Saturday, September 22, 2007

Hunter To Deliver Constitution Speech

Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) continues his presidential campaign this weekend with an important event scheduled at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Nashua on Sunday, September 23rd. Observing the 220th Anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, Congressman Hunter will use this opportunity to speak at the New Hampshire Center for Constitutional Studies Dinner regarding the priorities of his candidacy and his vision for America.

Sunday, September 23, 5:00 p.m.
Crown Plaza Hotel Nashua
2 Somerset Pkwy
Nashua, NH 03063
(603) 886-1200

Friday, September 21, 2007

Biden Camp Launches New Hampshire website

The Biden for President Campaign today launched a new website: dedicated to the campaign's organization and efforts in the Granite State. The "New Hampshire for Biden" website provides state-specific campaign updates including news, schedules and information on the campaign's field activities.

Cheers Actor To Host Town Hall Meeting on Manufacturing Issues

John Ratzenberger to Host Manchester, NH Town Hall Meeting on Manufacturing Issues

TV and film star will headline "Keep it Made in America" event to encourage NH voters to ask presidential candidates to speak out about the issues that threaten U.S. workers and manufacturers

WHAT: Television and film star John Ratzenberger and the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) will kick off the 'Keep it Made in America' Town Hall Series in Manchester, New Hampshire. The town hall will highlight the growing demand among voters that the presidential candidates address the challenges facing American workers and manufacturers.

WHO: John Ratzenberger (Cheers/ Travel Channel's John Ratzenberger's Made in America)

WHEN: Tuesday, September 25
6:30 pm
(John Ratzenberger is available for pre- and post-event one-on-one interviews beginning Thursday, September 20 th and immediately following the event)

WHERE: Palace Theatre
80 Hanover Street, Manchester

American Solutions To Hold Workshops Across NH

From The Group "American Solutions for Winning the Future"

Washington, DC – American Solutions for Winning the Future announced today that it will hold free “Solutions Day” workshops across New Hampshire on Saturday, September 29. American Solutions, founded by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, is a new, non-partisan organization dedicating to creating solutions to address the challenges facing America.

American Solutions will hold the workshops at ten locations around the Granite State starting at 1:00 p.m. ET. The “Solutions Day” workshops are being held nationwide in all fifty states and will be broadcast live on the internet, on DISH Network channel 219, and on DirectTV channel 577. Workshop participants can choose from a series of workshops led by experienced leaders and issue experts in the areas of the environment, Social Security, energy, taxation, immigration, healthcare and more.

More than 30 New Hampshire organizations are participating in or hosting a workshop at one of the following locations:

St. Anselm College
100 St Anselm Dr. ~ Manchester, NH

University of New Hampshire
83 Main St ~ Durham, NH

Rundlett Middle School
144 South Street ~ Concord, NH

Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley
56 Mont Vernon Street ~ Milford, NH

Hampstead Middle School
28 School Street ~ Hampstead, NH

Seacoast Science Center
570 Ocean Blvd ~ Rye, NH

NHCTC Laconia 379
Belmont Road ~ Laconia, NH

Plymouth State University
17 High Street ~ Plymouth, NH

Keene Public Library
60 Winter St. ~ Keene, NH

North Country Educational Services
300 Gorham Hill Rd ~ Gorham, NH

To register for a workshop in your community, or for more information, please visit or call 1-866-580-6398.

American Solutions for Winning the Future is a new, non-partisan organization built around three goals: to defend America and our allies abroad and defeat our enemies, to strengthen and revitalize America’s core values, and to move the government into the 21st Century. Its General Chairman is former Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Cosmo Hits The Radio...It Will Never Be The Same Again

Just to give all of you a heads-up, this weekend I will be a special guest host for the GraniteGrok's radio show "Meet The New Press."

The show airs from 11:00-1:00 on Saturday mornings.

I'll be on air from 12:00-1:00.

You listen to the show on WEMJ 1490 or use this link:

HillStar of the Week: Leitha Talmage

From The Clinton Campaign:

The New Hampshire for Hillary Campaign today announced Leitha Talmage as the campaign’s HillStar of the Week. Talmage an Epping resident, regularly participates in phone banking and canvassing on the campaign’s behalf.

“I have always been a supporter of Hillary and was thrilled when she decided to run,” said Talmage who has been volunteering for the past two months. “She is the most qualified, experienced candidate to be our next president.”

When she’s not volunteering for the campaign, Talmage spends time with her six grandchildren and helps her husband with his small steel construction company.

Romney Gains Endorsement of Former National NRA official, Former Nashua Police Chief

From The Romney Campaign:

Today, Craig Sandler, former Director of General Operations of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and former Nashua Police Chief, announced his endorsement of Governor Mitt Romney's candidacy for President.

In endorsing Governor Romney, Craig Sandler said, "Throughout his career in both the public and private sectors, Mitt Romney has demonstrated exceptional leadership ability, integrity, and commitment to principle. As a New Hampshire resident, former law enforcement officer, and avid sportsman, I am supporting Governor Romney because he is the candidate who will protect our Constitutional rights and strengthen our nation."

New Hampshire News Links for September 21st

New Hampshire News Links September 21st, 2007

Now part of The Hotline Political Network!

NEWS: Lynch urges Congress to fund SCHIP

PEOPLE/CANDIDATES: US Senate / Hodes/ D'Allesandro / Spaudling / Human Rights Campaign / The Browns

POLITICAL COLUMNS: Political Chowder, Portside

OP-ED: Editorials: The looming tax hike: Concord needs a reality check / Highway needs made raising tolls necessary

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES: The Debate / Health Care, Biden, Clinton, Dodd, Obama. Richardson

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES: The Field, Gingrich, Giuliani, Huckabee, McCain, Paul, Tancredo

FIRST PRIMARY: Senators seek regional presidential primaries

GENERAL (NATIONAL) CAMPAIGN NEWS: Four months out, many still undecided on a candidate to back

NATIONAL POLLS: Republican Race Mixed, Clinton Way Ahead

WAR: Democrats to Keep Up Drive for Bipartisan Action on Iraq War

OTHER NEWS AND VIEWS: Democrats Stall on Gun-Records Bill; Despite Support, Background-Check Measure Staggers in Senate Amid Infighting

Thursday, September 20, 2007

McCain Returns To NH, on Eve of Fundraising Deadline

John McCain will be in New Hampshire on Saturday, September 29th. The trip is somewhat unique because it is a day before the finance filing period ends.

Here is his public schedule:

Saturday, September 29:

American Legion Post 51
232 Calef Hqy (Route 125)
Epping, NH

Sunday, September 30, 2007

4:00 pm
The Pinkerton Academy Arts Center
Senior Cafeteria
5 Pinkerton Rd.
Derry, NH

McCain Contemplating Major NH Ad Buy

Arizona Senator John McCain is contemplating his first New Hampshire ad buy.

The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder is reporting that "His campaign is thinking about spending between $350K and $500K on its first television ad buy next week, although a final decision has not been made. The ad would air in New Hampshire and would focus on McCain’s life story."

D'Allesandro To Endorse In "Early October"

Manchester State Senator Lou D’Allesandro is often seen as a “primary player.” In fact, The Boston Globe recently listed the influential senator has one of the most important people in the 2008 primary.

This past summer, his west side home became a fixture on the trail when, he hosted various house parties for Democratic presidential candidates.

In an interview with “New Hampshire Presidential Watch,” Senator D’Allesandro told us that he decided to hold the gatherings because “I’ve been involved in the process for a long time and I think it’s imperative that people get to know the candidates.”

When asked about his importance in the primary process, D’Allesandro said “Well you know I’ve been around awhile, I’ve been able to win some elections. I’m just an ordinary guy, a person of moderate means.”

D’Allesandro played a critical role in the 2004 cycle and many are looking for signs to a possible 2008 endorsement.

In the 2004 campaign, D’Allesandro served as the Chairman of the John Edwards New Hampshire campaign and his endorsement made national news with his decision to endorse Edwards. Elizabeth Edwards participated in a September fundraiser for D’Allesandro.

Yet, so far, he has not endorsed the former North Carolina Senator saying, “I just think that I’m looking for the right message from the right candidate.”

D’Allesandro added, “I think that when you’ve run one time and had a platform, his two America speech was very well received, and you come back a second time and you deviate from that theme a little bit, people are a bit static.”

Edwards spokeswoman, Kate Bedingfield, responded “We have chosen to take a grassroots approach to our campaign leadership in New Hampshire this cycle. We have a leadership committee comprised of elected officials, community leaders and enthusiastic activists who represent every corner of New Hampshire. Instead of a top-down, hierarchical structure, we have a team that gives us input from across the state and helps us build the kind of neighbor-to-neighbor support that is going to win New Hampshire for John Edwards.”

Whether or not D’Allesandro’s non-endorsement, of Edwards, means anything, Dante Scala, professor at the University of New Hampshire, said “Tough to say for sure, but one would think that if he were completely sold on Edwards, he would not be waiting.”

Even though campaigns are after his endorsement, Scala warns that his support might not carry that much weight because “As a rule of thumb, endorsements by sitting governors are the most valued endorsements in New Hampshire because governors typically have the most extensive political organizations. After that, it really depends on how much the endorser will labor on behalf of the candidate.”

While the Granite State political establishment awaits his decision, Senator D’Allesandro tells us that he hopes to come to a decision “in early October.”

D'Allesandro: "I'm An Ordinary Guy"

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Manchester Democratic State Senator Lou D'Allesandro. Senator D'Allesandro is currently serving his fifth term and was the Chairman of the 2004 John Edwards New Hampshire campaign.

Here is the complete interview.

“Why did you decide to hold these house parties?”

“I’ve been involved in the process for a long time and I think it’s imperative that people get to know the candidates and as a result we’ve been holding parties at the house, mainly in presidential years. Now this year, with so many qualified Democratic candidates I think that it’s important to have my friends, family, supporters, to meet the candidates in person and that’s why we do it.”

“Do you have any favorite stories about the parties?”

“I think that one of the great stories about the parties is the Hillary Clinton party. Everyone thought that she was so accessible. She stayed around and took pictures. We had a group of Ukrainian teachers come to the event. I met them at the State House and as a result, they came. It was a real treat and an exceptional situation. Senator Dodd was very terrific, Senator Biden’s plane got held-up, he didn’t make it, and so we had to have a party without him. Bill Richardson was also really good. The unique situation though was that the Ukrainians were at the party. And the whole neighborhood had a good time and that’s really what it’s all about.”

“What do you think people view you has such an important player in the primary process?”

“Well you know I’ve been around awhile, I’ve been able to win some elections. I’m just an ordinary guy, a person of moderate means. I’ve lived in the same house for a long time. I think an ordinary person that brings people to the forefront, in terms of my friends and neighbors can meet the candidates. When a political person comes, they meet ordinary people who are going to vote. I think that’s something that’s been missing in the process. We still have an opportunity to keep that in New Hampshire. Through the good graces of my wife and family, we’ve been able to keep that tradition alive. Columnists, newspapermen have come and written nice articles about what we do and how we do it and people seem to react very positively to it and they (the candidates) keep coming back.”

“What do you think Americans are looking for in the next president?”

“I think they’re looking for a couple of things. The first thing is they are looking for leadership, someone who’s going to take this country and move it in a much different direction. And a president that’s going to tell them the truth. We’ve had some real problems with the truth from the current administration and the public is sensitive to that. They want good leadership, but they want leadership they can trust, belief in, and I belief that’s what Americans are looking for this time. It’s a very significant election. Probably the most significant election in my lifetime. I thought the Kennedy/Nixon one was important and this one is probably has important, if not more important, than that one.”

“When putting together these house parties, which campaign has been the most difficult to deal with?”

“I think they were all very good to deal with. The Dodd campaign was just wonderful in terms of coming to help set-up, they were just really terrific. The Clinton party had more people but we had to deal with the Secret Service, which we didn’t have to deal with when working with the other campaigns. Generally speaking, the candidates have been terrific. Mrs. Clinton was on time and spent a great deal of time with the people. When you’re dealing with the Secret Service, it makes it a little more difficult. Generally speaking it’s a time when everyone wants to do the right thing and be accommodating and generally they are.”

“Why do you think John Edwards has not been doing that well in New Hampshire?”

“I think that when you’ve run one time and had a platform, his two America speech was very well received, and you come back a second time and you deviate from that theme a little bit, people are a bit static. I’m not sure his campaign is doing poorly. First time around, he was a fresh face and now he’s just a part of the group, he’s still in the top tier. You’ve got to stay on focus, stay on message, that’s very important. If you’re on time and answer phone calls you’re going to get elected.”

“Why haven’t you endorsed Senator Edwards yet? Is a part of the reason is because in 2004 he was a fresh face and now he’s not?”

“I have good feelings for John Edwards and I certainly have great feelings for his wife Elizabeth. She’s terrific and a great asset to him. I just think that I’m looking for the right message from the right candidate. I know that we have to win in ’08 and with so many wonderful candidates it’s a tough field to chose one to support, that’s mainly the reason right now, that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t support John Edwards. We have the best qualified field that I’ve seen. They are all very qualified, all very capable. It’s a race of thoroughbreds, it’s like the Kentucky Derby and everyone’s a 2 for 1 shot.”

“When do you think you will endorse a candidate and are they any early favorites?”

“I hope to endorse a candidate in early October. I’m going away on vacation in business. When I come back I’ll seriously consider endorsing a candidate.”

Do you have any favorites?

“I think they’re all good, they’ve all impressed me. We haven’t had a party for Obama at the house but I’d like to do something. So possibly I’ll wait until after that happens to announce something.”

Hodes To Host Democratic Candidate Information Session

New Hampshire Congressman Paul Hodes will be hosting a candidate information session at Colby-Sawyer College. Democratic Senate candidate Jay Buckey will be attending, as well as representatives from the Clinton, Richardson, Obama and Dodd campaigns.

The purpose of the event is to provide "an opportunity for voters to ask questions and find out more about at least half the Democratic candidates.

Here is the event information:

Sunday, September 23rd
Colby-Sawyer College
Wheeler Hall in Ware Campus Center

Clinton Camp Forms "Primary Playgroups For Hillary"

Today, New Hampshire for Hillary announced "Primary Playgroups for Hillary." The events will be an event "where parents and their children can participate in fun activities and have an opportunity to discuss Hillary Clinton’s vision to bring about the change America needs."

The first event will be held on Sunday, September 23rd in Concord.

Here is the event information:

Sunday, September 23, 2007
10:00 AM
Speaker of the House Terie Norelli and House Majority Leader Mary Jane Wallner to attend "Primary Playgroup for Hillary"
Gymboree Play and Music Center
211 Loudon Road
Concord , NH

News Hampshire News Links for September 20th

New Hampshire News Links September 20th, 2007

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NEWS: Toll increase proposed to fix turnpikes; Governor supports first rise since '89

PEOPLE/CANDIDATES: Sununu / Swett / Donovan / Arnesen / Lee / The Browns


NH POLLS: Undecided in New Hampshire

OP-ED: Editorial: Mayoral momentum: Manchester faces a choice

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES: The Field, The Debates, Clinton, Edwards, Kucinich, Obama. Richardson

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES: The Field, Gingrich, Giuliani, McCain, Romney, Thompson

FIRST PRIMARY: Volatile Primary Calendar Poses Hazards for Groups / Senators step in as race for primaries intensifies; One proposal sets regional contests to avoid states leapfrogging each other; Iowa would remain first.

GENERAL (NATIONAL) CAMPAIGN NEWS: Presidential Ad Wars Heat Up; More Candidates Are Taking Their Signature Messages to TV Screens

NATIONAL POLLS: Americans Want Leaders to Address Coverage for Uninsured, Poll Shows

WAR: U.S. Senate Rejects Bill to Give Military Detainees Access to Courts / Bush Asks
Congress to Extend NSA Program; President Looks to Make Warrantless Wiretapping Law Permanent

OTHER NEWS AND VIEWS: Dick Cheney: The Real Bush Record: Alan Greenspan discounts our fiscal success story.

ARTICLES: Milne: Sununu is underdog in race to hold his seat

Dodd Opens Offices in Keene, West Lebanon

From The Dodd Campaign:

Presidential candidate Chris Dodd's New Hampshire Campaign will open regional field offices in Keene and West Lebanon on Friday. Dodd's sister, Martha Buonanno, and his niece, Carolyn Chase, will travel to New Hampshire to officially open each of the offices.

FRIDAY, September 21st

1:15 PM Grand
Opening of the Chris Dodd for President Monadnock Regional Office
Location: 83 Marlborough Street
Keene, NH

3:45 PM
Grand Opening of the Chris Dodd for President Upper Valley Regional Office
Location: 75 Main Street
West Lebanon, NH

Tancredo Returns To New Hampshire

Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo will be campaigning in New Hampshire on Sunday, September 23th. Tancredo will attend a Republican shoot and a Milford town hall meeting. Tancredo will also speak in Bedford at "Politics & Eggs," on Monday, September 24th.

Sunday, September 23th

10:00:00 AM
Republican Shoot
Cheshire Fish and Game Club Ferry Brook Rd
For more information, visit:
Keene, NH

4:00:00 PM
Town Hall Meeting
Milford VFW Hall
14 Perkins Street
Milford, NH

Monday, September 24th

Event: "Politics & Eggs" Candidates Forum
Featuring: U.S. Representative Tom Tancredo
Produced by The New England Council and the New Hampshire Political Library.
Date:Monday, September 24, 2007
8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Venue: The Bedford Village Inn
Bedford, NH

Fred Hires Staff, Opens Office

John "The Granite Status" DiStaso is reporting that Fred Thompson is beginning to revamp his New Hampshier campaign.

"The political director will be veteran conservative activist Chris Wood, a former Rudy Giuliani supporter, while Liz Christoffersen of Hollis is the state campaign coordinator and former Executive Councilor Bill Cahill is senior advisor."

The campaign office will be located at 23 West Webster St., Manchester.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Washington Congressman To Campaign For Hillary

Washington Congressman Jay Inslee will campaign for Hillary Clinton on Saturday, September 22nd. Congressman Inslee will take the day to discuss Senator Clinton's environmental and energy policies.

Here is his public schedule:

Saturday, September 22

10:45 AM
Congressman Inslee Tours Langdon Woods Dormitory (LEED Certified)
Plymouth State University
17 High Street
Plymouth, NH

12:15 PM
Congressman Inslee Tours NH Community Technical College,
Laconia to learn about new Energy Services and Technology Program
Laconia Community College
379 Belmont Road
Laconia, NH

3:15 PM
Congressman Inslee Tours New England Wood Pellet
New England Wood Pellet
141 Old Sharon Road
Jaffrey, NH

5:45 PM
Congressman Inslee Leads Environmental Discussion
Law Office of Backus, Meyer, Solomon & Branch
116 Lowell Street, Manchester (corner of Lowell and Pine)
Manchester, NH

Ted Sorensen To Campaign For Obama

Ted Sorensen, former Kennedy speechwriter, will be in New Hampshire tomorrow campaigning for Barack Obama. Sorenson will "discuss Barack Obama's vision, judgment, and leadership."

Here is his schedule, thought all the events are private and invitation only.

Thursday, September 20

8:30-9:45 am

11:00 am
This event is by invitation only.

2:30 pm
This event is by invitation only.

5:00 pm
This event is by invitation only.

Rudy Plays "Nightmare" Ad in NH

Today, Rudy Giuliani began running a radio in New Hampshire. The ad is titled "Nightmare" and is about

Here is the script:

VOICEOVER: "MoveOn.Org is the most powerful left wing group in the country."

"They spent millions electing anti-war liberals."

"And publicly brag how the Democratic Party is theirs- bought and paid for."

"Why is MoveOn attacking Rudy Giuliani? Because he's their worst nightmare. They know Rudy is a Republican who can beat the Democrats. And they know, no matter what they say- Rudy will never, ever back down."

MAYOR GIULIANI: "I'm Rudy Giuliani and I approve this message."

VOICEOVER: "Paid for by the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee,"

Listen to the ad here:

Elizabeth Edwards Returns To NH

Elizabeth Edwards will be in the state this weekend.

Here is her public schedule:

Friday, Sept. 21:

Lee House Party
Trojan Residence
132 Wednesday Hill Road
Lee, NH

Hooksett House Party
Morelli Residence
22 Gailor Lane
Hookset, NH

Epsom Democrats House Party
Podlaseck Residence
382 North Road
Epsom, NH

Saturday, September 22nd

Education Roundtable
Bow Memorial School
Bow, NH
20 Bow Center Rd.

Pierce Park (on the Quad behind Colgate Hall)
**If it rains, it will be held in Wheeler Hall in the Ware Campus Center.
Colby Sawyer College
541 Main St.
New London, NH

Hanover House Party
Beane Residence
71 Stevens Rd.
Hanover, NH

Edwards Deputy Political Director Resigns

The Union Leader's John DiStaso wrote this morning that Matt Spence, John Edwards deputy New Hampshire political director, has resigned from the campaign.

According to DiStaso, Spence "resigned after writing what the campaign describes as distasteful internal e-mails critical of fellow New Hampshire Democrats."

No word yet on a possible replacement.

Romney Begins Airing Another NH Ad

Mitt Romney has begun airing another New Hampshire ad. The ad is titled "Change Begins With Us" and features the former Bay State Governor discussing the need for the GOP to reform itself.

Here is the script and the ad:

Script For "Change Begins With Us" (TV: 30):

GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY: "If we're going to change Washington, Republicans have to put our own house in order.

"We can't be like Democrats – a party of big spending.

"We can't pretend our borders are secure from illegal immigration.

"We can't have ethical standards that are a punch line for Jay Leno.

"When Republicans act like Democrats, America loses.

"It's time for Republicans to start acting like Republicans.

"It's time for a change and change begins with us.

"I'm Mitt Romney and I approve this message."

MySpace/MTV Announce Forum With Edwards

MySpace and MTV Announce Details of First Presidential Candidate Dialogue with John Edwards

MySpace, the country’s most trafficked website, and MTV, the leading global youth brand, today announced details of their first Presidential Candidate Dialogue – featuring former Senator John Edwards ( The inaugural event will take place on Thursday, September 27, at 12:00 pm ET on the University of New Hampshire campus – an affiliate in mtvU’s network of more than 750 colleges and universities – and will be moderated by MTV News Correspondents SuChin Pak and Gideon Yago as well as political reporter, Chris Cillizza. Industry-leading pollsters John McLaughlin and Geoffrey Garin will oversee the real-time polling data and audience questions being submitted via MySpaceIM and The kick-off event also marks the first Flektor application integration since its acquisition by Fox Interactive Media in May 2007.

Cosmo Joins NH Insider

Yesterday, I became a member of the NH Insider blogging community.

On the site, I will cross-post some of my work on here. I also hope to include some original political commentary, aka worthless pieces of advice, on that site.

Here is a link to NH Insider:

Obama Campaign To Hold Tax Chat With Seniors

Barack Obama's New Hampshire campaign will be promoting Obama's tax plan to Granite State seniors. Beginning today and tomorrow, the Obama camp will hold forums in six communities. According to a campaign press release "Senator Obama's middle class tax fairness proposal would eliminate income taxes for 120,000 New Hampshire seniors."

Here is the schedule:

Wednesday, September 19

11:00 am
State Representative Cindy Rosenwald, Chair of HHS/Elderly Affairs Committee
Londonderry Senior Center
535 Mammoth Road
Londonderry, NH

Thursday, September 20

9:00 am
State Representative Sue Almy
Upper Valley Senior Center
10 Campbell Street
Lebanon, NH

10:00 am
Annie McLane Kuster, Co-Chair, New Hampshire Women for Obama Steering Committee
Taylor Senior Community
435 Union Avenue
Laconia, NH

12:15 pm
Cheshire County Commissioner Jack Pratt, Obama New Hampshire Steering Committee Member
The Woodward Home
194-202 Court Street
Keene, NH

12:30 pm
State Representative Ed Butler
Gibson Center for Senior Services
14 Grove Street
North Conway, NH

2:30 pm
State Representative Tom Donovan, Vice-Chair of HHS/Elderly Affairs Committee
Pleasant View Retirement
227 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH

New Hampshire News Links for September 19th

New Hampshire News Links September 19th, 2007

Now part of The Hotline Political Network!

NEWS: Legislators: Restore parental notification

PEOPLE/CANDIDATES: US Senate / Manchester Mayoral Primary / The Browns


NH POLLS: Two Sununu/Shaheen polls / More on the Primary

OP-ED: Editorial: Three big reasons not to permit slot machines

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES: The Debates, The Field, Clinton, Edwards, Kerry, Kucinich, Obama

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES: The Debates, Giuliani, Huckabee, McCain, Paul, Romney, Thompson

FIRST PRIMARY: More oh-eight: NH's level playing field


NATIONAL POLLS: Public's views on Iraq war barely budge

OTHER NEWS AND VIEWS: Democrats May Tie Confirmation to Gonzales Papers

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Elizabeth Kucinich To Campaign For Dennis

Elizabeth Kucinich Returns to NH to Campaign for her Husband, Presidential Candidate Dennis Kucinich

On Wednesday and Thursday September 19th and 20th, Elizabeth Kucinich will make several campaign stops to meet with voters and discuss her husband’s bid for the Democratic nomination for President. Among her stops will be The Eyes Wide Open Exhibition at the Goffstown Public Library on Wednesday, followed by a live interviews from 8 to 8:25AM on the Gary James show (WMEX 106.5FM) and 6 to 7PM with Portsmouth Community Radio (WSCA 106.1LP FM) and the Rochester Fair on Thursday. She will return again in time for the run up to the Democratic Debate to be held at Dartmouth College on September 26th. Please direct questions to NH Campaign Coordinator, Susan Bruce who can be reached at 603-986-0767, 603-749-2818, or

NH Poll: Hillary Dominates, GOP Race Tightens

A new Rasmussen poll finds Hillary Clinton with a commanding lead in New Hampshire. The poll shows "Clinton earning 40% of the vote and opening up a 23-point advantage over Senator Barack Obama. Obama attracts support from 17% of Likely Primary Voters in the state while former Senator John Edwards is at 14% in this poll."

The poll also shows Bill Richardson closely behind Edwards with 11%.

Meanwhile, that same poll shows the Republican race getting tighter.

The poll shows that "Romney is the top choice for 25% of Likely Primary Voters while Giuliani is preferred by 22%. Nineteen percent (19%) prefer the newest entrant in the race, former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson while 12% favor Arizona Senator John McCain."

Here's a link to the polls:

New Hampshire Primary: Clinton 40% Obama 17% Edwards 14%
New Hampshire Primary: Romney 25% Giuliani 22%

Fred Committs To NH Debate, One problem: It's Not Occurring

The Politico's Jonathan Martin has the scope on Fred Thompson committing himself to a New Hampshire debate that is not occurring.

Martin reports that "Apparently the word did not filter down from the old Thompson team to the new aides installed there."

Though like Martin, I thought the debate was still occurring. Better luck next time!

Pauls Gains Endorsement of State Rep

The Ron Paul campaign announced that it has gained the endorsement of State Representative Paul Ingbretson. Representative Ingbretson was first elected in 2002 and represents Benton, Haverhill, Piermont, and Warren.

In a campaign press release, Ingbretson said that he was endorsing Paul because "Congressman Ron Paul understands, like no presidential candidate in recent history, that the central purpose of government in America is to secure the liberty of her citizens. He has the unbelievable integrity and guts to speak out and vote the liberty agenda of the Founding Fathers—not once, or occasionally, but every time. Never in my lifetime have I seen anyone running for president so oriented and in these days of Patriot Act madness I endorse his candidacy unequivocally."

Clinton Forms "Granite State Health Corps"

Today, Hillary Clinton's New Hampshire campaign announced its "Granite State Health Corps." The group is comprised of healthcare professionals who will "advocate for her health care plan across the state, talking to neighbors, friends, colleagues and attending local events about Hillary’s leadership on the issue and what it means for the people of New Hampshire."

Here are the members of the group:

Ellen Ceppetelli, RN, Windsor, VT – Chair of the Department of Nursing at Colby-Sawyer College and Director of Nursing Education at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Dr. Jeffrey Cohen, Hanover, NH - Chief of Neurosurgery at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Dr. Stuart Glassman, Bedford, NH -Adjunct Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth College Medical School

Senator Maggie Hassan, Exeter, NH - Health Care Advocate, served on the board of Community Developmental Services and the Disabilities Rights Center

Senator Molly Kelly, Keene, NH - Vice Chairwoman of the Healthy New Hampshire Foundation and Board member of the Home Care Association of New Hampshire .

Rep. Martha McLeod, Franconia, NH - Executive Director of the North Country Health Consortium

Dr. Cynthia Moniz, Canterbury, NH - Ph.D., MSW

Dr. Chris Roseberry, Exeter, NH – Chief of Surgery at Exeter Hospital

Senator Kathy Sgambati, Tilton, NH - Former Deputy Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Elizabeth Smith, Concord, NH – Pediatrician

Dr. Gary Sobelson, Concord, NH - Family Physician and NH Medical Leader

Wendy Wilson, RN, Laconia, NH - Professor of Nursing at the New Hampshire Technical College

Dr. Rick Wilson, Laconia, NH - Medical Administrator, and former clinical pediatrician of 25 years at Lakes Regional General Hospital

Sen. Cilley Holds Rochester Roundtable

Sorry this is completely last minute, but this is from the Obama campaign:

As Senator Barack Obama unveils his plan to for middle class tax fairness in Washington today, New Hampshire steering committee member, state Senator Jackie Cilley will take that message directly to New Hampshire voters. At a roundtable in Rochester, Senator Cilley will discuss the plan and hear from local residents who would benefit directly from Obama's proposals.

What: Roundtable on Obama Tax Fairness policy with state Senator Jackie Cilley
When: TODAY (Tuesday) at 3:45 pm
Where: The Café at The Governor's Inn
78 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH

Clinton Launches Healthcare Ad In NH

On the heels of the release of her health care plan, Hillary Clinton is launching a new ad on the same subject. The 30-second ad is entitled "Health Care Plan" and will begin airing today, in the Granite State.

Following is the script for the ad:

“Health Care Plan”

Voice Over: She changed our thinking when she introduced universal health care to America.

She changed the lives of six million kids when she championed the bill that gave them health insurance.

And she changed future generations by pushing the drug companies to lower the cost of vaccinations.

Now she has a health care plan that lets you keep your coverage if you like it, provides affordable choices if you don’t and covers every American.

So if you're ready for change, she’s ready to lead.

HRC: I'm Hillary Clinton and I approved this message.

New Hampshire News Links for September 18th, 2007

New Hampshire News Links September 18th, 2007

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NEWS: Mass. ups ante on gambling

PEOPLE/CANDIDATES: US Senate / The Browns / Ayotte / Rubens

POLITICAL COLUMNS: Scala, Chowder in the Morning

NH POLLS: Romney, Clinton lead new FPU/WBZ poll

OP-ED: Editorial: Big money! Don't buy gambling hype

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES: The Field, Clinton, Edwards, Obama, Richardson

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES: The Field, Giuliani, McCain, Paul, Romney, Thompson

GENERAL (NATIONAL) CAMPAIGN NEWS: On Wikipedia, Debating 2008 Hopefuls' Every Facet

WAR: Iraq Bans Security Contractor: Blackwater Faulted In Baghdad Killings

OTHER NEWS AND VIEWS: Bush may avoid fight with attorney general pick

Monday, September 17, 2007

Clinton, Romney Continue To Lead Field

A new Franklin Pierce University/WBZ Poll shows that Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton continue to lead their respective fields, in the Granite State. The poll was taken from September 11th-14th and has a margin of error of 4.9%

The poll shows Clinton with a double-digit lead over Obama, while Richardson is closely behind Edwards. It also shows Mitt Romney leading the Republicans, with Fred Thompson registering at just 8 percent.

Here are the complete results and a link to the polls:


Clinton: 36%
Obama: 18%
Edwards: 12%
Richardson: 10%
Gore: 5%
Kucinich: 3%
Biden: 3%
Dodd: 1%
Gravel: 1%
Undecided: 11%


Romney: 30%
Giuliani: 23%
McCain: 14%
Thompson: 8%
Gingrich: 3%
Paul: 3%
Huckabee: 2%
Tancredo: 1%
Brownback: 1%
Hunter: 1%
Hagel: 1%
Undecided: 12%

Running With Rudy At Loudon

Here is Giuliani's official campaign video of his appearance at the NHIS.

"Running With Rudy goes behind the scenes in Loudon, NH where the Mayor attended the NASCAR race over the weekend."

Thompson To Participate in NH Debate

According to Marc Ambinder, "Per Thompson's campaign, he'll participate in an October 14 ABC News/WMUR/New Hampshire Union Leader debate."

Almost guaranteed first question: "Why you dissing New Hampshire? How dare you do such a thing!"

NH GOP Straw Poll

Here are the full results of the straw poll that was conducted at the New Hampshire Republican rally.

Ron Paul 66%
Fred Thompson 10%
Rudy Giuliani 9%
Mike Huckabee 7%
Mitt Romney 3%
Tom Tancredo 2%
John Cox 2%
John McCain 1%
Sam Brownback .5%

Clinton Gains Endorsements of Senators Sgambati and Hassan

Today, the New Hampshire for Hillary campaign announced that Senators Kathy Sgambati of Tilton and Maggie Wood Hassan of Exeter have endorsed the New York Senator.

In a campaign press release, Senator Sgambati said that "Hillary Clinton has a strong vision for the future of this nation and she has been a lifelong advocate for America ’s children and families. I believe she is the most qualified candidate to repair our health care system and to ensure every American has affordable, quality healthcare."

While, Senator Hassan said "As an advocate, First Lady, and United States Senator Hillary Clinton has worked to improve healthcare, security and the quality of life for America’s children and families for 35 years. Hillary Clinton is uniquely qualified to deliver the change we need."

Bonior Participates In Tree Canvass

Here is a YouTube video of Congressman David Bonior participating in the Edwards tree canvass. Bonior distributed the saplings to citizens in Lebanon.

Paul To Hold Rally, Participate In Canvass

Ron Paul will be in New Hampshire on September 29th. During his trip Paul will at a Manchester rally that is being held at Veteran's Park.

Paul will then participate in a canvass, with more than thirty family members.

For more information go here:

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Paul Wins New Hampshire Straw Poll

Today, Texas Congressman won New Hampshire another straw poll. Paul was able to garner 65.9% of the vote. The poll was conducted by the Manchester Republican Committee at the New Hampshire Republican rally.

In a campaign press release, Paul's New Hampshire Coordinator, Jared Chicoine, said "The grassroots support we're encountering is incredible; obviously, Dr. Paul's message of constitutional government is what New Hampshire voters want to hear."

Paul previously won the Strafford County GOP straw poll and also the poll conducted at the Coalition of NH Taxpayers annual picnic.

Edwards Campaign Distributes 8,000 White Spruce Saplings

This weekend, John Edwards' New Hampshire campaign was able to distribute 8,000 White Spruce saplings.

According to the Edwards campaign "The White Spruce is a medium-sized evergreen tree that grows 60-90 feet tall on average. It grows well throughout New Hampshire and New England , and is often used for erosion control and site reclamation because it is adaptable to a wide range of planting sites."

Edwards for President national campaign manager Congressman David Bonior participated in the canvass and said "This Graniteroots canvass is not just about discussing John’s bold plans to combat global warming, achieve energy independence, and create good paying jobs. Giving out these saplings will also help get neighbors talking to neighbors about the steps we can all take in our own lives to protect our environment."