From Paul Steinhauser in the 603 - what to watch:

  • Warren on universal child care and reparations 

  • Bernie the sequel- still feeling it? 

  • Kamala's not a democratic socialist  

  • Ryan's three days of private meetings 

  • Weld is back - is there an appetite for a primary challenge? Latest poll says there is 

  • Klobuchar heads to NH



Warren’s keynote moment
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren highlighted her new universal child care and early education plan and explained her support for reparations for black Americans affected by slavery as she campaigned Friday night in the state that traditionally holds the first primary in the race for the White House. Taking questions from reporters after headlining the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club fundraising gala, Warren pointed to the country’s “ugly history of racism” as she explained her support for the proposal. “We need to confront it head on and we need to talk about the right away to address it and make change,” Warren added.

Fox News

Union Leader


Bernie’s White House bid, the sequel
As expected, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont launched a second straight campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. What wasn’t expected was his fundraising fury, as Sanders raked in in $5.9 million in mostly small dollar donations in the 24 hours following his Tuesday morning launch. The eye-popping haul is by far the largest haul so far this cycle of any 2020 Democratic contender in their first day as a candidate. The first-in-the-nation primary state is a ‘must win’ for Sanders, who crushed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 contest, launching him into a marathon battle with the eventual nominee.
Concord Monitor


Sanders calls top NH supporters
Sanders held a conference call with a dozens of his top Granite State supporters from his 2016 campaign. A top Sanders supporter and adviser who was on the call told THE 603 that the senator told them that “New Hampshire’s extremely important and he made that point very clearly, how important it is for all of us to work as hard if not harder than we did last time and win again.” The supporter, who asked to remain anonymous to speak more clearly, said that most of the leading Sanders supporters in New Hampshire are “all within him again.” Sanders entry into the race sets up a fierce battle for New Hampshire with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who hails from another neighboring state, Massachusetts. Everybody’s writing about it now, but here’s my take on the looming Granite State fist-fight, from way back on Jan. 1.

Fox News 

Ryan’s 3 days of private meetings
Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio spent three days in New Hampshire this past week, for a slew of private meetings with state lawmakers, Democratic rainmakers, and union leaders. This as he decides on whether to launch a presidential campaign. In an interview, Ryan said "we’re getting close to making a decision" but added that "I’m not feeling any urgency..I’m not feeling like we missed the opportunity." The working class congressman also warned that his party has to be “very careful” not to appear too anti-business as it tries to win back the White House.
Concord Monitor
Fox News


Making the most of 24 hours!
It was a jam-packed trip for Sen. Kamala Harris of California, who arrived in New Hampshire on Monday for her first stop in the state since launching her presidential campaign a month earlier. The senator pushed back on speculation she’ll shortchange the Granite State, spotlighted her differences with Sen. Bernie Sanders, saying she’s not a democratic-socialist, headlined ‘Politics and Eggs,’ and showed off her campaign’s organizing skills by drawing more than 1,000 people to an event in Portsmouth’s historic South Church – which was by far the largest 2020 gathering so far this cycle.
Concord Monitor
Seacoast Online
Fox News

WATCH: Harris says she’s no democratic socialist 
WATCH: Harris says she intends to compete in NH 
WATCH: Harris reacts to Sanders entry into race 


Campaign to Change Direction 
Representatives from behavioral health, businesses, education, law enforcement, medical care, and policy makers in New Hampshire have joined together to launch the Campaign to Change Direction New Hampshire, the first state-wide effort of The Campaign to Change Direction, a national initiative to change the culture of mental health in America. For those interested in more please contact us here.




Primary horserace – one year out
He hasn’t set foot in New Hampshire in nearly two years, and he’s not even a declared candidate for the White House, but a new on-line poll suggests that former vice president Joe Biden – a likely contender – is the early favorite for the 2020 Democratic nomination in the first-in-the-nation primary state. A University of Massachusetts-Amherst online survey indicates that if the 2020 contest were held today, 28 percent of those likely to vote in the Democratic primary would support the former vice president, who’s seriously mulling a third White House bid. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont came in second with 22 percent of those questioned saying they’d back independent Sen. Sanders. The poll was conducted Feb. 7 to 15, well before Tuesday’s launch by Sanders of a second-straight campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. Sen. Kamala Harris of California’s at 14 percent, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts at 9 percent. The poll indicates that former representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas – who became a Democratic rock star after coming extremely close to knocking off GOP U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in last November’s midterm elections – is at 6 percent. O’Rourke, like Biden, is seriously considering a presidential bid. U.S. Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York – who each had successful swings through the state last weekend, stand at 3 percent, with former New York City mayor and billionaire media mogul Mike Bloomberg – a potential 2020 contender – at 2 percent. The poll, like all surveys this far out from the start of the primary and caucus calendar, is heavily influenced by name recognition. And the results and standings of the candidates will likely shift numerous times over the next year.


Appetite for primary challenge? 
For the second straight week, a public opinion survey indicated that among Granite State Republicans, there’s some support for a primary challenger to take on President Donald Trump. First it was a survey from Saint Anselm College. Now it’s an on-line poll from University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where 39% of those questioned said they would consider a primary challenge.


Weld Returns 
As he promised, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld returned to New Hampshire this week, as he moves towards launching a primary challenge against GOP President Donald Trump. When Weld make the big news a week ago as he headlined ‘Politics and Eggs,’ he said he’d be back over the following two weeks. This week, he headlined Franklin Pierce’s ‘Politics and Pizza’ series.
Keene Sentinel


On Deck
Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota returns to New Hampshire on Sunday, for her second visit to the state since declaring her candidacy two weeks ago. She’ll headline house parties in Nashua and Concord. Likely presidential candidate Rep. Eric Swalwell of California is also in the Granite State on Sunday, kicking off a jam-packed two day swing. Among his many stops during the trip will be the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, where he’ll headline ‘Politics and Eggs’ on Monday morning.


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