Outsiders are in

New Hampshire voters did not deliver a shocker yesterday as much as they put an exclamation mark on the wacky ways of the 2016 presidential race. Donald Trump’s solid win in the Republican primary and Bernie Sanders’s blowout victory over Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side were the outcomes expected — and predicted by polls.

But it was one thing to anticipate the results; it’s another to have them happen.

Trump, fresh off a rally where he called Ted Cruz “a pussy,” ended his New Hampshire campaign by declaring in his victory speech last night, “I will be the greatest jobs president ever created by God.”

It’s hard to know where to even go with those bookends to Trump’s New Hampshire finale. That’s a matter for Republican voters and party poohbahs to now deal with.

While New Hampshire has prided itself on a reputation for vetting candidates and going with those that show healthy strains of character and gravitas — not to mention a willingness to work the grassroots at diners and Elks Clubs — that seems to go have gone out the window in the Republican contest. Instead, as the Globe’s Jeff Jacoby says, Republican voters gave the nod to “a vulgar egomaniac, as ignorant of public affairs as he is gifted at stoking anger and xenophobia.”

Establishment Republican hopes to coalesce around one candidate may not have been helped by Ohio Gov John Kasich’s second-place finish. It keeps him in the thick of things, at least for now. But Kasich went all-out in New Hampshire, spending nearly all his time there, and his showing in the Granite State is unlikely to be replicated among hard-bar conservative Republicans in South Carolina.

None of Trump’s “mainstream Republican opponents stood out from the pack,” writes the New York Times’s Alexander Burns. “Now, they are left to muddle forward with no particular momentum into the next contests, in South Carolina and Nevada.” Or, as former New York congressman Thomas Reynolds told him, “For the establishment, it’s almost like a hockey fight. And the gloves are off and the refs can’t get in the middle of it.”

In the Democratic contest, New Hampshire voters were clearly feeling the Bern. For Clinton, there was no silver lining in Tuesday’s results. She did not surge to close the margin to single digits — an outcome that her camp would have celebrated as a huge victory. There is no “Comeback Kid” storyline to push out, as her husband did so effectively in 1992 and as Clinton was able to do so eight years ago, when she rebounded from an Iowa loss to Barack Obama to win the first-in-the-nation primary. The 22-point walloping Sanders delivered was decisive and played out across the board. She lost every age group but the oldest voters. Most devastatingly, Madeleine Albright’s special place in hell just got really crowded, as Clinton even lost among women.

Sanders is not going anywhere. Clinton must be feeling like she’s seen this movie before, and it didn’t end well for her. Eight years ago, her foil was at the hands of a young Illinois senator with only a few years in Washington. Yesterday, it was a rumpled 74-year-old Washington veteran who nonetheless very much carries the mantle of insurgent outsider and is exciting young people much as Obama did.

One hidden winner, writes the Globe’s Alex Kingsbury, may have been Michael Bloomberg, who could unleash a billion of of his own dollars on an independent run. The former New York City mayor has expressed disdain at the coarse conduct of the campaign (here’s looking at you, Trump) and what he clearly views as dangerous soak-the-rich ragings from Sanders. Bloomberg has a just bit of a vested interest in the ways of Wall Street. But plenty of liberal-leaning Democrats share his doubts about Sanders’s viability in a general election.

Whether Bloomberg will really take the big gulp and dive in is less clear. If he ends up taking a pass, one can only imagine what Trump would have to say about him.

Are we sure this isn’t all just a bad dream?




Even as the state steps up enforcement efforts, welfare fraud seems to be on the rise. (Gloucester Times)

Sen. Dan Wolf says he supports legislation requiring workers at Logan Airport to receive $15 an hour, but he also says his company, Cape Air, could not afford it.

Gov. Charlie Baker proposes redevelopment of a large state parcel on the edge of Chinatown in Boston. (State House News) Baker also commits to filing a multi-year spending bill for municipal road and bridge repair. (State House News)

Secretary of State William Galvin said thousands of voters may have mistakenly enrolled in the United Independent Party thinking they were registering as unenrolled. Unenrolled voters can participate in any primary, but UIP members are limited to voting only in their party’s primary. (WBUR)


Boston City Councilors Michael Flaherty and Andrea Campbell propose that the city adopt a 1 percent surcharge on property tax under the Community Preservation Act to fund affordable housing efforts. (Boston Herald)

Revere officials find major code violations at the former site of the Wonderland dog track, with potential fines running as high as $10,000 to $15,000 a day. (CommonWealth)

James Patrick O’Donoghue, who alleges he was fired from a job at the Lawrence Redevelopment Authority because he accused Mayor Daniel Rivera of trying to sabotage a recall effort, files what appears to be a long-shot lawsuit against the mayor. (Eagle-Tribune)

Worcester City Councilor-at-Large Morris Bergman pushes legislation allowing landlords to evict tenants found guilty of gun crimes. (Telegram & Gazette)


Location. Location. Location. A Girl Scout sells 117 boxes of cookies in just two hours outside a pot dispensary in Los Angeles. (Los Angeles Times)


Plummeting oil prices have wreaked havoc with oil companies’ cash flow and forced many of them to keep drilling unprofitable wells just to pay creditors. (New York Times)

The number of job openings was at its second-highest level on record at the end of 2015 despite hiring hitting a nine-year high as more people quit their jobs and employers had a hard time filling the positions. (U.S. News & World Report)

The Chronicle of Philanthropy lists the top 50 donors to charity but points out giving by the group dropped 30 percent from the previous year’s list.


The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield apologizes to current and lapsed Catholics angry about church closures, pedophile priests, and the church’s stance on gays. (Masslive)

Christian commuters on the South Shore who can’t find the time to go to church for Ash Wednesday will get some relief as four Weymouth ministers will distribute “Ashes to Go” at the East Weymouth commuter rail station for those coming and going. (Patriot Ledger)


Sure, Margaret McKenna is being forced to step down as president of Suffolk University, but faculty member John Berg says she emerges as victorious in her fight against the school’s board of trustees. (CommonWealth) One tangible sign of the reform efforts she plans to see through before leaving: Suffolk is severing its ties with controversial Regan Communications, which has handled PR for the school for 27 years. (Boston Globe)

Gus Morales, a teacher in Holyoke and one-time leader of the teachers union there who claims he was fired because of his union activity, negotiates a $40,000 settlement with the city. (MassLive)

Elisabeth Babcock of the Crittenton Women’s Union says good coaching can help poor people emerge from poverty. (CommonWealth)


A Salem News editorial urges Congress to set aside its partisan differences and “get” Martin Shkreli, the 32-year-old hedge fund manager who bumped up the price of a life-saving drug by 5,000 percent and boasted about it. “Get Shkreli,” the editorial said. “Band together and get him. His brand of greed, callousness, and arrogance needs to be curbed.”

Sheriffs from around the country, including Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, called on lawmakers to change federal policy that bans inmates from receiving Medicaid benefits while awaiting trial. (GateHouse)

A Herald editorial backs a bill  in the Legislature that would allow addicts to turn in drugs and drug paraphernalia at police stations without facing prosecution.

Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore has been granted permission to become the first to undertake organ transplants between HIV-positive donors and recipients. (New York Times)


The MBTA wants to privatize services related to cash counting and marketing, moves that could trim 250 jobs from the authority’s payroll. It’s the first privatization move since the T got approval last year to operate outside the state law governing privatization of state services. (Boston Globe)

Dr. Katherine Gergen Barnett of Boston Medical Center says a 10 percent fare hike is too much. (CommonWealth)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tells Google that its self-driving cars are adequate for roadways. (Re/Code).


The Supreme Court issued an injunction blocking the Obama administration from implementing its new rules for coal emissions, dealing a blow to the president’s agenda on climate change. (New York Times)

Massachusetts has developed a website telling people how they can fight climate change. Click here to check it out. (Governing)

A new video system developed by scientists at UMass Dartmouth shows promise in initial tests to aid regulators and policymakers in more accurate cod counts and making science-based decisions. (Herald News)

NOAA has released a new study warning that warmer ocean temperatures from climate change could endanger scallops in Northeast waters, a key component of the New England fishing industry. (Standard-Times)


Richard “Dic” Donohue, the Transit Police officer grievously wounded in the Watertown shootout following the Boston Marathon bombings, is retiring from the force, citing ongoing pain from his injuries. (Boston Globe)

A federal law enforcement officer was charged with his second drunk driving offense and carrying a gun while intoxicated after he was pulled over in Hyannis. He allegedly told police he was going home to Dracut from Fall River. (Cape Cod Times)