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From Paul Steinhauser in New Hampshire - what to watch:
 

  • Elizabeth Warren makes her first foray into NH – a ‘must win’ state for the senator from neighboring Massachusetts

  • Bernie Sanders’ NH supporters urge him to run again, but want answers on 2016 sexual harassment allegations

  • Regardless of his eye-popping comments, NH Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley says Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee will get a fair shake

  • Andrew Yang proves it pays to be a Granite Stater

  • Oprah’s not running, but her friend and adviser who is all but certain to run, hits the trail in NH

Great expectations for Warren

Elizabeth Warren made her first trip to New Hampshire in more than two years on Saturday, crossing the border from neighboring Massachusetts to hold two events in the first-in-the-nation primary state. The senator and progressive torch bearer – who announced a presidential exploratory committee on Dec. 31 - parachuted into NH one week after her swing through Iowa received positive reviews.


*Warren event(s)
Warren held an early afternoon
 organizing event at Manchester Community College, which has seen a fair share of presidential contenders the past few election cycles.  She emphasized her progressive proposals and highlighted her humble beginnings as she spoke for 15 minutes and answered questions from the audience for 45 minutes – in a town hall type setting in front of a crowd of some 600 people. While she took indirect shots at the president, she never once spoke the name Donald Trump. Later, she was the guest of honor at a jam-packed house party at the Concord home of former state Senate President Sylvia Larsen. Both highly controlled events went off smoothly.
Concord Monitor 
Union Leader 
NHPR

 
*Supportive of renaming Columbus Day
Warren, who’s Native American heritage has been pilloried by Trump, said she’s supportive of honor North America’s indigenous people on Columbus Day. “I’m in favor of honoring,” she said about a bill in the New Hampshire legislature to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. “I think that’s a good thing for us to do.”

Concord Monitor 

*Home field advantage
Warren will enjoy some home field advantage in the Granite State. Massachusetts presidential candidates have historically won their neighboring state’s primary - think Michael Dukakis in 1988, Paul Tsongas in 1992, John Kerry in 2004, and Mitt Romney in 2012. (Okay, Romney did lose to Sen. John McCain but by then New Hampshire had literally become his second home).

*Bonus or burden? 
University of New Hampshire political science professor Dante Scala. says: “It’s an advantage to have one of those first contests in your backyard but it does come with a lengthy set of expectations,” and if Sen. Bernie Sanders – who crushed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 first-in-the-nation primary and hails from Vermont, New Hampshire’s neighbor to the west – launches a second presidential bid, the primary becomes a “must win” for both Sanders & Warren.
 
*Warren's big coup
Warren’s long been a friend and supporter of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. Now, it appears state party officials are returning the favor by naming her as the keynote speaker at its annual McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner, which is one of the two major fundraising events it holds annually. By headlining the dinner, Warren will have the chance to address up to 1,000 Democratic activists, officials, lawmakers and rainmakers in the first-in-the nation primary state. The dinner is expected to draw a large number of national media, & will be live on C-SPAN.

Concord Monitor 
         
*“I would say that’s a coup for her,”
Terry Shumaker,  a Manchester-based attorney & Democratic activist who’s also been a close friend & adviser to former president Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton for decades discusses his thoughts here: 
WMUR Politico


Bernie’s NH supporters urge him to run again, but want answers on 2016 sexual harassment allegations
While Warren ventures into New Hampshire on Saturday, Granite State backers of Sanders’ 2016 backers will holding meetings in Concord & Nashua to encourage the independent senator from Vermont to launch a second presidential bid. But as Sanders moves closer to deciding  on a second run for the Democratic presidential nomination, some of his top New Hampshire supporters are raising concerns about a sexual harassment controversy centered on Sanders’ 2016 White House campaign.

Concord Monitor 
WMUR 
Fox News

 

 

Castro’s in
Former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro plans to formally declared his candidacy for president Saturday morning in his home town. And three days later, the former U.S. Housing and Urban Development secretary during President Barack Obama’s second term will arrive in New Hampshire. 

*The 603 Insider -- When & Where

Castro will arrive in the Granite State on Tuesday & hold an event that evening in the Seacoast region. Wednesday morning Castro will headline ‘Politics and Eggs.’ The speaking series at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, in association with the New England Council, is a must stop for White House hopefuls. Castro made three trips to the Granite State in 2018, making friends and building relationships.

 

Aloha - Gabbard's Running
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announced Friday evening that she is running for president. "I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week," the four-term Democratic congresswoman from Hawaii told CNN's Van Jones.

*NH overflow crowds last time she visited

On Saturday's CNN's "The Van Jones Show." Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran and the first Hindu to serve in Congress, added that she would make a formal announcement in the coming days. Gabbard made two trips to New Hampshire last year. During her second visit she drew an overflow crowd to the Rockingham County Democrats headquarters in Exeter. During the trip, Gabbard courted activists and began shopping for operatives. The 603 has reached out to her campaign but no word yet on when she’ll return to the Granite State. You will hear it here first.
 

 

Buckley says Inslee will get a fair shake
Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee – who’s moving closer to announcing a presidential bid – returns to New Hampshire in just over a week. Inslee – who’s long advocated for a more aggressive fight to combat climate change – will headline an event for the League of Conservation voters in Concord on Jan. 21. The next day he’ll spotlight the issue again as he addresses students at Saint Anselm College in the morning and at Dartmouth College in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, longtime New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley explained what he meant when he said a week ago that Inslee had abandoned the state in last year’s gubernatorial election.

Concord Monitor

 

 

Yang makes good on $1,000 per month offer, proving it pays to be a Granite Stater
Democrat Andrew Yang was back in New Hampshire making multiple stops in Concord and Manchester regions. Yang – who declared his candidacy last winter – was the CEO of the test-prep education company Manhattan GMAT before launching Venture for America, a New York City-headquartered organization that trains entrepreneurs. Last year, Yang announced that he would personally give a Granite Stater $1,000 each month in 2019 to illustrate his campaign pledge to pay what he calls a “freedom dividend” to all adult Americans. Yang kicked off his trip with a stop at the Goffstown home of Charles, Jodie and Janelle Fassi, selected to receive the candidate’s “freedom dividend.”

Yang told The 603 that the Fassi family may use the money “to potentially start up a business.” He also opened up on his long-shot bid for the White House.

WATCH

 

Delaney staffs up in NH
The 603 reported over the holidays that former Maryland congressman & declared Democratic presidential contender John Delaney would increase his New Hampshire campaign staff three-fold (from one to three) at the beginning of the year. And Delaney did just that this week. The announcement came a week before Delaney was set to return to the Granite State for the 13th time since he declared his White House bid in July of 2017.

WMUR 

 

Swalwell returns
Rep. Eric Swalwell of California returns to New Hampshire  on Jan. 31, when he headlines a meet and greet with the Rockingham County Democrats at Exeter Inn, in Exeter of course. It will be the third trip to the Granite State by the 38-year old congressman and potential White House hopeful since the start of November.

 

 

Not running but coming soon to the Granite State

Tom Steyer announced this week – in Iowa – that he won’t be running for president. But the billionaire environmental and progressive activist -leader of the movement to impeach President Donald  Trump - is still scheduled to return to Hampshire next week. Steyer will hold a previously scheduled town hall on Thursday. A Steyer aide said that while the town hall is still on, "obviously it'll be different” in nature.



Best-selling author and Oprah adviser all but certain to launch long-shot White House bid
Marianne Williamson sounds like she’s ready to take the next step toward running for the Democratic presidential nomination. The best-selling spiritual author and lecturer and close friend and counselor to Oprah Winfrey – who launched a presidential exploratory committee in November - made multiple stops in New Hampshire this week.  “I started an exploratory campaign in mid-November to see what kind of support and interest there might be. And I received enough positive energy to make me feel I should take the next step,” the likely long shot White House hopeful said in an interview. That next step may come on January 28, when Williamson makes an announcement in L.A. according to campaign website.

Seacoast Online
WATCH 

 

 

GOP group allied with never-Trumpers runs ad in NH urging party to keep primary “unrigged” in 2020
If you caught Fox and Friends Friday morning in the Granite State, you may have seen a new ad from Defending Democracy Together, a Republican advocacy organization founded by never-Trumper Bill Kristol, urging the state Republican Party to maintain its neutral stance if President Donald Trump faces a primary challenge.
NH Journal 
WATCH

 

 

The take from two #NHpolitics veterans
Former New Hampshire attorney general and longtime GOP consultant Tom Rath teamed up with former Democratic Congressman Paul Hodes to weigh in on the 2020 presidential election cycle and the first-in-the-nation primary.
On Background
 

 

Taking your 2020 questions for the hour
I joined my friend O. Kay Henderson – the Radio Iowa news director – on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal last Sunday to break down the lay of the land in the first two states to vote in the primary and caucus calendar, and to answer questions from viewers.
C-SPAN 

 


She’s running for re-election 
If you need more proof that Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen – a former three-term governor- is running for a third term representing New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate- check out these 
mailers that arrived in NH.               

 

 

Why NH has moved from deep red to purple
Check out this smart read from my friend and New Hampshire political reporting legend John DiStaso.
WMUR 
 

Thanks as always for sharing with friends and colleagues, please point anyone and everyone to sign up here. That's all we've got, have a great weekend. You can follow Paul Steinhauser, NH's most versatile political news reporter, here, and contact THE 603 co-founder & publisher, Kieran Baker, here.  

From Paul Steinhauser in New Hampshire - what to watch:
 

  • Elizabeth Warren makes her first foray into NH – a ‘must win’ state for the senator from neighboring Massachusetts

  • Bernie Sanders’ NH supporters urge him to run again, but want answers on 2016 sexual harassment allegations

  • Regardless of his eye-popping comments, NH Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley says Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee will get a fair shake

  • Andrew Yang proves it pays to be a Granite Stater

  • Oprah’s not running, but her friend and adviser who is all but certain to run, hits the trail in NH

Great expectations for Warren

Elizabeth Warren made her first trip to New Hampshire in more than two years on Saturday, crossing the border from neighboring Massachusetts to hold two events in the first-in-the-nation primary state. The senator and progressive torch bearer – who announced a presidential exploratory committee on Dec. 31 - parachuted into NH one week after her swing through Iowa received positive reviews.


*Warren event(s)
Warren held an early afternoon
 organizing event at Manchester Community College, which has seen a fair share of presidential contenders the past few election cycles.  She emphasized her progressive proposals and highlighted her humble beginnings as she spoke for 15 minutes and answered questions from the audience for 45 minutes – in a town hall type setting in front of a crowd of some 600 people. While she took indirect shots at the president, she never once spoke the name Donald Trump. Later, she was the guest of honor at a jam-packed house party at the Concord home of former state Senate President Sylvia Larsen. Both highly controlled events went off smoothly.
Concord Monitor 
Union Leader 
NHPR

 
*Supportive of renaming Columbus Day
Warren, who’s Native American heritage has been pilloried by Trump, said she’s supportive of honor North America’s indigenous people on Columbus Day. “I’m in favor of honoring,” she said about a bill in the New Hampshire legislature to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. “I think that’s a good thing for us to do.”

Concord Monitor 

*Home field advantage
Warren will enjoy some home field advantage in the Granite State. Massachusetts presidential candidates have historically won their neighboring state’s primary - think Michael Dukakis in 1988, Paul Tsongas in 1992, John Kerry in 2004, and Mitt Romney in 2012. (Okay, Romney did lose to Sen. John McCain but by then New Hampshire had literally become his second home).

*Bonus or burden? 
University of New Hampshire political science professor Dante Scala. says: “It’s an advantage to have one of those first contests in your backyard but it does come with a lengthy set of expectations,” and if Sen. Bernie Sanders – who crushed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 first-in-the-nation primary and hails from Vermont, New Hampshire’s neighbor to the west – launches a second presidential bid, the primary becomes a “must win” for both Sanders & Warren.
 
*Warren's big coup
Warren’s long been a friend and supporter of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. Now, it appears state party officials are returning the favor by naming her as the keynote speaker at its annual McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner, which is one of the two major fundraising events it holds annually. By headlining the dinner, Warren will have the chance to address up to 1,000 Democratic activists, officials, lawmakers and rainmakers in the first-in-the nation primary state. The dinner is expected to draw a large number of national media, & will be live on C-SPAN.

Concord Monitor 
         
*“I would say that’s a coup for her,”
Terry Shumaker,  a Manchester-based attorney & Democratic activist who’s also been a close friend & adviser to former president Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton for decades discusses his thoughts here: 
WMUR Politico


Bernie’s NH supporters urge him to run again, but want answers on 2016 sexual harassment allegations
While Warren ventures into New Hampshire on Saturday, Granite State backers of Sanders’ 2016 backers will holding meetings in Concord & Nashua to encourage the independent senator from Vermont to launch a second presidential bid. But as Sanders moves closer to deciding  on a second run for the Democratic presidential nomination, some of his top New Hampshire supporters are raising concerns about a sexual harassment controversy centered on Sanders’ 2016 White House campaign.

Concord Monitor 
WMUR 
Fox News

 

 

Castro’s in
Former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro plans to formally declared his candidacy for president Saturday morning in his home town. And three days later, the former U.S. Housing and Urban Development secretary during President Barack Obama’s second term will arrive in New Hampshire. 

*The 603 Insider -- When & Where

Castro will arrive in the Granite State on Tuesday & hold an event that evening in the Seacoast region. Wednesday morning Castro will headline ‘Politics and Eggs.’ The speaking series at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, in association with the New England Council, is a must stop for White House hopefuls. Castro made three trips to the Granite State in 2018, making friends and building relationships.

 

Aloha - Gabbard's Running
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announced Friday evening that she is running for president. "I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week," the four-term Democratic congresswoman from Hawaii told CNN's Van Jones.

*NH overflow crowds last time she visited

On Saturday's CNN's "The Van Jones Show." Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran and the first Hindu to serve in Congress, added that she would make a formal announcement in the coming days. Gabbard made two trips to New Hampshire last year. During her second visit she drew an overflow crowd to the Rockingham County Democrats headquarters in Exeter. During the trip, Gabbard courted activists and began shopping for operatives. The 603 has reached out to her campaign but no word yet on when she’ll return to the Granite State. You will hear it here first.
 

 

Buckley says Inslee will get a fair shake
Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee – who’s moving closer to announcing a presidential bid – returns to New Hampshire in just over a week. Inslee – who’s long advocated for a more aggressive fight to combat climate change – will headline an event for the League of Conservation voters in Concord on Jan. 21. The next day he’ll spotlight the issue again as he addresses students at Saint Anselm College in the morning and at Dartmouth College in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, longtime New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley explained what he meant when he said a week ago that Inslee had abandoned the state in last year’s gubernatorial election.

Concord Monitor

 

 

Yang makes good on $1,000 per month offer, proving it pays to be a Granite Stater
Democrat Andrew Yang was back in New Hampshire making multiple stops in Concord and Manchester regions. Yang – who declared his candidacy last winter – was the CEO of the test-prep education company Manhattan GMAT before launching Venture for America, a New York City-headquartered organization that trains entrepreneurs. Last year, Yang announced that he would personally give a Granite Stater $1,000 each month in 2019 to illustrate his campaign pledge to pay what he calls a “freedom dividend” to all adult Americans. Yang kicked off his trip with a stop at the Goffstown home of Charles, Jodie and Janelle Fassi, selected to receive the candidate’s “freedom dividend.”

Yang told The 603 that the Fassi family may use the money “to potentially start up a business.” He also opened up on his long-shot bid for the White House.

WATCH

 

Delaney staffs up in NH
The 603 reported over the holidays that former Maryland congressman & declared Democratic presidential contender John Delaney would increase his New Hampshire campaign staff three-fold (from one to three) at the beginning of the year. And Delaney did just that this week. The announcement came a week before Delaney was set to return to the Granite State for the 13th time since he declared his White House bid in July of 2017.

WMUR 

 

Swalwell returns
Rep. Eric Swalwell of California returns to New Hampshire  on Jan. 31, when he headlines a meet and greet with the Rockingham County Democrats at Exeter Inn, in Exeter of course. It will be the third trip to the Granite State by the 38-year old congressman and potential White House hopeful since the start of November.

 

 

Not running but coming soon to the Granite State

Tom Steyer announced this week – in Iowa – that he won’t be running for president. But the billionaire environmental and progressive activist -leader of the movement to impeach President Donald  Trump - is still scheduled to return to Hampshire next week. Steyer will hold a previously scheduled town hall on Thursday. A Steyer aide said that while the town hall is still on, "obviously it'll be different” in nature.



Best-selling author and Oprah adviser all but certain to launch long-shot White House bid
Marianne Williamson sounds like she’s ready to take the next step toward running for the Democratic presidential nomination. The best-selling spiritual author and lecturer and close friend and counselor to Oprah Winfrey – who launched a presidential exploratory committee in November - made multiple stops in New Hampshire this week.  “I started an exploratory campaign in mid-November to see what kind of support and interest there might be. And I received enough positive energy to make me feel I should take the next step,” the likely long shot White House hopeful said in an interview. That next step may come on January 28, when Williamson makes an announcement in L.A. according to campaign website.

Seacoast Online
WATCH 

 

 

GOP group allied with never-Trumpers runs ad in NH urging party to keep primary “unrigged” in 2020
If you caught Fox and Friends Friday morning in the Granite State, you may have seen a new ad from Defending Democracy Together, a Republican advocacy organization founded by never-Trumper Bill Kristol, urging the state Republican Party to maintain its neutral stance if President Donald Trump faces a primary challenge.
NH Journal 
WATCH

 

 

The take from two #NHpolitics veterans
Former New Hampshire attorney general and longtime GOP consultant Tom Rath teamed up with former Democratic Congressman Paul Hodes to weigh in on the 2020 presidential election cycle and the first-in-the-nation primary.
On Background
 

 

Taking your 2020 questions for the hour
I joined my friend O. Kay Henderson – the Radio Iowa news director – on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal last Sunday to break down the lay of the land in the first two states to vote in the primary and caucus calendar, and to answer questions from viewers.
C-SPAN 

 


She’s running for re-election 
If you need more proof that Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen – a former three-term governor- is running for a third term representing New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate- check out these 
mailers that arrived in NH.               

 

 

Why NH has moved from deep red to purple
Check out this smart read from my friend and New Hampshire political reporting legend John DiStaso.
WMUR 
 

Thanks as always for sharing with friends and colleagues, please point anyone and everyone to sign up here. That's all we've got, have a great weekend. You can follow Paul Steinhauser, NH's most versatile political news reporter, here, and contact THE 603 co-founder & publisher, Kieran Baker, here.