May 23, 2016 11:04 PM
NH1 News Political Director
CONCORD – Sen. Bernie Sanders may be at war with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, but in the Granite State there appears to be a more cordial relationship between Sander’s top supporters and the New Hampshire Democratic Party.
And state party Chairman Ray Buckley’s confident that the chaotic scene at the recent Nevada Democratic Party State Convention won’t be repeated next month when the NHDP holds its annual gathering.
Kurt Ehrenberg, who started up Sander’s campaign in New Hampshire a little over a year ago and served as the Vermont senator’s political director in the Granite State, told NH1 News on Monday that
“I think we’ve been treated fairly by the party for the most part ever since Sen. Sanders first decided to run and was coming into the state. So we have no real complaints how we’ve been treated by Chairman Buckley and the party.”
Ehrenberg, who’s a pledged to Sanders as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in July in Philadelphia, met over the weekend with other Sanders delegates and top supporters in the state, to plot strategy going into the NHDP’s June 18th convention.
“We expect that the convention will be open to any Democrat who wants to attend whether they’re a delegate or whether they just want to observe. So we’re getting ready to make sure that our folks are well organized and not unruly in any way. And to put to rest any rumors to that affect,” Ehrenberg told NH1 News, as he referenced videos of the Nevada convention that went viral and sparked more conversation about the Democratic Party’s struggle to unify supporters of Sanders with those backing all-but-certain Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Ehrenberg added that they “just to make sure that if folks want to bring forward resolutions that reflect Bernie’s platform that won over 60% of the vote here last February, that we can do that. And that we’re prepared to do that following the rules of the convention, working with the party that things run smoothly. Everyone gets their say, everyone feels like they’re treated fairly. And we move on towards Philadelphia and the big convention in the summer.”
Unlike the Nevada convention, that dealt with the selection of delegates to the national convention, Buckley told NH1 News that “these conventions that we have here in New Hampshire are post primary and post delegate selection. So we have never had anyone who’s come and spoken on behalf of the candidates. We don’t have any presidential campaign activities at all. In fact this convention’s going to be focused on (Democratic Gov.) Maggie Hassan’s run for the U.S. Senate.”
Ehrenberg: Trump will unite Democrats
Besides chairing the state party in New Hampshire, Buckley’s a DNC vice chair and is president of the Association of State Democratic Chairs. On Friday and Saturday, during a ASDC pow-wow in Philadelphia, he presented new guidelines to try and prevent another chaotic state convention outbreak.
“We think it’s very important that all of the delegates in every state are respected and that they also act in a respectful manner. We believe that it’s very important that everyone is knowledgeable about what the rules are, what the agenda is, and how we can move forward together. Both the Sanders campaign and the Clinton campaign, along with the DNC, will now be involved in each one of these conventions that have delegate selection processes. In fact I’m going out to Wyoming this weekend to be part of their convention because there’s rumors that there might be issues out there,” Buckley told NH1 News
Asked if he’s confident Clinton and Sanders supporters will eventually come together, Buckley said “the state chairs and vice chairs met with the top leaders of both Bernie’s campaign and Hillary’s campaign on Saturday. It was a very, very, productive discussion that went on for several hours and we left feeling very positive and upbeat that we’re going to leave Philadelphia in July very united.”
Ehrenberg was also confident that Democrats will unite, if for no other reason than to prevent presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump from reaching the White House.
“There’s going to be one thing that unites all of us in the end, no matter who the nominee is, and that’s Donald Trump,” he said.
“It’s kind of a no brainer for most of us, we can’t have Donald Trump be president of the United States. It’s just not acceptable. So at the end of the day we’re all going to be together and make sure that Donald Trump isn’t elected president,” Ehrenberg added.
4 hours 33 minutes agoThe tenants of a home shot at on Tuesday have been evicted by the homeowner, who's an officer with Manchester Police Department. (More)
5 hours 59 minutes agoTwo influential members of New Hampshire’s state Senate predict that a bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana possession will pass their chamber. (More)
12 hours 25 minutes agoNew Hampshire State Police arrested to wanted fugitives after stopping a van full of people who entered the United States illegally. (More)
6 hours 7 minutes agoSnow fell faster than expected today, accumulating a few inches in parts of central and northern New Hampshire through late-afternoon. (More)
9 hours 19 minutes agoA woman is facing drug charges after being found in possession of heroin during a parole check-in. She was arrested for possession of a...
Mar 23, 2017 4:16 PMState Police rearrested a Wales man for stealing electricity from a Central Maine Power pole and transformer. (More)
Mar 23, 2017 4:59 PMA Stafford County corrections officer allegedly tried bringing thousands of dollars of drugs into the jail was supposed to get deployed. (More)
10 hours 49 minutes agoIt's the first Friday of spring, but Granite Staters will have some snow to deal with. (More)
12 hours 56 minutes agoThe effort to crack down on drug-related crimes - known NH-wide as Operation Granite Hammer - led to the arrests of 2 suspected heroin...
Mar 23, 2017 3:02 PMA Keene man was indicted for allegedly strangling two of his then-girlfriend's cats. (More)
Mar 23, 2017 1:28 PMDemocrats filed a complaint with the ethics committee arguing Sununu violated rules against using his position to secure advantages for himself or others. (More)
Mar 22, 2017 5:27 PMNicole Guida, owner of Chic & Unique, a boutique shop located in Littleton, is requesting a jury trial against a former customer who caused...
Mar 22, 2017 6:02 PMA Strafford County corrections officer allegedly attempted to bring heroin into the jail before being detained by police. (More)
Mar 22, 2017 11:01 AMChelsea Blais plead not guilty to abusing children in her care at the Alpha Bits Learning Center, where police say she force fed and...
Mar 22, 2017 10:15 AMNYPD seized over $4.1 million and over three kilograms (6 pounds) of heroin, unraveling a multi-state drug ring — involving New England. (More)
Mar 22, 2017 4:06 PMNew Hampshire is often in the 'weather battle zone' this time of year, which isn't a good thing if you are looking for spring...
Mar 22, 2017 10:45 AMNew Hampshire’s top public officials Wednesday marked the death of state Sen. Scott McGilvray. The first term Democratic state senator from Hooksett and president...
Mar 22, 2017 7:33 AMThe National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory from 10 a.m. Wednesday to midnight. (More)
Mar 21, 2017 10:29 PMA report released on Tuesday by the state agency that licenses childcare centers revealed multiple incidents of verbal and physical abuse committed by a...
Mar 21, 2017 6:40 PMA mother and her friend who injected her with heroin while she was in labor in September 2016 will not be facing felony charges...
Mar 21, 2017 4:09 PMA 74-year-old Mass. man living in public housing for the elderly faces drug trafficking charges after police say they found cocaine valued at about...
Mar 21, 2017 12:09 PMDerry Police say a home was shot at and struck at least 6 times early Tuesday morning, but no one was hurt. (More)
Mar 21, 2017 12:26 PMA woman has been charge with assault against three infants at a Manchester day care center. The three victims are all younger than 1-years-old....
Mar 20, 2017 4:05 PMA man who pleaded guilty to supplying a person in Rochester with a deadly dose of drugs will spend between 8- and 16-years in...
Mar 20, 2017 4:01 PMOnlyInYourState.com has provided nine places in the Granite State where you might be able to spot a ghost. (More)
Mar 20, 2017 2:31 PMPolice are searching for a man who allegedly punched and injured another man at a diner in Manchester. (More)
Mar 20, 2017 3:56 PMA 21-year-old man destroyed his family home after trying to exterminate ants with wooden matches, killing their two cats and a dog. (More)
Mar 20, 2017 4:14 PMA state representative cited house rules when she told a New Hampshire man to stop recording a committee meeting - rules that apparently do...
Mar 19, 2017 5:08 PMA new kind of roller coaster experience is set to premiere next month at Six Flags New England. (More)
Mar 20, 2017 9:40 AMAuthorities say Super Bowl LI and Super Bowl XLIX jerseys "found in the possession of a credentialed member of international media." (More)
Mar 18, 2016 10:37 AMA drug sweep on Thursday afternoon and evening netted four arrests, a pound of suspected cocaine and $7,000 in cash. (More)
Mar 19, 2017 11:56 AMDisney's live-action 'Beauty' was a beast at the box office, opening with an estimated $170 million in North American ticket sales and setting a...
Mar 19, 2017 10:06 AMToll booth workers could be a thing of the past under a bill before the New Hampshire House. (More)
Mar 19, 2017 10:48 AMA Windham man sustained life-threatening injuries when his snowmobile collided with a tree. (More)
Mar 19, 2017 11:23 AMA snowmobiler fell through thin ice, causing a difficult rescue by Wakefield Fire and EMS. (More)
Mar 18, 2017 1:33 PMA Boscawen man is accused of driving 104 mph in a 65 mph speed zone around 9:40 a.m. Saturday. (More)
Mar 17, 2017 5:07 PMAn Exeter High School guidance counselor has pleaded not guilty to aggravated sexual assault against an underage female student. (More)
Mar 17, 2017 4:26 PMA Pembroke mother held a gun to her daughter's head and shouted "You (expletive) piece of (expletive)," according to court paperwork. (More)
Mar 18, 2017 8:24 AMUtility crews are still mopping up in New Hampshire after a powerful nor'easter. (More)
Mar 17, 2017 11:30 AMA 62-year-old man passed away after his snowmobile got stuck in while attempting to get up a hill on Trail 21 in Stewartstown. (More)
Mar 17, 2017 1:13 PMThe Nashua Police Department arrested five more people for various drug-related crimes in connection with Operation Granite Hammer Thursday. (More)
Mar 17, 2017 10:37 AMCitizens Bank is experiencing transaction delays affecting customer accounts. The company acknowledged the problem on its social media accounts Friday. (More)
Mar 17, 2017 8:42 AMThe New Hampshire Attorney General identified the man who was found dead in a Farmington home Wednesday. (More)
Mar 17, 2017 7:52 AMA Pembroke mother is facing charges after allegedly pointing a gun at her daughter during an argument. (More)
Mar 17, 2017 8:22 AMPolice responded to the hotel around 11:30 p.m. to find a 43-year-old man that was "actively" bleeding due to severe injuries on his face....
Mar 16, 2017 3:35 PMAn Effingham woman pleaded guilty to selling fentanyl that caused the death of a Wolfeboro man. (More)
Mar 16, 2017 3:09 PMProsecutors recently filed a motion to revoke Earle's bail after learning she is back together with the boyfriend in question. (More)
Mar 16, 2017 9:14 AMHooksett Highway Department calls police after seeing snow was being plowed across the roadway by a private plow. (More)
Mar 16, 2017 4:16 PMThe former owner of a Manchester sports bar pleaded guilty to having and planning to distribute nearly 17 pounds of meth in largest bust...