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From Paul Steinhauser in the 603 - what to watch:

  • Biden lands some top NH endorsements, heads here May 13-14

  • Sanders, Warren, and Ryan take aim at Biden

  • Harris makes most of second trip to NH

  • Moulton jumps in and heads directly to NH

  • Hogan, in NH, opens the door a bit to a Trump primary challenge


Joe’s finally in and he’s finally coming back to NH

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign announcement was both long expected and much anticipated. Now that the former vice president’s officially in the race, he’s heading back to New Hampshire for the first time in two years (he was last in the 603 in the spring of 2017 to headline the NH Democratic Party’s McIntytre-Shaheen 100 Club fundraising dinner, but rumor has it Biden drove through New Hampshire on I-95 in early 2018 as he was making his way between Boston and Maine… but didn’t stop). Biden will be in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state on May 13-14, as part of his inaugural six-state coast to coast campaign swing. The former vice president – who’s making his third White House bid – will arrive in the Granite State with some high profile endorsements already in hand. While some were expected – think Shumaker and Broderick – others were a bit of a surprise- think former Gov. John Lynch and especially former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter.
Concord Monitor
WMUR 

WATCH: Former Gov. John Lynch endorses Biden 
WATCH: Former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter endorses Biden 


Biden staffs up in NH

Former NHDP political director Ian Moskowitz is coming on board as the Biden campaign’s state director.


Laura O’Neill, a staffer in Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s office who also served as director of the state Senate Democratic Caucus political action committee, will serve as deputy state director.


Meira Bernstein, press secretary for then-Gov. Maggie Hassan’s 2016 Senate campaign and later served as Hassan’s first press secretary in her Senate office in DC, comes on board as communications director.


Emma Riley, who most recently was associate press secretary for Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, will serve as press secretary.


Peter Dougherty, a veteran of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, was named organizing director.


Overseeing all these hires was Peter Kavanaugh, a deputy campaign manager and one of the leader members of Biden’s national campaign hierarchy. Kavanaugh’s a veteran of Granite State politics, serving as New Hampshire state director for President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Another member of the Biden campaign hierarchy also worked in #NHpolitics - deputy campaign manager and national communications director Kate Bedingfield was communications director on Jeanne Shaheen’s 2008 Senate bid.


Ryan, in NH, jabs at Biden

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio appeared to be taking a jab at the newest contender for the 2020 nomination. Asked about Biden’s entry into the race, Ryan took a veiled swipe at the former vice president, arguing “I don’t think people are looking for a superstar. I don’t think they’re looking for a savior. I don’t think they’re looking for a miracle. I think they’re looking for someone who can roll their sleeves up and grind this thing out.”
Fox News
WATCH


2020 Dems from NH’s neighboring states take aim at Biden

Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont also took aim at latest entry into the 2020 nomination race.
Fox News


Gillibrand shrugs off Cuomo endorsement of Biden

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York returned to New Hampshire on Friday, holding a meet and greet at a pub in Nashua. Gillibrand shrugged off the endorsement of Biden by her state’s three-term governor – Andrew Cuomo – telling reporters "our governor can endorse whoever he likes, but I am the best candidate to defeat President Trump, and I will…The truth is, this presidential election will not be won on the endorsements of powerful people." The candidate also showed off her beer pong skills as she mingled with the crowd at Liquid Therapy. Photos from the Nashua Telegraph and here.
WMUR


Kelly’s helping hand

On Saturday Gillibrand holds a town hall at Keene State College. 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Molly Kelly (who lives in nearby Harrisville) will introduce Gillibrand and moderate the town hall. Flash back to October of last year, when Gilibrand came to NH to campaign with Kelly in Concord. Kelly is staying neutral right now in the early part of the primary process, but is lending a helping hand to the Democratic contenders when they come through the southeast part of the state. She introduced Beto O’Rourke in March when he held an event at Keene State. 
Concord Monitor


Harris makes the most of her second trip to NH

Sen. Kamala Harris of California returned to the Granite State this week for the first time in two months and for just the second time since launching her presidential campaign in January. The senator spotlighted her new plan to implement stricter background checks on gun sales with or without action from Congress at jam-packed town halls at Keene State College and Dartmouth College and she also joined Gillibrand in saying she supports putting a third gender option on federal identification cards. The senator – who’s assembled a strong staff in New Hampshire (Jeffrey Taylor, the just added deputy political director, makes it five) – once again stressed that the Granite State is a priority, telling the Concord Monitor “I am building up an operation in New Hampshire and staffing up in New Hampshire and putting resources in New Hampshire because I care deeply about this state…I plan on making it a priority for me and I’ve not wavered in that”
Concord Monitor
Fox News 
Keene Sentinel 
Valley News 

WATCH: Harris on if NH’s a priority 
WATCH: Harris on her poll numbers 
WATCH: Harris on gender neutral IDs 
WATCH:TV report 


Moulton jumps in and heads directly to NH

Newly declared presidential candidate Rep. Seth Moulton jumped into the race on Monday and quickly headed to the Granite State for two days of campaigning. At a ‘Politics and Eggs’ appearance the long-shot for the White House accused the president of “dereliction of duty” over what the Massachusetts Democrat called the Trump administration’s unwillingness to address the threat of Russian tampering with America's presidential elections. And Moulton – one of the ringleaders in last year’s failed effort by a small group of congressional Democrats to prevent Nancy Pelosi from regaining the House speakership – argued that his party “frankly…made a mistake by waiting until now” to consider impeachment.
Fox News 
NH Union Leader 
WMUR 

WATCH: Moulton criticizes his own party over impeachment 
WATCH: Moulton argues Trump is guilty of ‘dereliction of duty’ 
WATCH: Moulton’s quick ‘Politics and Eggs’ appearance 


Hogan opens the door a bit to a primary challenge

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland took aim at President Trump on Tuesday during a visit to New Hampshire, claiming there was “some very disturbing stuff” in the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation report. In doing so, Hogan appeared to open the door a bit more to a 2020 primary challenge against the Republican president, saying that it’s under “serious consideration” as he spoke at "Politics and Eggs," a must stop for White House hopefuls visiting the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state.
Fox News
WMUR 
Union Leader 

WATCH: Hogan “I would not run just to be a spoiler” 
WATCH: Hogan finds Mueller Report “very disturbing” 
WATCH: Hogan on his 1% standing in the latest NH poll 
WATCH: Hogan’s entire Politics and Eggs appearance 


Kristol quietly in NH

As first reported by the Concord Monitor, ‘Never Trump’ leader and conservative columnist and commentator Bill Kristol was back in NH this past week, teaching a class at UNH and holding meetings in Concord, Durham and Portsmouth with fellow Republicans opposed to Trump.
TWEETS here and here


Klobuchar staffs up, praises Shaheen and Hassan

Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota named Kelsi Browning as her state communications director, her fourth hire in the Granite State. On Monday, before taking part in a five hour marathon of CNN town halls at Saint Anselm College, the senator campaigned in Peterborough.
Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
WMUR


Sanders says he’s not taking NH for granted

At an invitation only event with supporters in Portsmouth the morning after the CNN marathon of town halls, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont stressed that some of his rivals were using his ideas. And Sanders – who resoundingly won the 2016 primary - emphasized that he’s not taking New Hampshire for granted.


Meanwhile, the Sanders campaign is kicking off its on-the-ground organizing program across the country on Saturday, including 41 locations in the Granite State.
Seacoast Online
TV Report

From Paul Steinhauser in the 603 - what to watch:

  • Biden lands some top NH endorsements, heads here May 13-14

  • Sanders, Warren, and Ryan take aim at Biden

  • Harris makes most of second trip to NH

  • Moulton jumps in and heads directly to NH

  • Hogan, in NH, opens the door a bit to a Trump primary challenge


Joe’s finally in and he’s finally coming back to NH

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign announcement was both long expected and much anticipated. Now that the former vice president’s officially in the race, he’s heading back to New Hampshire for the first time in two years (he was last in the 603 in the spring of 2017 to headline the NH Democratic Party’s McIntytre-Shaheen 100 Club fundraising dinner, but rumor has it Biden drove through New Hampshire on I-95 in early 2018 as he was making his way between Boston and Maine… but didn’t stop). Biden will be in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state on May 13-14, as part of his inaugural six-state coast to coast campaign swing. The former vice president – who’s making his third White House bid – will arrive in the Granite State with some high profile endorsements already in hand. While some were expected – think Shumaker and Broderick – others were a bit of a surprise- think former Gov. John Lynch and especially former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter.
Concord Monitor
WMUR 

WATCH: Former Gov. John Lynch endorses Biden 
WATCH: Former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter endorses Biden 


Biden staffs up in NH

Former NHDP political director Ian Moskowitz is coming on board as the Biden campaign’s state director.


Laura O’Neill, a staffer in Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s office who also served as director of the state Senate Democratic Caucus political action committee, will serve as deputy state director.


Meira Bernstein, press secretary for then-Gov. Maggie Hassan’s 2016 Senate campaign and later served as Hassan’s first press secretary in her Senate office in DC, comes on board as communications director.


Emma Riley, who most recently was associate press secretary for Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, will serve as press secretary.


Peter Dougherty, a veteran of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, was named organizing director.


Overseeing all these hires was Peter Kavanaugh, a deputy campaign manager and one of the leader members of Biden’s national campaign hierarchy. Kavanaugh’s a veteran of Granite State politics, serving as New Hampshire state director for President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Another member of the Biden campaign hierarchy also worked in #NHpolitics - deputy campaign manager and national communications director Kate Bedingfield was communications director on Jeanne Shaheen’s 2008 Senate bid.


Ryan, in NH, jabs at Biden

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio appeared to be taking a jab at the newest contender for the 2020 nomination. Asked about Biden’s entry into the race, Ryan took a veiled swipe at the former vice president, arguing “I don’t think people are looking for a superstar. I don’t think they’re looking for a savior. I don’t think they’re looking for a miracle. I think they’re looking for someone who can roll their sleeves up and grind this thing out.”
Fox News
WATCH


2020 Dems from NH’s neighboring states take aim at Biden

Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont also took aim at latest entry into the 2020 nomination race.
Fox News


Gillibrand shrugs off Cuomo endorsement of Biden

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York returned to New Hampshire on Friday, holding a meet and greet at a pub in Nashua. Gillibrand shrugged off the endorsement of Biden by her state’s three-term governor – Andrew Cuomo – telling reporters "our governor can endorse whoever he likes, but I am the best candidate to defeat President Trump, and I will…The truth is, this presidential election will not be won on the endorsements of powerful people." The candidate also showed off her beer pong skills as she mingled with the crowd at Liquid Therapy. Photos from the Nashua Telegraph and here.
WMUR


Kelly’s helping hand

On Saturday Gillibrand holds a town hall at Keene State College. 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Molly Kelly (who lives in nearby Harrisville) will introduce Gillibrand and moderate the town hall. Flash back to October of last year, when Gilibrand came to NH to campaign with Kelly in Concord. Kelly is staying neutral right now in the early part of the primary process, but is lending a helping hand to the Democratic contenders when they come through the southeast part of the state. She introduced Beto O’Rourke in March when he held an event at Keene State. 
Concord Monitor


Harris makes the most of her second trip to NH

Sen. Kamala Harris of California returned to the Granite State this week for the first time in two months and for just the second time since launching her presidential campaign in January. The senator spotlighted her new plan to implement stricter background checks on gun sales with or without action from Congress at jam-packed town halls at Keene State College and Dartmouth College and she also joined Gillibrand in saying she supports putting a third gender option on federal identification cards. The senator – who’s assembled a strong staff in New Hampshire (Jeffrey Taylor, the just added deputy political director, makes it five) – once again stressed that the Granite State is a priority, telling the Concord Monitor “I am building up an operation in New Hampshire and staffing up in New Hampshire and putting resources in New Hampshire because I care deeply about this state…I plan on making it a priority for me and I’ve not wavered in that”
Concord Monitor
Fox News 
Keene Sentinel 
Valley News 

WATCH: Harris on if NH’s a priority 
WATCH: Harris on her poll numbers 
WATCH: Harris on gender neutral IDs 
WATCH:TV report 


Moulton jumps in and heads directly to NH

Newly declared presidential candidate Rep. Seth Moulton jumped into the race on Monday and quickly headed to the Granite State for two days of campaigning. At a ‘Politics and Eggs’ appearance the long-shot for the White House accused the president of “dereliction of duty” over what the Massachusetts Democrat called the Trump administration’s unwillingness to address the threat of Russian tampering with America's presidential elections. And Moulton – one of the ringleaders in last year’s failed effort by a small group of congressional Democrats to prevent Nancy Pelosi from regaining the House speakership – argued that his party “frankly…made a mistake by waiting until now” to consider impeachment.
Fox News 
NH Union Leader 
WMUR 

WATCH: Moulton criticizes his own party over impeachment 
WATCH: Moulton argues Trump is guilty of ‘dereliction of duty’ 
WATCH: Moulton’s quick ‘Politics and Eggs’ appearance 


Hogan opens the door a bit to a primary challenge

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland took aim at President Trump on Tuesday during a visit to New Hampshire, claiming there was “some very disturbing stuff” in the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation report. In doing so, Hogan appeared to open the door a bit more to a 2020 primary challenge against the Republican president, saying that it’s under “serious consideration” as he spoke at "Politics and Eggs," a must stop for White House hopefuls visiting the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state.
Fox News
WMUR 
Union Leader 

WATCH: Hogan “I would not run just to be a spoiler” 
WATCH: Hogan finds Mueller Report “very disturbing” 
WATCH: Hogan on his 1% standing in the latest NH poll 
WATCH: Hogan’s entire Politics and Eggs appearance 


Kristol quietly in NH

As first reported by the Concord Monitor, ‘Never Trump’ leader and conservative columnist and commentator Bill Kristol was back in NH this past week, teaching a class at UNH and holding meetings in Concord, Durham and Portsmouth with fellow Republicans opposed to Trump.
TWEETS here and here


Klobuchar staffs up, praises Shaheen and Hassan

Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota named Kelsi Browning as her state communications director, her fourth hire in the Granite State. On Monday, before taking part in a five hour marathon of CNN town halls at Saint Anselm College, the senator campaigned in Peterborough.
Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
WMUR


Sanders says he’s not taking NH for granted

At an invitation only event with supporters in Portsmouth the morning after the CNN marathon of town halls, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont stressed that some of his rivals were using his ideas. And Sanders – who resoundingly won the 2016 primary - emphasized that he’s not taking New Hampshire for granted.


Meanwhile, the Sanders campaign is kicking off its on-the-ground organizing program across the country on Saturday, including 41 locations in the Granite State.
Seacoast Online
TV Report


Latest Numbers

Sanders held a 12-point lead over Biden in the latest UNH Survey Center Granite State Poll, with Buttigieg soaring to third place. The numbers differed from a Saint Anselm College poll released a week earlier, which indicated Biden over Sanders.
Fox News 


2020 Dems quickly sign Shaheen’s petition
Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen – New Hampshire’s senior senator – sent a letter Monday to the presidential candidates asking them to sign a petition opposing a state law which will go into effect in July that requires out-of-state residents like college students to pay to obtain a state driver’s license and register their cars within 60 days of casting a ballot. The law, passed last year by the state’s then-GOP dominated legislature and Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, has been targeted by state Democrats. No surprise, a bunch of the 2020 Dems quickly touted that they signed Shaheen’s petition.
 

HQ opening
Sen. Cory Booker’s NH staff holds an HQ opening Saturday at 1pm. And a big booker sign is up on the very visible building along I-293 in Manchester.
PHOTO
And Booker’s launching a paid internship program in the state.
WMUR 

Up Next

Julian Castro returns to New Hampshire on Sunday, with stops in Laconia (9am breakfast at the home of state Rep. Carlos Cardona), Plymouth (11am meet and greet at the Lucky Dog Tavern), Hanover (2pm – attends NH College Democrats convention at Dartmouth College), Lebanon (4pm meet and greet at the Upper Valley Senior Center) and Keene (7pm meet and greet at Keene State College).


'On Background'
LISTEN: Interviews with Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Kamala Harris of California, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, plus a cameo from Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a potential GOP primary challenger – all on ‘On Background,’ the NHTalkRadio.com program hosted by NHTalkRadio.com’s Chris Ryan and yours truly that’s all about the #FITN presidential primary

Sununu’s big night in DC

Gov. Chris Sununu will be in the nation’s capital on Saturday evening, to attend the White House Correspondent Association’s annual gala. It’s Sununu’s first time at the dinner. He’s an invited guest of the Boston Globe. The New Hampshire governor’s appearance at the dinner may also spark further speculation on whether he’ll run for re-election next year or challenge Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. By the way, while Sununu will attend the dinner, President Donald Trump will be skipping the gala for a third straight year.


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