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Is the Granite State Ready for ‘New Hampshire 1’ TV?



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An interesting bit of news from up in New Hampshire:

Former U.S. Senate candidate and Seacoast businessman Bill Binnie is in the late stages of purchasing Derry television station WNDS, which will serve as the flagship studio for Binnie’s statewide television network, New Hampshire 1 Network, NH Journal has learned.

Sources tell the Journal that New Hampshire 1 Network could launch as soon as April, giving Binnie plenty of time to influence New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

In fact, the Journal has learned that Binnie’s aggressive moves (he’s been inquiring about obtaining a network affiliation) have kicked incumbent television networks in the region into a scramble to shore up advertisers and prepare for serious competition this year.

Binnie is a Republican. He won a bit over 14 percent in last September’s GOP Senate primary, in a race with four big-name GOP contenders. Former state attorney general Kelly Ayotte won the primary and the seat in November.

Tags: Bill Binnie , New Hampshire

The New Hampshire GOP Field Is Strong, but Take Nothing for Granite



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The New Hampshire Senate race is one that made a lot of noise early in the cycle, and has slid back out of the headlines as Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Nevada, Ohio, Florida, and other states have generated more fireworks.

Republicans have a surplus of good choices here. Early on, there were some conservative worries that frontrunner Kelly Ayotte, a popular state attorney general for five years, might be a bit less socially conservative than some Republican grassroots would prefer; a lack of a voting record in a legislature and fans in Washington are potential points of concern in a year like this. But it’s hard to argue that a Sarah Palin–backed candidate is some sort of closet liberal.

I had a chance to meet Ovide Lamontagne* a few months ago, and it’s easy to make the case that he’s the near-dream candidate for conservatives. “Toomeyesque” comes to mind.

But when you look at the other options, you begin to wish the ballot was a buffet instead of a menu, and you could order a bit from this one and a bit from that one. Bill Binnie’s business experience, Lamontagne’s encyclopedic knowledge of conservative policy ideas, Ayotte’s sterling record as a prosecutor kicking tail on crime and corruption, and Jim Bender’s life story of an inspiring rise from modest means.

The Susan B. Anthony list, a pro-life women’s group, is backing Ayotte, and putting their money where their mouth is

Today, the Susan B. Anthony List announced the launch of a $150,000 independent expenditure campaign highlighting the pro-life leadership of Kelly Ayotte, endorsed Republican primary candidate for the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire. The SBA List campaign includes $50,000 in radio ads, $50,000 in Google web ads and $50,000 in voter mobilization efforts leading up to the Tuesday, September 14th  primary.

“Kelly Ayotte’s heroic efforts at the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of 37 parental involvement laws on the books across the nation that help protect children from abortion,” SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said.  “She showed courageous leadership when she stood up for New Hampshire parents and fought to protect young girls from abortion despite facing a hostile environment fueled by a Democratic governor and unfriendly state legislature.”

“Ayotte made a judgment call that potentially saved New Hampshire taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars by complying with a court order to pay the legal fees of Planned Parenthood,” Dannenfelser said referencing a court-ordered settlement to refund the legal fees of Planned Parenthood following a repeal of the parental notification law by the state legislature. “Had Ayotte appealed, it is likely that the higher court would have ruled against her, resulting in taxpayer dollars going to pay even more Planned Parenthood legal fees.”

The primary winner will have a good chance in November, with Democrat Paul Hodes trailing just about everybody, and swimming against a strong anti-Obama tide in the Granite State.

Hodes, who voted for the stimulus, is now running an ad declaring, “I approve this message because you deserve a senator who’s a real fiscal conservative — and who gets rid of the pork.”

* UPDATE: Did I write “Ovide LeMontagne” before? Yes, but that’s what his friends call him.

Tags: Bill Binnie , Jim Bender , Kelly Ayotte , Ovid Lemontagne , Paul Hodes

Paul Hodes Gives New Hampshire Voters a Push



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The New Hampshire Republican party is filing a complaint with the state attorney general’s office, arguing that Paul Hodes, the Democratic congressman who’s running for Senate in that state, is behind a push poll meddling in the GOP primary. Allegedly, Hodes is hiding the fact that his campaign commissioned the poll, which he is required to disclose under state law.

This is a strikingly unwise decision on Hodes’s part, considering how according to recent polling, he trails everybody.

Okay, in a few polls, he trails Jim Bender and Ovid Lemontagne less than Kelly Ayotte or Bill Binnie. Believe me, Lemontagne will mop the floor against Hodes if he wins the primary. Hodes is stuck at about 40 percent against everybody.

UPDATE: From the state GOP’s complaint:

The Union Leader reports that Mountain West Research of Pocatello, Idaho began conducting push polling phone calls last week. The calls begin with standard questions about the participant’s age voter registration and voter history and their “favorable/unfavorable” reaction to each of the four major Republican US Senate candidates. The person receiving the call is then asked to name their first choice in the primary. If the answer is “Kelly Ayotte” the push begins.

The telemarketer then asks misleading and dishonest questions about Ms. Ayotte that attempt to distort her record and influence the person’s opinion of her candidacy. The specific line of questioning is outlined in the Union Leader article attached to this letter. One person who received a call specifically asked midway through the interview about the poll. Initially, the telemarketer refused to discuss basic information about the call.

After continuing to press the telemarketer to identify the campaign sponsoring the push poll and reveal the name of his polling firm, the person was transferred to a supervisor. The supervisor reluctantly identified Mountain West Research as the polling firm, provided a company phone number, but would not identify the campaign sponsoring the calls, citing a “confidentiality agreement.”

When the Union Leader initially contacted Mountain West Research, a company representative “refused to confirm that Mountain West Research was polling in New Hampshire or identify the sponsor of the push poll.”

A few hours later, a company representative called the Union Leader back and confirmed that they were push polling in New Hampshire and that the calls were conducted on behalf of Anzalone Liszt Research. On its website Anzalone Liszt Research promotes itself as a nationally recognized Democrat polling firm with offices in Washington, DC and Montgomery, Alabama. The company also lists Congressman Paul Hodes as one of its clients.

These calls clearly constitute “push-polling” as defined in RSA 664:2, XVIII. Despite repeated requests, the identifications required by RSA 664:16-a were never made during these push poll calls. I would be pleased to provide you with the names and contact information of people who received these calls, to supply additional information and context. I have personally spoken to these people and verified the information about the push poll calls that has been reported in the Union Leader.

Tags: Bill Binnie , Jim Bender , Kelly Ayotte , Ovid Lemontagne , Paul Hodes

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