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Dan Tuohy's Granite Status: UPDATE: Bush, Carson, Trump file NH delegates

By DAN TUOHY
December 10. 2015 12:05AM




Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Jeb Bush have now filed their slate of delegates to the national convention, following John Kasich filing his delegates Wednesday, via John E. Sununu, his state co-chairman and senior adviser.

Trump's delegates: Rep. Al Baldasaro and Judy Baldasaro of Londonderry, Robert Burns of Manchester, William Cuccio of North Conway, Fred Doucette of Salem, Barbara Ferdinando and Richard Ferdinando of Manchester, Louis Gargiulo of Hampton Falls, Jarold Gregory Johnson of Swanzey, Paula Johnson of Nashua, George Lambert of Litchfield, Corey Lewandowski of Windham, Steven Peterson of Merrimack, Rep. Stephen Stepanek of Amherst, Ellen Supronowicz of Amherst, Rep. Daniel Tamburello of Londonderry, Michael Teed of Manchester, Elizabeth Varney and Peter Varney of Alton, and Rep. Josh Whitehouse of Farmington.

The Bush delegates:  

Jim Adams of Pittsfield, Bronwyn Asplund of Franklin, former Executive Councilor William P. Cahill of Piermont, Franklin Pierce University and former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card of Jaffrey, Harry A. Crews of Bedford, Joseph Dion of Manchester, August Fromuth of Manchester, William M. Gannon of Sandown, Carlos Gonzalez of Manchester, former U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg of Rye Beach, Hillsborough County Sheriff James Hardy of Pelham, Bruce Keough of Dublin, John Lyons of Portsmouth, Sean Mahoney of Portsmouth, Senate President Chuck Morse of Salem, former state Sen. Bob Odell of New London, Russ Prescott of Kingston, Amb. Paul Speltz and Renee Speltz of Moultonborough, and Melissa Stevens of Bedford.

The Carson delegates:

David Berman of Richmond, Marga Coulp of Dover, David Dale of Concord, Eddie Edwards and Cindy Edwards of Dover, Joseph Fleck of East Wakefield, Robert Guida of Warren, Rhonda Hensley of Merrimack, Thomas Kaczynski Jr. of Rochester, David Lawton of Meredith, Thomas Linehan of Salem, Laurie Logue of Gilford, Thomas Puzzo of Derry, William Schuler of North Hampton, Timothy Sheedy of Concord, Melissa Starkey of Loudon, Patrick Starkey of Loudon, David Tille of Concord, Shelly Uscinski of Merrimack, and Christopher Wood of Concord.

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Bernie Sanders is making his opposition to the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline a key message of his campaign this week. The Democratic presidential hopeful has an online petition urging Granite Staters to join him in opposing the Kinder Morgan project.

Sanders says opposition sends a stronger grassroots message on climate change. He notes his remarks at the state Democrats' annual "Jefferson-Jackson Dinner" where he became the first presidential candidate to oppose the project.

"I took this position because as I've said many, many times: Climate change is an unprecedented planetary emergency," Sanders said in the petition pitch. "Fracking natural gas and sending it across the Northeast does nothing to prevent climate change. If anything, it hastens the onset of more climate disasters."

A group opposed to the pipeline were scheduled to hold a rally Friday morning at the New Hampshire State House.

Here's a link to Kinder Morgan's FAQ on the project.

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DONALD TRUMP picked up the endorsement of the New England Police Benevolent Association Thursday night in Portsmouth. As his campaign celebrated the support, amid a whirl-wind week for the candidate, it also issued a press release naming Bob Burns, the "Chairman of the New Hampshire Federation of Young Republicans," as the new chairman of the Donald J. Trump for President Youth Coalition.

The quotation marks are because Burns is not the chairman of the group, at least in the eyes of the state GOP. The Republican State Committee recognizes Joe Sweeney as the chairman of the New Hampshire Young Republicans. And New Hampshire does not currently have a chartered Young Republican chapter. The dispute is ongoing, but there have been some competing, conflicting messages from different young Republican groups.

The Young Republican National Federation Executive Board issued a press release earlier this week to say that Trump's comments do not represent the YRNF. The final paragraph: "Lastly, it has come to our attention individuals claiming to be part of a New Hampshire Young Republican organization are extending endorsements for Mr. Trump. Currently, YRNF does not recognize any group from New Hampshire as an associated Young Republican federation, and any individuals claiming to endorse on behalf of Young Republicans do not speak for us."

Stay tuned for an update in this continuing saga.

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(Granite Status published Dec. 10 follows below here:)

Trump's comments draw criticism from within the GOP

“TRUMPED THE SHARK.”

It’s a political idiom passed along by a careful reader to signify when a candidate says something that might sink their campaign — something one might find preposterous — only to see poll numbers rise.

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s call for a temporary shutdown of Muslims entering the U.S. has led to calls for his head, and to some new political jargon. Trump was excoriated near and far, but defenders have closed ranks. Or they are trying to.

Will this be the week that Trump’s campaign truly changes trajectory?

Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who will accompany his boss today at a stop in Portsmouth, insisted in a phone interview that most Americans agree with Trump because of the threat of radical Islamic terrorism.

“People are sick and tired of people telling them who to vote for,” Lewandowski said.

His attempt to redirect to the positive comes as the political sphere is going negative at supersonic speed.

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Gloves are off: GOP presidential hopefuls continue to pummel Trump as a bigot and a xenophobe.

The state GOP’s chair, Jennifer Horn, offered some of the sharpest criticism, calling Trump’s comment “un-American.” South Carolina GOP Chairman Matt Moore, another early state voice, said Trump’s rhetoric sent “a shiver down my spine.”

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, who’s up for re-election in 2016, rejected Trump’s comments.

“I do not support religious-based tests for our immigration system — such a test would be inconsistent with the First Amendment to the Constitution,” she said in a statement. “There should be fact-based risk assessments for entry into our country, which is why I’ve called for strengthening our refugee screening process and co-sponsored legislation to strengthen the Visa Waiver Program to prohibit people who have recently traveled to countries like Iraq and Syria from traveling to the U.S. under that program.”

Asked if she would support Trump, should he win the GOP nomination, Ayotte said she’s focused on her own race. “The people of New Hampshire will play a major role in selecting the Republican nominee, and I have confidence in New Hampshire’s role in that process.”

Tonight, Trump is to speak to the New England Police Benevolent Association’s executive committee at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harbor Hotel, where he might win an endorsement.

The American Friends Service Committee and “Occupy Seacoast” report they will be at a nearby “protest zone” bearing signs like “Love is stronger than hate,” “We welcome refugees,” and “Love Your Neighbor.”

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Colin Van Ostern, a Democrat running for governor, is getting a boost from 29 attorneys who are encouraging others in the legal community to support him. Van Ostern, who is currently an Executive Councilor from Concord, is getting some big shout-outs in that letter. They include former Concord Mayor Martin Gross, Steve Gordon from Shaheen & Gordon, and former Gov. John Lynch legal counsel Kate Hanna. Van Ostern won praise earlier this week from former New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice John T. Broderick on his commitment to use an independent Judicial Selection Commission for reviewing and recommending judicial nominees to the Executive Council. The other announced Democratic gubernatorial hopeful is Mark Connolly, a former New Hampshire Deputy Secretary of State and director of the state's Bureau of Securities Regulation. Portsmouth city councilor Stefany Shaheen (whose father is the Shaheen in the "Shaheen & Gordon" law firm mentioned above) is considering a possible run for higher office.

Two notable Democrats endorsed Connolly this week. Former state Democratic Party Chairman Joe Keefe and Democratic National Committee at-large member Joanne Dowdell are supporting Connolly. 

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BOTH Republicans and Democrats running for President will have televised debates next week. The GOP debate is in Nevada and will be on CNN on Tuesday night. The three Democratic presidential hopefuls debate Saturday, Dec. 19, live from the campus of St. Anselm College at 8 p.m. The New Hampshire Union Leader is co-hosting that debate, along with ABC News and WMUR-TV.

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THURSDAY NIGHT UPDATE: 

Democrat Martin O'Malley's campaign is calling on all Democratic presidential candidates to cease advertising on WMUR-TV and Hearst stations until management resumes negotiations with the IBEW Local 1228 before the Dec. 19 debate. The O'Malley campaign announced Thursday that it is also asking WMUR to not air any previously taped primary coverage, including its "Candidate Cafe" series until negotiations continue - and it called on the DNC and New Hampshire Democratic Party to host a conference call with the campaigns to discuss back-up plans should WMUR be removed as a debate sponsor.
 "Throughout his career, Governor O'Malley has been a strong champion of organized labor and he stands in solidarity with the workers of Local 1228," John Bivona, O'Malley's New Hampshire state director, said in a press release. "While it is our hope that management and workers reach a fair and equitable settlement to this dispute before the debate on December 19, it is becoming more apparent that WMUR management does not intend to honor their commitment to negotiate with workers prior to the debate."
 
The DNC position remains, as of Thursday night, that if negotiations are not resolved by the debate, there is a possibility it could pull WMUR-TV as a co-sponsor. 
 
In addition, also on Thursday night, WMUR President and General Manager Jeff Bartlett had this statement: "We won't comment on our negotiations with the union other than that they're going."

As reported earlier in Granite Status: 

THE UNION representing 22 WMUR-TV broadcasting and production staff is trying to throw its weight around with the big debate looming. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1228, which is accusing WMUR of trying to take away pensions from 11 of the workers because they decided to join the union, wants negotiations to continue next week ahead of the Dec. 19 debate. In a bid to get back to the negotiating table, Local 1228 business manager Fletcher Fischer is calling on the Democratic National Committee to remove WMUR-TV as a co-sponsor.

“The only other alternative we have is to put up a picket line at the debate, and we don’t want to do that,” Fischer said in a phone interview.

The Local 1228 has called on the three Democratic candidates to tell the DNC “to terminate WMUR’s sponsorship and any participation by the station” in the debate if a contract for the station’s production department is not reached by Monday.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have sent WMUR President and General Manager Jeff Bartlett letters, urging that good-faith negotiations continued. Sanders sat down with Bartlett last week.

Eric Walker, a spokesman for the DNC, said DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz had sent a letter to WMUR.

“The Chair has communicated directly with WMUR to make it clear that the DNC expects the next negotiation with IBEW Local 1228 be scheduled prior to the debate. That’s something we feel strongly about,” Walker said.

In the letter, Wasserman Schultz writes about the importance of unions and their members to the U.S. economy. "It is our sincere hope that negotiations between the Hearst Corp. and your Production Department employees, represented by IBEW Local 1228 will be settled prior to the debate," she writes.

Bartlett, in a statement Wednesday night, indicated that negotiations are ongoing.

“We have successfully negotiated numerous contracts with the two other bargaining units at WMUR represented by this very same local. We have been actively negotiating in good faith on this current contract and have reached agreement on a wide number and range of proposals, and we are continuing to negotiate. A meeting later this month has been scheduled and confirmed for more than a week now.”

The Local 1228 is trying to press the case, and is actively trying to get the candidates to pressure the DNC.

“It really is the DNC’s move at this point,” Fischer said.

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THE REPUBLICAN National Committee has sanctioned another debate, which Fox Business Network will air, on Jan. 14, 2016, based in South Carolina. RNC member Steve Duprey tells Granite Status that the debate committee had planned to have the debate all along, but decided to move it up in the calendar for an available slot and during a key month for campaign activity — before the Iowa caucuses Feb. 1, and the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, expected to be Feb. 9. “The theory is that this will give all of our candidates, those standing high in the polls and those not, to get in front of voters in the early states before any votes are cast,” he says. More importantly, the Jan. 14 debate will use early state polling for entry criteria, which reaffirms Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina’s traditional role in the nominating process, according to Duprey.

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FIVE MAJOR Presidential hopefuls will visit the Granite State between today and Saturday to woo Republican primary voters, as well as the “Anybody But Trump” voters. Lindsey Graham let it be known that he’s loaded for bear, with Donald Trump in mind, when he speaks at Portsmouth Country Club at noon. Jeb Bush wraps up a three-day swing tonight with a town hall meeting at Hampshire Hills Athletic Club in Milford. John Kasich has nine stops over two days, starting today with remarks to the “Life of the Party” event, which is co-hosted by Stay Work Play NH and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at the NHIOP at St. Anselm College. The Ohio governor then hits the Puritan Backroom Restaurant, at 4:30 p.m., with former Mayor and Executive Councilor Ray Wieczorek. Rand Paul begins a busy two-day swing with a town hall meeting today at the Derry-Londonderry Chamber of Commerce at Halligan’s Tavern in Derry at 11:30 a.m.

And Chris Christie hopes to build on recent endorsements — he holds a town hall meeting at The Inn on Main in Wolfeboro with Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley on Friday at 6 p.m. State Sen. Jerry Little, R-Weare, has also endorsed Christie, and Little will join Christie Saturday morning at 10 for a town hall meeting at Weare Middle School. House Majority Leader Dick Hinch, R-Merrimack, who endorsed Christie earlier this week, will be with him during a stop Saturday around mid-day at The D.W. Diner in Merrimack.

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Quick takes:

• REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL hopeful Marco Rubio is welcoming 10 new endorsements, including business leader Tom Farrelly of Rye, state Rep. Dennis Green, R-Hampstead, former Londonderry Town Councilor Marty Bove, Derry GOP Chairman Jim MacEachern, Derry GOP Vice Chairman Jodi Nelson, and Nashua Ward 5 Alderman Michael Soucy.

• Dr. Ben Carson is set to return to New Hampshire Dec. 20-21, with the Republican presidential hopeful’s scheduled stops still to be announced.

• Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders held two town hall meetings last weekend. At the first, in Keene, he did not take any questions after speaking for an hour, the Union Leader reported. If a candidate holds a “town hall meeting” and they do not take a single question, can it really be called a town hall meeting? Let’s call this the John McCain Rule.

• Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is the second Republican presidential hopeful confirmed to speak at the New Hampshire Republican Party’s “First in the Nation” Presidential Town Hall on Jan. 22-23 in Nashua. Rand Paul previously confirmed. "Whenever I visit New Hampshire, I’m reminded of how Granite State voters understand the great importance of citizen government and the first-in-the-nation primary," Fiorina said in a statement. "I look forward to speaking at the FITN Town Hall in January about my plan to take our country back and out of the hands of the professional political class."

• Quote of the week: “He’s playing you guys like a fine Stradivarius violin. This is what he does. He’s an expert at this. He’s phenomenal at garnering attention.” – Jeb Bush on Donald Trump’s relationship with the press.

Dan Tuohy covers politics and government for the Union Leader and Sunday News. Email news and information to dtuohy@unionleader.com. Follow on Twitter: @tuohy


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