From Paul Steinhauser in the 603 - what to watch:

  • Joe Biden’s back in New Hampshire on Tuesday

  • Bernie Sanders steps up his game in NH

  • Bennet, Ryan, in NH, take aim at DNC over debate criteria

  • Will the DNC’s higher debate thresholds indirectly hurt NH’s presidential primary

  • False alarm on Kasich closing the door to a potential GOP primary challenge against Trump


Biden in New Hampshire, the sequel

The former vice president returns to the first-in-the-nation primary state on Tuesday, for his second trip to New Hampshire since launching his White House bid in late April. Biden’s campaign announced on Friday night that the candidate would travel to the North Country, holding a Noon time event at the Berlin City Hall Auditorium. At 6pm, the former vice president will headline a campaign event at the IBEW Local 490 headquarters next to the airport in Concord.


Feeling the heat Sanders steps up his game in New Hampshire

It’s clear that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders needs to come out on top next February in the New Hampshire primary. With that in mind, it was interesting to watch this past week as the independent senator from Vermont – who crushed eventual nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 edition of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary – turn up the volume in his first real swing through New Hampshire since launching his second straight White House run. From a new emphasis on retail style politics to taking questions at town halls to a behind closed doors meeting with influential state lawmakers, Sanders appeared put to rest some complaints that he was taking the Granite State for granted.
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Bernie in the headlines

Sanders also made some news during his two-day swing, ripping into President Donald Trump over the escalating tensions with Iran, indirectly sniping at Biden and optimistically predicting a primary path to victory.
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Bernie blasts Biden

After his trip to New Hampshire, the former vice president heads to Boston of Wednesday for a pair of fundraisers. Biden, the clear front-runner right now in the Democratic presidential nomination race, has been criticized recently by Sanders for holding big bucks fundraisers with top donors.
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Bennet, Ryan - in NH - take aim at new DNC debate criteria

As the Democratic National Committee ups the ante, making it harder for the two-dozen Democratic White House hopefuls to make the third and fourth round of debates, two of the contends criticize the national party committee’s move. "I don’t think the DNC should be winnowing the field early in the process,” Sen. Michael Bennet emphasized on Tuesday as he was campaigning in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire. And Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio – also in NH on the same day – spotlighted “to start winnowing the field this early in the process I think isn’t the best way to go about doing it, because you need a chance for the American people to see you.”
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Concerns new DNC debate thresholds could hurt the New Hampshire primary

As the DNC raises the thresholds for Democratic presidential candidates to make the stage at the third and fourth round of primary debates. Defenders of the first-in-the-nation primary worry the higher hurdles for the September and October debates will harm the early voting states. “The latest threat to early states is not another state competing for an early primary but, rather, the larger party system nationalizing the primary,” pointed out veteran New Hampshire-based political scientist Wayne Lesperance.
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Making the most of a holiday weekend

Former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland and Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, as well as GOP primary challenger and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, all campaigned in New Hampshire during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

On deck

With 14 of the Democratic presidential contenders in the Golden State this weekend, for the California Democratic Party’s annual convention, and with Ryan in Iowa, it’s a rare extremely quiet weekend in the 603. But the pace picks up next week. Besides Biden, best-selling spiritual author Marianne Williamson is in the state on Tuesday-Wednesday.

Bernie beefs up his NH team

As first reported on Tuesday by THE 603, #NHpolitics veteran William Bateson - who most recently served as Sen. Maggie Hassan’s constituent services coordinator – is now formally on board as the Sanders campaign’s New Hampshire political director. 

A day later, the campaign made it official, and also announced a bunch of other hires that included former NH Democratic Party vice-chair Mo Baxley – who served as a Sanders delegate to the 2016 convention in Philadelphia - as the campaign’s NH political outreach director.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand lands her first NH endorsement

It’s veteran State Rep. Sue Ford of Easton. Meanwhile, THE 603 learned that the Democratic senator from New York and Dartmouth College alumnus will hold a fundraiser in Hanover, New Hampshire on June 15, the same weekend the Ivy League school holds alumni events. TWEET

False alarm on Kasich possibly closing the door to a 2020 primary challenge against Trump

Is former Ohio Gov. John Kasich starting to close the door when it comes to a possible GOP primary challenge against President Trump? “I don't see a way to get there,” the former two-term governor turned senior CNN political commentator said Friday morning in an appearance on the cable news network. “Right now, there’s no path,” he added, pointing the Trump’s strong support for re-election among Republican voters. But a top Kasich political adviser later told Fox News “nothing has changed.” And Friday evening, Kasich himself took to Twitter to set things straight, noting that all options “are on the table.”
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LISTEN here to interviews with Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado and Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio on ‘On Background,’ the program hosted by WKXL’s Chris Ryan and yours truly that’s all about the #FITN presidential primary.

CONGRATS to my fierce competitor, good friend and political reporting legend John DiStaso for earning a lifetime achievement award this week from the New Hampshire Press Association TWEET


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