Granite Reports:  Can any POTUS candidate unite the New Hampshire GOP?
Mar28

Granite Reports: Can any POTUS candidate unite the New Hampshire GOP?

SATURDAY, MARCH 28. A TENT DIVIDED. Republicans may talk about the need for a “big tent.” But it’s a long way from reality if the results of this week’s poll of likely New Hampshire GOP primary voters are an indication of reality.   The headlines for the Suffolk University poll, released Thursday, focused on Jeb Bush “leading the pack” and Scott Walker being close behind. Even the Donald Trump camp put out a press release and...

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Granite Reports Preview:  Charlie Baker quietly crosses border to raise $$ for NHGOP
Mar27

Granite Reports Preview: Charlie Baker quietly crosses border to raise $$ for NHGOP

FRIDAY, MARCH 27: BAKER IN NASHUA. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker crossed into New Hampshire this morning to hold a private fundraiser for the state Republican Party at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.   It was a small, high-dollar event, with about 15 attendees, sources say.   Sources say Baker talked about issues important to the region and also voiced support for marriage equality, education reform, rail service, gas lines and...

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Granite Reports Update: Graham, Paul, Pataki plan next visits to NH; Horn comments in wake of Sanborn removal
Mar24

Granite Reports Update: Graham, Paul, Pataki plan next visits to NH; Horn comments in wake of Sanborn removal

TUESDAY, MARCH 24: LATEST VISITS TO NH. Three likely GOP contenders have planned visits to New Hampshire for early and mid-March.   The Strafford County Republican Committee will host South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham when he returns to the state on April 8 for an event at Turbocam in Barrington at 5:30 p.m.     Also on April 8, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will hold a rally at the Milford Town Hall at 12 noon, with doors...

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Granite Reports: Horn steps into the Cullen-Cruz controversy
Mar13

Granite Reports: Horn steps into the Cullen-Cruz controversy

  (This is a special Friday edition of Granite Reports.)   CULLEN CAUSES CONTROVERSY. Former NHGOP chairman Fergus Cullen is certainly entitled to his opinion about Ted Cruz, but current chair Jennifer Horn is likewise entitled to her opinion about Cullen’s verbal trashing of the Texas senator on Boston Herald radio on Thursday.   Horn tells Granite Reports it’s “unfortunate” and potentially harmful to the primary to...

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Updated Granite Reports:  Walker packs NH schedule with private meetings, one public appearance
Mar11

Updated Granite Reports: Walker packs NH schedule with private meetings, one public appearance

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, UPDATE: WALKER SCHEDULE IN NH. While Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s public schedule calls for only one stop this weekend – on Saturday in Concord – he will actually arrive in the state tomorrow and begin a series of private meetings with what his political action committee describes as “a wide ranging group” of Republicans.   Walker, in his first visit New Hampshire visit since the fall of 2012, will have no...

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Granite Reports: Jim Gilmore: ‘I’ll put my ideas, credentials up against anybody’
Feb28

Granite Reports: Jim Gilmore: ‘I’ll put my ideas, credentials up against anybody’

    SATURDAY, Feb. 28: GILMORE: “RUDY STOLE MY LINE, MESSED IT UP,” Earlier this week, we interviewed former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich. On Friday, we sat down with former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, who was in the second of two-day visit to first-primary state New Hampshire.   Why, you may ask? They have no chance, you say?   Of course they’re longshots. Very much so. But, agree or disagree with them,...

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