Monday, May 20, 2013
Potential presidential candidate: GOP needs to "look like the rest of America." RNC Chairman Priebus holding meetings too.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus are in Concord to host a sold-out fundraising dinner for the NH GOP at the Grappone Conference Center tonight. Before the event, both Paul and Priebus spoke about what their main focus had been today – meeting with New Hampshire Republicans, talking strategy, and finding ways to grow the Republican Party to appeal to more Americans. Story and video: Rand Paul, Reince Priebus wow NHGOP dinner crowd Story and video: RNC Chairman Mangles NH Senator's Name Paul, who is a potential 2016 presidential candidate, said the party needed to become more like America – representing not just white people but everyone else – minorities, people with beards and tattoos, …
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 …
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…
Friday, April 26, 2013
Reps Kuster and Shea-Porter's favorability ratings still in the basement in latest UNH poll.
Friday, April 26
Net favorability ratings for U.S. Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Ann Kuster, Democrats from the 1st and 2nd Districts, respectively, 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 recent …
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…
Saturday, April 6, 2013
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Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) dropped a bombshell on Thursday night when he told reporters following a speech in Nashua that he wouldn't rule out a run for Senate in New Hampshire. "I'm not going to rule out anything right now," he said. Brown, who represented Massachusetts in the Senate from 2009 to 2012, owns a vacation home in Rye, N.H., so it's not that far fetched. His announcement drew an immediate response from Democrats, who flooded the Twitterverse with comments and jokes about the former Massachusetts Senator's prospects should he choose to take on incumbent Jeanne Shaheen in 2014. What do you think? Should Scott Brown run for Senate in New Hampshire in 2014? Or should he stay in Massachusetts? Vote in our poll below, and …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Democratic U.S. Reps. Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter are both seen as potentially vulnerable.
The emails come almost daily, blasting Democratic Congresswomen Annie Kuster and Carol-Shea Porter and attempting to tie them to everything from sequestration to our nation's economic woes. “Annie Kuster Votes Against Only Plan to Balance Budget,” reads one. “BAD VOTE ALERT: Kuster and Shea-Porter put Washington bureaucracy before American workers,” reads another. No sooner had the dust settled on the 2012 election than the National Republican Congressional Committee started targeting Kuster and Shea-Porter. The 2014 mid-term elections are still a year and a half away, but already, national and local political organizations are beginning to ramp up their operations. “It never really ends anymore,” veteran political scientist Dean Spiliotes…
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The review is underway in connection with the 2012 voter ID law.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Sununu wrote to a judge supporting former Salem politician Patrick McDougall.
Days after Newfields resident Chris Sununu said he's considering a run for governor, the New Hampshire Democratic Party said it's filing a Right-to-Know request for documents related to a recent investigation of him. Sununu, a Republican, is in the midst of his second term as an Executive Councilor. Attorney General Michael Delaney conducted an investigation into a character letter Sununu wrote to a judge supporting former Salem politician Patrick McDougall, who was recently convicted of an obstruction of government administration charge. Sununu's letter was called into question because of his political status. Sununu said he wrote it as an ordinary citizen and didn't try to leverage his position as an Executive Councilor. Delaney's …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
McBride says there is now "mojo" for the legislation in Concord.
Selectman Stephen Campbell admits that it was a surprise that such an overwhelming majority of voters submitted ballots in favor of a non-binding casino referendum on Tuesday night. "I think we all thought that a majority of the people supported it," he said, "but it's hard to imagine 81 percent of the people supporting anything." The town's new Casino Advisory Committee, which appointed six residents on Monday night, is set to meet for the first time tonight. Campbell is the Board of Selectmen representative to that committee. "If God forbid (the casino referendum) had lost...I think our meeting tomorrow night would have been a lot less enthusiastic," he said. Campbell said he has reached out to five of the citizen appointees. There are …