Issues! Get yer fresh, hot issues!

As I’ve mentioned before, the only time I ever see political ads* here in Boston is when my rabbit ears pick up a station that reaches into southern New Hampshire, but even I am not safe from the scourge of the new “issues ads.” Last year, SCOTUS re-legalized “issue ads” that mention candidates by name, paving the way for big companies to throw shitloads of money at campaigns with essentially no regulation or oversight. So for months I’ve been seeing the US Chamber of Commerce’s attempts to influence the New Hampshire Senate race. No prizes for guessing which candidate is the pro-life, anti-gun control incumbent and which is the former-governor-who-raised-taxes-to-fund-schools challenger.

And there’s plenty more where these came from!

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*You’re probably thinking, “She must mean national political ads. Of course she sees television ads for local candidates.” Not so! Kennedy’s been in the Senate since my parents were in diapers, and Kerry joined him when I was in swaddling clothes, so even on the rare occasion someone decides to challenge them, they don’t bother running TV ads. No one below Senate level seems to have the war chest for air time except on the public access cable channel, which, of course, doesn’t come in on my rabbit ears.

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