Saturday, October 06, 2007

Huckabee's Upcoming Trip

State Representative Jason Bedrick will be hosting "Coffee & Conversation with Governor Mike Huckabee."

The event will taking place in Windham on Sunday, October 14th from 10am until noon.

Huckabee To Visit Franklin Pierce

On October 18th, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee will be in Rindge, New Hampshire.

Huckabee will be visiting Franklin Pierce University, where will be speaking before the Rotary Club and then at the Fitzwater Center.

Time to be determined.

Lt. Gen. Kennedy Visits Liberty House

Over two days, Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy traveled New Hampshire in her RV.

Kennedy spent two days visiting veteran homes and stumping for New York Senator Hillary Clinton.

On such stop was at Manchester’s “Liberty House.”

According to a pamphlet, Liberty House’s mission is “to promote substance-free transitional housing, daily necessities, and services that enable homeless U.S. Military veterans to achieve self-sufficiency.” However, that mission might be short-lived because the house is in danger of losing funding which would require it to close its doors. The organization is currently attempting to find more money so they do not have to turn away homeless veterans, during the harsh winter months.

Kennedy, joined by State Representatives Eleanor Kgellman and Doreen Howard, toured the ten-person facility and spoke with staff members.

Staff members expressed their frustration about the bureaucratic system, lack of financial resources and a strain on current personnel and resources.

While taking copious notes, Kennedy quizzed staff members on their problems and even offered some advice.

Afterwards, the former Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, said that “we can’t afford, as a society, to turn away from this (the issue of homeless veterans).”

“What Liberty House needs is volunteers…and offer their help in writing grants, doing grant outreach, they need help with finances,” she said.

Kennedy added, “With that said, the short-term issue of financing this place from February on has not been solved.”

Before leaving, Kennedy said that she would write a report and give it to Clinton's senatorial staff.

Cellucci Praised Romney's Tax Record

Today, Mitt Romney's campaign fought back at comments that Paul Cellucci made on Thursday.

Celluci, a former Republican Massachusetts governor, said that Romney's economic record is full of "pretty weak arguments from a governor who in four years really had no tax cuts for the people of Massachusetts."

Celluci made the comments following a Romney event, in which Romney attacked Rudy's record on the line-item veto and New York City's commuter tax.

During a stop in Bedford, the Romney campaign distributed a press release titled "Cellucci Has Praised Romney's Fiscal Responsibility."

The press release listed three quotes from Cellucci, who previously extolled Romney's tax record.

Cellucci said "Romney went in there saying he was going to hold the line of taxes and despite a lot of pressure to raise taxes, he hasn't." The former Canadian ambassador made the comments in a 2005 interview with The Hotline.

The release also had the lines, "On 2004, Cellucci Praised Romney For 'Holding The Line on Taxes" and "Last Year, Cellucci Said Massachusetts 'Has Done Pretty Well With Republican Governors" And That 'The Stake Has Been Driven Into The Heart of The Label Taxacusetts."

This recent attack on Cellucci came after the Romney camp released a statement called "HOW MAYOR GIULIANI WENT TO COURT AND KILLED THE PRESIDENTIAL LINE-ITEM VETO."

New Granite State Political Website

A new website devoted to Granite State politics is now up and running.

This website,, is operated by political analyst Dean Spiliotes. Dr. Spiliotes has written several scholarly works and is a former professor at Dartmouth and St. Anselm's.

Here is his website:

Friday, October 05, 2007

McCain To Spend Another Weekend In NH

John McCain will be in New Hampshire from Friday, October 12th until Sunday, October 14th. Events include town hall meetings in Amherst and Hopkinton. McCain will also speak at a global warming conference and the state Republican meeting.

Here is his public schedule:

Friday, October 12th

The Congregational Church of Amherst
Community Room
11 Church Street
RSVP: 603-369-4945

Sunday, October 14th

Hopkinton Town Hall
330 Main Street
RSVP: 603-369-4946

McCain Brings In Rising GOP Stars to Help Campaign

This weekend, New Hampshire Republicans will be able to see two rising Republican stars. Both though, will be campaigning for Senator John McCain.

Tomorrow, North Carolina Senator Richard Burr will be stumping for John McCain in Bedford. Burr won election to the Senate in 2004, he previously had served in the House.

On Monday, October 8 Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty will be speaking at the Grafton County GOP Dinner. Pawlenty is often mentioned as a possible 2008 vice-presidential nominee, especially if McCain gains the nomination.

Clinton To Conduct Campaign Swing Through NH

On October 10th, Hillary will discuss innovation in Merrimack, NH. She will also attend a town hall meeting in a location to be announced before traveling to Boston, MA for a Club 44 “Making History” event.

Hillary will continue her New Hampshire swing on October 11th, when she will discuss college affordability at Plymouth State University and attend a Barn Party in Canterbury, NH.

Here is her public schedule:

Wednesday, October 10

10:30 a.m. EDT
Clinton Discusses Innovation
GT Solar Inc, Annex Building
243 Daniel Webster Highway
Merrimack, NH

1:00 p.m. EDT
Clinton Hosts Innovation Town Hall Meeting
Derry Opera House
Adams Memorial Building
29 West Broadway Street
Derry, NH

Thursday, October 11

11:00 a.m. EDT
Clinton Discusses College Affordability
Plymouth State University, Hartman Union Building, Gym
17 High Street
Plymouth, NH

3:00 p.m. EDT
Clinton Attends Barn Party
Hackleboro Orchard, The Barn
1 Hackleboro Road
Canterbury, NH

Senator Richard Burr Makes First Visit To NH

North Carolina Senator Richard Burr will be in New Hampshire tomorrow attempting to drum-up support for John McCain.

Senator Burr will speak with supporters and McCain staffers in Manchester.

He will then head-over to the Hillsborough Republican Oktoberfest Picnic

Edwards To Make 15th Trip To NH

On Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th, Senator Edwards will be back in New Hampshire for his 15th trip to the Granite State.

Details are TBA

Obama Returns for Columbus Day Visit

Senator Barack Obama's New Hampshire campaign announced today that Obama will return to New Hampshire next Monday and Tuesday. Senator Obama will continue his dialogue with New Hampshire voters at town halls across the state.

Monday, October 8

2:00 pm

This event is not open to the public but by invitation only.

Tuesday, October 9

10:30 am
Mack's Apples
230 Mammoth Rd
Londonderry, NH

The event is free and open to the public. However, an RSVP is strongly encouraged. To RSVP please call Danielle Cendejas at 603-437-2008 , or visit

6:30 pm
The Courtroom at the Hartman Union Building
17 High Street
Plymouth, NH

The event is free and open to the public. However, an RSVP is strongly encouraged. To RSVP please call Mike Griffin at Obama for America's Lebanon office at 603-448-1108, or visit

Richardson To Campaign In NH on October 11th, 12th

From The Richardson Campaign:

Governor Bill Richardson returns to the Granite State next week for a two-day campaign swing with a heavy focus on education. Governor Richardson will unveil his national education policy at Manchester High School West and participate in the NEA's "School House to the White House" event, spending a morning in the classroom of a New Hampshire elementary school.

Thursday, October 11th

When: 8:30 AM
What: "School House to White House" Event*
Where: Manchester, NH
*Closed to the general public.

When: 12:00 PM (Doors Open 11:30 AM)
What: National Education Policy Speech
Where: Manchester High School West, 9 Notre Dame Avenue, Manchester*
*RSVP required for school security purposes – email

When: 5:00 PM (Doors Open 4:30 PM)
What: Concord "Presidential Job Interview"
Where: Mill Brook Gallery & Home of Pam Tarbell, 236 Hopkinton Road, Concord

When: 6:30 PM
What: New Hampshire Latino Summit*
Where: Southern New Hampshire University, 2500 N. River Rd, Hooksett
*Ticket required – for details

Friday, October 12th

When: 8:00 AM (Doors Open 7:30 AM)
What: Salem Chamber of Commerce "Presidential Job Interview"
Where: Southern New Hampshire University (Salem Campus), 19 Keewaydin Dr # A, Salem

When: 9:30 AM
What: "Politics and Eggs" Candidate Series*
Where: Bedford Village Inn, 2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford
*Ticket required – email for details

When: 3:30 PM
What: Clean Air-Cool Planet "Energy & Climate Solutions Conference*
Where: Center of New Hampshire Radisson, 700 Elm St., Manchester
*Ticket required – email for details

When: 5:45 PM (Doors Open 5:30 PM)
What: Somersworth "Presidential Job Interview"
Where: Somersworth High School, 11 Memorial Drive, Somersworth

When: 7:00 PM (Doors Open 6 PM)
What: Portsmouth Democrats Banquet*
Where: Sheraton Harborside Hotel, 250 Market Street, Portsmouth
*Ticket required – email for details

Hodes To Open Obama Offices in Derry, Peterborough, Lebanon

From The Obama Campaign:

Senator Barack Obama's New Hampshire campaign announced today that Congressman Paul Hodes will host open houses at three of the campaign's New Hampshire offices on Saturday. Hodes will visit our offices in Derry, Peterborough, and Lebanon.

Congressman Hodes will meet with voters and discuss why he believes Barack is the best candidate to bring about fundamental change in Washington and a new beginning for our country.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Derry Obama for America Office
8 Birch St.
Derry, NH
Event begins: 8:30 am

This event is free and open to the public. Please call our Derry office for more information at (603) 437-2008.

Peterborough Obama for America Office
43 Grove St.
Unit 3
Peterborough, NH
Event begins: 1:30 pm

This event is free and open to the public. Please call our Peterborough office for more information at (603) 924-0808.

Lebanon Obama for America Office
57 Mechanic St.
Lebanon, NH
Event begins: 5:30 pm

This event is free and open to the public. Please call our Lebanon office for more information at (603) 448-1108.

NH HillStar of The Week

From The Clinton Campaign:

The New Hampshire for Hillary Campaign today announced David Weiss as the campaign’s HillStar of the Week. Weiss, a Rochester resident, has helped with phone calls in his local campaign office, and also volunteered at Senator Clinton’s recent rally in Portsmouth .

“I am supporting Hillary because I believe that she is the most qualified to make sure that our troops and veterans get the care and respect that they deserve,” said Weiss. “As president, Hillary will ensure that all those who sacrifice on behalf of our country receive the help and care they need.”

When he’s not volunteering for the campaign, Weiss works as a computer consultant.

Obama Returns To NH For Two Day Visit

"New Hampshire Presidential Watch" has learned that Senator Barack Obama will return to New Hampshire on Monday, October 8th and Tuesday, October 9th.

Among the events planned is a town hall forum in Londonderry at Mack's Apples at Mack's at 10:30 on Tuesday morning, and a town hall at Plymouth State University at 6:30 on Tuesday evening.

NH Poll: Romney Leads Rudy

From Insider Advantage:

Insider Advantage released their latest statewide surveys in Iowa, New Hampshire, Michigan, South Carolina and Florida tonight. The polls were fielded from October 2-3.

The New Hampshire survey sampled 1,082 likely Republican primary voters with a MoE of +/- 3%.

Gov. Romney leads with 28%, while Giuliani and McCain are statistically tied with 20% and 17% respectively. Thompson and Huckabee are in a dead heat with 8% each while 9% support another candidate and 10% are undecided.

Gov. Romney: 28%
Giuliani: 20%
McCain: 17%
Thompson: 8%
Huckabee: 8%
Other: 9%
Undecided: 10%

*This is Insider Advantage's first New Hampshire poll this cycle, so no trendline data is available.

Rudy Alleges Romney Raised Taxes on NH Citizens

Today, Rudy Giuliani's campaign accused Mitt Romney of raising taxes on New Hampshire citizens.

Rudy's campaign released a statement titled "Romney Raised Taxes On Out Of State Commuters – Including Those From New Hampshire – Repeatedly."

"Mitt Romney has no choice but to hide behind false attacks - one look at his record as Governor shows he increased government spending, proposed millions of dollars in tax increases, and even raised taxes on New Hampshire commuters repeatedly." said Katie Levinson, Rudy's Communications Director.

Giuliani's campaign stated that:
-As Governor, Romney Increased Income Taxes On Individuals Who Did Not Reside In Massachusetts, Including On Their Pensions, Deferred Compensation, And Sick And Vacation Pay.

-Romney Imposed State Income And Sales Taxes On Out-Of-State Residents For Their Share of In-State Partnership's Real Estate.

Romney Releases "Tax Pledge" Radio Ad

From The Romney Campaign:

Today, Romney for President launched its newest radio ad, "Tax Pledge." The ad highlights Governor Romney's pledge to oppose any attempt to raise taxes on the American people. Governor Romney is the only major candidate for President to have signed the "Taxpayer Protection Pledge."

The ad will begin airing as part of the campaign's rotation today New Hampshire. Script and viewing links are below.

Script For "Tax Pledge" (Radio:60):

GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY: "It started in New Hampshire. It's the Tax Pledge.

"For years, conservative candidates for President signed their name on the dotted line pledging to oppose tax increases.

"I'm Mitt Romney. I'm proud to be the only major candidate for President to sign the Tax Pledge. The others have not.

"I signed the Tax Pledge because I want everyone to know where I stand. We've got to get taxes down and grow our economy.

"I believe it's not fair that you have to pay taxes when you earn your money, when you save your money, and when you die.

"That's why I'll kill the death tax once and for all and roll back tax rates across the board.

"And savings? When I'm President, for every middle class American, the new tax rate on your interest, dividends, and capital gains will be absolutely zero.

"I stood firm to roll back taxes as Governor. I'll roll back taxes as President.

"I'm Mitt Romney and I approved this message because on taxes – Change Begins With Us."

ANNOUNCER: "Paid for by Romney for President –"

To listen to "Tax Pledge," please see:

Romney's Updated Schedule

Here is Mitt Romney's updated schedule for Saturday, October 6th

Saturday, October 6, 2007

9:00 a.m.
Governor Mitt Romney Holds a Dover "Ask Mitt Anything"
Hellenic Center
Long Hill Road
Dover, NH

11:30 a.m.
Governor Mitt Romney Holds a Wentworth-by-the-Sea "Ask Mitt Anything" Wentworth-by-the-Sea
Wentworth by the Sea Country Club
60 Wentworth Road
Rye, NH 03870

1:50 p.m.
Governor Mitt Romney Attends Fremont Snowmobile Grass Drags Peterson/Brookvale Farm
Martin Road
Fremont, NH

3:10 p.m.
Governor Mitt Romney Attends the Hillsborough Republican Oktoberfest Picnic Manchester Country Club
180 South River Road
Bedford , NH

5:30 p.m.
Governor Mitt Romney Holds a Milford "Ask Mitt Anything"
Milford Middle School
33 Osgood Road
Milford, NH

Gravel, Kucinich To Speak at Association of Independent Voters

From The New Hampshire Committee for an Independent Voice:

The New Hampshire Committee for an Independent Voice (“NH-CIV”), a statewide association of independent voters, will host a conference entitled “Independents—Making our Voices Heard” in Hollis, New Hampshire on Sunday, October 14th, 2007.

Presidential candidates Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel are confirmed to attend with invitations outstanding to the other candidates. Jacqueline Salit, Executive Editor of The Neo-Independent magazine and President of CUIP, a national strategy center for independents to which NH-CIV is affiliated, will be the featured speaker. Members of the academic community and local elected officials are expected to attend along with independent voters from around the state.

Date: Sunday, October 14th 2007
Time: 12:30 pm
Location: Alpine Groves Banquet Facility
19 South Depot Road,
Route 111A
Hollis, New Hampshire

New Hampshire News Links for October 5th, 2007

New Hampshire News Links October 5th, 2007

Now part of The Hotline Political Network!

NOTICE: Links will not publish on Monday, October 8th Columbus Day

NEWS: Some foresee domino effect in N.E. gaming

PEOPLE/CANDIDATES: Sullivan, Mayoral Races, The Browns

POLITICAL COLUMNS: Political Chowder

OP-ED: Editorials: Toll hikes necessary and levied in a fair way / Highway robbery: The council's big toll hike

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

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES: The Field, Gingrich, Giuliani, Haines, McCain, Paul, Romney, F. Thompson, T. Thompson

FIRST PRIMARY: Iowa, N.H. legislators tell Congress to leave primaries alone

GENERAL (NATIONAL) CAMPAIGN NEWS: GOP presidential hopefuls lag Democrats in fundraising

WAR: Congress Seeks Secret Memos On Interrogation

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Romney To Air New Ad on Tax Pledge

Coinciding with his recent attacks on Rudy Giuliani's economic record, the AP is reporting that Mitt Romney will begin airing a new ad on Romney's promise not to raise taxes.

In the ad Romney says "For years, conservative candidates for president signed their name on the dotted line, pledging to oppose tax increases. I'm proud to be the only major candidate for president to sign the tax pledge. The others have not."

The AP's Phil Elliott has more: New Romney radio ad: He's signed tax pledge

Tancredo To Appear At Dartmouth Event

Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo will appear at a town hall forum at Dartmouth College.

The forum will be taking place on Monday, October 15th.

Clinton to Visit PSU.

Hillary Clinton will visit Plymouth State University on Thursday, October 11th.

The visit is a part of a two-day visit through the Granite State.

The New York Senator will also be touring New Hampshire on Wednesday, October 10th.

Dodd Congratulates Lynch on SCHIP

From The Dodd Campaign:

Today, Presidential candidate Chris Dodd released the following statement congratulating New Hampshire for standing up to President Bush's SCHIP veto:

"I want to congratulate both Governor Lynch for standing up to President Bush and the people of New Hampshire who are gathering around the state to show their outrage at the President's severely misplaced priorities.

"With the resources it takes to execute just over 3 months of the Iraq War, we could fully fund the expansion of health care for needy children that Bush vetoed. This is just another reminder that this war is not only adversely affecting our security but also adversely affecting our other top priorities, and I'm happy to see so many people standing up to the President."

Romney Event Photos

Here are a couple of photos from Mitt Romney's event at St. Anselm's.

Students await Romney's entrance
Romney exchanged in a testy exchange with a Arnie Alpert of the "American Friends Service Committee"

A St. A's dorm showing their support for Gov. Romney

Obama To Visit PSU

According to an e-mail we've received, Senator Barack Obama will be visiting Plymouth State University on Tuesday, October 9th.

We've been told that Obama is scheduled to do an evening event at PSU.

Details TBA.

Also, the Obama camp has been unable to confirm, so this might not be happening.

Biden's Updated Schedule

Here is Joe Biden's updated public schedule.

October 6, 2007

9:00 AM
The Great Room, The Simon Center
New England College
24 Bridge Street
Henniker, NH

1:00 PM
The Heritage Room, Read Hall
Plymouth State University
Highland Street
Plymouth, NH

7:00 PM
The Town and Country Motor Inn
Route 2
Shelburne, NH

Clinton Releases Healthcare Ad, "Stand By Us"

Today, Hillary Clinton's campaign released a 30-second ad entitled "Stand By Us." The ad, according to the Clinton campaign, "describes Hillary’s efforts to pass universal health care in the 1990s and her perseverance in championing the Children’s Health Insurance Program that now covers more than 6 million kids a year."

Following is the script for the ad:

“Stand By Us”


Hillary stood up for universal health care when almost no one else would, and kept standing until six million kids had coverage.

She stood by Ground Zero workers who sacrificed their health after so many sacrificed their lives, and kept standing until this administration took action.

She stood by our National Guard and Reserve and kept standing until they received health care they deserved.

So now that almost every candidate is standing up for health care for all, which one do you think will never back down?

Hillary Clinton: “I’m Hillary Clinton and I approved this message.”

Tom Thomson, Anti-Tax Advocate, Endorses Romney

From The Romney Campaign:

Today, Governor Mitt Romney announced that Tom Thomson has endorsed his candidacy for President of the United States. Mr. Thomson is a widely respected small business owner, anti-tax advocate, and son of the late New Hampshire Governor Mel Thomson Jr., who's "Ax the Tax" platform inspired future state and national candidates to take a pledge against raising taxes.

"I'm pleased to have the endorsement of this great businessman, tax opponent, and New Hampshire favorite son Tom Thomson. I look forward to working with him to reach out to fiscal conservatives and small business owners throughout the Granite State," said Governor Romney.

Last Question

During the Q & A session, Romney answered questions on:

-U.S. currency vs. the pound
-How pro-life position affects stance on Sudan and Iraqi civilians
-Differences with Rudy
-Protecting Rights of minority
-Cost of War in Iraq
-Fighting global poverty
-NH Primary

Romney Gets Testy With Iraq Exchange

Mitt Romney just had a testy exchange with a Goffstown voter.

The voter was asking a question on the cost of the war in Iraq and it's connection with a balanced budget.

Romney abruptly cut him off and said "The War in Iraq is about the cost of live, not money."

Mitt Romney Lays Out Tax Differences With Rudy

Rudy Giuliani's Tax Record...According To Mitt Romney
-need a line-item veto
-as Mayor, Rudy fought line-item veto and he won, because he won he killed the line-item veto
-When Mayor Rudy was mayor they had a commuter tax, Republican Governor fought to get rid of it but Rudy Giuliani sued the Republican Governor to keep the communter tax
-When I was Governor I made communter expenses tax deductible
-I lowered taxes on communters, I didn’t fight to keep taxes up.

Rudy's Economic Message Day Two

Rudy's campaign just release a press release with the title:

Mayor Giuliani Streamlined City Government

"Plan To Keep America Strong"

Here are some points that Mitt Romney just laid out to "keep America strong"

Strong Economy:
-solve immigration
-protect legal immigration, end illegal
-get off foreign oil

Strong Military:
-add 100, 000 troops
-spend more money on military

Strong Famiy:
-strong families
-“it all begins at the home”

Strength Campaign

Strength...that is the theme of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign

The former Bay State Governor just said "My campaign is about strenght." "A strong economy, stong families and a strong military."

Romney Going After Rudy

Today at St. A's, Mitt Romney will be talking about "Strategy For A Stronger America: A Conservative Blueprint To Lower Taxes."

Thus, it appears he will be attacking Rudy's assertion that he cut taxes 23 times as Mayor of New York City.

Romney wants to:

-Make the Bush tax cuts permanent
-Roll back tax rates for all Americans
-Eliminating Taxes on Middle class Savings
-Eliminate the death tax
-Cut the corporate tax rate
-Opposing raising Social Security tax
-Maked medical expenses tax deductible.

The Stage Is Set...But

I'm finally up and running here at the Hilltop.

Unfortunately, I don't think i'm going to be able to post photos.

Also, my internet connection seems to be a little slow, so posting might be a bit light.

Technology it owns me.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Michelle Obama Returns To NH

Senator Barack Obama's New Hampshire campaign announced today that Michelle Obama will make her 8th trip to New Hampshire on Friday, October 5, 2007, for two events. Mrs. Obama will continue the dialogue with New Hampshire voters that the Obama campaign has maintained in the state, meeting with Granite State residents at a roundtable in Manchester and a house party in Nashua.

Friday, October 5

Roundtable with New Hampshire Women
12:00 pm
Manchester, NH 03103
This event is by invitation only.

House Party
1:40 pm
Nashua, NH 03060
This event is by invitation only.

E. Edwards Will Be In NH on October 7th, 8th

Elizabeth Edwards will be in New Hampshire this weekend.

Here is her public schedule:

October 7th

Concord House Party
The Home of Chris Miller
44 Carter Hill Road
Concord, NH

4:30 PM
Plymouth State University
Quad in front of Student Union

6:15 PM
Lincoln Town Hall
148 Main Street

October 8th

10:30 AM
Home of Rep. Susi Nord
32 Murray Hill Road
Candia, NH

1:00 PM
Clubhouse at Fells
1 Fells Drive
Amherst, NH

Cosmo Goes on The Road

Tomorrow, I'll be taking "New Hampshire Presidential Watch" on the road.

For the first-time this season, I'll be "live blogging" a campaign event.

I will be blogging from the "Ask Mitt Anything" event at St. Anselm's NHIOP.

Depending how it goes, I might even post photos of the event, during the event. Which will be a giant leap towards the 21st Century.

Granite Staters For Medical Pot Attack McCain

During Senator McCain's most recent campaign swing, he asked about his stance on medical marijuana. Linda Macia of Manchester, a member of the group Granite Staters for Medical Marijuana, told McCain that she uses medical marijuana and questioned why federal authorities were arresting patients who smokes pot.

At a Derry town hall forum, McCain said "Well first of all you'll have to show me a case where people are going in and arresting people who are dead and dying. You'll have to document that for me because I haven't heard of such a case, nor has anyone that I know of heard of such case, so it must be a very well-kept secret."

In a press release, Stuart Cooper, the campaign manager of the Granite Staters for Medical Marijuana, said "I've personally handed Senator McCain the evidence he claimed didn't exist."

He went on to add that "If the senator's staff knows how to use Google, they should have no trouble learning about this 'well-kept secret."

The press release also added that Macia "was shocked and hurt by McCain's condescending tone. And while I spoke, I could feel his negativity toward me and the subject I was talking about."

In response to the group's press release, John McCain's New Hampshire Communications Director, Barry Flynn, wrote to us that "Senator McCain values the importance of town hall meetings where issues, like this one, can be raised and discussed openly, but he does not support the use of medical marijuana because the medical community and the preponderance of the medical profession in America does not agree it is the most effective way of treating pain."

Here is the exchange between McCain and Macia:

Rudy Launches New Radio Ad

Attempting to follow-up on news that Rudy Giuliani is gaining momentum in New Hampshire, today his campaign announced it will launch a new radio ad. The ad will only air in the Granite State.

The ad, titled "Tested," "focuses on Rudy Giuliani's proven record of results, and his commitment to keep America on offense in the Terrorist's War on Us and to grow the economy by cutting taxes and reducing the size of government."

The ad opens with the line "I've been tested in a way in which the American people can look to me," and closes with "Rudy Giuliani. The Republican that Democrats just don't want to run against."

Script and audio link are below.

Script for "Tested":

RUDY: "I've been tested in a way in which the American people can look to me. They're not going to find perfection, but they're gonna find somebody who's dealt with crisis almost on a regular basis and has had results, results people thought were impossible."

VO: Listen. That's Rudy Giuliani. A leader with clearly defined goals.

RUDY: "There are two big things at stake for the country… what direction we go in on terrorism and what direction we go in with regard to our domestic economy. If you elect me we're on offense against terrorism. And I want us to be on the offense for a growth economy in which we lower taxes, reduce the size of government… that's how you create growth. "

VO: Principle. Experience. Results. That's Rudy.

RUDY: "We laid out a very, very specific set of goals that we want to achieve because I want people to look at those and say if I agree with most of them, then this is a person who can bring them about. And if they disagree with it, they should vote against me, because I am going to bring it about.

VO: Rudy Giuliani. The Republican that Democrats just don't want to run against.

VO: Paid for by the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee, Incorporated.

RUDY: I'm Rudy Giuliani and I approve this message.

Elizabeth Edwards To Speak at NHYDs Kennedy Reception

From The NH Young Democrats:

On October 26, Elizabeth Edwards will join the NH Young Democrats (NHYD) for their First Annual John and Robert F. Kennedy Awards Reception at the IBEW Hall in Concord. Elizabeth Edwards, an attorney, activist and wife of presidential candidate U.S. Sen. John Edwards, will give her thoughts on involving young people and advancing progressive values in 2008.

"We are honored that Elizabeth Edwards accepted our invitation to speak at our inaugural event," says Garth Corriveau, Treasurer of the NHYDs and co-chair of the event. "Elizabeth is an inspiration to many people, and I think it's great that our members will have the opportunity to meet her and have a conversation about what matters to young people in the Granite State."

For more information about attending the John and Robert F. Kennedy Awards Reception and sponsorship information, please contact

NewsMax/Zogby: Clinton Continues To Dominate Dems

Another poll shows Hillary Clinton dominating the Democratic field.

"New York Sen. Hillary Clinton has extended her lead in the race for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in New Hampshire, capturing 38% support as the contest enters the crucial fall phase, a new NewsMax/Zogby International telephone poll shows.

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama has slipped slightly but retains a strong grasp on second place with 23% support, while former senator John Edwards of North Carolina faded to 12%, the survey shows. Ten percent said they remain unsure about who to support in the race."

An interesting tidbit, "Obama leads among likely Democratic primary voters under age 30 with 38%, compared to 30% for Clinton. The two are closely matched among those age 30–49, but Clinton holds a strong advantage among those over 50. Among those age 50–64, she holds a 45% to 18% edge over Obama, with Edwards at 17%, and she wins among those age 65 and older, 45% to 14% for Obama."

Here are the poll results:

Clinton: 38%
Obama: 23%
Edwards: 12%
Richardson: 8%
Kucinich: 3%
Biden: 2%
Dodd: 2%
Gravel <1%
Not Sure: 10%

NH Poll: Romney's NH Lead Falls Apart

A new polls shows that the Republican primary is becoming extremely competitive.

"A new NewsMax/Zogby survey shows the Mitt Romney lead in New Hampshire that looked almost insurmountable this summer has blown away with the autumn breezes, turning the state’s Republican nomination race into a cliffhanger featuring a clash of styles and substance.

Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, still leads in the Granite State, but his lead is anything but rock solid, the NewsMax/Zogby poll of likely Republican primary voters shows. He wins 24% support, barely leading over former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has the support of 21%. Arizona Sen. John McCain, once on political life support here, has recovered nicely and wins 16% support, while former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, who gave up a successful Hollywood career to enter the race last month, wins just 7%."

Here are the results:

Romney: 24%
Giuliani: 21%
McCain: 16%
Thompson: 7%
Huckabee: 5%
Paul: 3%
Tancredo: 3%
Hunter: 1%
Brownback: 1%
Hagel: 1%
Not sure: 17%

The Gaggle Loves Us...And We Love Them

The Gaggle is deffined has "1. a flock of geese; 2. in Washington, a flock of reporters pecking at a politician 3. a daily notebook from NEWSWEEK's political team."

I discovered this morning that Newsweek's political website The Gaggle, includes this site in their blogroll.

We're linked with 15 other websites, including Swampland, The Huffington Post and First Read.

Thanks Gaggle!!

McCain Will Speak At NH GOP State Meeting

Senator John McCain will be a speaker at the New Hampshire Republican State Committee Meeting.

The meeting will be taking place in Manchester on Saturday, October 13th.

Details are TBA.

New Hampshire News Links for October 3rd, 2007

New Hampshire News Links October 3rd, 2007

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NEWS: Toll hike may be lacking support / Toll hike looks like it's a go

PEOPLE/CANDIDATES: US Senate / Superior Court / Manchester Mayoral Race / Spiess


NH POLLS: Zogby/NewsMax: GOP Cliffhanger in New Hampshire!

OP-ED: Editorial: The need for toll hikes on the turnpikes has become evident

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

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

FIRST PRIMARY: The Nevada caucuses may be closer than you think


NATIONAL POLLS: WPost/ABC: Clinton Widens Lead In Poll / Giuliani Atop An Unsettled GOP Race

WAR: Democrats Propose Tax Surcharge for War

OTHER NEWS AND VIEWS: CIBC Economist: $100 Oil by End of '08

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Pawlenty, Douglas To Speak At Grafton GOP Dinner

Vermont Governor Jim Douglas and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty will be speaking at a Grafton County GOP dinner. The dinner is not taking place in New Hampshire, rather it will be held across the border in Fairlee, Vermont.

Pawlenty was last in the state to open John McCain's campaign headquarters.

Here are the event details:

Grafton County GOP Dinner Featuring Gov. Tim Pawlenty and VT Gov Jim Douglas
When: Monday October 8
Where: Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee, Vt.

DescriptionTime: Social 6-7pm. Dinner, 7-9pm.
Place: Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee, Vt.

Key Note Speaker
The Hon. Jim Douglass the Governor of Vermont
Featured Dinner Speaker
The Hon. Tim Pawlenty the Governor of Minnesota

Individual Contributions: $45.00 per person.
Two tickets: $85.00

Cosmo Joins Arnie on The Radio

Tomorrow morning, I will be appearing on Arnie Arnesen's radio show "Chowder In The Morning."

I'll be on at 8:45 to discuss the upcoming visits of Romney, Giuliani, Edwards, Biden and Clinton.

Be sure to tune in!

For more on her show go here:

Edwards Announces Town Chairs in 169 Granite State Towns

From The Edwards Campaign:

Today, the John Edwards for President Campaign announced 293 Graniteroots for Edwards Town Chairs in 169 New Hampshire towns. These Town Chairs will take an active leadership role in the campaign and work to spread Edwards’ bold message of change.

“We are honored to have the support of these Graniteroots leaders,” said New Hampshire State Director Beth Leonard. “Our momentum continues to grow and these Town Chairs will join thousands of grassroots activists and our growing field program in spreading the message about Edwards’ bold plans to end the war in Iraq , provide truly universal healthcare, and halt global warming while creating good-paying jobs.”

For the complete list go here: John Edwards For President Announces 293 Graniteroots For Edwards Town Chairs In 169 New Hampshire Towns

Former Air Force General To Campaign For Obama

Retired Air Force General Scott Gration, a foreign policy advisor to the Obama campaign, will visit two house parties in New Hampshire tomorrow to discuss with voters why Obama has the judgment and conviction to be Commander in Chief and restore America's standing in the world.

Wednesday, October 3

House Party
11:30 am - 1:15 pm
This event is by invitation only

House Party
6:00 - 8:00 pm
This event is by invitation only.

Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy To Campaign For Hillary

Retired United States Army Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy will campaign for Hillary in New Hampshire on Thursday, October 4 and Friday, October 5. Lt. Gen. Kennedy will tour transitional living facilities for homeless veterans in Nashua and Manchester . She will also attend a Women for Hillary lunch.

Thursday, October 4
Lt. Gen. Kennedy Tours Buckingham Place Veterans Transitional Living Facility
2:00 PM
45 High Street
Nashua, NH

Lt. Gen. Kennedy Participates in Discussion with New Hampshire Veterans
3:00 PM
45 High Street
Nashua, NH

Lt. Gen. Kennedy Attends NH Business and Professional Women Monthly Meeting
8:00 PM
Kingston 1686 House Restaurant
127 N. Main Street
Kingston, NH
The event is not open to the public.

Friday, October 5
Lt. Gen. Kennedy Tours Liberty House and Meets with Veterans
10:00 AM
75 W. Baker Street
Manchester, NH

Lt. Gen. Kennedy Attends Women for Hillary Lunch
12:00 PM
Sulloway and Hollis Conference Room
9 Capitol Street
Concord, NH

Hillary To Visit NH From October 10th-11th

The New Hampshire for Hillary campaign today announced that Senator Hillary Clinton will return to the Granite State Wednesday, October, 10th – Thursday, October 11th. This will mark her 16th visit to New Hampshire.

For information please visit

Obama Releases Documentary on Iraq War and it's Effect on NH

Barack Obama's campaign has developed a "documentary on the Iraq War and its effects on New Hampshire."

The documentary coincides with the fifth anniversary of Obama speech opposing the Iraq War.

The nine minute film is titled "New Hampshire at War" and features former military personnel discussing the Iraq War.

Here is the documentary:

Hillary's "Aura of Inevitability"

I recently posted the following piece at NH Insider:

Webster’s defines inevitable as “not able to be avoided or prevented.”

At the beginning of October, some pundits now use “inevitable” to describe the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. That is, her ascendancy to the party’s nomination, and perhaps even the White House, cannot be prevented.

Certainly, if you attend any of her events you witness a top-notch campaign that is operating at a level that other campaigns, both Democratic and Republican, will never be able to match.

In fact, some might subscribe to the theory that the Clinton campaign has been able to create an "aura of inevitability." No matter what Obama or anyone else does, the Hillary machine will keep on rolling.

For us simpletons, it might be easier to compare Clinton to the New England Patriots. The Pats seem to be unstoppable with a combination of Brady/Moss and Belicki’s defensive schemes the other teams mind as well sit home and play Madden.

Yet, the wrench is all of this are the other Democratic candidates.

What if Obama starts closing Hillary’s lead? What if Edwards wins in Iowa or Clinton falters in the Granite State? The “what ifs” go on forever and are unpredictable.

Another sports metaphor. The Mets were deemed to by playoff bound in June. Now, there’ll be watching the games from the couch.

Four months from now will we be comparing Hillary to the dreadful Mets or will her “aura of inevitability” be too much to overcome?

UPDATE: The Drudge Report is reporting that: Hillary Crushes Obama in Third Quarter Dollars: $27 MILLION, Sources Tell DRUDGE REPORT... $22 Million Raised For Primary.... With 100,000 New Donors...

McCain To Attend "Global Warming & Energy Solutions" Conference

Senator John McCain will be attending the energy conference that is being hosted by the group "Global Warming & Energy Solutions." The conference is being October 12th and the 13th at Manchester's Radisson hotel.

This past weekend, McCain used his stump speech to discuss energy and the need for America to become independent of oil from Iran, Russia and Venezuela.

The conference will include various panel discussions, a reception, an exhibitors hall and guest speakers.

Guest speakers include Governor John Lynch, Former EPA Administer Christine Todd Whitman and Bill Richardson.

For more information on the conference go too:

New Hampshire News LInks for October 2nd, 2007

New Hampshire News Links October 2nd, 2007

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NEWS: Gov. Lynch sues feds over Healthy Kids

PEOPLE/CANDIDATES: Analysis: The politics of political civility: Congresswoman Shea-Porter: Discourse has hit a new low

NH POLLS: ARG / Zogby New Hampshire Polls

OP-ED: Editorial: Mean spirits put kibosh on dignified debates

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES: The Field, Biden, Clinton, Dodd, Edwards, Obama

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

FIRST PRIMARY: Independents May Be Crucial in New Hampshire

GENERAL (NATIONAL) CAMPAIGN NEWS: GOP Is Losing Grip On Core Business Vote: Deficit Hawks Defect As Social Issues Prevail; 'The Party Left Me' / 3rd Q Fundraising

NATIONAL POLLS: Newsweek: Competition in the Cornfields / Wash Post/ABC: Most in Poll Want War Funding Cut

WAR: Security Firm Hid Shootings, Committee Says

OTHER NEWS AND VIEWS: Court weighs rights of parties, candidates

Monday, October 01, 2007

Obama Announces "New Hampshire Women for Obama"

From The Obama Campaign:

Senator Barack Obama's New Hampshire campaign today announced the leadership of New Hampshire Women for Obama. The state co-chairs, steering committee, and county co-chairs—comprising State Representatives, activists, and local community leaders—will advise the campaign on women's and family issues, host events across the state, and lead organizing efforts among the thousands of women supporting Obama in New Hampshire.

"New Hampshire women are so excited about Obama because he understands the challenges that today's women face," State Co-Chair Ann McLane Kuster said. "As a community organizer working with families, as the son of a single mother, and now as the father of two young daughters, he knows from personal experience that it's not enough to encourage women to dream big—we have to give women the resources they need to achieve those dreams."

State Co-Chairs

Ann McLane Kuster – Director of Rath, Young, & Pignatelli's Education and Non-Profit Law Practice Group

Peggo Horstmann Hodes – renowned vocalist and educator

State Steering Committee

Joan Reische – Board member of Women in Transition and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
Wendy Frosh – Board Chair of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
Babette Rittmeyer – Political activist
Rebecca Hutchinson – Policy Staff for New Hampshire House Majority Office
Alison Dickey – Director of the Art Reference Library
Betsey Neville – Founder and past chair of NARAL-NH
Tracy Hahn-Burkett – Author of parenting blog,
Sen. Martha Fuller-Clark – State Senator
Brenda MacLellan – Special education teacher
Carol Moore – Mental health therapist
Ellie Gordon – N.H. Legal Assistance attorney
Gerri King, Ph.D. – Social psychologist
Mary Rauh – Member of Planned Parenthood Federation of America national task force
Patricia Ayers – Board member and former Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire
Ronni Wise – Attorney at the firm of Sulloway and Hollis
Sally Helms – Political activist
Rita Bowlby – Vice President-Corporate Affairs at the United Illuminating Company
Christy Day – English teacher
Kate Hanna – Partner at the law firm of Sheehan, Phinney, Bass, & Green
Rep. Cindy Rosenwald – State Representative
Dianne Duncan – Law student
Beth Moore – Elementary and middle school social worker and mental health therapist
Beth Rodd – Child advocate and Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer
Bradford, NH

Updated Edwards Schedule

Here is an updated schedule for John Edwards upcoming trip on Wednesday, October 3rd.

Edwards addresses classroom and takes questions
Winnacunnet High School
1 Alumni Dr., Hampton, NH.

Edwards addresses second classroom and takes questions
Winnacunnet High School
1 Alumni Dr., Hampton, NH.

Edwards meets with teachers at Winnacunnet High School to discuss education issues and his bold K-12 education plan.
Winnacunnet High School
1 Alumni Dr.
Hampton, NH.

Edwards meets and speaks with workers.
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
Seavey Island, Kittery, ME.

Forum on Iraq
Seacoast Media Group
111 New Hampshire Ave.

Paul Campaign Visited 12, 000 NH Homes

From The Paul Campaign:

In addition to fundraising strength, the campaign also demonstrated strong boots-on-ground prowess, holding a rally and canvassing efforts in New Hampshire. On Saturday and Sunday, 29 members of the Paul Family were joined by hundreds of volunteers in a state wide door knocking effort that touched at least 12,000 Granite State households. The effort is believed to be the biggest two-day direct voter contact operation executed by a GOP candidate in New Hampshire this election cycle.

Obama Camp To Commemorate Obama's Iraq Speech

From The Obama Campaign:

On October 2, 2002, as a candidate for U.S. Senate, Barack Obama stood up and opposed the war in Iraq before it began. On the five-year anniversary of that speech, his supporters in New Hampshire are planning a day of grassroots activities to show their support for Obama's early and consistent opposition to the war.

During morning drive time, supporters will hold visibility events at 11 roadside locations. And at viewing parties in the afternoon and evening, supporters will gather in 14 towns to watch a DVD prepared for the day. The disc contains clips from the 2002 speech and other instances of Obama's early opposition to the war, the full video of his speech outlining his plan to end the war, and a new video of New Hampshire veterans of the war in Iraq sharing why they support Obama to be the next Commander in Chief.

Canvassers going door to door in the afternoon will carry video clips of the speeches on handheld PDAs, so that they can share Obama's words with voters—right on their doorsteps.

The full content of the DVD will be available for viewing online tomorrow.

Featured watch parties:

Obama for America Concord Office
4A Eagle Square
1:00 pm

Obama for America Lebanon Office
57 Mechanic St.
12:00 pm

Obama for America Keene Office
170 Emerald St.
12:00 pm

Featured visibility location:

Intersection of Bridge St. and Mammoth Rd.
6:30 – 9:00 am

Rudy To Tour NH Diners, Host Windham Town Hall Meeting

On Wednesday October 3rd, Rudy Giuliani will be touring various New Hampshire diners and host a town hall meeting in Windham.

Here is his public schedule:

11:15 AM
Red Arrow Diner
61 Lowell Street
Manchester, NH

12:30 PM
MaryAnn's Diner
29 East Broadway
Derry, NH

1:30 PM
Norton's Classic Cafe
233 Main Street
Nashua, NH

3:30 PM
The Chocolate Moose
184 N. Broadway (Rte 28)
Salem, NH

4:45 PM
Town Hall Meeting
Castleton Banquet and Conference Center
91 Indian Rock Road (Exit 3 off I-93)
Windham, NH
Doors open 4:30pm, Program begins 4:45pm
RSVP to Megan Robertson at (603) 369-8702 or

Romney's Official Schedule for Thursday

Here is the latest on Governor Romney's schedule for THURSDAY, Oct. 4.

9:00 a.m.
Ask Mitt Anything with Presstek Employees
Cafeteria, Presstek Inc.
55 Executive Drive
Hudson, New Hampshire

10:00 a.m.
St. Anselm College Ask Mitt Anything
Saint Anselm College
100 Saint Anselm Drive
Manchester, New Hampshire

12:15 p.m.
Economic Ask Mitt Anything
Devine, Millimet & Branch
111 Amherst Street
Manchester, New Hampshire

Mary Ann’s Diner
29 East Broadway
Derry, NH

3:30 p.m.
Merrimack Ask Mitt Anything
Wheeler Memorial Chapel
590 Daniel Webster Highway
Merrimack, New Hampshire

Edwards To Speak At Seacoast Media Group Forum

From The Edwards Campaign:

On Wednesday, October 3rd, at 3:00pm at the Seacoast Media Group Forum, Senator John Edwards will discuss his detailed plan to end the war in Iraq and, on the heels of the recent scandal involving Blackwater contractors and the deaths of Iraqi civilians in Baghdad, unveil a bold new direction for security contractors in Iraq.

Seacoast Media Group Forum on Iraq
Seacoast Media Group
111 New Hampshire Ave.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Romney To Vist NH on Saturday

Mitt Romney will be in the state, over the Columbus Day weekend. Romney is currently scheduled to host "Ask Mitt Anything" events in Dover and Milford. He will also be attending the Fremont Grass Drag and an Octoberfest in Bedford.

Here is his public schedule:

Saturday, October 6th

"Ask Mitt Anything"
The Hellenic Center
Longhill Road
Dover, NH

Fremont Grass Drag
Peterson’s Brookvale Farm
Martin Road
Fremont, NH

Manchester Country Club
180 South River Road
Bedford, NH

"Ask Mitt Anything"
Milford Middle School
33 Osgood Road
Milford, NH

Updated Romney Schedule for Thursday

Former Bay State Governor Mitt Romney will be holding two "Ask Mitt Anything" forums on Thursday, October 4th. Romney will also be visiting Derry's Mary Ann's Diner.

Here is his updated Thursday schedule:

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Saint Anselm College
NHIOP Auditorium
Manchester, NH
Phone: (603) 222-4100

Mary Ann’s Diner
29 East Broadway
Derry, NH

Wheeler Memorial Chapel
590 Daniel Webster Highway
Merrimack, NH

New Hampshire News Links for October 1st, 2007

New Hampshire News Links October 1st, 2007

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NEWS: N.H. toll hike gains public's favor

PEOPLE/CANDIDATES: Shea-Porter: War divides in Washington

POLITICAL COLUMNS: Fahey, Landrigan, Capital Beat, Porltside, Meet the New Press

OP-ED: Editorials: Toll road diversion: The bridge to tax hikes / Voter Fraud: The N.H. Phone Jamming Case

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES: The Field, Clinton, Dodd, Edwards, Gravel, Kerry, Kucinich, Obama, Richardson

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

FIRST PRIMARY: Primary filing pushed up

GENERAL (NATIONAL) CAMPAIGN NEWS: Hints of Strong Fundraising Emerge; Stronger-Running Candidates May Have Dodged Summer Blues

NATIONAL POLLS: New Polls: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina

WAR: 'There was a two-year learning curve . . . and a lot of people died in those two years'

OTHER NEWS AND VIEWS: Why Bush resists child health bill

Sunday, September 30, 2007

McCain Photos From Pinkerton Event

Today, I attended John McCain's town hall meeting at Derry's Pinkerton Academy. Instead of providing you with my usual write-up, I have decided to provide a couple of photos from the event.

All The Photos Were Taken By Brian "Cosmo" Lawson:

McCain Begins His Stump Speech

The Group "Students For Social Security." One of the many special interests groups that are beginning to attend campaign events.

McCain Used This Prop To Discuss Energy Independence

McCain Listens To A Question on Illegal Immigration

Dartmouth CR's Host Ron Paul

Photo Is Courtesy of Mr. Greg Boguslavsky

This summary was submitted by Greg Boguslavsky, the Chairman of the New Hampshire College Republicans. The Dartmouth College Republicans recently hosted Congressman Ron Paul.

Here is Mr. Boguslavsky's summary:

The Dartmouth chapter of the College Republicans hosted Congressman Ron Paul on Saturday, September 29th. Despite competing with the Dartmouth/UPenn football game, an outdoor fraternity party, and a beautiful afternoon, the event drew approximately 80 students. Dr. Paul discussed his views regarding foreign and domestic policy, and the importance of respecting the Constitution. He also took some questions on education, the Iraq War, and the state of his campaign. Students then surrounded the Congressman to ask questions, shake hands, and take pictures; interest was so great that Congressman Paul had to be escorted out of the room in order to make it to his next event.

Dartmouth students once again demonstrated their interest in the political process, and in personally interacting with the candidates. The enthusiasm and excitement generated by the Democratic debate and continued candidate visits will sustain a politically charged environment throughout the fall. At the same time, interest for candidates of both parties and of all ideologies reflects the student body's open mind and desire to hear all points of view.

The College Republicans and the entire campus are eager to welcome many candidates to Dartmouth this fall.

Rudy To Hold Windham Town Hall Meeting

On Wednesday, October 3rd, Rudy Giuliani will be attending a town hall meeting in Windham.

Here is the event information:

Wednesday, October 3rd

Mayor Rudy Giuliani Town Hall Meeting
Castleton Banquet and Conference Center
91 Indian Rock Road (Exit 3 off I-93)
Windham, NH

Romney To Visit Manchester, Merrimack

Former Bay State Governor Mitt Romney will be holding two "Ask Mitt Anything" forums on Thursday, October 4th. One will be held in Manchester and the other will be in Merrimack.

Here is information on both events:

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Saint Anselm College
NHIOP Auditorium
Manchester, NH
Phone: (603) 222-4100

Wheeler Memorial Chapel
590 Daniel Webster Highway
Merrimack, NH

Free Press

This website was mentioned in an articled in the Nashua Telegraph. The article, Bloggers playing an important role in N.H. primary was written by Kaitlyn Hennigan.

Here is the part of the article that mentioned the site:

Joining in Information sources

In addition to being a free and unrestricted venue for diverse political opinions, political blogs are serving other functions for online users in New Hampshire. Nonpartisan blogs such as Brian Lawson's New Hampshire Presidential Watch are less about opinions and more about information. According to Spiliotes, Lawson's blog serves as a virtual "clearinghouse of information," listing details about the N.H. primary visits, office locations and campaign staff of Republican and Democratic candidates.

Lawson is a 23-year-old political science major at Saint Anselm College. He began the blog in August 2006 because of his interest in the New Hampshire primary and started receiving about 100 daily visits. He contacted local campaigns and was added to the press release lists. Today, his site receives more than 3,000 visits a day and is used by many as a reliable information resource.

"For me, I find politics really fascinating. Everyone should be involved. It's important for people to be a part of the process somehow," Lawson said.