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Back in the Granite State a great new app came out this week from Citizens Count a NH nonpartisan nonprofit who are focused on helping voters better understand all the candidates and what they stand for. It also has a comprehensive guide to all the state's legislative issues. Worth checking out.
Now lets get to the news:
Bloomberg in New Hampshire this weekend – the former New York City mayor, billionaire businessman, philanthropist, and leading gun safety advocate is making a quick stop in the Granite State on Saturday morning – to speak at a Moms Demand Action get-out-the-vote rally in Nashua for six candidates for the state House of Representatives. Moms Demand Action, set up after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, is a part of Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety organization. Bloomberg’s trip to the state that holds the first presidential primary will spark more speculation about his 2020 presidential ambitions. And it comes just days after word that Bloomberg re-registered as a Democrat after years as a Republican and an independent. Look for an AP story Saturday afternoon.
Alec Baldwin in 2020? Probably not. But the actor and comedian who’s known for his spirited imitation of President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, is coming to New Hampshire on Sunday to headline the state Democratic party’s major annual fall fundraiser. The longtime liberal political activist will give the keynote address at the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s newly named Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner, which will be held at the Manchester Downtown Hotel. For those of you who haven’t been here since the ’16 cycle, that’s the new name for what you remember as the Radisson Hotel on Elm Street. Here is a story from August 30, when the news broke on Baldwin
Baldwin pushback from the GOP – Ever since the actor was named as headliner for the dinner, state Republicans have criticized the New Hampshire Democrats for picking Baldwin, saying in the #MeToo era, he’s the wrong choice. The latest to slam Baldwin’s visit is GOP state Sen. Dan Innis. The openly gay Republican lawmaker called on Democrats to boycott the gala because of Baldwin’s past homophobic remarks and rude behavior to women, including his own daughter
Chris Christie in 2020? No. But the former two-term New Jersey governor and 2016 GOP presidential contender’s returning to the Granite State for the first time in two years, to headline what’s being billed as a major state GOP event on Oct. 30 highlighting the Republican Party’s ticket running in the midterms. The scoop and the story from a friend and longtime New Hampshire political reporter John DiStaso over at WMUR
The early bird’s back – Three-term Maryland Rep. John Delaney made some news way back in July 2017, when he announced he was running for president. Since then he’s made 11 trips to the first-in-the-nation primary state (and 15 to Iowa). He’s back in New Hampshire this weekend for his 12th swing through. It’s a jam-packed three-day trip, which includes the congressman and long-shot for the Democratic presidential nomination keynoting the Rockingham County Democrats annual Harvest Potluck Dinner. Check out a modest scoop here on Delaney’s return and Delaney's vow: "we're going to be in the game...we're going to run a major campaign here in New Hampshire.”
First faceoff in the Second Congressional District – Three term Congresswoman Annie Kuster and GOP challenger state Rep. Steve Negron debated for the first time on Thursday. The head to head illustrated the sharp policy differences between the two candidates.
First showdown in First Congressional District – The day before Kuster and Negron debated, executive councilor and Democratic nominee Chris Pappas and GOP nominee Eddie Edwards faced off for the first time in an NHPR debate. In the wake of the debate, Democrats are targeting Edwards for suggesting “weaning people off of Social Security.” The Democratic attacks and the Edwards response here from WMUR
Gubernatorial flashpoint – GOP Gov. Chris Sununu and his Democratic challenger, former state Sen. Molly Kelly, battled this week over a high profile paid family and medical leave bill, as Sununu landed a big endorsement and both candidates aired their first general election commercials
Need to find a better way – New Hampshire’s two senators, Democrats Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, say it’s time to find a “better way” to confirm nominees to the Supreme Court following the divisive and bitter Senate confirmation battle over associate justice Brett Kavanaugh. But both downplayed talk by some fellow Democratic members of Congress to further investigate or even consider impeaching Kavanaugh, whose confirmation fight fueled bitter flames of partisanship between Democrats and Republicans.
NEXT UP (as of now.. things change very quickly with new trips being added)
Oct. 22 Michael Avenatti returns for his third trip to NH since August. On his itinerary, speaking with the Upper Valley Democrats.
Oct. 24 Former Housing and Urban Development secretary and former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro makes his third trip this year to NH. He’s scheduled to lead a community conversation hosted by the state Democratic Party’s Latino Caucus at Casa Mezcal in Nashua. In the evening he headlines Salem Democratic Town Committee Fall Gala at the Birch Wood Vineyards in Derry.
NEW: Oct 31 World Affairs Council of New Hampshire have a Midterm's event with Steve Duprey and Jim Demers in Concord. Should be interesting, admission is $20 and you can register here
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