Saturday, October 13, 2007

Romney Comments Criticized By McCain, Huckabee

This weekend almost 400 people spend a Saturday afternoon listening to speeches from John McCain, Dennis Kucinich and Mike Huckabee. The participates of the “Global Warming & Energy Solutions,” heard energy policies from the three presidential candidates.

McCain told the crowd that they participating in a noble cause and said “what you are doing here will never be adequately recognized.”

After his speech, McCain continued his assault on Mitt Romney. Earlier on Saturday McCain told a group of Republicans “As we all know when he ran for office in Massachusetts being a Republican wasn't much of a priority for him.” McCain's comments came a day after Romney told a crowd in Nevada that "conservatives that have heard me time and again recognize that I do speak for the Republican wing of the Republican Party."

Speaking to reporters the Arizona Senator said that Romney’s and Giuliani’s, lack of appearance at the conference was “the crime of the century” and that voters should examine candidates’ voting records, to determine who the ‘real Republican' is.

The debate over Romney’s comments continued with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

Huckabee said, “I’ve never had to change my position on major Republican concerns, never ran away from Ronald Reagan, never ran away from the second amendment, never ran away from the sanctity of life, never ran away from traditional family values.” He added that “authenticity matters and there’s an authenticity with me.”

In addition, at the same time that McCain launched his attack on Romney, an individual was passing out pamphlets highlighting Romney’s change of position on the second amendment. The literature was passed out at a gun show, which was also taking place at the same venue.

Drudge Teases: Clinton With 21-Point Lead in NH

The Drudge Report teases us tonight with the following:

Clinton has 21-point lead in New Hampshire poll... Developing...

Hillary Clinton To Visit Salem High School

On Tuesday, October 16th, Hillary Clinton will visit Salem High School.

Here are the details:

Tuesday, October 16th

Salem High School

RSVP now:

Edwards Delivers "Returning Washington to Regular People" Address

From The Edwards Campaign:

Today, at a town hall in Keene, Senator John Edwards delivered a major policy address unveiling his proposal for Returning Washington to Regular People. Edwards’ three-pronged approach calls for strengthening the voice of ordinary citizens through election reform, reforming campaign finance to strengthen small donors, and ending the unique power of lobbyists.

“The American people are sick and tired of business as usual,” said Edwards. “Lobbyists and the special interests they represent are pouring millions of dollars into the system, corrupting our democracy and stopping the change we need dead in its tracks. With all the money flooding into politics, you’d think that instead of holding elections we were auctioning our leaders off to the highest bidders. Our founding fathers intended our government to do the will of the people, but regular people can’t afford a voice in today’s pay-to-play Washington."

The Edwards plan would:
-Reforming Campaign Finance to Strengthen Small Donors
-Ending the Unique Power of Lobbyists
-Strengthening the Voice of Ordinary Citizens

Obama Supporters "Canvass for Change"

From The Obama campaign:

Hundreds of Obama supporters went door-to-door in 47 towns today to share Senator Obama's plan to turn the page in Iraq as part of our nationwide Canvass for Change. These canvasses come less than two weeks after thousands of Obama supporters across the country highlighted Senator Obama's judgment opposing the Iraq War in 2002 at Rallies for Change.

"Five years ago this week, while other Democrats were lining up behind George Bush, Barack Obama stood to the politics of the moment and opposed the war in Iraq," New Hampshire State Director Matt Rodriguez said. "In 47 towns across the state today—and in towns all across the country—Obama supporters are talking to their neighbors about the judgment we need in our next President. That's how real change happens."

Clinton Announces Support from 333 Activists

Yesterday, New Hampshire for Hillary campaign released the names of 333 grassroots activists.

The press release quoted Chaz Proulx who is supporting Clinton because "She has been a visionary on health care, which tops my personal list of domestic concerns. Iraq, of course, continues to drag our country down in every imaginable way. Hillary Clinton has authored the Iraq Troop Protection and Reduction Act of 2007. We can’t solve the Iraq problem alone and we need Hillary Clinton to be President because she can rebuild credibility worldwide.”

For the complete list go here:
NH for Hillary Campaign Announces 333 Grassroots Activists for Hillary

Friday, October 12, 2007

Clinton Returns on Tuesday, October 16h

The New Hampshire for Hillary campaign today announced that Senator Hillary Clinton will return to the Granite State Tuesday, October 16th. This will mark her 17th visit to New Hampshire.

“We are looking forward to Senator Clinton’s return to the state,” said Nick Clemons, campaign State Director. “This trip will give Granite Staters the opportunity to hear directly from Senator Clinton about her experience and vision to bring about the change that America needs."

Obama Opens Offices in Berlin, Dover, Littleton; Brings Total To 14

From The Obama Campaign:

Senator Barack Obama’s New Hampshire campaign announced today the opening of new regional field offices in Berlin, Dover and Littleton. The three new offices will be fully operational on Monday, and bring the campaign’s total number of offices in the state to fourteen. Already up and running are regional offices in Concord, Conway, Derry, Keene, Laconia, Lebanon, Nashua, Peterborough, Portsmouth, and Rochester as well as our statewide headquarters in Manchester.

Contact information for our three new offices:

Obama for America Berlin Office
292 Pleasant Street
Berlin, NH 03570
Phone: (603) 752-2208

Obama for America Dover Office
2 Washington Place, Suite #315
Dover, NH 03820
Phone: (603) 740-0008

Obama for America Littleton Office
76 Main Street
Littleton, NH 03561
Phone: (603) 444-0808

Helen Smith Is This Week's HillStar

From The Clinton Campaign:

The New Hampshire for Hillary Campaign today announced Helen Smith as the campaign’s HillStar of the Week. Smith, a Concord resident, regularly canvasses on the campaign’s behalf.

“I am supporting Hillary because I believe that she has the experience needed to restore our standing in the world,” said Smith, who has been volunteering for the campaign since July. “She has travelled across the globe and understands the importance of diplomacy.”

Smith has spent the past 20 years working in New Hampshire’s defense industry as a facilities engineer.

McCain Rolls out Health Care Plan To NH Reporters

On the eve of his eleventh trip to New Hampshire, John McCain laid out his health care plan to Granite State reporters.

Speaking by phone, McCain said "it's not the quality of health care, it's the cost."

"Health care is rapidly becoming unaffordable," "we're facing a perfect storm," he added.

Calling his plan "competition based, free market based," the McCain plan would allow a tax credit of $2,500 to low-income individuals and $5,000 to low-income families who obtain their own insurance. McCain's plan would also encourage the development of cheaper drugs, fitness and wellness education and legal reforms of medical malpractice lawsuits.

The Arizona Senator also criticized Democratic proposals to expand the SCHIP program saying "the way their plan on funding it is bogus." Congressional Democrats plan to pay for an expansion of the child health care program through a tax on cigarettes.

McCain added "after 2012 the program costs drops into an abyss."

McCain will be spending the upcoming weekend with town hall meetings in Amherst and Hopkinton. He will also be speaking at a global warming conference and an AARP forum.

AARP To Host Presidential Forums With McCain, Huckabee, Dodd, Biden

AARP New Hampshire will host a series of community issues forums on health care and life-long financial security with special guests Senator John McCain, Governor Mike Huckabee, Senator Chris Dodd, and Senator Joe Biden. As part of the Divided We Fail initiative, AARP continues to encourage the conversation on these top domestic issues by asking presidential candidates to answer questions from AARP members. Divided We Fail is a collaboration of AARP, Business Roundtable and Service Employees International Union.

Senator John McCain
Saturday, October 13. 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
CR Sparks; Kilton Road; Bedford, NH

Governor Mike Huckabee
Wednesday, October 17. 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm
Executive Court Banquet Facility; 1199 South Mammoth Road; Manchester, NH

Senator Chris Dodd
Friday, October 19. 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Holiday Inn Concord; Webster Room; 172 North Main Street; Concord, NH

Senator Joe Biden
Friday, October 26. 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
The Puritan Conference Center; 245 Hooksett Road; Manchester, NH

These are "invitation-only" AARP events

Tancredo Schedule for October 19th, 20th

Tom Tancredo will be in New Hampshire on Friday October 19th and Saturday, October 20th. The Colorado Congressman will be speaking at a Ronald Reagan dinner and the Londonderry GOP breakfast.

Friday, October 19th

8:30 am
Pastor's Breakfast with Tom
(Please consider a $20 gift to sponsor a pastor)
Mountain View Grand Resort
Mountain View Road
Whitefield, NH 03598

12:00 pm
Come Shake Tom's Hand and Hear Him Speak
Drop-in at Tea Bird's Cafe
101 Main Street
Berlin, NH

6:00 pm
Annual Ronald Reagan Dinner
Androscoggin Valley GOP
Mountain View Grand Resort
Mountain View Road
Whitefield, NH 03598

Saturday, October 20th

9:00 am
Londonderry GOP Annual Breakfast
Yard Restaurant
1211 South Mammoth Rd
Manchester NH, 03109

Tancredo Stops for October 15th, 16th

Tom Tancredo will be in campaigning on Monday, October 15th and Tuesday, October 16th. Among his planned stops in a town hall meeting at Dartmouth and officially filing with the New Hampshire Secretary of State.

Monday October 15th

7:00 pm
Town Hall Meeting
Dartmouth College
Rockefeller Center, Hinman Forum
Corner of North Main St & Webster
Hanover, NH 03755

Tuesday, October 16th

11:30 am
Congressman Tancredo will officially file for the NH Primary
NH Secretary of State's Office
Statehouse, 2nd Floor
Concord, NH

1:00 pm
Drop-in at the Tilt'n Diner
61 Laconia Rd.
Tilton, NH (Exit 20 off I-93)

Lamprey Endorses Rudy

Today, Stewart Lamprey endorsed Rudy Giuliani. Lamprey served as Speaker of the New Hampshire House, from 1959-1964, and as President of the State Senate, from 1965-1969. Lamprey also served as Richard Nixon's Assistant Secretary of Commerce.

"Here in New Hampshire, we take fiscal discipline seriously. Rudy cut taxes 23 times and dramatically reduced the size of city government during his time as Mayor. He is a strong leader with a proven record of getting results who will defeat the Democrats next year," Lamprey said in a campaign press release.

Rudy also picked-up the endorsement of former Republican presidential candidate Tommy Thompson.

The Trifecta: It's All About The Kids

Today is the beginning of our new daily feature called "The Trifecta." The feature will include a short introductory paragraph, followed by news clippings from Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Hope you enjoy!

While Al Gore was busy winning a Nobel Peace Prize, Bill Richardson was unveiling his education policy to a group of Manchester, New Hampshire students. Richardson was able to garner a significant amount of press with his new 60 billion dollar policy. His plan includes scrapping No Child Left Behind, raising starting teacher salaries to $40,000 and eliminating "junk food" from all schools.

The former Clinton UN Ambassador and Secretary of Energy also criticized Hillary Clinton's decision to stay on the Michigan ballot. Richardson told reporters that Hillary "thinks she is the nominee so she doesn't want to alienate Michigan voters."


-John McCain, while rolling out his health care plan, took a swipe at Hillary saying "The solution, my friends, isn't a one-size-fits-all-big government takeover of health care." (McCain rolls out health care plan)
-Michelle Obama told Iowans this week that "The reality is that we need to scrap the game and start over." (Michelle Obama touts husband's experience, seeks to start over in Washington)

New Hampshire:

-Barack Obama sat down with the Concord Monitor and called Hillary a "50 plus one" candidate. (Obama focuses on personality)
-Hillary Clinton unveiled her higher education plan at PSU saying "every child in America should have a shot at going to the best schools in America." (Clinton visits Plymouth State)

South Carolina:

-"Polls now show Jim DeMint as the most popular politician in SC and Mitt Romney is taking full advantage of it in his new SC radio ad." (DeMint featured in new SC Romney ad)
- It will be interesting to see how news of a 430 million dollar deficit impacts the presidential primary (Economists fear huge deficit looms for S.C.)

New Hampshire News Links for October 12th, 2007

New Hampshire News Links October 12th, 2007

Now part of The Hotline Political Network!

Today’s Links was produced by Michael O’Loughlin and Brian Lawson (with an update by me)

NEWS: Another round on interest rate cap looms in Legislature

PEOPLE/CANDIDATES: Mayoral races, Granny D, Cosmo, The Browns

POLITICAL COLUMNS: Flotsam & Jetsam, Rothenberg, Political Chowder

OP-ED: And what about the other Republican Councilor? / Toll hikes just a first step

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

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

FIRST PRIMARY: A December Primary in New Hampshire? It's His Call. Secretary of State
Alone Will Decide, but He's Not Saying

GENERAL (NATIONAL) CAMPAIGN NEWS: Editorial: Candidates gamble by being cool to warming

WAR: Pentagon supports British troop cuts

ARTICLES: Milne: Thoughts on interrogation from a different war

Thursday, October 11, 2007

New Feature: "The Trifecta"

Next week, I am launching an exciting new daily feature.

The feature is called "The Trifecta" and will provide a summary of presidential politics in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Since, this is a New Hampshire blog I will be mostly emphasizing news out of Iowa and South Carolina.

I am planning to make this a daily feature, which will be updated every morning.

'Cosmo' is Watching

Here is a link to the interview I did with Beth LaMontagne, from

'Cosmo' is Watching

Here is a link to the TV interview I did with Joe Briggs and Arnie Arnesen:

Romney Opens Portsmouth Office

From The Romney Campaign:

Yesterday, Ann Romney joined local Romney supporters at the grand opening of the Romney for President New Hampshire Seacoast Office. The office is located at the Parade Mall, 195 Hanover Street in Portsmouth, and will serve as a primary location for Seacoast area Republicans to help elect Governor Romney.

"It is encouraging to see support for Mitt growing across the country, and especially, right here in New Hampshire. This Seacoast office will be a hub of activity for supporters who will help make the difference for Mitt on Election Day. As we move closer to the Primary, the campaign activity in this office and across the state will be vital to our campaign efforts and I am so glad I could be there for the official opening," said Ann Romney.

Edwards Updated Schedule

On Saturday, October 13th, and Sunday, October 14th, Senator John Edwards will return to New Hampshire for two days of Graniteroots campaigning.

On Saturday, at the Keene town hall event, Edwards will deliver a major speech on reforming our government and returning democracy to the people.

On Sunday, Edwards will receive the endorsement of a prominent national environmental organization whose president will join him on the campaign trail throughout the day.

Saturday, October 13th

Keene Town Hall
Speech on Open Government
Railroad Square, off Main St., Keene.

Goffstown House Party
Brzozowski Residence
33 Ashlar Dr., Goffstown

Hopkinton Town Hall
330 Main St., Hopkinton.

Northfield Town Hall
Winnisquam High School
435 W. Main St., Tilton.

Sunday, October 14th

Endorsement of National Environmental Organization
Home of Jennifer Peterson
246 Dover Point Rd., Dover

Dover House Party
Home of Jennifer Peterson
246 Dover Point Rd., Dover.

Hampton House Party
Muns Residence
5 Nersesian Way, Hampton

Hudson Town Hall
Hudson Memorial School
1 Memorial Dr., Hudson

Rudy To Make One Day Visit To NH

Rudy Giuliani will spending this Sunday touring New Hampshire. The former New York City mayor will visit two diners then hold an Exeter town hall forum.

Sunday, October 14th

11:00 AM
The Golden Egg
960 Sagamore Ave
Portsmouth, NH

12:30 PM
Young's Restaurant & Coffee
48 Main Street
Durham, NH

1:30 PM
Town Hall Meeting
Exeter Town Hall
7 Front Street
Exeter, NH

RSVP to Jeff Semprini at 603-369-8136 or

Dodd To Speak At Cheshire County Dems Dinner

On November 3rd, Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd will speak at the Cheshire County Democrats' annual spaghetti dinner.

The dinner is set take place at Keene High School from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Tickets are $20, and may be purchased by calling Eddie Albert at 352-4050 or Linda Cates at 827-3839.

Draft Gore Plans Presence at Global Warming Conference

Draft Gore New Hampshire, the only NH organization actively promoting the presidential candidacy of Al Gore, will discuss plans for the Draft Gore campaign and the New Hampshire Primary.

When: Saturday, October 13, 11 AM.

Where: Radisson Hotel, Manchester, New Hampshire

Venue: Global Warming & Energy Solutions Conference

For background info:

Clinton Unveils Higher Ed Plan

Today, Hillary Clinton unveiled her higher education plan to make college make more affortable to Americans.

Here are the talking points:

-If you are one of the 13,000 New Hampshire high school seniors and considering going to college, or if you are one of the approximately 70,000 students already attending college, you can benefit from a new $3,500 tax credit.
-If you are among the 13,038 New Hampshire residents receiving federal Pell Grants you will likely benefit from Hillary’s plan to increase the maximum Pell Grant
-If you are one of the more than 14,000 New Hampshire students enrolled in two-year programs or you are thinking of going to a community college, you will benefit from Hillary’s plan to strengthen community colleges
-If you are having trouble graduating from college, Hillary will create incentives for your institution to help you get your diploma by creating a Graduation Fund.
-If you are a New Hampshire student who has demonstrated a dedication to public service by participating in America Hillary will make it easier for you to afford college.
-As you apply to colleges and determine how you will pay for your education, Hillary will make it easier for you to apply for financial aid.

Daschle Returns to New Hampshire

Former South Dakota Senator Tom Daschle will be in New Hampshire today.

Here is his public schedule:

Manchester House Party
Thursday, Oct. 11th
1:00 pm
Home of Andrea and Steve Solomon
91 McLane St.
RSVP to Toby at 668-2008

Hollis House Party
Thursday, Oct. 11th
3:00 pm
Home of Barbara Baudot
15 Truell Rd.
Holllis, NH
RSVP to Angela Botticella at 578-9007

Peterborough House Party
Thursday, Oct. 11th
5:30 pm
Home of Bonnie and Baxter Harris
152 Windy Row
Peterborough, NH
RSVP to Matthew Riemer at 924-0808

Keene House Party
7:30 pm
Home of Peter Howe
16 Church St.
Keene, NH
RSVP to Brandon Riker at 355-2008

Cornish House Party
7:30 am
Home of Elizabeth Lum
12 Meeting House Dr.
Cornish, NH
RSVP to Will Bittinger at 448-1108

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Because I'm in the self-promotion business

Tomorrow, Thursday October 11th, I will appearing on Manchester's Public Access show "Policy Watch." I will joined by moderator Joe Briggs and radio personality Arnie Arnesan. The show can be viewed tomorrow night at 8:00 PM or on Sunday at 8:00 AM. For those in the Manchester area, the station is number 23.

Also, tomorrow, be sure to catch my interview with Campaigns & Elections Beth LaMontagne over at

I will also now be writing a weekly piece for "Off The Bus," which is a part of The Huffington Post. My official title is "core correspondent." Every week, I will examine a grassroots activist group that operates in New Hampshire, like Victory New Hampshire or The Carbon Coalition, and I might even dabble in other projects on the site.

Kucinich Campaigns on Oct. 12th, 13th

Ohio Congressman and Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich will be campaigning in New Hampshire on Friday and Saturday.

Here is his public schedule:

Friday, October 12, 2007

Congressman Dennis Kucinich will arrive in New Hampshire this weekend for a series of meetings and media interviews.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

12:00 pm
Congressman Kucinich will attend the University of New Hampshire Homecoming Football Game in Durham.

2:00 pm
Congressman Kucinich will speak at the CleanAir/Cool Planet Conference at the Radisson Hotel (700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101).

6:00 pm
Congressman Kucinich will speak at the Stafford County Democratic Party Victory Dinner. It will be held at the Governor's Inn (78 Wakefield Street, Rochester, NH 03867). Other speakers will include Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, U.S. Senatorial candidates Gov. Jeanne Shaheen and Dr. Jay Buckey.

The schedule may be subject to change.

Fred Cancels

"New Hampshire Presidential Watch" has been told that Fred Thompson has cancelled his upcoming trip to New Hampshire.

Sorry for the confusion.

Albright To Campaign for Clinton

Former Clinton Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright will campaign for Hillary Clinton on October 24th.

One stop will be at Manchester's St. Anselm College.

The title of her talk is "Restoring America’s Leadership: Madeleine Albright Speaks about Senator Hillary Clinton," and will take place at 7:30 at the NHIOP.

Dodd Launches Sox Ticket Contest

From The Dodd Campaign:

Lifelong Boston Red Sox fan and Presidential candidate Chris Dodd today announced that he and one supporter chosen at random will watch Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against Cleveland next Saturday, October 20th, from Fenway Park.

For more details please visit

Obama Begins Airing Energy Ad

Today, Barack Obama's campaign began airing its second New Hampshire television ad. The thirty-second ad is entitled "Quiet," and focuses on Obama's energy message.

The ad begins running tomorrow.

SCRIPT – "Quiet"

I don't accept that we should be still sending eight hundred million dollars a day, part to hostile nations because of our addiction to foreign oil.

And in the bargain we're melting the polar ice caps.

I went to Detroit to insist that we have to increase fuel efficiency standards. Now, I have to admit, the room got kind of quiet.

We can't just tell people what they want to hear.

We need to tell them what they need to hear. We need to tell them the truth.

Clinton Lays Out Innovation Policies

From the Clinton campaign:

Today, Hillary Clinton laid out innovation policies that will create the jobs of the future, stimulate economic growth, and ensure American leadership in new industries. Hillary’s speech builds on the innovation agenda she announced earlier in the year, which will be critical to creating new, high-wage jobs in our global economy. Innovation is part of the economic blueprint for the 21st Century that Hillary is laying out this week to rebuild America’s middle class.

Hillary’s Innovation Agenda Will:
§ Establish a national broadband strategy called Connect America
§ Create a $50 billion Strategic Energy Fund
§ Double the budget for basic and applied research at major federal agencies, and encourage more high-risk, high-reward projects
§ Strengthen education from pre-K to post-graduate study
§ Make the R&E tax credit permanent
§ Restore integrity to science policy by ending the Bush Administration’s war on science

Paul Announces NH Endorsement

From the Paul Campaign:

The Ron Paul Campaign proudly announced today the endorsement of Colebrook Selectman Larry Rappaport.

"After watching the debates and considering all the options," Mr. Rappaport said, "I can only whole-heartedly endorse Congressman Ron Paul. He says what he thinks, and he knows that our constitution-based government is supposed to serve the people—not large corporations. He does not believe that the U.S. can or should solve all of the world's problems."

Dodd Moving Staff out of New Hampshire

James "The Primary Source" Pindell reported yesterday that "Chris Dodd's presidential campaign will move nearly all staff in New Hampshire to Iowa where the Democratic contest for president is the most intense."

Pindell also reported "Dodd's New Hampshire spokesman Bryan DeAngelis said the shift out of New Hampshire would be "significant", but that some resources in the state would remain."

For more on the story go here: Dodd moving 'significant' amount of staff from NH to Iowa

Tancredo To Speat at Londonderry GOP Breakfast

On Saturday, October 20th Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo will be speaking at the Londonderry GOP breakfast.

Saturday October 20

9:00 am
Londonderry GOP Breakfast
The Yard Restaurant
1211 S. Mammoth Rd.
Manchester, NH

Obama At Mack's Apples

The following campaign event summary was submitted by Stacy Hinkley. Stacy attended Barack Obama's Londonderry town hall forum.

There is only one candidate so far in my life that I have felt the need " to do all I can do" for. Today I was not only able to get the day off to show my support for Senator Obama, but had the fun experience of volunteering for the event held at Mack's apples. The crowd was in my opinion mixed and curious. They want to know Senator Obama.

For me , Barack Obama has the essential element of truth. He says it like it is. There seem to be no games played when he talks, no phony cell phone calls from the wife, no say what they want to hear speeches. I am impressed with his style and need to inform the American people about the truth. He is the only reason I am involved in this round of the political process. He is not only a candidate touting hope, but also far stronger than that, he shows us average people we do have a voice, and YES we do count!

New Hampshire News Links for October 10th, 2007

New Hampshire News Links October 10th, 2007

Now part of The Hotline Political Network!

NEWS: Wieczorek wants to reconsider toll hikes

PEOPLE/CANDIDATES: Manchester Mayoral Race, The Browns


OP-ED: Editorial: Phone jam (cont.)

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

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES: The Debate, The Field, Brownback, Giuliani, Pawlenty, McCain, Romney, F. Thompson

OTHER CANDIDATES: Black voters eyed for new values party

FIRST PRIMARY: Splaine: Thoughts About Having A December New Hampshire Presidential Primary; Kathy Sullivan responds / Gardner: Michigan ballot has no effect on NH's date

WAR: Editorial: Our nation is failing its veterans

OTHER NEWS AND VIEWS: Bush focus on taxes seen winning conservatives

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Fred Returns To New Hampshire

Former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson will return to New Hampshire on Friday, October 12th.

So far his only public appearance is a morning fundraiser with Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta.

The breakfast is taking place at the Radisson Hotel and the cost for a single ticket is $50, but for $250 you can be recognized as an event co-host.

Thompson's last visit to the Granite State was over a month ago on Sunday, September 9th.

T. Thomson on Mitt's Debate Performance

Tonight, Mitt Romney's New Hampshire campaign released a statement from Tom Thomson. Thomson is a well-known anti-tax crusader. Recently, he led the campaign against the so-called "view tax."

"Tonight, Governor Mitt Romney clearly demonstrated that he is the only candidate who will bring the needed fiscal restraint necessary to change Washington. He has a record of accomplishment in both the public and private sectors and knows what it takes to reduce spending while still governing effectively. Governor Romney has a track record of fiscal discipline, and his economic plan for America will unleash the potential of our economy by lowering taxes and bringing strong management to Washington."

Ann Romney Visits NH

On Wednesday, October 10, Ann Romney will be in New Hampshire for two days of events in the southern part of the state. The following events are open to the media:

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

12:15 p.m.
Ann Romney Meets with Manchester Area Voters
Home of Siobhan Tautkus
132 Arah Street
Manchester, NH

1:30 p.m.
Ann Romney Visits Wilson Street School
Wilson Street School, Classroom Visit
The Easter Seals Building
555 Auburn Street
Manchester, NH

3:00 p.m.
Ann Romney Attends Seacoast Federated Republican Women Afternoon Social
Lane Memorial Library
2 Academy Avenue
Hampton, NH

4:45 p.m.
Ann Romney Attends Portsmouth Romney for President Headquarters Opening
Portsmouth Romney for President Headquarters
Parade Mall
195 Hanover Street
Portsmouth, NH

Thursday, October 11, 2007

8:30 a.m.
Ann Romney Meets with Lakes Region Voters
Tuftonboro General Store
Route 109-A, Middle Road
Tuftonboro, NH

10:15 a.m.
Ann Romney Meets with Laconia Area Voters
Taylor Family Home
435 Union Avenue

Buckley Calls Michigan Primary "Irrelevant"

This is a statement of Ray Buckley, the New Hampshire Democratic Chairman:

"Today's turn of events only further amplifies the fact that the Michigan primary is irrelevant. Our Secretary of State, Bill Gardner, now has more flexibility in his scheduling decision because the Michigan event is no longer a 'similar event' to the New Hampshire primary."

Biden Stands Firm Against Primary Threats

Today, Joe Biden, joined other Democratic presidential candidates, in announcing that he will not be participating in the Michigan Democratic primary.

Biden for President Campaign Manager Luis Navarro released a statement that read "“Today’s decision reaffirms our pledge to respect the primary calendar as established by the DNC and makes it clear that we will not play into the politics of money and Republican machinations that only serve to interfere with the primary calendar."

Biden's New Hampshire chairman, Representative Jim Ryan, echoed those comments.

In an interview with "New Hampshire Presidential Watch," the Franklin State Representative said that the decision is "essentially consistent with where we've been since the primary began."

"Joe Biden was the first candidate to sign the four state pledge and will continue to honor that pledge," he added.

Michelle Obama To Appear At "Obama For America Children's Fair"

On Saturday October 20th, Michelle Obama will make another visit to the Granite State.

This visit will include a stop at the "Obama For America Children's Fair," which is hosted by Women for Obama and Senator Obama's Child Adovacy Task Force.

The fair will include pumpkin carving, face painting, races and more.

Mrs. Obama will be joined by Peggo Hodes at the event that is set to take place at Mack's Apples in Londonderry.

Families can attend the free event from 11am until 3pm.

RSVP to Julia Kurnik at

Man From The Land of Lincoln Favors Honest Abe

Today, Barack Obama held a town hall meeting at Londondery's Mack's Apples. After a speech on energy reform, Obama took thirtheen audience questions. The questions touched upon trade with Peru, health care for the uninsured and his decision making process.

When asked who his favorite president is Obama responded, "I’m suppose I’m bias because I’m from Illinois. But there’s a tall skinny guy who Washington folks didn’t have much experience, who served in the state legislature for a few years and Congress before running for President."

Obama added,"I’m a great admirer of Lincoln’s, not because he’s perfect. He was cautious and slow to the cause of emancipation, he was a politician in that sense. He never got too far ahead of the northern states. But he’s somebody who had the capacity to draw on the best of the American people."

In case you can't tell, the photo is a picture of Barack Obama's face cropped onto a picture of Abraham Lincoln.

Edwards Returns For Two Day Campaign Swing

Saturday, October 13th
Town Hall Meeting with John Edwards
Railroad Square, off Main St., Keene

Saturday, October 13th
House Party with John Edwards
Goffstown House Party
Brzozowski Residence
33 Ashlar Dr., Goffstown

Saturday, October 13th
Town Hall Meeting with John Edwards
Hopkinton Town Hall
330 Main St., Hopkinton

Saturday, October 13th
Town Hall Meeting with John Edwards
Northfield Town Hall
Winnisquam High School
435 W. Main St., Tilton

Sunday, October 14th
House Party with John Edwards
Dover House Party
Home of Jennifer Peterson
246 Dover Point Rd., Dover

Sunday, October 14th
House Party with John Edwards
Hampton House Party
Muns Residence
5 Nersesian Way, Hampton

Sunday, October 14th
Town Hall Meeting with John Edwards
Hudson Town Hall
Hudson Memorial School
1 Memorial Dr., Hudson

Senator Estabrook Endorses Clinton

From The Clinton Campaign:

Across New Hampshire signals of Hillary Clinton’s growing support continue and today New Hampshire for Hillary announced that State Senator Iris Estabrook, Senate Vice President for Policy, will be the seventh Granite State Senator to endorse Hillary for President.

“Senator Clinton will be a president who will make sure our government works for American families again,” said Senator Estabrook of Durham. “This is a decision that I did not take lightly, and it is clear to me that she has the deep conviction to make sure the country moves in the direction it needs to go. I fully support Hillary’s agenda to return to a government that works for the people.”

Senator Estabrook was first elected to the New Hampshire Senate in November 2002. Previously, Estabrook served for three terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, where she was Assistant Democratic Leader for Education Policy.

New Hampshire News Links for October 9th, 2007

New Hampshire News Links October 9th, 2007

Now part of The Hotline Political Network!

NEWS: States turn to drivers for road repairs

PEOPLE/CANDIDATES: US Senate, Congress, Mayoral Races, Granny D, The Browns

POLITICAL COLUMNS: Landrigan, Capital Beat, Fahey, Portside

OP-ED: Editorial: False promise: Taking the shine off gambling

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

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES: The Debate, The Field, Giuliani, Haines, Huckabee, McCain, Paul, Romney, F. Thompson


FIRST PRIMARY: A nation turns its eyes to N.H.; Secretary of state still not ready to set primary date

GENERAL (NATIONAL) CAMPAIGN NEWS: Assessing the 2008 contest, before all the upsets

NATIONAL POLLS: Des Moines Register Polls

WAR: Editorial: Smearing Petraeus: This time from the right / Sycophant Savior: General Petraeus wins a battle in Washington—if not in Baghdad.

ARTICLES: Conway Daily Sun: Shea-Porter to help veterans record their stories

Clinton To Appear on NHPR's "The Exchange"

Hillary Clinton will appear live on New Hampshire Public Radio's "The Exchange" this Thursday, October 11th, from 9-10 am.

Details at their website:

Monday, October 08, 2007

E. Edwards Finishes Two-Day NH Swing

From the Edwards campaign:

Today, Elizabeth Edwards finished a two-day New Hampshire campaign swing, meeting with health care professionals, health care advocates and voters at Graniteroots house parties and town halls to discuss John Edwards’ plan to provide truly universal health care.

“When our president is fighting tooth and nail to cut off health care coverage for children in New Hampshire and across the nation, it’s clear we need big, bold changes,” said Elizabeth . “John was the first candidate to propose truly universal health care, and his leadership has put universal health care front and center for every Democratic candidate in this race.”

Senator Richard Burr Stumps of McCain

On Saturday, North Carolina Senator Richard Burr paid his first trip to the Granite State. Burr spent the day campaigning on behalf of Senator John McCain.

Before speaking at a Hillsborough Republican fundraiser, Burr visited McCain’s Manchester headquarters and met with supporters.

“This election matters, who we put up matters and for that reason I’m not here to campaign against anybody, but I am here to campaign for John McCain,” Burr told a group of 100 Hillsborough Republicans.

The ranking member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee added “Campaigns are about picking the candidate with the right stuff. John McCain has the right stuff to be president.”

Senator Burr was not the only McCain surrogate stumping in New Hampshire. This weekend, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty paid his second visit to the state. Pawlenty spent Columbus Day campaigning in the northern part of the state.

In an interview with “New Hampshire Presidential Watch” Burr recognized the role of the first-in-the-nation primary saying “I understand the importance of the state that casts the first vote, that’s here. I also understand the importance of this election.”

He added that he was supporting the Arizona Senator because “John is tested, he’s proven he has the courage to stand-up to the tough battles. He has the experience to deal with a set of diverse issues.”

New Hampshire Environmentalists for Obama

As Senator Barack Obama headed to Portsmouth today to unveil his plan for a Clean Energy Future, Obama for America announced the membership of the New Hampshire Environmentalists for Obama Steering Committee. The Steering Committee, consisting of State representatives, policy experts, activists, innovators, and business leaders, will coordinate outreach and advise the campaign on environmental and energy issues.

New Hampshire Environmentalists for Obama

-Senator Harold Janeway – State Senator
-Senator Martha Fuller Clark – State Senator, Chairwoman of Energy, Environment, and Economic Development
-Robin Read – Former State Representative

Steering Committee:
-Gary Hirshberg – CEO Stonyfield Farm
-David Borden – State Representative, Member of Science, Technology and Energy Committee
-Jim Powers – State Representative, Member of Environment and Agriculture Committee
-Clifton Below –Former State Senator and current public utilities commissioner
-Jim Duffy – Keene City Councilman
-Mike Smith – Former Chairman, Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests
-Scott Brown – CEO, New Energy Capital
-Lea Aeschliman – Advisor, Pew Charitable Trusts Global Warming Program
-Dorn Cox – Organic Farmer
-Michael Dorsey – Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College Environmental Studies Program
-Tom Elliott – Former Political Chair and Chairman, New Hampshire Sierra Club
-Kirk Stone- Coordinator of the NH Partnership for High Performance Schools at the Jordan Institute
-Brad Kuster- Environmental lawyer

Obama Unveils Detailed Energy Plan

Today in Portsmouth, Barack Obama delivered a speech titled "Real Leadership for a Clean Energy Future."

Arguing that "The truth is, our energy problem has become an energy crisis because no matter how well-intentioned the promise – no matter how bold the proposal – they all fall victim to the same Washington politics that has only become more divided and dishonest," Obama laid out a detailed energy plan.

The plan includes reducing foreign oil consumption by 10 million barrels by 2030 and implementing a greenhouse cap-and-trade program.

The plan can be viewed in full HERE.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Romney's First NH Mailer Focuses on Economic Policy

This weekend, Mitt Romney's campaign began their first direct New Hampshire mail piece.

According to the Romney campaign, the piece "outlines Governor Romney's track record of fiscal discipline and discusses his plan to unleash the American economy by lowering taxes and bringing fiscal discipline and strong management to Washington."

Embroiled with the phrase "It’s time to unleash the American economy," the piece lays out Romney's plan to make the Bush tax cuts permanent and establish spending limits.

Elkhead Keeps It Cool With McCain, Thompson

I took this photo at the Hillsborough Republican Octoberfest fundraiser. The elkhead was a raffle prize.

It's just keeping it cool with McCain and Fred.

Kicking It Old School

Here are two videos about early New Hampshire primaries. One is from 1952 and the other is from 1964.



Obama NH Volunteers Featured in New Video

This video was "Made by volunteers who believe that Barack Obama's character, experience, and judgment will bring about real change in America. Fix the system! Get Ready: Obama '08!"

The volunteers are part of a group called the NY-NH Exchange. They make monthly road trips from NYC to canvass for Obama.

October 13th is "Green Day" for Huckabee

Governor Mike Huckabee to have "Green Day" in New Hampshire

October 13

Governor Mike Huckabee will be a featured speaker at the Global Warming & Energy Solutions Conference, at the Radisson Hotel, Manchester .
Click here for more information.

Attend a Meet and Greet with Governor Mike Huckabee at a 21st Century Demonstration GREEN home at 45 Creekwater Road, Loudon. This is a great opportunity to see some new technologies promoting practical renewable energy, and a great opportunity to meet Mike Huckabee and talk about issues important to America.

Sunday, October 14th

Come have "Coffee and Conversation" with Governor Mike Huckabee at the home of Rep Jason Bedrick, 4 Greenway Rd , Windham.

Michelle Obama Discusses Challenges of Being A Working Mother

Photo Is From: Brian "Cosmo" Lawson

On Friday, Michelle Obama discussed the challenges of being a working mother, well with a group of working mothers. Obama met the group of eleven mothers at Manchester’s Jane & The Beanstalk cafĂ© and covered a wide variety of issues.

“We’re all just barely keeping our heads above water,” she said referring to the balancing act between family and work.

In addition to keep pace with a hectic campaign schedule, the Vice President for Community and External Affairs for the University of Chicago Hospitals said “I still go to Target, I do my own shopping, I’m on the soccer fields and I’m struggling with a career.”

She added that is increasingly hard to rely on traditional support structures and argued that an Obama presidency is necessary for “fundamental change.”

“We need to fundamentally change the game, not just the players. The game is broken and it’s broken for all of us,” she said.

Paul Supporter Submits Video on Stephanopoulos

A New Hampshire supporter of Ron Paul submitted the following video.

According to the supporter, "I noticed something important yesterday- on ABC World News Tonight George Stephanopoulos is now calling Ron Paul a "Dark Horse" candidate and compared him to Mike Huckabee! Stephanopoulos 4 months earlier had previously said to Ron Paul "[win?] - That's not going to happen" -what a change!!"

Here is the video: