Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, clearly the victim of bad timing, as party leaders shut his campaign's access off to important voter information.

Dec 18, 2015 7:35 PM

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The timing couldn’t have been worse. The Democratic National Committee lowering the boom on Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign on the eve of the one and only debate in New Hampshire.

The Sanders camp vainly tried to spin this one insisting that it was just the act of an unauthorized underline that accessed the voter database information habits of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

At a press conference in Washington on Friday, Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver accused the DNC of trying to sabotage the campaign.

"The DNC, in an inappropriate overreaction, has denied us access to our own data," Weaver said. "In other words, the leadership of the Democratic National Committee is actively trying to undermine our campaign."

The Sanders team, which consisted of four people, ran multiple searches in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina and about 10 March states, including Florida and Colorado. In Iowa and New Hampshire, the Clinton campaign has ranked voters on a scale of 1-100 for turnout, enthusiasm and support

Sanders has gone to court to try and get the DNC to lighten up and let the campaign continue to have access to the info.

However this comes up it all feeds into the narrative of Sanders partisans, namely that the fix is in among the party establishment to hand this nomination to Clinton.


The PBS national network was in New Hampshire this week working on a story on the impact the opioid epidemic is having on the presidential primary here.

Reporter/anchor Judy Woodruff interviewed Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro and NH1 Political Director Paul Steinhauser among others for the piece.


Some prominent New Hampshire Democrats this week taking part in the Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy in Manchester Friday.

Former Democratic Party Chairman Joe Keefe talked about his experience as president and CEO of Pax World Management in Portsmouth.

"We’re a company of only 54 people, but a lot of people have used our parental leave. It’s been used 18 times so there’s always 1 or 2 people out. I actually think it results in a more nimble, more versatile team. It creates better teamwork, better collaboration, people fill in the gap," Keefe said.

Longtime Democratic fund-raiser and Stonyfield Yogurt founder Gary Hirshberg stressed the importance of family friendly policies noting "Yes, we produce a better product but that product can’t be made without our employees."

The New Hampshire Women’s Foundation, the American Sustainable Business Council and the Center for American Progress co-sponsored the event.


It’s official.

Northern Pass cleared a procedural but important first hurdle with state regulators.

The state Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) today released its order that accepts as complete the project’s application.

Under state law, the SEC will preside over a series of post-application Public Information Sessions within the next 45 days, one in each of the five counties where the project will be located

"Clean energy projects like Northern Pass are vital to securing the region’s power supply and stabilizing energy prices," said Bill Quinlan, president of state electric operations for Eversource.

"Adding new, competitively-priced sources of clean energy can help New Hampshire and New England respond to the closing of existing power plants that we have long relied on. With the SEC’s acceptance of the project’s application as complete, Northern Pass can continue to move forward in its efforts to deliver a clean energy solution that our customers desperately need."


Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, continues her assault on the Obama administration over the release of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay Prison in Cuba.

"I am deeply troubled that the Obama Administration recently transferred an al Qaeda terrorist detainee from Guantanamo despite the reported objection of the then-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff," Ayotte began.

"Even more disturbing, the administration publicly claimed the decision to transfer the detainee was ‘unanimous’. This seriously undermines the administration’s credibility and the integrity of the review process that the administration relies on to justify that transfers are in the national security interests of the U.S., and it strongly suggests that the detainee transfer review process is driven instead by political motivations to fulfill the president’s campaign promise to close Guantanamo."


An event set for Monday to highlight local reaction to the Paris Climate Conference.

The Mom and Docs Climate Roundtable is at the UNH School of Law starting at 5:30 pm.

Speakers include Dr. Elizabeth Cramer, Katie Robert, board president of the NH Public Health Association, Dr. Jim Recht, member of Physicans for Social Responsibility and Sr. Asst. Atty. Gen. K. Allen Brooks.

New Hampshire has taken steps to achieve its targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions 10 years ahead of the federal Clean Power Plan.


The real question of what came of the Opioid Task Force is how quickly will this Republican-led Legislature move next year on spending bills relating to the drug epidemic.

Gov. Maggie Hassan asked for $11 million in additional spending.

The task force has put forward some of those spending items but not to be expedited during the one-day session planned for Jan. 21.

Instead those spending requests for such things as more treatment services, drug courts, more cops on the street will have to await public hearings before House and Senate Finance Committees.

Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, told NH1 News it’s not a question of whether the state has some money to spend on the crisis; the question is how much.

"We’ve got to see the CAFRA (the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report) and there have been delays in that coming out and also we need to know about our continuing resolution because there could be some savings there," Morse said.

Indeed the fact the state budget operated on last year’s budget for four months until they approved a new compromise means the state ``saved’’ sending up to $30 million.

The longer this debate goes on the more politically partisan it will become.


Quote of the Week:

"This is an obvious attempt by the Democrat National Committee to railroad Bernie Sanders and prop up Hillary Clinton’s failing candidacy. As vice chair of the DNC, New Hampshire Democrat Party Chairman Ray Buckley has a responsibility to denounce this egregious behavior and clear attempt by Washington Democrats to coronate Hillary Clinton.

"Americans deserve legitimate primaries on both sides of the aisle and this shameless power grab undermines the integrity of our two-party political system.” - Republican State Chairman Jennifer Horn pounces on the DNC-Sanders flap to take this gratuitous shot at her state party counterpart.

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