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November's blue wave was a tsunami in New Hampshire. The Democratic governor was, as expected, overwhelmingly re-elected; more shockingly, Democrats took both House seats and both houses of the state legislature. Now, with Senator John Sununu's poll numbers dropping and Sununu literally running away from his Iraq record, New Hampshire looks like a prime Senate pickup possibility.

Two Democrats have declared for the race.  One is Katrina Swett. The other is 33-year-old Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand, who recently introduced himself in a diary at Blue Hampshire:

I am running for U.S. Senate because I believe New Hampshire needs leadership that represents its values.  As Mayor of Portsmouth and a native of Manchester, I believe that I have a unique perspective on the everyday concerns of New Hampshirites.  Growing up a first-generation American, the son of a carpenter and a millworker from Quebec, I learned from a young age the importance of hard work, the value of healthcare and a living wage, and the vital role that our elected officials play in making a difference in our community.

Under my administration, the City of Portsmouth has pursued innovative policy solutions to the challenges facing our community, supporting economic growth and development while restraining tax increases. The city has also become a national leader in 21st century green energy policy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving energy, and saving taxpayers money.

I began my commitment to the community well before my first election, however. From my work on sound fiscal policy as the Northeast Regional Director for the Concord Coalition to my consulting work with the AARP on elder issues and the SEIU on healthcare, I have developed a broad perspective on the issues facing the Granite State.  I have also worked with a number of developing nations in Europe and Asia to help them build vital infrastructure and emergency management systems.

He didn't just post a diary, either. He commented repeatedly, giving serious, thoughtful answers to questions on Iraq (indicating support for the Feingold-Reid bill) and economic and labor issues, among other things.

I had the opportunity to meet Marchand a few weeks ago, and he's for real.  This is someone who gets excited talking about green buildings and whose understanding of the importance of universal healthcare is concretely grounded in his own family's experiences when they lacked insurance. And he's not just interested in the netroots - he's also serious about building a base among New Hampshire residents who aren't usually politically active, like the working-class French-Canadians he grew up among.  And how often do you get a chance to support a 33-year-old dual citizen from a working-class background as a serious candidate for Senate?

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Apr 09, 2007 at 10:33 AM PDT.

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  •  This guy sounds like the man, but how tough (2+ / 0-)
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    MissLaura, Peace to all

    will his primary battle with Swett be?

    Obama? '08? Oh yea!

    by Skulnick on Mon Apr 09, 2007 at 10:30:36 AM PDT

    •  He's gonna make her...wait for it (1+ / 0-)
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      Elwood Dowd

      Swett!  omgrofl i better write that down because it sure isn't going to be overused any time soon!

      What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite. -- Bertrand Russell

      by RequestedUsername on Mon Apr 09, 2007 at 10:38:16 AM PDT

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    •  She'll have more money than he will. (5+ / 0-)
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      mbair, dopper0189, Peace to all, LJR, Skulnick

      There's no question about that.  And at this point it's hard to compare them as far as name rec or anything, because she's more widely known in the second district and he's more widely known in the first. But he has bases in Portsmouth, where he's mayor, and Manchester, where he's from; he seems to have very good relationships with organized labor; and his positions should appeal particularly strongly to second-district voters in Keene and the Upper Valley - for instance he's significantly more pro-choice than Swett.

      •  We just have to hope for... (2+ / 0-)
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        mbair, mspicata

        ...a repeat of the Shea-Porter phenomenon in the primary.

        Swing State Project: A sexy, sassy look at the 2008 elections.

        by HellofaSandwich on Mon Apr 09, 2007 at 10:43:32 AM PDT

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      •  I know this is true in some other regions, but... (1+ / 0-)
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        KBowe

        do you feel as though his being a Mayor will give him an advantage over her?

        Governors and Mayors are seen as proven executives, and are more respected in some areas (such as where I am from originally in NJ) than those who serve in legislatures.

        Obama? '08? Oh yea!

        by Skulnick on Mon Apr 09, 2007 at 10:48:58 AM PDT

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      •  Swett is too DLC for me (0+ / 0-)

        But the lion in waiting is Hershburger CEO of Stoney Field Yogarts. He is both very progressive and wealthy. But either one is an improvemnt over Swett, and all three are an improvement over Sununu.

        -1.63/ -1.49 "Speaking truth to power"

        by dopper0189 on Mon Apr 09, 2007 at 10:50:40 AM PDT

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        •  Hirshberg's not running. n/t (0+ / 0-)
          •  He left a window open, though. (0+ / 0-)

            He said he'd reconsider if no one else gains traction:
            http://www.eagletribune.com/...

            Swing State Project: A sexy, sassy look at the 2008 elections.

            by HellofaSandwich on Mon Apr 09, 2007 at 11:06:03 AM PDT

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            •  Interesting. Hadn't seen that piece. (0+ / 0-)

              I'm not sure it would be great for someone to get in that late unless they were a slam dunk kinda candidate, but, well, interesting.

              •  Do the Hokey Pokey (1+ / 0-)
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                MissLaura

                Lynch did this in/out game for two cycles before he dropped the hammer. Gary has one foot in, one foot out, move it all around, that's what it all about...getting name rec from free media and keeping the door open. All the candidate visits they have in front of his banner don't hurt either. It's all so impossible to judge at this point, but he put the fieled on notice to not be sanguine about him. Good ploy. No one thought Lynch would run in April of the year he ran. It was Burling, or McLauglin, or Larsen, or Swett(Dick, but lynch was
                was off the radar. Then he came over the hill like the Calvary with his own buckies, and the field
                folded like a five dollar card table. However if he thinks that he'll get in because the field has faltered, one of the Shaheens may surface first. And then there's the Astronaut...

      •  I received an e-mail from him... (0+ / 0-)

        like two weeks ago before I even knew who he was, before I saw his name even mentioned on here.  So apparently, he already has a large e-mail donor base from which to work.  I donated to Paul Hodes campaign last fall, so he probably got my e-mail address from him.  

        "The only thing I would trust Dick Cheney on is if I had a dead hooker in my hotel room." --Jon Stewart

        by DemBrock on Mon Apr 09, 2007 at 12:26:23 PM PDT

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      •  How are their choice positions different? (0+ / 0-)
      •  Ha! Look what just showed up in my inbox: (1+ / 0-)
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        Elwood Dowd

        Dear Friend,

        When I began my campaign, I thought it would be many months before we would build a strong grassroots network to bring New Hampshire values to the U.S. Senate.

        But I couldn't have been more wrong.

        You stepped up and made the difference. We raised over $100,000 from nearly 250 individuals in just six weeks. Hundreds more have signed on to help us to victory in 2008.

        This is nothing short of remarkable. You have sent a message that it is time to stand up for New Hampshire values in the U.S. Senate.

        So here is my message to you: Thank you.

        I hope you will continue to stay involved in my campaign. I have a long road ahead and I will need your support as we face tough challenges. But you have shown me that with your help, great things can be accomplished.

        Remember to visit my website, www.stevemarchand.com for regular updates, events, and more.

        Thank you again for your strong support. Together, we will build a better America.

        Your friend,

        Steve Marchand

        Over $100k for Q1 from a ground-up grassroots campaign.  Whoo-hoo!

        •  Yikes. And seconds later this from Swett: (1+ / 0-)
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          Elwood Dowd

          Strong Fundraising Start for Katrina Swett’s Senate Campaign

          April 9, 2007, New Hampshire – The United States Senate campaign of Katrina Swett today announced that it has raised $462,000 in the first quarter of 2007.  This figure represents a strong and encouraging start to the campaign’s fundraising efforts.

          Campaign spokesperson Bob Quinn said, "This tremendous show of early support for Katrina’s campaign is an indication both of her strength as a candidate and – quite frankly – of Sununu’s weakness. People correctly see Sununu as a staunch supporter of President Bush on a wide range of issues from the war in Iraq to privatizing social security to banning federal support for stem cell research.  These are issues that swept many Bush supporters out of office in the 2006 elections. People are looking for positive change and it is very encouraging to see this kind of support coalescing around Katrina’s campaign."

          The campaign announced expenditures of $18,700, leaving a cash-on-hand balance of $443,300.  More than $304,000 of that total amount is available for use in the primary election.  The official reports will be released on April 15th.

          •  How much do 35,000 votes cost? (0+ / 0-)

            And maybe as little as 15,000 votes?  At the most 70,000 Dems will be running in the primary in Sept. 08.  If it's a two way race, you'll need 35,001 voters.  Now if three folks (or more) are running and the turn out is lower (only about 23,000--actually I think less--voted in 01 CD last year (contested) the total turnout could be as low as 45,000 (doubt it, but possible).  So 15,000 votes could win it.  Now Katrina has thrown around the $3 million number as to how much she will spend on her primary.  My question is: On what?  How many TV spots and mailings can people get?  If you didn't like the message the first time, why will your opinion change the 25th time.  Because your stupid?  Yes, there will be those people, but NH primary voters aren't stupid...for the most part.  A good message only requires a couple of impressions--after out spending Bass in '02 and losing 60/40, I'm not sure what lessons Katrina has learned.

  •  Great! (0+ / 0-)

    H.W. Bush's Chief of Staff is gonna be gone!

  •  Ha ha! (2+ / 0-)
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    mbair, Skulnick

    "One is Katrina Swett."

    Click→ BLAM!

  •  Marchand has my support (0+ / 0-)

    Unless lightning strikes and Lych gets in.

    "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."- Thomas Jefferson

    by RandyMI on Mon Apr 09, 2007 at 10:37:13 AM PDT

    •  Marchand would still have my support (3+ / 0-)
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      mbair, potownman, LJR

      Lynch is popular, but he seems lifeless to me.  He can't even explicitly come out in favor of a measure (civil unions) that was was overwhelmingly passed in the state legislature.

      What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite. -- Bertrand Russell

      by RequestedUsername on Mon Apr 09, 2007 at 10:39:40 AM PDT

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      •  Don't Quite Understand, Myself, (0+ / 0-)

        Really, why Lynch would even say he does not support gay marriage.  Now, Elwood Dowd is much more astute about this--perhaps it is not quite so much that Lynch opposes it(?), but feels it is politically impossible given that he wants things accomplished such as, finally, school funding reform--but, I must admit, I was suprised to hear that he was opposed to gay marriage.  Honestly, it actually took a lot of the wind out of my sails of respect for him.  I might be naive, but I have a big problem with discrimination against homosexuals--meaning, particularly, the extent to which civil secular law utilizes the term "marriage."

        On the big picture, I think Marchand will be a very strong, appealing candidate.

        To announce...that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.

        by potownman on Mon Apr 09, 2007 at 11:55:00 AM PDT

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  •  Sharp Rhetoric and Able Fundraising (3+ / 0-)
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    mbair, Republic Not Empire, potownman

    Sharp rhetoric:

    "The right candidate has an ideology that matches the state of New Hampshire, fiscally conservative, socially moderate and environmentally progressive," [Marchand] said. "I think that's what New Hampshire is, that's what I am, and I think that's the kind of representation we need in Washington."

    Able fundraising:

    Mayor Steve Marchand significantly exceeding a fundraising goal in his campaign against Sprintin' John Sununu, raising over $17,000 in online donations in a single day.

    Mayor Marchand would indeed be formidable against Sprintin' Sununu.

  •  Awesome. (0+ / 0-)

    I gotta admit, I liked what I had seen from Marchand, but I liked him even more when I learned that his parents were French-Canadian immigrants to New England.  He has something in common with my family, a few generations ago.

    Swett, on the other hand, is massively unappealing.  We don't need another Lieberman Democrat in the Senate.

    Swing State Project: A sexy, sassy look at the 2008 elections.

    by HellofaSandwich on Mon Apr 09, 2007 at 10:38:49 AM PDT

  •  Q1 fundraising? (0+ / 0-)

    Anybody know the total Marchand and Swett raised in Q1?

  •  Sweet another great race (0+ / 0-)

    to follow closely.  This guy sounds great.  I will do some further research in the near future to decide who I will ultimately support but Marchand sounds pretty good thus far!

    Intersecting faith and politics from a liberal perspective, Faithfully Liberal

    by Peace to all on Mon Apr 09, 2007 at 10:40:25 AM PDT

  •  Katrina Swett (3+ / 0-)
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    mbair, Scarce, LJR

    Worth reminding folks that Katrina Swett was - and is - a hardcore LieberDem, in Kos' words:

    Unfortunately, Lieberman isn't on the ballot in 2008. But this could be a delicious proxy fight. While the field isn't set yet, Marchand seems to be building support with the state's grass- and netroots groups. Barring further movement, I suspect Marchand will be the guy to watch in this race.

  •  A B S (1+ / 0-)
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    mbair

    Anybody But Swett.

    Seriously.

    "A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves."--Edward R. Murrow

    by Scarce on Mon Apr 09, 2007 at 10:42:08 AM PDT

  •  I gotta meet this guy (2+ / 0-)
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    MissLaura, Republic Not Empire

    I'm French Canadian too and he's the son of a mill worker to boot. It's meant to be.

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  •  Katrina Swett (2+ / 0-)
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    N in Seattle, mbair

    is the Jim Craig of this primary, and Marchand -- if he follows the playbook -- is the Carol Shea-Porter.  

    I'm OK with either candidate, but I would enjoy a Sununu/Marchand matchup more.

    "...We were wrong, terribly wrong. We owe it to future generations to explain why." --Robert McNamara, In Retrospect (1995)

    by mspicata on Mon Apr 09, 2007 at 10:45:01 AM PDT

    •  Good contrast (1+ / 0-)
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      mspicata

      in the family backgrounds and the positions. Son of Sununu is still holding on to Bush with bare white knuckles.

    •  Steve is no CSP... (1+ / 0-)
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      mspicata

      ...I don't rememeber him being part of the grassroots effort that got Carol elected.  I think he was more focusing on Lynch's reelection.

      •  I meant (0+ / 0-)

        that Marchand is in the more guerilla position.  Swett has the party connections as Craig did.  Steve needs to play the upstart role in the primary.

        "...We were wrong, terribly wrong. We owe it to future generations to explain why." --Robert McNamara, In Retrospect (1995)

        by mspicata on Mon Apr 09, 2007 at 11:08:03 AM PDT

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    •  No more Lieberdems! (1+ / 0-)
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      mspicata
       Like Howard Dean said just because you are a Democrat doesn't mean you get a free ride. We voted for a change of policy not just a change of party.  The netroots can make a huge difference in primary races where huge differences can be made in the policy direction. The Republicans elected Lieberman in the general and we can't make that mistake again. This time it will be the netroots that need to fight for a Democrat from the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party by running an Independant in the general if the Republican Lite candidate wins the primary.  Progressives need a veto proof majorty if we are ever gong to get our country back.  This guy looks good to me, and I always trust MissLaura's judgement.

      Everybody eats, nobody hits.

      by upperleftedge on Mon Apr 09, 2007 at 11:01:32 AM PDT

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      •  Don't disagree on Marchand (0+ / 0-)

        I like him too.  The chances that we get a veto proof majority of Progressives (as oppposed to Democrats) is slim.  I will, if necessary, vote for Swett in the general, because I fear splitting the vote and handing Sununu another six years more.  Who knows?  She may not be permanently tied to Lieberman.

        "...We were wrong, terribly wrong. We owe it to future generations to explain why." --Robert McNamara, In Retrospect (1995)

        by mspicata on Mon Apr 09, 2007 at 11:11:44 AM PDT

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    •  I know what you mean but... (1+ / 0-)
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      mspicata

      Jim Craig was a dud of a candidate.  No personality and not very good at avoiding issues he did not want to talk about.  Katrina is very smooth and comes across well.  My impressions of meeting each for the first time could NEVR have been more opposite...but Katrina will have that Liberman necklace on for a while.

  •  thanks for posting this, MissLaura (1+ / 0-)
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    Republic Not Empire

    I'm very interested in Marchand.  The Shea-Porter/Craig comparison is appropriate, except that I think Marchand is rather more of a politico than Carol is (I think that's a good thing in this primary race).

    BTW, as a former NH-01 resident (and NH-02 as well, many years ago), I'm following New Hampshire closely enough that I just signed up for an account on Blue Hampshire.  Unfortunately, it looks like I won't be able to make it to Hanover this summer for my reunion, so I won't get the chance to button-hole my classmate Hodes and urge him to back someone from the other CD for Senator.

    You're only young once, but you can be immature forever -- Larry Andersen
    Blogging at Peace Tree Farm

    by N in Seattle on Mon Apr 09, 2007 at 10:52:23 AM PDT

  •  Jay Buckey (1+ / 0-)
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    KBowe

    You should include Jay Buckey in your list of candidates. Former astronaut, surgeon, and Med. School professor. 2004 Clark volunteer, just like Carol Shea-Porter.

  •  There maybe a third Dem... (0+ / 0-)

    ...Jay Buckey, who belonged to the Wes Clark world of grassroots politics in New Hamsphire...and you got to like his background...former astronaut, Doctor, Major in the Air Force Reserves, Dartmouth professor...and from the bio on his website, he worked his way up to get to where he is...

  •  he sounds great (0+ / 0-)

    Swett-Marchand sounds like Miller-Webb and Morrison-Tester.  Hopefully victory will be as sweet.

    D-Day, the newest blog on the internet (at the moment of its launch)

    by dday on Mon Apr 09, 2007 at 11:03:08 AM PDT

  •  what are the odds (0+ / 0-)

    that Jeanne Shaheen is going to jump in?  Kos mentioned her in his senate analysis a while ago and Im curious if she is still a possiblity.

    Marchand sounds good.  Its a general policy of mine not to get involved in primary fights in other states. It seems to me the citizens of that state should pick their canidate.  But in this case I might have to revise my principle.

    "I should be able to love my country and still love justice." -Albert Camus

    by zkeats on Mon Apr 09, 2007 at 11:06:50 AM PDT

    •  With Jeanne's husband... (1+ / 0-)
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      Republic Not Empire

      ...the National Co-chair of Hillary's campaign, one has to wonder if her mind is elsewhere.

    •  The non-blogosphere CW (0+ / 0-)

      keeps mentioning her as a strong possibility, but:

      a) she has shown no interest in running, and

      b) yeah, she was a popular governor in the 1990's, but in 2007 she's going to have to come face to face with her 2002 pro-Iraq war pro-Bush tax cuts positions she espoused when running against Johnny Sununu.

    •  The national political elite gets involved (0+ / 0-)

      in other states' primaries.  Over and over again.

      Why should the national grassroots stay out?

      I get the whole "respect that state's electorate; it should be their decision" stuff.  But Emanuel and Schumer and all kinds of other fixers in DC don't play that way.  They send their money into other peoples' primaries all the time.  I kinda think the national grassroots should be willing to also.

  •  I think it's already pretty clear (1+ / 0-)
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    Fiona West

    that Democrats, operating in an environment where the pundits had already decided that there was no way they could make a difference because, of course, Karl Rove was well on his way to set up a permanent Republican majority, managed to bring forth a class of talented and energetic candidates who, in a few short months, are already demonstrating that honesty and competence and, yes, confidence do make a difference.

    What we, of course, hope is that this was not a one-time event and that 2008 will give us an opportunity to demonstrate to the country that our talent pool is deep and widespread.  And, by all accounts, Steve Marchand is an excellent exemplar.

    It's true that our current junior Senator has little to recommend him outside of being a bench-warmer on the winning team.  And now that the "success" of that team has proven to be just an illusion, it's likely that whoever New Hampshire Democrats choose in the primary will go on to Washington.  Republicans, who seem to have an aversion to choice, can sit back and rest assured that they'll be well represented by whatever Democrat we send.  Steve Marchand sure looks like a winner at this point.

    •  Hi there Hannah (0+ / 0-)

      Nice post on NH the environmant...we've been working for a long time to be an overnight success as a party...Bush's eptitude in making things good for Halliburton is still the theme...like I said for Hodes...its time for a change BIG TIME

  •  Wow ... Energize America ??? (0+ / 0-)

    Seems like Marchand would be a big supporter of the Energize America Neighborhood Power Act.

    Blogging regularly at Ecotality Blog for a Sustainable Future.

    by A Siegel on Mon Apr 09, 2007 at 11:17:51 AM PDT

  •  Way to go Steve... front page on KOS! (2+ / 0-)

    Steve Marchand has been a great Mayor for us in Portsmouth, and while I'll hate to see him leave our city, I'd much rather have him as my Senator! I think he has a real shot at this.  He has a lot of cross over support from the Carol Shea-Porter supporters, and as everyone now realizes we are a pretty committed group. Watch out Sununu.

    •  It's nice to hear support from (0+ / 0-)

      an activist Dem in Portsmouth, where you've had a chance to see him in action close up.

      It would be so sweet to oust Sununu for somebody like this guy.  I especially like that he has a working class background.

    •  Well, I'm a progressive Dem from Portsmouth too (0+ / 0-)

      And I've been told that Marchand's wife is a Repub operative. If this is so, I have some concerns - we might be faced with another Carville/Matlin thing where loyalty to party takes a back seat to the professional pursuit of political power no matter what party is represented.

      I just don't know....

  •  do we still have freedom if we lack privacy? (0+ / 0-)

    that's the question I explore in this diary from this morning, inspired by a column by James Carroll who was upset to find out that the Taunton MA schools were going to use a fingerprint scan for kids to pay for school lunch from their accounts.

    Come one over and have a read.  Comments (and recommends) will not be refused, and I will read the comments.

    Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

    by teacherken on Mon Apr 09, 2007 at 11:27:08 AM PDT

  •  what date is the primary? (0+ / 0-)

    n/t

    "I should be able to love my country and still love justice." -Albert Camus

    by zkeats on Mon Apr 09, 2007 at 11:32:36 AM PDT

  •  Thank you (9+ / 0-)

    Thank you, MissLaura, for posting about my campaign here on Daily Kos. I'm honored to be here and appreciate the encouraging comments that many have posted, as well.

    My first diary at Blue Hampshire was just the first step in what I hope will be a long-running dialogue with the Netroots.  I encourage you to check out my website and please feel free to send your thoughts and questions about the campaign.

    Of course, I'll be sticking around here at Daily Kos to answer any questions you might have as well.  It's very exciting for me to be participating as a candidate in this forum for real progress in America.

    •  Thanks for choosing to engage (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      N in Seattle

      with the netroots, Steve!

      And I just got some nice news in my inbox about your first quarter efforts. Over $100K? Well done!

      Thanks for taking the time to come back a number of times to your post on Blue Hampshire.  It meant a great deal to me and our readers to get such detailed responses to so many varied issues.

      -Dean

    •  that's great, Steve (1+ / 0-)
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      Republic Not Empire

      As a former Portsmouth resident (a Nobles Island condo), I'm pleased to see that you're in the race.  I still miss the Seacoast and your wonderful little city.  And I'm really pleased that Breaking New Grounds took over the former Cafe Brioche space on Market Square ... I thought for sure that Starbuck's would move there and ruin the place.

      Just for my edification, is it still the case that Portsmouth's mayor is actually the City Council candidate who receives the highest vote total?  I'm aware that a number communities that use the city-manager form of governance choose their mayor in that way.

      Although that makes "mayor" largely a ceremonial position, it still indicates your popularity in town.  After all, there must have been quite a few candidates for City Council, and you out-polled all of them.

      You're only young once, but you can be immature forever -- Larry Andersen
      Blogging at Peace Tree Farm

      by N in Seattle on Mon Apr 09, 2007 at 04:48:12 PM PDT

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      •  Portsmouth Mayor (1+ / 0-)
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        N in Seattle

        Hey N in Seattle - it sounds like we've traded places. I'm a ex-Seattleite now living in Portsmouth.

        Yes, the Portsmouth Mayor is the City Counselor with the most votes. It was a very pleasant surprise when Steve Marchand was elected. I think no one was more surprised than Steve himself. He is by far the youngest Mayor by we've had in over 40 years. Since taking office, his popularity has definitely grown.  

    •  Hey Mayor Steve (0+ / 0-)

      Blog on brother...all the way to the Dirksen Office Building

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