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Florence Snyder: If you’re laughing, it was probably not a ‘skit’

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Pols, pundits and other people in #TheProcess are busy plastering their social media accounts with paeans to the “skits” produced and performed by the stellar crew and cast at Saturday Night Live. So this is a good time to show our appreciation by resolving not to mention Lorne Michaels’ people in the same sentence with the word “skit” ever again. Men and women who make their living by making us laugh would never use that four-letter word to describe SNL’s…

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Jeb Bush hits New England annual ‘Politics & Eggs’ forum on April 17

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New Hampshire hosts all-but-announced presidential candidate Jeb Bush at the annual “Politics & Eggs” breakfast held by the New England Council. Bush will speak Friday, April 17, from 8-9:30 a.m. at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH. Politics & Eggs is the premier forum for local leaders to hear from presidential hopefuls as they visit the Granite State to campaign for early support, taking advantage of its unique status as the nation’s first primary…

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Another ‘West Wing’ alum has gone to the Great Campaign HQs in the Sky

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It’s not hard for me to remember Ron Silver’s first day of work on The West Wing. It was a table read of the first episode of the fourth season, and Ron, who died March 15 at 62, had been cast in the role of Bruno Gianelli — campaign director for President Jed Bartlet’s re-election bid. His first line came about five minutes into the script, and as soon as he spoke, the 60 or so people in the room…

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My latest op-ed in the Tallahassee Democrat

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Two of my passions are gourmet food and politics. When I’m not walking door-to-door for a candidate, I am in front of a stove, near a wine bin or doing something otherwise epicurean. So an event I recently attended was a real McFlurry, a seemingly contradictory juxtaposition that comes out wonderfully by the time you’re finished.I was invited to a campaign fundraiser with a theme of “Cooking with the Candidate” during which a five-course meal was prepared by a master…

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How could I’ve forgotten…The West Wing finale

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That The West Wing ended its brilliant run on television has been hard enough. That its final year coincided with the death of my father was doubly difficult because The West Wing was mine and my dad’s favorite show, the program we enjoyed watching together (you should have heard the political debates that took place during the commercial break). After my father died, there was an episode of The West Wing in which they eulogized the character Leo McGarrity, played…

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