Friday, May 17, 2013
The event will be held at the Statehouse to commemorate the passage of legislation creating the presidential primary.
Tuesday, May 21 marks 100 years since the New Hampshire House and Senate passed and the governor signed into law legislation creating New Hampshire's presidential primary. To commemorate the occasion, a public birthday celebration will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Executive Council chambers at the Statehouse to honor the families of those who were most responsible for the primary becoming law. Birthday cake will be served. Speakers will include Gov. Maggie Hassan, Senate President Peter Bragdon, House Speaker Terie Norelli, primary veterans from both parties, and family members of the elected officials who acted together a century ago to create the primary. "On May 21st, 1913, New Hampshire’s top leaders showed vision in passing …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Possible 2016 presidential candidate will be in Concord in June.
Another potential 2016 presidential candidate will be in Concord in June, according to WMUR-TV. U.S. Sen. Kirstein Gillibrand, D-NY, is the marquee name listed on invitations promoting at $250-plus a ticket fete for U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, to be held at the home of state Sen. Sylvia Larsen, D-Concord. Many Democratic activists pining for a 2016 Hillary Clinton candidacy consider Gillibrand a dark horse alternative even though she has openly denied having interest, telling Capital NY last week, “No, I have no plans to run.” Trips to New Hampshire though allow speculators to still speculate, even about dark horses that deny interest. In other 2016 news, the Rand Paul fundraiser for next week, put together by the NH GOP, sold out the …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Reclaim America says Sen. Kelly Ayotte stands with conservative values.
A potential 2016 First-in-the-Nation New Hampshire Primary candidate is now coming to Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s defense with a major ad buy, according to an online news report. The Daily Caller is reporting that FL Sen. Marco Rubio, a potential GOP presidential candidate, has a political action committee that is dropping “six figures” on an ad defending Ayotte, and reportedly countering claims made in an ad buy from Mayor Michael Bloomberg's PAC, Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition. The Reclaim America PAC ads will debut on Tuesday, according to the report. The ad stated that Ayotte voted for expanded background checks and mental health screenings, adding that she stands with "our values." The ad is the second buy in as many weeks being put …
Friday, May 10, 2013
The Republican governor of Louisiana appeared at a PAC fundraiser in Manchester Friday.
MANCHESTER, NH – A crowd of about 50 Republicans trickled into the Radisson Hotel Ballroom here Friday night to hear what Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal had to say about the future of the GOP. "We lost an election, it's time to get over it," he said. "The reality is I'm tired of the navel-gazing. I'm tired of all the public confessions. The reality is we already have one liberal party in America. We don't need two liberal parties." As the head of the Republican Governors Association, Jindal has been making regular appearances for various groups across the country. The governor has been kicked around as a possible presidential hopeful in 2016. Jindal's New Hampshire visit, the first this year for a potential 2016 candidate, was for a …
Rockefeller Center poll also shows a drop in favorability for NH Sen. Kelly Ayotte.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
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It's still very, very early, but to this point, it looks like Hillary Clinton is almost a lock for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. A Quinnipiac University poll released this week had her with 65 percent of her party's support, with Vice President Joe Biden a distant second at just 13 percent. Polls of New Hampshire voters by Public Policy Polling and the University of New Hampshire Survey Center have shown similar results. Clinton also fares well in potential match-ups with top Republican presidential contenders like Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Chris Christie. She leads Paul 52 to 41 percent and Rubio 52 to 38 percent in New Hampshire, according to PPP. That begs the question: Is there anyone who stands a chance against Clinton…
Monday, April 29, 2013
Money will go to improve display at NH State Library in Concord.
A bipartisan collective of political players are coming together to raise funds to improve and sustain the First in the Nation Primary Monument, located outside the state library on Park Street. The group includes Secretary of State Bill Gardner, State Librarian Michael York, Van McLeod, the commissioner of the NH Department of Cultural Resources, and a host of others. They believe that the monument recognizes the important role the primary plays in the choosing of an American president, according to Jim Demers, from Demers & Blaisdell, and the former state co-chairman of the Obama efforts in New Hampshire. Joining Demers in leading the charge is Jim Merrill, of the Bernstein Shur Group, who advised both of Mitt Romney’s New Hampshire …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Favorability ratings of New Hampshire's Congresswomen in the basement in latest UNH poll.
Net favorability ratings for U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter, Democrats currently representing the state in Congress, are at –1 percent in the latest poll from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. The findings are fueling a new wave of questioning whether the two are vulnerable in the mid-term elections – much to the delight of Republican State Committee Chairwoman Jennifer Horn. The WMUR Granite State Poll found much higher public opinion of U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat up for re-election in 2014, and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a Republican who is not up for re-election until 2016. The UNH release Wednesday was titled, "Shaheen and Ayotte Remain Popular." The Ayotte numbers are in some contrast to the …
Friday, April 19, 2013
State Sen. Andy Sanborn, R-Bedford, a co-owner of The Draft, may be considering a bid for higher office.
Friday, April 12, 2013
A long list of CEOs, entrepreneurs and Republicans have donated in the past.
If Scott Brown ever does decide to run for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, he'll likely have some donors already lined up. In his recent failed re-election bid, former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) collected hundreds of checks from New Hampshire residents–totaling at least $286,076, according to FEC records from 2011 to 2012. It's a slice of the itemized contributions of $18,623,227, but notable given the long line of federal candidates already asking Granite Staters to get out their checkbooks, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney among them. A quick review of the FEC reports–after Brown told reporters he would not rule out anything from his political future, such as a campaign in New Hampshire–shows the man with a second home in Rye…