Saturday, September 08, 2007

Huckabee Announces NH Endorsements

Sorry for being late to this, but Mike Huckabee recently announced two more New Hampshire endorsements. The former Arkansas Governor announced that Strafford County Sheriff Wayne Estes and Dover businessman Dan Philbrick have endorsed Huckabee.

Here is a copy of the press release:

Former Governor and Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee, fresh from another strong debate performance in New Hampshire, announced today the endorsements of two key political leaders in Strafford County: Sheriff Wayne Estes of Milton and businessman and Republican activist, Dan Philbrick of Dover. "Dan Philbrick and Sheriff Wayne Estes have been vigorously courted by many of the presidential campaigns, and I am very honored that they chose my candidacy to support. Their leadership in Strafford County will be invaluable and I am pleased to have them part of my team," said Huckabee.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Updated Thompson Schedule

Here is Fred Thompson's updated public schedule:

Saturday, September 8

Stratham, NH
69 Portsmouth Avenue
Scamman Farm
4:00 pm Doors Open

Sunday, September 9

Manchester, NH
Outside Chez Vachon Restaurant
136 Kelley Street
11:30 am Doors Open

Nashua, NH
Nashua City Hall
229 Main Street
Nashua, NH 03060
3:45 pm - Doors Open

Dodd Names Adds Another State Co-Chair, More Endorsements

Today, Chris Dodd's New Hampshire campaign announced that Dave Lang will serve as a State Co-Chair. The campaign also names several county chairs and additional steering committee members.

-Dave Lang has been named as a State Co-Chair of New Hampshire for Chris Dodd.
-Dennis Murphy has been named as a Co-Chair of Labor for Dodd
-Cinde Warmington has been named Chair of Belknap County for Dodd
-Anna Tilton has been named Co-Chair of Cheshire County for Dodd
-State Representative Mike Farley of Manchester has been named the Co-Chair of Hillsborough County for Dodd.
-Sullivan County Treasurer and former State Representative Cynthia Sweeney has been named Co-Chair of Sullivan County for Dodd.

The campaign also announced the following additions to the New Hampshire for Chris Dodd Steering Committee:

State Representative Marcia Moody (New Market)
Bill Trumble - Former Dean of UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, Grassroots organizer for Carol Shea-Porter 2006 (Madbury)
Dick Labonte - Veteran, Democratic Activist, Grassroots organizer for Carol Shea-Porter 2006 (Somersworth)
Michael Duclos - Veteran, Retired Fire Fighter (Rochester)
Connie Margowsky - Somersworth Town Democratic Chair (Somersworth)
Muriel Ring - Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Educator (Somersworth)
Karen Bernier - Democratic Activist (Rochester)
Kathi Braun - Director of Finance, UNH Manchester (Fremont)
Andrea Calandrella - Democratic Activist (Lebanon)
James Donovan - Democratic Activist (Bedford)
Peter Hope - Secretary, Grantham Town Democratic Committee, member Green Mountain Club (Grantham)
Grace Johnson - Environmentalist, Democratic Activist (Grantham)
Andrew Klein - Student for Dodd, Dartmouth College (Hanover)
Cynthia Lamagdelaine - Democratic Activist (Somersworth)
Wes Martin - Professor, Keene State College (Richmond)
Bryan Martineau - Vice President of the Student Senate, NH Community Technical College at Manchester (Goffstown)
Kelsea Perreault - Specialized Learning Aide at Exeter High School, Student for Dodd, Southern New Hampshire University (Exeter)
Todd Sweet - Democratic Activist (Greenland)
Tom White - Coordinator of Educational Outreach for the Cohen Center of Holocaust Studies at Keene State College (Keene)

Obama Campaign Opens More Offices

Barack Obama's campaign announced today that it has opened regional offices in Lebanon, Laconia and Peterborough. According to the campaign they now have offices in Portsmouth, Rochester, Nashua, Concord, Conway, and Keene, as well as their statewide headquarters in Manchester.

Here are the addresses of the new offices:

Obama for America Laconia Office
664 Main Street, Suite 3
Laconia, NH 03246
Phone: (603) 528-0008

Obama for America Lebanon Office
57 Mechanic Street
Lebanon, NH 03766
Phone: (603) 448-1108

Obama for America Peterborough Office
43 Grove Street, Unit #5
Peterborough, NH 03458
Phone: (603) 924-0808

Manchester Citizen Supports Richardson

This morning I received a first. For the first time since this blog started, I received two official "letters to the editor." I've decided to post the shorter letter. This letter is from Manchester citizen Patrick Arnold who is supporting New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.

From Manchester citizen Patrick Arnold:

Bill Richardson is the only candidate campaigning the New Hampshire way.Sunday morning, my girlfriend and I went to the Red Arrow for breakfast. During our meal, I turned around to the commotion of voices and cameras and saw Gov. Richardson making his way through the diner. "Hi, I'm Bill Richardson. I'm running for President," he said, extending his hand for a shake. Glad to see him in New Hampshire again, I reminisced about how I saw him in Amherst on July 4 and he was the only Democratic candidate there.

Bill Richardson is speaking to individual voters. That is what New Hampshire demands from candidates. Other candidates host events with thousands of people. That's not the New Hampshire way. The celebrity candidates are not respecting our political traditions. New Hampshirites have never voted for a candidate unless the candidate looks them in the eye and asks for support. I don't understand the hype over these celebrity candidates. They don't get personal.

No celebrity candidate can rival Richardson's experience and record. No celebrity candidate can rival Richardson's fidelity to New Hampshire's traditions. Unlike other candidates, Gov. Richardson gets personal with voters. Isn't that what New Hampshire is about?

Hillary Gains NH Labor Endorsement

From The Clinton Campaign:

The New Hampshire for Hillary campaign today announced the support of New Hampshire AFL-CIO member, Dennis Adams. A resident of Deerfield, Adams will serve as a member of Labor Leaders for Hillary.

"As an advocate, First Lady, and United States Senator, Hillary Clinton has spent her life fighting for America ’s families," said Adams . "She has proven her ability to make change happen and will continue to do so when she becomes president."

Romney Outlines Tax Plan To Benefit NH Citizens

From The Romney campaign:

Today, Governor Mitt Romney Outlined His Middle Class Tax Savings Plan. Governor Romney's plan will allow the middle class in New Hampshire to save tax-free by changing the tax rate on interest, capital gains and dividends to absolutely 0%. By helping more Granite Staters save and invest, we can meet the challenges of an aging population and ensure the financial security of America .

-303,367 New Hampshire Taxpayers Who Earned Interest Could Have Benefited From This Tax Break.
-165,777 New Hampshire Taxpayers Who Earned Dividends Could Have Benefited From This Tax Break.
-132,934 New Hampshire Taxpayers Who Earned Capital Gains Could Have Benefited From This Tax Break.

Prominent NH Blogger Endorses Dodd

Dean Barker, one of the founders of the popular website Blue Hampshire, has endorsed Senator Chris Dodd. Barker wrote that he decided to endorse Dodd because of his energy plan, commitment to end the war in Iraq and promise to restore the constitution.

In his endorsement post, Barker wrote "Four years ago, Howard Dean used to talk about the "great restoration of American values." When I envision a Dodd presidency, I see that."

Barker's endorsement can be found here: Chris Dodd for President

For more go here:Prominent New Hampshire Blogger Dean Barker Endorses Dodd

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Fred Speaks In Nashua

On Sunday, September 9th, Fred Thompson will be speaking at Nashua City Hall.

Here is some helpful information:

3:45pm-Doors Open
Nashua City Hall
229 Main Street
Nashua, NH 03060

Romney Heads To The North Country

On Friday, September 7, Governor Mitt Romney will be in New Hampshire for events in the North Country .

Friday, September 7

9:00 a.m.
Governor Mitt Romney Holds a Conway Community "Ask Mitt Anything"
The Metropolitan Coffee House
2680 Main Street
North Conway, NH

10:45 a.m.
Governor Mitt Romney Holds a Berlin Community "Ask Mitt Anything"
New Hampshire Community College
2020 Riverside Drive
Berlin, NH

1:40 p.m.
Governor Mitt Romney Meets with Area Voters
Lahout's Country Clothing and Ski Shop
245 Union Street
Littleton, NH

2:45 p.m.
Governor Mitt Romney Tours Littleton Coin Company
Littleton Coin Company
1309 Mount Eustis Road
Littleton, NH

5:00 p.m.
Governor Mitt Romney Holds a Lebanon "Ask Mitt Anything"
Upper Valley Senior Center
10 Campbell Street
Lebanon, NH

Updated Edwards Schedule

Here is an updated schedule for John Edwards weekend visit:

Friday, September 7th

6:30pm
Hillsborough House Party
Curtis Residence
235 Windsor Rd., Hillsborough, NH

Saturday, September 8th

9:00am
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Endorsement
Crowne Plaza Hotel
2 Somerset Parkway, Nashua, NH

11:15am
Nashua House Party
Honorow Residence
46 Raymond St, Nashua, NH

2:45pm
Derry House Party
Warner Residence
43 West Broadway, Derry, NH

4:45pm
Stratham House Party
Snow Residence
8 Lilac Way, Stratham, NH

6:45pm
Manchester House Party
Manning Residence
40 Highcrest Rd, Manchester, NH

Sunday, September 9th

11:45am
Spofford House Party
Crawford Residence
109 Sugar Maple Ln, Spofford, NH

Webb To Speak At Jefferson Jackson Dinner

Virginia Senator Jim Webb will be the featured speaker at the New Hampshire Democratic Party's annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner. Webb is often mentioned as a possible 2008 vice-presidential nominee or a 2012 presidential candidate.

Here is the ticket information you will need to know:

Saturday October 20, 2007
6:30pm
Center of New Hampshire
700 Elm Street, Manchester
$50 per person

Tickets are now available online at http://www.nhdp.org/

Joe Biden To Speak At Salem Democratic Fundraiser

Salem Democratic Town Committee Fall Harvest Gala Fundraiser
Friday, October 26, 6 pm
With Special Guest Senator Joe Biden
Black tie-optional, cocktail hour, dinner
First annual JFK Merit Award to outstanding area Democrat (watch for nominating news soon)
Tickets $50/each or $90/couple Sponsorships for cocktail hour, info tables, dinner tables (including VIP), and program ads are available!
Ticket info & details online at www.salemnhdems.org or call Laurel at 894-5931.

Most Interesting Part of The Night

One of the most interesting parts from last night was having the opportunity to watch Fred Thompson's appearance on Jay Leno, while standing with next to Fergus Cullen and Drew Cline.

Let's just say, it did not look like Chairman Cullen appreciated Thompson's comment about it being easier to get into a NH debate then it is to get onto Leno.

Also, during the debate I got to sit with Dr. Dante Scala and Bill Siroty.

Spin Room Quotes

Here's a couple quotes from the spin room:

Jim Merrill (Romney's NH State Director): "Tonight, Governor Romney distinguished himself from Rudy Giuliani who preceded over a sanctuary city." "On immigration, Iraq, Mitt Romney was the clear winner of the debate."

Former Missouri Senator Jim Talent (Supporting Romney): "These debates are getting to the point where they more or less have said what they've said before. That could change next week with General Petraus report." "Governor Romney did very well talking about immigration." "Governor Romney has a record that shows he can really change the system in Washington"

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (Supporting McCain): "people understand that he's the best prepared to be president." "Senator McCain demonstrated his knowledge of the world and refused to go for the cheap line." "John reinforced that he's flexible on immigration but that it's also a tough issue to deal with." "John McCain does not do what is popular he does what he thinks is right."

Fergus Cullen (NH GOP Chairman): "I'm disappointed that he (Fred Thompson) specifically tired his announcement to avoid this debate. New Hampshire voters expect to see the candidates." "Governor Huckabee continues to distinguish himself from the rest of the field." "It seems that Romney, McCain and Rudy are afraid to make a mistake."

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

To The Spin Room

I'm off to the spin room...

I'll be reporting more on it in the am

Robert Haines Removed From Press Center

Presidential candidate Robert Haines, who showed up in the press center, wearing a cowboy outfit has been forcefully removed from the press center. When leaving he gave a a thumbs-up to which a reporter gave him a thumbs-up.

For more information about Haines go here: http://www.gwu.edu/~action/2004/morec/haines.html

For more on the Haines story go here: Longshot presidential candidate removed from press filing center and here: Obscure '08 hopeful escorted out of building

Press Laughs At McCain Line

Here are the responses about Fred Thompson's entry into the race and his no-show at the debate:

Huckabee: I was scheduled to be on Jay Leno tonight, but I gave up my slot for somebody else because I'd rather be in New Hampshire with these fine people. …maybe Senator Thompson will be known as the no-show for the presidential debates

Paul: he will help dilute the vote for my benefit...because he will be pro-war and I'm the anti-war candidate representing the Republican traditional position.

McCain: Maybe we’re up past his bedtime. (Press center lots ofs “ohhs” and laughs)

Romney: Maybe January, February might be a better time to make a final decision about getting in this race.

Rudy: I think he's done a pretty good job of playing my part on "Law & Order."…I think this is a nomination you have to earn, though. Nobody's going to give it to you.

Time Just Stood Still

Time in the press room just stood still.

The Fred Thompson ad came on and there was an erry silence in the room.

Once the ad was finished the pundits quickly resumed their conversations.

Andy Smith: Fred, Rudy In Trouble

I just interviewed Andy Smith from UNH. Here are some quotes from the polling guru:

Fred Thompson doing well in NH: "The problem that Thompson will have is that he has no natural constituency in New Hampshire. " "I don't know where he will be getting his support from."

Rudy's lack of NH campaign: "New Hampshire is made-to-order for him. The state has liberal to moderate Republicans who are likely to vote for him."

T Minus One Hour

Well it's one hour until the UNH debate and I'm in the press filing room.

There's probably about 150 press here.

Including press currently JC Watts, Bob Ehrlich (former Maryland Governor) and Paul Celucci and Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta are walking around.

Wait there's Andrew Smith and Dante Scala, UNH's political powerhouse duo.

It's T-minus one hour and the room is starting to get busy.

UNH/GOP Debates

Tonight, don't forget to catch me over at The Primary Source

I'll be blogging from the Fox News GOP debate at UNH.

Clinton To Begin Airing Ad Titled "Change"

Tomorrow, Hillary Clinton's campaign will begin airing their first New Hampshire television ad on WMUR and cable channels. The 30 second ad is entitled "Change" and focuses on Clinton's commitment to end the war in Iraq, provide universal healthcare, veterans healthcare and becoming energy independent. The ad also features footage from her Concord and Portsmouth labor day weekend rallies.

According to a campaign press release, the ad will be "touting Hillary’s experiences as a change agent."

Here is a transcript and the ad:

"We will change things in this country. Because we want it. Because we have one candidate who spent her life fighting for it. Standing up for our families, our children, our veterans."

"We will end this war. We will give health coverage to everyone. We will be energy independent."

"If we have the will, she has the strength. If we have the conviction, she has the experience. If we’re ready for change, she’s ready to lead."

Thompson Ad To Air During O'Reilly Factor, Not GOP Debate

Marc Ambinder has learned that Fred Thompson's first campaign ad "won't play during the debate itself... it's set to run during the final ad block of The O'Reilly Factor."

Here is a copy of the ad:

Clinton To Run First NH Ad

The Clinton campaign has announced that they will begin airing their first New Hampshire ad this week. The ad will be unveiled today during a conference call with NH for Hillary Co-chair Speaker Terie Norelli.

Romney Launches New TV Ad "Energy"

Today, Mitt Romney's campaign launched a new television ad entitled "Energy." The ad is suppose to highlight Romney's "leadership in turning around numerous companies, the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts." The ad will begin airing in the Granite State today.

Here is the ad's script and copy of it:

Script For "Energy"
ANN ROMNEY: "Every place that Mitt has gone, he has solved problems that people said were nearly impossible."
ANNOUNCER: "Mitt Romney, the innovator who created and revolutionized American businesses, turned around major companies.
"Took on the bankrupt Olympics and turned them around.
"The Republican Governor who stood up and cut spending instead of raising taxes.
"And turned around our most Democratic state.
"Leadership to turn around Washington."
GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY: "I'm Mitt Romney and I approved this message."

Drudge: What Happens When A Politician Goes To New Hampshire: And No One Shows Up

Photo Is: AP Photo/Jim Cole

The above photo was taken at the Sam Brownback speech at Saint Anselm College.

The Drudge Report had a copy of the picture under the headline: What Happens When A Politician Goes To New Hampshire: And No One Shows Up...

In Brownback's defense, I was at the event and the photo was taken after most students had left because they had to make their 1:00 classes.

Supporter: Obama Can Bring Us Together To Make Change

Londonderry's Stacy Hinkley has submitted the following event summary from the Obama Manchester rally:

This Labor Day I brought my daughter with me to attend a rally in Manchester NH for Senator Barack Obama. The weather was perfect and the crowd was full of positive energy. We were energized as Obama spoke about how we as a people can really have an affect on this election, and possibly the country. Obama and I both know it will take a collection of active people to bring about change, and it is my strongest of feelings that Barack is the perfect candidate to bring about this change, by organizing us Americans and bringing us together in order to make changes that are so desperately needed.

Senator Obama is "my candidate" and I say this strongly. This is the first time I have been active in the election process, and I can truly feel the power of this entire process. Being active now and not just waiting until the primary is over is so important. I have been actively watching events on c-span for other candidates and attending events when possible to show my support for Barack. He may be looked at as a rock star by some, but in my inner most self, I feel he is far more than that. This man (Obama) I feel will be a future historical figure, a man who will bring on change one way or another. It's up to us to decide how . I feel Senator Obama is the right candidate at the right time. I encourage all to seek out his events and go see him in person. Be active in this process like never before!!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Blogging The UNH Debate

Tomorrow is the FOX News Republican debate at UNH. We're told that it's being billed has one of the "largest event of this New Hampshire primary season."

For this main event, I will be blogging, with James Pindell,for the website "The Primary Source." You will be able to find our reporting at: The Primary Source

If you happen to be at UNH, you can find me in the press filing room and the Spin room. I will be the college aged student with a laptop computer with the sticker "America Rocks." If that's not descriptive enough I will be wearing a blue sports coat with brown elbow patches along with a blue and white tie. If you can still not find me give me call on my cell at (603) 854-0517.

If you're able to find me, I just might give you one of my snazzy business cards.

Obama Supporter: Yes, We As A People Are The Answer

This campaign summary was submitted by Michelle Young. Ms. Young is the Tilton town chair for Barack Obama's campaign:

Labor Day in New Hampshire. As we all know from the many news outlets, this weekend traditionally begins the Presidential Primary Season.

My Labor Day began at Veterans Park in Manchester, New Hampshire. The morning was crisp and sunny, and the energy in that park was just amazing. I was one of 1400 people waiting to see and listen to Senator Barack Obama. As Barack, Michelle, and their two daughters made their way to the staging area, "We Are Family" was playing over the PA system, and many young adults were chanting the "Obama '08" Mantra.The rest of us added to the joyful noise by clapping, yelling, and cheering. I was just warming up for the day.

Congressman Paul Hodes was the first to speak. Michelle then went to the podium to introduce her husband. She told us of his consistency as a person, and how he was persistent in all of his undertakings. She talked of his community organizing days, and how he felt that Americans, all Americans were important and capable of extraordinary accomplishments. Senator Obama started his Labor Day Speech by talking about Michelle, how she labors for their family, and honoring all of the work that she does. He reminded us the the American people were not the problem today, and reassured us that we were indeed the answer. Yes, we as a people are the answer.

After his speech, we all made a mad dash for the Labor Day Parade in Milford. I was very proud to be a part of that group, because as I looked around at the 400 Obama supporters, I saw America. We were young and old, black and white, proud men and women, wearing linen dresses, jeans, fancy hats, ball caps, and Grateful Dead bandannas. We were not one of the "cookie cutter" groups from other candidates that watched us having fun and yelling that we were "fired up" while waiting for the parade to begin.

I was very fortunate to be in the small group that walked behind Senator Obama riding in the red convertible, and in front of the two Chevy Suburbans that the Secret Service was driving. It is good day when the Secret Service has your back.

As we walked toward the Town of Milford, our supporters that were sporting drums broke into dance cadences which sent our Obama fans dancing and cheering his praises. I remember at one point, looking back and seeing the sea of 400 supporters coming down the hill behind us, smiling, laughing, and proudly carrying Obama signs. I had goosebumps on top of goosebumps.

The parade ended a mile and a half later, and as I was talking to a fellow supporter and discussing where we could buy a cold soda before walking back up the hill to our vehicles, I caught something out of the corner of my eye. I looked down and saw that the first Maple leaf of fall had fallen and landed only a few inches from my feet

......Go. Let the Games Begin!

Edwards Returns To NH, Receives Carpenters Endorsement

From Friday, September 7th, through Sunday, September 9th former North Carolina Senator John Edwards will be campaigning in New Hampshire. During the trip, Edwards will officially receive the endorsement of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.

Here is his public schedule:

Friday, September 7th

6:30pm
Hillsborough House Party
Curtis Residence
235 Windsor Rd.
Hillsborough , NH

Saturday, September 8th

9:00am
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Endorsement
Crowne Plaza Hotel
2 Somerset Parkway
Nashua, NH

11:15am
Nashua House Party
Honorow Residence
46 Raymond St
Nashua, NH

2:45pm
Derry House Party
Warner Residence
43 West Broadway
Derry, NH

4:45pm
Stratham House Party
Snow Residence
8 Lilac Way
Stratham, NH

6:45pm
Manchester House Party
Location TBD

Sunday, September 9th

11:45am
Spofford House Party
Crawford Residence
109 Sugar Maple Ln
Spofford, NH

When Two Worlds Collide

Photo is: ©Chris Fitzgerald/CandidatePhotos.com

Yesterday at the Milford Labor Day parade two political worlds collided.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Illinios Senator Barack Obama's universes briefly intersected.

Obama had been chatting with voters when Romney approached him from behind in order to exchange greetings. They briefly chatted with Obama concluding "Well, let's wait until we debate."

The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder has more: Romney and Obama Cross Paths

Granite State Organizing Project Arranging "Conversation with Our Next President"

From The Granite State Organizing Project:

State's Largest Community Organization Cuts Through Political Spin with Real Conversation with Candidates Planned

Most presidential candidate debates rarely give voters the whole picture of how the candidate will solve the problems of New Hampshire. The Granite State Organizing Project (GSOP), the state's largest community organization, and its members are working to complete the picture. As the first-in-the-nation primary state, New Hampshire citizens take this privilege and responsibility very seriously. GSOP is arranging an event that will cut through the political spin by translating this access into real answers to questions posed directly by New Hampshire citizens.

The presidential candidates of both parties have been invited to speak to GSOP's membership body in a "Conversation with Our Next President" event at Southern New Hampshire University on Saturday, September 15, 2007.

New Hampshire residents, like Americans everywhere, want direct answers to the questions affecting our daily lives. GSOP works to get answers to the social problems of this state in their daily organizing work and will apply that same practice to get questions answered by the candidates during this forum on September 15.In preparation for the upcoming event, the presidential candidates have been given a list of questions and have been asked to respond in writing. The questions have been written by NH community members focusing on housing, health care, immigrant and refugee concerns, employment, education and grassroots democracy.

For more information please visit: http://gsopnh.tripod.com/ or contact Sara Jane Knoy at gsop@verizon.net

Huckabee To Be In NH From The 4th To The 7th

Mike Huckabee will be in New Hampshire from Tuesday, September 4th until Friday, September 7th.

Here is his public schedule:

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

7:00 p.m. ET
Durham, NH
Attends private reception at the home of Fred Bramante . (By invitation only; Closed Press) Contact: Debra Vanderbeek, Tel: 603-986-9145.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

8:00 p.m. ET
Durham, NH
FYI: Governor's supporters attend debate watching party at the Hickory Pond Inn. One Stage Coach Road.
Contact: Debra Vanderbeek, Tel: 603-986-9145.

9:00 p.m. ET
Durham, NH
Participates in the First in the Fall Presidential Debate sponsored by the New Hampshire Republican Party and FOX News Channel.
The Whittemore Center Arena, The University of New Hampshire, 128 Main Street.
Contact: Debra Vanderbeek, Tel: 603-986-9145.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

8:15 a.m. ET
Durham, NH
Guest on "Fox and Friends" with hosts Brian Kilmeade, Gretchen Carlson, and Steve Doocy to discuss the New Hampshire Republican Party Presidential Debate.

2:00 p.m. ET
Dover, NH
Tours the Dover Adult Learning Center with leaders of the NH Center for Nonprofits and the NH Nonprofit Primary Project.
The McConnell Center, 61 Locust Street, Dover.
Contact: Debra Vanderbeek, Tel: 603-986-9145.

3:15 p.m. ET
Barrington, NH
Tours Turbocam and meets with employees, 288 Route 125.
Contact: Debra Vanderbeek, Tel: 603-986-9145.

6:00 p.m. ET
Dover, NH
Attends a reception hosted by Dan & Jennifer Philbrick.
Contact: Debra Vanderbeek, Tel: 603-986-9145.

Friday, September 7, 2007

8:00 a.m. ET
Manchester, NH
Participates in Service Employees International Union "Walk a Day in the Shoes" program. Two stops: Youth Development Center, 1234 River Road, Manchester

Monday, September 03, 2007

Biden To Attend Coos County Dems Harry Truman Dinner

On October 6th, Delaware Senator Joe Biden will be the speaker at the Coos County Democrats Annual Harry Truman Dinner.

Here are the event details:

October 6, 2007

6:00 PM
Coos County Dems Harry Truman Dinner

DETAILS:
For tickets and further information please call Bill Hatch Treasurer 603-466-9491, or Coos Democratic Chair Paul Robitaille at 466-2655.

Checks should be made out to Coos Democratic party and sent in C/O Bill Hatch Coos Democratic Party treasurer 79 promenade St. Gorham NH 03581

Draft Gore Movement Nets 1,000 NH Signatures

The Littleton based Draft Gore movement is started to gain momentum.

Today, the group announced that it was able to gain the signatures of more than 1,000 Granite State voters who want Al Gore to enter the primary.

In a press release, the group's statewide coordinator said "The results of our petition drive indicate that there is a strong undercurrent of support for Al Gore in New Hampshire which is not reflected accurately in polls or in the opinions of visiting out-of-state media pundits."

Obama: We Need To Turn The Page

Today, Barack Obama used a Labor Day rally to hone his message of change versus experience and urged American to "turn the page."

Obama opened his speech by arguing that to solve problems, America must begin with substantive change.

"Because to meet America’s challenges, changing parties isn’t change enough. We need something new. We need to turn the page."

Obama also used the Manchester speech to sharply criticize Hillary Clinton and her argument that her years in Washington enable her to bring real change to America.

Speaking before 1,500 supporters, Obama said “There are those who tout their experience working the system in Washington – but the problem is that the system in Washington isn’t working for us and hasn’t for a long time.”

The Illinois Senator also sought to push back against those who argue he lacks the experience needed to be president.

“There were a couple of guys named Cheney and Rumsfeld who had two of the longest resumes in Washington and they led us into the worst foreign policy fiasco in our history. Time served doesn’t guarantee judgment. A resume does nothing about character.”

He went on to add that “Well I might not have the experience Washington likes, but I believe I have the experience America needs right now.”

Obama also used the speech to discuss his optimistic view of the future, saying “Now, when the folks in Washington hear me speak, this is usually when they start rolling their eyes. ‘Oh, there he goes talking about hope again. He’s so na├»ve. He’s a hope peddler. He’s a hope-monger.’ Well I stand guilty as charged. I am hopeful about America.”

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Brownback To Discuss Energy/Economic Issues

On Tuesday, September 4th, Kansas Senator Sam Brownback will be holding a town hall forum in Epping. Brownback will be discussing energy and economic issues. The event is open to the public. Here is the information you need:

Tuesday, Sept. 4

Sen. Sam Brownback to discuss Energy and Economic Issues with local residents
5:30 PM
Epping Town Hall
157 Main Street
Epping, NH

Obama's Updated Public Schedule

Here is Barack Obama's update public schedule:

Manchester
NEW HAMPSHIRE AFL-CIO LABOR DAY BREAKFAST
St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral
650 Hanover St.
Manchester, NH 03104
Breakfast Begins: 9:00 AM
***The AFL-CIO is hosting this event. They are handling logistics. For more information, please call Jessica Clark at 603-203-9463.***

LABOR DAY RALLY
Veterans Memorial Park
737 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101
Gates Open: 10:00 AM
The event is free and open to the public. Those wishing to attend can RSVP either by calling Lenora Fisher at 603-668-2008 or on the web at http://nh.barackobama.com.

Milford
OBAMA FAMILY RIDES IN MILFORD LABOR DAY PARADE
Starting Point:
Milford High School
100 West Street
Milford, NH 03055

Ending Point: Harley Sanford Post No. 4368
1 VFW Way
Milford, NH 03055

Parade Steps Off: 1:00 PM

***This is a public event organized by the Harley-Sanford VFW Post in Milford.***

Hudson
ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Dr. H.O. Smith School
33 School St
Hudson, NH 03051

Doors Open: 3:30 PM

The event is free and open to the public. Those wishing to attend can RSVP either by calling Julia Fox at 603-578-9007 or on the web at http://nh.barackobama.com.

Nashua
DINNER WITH BARACK
This event is not open to the public.

Tuesday, September 4

Manchester
ROUNDTABLE ON RESTORING TRUST IN GOVERNMENT
Doors Open: 8:30 AM
This event is by invitation only.

Ron Paul: A New Hampshire Dark Horse?

Texas Congressman Ron Paul might not be considered a first-tier Republican candidate, but there is growing evidence that he might become the next New Hampshire dark horse presidential candidate.

The Granite State is known for propelling dark-horse candidates on to the national stage. Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Gary Hart, Howard Dean and John McCain have all used their primary successes to go from relative obscurity into a national political force.

This is providing inspiration for the Paul campaign because according to the campaign’s field director, Jared Chicoine “New Hampshire has helped long-shot candidates in the past; this is the right state to be a long-shot candidate.”

Using a combination of Internet social network websites and traditional grassroots activism, the once libertarian presidential candidate has been able to win straw polls conducted by the Strafford County GOP and The Coalition of NH Taxpayers. Paul supporters are also present at various Republican events and are active in local GOP circles.

In addition to building grassroots support, Paul is slowly moving up in polls and raising a respectable amount of money.

A recent American Research Group poll showed Paul at 3 percent, which is actually a two percent increase since June. In fact, Paul is beginning to pull away from Duncan Hunter and Tom Tancredo and catching-up to Sam Brownback and Newt Gingrich.

Paul made political headlines earlier this year when it was discovered that he had raised more first-quarter money, in New Hampshire, then John McCain or Rudy Giuliani. So far, Paul has raised $34,211 in the Granite State, surpassing the fundraising totals of Chris Dodd, Mike Huckabee, Bill Richardson, Duncan Hunter, Joe Biden, Tom Tancredo, Mike Gravel and Sam Brownback.

Congressman Ron Paul might not ever reach first-tier candidate status, but with a message that is appealing to libertarians, conservative Republicans and former Pat Buchanan supporters, Paul’s presence on the campaign trail could become either the story of 2008 or a footnote in history books.

Cosmo Joins James "The Primary Source" Pindell

Hello All,

As some of you may or may not have noticed, I have recently been brought on to be an assistant to The Boston Globe's James Pindell and his website "The Primary Source."

A part of my duties will include working on various projects and conducting a regular segment called "Tales from the Trail."

You can read them at "The Primary Source."

I hope to meet all of you on the trail!

P.S. This website will continue to operate. In fact, I'm working on a couple of exciting stories and projects that I will be rolling out over the coming weeks.