anything can happen; president has only so much control of the agenda

Sunday, November 4, 2012

In two days we’ll pick our president for the next four years. And there’s just one sure prediction we can make, no matter which man wins. Stuff will happen. Big stuff, maybe bad stuff. Stuff neither man has prepared for, prepped for, debated over in the course of …

Katy Burns: I admire my old friend Ovide, but I can’t vote for him

Monday, October 29, 2012

My political involvement and activities took place in another life, in another time and place. Thus, in years of writing about political office holders and/or candidates here in New Hampshire, I usually have what, to me, is an advantage. I rarely know the subject. Certainly none is a …