Ayotte gets heat from conservatives for opposing Cruz immigration move
Dec17

Ayotte gets heat from conservatives for opposing Cruz immigration move

When Sen. Kelly Ayotte voted in support of the $1.1 trillion fiscal 2015 spending plan that passed the Senate last Saturday, she made no official mention of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and his push to overturn President Obama’s executive action on immigration, which conservatives charge is an “amnesty” plan.   But Ayotte had sharp words for the Cruz move in the national media. She said on Saturday that Cruz, by, in effect, prompting...

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Ann Kuster for U.S. Senate in ’16? It could happen
Dec17

Ann Kuster for U.S. Senate in ’16? It could happen

The focus on the Democratic side of the upcoming U.S. Senate battle for Kelly Ayotte’s seat  in 2016 has been almost exclusively on Gov. Maggie Hassan, but there’s another key player in the mix.   The New Hampshire Journal has learned that some leading Democrats for several days now have been encouraging Rep. Ann Kuster to consider running for the seat now held by Republican Ayotte, and Kuster is not telling them that such a...

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Judd Gregg sizes up Jeb Bush, the GOP field and Warren, Clinton
Dec17

Judd Gregg sizes up Jeb Bush, the GOP field and Warren, Clinton

A longtime friend of the Bush family, and an icon in New Hampshire Republican politics, former Sen. Judd Gregg said on Wednesday that Jeb Bush moves toward a presidential candidacy as a “substantive favorite” for his party’s nomination, but not the “prohibitive favorite.”   Gregg, the former two-term governor, three-term U.S. House member and three-term senator, said in an interview that he likes the GOP field overall – at least...

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DFA announces $250k in initial spending on ‘Run Warren Run’ campaign
Dec17

DFA announces $250k in initial spending on ‘Run Warren Run’ campaign

The progressive activist group Democracy for America says it is investing an initial $250,000 in the “Run Warren Run” campaign being primarily spearheaded by MoveOn.org to try to recruit Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for President.   MoveOn last week announced it expects to spend $1 million.   The announcement by DFA came at the campaign’s kickoff in Des Moines, Iowa. A New Hampshire launch is expected in the...

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On second thought, Horn decides to stay away from both House GOP caucuses
Dec17

On second thought, Horn decides to stay away from both House GOP caucuses

CONCORD — Republican State Committee chairman Jennifer Horn decided in the past few days to stay away from the House GOP caucus led by Rep. Bill O’Brien on Tuesday and the caucus led today by Speaker of the House Shawn Jasper.   Horn initially accepted invitations to both caucuses and, as the New Hampshire Journal reported, planned to attend both. But, according to GOP sources, she then changed her mind.   According to...

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Republicans say NH could be kind to this Bush — if he spends enough time here
Dec16

Republicans say NH could be kind to this Bush — if he spends enough time here

Within 24 hours of announcing that he is “actively exploring” a run for President in 2016, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is already said to be reaching out to – and is getting stern advice from – key Granite Staters.   In Auburn today, U.S. Rep.-elect Frank Guinta disclosed to reporters that Bush and other potential presidential hopefuls have already reached out to him.   “I have not spoken with (Bush) directly,” he said....

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