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Jul 5, 2020








Problem solvers?

The No Labels Problem Solver Convention took place on Oct. 12 at the Manchester Radisson with speeches from eight presidential candidates, five of whom were there in person. Billionaire Donald Trump and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham were among the first to speak on stage, each sticking to their comfortable formats with Trump sharing anecdotes at the podium and Graham pacing with mike in hand to answer town hall-style questions from the audience.
About 2,000 people attended the event, according to WMUR. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former New York Gov. George Pataki and Ohio Gov. John Kasich rounded out the other Republican candidates who participated. Democrats Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb took part through live video since they had to participate in the first Democratic debate in Las Vegas the next day.
Other state officials spoke at the event, including Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Hassan’s Republican rival in the just-starting U.S. Senate race. Both have been touting their bipartisan credentials in online ads. 
The Concord Monitor reported state party chairs seemed a little less on the same page. Democratic chair Raymond Buckley said he was willing to put aside party loyalties to work across the aisle while Republican chair Jennifer Horn said “Republican is a label I wear proudly” and spoke about what she called the universally appealing tenets of conservatism. 
Liberty straw poll
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul won the Republican Liberty Caucus straw poll conducted in Nashua following RLC convention, the Union Leader reported. Paul and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz were the only major candidates who spoke in person at the event. Cruz came in second after Paul with 339 votes to Paul’s 445. Ben Carson came in third with 139 votes. Both campaigns sent out press releases claiming a sort of victory. Paul’s campaign called it proof that he had cohesive support among libertarian voters in New Hampshire while Cruz called his second-place standing an “upset” that showed he was gaining ground among constitutional conservatives. 
More visits
While Democrats sparred during their first CNN debate on Oct. 13, Republicans swarmed the Granite State. The Concord Monitor reported former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Kasich, Graham, Pataki and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee had events planned across the state.

NH Rebellion
Political Groupies

By Ryan Lessard

NH Rebellion 

Who they are: NH Rebellion was founded in 2014 by Harvard professor Lawrence “Larry” Lessig with an inaugural walk across New Hampshire in January 2014. The walks are inspired by Doris “Granny D” Haddock, the New Hampshire-based octogenarian activist who walked across the country between 1999 and 2000 for campaign finance reform. NH Rebellion is part of Open Democracy, based in Manchester.
What they want: The group is advocating for sweeping reforms meant to curb the influence of big money in politics.
Current goal: Ultimately, they want to use the New Hampshire primary to make campaign finance reform a major issue in the election at large. 
VIPs: Larry Lessig is a popular advocate for campaign finance reform and now a Democratic presidential candidate. Daniel Weeks is the executive director of NH Rebellion and Open Democracy. Board members include former New Hampshire Chief Justice John Broderick, former Republican candidate for governor Andrew Hemingway and businessman and former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Rubens.
Find them at: 66 Hanover St., Suite 101, Manchester, email is, websites are and and phone number is 272-6117.
Campaign impact: Daniel Weeks, the group’s leader, says their efforts to ask every presidential candidate for the reforms they would advance seem to be making an impact.
“At the beginning of the election season, none of the candidates expect maybe one, Bernie Sanders, … were talking about this voluntarily,” Weeks said. “After now getting out in front of every one of the candidates multiple times ... every candidate has said publicly this is a major problem for America, and a majority of the candidates have given us solutions.”
Weeks says the group is also unveiling a new pledge for residents and candidates to sign, committing them to advance a prescribed list of reforms, like mandating donor transparency, overturning the 2010 Supreme Court Citizens United ruling, banning the trading of campaign contributions for government contracts and creating a tax incentive system for small citizen donations.
Weeks says South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is the only national Republican to call for a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United. 
According to a Bloomberg poll taken last month, 78 percent of Americans want Citizens United overturned. That sentiment was shared across party lines. Among Republicans, 80 percent responded against the ruling, just as 83 percent of Democrats agreed. 

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