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  •  New Hampshire (1+ / 0-)
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    Is it just me, or is our bench in New Hampshire seriously lacking?

    •  Not just you (0+ / 0-)

      New Hampshire was one of many states where the democratic party was basically obliterated in 2010. New Hampshire will be red for a very long time.

      Maine is pretty much in the same boat.

      •  Really? (5+ / 0-)

        You base this pronouncement on what? We have had three special elections since the mid-terms. So far we have won by big, big margins 2 of the three and the third was lost to a pro-union, very moderate Republican. We have a fourth tomorrow and the Democratic candidate looks very, very strong.

        The anger at what the Republicans have done since taking their seats is wide spread.

        Finally, a lot of the Republicans that swept in in '10 are not really Republicans they are free staters, (libertarians on crack)

        Republicans 2012 . . . Keeping millions out of work to put one man out of a job.

        by jsfox on Mon Sep 19, 2011 at 07:12:01 AM PDT

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      •  I (8+ / 0-)

        think someone had an awful big glass of pessimism this morning. NH was an absolute whipeout in 2010 I'll give you that. However even then Charlie Bass only narrowly won, and looks highly vulnerable in 2012. We have also made some gains in the state house with special elections. We will almost definitely make gains in 2012. I completely disagree about Maine. 2010 was a fluke, had Mitchell dropped out we would pretty much have a D Governor. LePage won with a small plurality and is currently heavily unpopular and will not win a second term. We also have better than even odds of getting back both house of state legislators.  

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        by drhoosierdem on Mon Sep 19, 2011 at 07:16:11 AM PDT

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      •  disagree with Maine (2+ / 0-)
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        KingofSpades, Zack from the SFV

        LePage was a colossal fluke, hopefully they realize it by now. He's probably THE most conservative joker in the RGA today.

        I am nervous about NH for Obama, but Bass barely won which gives me hope and I hear it's pretty much a constant now that people from Mass move to NH every year in large numbers. Is that true?

      •  No it won't. (3+ / 0-)

        We will pick up one or both Congressional seats and the legislature will be tipped back at least by some.

        'The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.' -Mohandas K. Gandhi

        by KingofSpades on Mon Sep 19, 2011 at 08:26:03 AM PDT

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    •  It's you:) (4+ / 0-)

      Maggie Hassen is a good candidate as is Steve Marchand former mayor of Portsmouth, NH

      The chances of Mark Fernald running again I am putting at slime to none right now. At least based on my conversations with him recently. This however is by no means engraved in stone and and his current mind set could most certainly change.

      Republicans 2012 . . . Keeping millions out of work to put one man out of a job.

      by jsfox on Mon Sep 19, 2011 at 07:05:20 AM PDT

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      •  You took the words right out of my mouth . . . (0+ / 0-)

        . . . regarding Marchand and Hassen.  Additionally, Gary Hirshberg (CEO of Stonyfield Farm Yogurt, a major employer in the state) has commented in the past that he's considering getting into politics. He's a strong progressive and can self-fund, so he's another good potential candidate on our bench.

        28, chick, solid progressive, NY-14 currently, FL-22 native, went to school in IL-01.

        by The Caped Composer on Mon Sep 19, 2011 at 08:33:07 AM PDT

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    •  For statewide and federal elections, or for (0+ / 0-)

      those to the legislature?

    •  It's somewhat true of both sides (2+ / 0-)
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      Zack from the SFV, jncca

      For structural reasons. The only statewide elected offices are Senate and governor, so there just aren't a lot of obvious "stepping stone" jobs.

      That said, I'm pretty confident we'll field good candidates in the gubernatorial race, and we are definitely fielding our best candidate in NH-02. NH-01, on the other hand, could use some work.

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      by David Nir on Mon Sep 19, 2011 at 11:34:11 AM PDT

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