Saturday, December 01, 2007

Maine Clinton Volunteers Calling New Hampshire Voters

This story shows one way campaigns plan too use out-of-state volunteers.

The story is from PolitickerME:

"Six people gathered in an empty classroom at the University of Southern Maine Thursday night over brownies and ginger ale.

After meeting briefly to talk about the script, they separated into corners of the room and started making phone calls. Today they were inviting people to a women’s summit for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, and were also compiling a list of women willing to go publically on the record as supporting Clinton.

This was the hub of Clinton’s supporters in Portland. Except none of the numbers they dialed started in 207. They were calling women in New Hampshire."

For more go here: With all the hype on NH, will presidential candidates forget about Maine? Party leaders say it’s too soon to tell.

Arnold/Gore Summit on Dec. 19th

The Al Gore/Arnold Schwarzneggar global warming conference will be held on December 19th.

The conference will also be hosted by Senator John McCain.

We're awaiting more details, but at least we have a date.

Ambinder Confirms UL Endorsement of McCain

Marc Ambinder has confirmed The Union Leader's endorsement of John McCain.

"Republican sources confirm that the New Hampshire Union Leader, the state's influential conservative daily based in Manchester, will endorse McCain in an editorial to be published tomorrow morning," Ambinder writes.

Check my previous post for more: McQuaid in 2006: "Can The Nation Afford A President McCain?"

Graham: "Demographics Will Determine Your Future"

“I’m from the federal government and I’m here to help,” Senator Lindsey Graham began his speech at a college political convention.

The South Carolina Senator spent most of his speech discussing Social Security and the Iraq war.

Graham told the audience “If people in my business do not solve this problem sooner or later, it falls on your head.”

“The realities of demographics are boring has heck, but it will determine your future. You need to be looking for a presidential candidate that can step up to the plate and tell America, ‘change is coming,” Graham said.

Graham went on to argue that the Iraq surge is working.

“The surge is working. The 30,000 additional combat forces allowed us to overwhelm the enemy who found safe haven in Anbar Province. We went in with a massive military force and we destroyed or captured most of their forces in Anbar,” Graham said.

Not all of the attendants were convinced Graham successfully persuaded the attendees.

Irene Jacqz, a high school junior from Newburyport, Massachusetts said she found Graham’s answers to be “pretty polarizing and short term.”

Her classmate, Michelle Bradbury agreed saying, “he answered the questions directly but there answers I don’t agree with.”

Biden Passionate About Vets

Speaking at New England College’s College Convention, Joe Biden spent most of his time discussing Iraq and the Middle East.

“Iraq is like a big bulder stuck in the middle of the road. Until we move it America cannot regain credibility in the world,” Biden said.

Biden added that America will be unable to deal with domestic, and other international issues, until Iraq is deal with.

“Iraq is sucking all the oxygen out of the room,” Biden told the group of 120 students.

The Delaware Senator was most passionate when discussing benefits for Iraqi benefits.

“You think I’m upset, it’s because I am,” Biden admitted.

The three-day convention is comprised of college and high students from throughout the country.

Cassie Alsfeld, student body president of LSU, said she came to the conference to hear the candidates’ position on the recovery effort.

After speaking with Biden, she said “I was interested in what he was going to do with the recovery process. He seems to be a advocate of Louisiana.”

However, she added “I can’t decide until I get answers from my questions.”

Rudys Gains NH State Police Endorsement

From The Giuliani Campaign:

The Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee today announced that the New Hampshire Troopers Association has endorsed Mayor Giuliani for President. Representing the non-commissioned men and women of the New Hampshire State Police, the group is committed to ensuring the best possible working conditions for State Troopers – and has not previously endorsed a presidential candidate.

“Rudy Giuliani’s commitment to public safety and providing law enforcement with the resources they need to successfully and safely fight crime is unparalleled,” said Louis Copponi, President of the New Hampshire Troopers Association. “Mayor Giuliani has the strongest record in the field when it comes to backing police officers. For this reason, and because we know he will be a tireless advocate for law enforcement as President, the group has made a decision to endorse Rudy for President.”

“New Hampshire’s State Troopers risk their lives each day protecting Granite State residents, demonstrating the highest level of bravery. It is a true honor to have the support of the New Hampshire Troopers Association,” said Mayor Giuliani.

Bissell Finds Stanley and Eisenberg

Yesterday, The HuffPosts' Bryan Bissell tracked down information on Troy Stanley and Leeland Eisenberg.

Bissell writes, "Whereas the original purpose of my trip was to bear witness to the growing media circus revolving the hostage situation, my new assignment was to find background on Mr. Stanley."

He concludes "I can only imagine that is how it felt a lot of the time for the two men who were involved, one wrongfully and the other correctly, in today's hostage fiasco in Rochester."

For more go here: Tracking Clinton Camp Hostage Taker: An Exclusive HuffPost Eyewitness Report

McQuaid in 2006: "Can The Nation Afford A President McCain?"

In 2000, Joe McQuaid, publisher of The Union Leader, called John McCain "The most liberal guy on the Republican side."

Then in a September 2006 article, McQuaid said, “in the midst of the most difficult and challenging war we have ever faced, can the nation afford a President McCain?" He went on to add “New Hampshire citizens must question why they should support him [McCain] for President.”

In the past, McQuaid has also heaped praise on the Arizona Senator. In July 2007, McQuaid said, "Meanwhile, Sen. McCain's campaign has had a rough time of it of late. But anyone who knows his story knows there is no quit in this man. New Hampshire is honored to have him here."

Here's a list of endorsements The Union-Leader have made since 1972.

2000 Campaign
U-L Endorsed: Steve Forbes
NH Primary winner: John McCain
Republican primary winner: George W. Bush

1996 Campaign
U-L Endorsed: Pat Buchanan
NH Primary winner: Pat Buchanan
Republican primary winner: Bob Dole

1992 Campaign
U-L Endorsed: Pat Buchanan
NH Primary winner: George H. W. Bush
Republican primary winner: George H. W. Bush

1988 Campaign
U-L Endorsed: Pete du Pont
NH Primary winner: George H. W. Bush
Republican primary winner: George H. W. Bush

1980 Campaign
U-L Endorsed: Ronald Reagan
NH Primary winner: Ronald Reagan
Republican primary winner: Ronald Reagan

1976 Campaign
U-L Endorsed: Ronald Reagan
NH Primary winner: Gerald Ford
Republican primary winner: Gerald Ford

1972 Campaign
U-L Endorsed: John Ashbrook
NH Primary winner: Richard Nixon
Republican primary winner: Richard Nixon

Union Leader To Endorse McCain

Drudge Report is reporting that tomorrow The Union Leader will endorse John McCain for President.

McCain recently had lunch with Joe McQuaid, editor of The Union Leader, at the Santa Fund fundraising luncheon.

DNC Grants New Hampshire Waiver

From The New Hampshire Democratic Party:

The Rules and ByLaws sub-committee of the full Democratic National Committee voted this morning to support New Hampshire's "first-in-the-nation" status. With a vote of 28-2, the committee granted New Hampshire a waiver to hold its primary on January 8th, 2008, the date recently set by Secretary of State Bill Gardner. Though there was talk of sanctioning New Hampshire, this vote signified that the committee stands in solidarity with the Granite State. New Hampshire will travel to Denver, Colorado in the summer of 2008 with all 30 of its voting delegates and 4 alternates.

Michigan's request for a waiver was denied by a vote of 28-2 despite testimony from MI Chair Mark Brewer and DNC Member Debbie Dingle.

Clinton Holds Manchester Meeting

After she appeared at a Portsmouth press conference, Hillary Clinton talked with staffers at her Manchester headquarters.

Driving in a caravan of two black suburbans, a Manchester police vehicle and a state trooper, Clinton arrived at the office at 11:00pm.

Clinton left the office at 11:20.

The participants, my estimate puts it around 50, appeared to be a mixture of staffers and volunteers.

Besides myself, WMUR, a NBC embed and a CNN embed were there.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Clinton To Hold Portsmouth Press Avail

In response to the Rochester incident, Senator Clinton will hold a press availability tonight at 10:15 p.m. at the Sheraton Harborside Portsmouth Hotel in Portsmouth, NH.

The Clinton campaign has released the following statement:

“I am very grateful that this difficult day has ended so well. All of my campaign staff and volunteers are safe. I want to thank them for their extraordinary courage and coolness under some very difficult pressures and dangerous situations. I also want to thank all of law enforcement. We were in touch from the moment this began with local, county, state, federal law enforcement. I am so grateful to them for their response which brought this hostage situation to such a good ending.

“I also want to thank Governor Lynch who was extremely helpful in marshalling the resources of the state and working with the local law enforcement officials to make sure that all resources were available. The FBI and the Secret Service lent their expertise and help as well. I was in touch during the day with the families of those who were held hostage and I really commend their extraordinary courage under, again, very difficult circumstances. This has been a very hard day for all of us in our campaign.

“But even beyond that, every four years extraordinary young people come to places like New Hampshire because they want to change our country. They believe in our future. They work around the clock. They are so committed to their cause and I just want to commend every one of them from every campaign who really makes what is a sacrifice and a commitment. A lot of them postpone school, leave their families, move across the country and I’m so grateful for them every single day and I’m especially just relieved to have this situation end so peacefully without anyone being injured.

“We don’t have very many facts beyond, what we garnered during the day. I am on my way to New Hampshire now to thank the law enforcement officials, to see my staff – particularly those who not only were physically held hostage, but all those who supported this effort during the day to make sure we got information, that we kept families apprised, that we closely coordinated with law enforcement. And I could just not be prouder at the people who are in my campaign. And I want to thank them and I am so grateful that this day has ended well.”

Updated McCain Schedule

U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign today announced that John McCain will campaign in New Hampshire from Monday, December 3rd to Saturday, December 8th.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Business Tour and Employee Town Hall
Goss International Americas
121 Technology Drive
Durham, New Hampshire 03824

MySpace/MTV Town Hall Meeting
Southern New Hampshire University
Athletic Center
2500 N. River Road
Hooksett, New Hampshire 03106

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Meet and Greet at the Union Street Grille
The Union Street Grille
4 Union Street
Milford, New Hampshire 03055

Meet and Greet at the Peterborough Diner
The Peterborough Diner
10 Depot Street
Peterborough, New Hampshire 03458

C&S Wholesale Grocers Employee Town Hall Meeting
C&S Wholesale Grocers
10 Optical Avenue
Keene, New Hampshire 03431

Hooksett Town Hall Meeting
David Cawley Middle School
89 Whitehall Road
Hooksett, New Hampshire 03106

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

John McCain and Curt Schilling
Politics & Sports Town Hall Meeting
The Derryfield School Auditorium
2108 River Road
Manchester, New Hampshire 03104

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Timberland Company Tour and Employee Town Hall Meeting
The Timberland Company
200 Domain Drive
Stratham, New Hampshire 03885

Remarks to Portsmouth Rotary
Red Hook Brewery
35 Corporate Drive
Newington, New Hampshire 03801

Energy Security and Climate Change Forum
Seacoast Media Group Cafeteria
111 New Hampshire Avenue
Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Raymond Town Hall Meeting
Raymond High School
45 Harriman Hill Road
Raymond, New Hampshire 03077

Friday, December 7, 2007

Atkinson Town Hall Meeting
The Atkinson Country Club
85 Country Club Drive
Atkinson, New Hampshire 03811

Pearl Harbor Day and Veterans Commemoration
Hampstead Middle School
26 School Street
Hampstead, New Hampshire 03826

Bedford Town Hall Meeting
Bedford Old Town Hall
3 Meetinghouse Road
Bedford, New Hampshire 03110

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Nashua Town Hall Meeting
Senior Activity Center
70 Temple Street
Nashua, New Hampshire 03061

Rasmussen: McCain, Rudy, Huckabee In Three-Way Tie For Second

From Rasmussen:

In New Hampshire’s Republican Presidential Primary, the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney with 34% support and a nineteen-point lead. Making the most of his home field advantage, Romney has steadily increased his lead from fifteen points earlier in November, nine-points in October and three-points in September.

The new primary election poll shows a virtual three-way tie for second place between former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Arizona Senator John McCain at 15% and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee at 14%. For Giuliani and McCain, those figures are a very slight dip from earlier in the month while Huckabee has gained four more percentage points.

Election 2008: New Hampshire Republican Primary

NH Polls: Both Races Tightening

Fox News and ARG have both released polls today. Both polls show Romney and Clinton leading the field.

The Fox News poll has McCain in second, while the ARG poll has McCain in fourth. Both polls also show Edwards at a steady 17%, just five points behind Obama.

Fox News Poll:

Romney: 29%
McCain: 21%
Giuliani: 19%
Huckabee: 7%
Paul: 4%
Thompson: 4%
Hunter: 1%

Clinton: 30%
Obama: 23%
Edwards: 17%
Richardson: 12%
Biden: 3%
Kucinich: 3%
Dodd: 1%

ARG Poll:

Romney: 36%
Giuliani: 22%
Huckabee: 13%
McCain: 11%
Thompson: 3%

Clinton: 34%
Obama: 23%
Edwards: 17%
Biden: 3%
Dodd: 2%
Richardson: 2%
Kucinich: 2%

Ongoing Situation At Clinton's Rochester Office

Statement from Clinton Campaign:

There is an ongoing situation in our Rochester, NH office. We are in close contact with state and local authorities and are acting at their direction. We will release additional details as appropriate.

For updates check: The Union Leader

Clinton Wants Obama To Pull Health Care Ad

Today, the Clinton campaign asked that Barack Obama pulls a New Hampshire campaign ad. According to the Clinton campaign, the ad is misleading because Obama claims his health care plan would cover all Americans. The Clinton camp argues that Obama's plan would leave out some Americans. The ad in question been running for over a month.

Obama spokesman Reid Cherlin responded, "The Clinton campaign didn't say a word when this ad was released a month ago, and the only thing that's changed since then is the poll numbers. The truth is, Barack Obama's universal plan will provide coverage to every single American who can't afford it and do more to cut the cost of health care than any other plan in this race. Rather than spending their time attacking Barack Obama, the Clinton campaign should explain how exactly they plan to force every American to buy health insurance even if they can't afford it."

Paul To Visit Dec. 1st-5th

Dr. Paul will make the following stops in New Hampshire on December 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th.

Saturday, December 1

9:00 – 10:00
Speech to students, NEC College Convention 2008, Center of NH, Radisson, 700 Elm Street, Manchester

11:00 – 11:20
Riley's Sport Shop, 1575 Hooksett Road, Hooksett

1:30 – 2:15
Mud Bowl, Thomas More College (Nashua), Greeley Park, 100 Concord Street, Nashua

2:30 – 3:00
Nashua Main Street Businesses

3:30 – 4:30
Town hall meeting, Salem High School, Town Hall Meeting at Salem High School, 44 Geremonty Drive, Salem

Sunday, December 2

10:45 – 12:15
Trinity Baptist Church, 80 Clinton St, Concord, NH

7:00 – 8:00
Town Hall, Magdalen College, 511 Kearsarge Mountain Road, Warner, NH

Monday, December 3

10:00 – 11:15
Talk with students and community, details TBA

2:45 – 3:45
People's Linen Service, 9 Giffen Street, Keene

5:30 – 7:00
Speech at Keene State College, Madison Street Lounge, Young Student Center, 229 Main St, Keene

Tuesday, December 4

Tea Bird's Café and Bistro, 101 Main Street, Berlin

Wednesday, December 5

9:30 – 9:45
J Town Deli & Country Store, 174 Main St, Jackson

10:05 – 10:15
Zeb's General Store, 2675 Main St, North Conway

10:30 – 11:30
The Majestic Theatre, Main St., Conway

12:00 – 12:15
Madison Community Market & Deli, Route 113, Madison

12:30 – 1:30
Lunch at Whittier House, 2415 Route 16, Ossipee

2:30 – 3:30
Benz Community Center, 18 Heard Rd, Center Sandwich

3:45 – 3:55
Old Country Store, 1011 Whittier Hwy, Moultonboro

4:30 – 5:00
Hampshire Pewter Shop, 7 N Main St, Wolfeboro

Medical Marijuana Group To Offer GOP Candidates $10,000

From The Medical Marijuana Policy Project:

On Monday, Dec. 3, the Marijuana Policy Project and two New Hampshire patients will challenge presidential candidates Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Mitt Romney to back up their statements regarding medical marijuana with scientific evidence. The challenge will be announced at a Manchester press conference featuring a mobile billboard with images of the three candidates bearing Pinocchio noses. The exact time and location of the news conference will be announced Monday morning.

In response to questions asked by medical marijuana patients and supporters, Giuliani, McCain and Romney have all claimed that medical marijuana is either not needed or "too dangerous" for medical use. The MPP Medical Marijuana PAC will offer the maximum $10,000 contribution ($5,000 for the primary campaign, $5,000 for the general election) to any of the candidates who can prove that their claims are true.

Michelle Obama Returns To New Hampshire

Senator Barack Obama's New Hampshire campaign announced today that Michelle Obama will return to New Hampshire on Tuesday, December 4 for a two-day visit. Mrs. Obama will host roundtable discussions with working women on balancing work and family in Portsmouth on Tuesday afternoon and in Concord on Wednesday morning. Later in the morning she'll host a meet and greet at Keene State College.

Tuesday, December 4

This event is by invitation only.

Wednesday, December 5

This event is by invitation only.

11:30 AM
The Lantern Room
Keene State College
229 Main St
Keene, NH 03435

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the Keene office at (603) 355-2008.

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POLITICAL COLUMNS: Political Chowder

OP-ED: Publisher's Note: Cure for weak reporting

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES: Biden: Impeach if Bush bombs Iran / The Field, Biden, Clinton, Edwards, Kucinich, Obama, Richardson

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES: Blogtalk: CNN Debate Under Fire / The Debate, The Field, Giuliani, Hagel, Huckabee, Hunter, McCain, Paul, Romney, Tancredo

FIRST PRIMARY: Kathy Sullivan: Urgent! All Candidates Need Delegates!!!

NATIONAL POLLS: Clinton Polls Best Among Gays, Lesbians

WAR: Bush Urges Emergency War Funds to Avoid Defense Layoffs

OTHER NEWS AND VIEWS: Senate Democrats Plot Push On AMT Relief in December

ARTICLES: Conway Daily Sun: Regulatory staff pans sale of Verizon to FairPoint

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Updated Rudy Schedule

Here are the public events that Rudy Giuliani will be holding on Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 2nd.

Saturday, December 1st

House Party
Home of Richard and Bonnie Stewar
t184 Pulpit Rd
Bedford, NH
RSVP to Catherine Hirko at 603-289-4560 or

Town Hall Meeting
University of New Hampshire Huddleston Hall
73 Main St
Durham, NH
RSVP to Jeff Semprini at (603) 369-8136 or

Holiday Celebration
Portsmouth Holiday Celebration
Market Square
Portsmouth, NH

Sunday, December 2nd

Country View Restaurant
692 Portsmouth Ave
Greenland, NH

House Party
Home of Bruce and Allison Scamman
15 Greta's Way
Stratham, NH
RSVP to Jeff Semprini at (603) 369-8136 or

Biden Discusses Iraq At Pease

From The Biden Campaign:

Today in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Sen. Joe Biden discussed the failure of President Bush's surge strategy to produce political reconciliation. Sen. Biden is the only candidate to have offered a political solution for the Iraqi civil war, so that we do not leave chaos behind. He also explained the connection between the Bush administration's rhetoric on Iran and the higher energy prices Americans are paying at the pump. Sen. Biden delivered his remarks at the Pease International Tradeport.

"Security in Iraq is better, though it remains an incredibly dangerous and violent place," said Sen. Biden. "That's great news and it is due in no small measure to the extraordinary skill and bravery of our troops. They will accomplish any mission we give them. Over and over again, they've done their job in Iraq."

Obama Continues To Build Grassroots Support

From The Obama Campaign:

The Obama campaign continues its unrivaled grassroots organizational effort as the New Hampshire primary draws near. Here's a look at the past few days by the numbers:

-On Sunday, the campaign passed more than 80,000 postcards mailed to New Hampshire voters since October.
-Supporters have written more than 16,000 postcards to undeclared voters in the last two weeks.
-On Monday more than 1,000 undeclared New Hampshire announced their support of Obama citing his track record of putting results ahead of partisan politics.
-And supporters have hosted 6 house parties in Bow, Candia, Conway, Manchester, Merrimack, and Rochester.
-On Tuesday in Bow, more than 30 voters learned from Franklin Pierce Law Dean and former Navy Judge Advocate General John Hutson about Senator Obama's judgment to lead American foreign policy.
-In Bedford and Manchester, more than 40 women heard from Betsy Myers, COO of Obama for America and former Senior Official in the Clinton Administration, about how Barack will bring about meaningful change and improve women's lives.

NH Dems Having Trouble Finding Delegates

A bit of news that went unnoticed by many today was the bit in The Granite Status that the New Hampshire Democratic Party and their Presidential candidates are having a difficult time finding people to run for delegate.

“Speaking of delegates, the state Democratic Party says several presidential campaigns are having difficulty filling slates.” – John DiStaso

“John DiStaso reported in the Union Leader today that some candidates do not yet have enough people running for delegate. He is right! Being the curious cat, I just checked, and it is actually pretty shocking how few people are running for delegate - for all the candidates.” – Kathy Sullivan

Buckley To Request Delegate Waiver

From The New Hampshire Democratic Party:

The Rules and By-Laws Committee of the Democratic National Committee will meet Saturday morning in Vienna, Virginia to decide whether New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina and Michigan will be sanctioned for holding their primaries on dates out of compliance with the pre-approved calendar. The below letter from Chairman Buckley was sent to the Rules and By-Laws Committee asking for a waiver due to the recent decision of NH Secretary of State Bill Gardner to move the primary date.

If sanctioned, New Hampshire would automatically lose half of it's pledged delegates and all of it's unpledged delegates, bringing the total delegation down from 30 to 11. Any further sanctioning would be decided on Saturday at the committee meeting.

"I'm hopeful that the Democratic National Committee will hear my appeal for a waiver and choose a course supportive to our first-in-the-nation tradition," said Chairman Ray Buckley. "I hope it helps that I have known some of the committee members for a long time. I'm certainly not new on the scene and I will do my best to represent the importance to retail campaigning that New Hampshire remains first."

Hillary To Participate In WMUR/ABC Debate

The New Hampshire for Hillary campaign today announced that Senator Hillary Clinton will participate in the WMUR/ABC/Facebook debate in New Hampshire on January 5, 2008.

“I very much look forward to this important debate and the opportunity to discuss my experience and bold plans to make real change happen in this country. It is an honor for me to be a part of the this primary process and I look forward to continuing to talk directly with New Hampshire voters about the issues that matter to them most,” said Senator Clinton.

Schilling, McCain To Speat At Derryfield

Curt Schilling and John McCain will answer your sports and politics questions at a Town Hall in the Derryfield School Auditorium on Wednesday, December 5th at 5:30pm!

Another Rudy Visit

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be back in New Hampshire this weekend.

Saturday, December 1st:

Public event TBA
Concord, NH

Public event TBA
Durham, NH

Public event TBA
Portsmouth, NH

Sunday, December 2nd:

Public events TBA in New Hampshire

GOP Group Calls Romney "Just Another Massachusetts Flip-Flopper"

The Republican group, Log Cabin Republicans have launched a New Hampshire radio ad targeted at Mitt Romney.

In a press release the group's president, Patrick Sammon, said "“No one knows what Mitt Romney believes because he changes his positions so often—even more than John Kerry. Our Party deserves better than a flip-flopper with no principles.”

The ad begins "Mitt-Flops…sounds like something you'd wear to the beach, but they could cost you," and concludes with "Mitt Romney – just another Massachusetts flip-flopper."

The ad will begin running in the Manchester and Portsmouth-Dover-Rochester radio markets.
Radio Ad Script:

ANNOUNCER: Mitt-Flops…sounds like something you'd wear to the beach, but they could cost you.

Let's see.

Running for governor, Mitt Romney said he'd balance the budget without raising taxes.

So what'd he really do? He raised taxes on some New Hampshire residents who worked in Massachusetts, taxing their income and their pensions.

That's a Mitt-Flop.

Then Romney claimed he was just 'closing loopholes'. The truth: ­he raised taxes $128 million.

After that? $70 million more.

A year later? He tried to hike taxes another $170 million. That’s a triple Mitt-Flop.

Romney even refused to support the Bush tax cuts.

Now? He’s seen the light on tax cuts. Do you believe this conversion?

Massachusetts Mitt sounds like another flip-flopping politician…

JOHN KERRY:“I actually did vote for the 87 billion dollars, before I voted against it.”

ANNOUNCER: Mitt Romney – just another Massachusetts flip-flopper.

Paid for by Log Cabin Republicans who are responsible for the content of this ad. Learn more about Romney’s record at

UPDATE: Response from the Romney campaign: "This negative attack and gross distortion of the governor's record was launched and paid for by a group recognized as having Mayor Giuliani as their 'favorite' candidate. Governor Romney supports a federal marriage amendment and so it makes sense that a national gay rights group would attack him. Governor Romney has a stellar record of fiscal responsibility, having cut wasteful spending and worked to lower taxes as a chief executive focused on pro-growth economic policies. It's a record that even a negative attack ad can't change." -Kevin Madden, Romney for President campaign spokesman

Romney To Visit New Hampshire December 3rd, 4th

Governor Romney's schedule

Monday, Dec. 3

12:00 p.m.
Manchester Rotary Club Luncheon
The Chateau Restaurant
201 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH

5:45 p.m.
Hampton Ask Mitt Anything
29 Academy Avenue
Hampton, NH

Tuesday, Dec. 4

9:00 a.m.
Retail Stop
Windham Junction General Store
128 North Lowell Road
Windham, NH

10:15 a.m.
Business Tour and Ask Mitt Anything
13 Center Street
Raymond, NH

12:00 p.m.
Concord Rotary Luncheon
Cat n' Fiddle Restaurant
118 Manchester Street
Concord, NH

4:45 p.m.
Governor Mitt Romney Meets with Meredith Area Voters
George's Diner
10 Plymouth Road
Meredith, NH

Rudy's "Promise"

The Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee announced the launch of a new television ad, entitled "Promise." The ad is airing in New Hampshire and Boston.

Script for "Promise":

MAYOR GIULIANI: "When I became Mayor of New York City things were out of control. I lowered taxes. I reduced the growth of government. Made government more accountable. And New York City boomed. I would do these things for America because I know they work. I know that reducing taxes produces more revenues. Democrats don't know that. They don't believe it. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards, here's a promise I assure you they'll keep. They are making the promise to raise taxes. The only thing I can tell you in addition to that is they'll raise taxes even more than they promise. I'm Rudy Giuliani and I approve this message."

Tancredo Names Campaign Chairmen

Tom Tancredo has named his honorary campaign chairmen.

From James Pindell:

Republican State Representatives Dan Itse of Fremont and Jordan Ulery of Hudson have both been known for being sponsors on immigration legislation in the state house.

Lamont To Campaign For Dodd

Ned Lamont, the 2006 Democratic Nominee for U.S. Senate in Connecticut , will travel to New Hampshire on Friday to campaign on behalf of Presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Chris Dodd. Lamont will speak at the NEC College Convention 2008 in Manchester before traveling to Hanover to speak to students at Dartmouth College.


1:00 PM
College Convention 2008
Location: Center of New Hampshire
Radisson Hotel
Manchester, NH

4:00 PM
Meet and Greet Sponsored by Dartmouth for Dodd
Location: Hinman Forum
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH

McCain To Participate in ABC/WMUR Debate

U.S. Senator John McCain today issued the following statement on participating in the WMUR/ABC News/Facebook New Hampshire debate to be held Saturday, January 5, 2008 and the NH Republican Party/Fox News debate scheduled for Sunday, January 6, 2008:

"I look forward to these important opportunities to speak directly to New Hampshire voters about my experience and vision for America's future. Granite State voters take their role in electing the next president seriously, and deserve an honest debate with straight talk on the challenges facing our country."

Graham To Campaign For McCain

U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign today announced that Senator Lindsey Graham will campaign for John McCain in New Hampshire on Friday, November 30th.

Friday, November 30, 2007

WHO: Senator Lindsey Graham
WHAT: Remarks to College Convention 2008
WHEN: Friday, November 30, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. EST
WHERE: Radisson Hotel
700 Elm Street
Manchester, New Hampshire 03101

Edwards Video Asked For Weekend Volunteers

Tuesday we posted John Edwards' "37 days" video. The video was also posted on their New Hampshire campaign website.

Since we've posted it a number of websites have poked the Edwards camp, because there are more than 37 days until the New Hampshire primary.

An Edwards spokesman e-mailed us to clarify that the "The email that came with it asked for people to come in and volunteer for the weekend canvass and phone banks, which would be 37 days till the primary."

Obama, Romney Win Mock Primary

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama won the mock primary at Saint Anselm College yesterday.

Mitt Romney edged out Rudy Giuliani by 11 votes, while Barack Obama won easily beating Clinton by 71 votes.

Out of a student body of rougly 2, 000 students a total of 562 voted.

Republican Candidates:

Democratic Candidates:

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

1,2,3,4...Lets Count The Days Until The Primary

Yesterday, we posted a John Edwards YouTube ad that said the New Hampshire primary was 37 days away. It appears an Edwards staffer got a bit too eager sending us the ad because the primary is actually 41 days away.

The ad begins, "37 million Americans live in poverty, 37 days until the New Hampshire primary, 37 reasons why poverty affects us all ..."

Two things:
1) We're surpised the staffer didn't look at their giant countdown...The Edwards office must have one.
2) We're more surprised we didn't receive a press release from opposing campaigns. One spokesperson called us, but so far no creative statement on the Edwards ad.

UPDATE: An Edwards spokesman writes, "The email that came with it asked for people to come in and volunteer for the weekend canvass and phone banks, which would be 37 days till the primary."

Hey Big Spender

We missed this but Dante "GraniteProf" Scala is reporting that

"Over the last nine months, the Romney campaign has spent $2.4 million on ads at WMUR ($2,401,360, to be exact).

That's about 75 percent of all Republican presidential ad buys on that station during this calendar year."

The GraniteProf also discovers that Democratic presidential candidates have spent $3,479,140 on campaign ads. While, the Republican presidential candidates total $3,178,770. These totals represent ads that air on WMUR.

Mitt "Big Spender" Romney? WMUR: The House That Romney Build? The nicknames are endless.

GOP Group To Air Ad on Romney's Abortion Stance

The Associated Press reports that the group Republican Majority for Choice "will spend more than $100,000 to air a 30-second television spot in Iowa and New Hampshire and run full page ads Sunday in the Des Moines Register, the Concord Monitor and the New Hampshire Union Leader."

The group said "It's important for voters to know who they are voting for."

Jennifer Blei Stockman, national co-chair of the group, gave $2,300 to Rudy Guiliani's campaign in May.

For more go here: GOP Abortion Rights Group Raps Romney

Poll: Romney, Clinton Maintain Double Digit Leads

From James Pindell:

A new New Hampshire poll out this afternoon by Suffolk University for WHDH Channel 7in Boston shows Hillary Clinton still with a double digit lead over Barack Obama, but does not show a recent drop in numbers for Rudy Giuliani that a recent CNN/WMUR showed last week.

Here is the breakout on the ballot test:

Mitt Romney 34
Rudy Giuliani 20
John McCain 13
Ron Paul 8
Mike Huckabee 7
Fred Thompson 2
all others 1

Hillary Clinton 34
Barack Obama 22
John Edwards 15
Bill Richardson 9
all others 3 or below

New Mike Gravel Video

power to the people vs give peace a chance

Tancredo To Visit NH

Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo is scheduled to visit NH on November 29-30, 2007. We're awaiting details from the Tancredo campaign.

November 29th

Merrimack House Party
4 Cranston Circle
Merrimack, NH

November 30th

NEC College Convention
Manchester, NH

Hollis House Party
178 Pine Hill Rd
Hollis, NH

New Hampshire News Links for November 28th, 2007

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NEWS: Ruling nullifies voter data law, Libertarians win suit over unequal access / A Verizon-FairPoint deal disconnect



NH POLLS: Polling Over The Holidays: A Caution

OP-ED: Editorial: Social services help to be easy as 211

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES: Obama's use of money questioned, Clinton implies PAC donations flouted law / The Field, Biden, Clinton, Dodd, Edwards, Kucinich, Obama

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES: YouTube Debate Raises Stakes, Republicans to Joust As Polls Show Voters Are Still Searching / The Debate, The Field, Giuliani, Huckabee, McCain, Paul, Romney

FIRST PRIMARY: In New Hampshire, Some Fret About Too Little, Too Early

GENERAL (NATIONAL) CAMPAIGN NEWS: Senate Race That Fizzled Honed Skills for '08 Stage

WAR: Cabbies, Though Still Wary, Find a Wider Comfort Zone

OTHER NEWS AND VIEWS: Lott's exit, fresh buzz over lobby rules

ARTICLES: Conway Daily Sun: O'Leary to present plan for additional $500 million in highway cuts; Status of southern bypass still uncertain / Conway Daily Sun: $40 million spent by state on eminent domain for roads; Were takings for nothing? Town shaken by rumblings that much of the bypass is dead / Rep. Dennis Abbott: Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime?

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Obama Offers America A Clear Choice

John Edwards Reminds You That It's 37 Days Until...

...the New Hampshire Primary

McCain's Incomplete New Hampshire Trip Schedule

Here's a schedule for John McCain's upcoming trip to New Hampshire, it's incomplete and expect more chances.

Monday, December 3rd

Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester
MySpace and MTV Presidential Dialogue with Sen. John McCain

Tuesday, December 4th

David Cawley Middle School
89 Whitehall Road
Hooksett, NH
Contact: 603-369-4945 or

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

John McCain & Curt Schilling

Thursday, December 6th

Raymond High School
45 Harriman Hill Rd
Raymond, NH

Friday, December 7th

The Atkinson Country Club
85 Country Club Drive
Atkinson, NH
*Co-Sponsored by the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce & the Greater Derry-Londonderry Chamber of Commerce***
Contact: 603-369-4947

Bedford Old Town Hall
70 Bedford Center Road
Bedford, NH
Contact: 603-369-4948

Saturday, December 8th

Senior Activity Center
70 Temple Street
Nashua, NH
Contact: 603-369-4949

"Primary Voices"

The Boston Globe and have created an imaginative new channel forvoters to have their say about the current presidential race in a cutting-edge blog called "Primary Voices." The Globe's political team recruited more than 40 voters from three New Hampshire towns to blog about the Granite State's first-in-the-nation primary. The blog has been up for a couple of weeks, and already has dozens of contributions. Those participating are:

• Democrats from Henniker in southwestern New Hampshire, a typically Democratic town, according to voting patterns.
• Republicans from Kingston in the southeast, also emblematic of GOPvoters.
• Independents from Nashua, the southern city that is a gateway to NewHampshire.

Here's the website:

NOTE: I'm an assistant to "The Primary Source," a website

Susan Lynch Endorses Clinton...YouTube Style

Here's a YouTube video of Dr. Susan Lynch endorsing Hillary Clinton

Obama Lays Out Foreign Policy Plans

From The Obama Campaign:

As part of his ongoing commitment to open and transparent leadership, Senator Barack Obama hosted a foreign policy forum in Portsmouth today, along with top advisors, to share how he will restore America's leadership in the world. Obama and the panelists took questions from New Hampshire voters and discussed Obama's specific plans to end the war in Iraq, renew American diplomacy, pursue aggressive diplomacy with Iran, fight terrorism and extremism, reduce the threat of nuclear weapons, and invest in a 21st century military.

By continuing to be straightforward and open with the American people, Obama will unite the country behind a new foreign policy based on pragmatism, not ideology. You can learn more about Obama's new approach at: .

The following local and national foreign policy experts joined Senator Obama at the forum:
-Richard Danzig – Former Secretary of the Navy under President Clinton
-Ryan Gray (USMC Ret.) – Goffstown, NH resident; served two tours in Iraq with the Marine Corps
-Adm. John Hutson (USN Ret.) – Bow, NH resident; Dean of Franklin Pierce Law Center ; former U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General and nationally-known expert on detention and interrogation policy
-Tony Lake – National Security Advisor to President Clinton
-Samantha Power – Pulitzer Prize-winning author and renowned professor of human rights and foreign policy
-Susan Rice – Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
-Sarah Sewall –Human rights and military affairs expert
-Gen. Jim Smith (USAF Ret.) – Salem, NH resident; retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General

Obama's PAC Gave Money To New Hampshire Politicos

Yesterday, The Washington Post reported that Barack Obama has been using his Hopefund PAC to disburse money to politicians and activist groups in early primary states.

After hearing reading the report, the Clinton campaign released a statement that said "On the campaign trail, Senator Obama is outspoken about his desire to reform the campaign finance system so it was surprising to learn that he has been using his PAC in a manner that appears to be inconsistent with the prevailing election laws."

Today, we complied a complete list of Granite State politicians and Democratic groups who have received money from Obama's PAC. Over the last reporting period, Obama gave New Hampshire supporters and others a total of $73, 000.

The Committee to Elect House Democrats and Friends of a Democratic Senate each received $15,000. Congressman Paul Hodes and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter received $4,000. Hodes has endorsed Obama and is his New Hampshire campaign Co-Chair.

State Senators Janeway and Cilley also received a donation from Obama's PAC and endorsed the Illionis Senator. Cilley told The Washington Post ""There were no negotiations about financial remuneration. No quid pro quo. I endorsed him because I believe in him and his policies."

Among the list are several politicians who have endorsed Hillary Clinton. Senators D'Allesandro, Sgambati, Hassan and Estabrook all received $1,000 from Obama yet endorsed Clinton.

Total Disbursements To New Hampshire Politicians For Last Reporting Period:

Paul Hodes for Congress: $4,000.00
Carol Shea-Porter for Congress: $4,000.00
NH Democratic Party: $5,000.00
Jeanne Shaheen for Senate: $5,000.00
Hillsborough County Democrats: $1,000.00
Belknap County Democrats: $1,000.00
Janeway for Senate: $1,000.00
Sullivan County Democrats: $1,000.00
Rockingham County Democrats: $1,000.00
Iris Estabrook Campaign for State Senate: $1,000.00
John Shea: $1,000.00
Carroll County Democrats: $1,000.00
Strafford County Democratic Committe: $1,000.00
Merrimack County Democrats: $1,000.00
Grafton County Democrats: $1,000.00
Hollingsworth for Executive Council: $1,000.00
Cheshire County Democratic Committee: $1,000.00
New Hampshire for John Lynch: $5,000.00
New Hampshire for John Lynch: $1,000.00
Friends of Jackie Cilley: $1,000.00
Sgambati 4 Senate: $1,000.00
Comm. To Elect Lou D'Allesandro: $1,000.00
Maggie '08: $1,000.00
Friends of a Democratic Senate: $15,000.00
Committee to Elect House Democrats: $15,000.00
Coos County Democrats: $1,000.00
Martha Fuller Clark for State Senate: $1,000.00

Total: $73,000.00

DNC Videotaping GOP Candidates

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is videotaping Republican presidential candidates.

This past Sunday, at a Mitt Romney event, we met a DNC staffer who admitted that their job is to videotape Republican candidates who visit New Hampshire. The staffer told us that they are based out of the New Hampshire Democratic Party headquarters, in Concord.

New Hampshire Democratic Party spokeswoman Pia Carouse said "It's just a part of the process."

The New Hampshire Republican Party had no official comment for this story.

Videotaping candidates is not unusual, in fact we've been told that the RNC videotapes Democratic candidates in the Granite State.

Another interesting tidbit is we've seen volunteers from presidential campaigns videotaping their rivals. Three weeks we spotted a Romney supporter videotaping Rudy Giuliani and The Concord Monitor reported two weeks ago that Obama volunteers were caught videotaping Hillary Clinton events.

NHPols To Close

"New Hampshire Presidential Watch" has learned that Campaigns & Elections is closing their state-operated websites. This means that nhpols will be closing.

So all you big-shots make sure you pick-up the talented Beth LaMontagne.

Vote For Your Favorite Cookie Recipe

Starting today through mid-December, New Englanders (and those who love New England) can vote in Yankee Magazine’s inaugural New Hampshire presidential primary candidate cookie contest at To date, 13 official presidential candidates have submitted recipe entries.

The online poll will culminate on Friday, December 14, when a panel of food and political experts will convene at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester to cast their ballots for their favorite cookie. Culinary students at the university will bake the cookies for the judges’ tasting. The winner will be announced that day, a few weeks prior to New Hampshire’s actual primary date of January, 8, 2008, based on the combined results of the online poll and the judges’ voting.

Yankee Magazine, “New England’s Magazine,” and The Old Farmer’s Almanac are the flagship products of Yankee Publishing, one of the nation’s most successful independent, family-owned publishing companies. Yankee is based in the small town of Dublin, New Hampshire.

Edwards To Participate In AARP Forum

You're invited to an AARP Divided We Fail Issues Forum featuring Senator John Edwards.

When: Friday, December 7th at 11:30 am
Where: Derryfield Country Club, 625 Mammoth Road, Manchester
RSVP by calling (603) 621-1002 or by e-mailing to reserve your seat today!

Curt Schilling To Campaign For McCain In Manchester

U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign today announced that Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling will campaign with John McCain on Wednesday, December 5, 2007 at a downtown Manchester event. The event is free and open to the public. Please email for more information. More details forthcoming.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007


WHO: John McCain & Curt Schilling
WHAT: Campaign Event
WHEN: Wednesday, December 5th, tentative start time at 5:30 p.m. EST
Press Set Up Time: 5:00 p.m. EST

Obama Doesn't Rule Nightline

Last night Barack Obama appeared on ABC's Nightline.

We decided to stay-up past our bedtime and count the number of Obama campaign ads that might appear during the show.

We counted only one Obama ad. The ad was Obama's "Choices I Had."

During the show, viewers also saw ads from Giuliani, Clinton (Joe Ward) and McCain (Love America Enough).

St. A's To Hold First College Mock Primary

The philosopher Ricky Bobby once said "If you ain't first, you're last." St. Anselm College students are taking that to heart has they prepare to vote in New Hampshire's first large-scale mock primary

The press release states, "On Nov. 28, the Kevin Harrington Student Ambassadors at the Institute of Politics will offer Saint Anselm’s nearly 2,000 students the opportunity to weigh in on the candidates at polling places throughout campus. This is the earliest known, large-scale mock primary vote to occur in the state.

The results will be made public at 9 a.m. Nov. 29, at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. The presentation will be open to the public. For more information about this event, please contact Student Ambassador Cory True, at"

Kucinich Continues Trip With Manchester TV Town Hall

Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich talks Civics with high school students, delivers opening day remarks at College Convention 2008 and holds town hall meeting in Manchester

Wednesday, November 28

9:15-10:30 AM
Nashua High School South
Dennis Kucinich and the importance of learning Civics
Nashua HS South
36 Riverside Dr, Nashua, New Hampshire

1:00-2:00 PM
College Convention 2008
Radisson Hotel
Manchester, New Hampshire

8:00 PM
Public Town Hall
MCAM Studios
540 N Commercial St, Manchester
The meeting will also be broadcast live on MCAM-TV, Channel 23 to 35,000 homes in Manchester, and provided to public access channels throughout in New Hampshire. It will also be broadcast live on the Internet at

New Hampshire News Links for November 27th, 2007

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NEWS: Some areas are considered models of law-enforcement cooperation

PEOPLE/CANDIDATES: N.H. seen tilting toward Democrats; Newcomers boost party's prospects in GOP territory/Shea-Porter, Dodds

OP-ED: Editorial: MySpace education: 'Technology' as teacher

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES: Obama spends most on WMUR ad buys / The Field, Biden, Clinton, Dodd, Edwards, Kucinich, Obama

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES: YouTube and the G.O.P. And, Perhaps, the Snowman / The Debate, The Field, Giuliani, Huckabee, McCain

FIRST PRIMARY: ABC News, WMUR-TV and Facebook Host Back-To-Back Debates in New Hampshire

GENERAL (NATIONAL) CAMPAIGN NEWS: Tax Cuts Gain Relevance as Outlook Dims
WAR: Republicans Threaten Iraq Aid

OTHER NEWS AND VIEWS: Lott Exit Spurs Republican Scrum; Leadership Contests Could Mark a Shift Further to the Right

Monday, November 26, 2007

Huckabee In New Hampshire This Weekend

Come Meet Mike Huckabee this Weekend on the Campaign Trail in the Granite State!

Friday, November 30

11:45 a.m. ET – Concord, NH – Governor Huckabee speaks at Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce 2008 Presidential Forum Series. Concord Holiday Inn, 172 North Main Street. This event costs $20.

2:00 p.m. ET – Tilton , NH – Governor Huckabee plays with the Tilton School rock band and speaks to students, faculty and local residents. Tilton School , Memorial Athletics & Recreation Center,30 School Street. Doors open at 1:30.

4:45 p.m. ET – Bow, NH – Attends Meet & Greet hosted by Carolyn Virtue. Chen Yang Li, 520 South Street

Saturday, December 1st

10:00 a.m. – Bedford, NH – Governor Huckabee attends Coffee & Conversation hosted by Doug & Shannon McGinley. 4 Balsam Court

12:00 p.m. – Manchester, NH – Governor Huckabee speaks at College Convention 2008. Center of New Hampshire Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm Street. Click here for more information

5:15 p.m. – Keene, NH – Governor Huckabee attends Meet & Greet hosted by Rep. Dan & Kathleen Dumaine and Dr. Blake Wullbrandt . Children's Dental Care Office, 113 Railroad Street

7:30 p.m. – Keene, NH – Governor Huckabee speaks at Cheshire County Republican Committee/Cheshire Republican Womens Committee Joint Holiday Party. Keene Country Club, 755 West Hill Road. If you are interested in attending please RSVP directly to the Cheshire County GOP at 352-7553. Or Click Here for More Information on this Event.

Sunday, December 2

9:00 a.m. ET – Nashua, NH – Speaks at morning worship service. Grace Fellowship of Nashua, 43 Main Street. (Closed Press).

Dodd Announces "New Hampshire Women for Dodd"

Dodd also announced today the 49 members of his "New Hampshire Women for Dodd" steering committee. Details of the plan, as well as Dodd's record on these issues, are attached below. The full list of the New Hampshire Women for Dodd Steering Committee is included as well.

Women for Dodd Steering Committee:
Jillian Andrews - Chichester
Arlene Atkinson - Concord
Sherri Basso - Hampton
Dr. .Elizabeth Birnie - Deerfield
Judi Blumenthal - Fremont
Kathryn Braun - Fremont
Andrea Calandrella - Lebanon
Beth Campbell - Concord
Denise Castonguay - Holderness
Janet Cataldo - Hooksett
Shannon Chandley - Amherst
Mary Cook - Dover
Joan Crimlisk - Derry
Hon. Fran Egbers - Former State Representative - Manchester
Mary Lou Grevatt - Gilford
Grace Johnson - Grantham
Kathleen Kelley - School Board Member at Large - Manchester
Pauline Kelley - Manchester
Jane Kelliher - Salem
Patsy Kendall - Plymouth
Cindy Lamagdelaine - Somersworth
Kaili Lambe - Hanover
Lillian Leclerc - Manchester
Peggy Little - Lyme
Mary Mahar - Amherst
Dr. Paula Mahon - Derry
Connie Margowsky - Town Democratic Chair - Somersworth
Zelma McKinney - Manchester
Gail Mitchell - Barrington
Valery Mitchell - Concord
Hon. Marcia Moody - State Representative - Newmarket
Hon. Catherine Mulholland - State Representative - Grafton
Marcie Mullaney - New Boston
Kelsea Perreault - Exeter
Bobbi Ricci - Exeter
Muriel Ring - Somersworth
Hon. Emma Rous - State Representative - Durham
Sue Russel - Chair of Newbury Democratic Committee - Newbury
Laura Simoes - Concord
Hon. Sandra Smith - State Representative - Manchester
Hon. Mary Stuart Gile - State Representative - Concord
Lisa Sullivan - Manchester
Pauline Sullivan - Manchester
Susan Sullivan Simpson - Manchester
Hon. Cynthia Sweeney - Sullivan County Treasurer - Charlestown
Erika Thorsell - City Democratic Chair - Concord
Anna Tilton - Cheshire County Register of Probate - Keene
Barbara Tsairis - Exeter
Cinde Warmington - Gilford

St. Anselm's To Host ABC/WMUR Debate

The details of the January 5th ABC/WMUR debates have been released.

The 90-minute debates, which will be hosted by ABC, WMUR and Facebook, are set to take place at 7:00pm on the campus Manchester's Saint Anselm College.

This Is Ron Paul Calling...

In an e-mail to supporters, Ron Paul's campaign announced that their new phone system has been installed.

"That means it's time for phone banking, and we have plenty to do before January 8th--so come in anytime for as much time as you have," the e-mail states.

The Paul campaign office is in Concord at 45 S. Main Street.

More information can be found at:

Romney Begins Airing Another Illegal Immigration Ad

From The Romney Campaign:

Today, Romney for President launched its newest television ad, "Take Charge." The ad highlights Governor Romney's record of enforcing our immigration laws and opposing efforts to increase the benefits for illegal immigration. As President, Governor Romney will work to secure our border, reform our immigration system and fight sanctuary policies.

The ad will begin airing as part of the campaign's rotation today in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Script For "Take Charge" (TV:30):

ANNOUNCER: "Illegal immigration – we need smart, tough solutions, not just talk.
"What will it take to fix it? Technology, new ideas, guts, values – Mitt Romney.

"He said no to driver's licenses for illegals; no to in-state tuition; fought for English in the classroom.

"The only candidate with a proven record of fixing the big problems.

"From day one: Mitt Romney will do what he does best – take charge, demand results, no excuses."

GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY: "I'm Mitt Romney and I approve this message."

McCain Announces 42 Delegates for GOP Convention

U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign today announced that the campaign has filed its entire slate of 42 delegates in the state of New Hampshire.


Dick Attardo, Nashua
Jack Barnes, Raymond
Maureen Barrows, Exeter
Curtis Barry, Concord
Bill Beauregard, Keene
Peter Bragdon, Milford
Richard Brothers, Tilton
Jim Burke, Amherst
John Calo, Rochester
Gene Chandler, Bartlett
Paul Chevalier, Hudson
Bobbi Coffin, Hancock
Chuck Douglas, Concord
Steve Duprey, Concord
Barbara Dutile, Haverhill
John Gallus, Berlin
Chris Goodnow, Salem
Vic Goulet, Manchester
Jim Hardy, Pelham
Judy Hevenstein, Alton
Scott Hilliard, Northfield
Dan Hughes, New Castle
Carl Johnson, Meredith
Dave Knox, Wolfboro
John Lyons, Portsmouth
Matt Mayberry, Dover
Dave McLaughlin, Nashua
Nancy Merrill, Lebanon
Jayne Millerick, Bow
Maureen Mooney, Merrimack
Brad Newbery, Boscawen
Sean Owen, Manchester
Walter Peterson, Peterborough
Allison Raymond, Claremont
Peter Rice, New Castle
Warren Rudman, Hollis
Peter Spaulding, Hopkinton
Dan Steinbach, Milton
Dan St. Hilaire, Concord
Nancy Stiles, Hampton
Bernie Streeter, Nashua
Paul Young, Exeter

Clinton Discusses American Health Choices Plan

From The Clinton Campaign:

At a roundtable discussion in Goffstown with undecided voters this afternoon, Senator Hillary Clinton discussed her American Health Choices plan and reiterated the importance of ensuring that every American receives the quality, affordable coverage they deserve.

“I believe we need a president ready on day one to lower costs for everyone, improve quality for everyone, and cover everyone – no exceptions, no excuses,” said Senator Clinton. “My plan – the American Health Choices Plan – covers every single American, and it will do as much or more than any other plan to lower costs for small businesses and individuals to help them afford coverage.”

For more information on Hillary’s American Health Choices Plan, please visit .

Gravel To Address NEC Convention

Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Mike Gravel will address the NEC Convention in at 1 PM this Thursday, 11/29.

As of now there are no further events to confirm.

1,000 New Hampshire Indie Voters To Vote for Obama

From The Obama Campaign:

More than 1000 undeclared New Hampshire voters announced their intention to vote for Senator Barack Obama in the Democratic primary today. Citing his straightforward, principled approach and track record of putting results ahead of partisan political maneuvering, the Granite State independents endorsed Obama as the candidate they believe in to bring real change to Washington.

"I'm tired of watching the Democrats and Republicans in Washington play political games while millions of Americans remain uninsured, the disastrous Iraq war goes on with no end in sight, and global warming goes unchecked," said Russ Ouellete, an undeclared voter from Bedford. "It's time for a President who will stop promising change and actually rise above the partisan gridlock to deliver on it. Obama is the one candidate in this race who can bring people together to put real results ahead of party politics."

Head of Manchester Ed Association Endorses Edwards

From The Edwards Campaign:

Today, Scott McGilvray, president of the Manchester Education Association, endorsed John Edwards for president. In endorsing Edwards, McGilvray cited his substantive plan to improve public education in this country as well as his comprehensive understanding of the obstacles and challenges that teachers face in today's classroom.

"I am proud to endorse John Edwards for president," McGilvray said. "He is offering the most aggressive plan to improve public schools across the country because he understands the challenges that working teachers face every day in the public school system. John Edwards is the one candidate offering real solutions to give all of our children the education they deserve and put the resources we need into our public schools."

MASS GOP Lends Romney A Hand

This afternoon the Massachusetts Republican State Committee released a statement titled, "SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT GOV. ROMNEY'S RECORD FIGHTING CRIME"

The press release claims that violent crime and overall crime decreased under Romney's leadership.

The release states, "Under Gov. Romney, the violent crime rate in Massachusetts decreased by over 7% from a violent crime rater per 100,000 residents of 484.4 in 2002 to 447 in 2006."

The release lists Robert Willington, Executive Director of the Mass GOP, has the media contact.

This past weekend, Rudy Giuliani said that Romney"had an increase in murder and violent crime while he was governor."

At the time of this posting, we have been unable to reach Mr. Willington for comment on the press release.

Susan Lynch Endorses Clinton

The Boston Globe has learned that Susan Lynch, the wife of New Hampshire Governor John Lynch, will endorse Hillary Clinton for president. Mrs. Lynch is a doctor in Concord.

The announcement will be made this afternoon in Concord.

Governor Lynch is not expected to endorse a candidate, though there are rumors he might endorse a couple of weeks before the primary.

***UPDATE: The Clinton campaign released the following statement:

Dr. Susan Lynch, Pediatrician and First Lady of New Hampshire, today announced she has endorsed Hillary for President. Dr. Lynch will serve as a national campaign Co-chair.

“I know Hillary Clinton and I believe she has the judgment, experience, passion and bipartisan record to get things done for the people of this country,” Dr. Lynch said. “As a mother and as a pediatrician, I share Hillary Clinton’s commitment to fighting for children and families. We face big challenges, and I believe Hillary Clinton is the best candidate to deliver the changes we need.”

McCain To Hold Hooksett Town Hall

Senator John McCain Hooksett Town Hall Meeting

Tuesday, December 4th

David Cawley Middle School
89 Whitehall Road
Hooksett, NH 03106
RSVP to Ashley Maagero 603-703-3484 or

Paul Pays NH Another Visit

Texas Congressman Ron Paul is scheduled to visit New Hampshire from December 1st to the 3rd.

Details are TBA, though we know that one stop will be the NEC College Convention.

Biden To Speak at College Convention

Sen. Biden will then hit the New Hampshire campaign trail that evening when he addresses the College Convention 2008 in Manchester. On Thursday, he will speak to residents at the Havenwood Retirement Community in Concord, speak at the SeaCoast Online's Town Hall Forum in Stratham and attend a meet and greet with local activists in Hampton.

Wednesday, November 28:

8:30 PM
Center of New Hampshire at the Radisson
700 Elm St.
Manchester, NH

Thursday, November 29:

11:00 AM
**This event is closed to the public**

3:00 PM
Pease International Tradeport
111 New Hampshire Avenue
Portsmouth, NH

4:30 PM
Widow Fletchers Tavern Restaurant
401 LaFayette Rd. (Rt. 1)
Hampton, NH

Edwards Battles Health Insurance Companies

From The Edwards Campaign:

In New Hampshire today as part of "America Belongs to Us" week, Senator John Edwards unveiled his proposals to take on health insurance companies and highlighted why he is the one candidate the American people can trust to stand up to the big corporations who have used their money and lobbyists to rig the system in Washington at the expense of hardworking American families. Edwards called for stronger insurance laws to prevent abuses and ensure that everyone can get the insurance they need, strengthening enforcement of insurance rules, and the creation of more competition and choice in insurance markets.

The Edwards plan would:
-Tough New Insurance Laws
-Stronger Enforcement
-More Competition

Oprah To Visit Manchester

Television icon Oprah Winfrey will join Barack Obama in Manchester on December 9th. The visit is a part of a two-day tour of Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire.

All events will be free and open to the public.


Locations and times for the events will be announced in the coming days. Those interested in attending can sign up online today to ensure that they receive the event details when they are announced.

Links below:

McCain's New TV Ad: "Love America Enough"

From The McCain Campaign:

U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign today announced a new television ad to run statewide in New Hampshire. The new ad highlights John McCain's record of standing up to corrupting special interests, leadership in working to eliminate wasteful and irresponsible earmark spending, and judgment to call for a new strategy in Iraq over four years ago. General election polling shows John McCain is the only candidate who can beat Hillary Clinton or any other Democratic nominee and his record of leadership on the critical issues differentiates him from the field. The thirty and sixty second versions of the ad are entitled "Love America Enough."

Script for "Love America Enough" (:60-TV)

JOHN MCCAIN: "Since I've been in Washington, I've made a lot of people angry.

"I made defense contractors angry when I blew the whistle on a $30 billion dollar boondoggle and the culprits were sent to jail.

"I upset the special interests and Washington lobbyists when I passed campaign finance reform.

"I made the Pentagon angry when I criticized Rumsfeld's Iraq strategy, and I upset the media when I supported the strategy that's now succeeding.

"I angered the big spenders in Congress when I called for earmark and spending reform. No more $233 million dollar bridges to nowhere or $74 million for peanut storage in a defense spending bill.

"I didn't go to Washington to win the Mr. Congeniality award.

"I went to Washington to serve my country.

"I might not like the business as usual crowd in Washington. But I love America. I love her enough to make some people angry.

"I'm John McCain and I approve this message."

Clinton Campaign Collects 5,000 Pounds of Fodd

From The Clinton Campaign:

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, the New Hampshire for Hillary campaign held a statewide food and supplies drive to benefit Granite Staters in need. Today, the campaign is proud to announce that it collected over 5,000 pounds of food and supplies which were delivered to local organizations throughout the state.

Richardson 500 Tour Begins Wednesday

Legendary Indy car drivers Bobby Unser, Sr. and Al Unser, Sr. will stump the Granite State this week for Governor Bill Richardson. The famous brothers will highlight the Governor's successful leadership of their home state of New Mexico, as well as his steadfast support for hunters and outdoorsmen.

The "Richardson 500 Tour" will begin in New Hampshire's Southern Tier and travel upwards into the North Country. There will be opportunities for photographs and autographs from the three-time and four-time Indianapolis 500 champions. Weather permitting, the events will also feature a sprint car similar to the type that Bobby drove to six consecutive victories at the Pikes Peak hillclimb. All events are free and open to the public.

Below are the complete public schedule and bios of the racing legends.

Wednesday, November 29

4:45 PM
"Meet the Unsers" at the Nashua Harley-Davidson
717 Route 101A, Merrimack

Thursday, November 30

8:45 AM
"Meet the Unsers" at Bobby's East Side Garage
Main. St, Greenville

11:15 AM
Drop by the Puritan Backroom
245 Hooksett Rd, Manchester

1:15 PM
Drop by T-Bones
1182 Union Ave, Laconia

3:00 PM
Drop by Tilton Diner
61 Laconia Rd., Tilton

5:00 PM
"Meet the Unsers" at the Woodstock Inn & Brewery
Main St., North Woodstock

7:15 PM
North Grafton Democratic Committee Meeting
Crapo Building, 1411 Main St., Sugar Hill

Friday, November 30

8:15 AM
"Meet the Unsers" at the Littleton Community House Annex
141 Main St., Littleton

10:45 AM
Visit to White Mountains Regional High School
127 Regional Rd, Whitefield

11:30 AM
Drop by Scorpio's Pizza
180 Main St. Lancaster

4:15 PM
"Meet the Unsers" at Emerson's Outdoor Store
149 State St., Groveton

7:00 PM
"Meet the Unsers" the Berlin VFW
1107 Main St, Berlin

Saturday, 1 December

8:15 AM
"Meet the Unsers" at the White Mountain Chalet
161 E. Milan Rd, Berlin

9:45 AM
"Meet the Unsers" at LL Cote's Outdoor Store
25 Main St., Errol

12:00 PM
Drop by Mr. Pizza
160 Main St, Gorham

1:15 PM
Drop by Red Fox Pub
49 NH Route 16, Jackson

2:00 PM
Drop by Almost There Sports Bar
1287 NH Route 16, Albany

3:45 PM
Drop by The Barn Door
29 Allen Road, Wolfeboro

7:30 PM
"Meet the Unsers" at Makris Lobster and Steak House
354 Sheep Davis Road, Concord

Tuesday Schedule for Kucinich

Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich meets voters at Town Hall Meetings with his message, "Democracy can not flourish when the government shrouds itself in secrecy and citizens lose their privacy."

Town Hall Meeting
Plymouth State University, Hartman Union Building Multi-Purpose Room
17 High Street, Plymouth, New Hampshire

Town Hall New Hampton School
Smith Gymnasium, New Hampton School
70 Main Street, New Hampton, New Hampshire

Kucinich to address Carbon/Nuclear Free Symposium
Is a Carbon & Nuclear-Free Energy Future Possible?
New Hampshire Technical Institute - Sweeney Auditorium
31 College Drive, Concord, New Hampshire

Phillips Exeter Town Hall
Phillips Exeter Academy
20 Main Street, Exeter, New Hampshire

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NEWS: N.H. Food Bank Shortage: ‘Critical'


POLITICAL COLUMNS: DiStaso, Landrigan, Dornin, Fahey, Capital Beat, Flotsam & Jetsam, CQ Politics, Evans-Novak, Portside

NH POLLS: The CNN / WMUR NH Primary Poll: Clinton Maintains NH Lead

OP-ED: Editorial: No to baseball: UNH strikes out again

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES: As Democrats See Security Gains in Iraq, Tone Shifts / The Field, Clinton, Edwards, Kucinich, Obama, Richardson

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES: Romney and Giuliani Turn Negative in N.H. Former Mayor Tries To Chip Away at Lead / The Field, Giuliani, Huckabee, McCain, Romney, Tancredo, Thompson

FIRST PRIMARY: Experts: Quality, not quantity, matters / January 8th!!!!

GENERAL (NATIONAL) CAMPAIGN NEWS: Code phrases, images packed into campaign ads
NATIONAL POLLS: Suddenly, Huckabee Is in Romney's Rearview Mirror; Polls Show That The Two Are in Virtual Tie in Iowa

OTHER NEWS AND VIEWS: New England Journal of Medicine: Presidential Politics and the Resurgence of Health Care Reform / The Fate of SCHIP — Surrogate Marker for Health Care Ideology?

ARTICLES: Milne: Never miss a chance to say 'thank you"

Sunday, November 25, 2007

McCain Wins Dartmouth CR Poll

Senator John McCain has won his first Granite State straw poll.

Last week, the Dartmouth College Republicans sponsored a straw poll of its 300 members. These results are unscientific but fun to report.

McCain: 23 (25.6%)
Giuliani: 20 (22.2%)
Paul: 19 (21.1%)
Romney: 11 (12.2%)
Huckabee: 10 (11.1%)
Thompson: 4 (4.4%)
Undecided: 3 (3.3%)
Tancredo: 0
Hunter: 0

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As the primary gets closer expect more of these sort of polls. This week, St. Anselm College is sponsoring a vote of the entire student body.

Clinton To Make "Important" Announcement

Senator Hillary Clinton will make an important New Hampshire campaign announcement tomorrow in Concord, NH.

We have no idea what the annoucement is or how important it is.

Tancredo Trip Cancelled

Due to illness, Presidential candidate Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) has cancelled the following campaign events, scheduled for this upcoming week in New Hampshire next week.

Hillary Welcomes You To New Hampshire

When crossing the New Hampshire border one would expect to see a sign greeting drivers to the Granite State.

Today, while crossing into the state along Route 10 Hillary Clinton is the first campaign with a sign in New Hampshire. The sign is in Winchester a mere three miles from the Bay State border.

The next campaign sign is a homemade Ron Paul sign in downtown Winchester.

Expect a lot more presidential lawn signs to pop-up along the Route 101/Route 10 areas.

Romney Discusses "Conservative Plan To Strengthen Values"

From The Romney Campaign:

Today, In New Hampshire, Governor Mitt Romney Discussed His Conservative Plan To Strengthen Values In The Granite State. There is much our nation should do to strengthen our values and our families because our future is determined not just by heads of state but also by heads of households. As President, Governor Romney will ensure that Washington stands alongside parents who are building stronger families.

WALL #1: Championing Marriage:
WALL #2: Protecting Our Children:
WALL #3: Strengthening And Empowering Families
WALL #4: Promoting A Culture Of Life:

Kucinich Invites Public To Manchester Town Hall

From The Kucinich Campaign:

The public is invited to join Ohio Congressman and Democratic Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich at this special town hall meeting on Wednesday, November 28, at MCAM's broadcast facility, 540 Commercial Street in Manchester, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Kucinich will address the theme of his visit to New Hampshire, defending the US Constitution; "The Constitution is our protection, and impeachment is a process that's put into the Constitution to have a balance of power" The meeting will be broadcast live on MCAM-TV, Channel 23 to 35,000 homes in Manchester, and provided to public access channels throughout in New Hampshire. It will also be broadcast live on the Internet at

Edwards Announces Plan To Combat Rising Fuel Costs

From The Edwards Campaign:

"Today, Senator John Edwards unveiled his proposals to take on big oil companies to fight rising home heating costs. At town hall meetings in Meredith and Rochester today, Edwards announced his plan to provide immediate relief for families facing unaffordable home heating costs and highlighted his proposals for taking on big oil and gas companies to halt global warming and build a new energy economy based on efficiency and renewable energy. As he prepares to visit New Horizons food bank in Manchester tomorrow, Edwards also emphasized the power that everyday Americans have to help families in their communities overcome the hardship of high home heating costs.

"New England families are facing skyrocketing home heating oil and gasoline prices – all to fuel massive profits for Big Oil," said Edwards. "As home heating oil prices are approaching a record-high, today families in New Hampshire are paying nearly three times as much as they did in 2000 for heating oil. Meanwhile, the top six oil companies have collected over $477 billion in profits over the past six years. Exxon Mobil, for example, earned $40 billion last year, the largest annual corporate profit in history."

Today, he called on President Bush, Congress, and state leaders to:
-Release Supply from National Oil Reserves
-Fully Fund the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
-Weatherize Thousands of Homes
-Support Emergency Loans for Families