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Primary Source: Fiorina, Walker Campaign in Grafton County



Thursday, August 20, 2015
Republican presidential candidate and former business executive Carly Fiorina campaigned in rural Grafton County Wednesday, meeting with more than 90 people at King Forest Industries in Wentworth.

The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard talked for about 30 minutes and then toured the pine sawmill, which employs about 85 people, according to Orford Republican Tom Thomson, who helped arrange the event.

Thomson, who has not endorsed a candidate in the race, said such gatherings normally draw about 30 people, but Fiorina drew three times that amount.

“It tells me people were interested in her, and I think a lot of it had to do with her showing at the debate,” Thomson said, referring to a second-tier Fox News forum in which Fiorina scored well with viewers. “I think she’s a very capable person, obviously, and she talked about all the issues, from (curbing) taxes, reducing the deficit, you name it.”

Although he wasn’t able to attend the event because of a scheduling conflict, Grafton County Sheriff Doug Dutile has endorsed Fiorina and said “she’s a very intelligent lady” who started her career as a 
secretary.

“She understands the problems we have in the country right now, and I think she has some answers. Not only answers, but she knows how to correct the problem,” said Dutile, who predicted that Fiorina will wind up on the GOP national ticket.

Another Republican is headed to the Upper Valley and southeastern Grafton County today. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is slated to hold a “meet and greet” with Sullivan County voters at 4 p.m. at One Mile West in Sunapee. From there, he’ll head to the American Legion Hall in Ashland, N.H., for a 7:30 p.m. town hall forum.

On the Democratic Front

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent running for the Democratic nomination, is again heading to New Hampshire to campaign.

Sanders will be in Salem late Sunday afternoon for a town hall forum, then has campaign stops scheduled on Monday in Conway, Berlin and Littleton.

Sanders, who is tapping into social media and an extensive email list of progressive supporters, continues to draw huge crowds around the country.

Earlier this month, he drew about 28,000 people to a rally in Portland, Ore., according to his campaign. Other Sanders events have drawn about 27,500 in Los Angeles, 15,000 in Seattle, 11,300 in Phoenix and 10,000 in Madison, Wis., according to Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs.

Sanders told about 4,000 people who came to see him Tuesday night at the University of Nevada in Reno, even lining up in a parking garage, that his campaign “is on the move.”

“The momentum from one end of this country to the other has been extraordinary,” Sanders said, according to the Associated Press, noting, “This is the first crowd we’ve had where people were in a parking facility.”

For her part, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to establish the statewide network that can help actually pull voters to the polls in the New Hampshire primary. The Clinton campaign on Monday opened a Lebanon-area campaign office in the Rivermill Commercial Center on Mechanic Street, her 7th campaign office around the state.

No Deal in N.H.

Gov. Maggie Hassan and Republican leaders in the New Hampshire House and Senate continue to maneuver over a thus-far stalled budget for the next two years.

GOP leaders on Wednesday offered to fully fund a new contract for state employees, which includes a pay raise, one of the sticking points in reaching a deal.

“We continue to believe that our budget is balanced, realistic and responsive to the needs of New Hampshire citizens, and considers the needs of taxpayers and job creators,” Senate President Chuck Morse, House Speaker Shawn Jasper, and the two majority leaders in both chambers wrote in a letter to Hassan.

But the Democratic governor responded with a letter of her own, saying it is “essential” to continue discussions to reach a compromise but stating that Repbublican tax cuts for business will create too much of a drain on revenues in future years.

“While I appreciate your offer to fund the state employee’s contract, and believe that is an important first step in addressing our obligations as a state, it doest not address my principal concerns with the budget: unpaid-for tax cuts that will create a $90 million hole in future budgets,” Hassan wrote.

Bridge Shift Delayed

The planned “lateral slide” of a new Interstate 91 northbound bridge over Route 5 in White River Junction has been delayed from this weekend to the next, due in part to concerns about the weather and to allow the contractor more time to evaluate the work. Still, state transportation officials said there could be “long delays” tonight as construction crews remove the left lane of the existing bridge. Motorists were advised to seek alternative routes.



John Gregg can be reached at jgregg@vnews.com.