EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 4, 2012

Campaign Notebook: Celebrities, candidates visit N.H.

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Mitt Romney plans to wrap up the campaign tomorrow night at the Verizon Wireless Arena with Kid Rock.

President Obama had James Taylor with him last weekend in Nashua.

Former President Clinton – will he bring his sax? – is due to join Obama in Concord today.

A less musical celebrity, political analyst Dick Morris, was in New Hampshire last week for a gubernatorial debate viewing party and a luncheon as guest of the Windham-based state chapter of Americans For Prosperity.

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida was joining U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte at a Romney event Thursday over the Londonderry line at the Executive Court in Manchester.

Hey, is that the GOP 2016 presidential ticket?

And is Rubio willing to be Ayotte’s VP?

First votes counted in Dixville Notch

The first votes will be counted very early Tuesday morning in Dixville Notch.

That’s a New Hampshire tradition with a new wrinkle this year.

The ballots will be cast at midnight at the Balsams Wilderness Ski Resort Lodge, not the hotel, which is closed for renovations.

Typically seven Republicans, four Democrats and three moose vote.

We made that last part up.

Ayotte boosts Bass, Shaheen helps Kuster

Ayotte also was with Congressman Charles Bass for a spaghetti dinner Thursday in Salem at the Elks Lodge. The dinner was part of an all-day Salem tour for Bass that included stops downtown at Town Hall and the Senior Center.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, meanwhile, joined Democratic challenger Ann McLane Kuster for a roundtable at Sammy J’s in Salem, focused on helping middle class families and small businesses.

Yes and no on income tax ban

GOP gubernatorial nominee Ovide Lamontagne and Republican Congressmen Bass and Frank Guinta gave their support last week to a ballot question calling for a state ban on an income tax.

Democratic former Congressman Carol Shea-Porter, opposing Guinta, came out in opposition.

Report cards

This is the time of year report cards start coming out.

Liberal-leaning Granite State Progress issued its special report cards on state legislators last week and there will be more than a few conservatives expected to come in for tutoring.

Visit granitestateprogress.org/service/legislator-report-cards to see the grades.

Union backs Barry

Bill Barry picked up the endorsement of AFSCME Local 3657, which represents Pelham police officers, in the Hillsborough County sheriff’s race.

That gave him the backing of more than a half dozen unions.

AFSCME 3657 called Barry a fiscal conservative, good administrator and credited him with apprehending more than 1,500 fugitives.

He’s running against incumbent James Hardy.