Primary Source: Pop Quiz on N.H. for Levi Sanders

  • Valley News political columnist and news editor John Gregg in West Lebanon, N.H., on September 20, 2016. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

There’s no denying that Levi Sanders, the son of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is following his father’s playbook as he runs as a Democrat in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District. The 49-year-old Sanders is pushing a $15 minimum wage, “Medicare for All” health coverage and free college tuition. Sanders, who lives outside of the district in Claremont, also has not been shy about running photographs on social media of himself with his famous dad, including one suggesting that the torch is being passed from father to son.

In an interview on New Hampshire Public Radio on Monday morning, Levi Sanders noted he had lived in New Hampshire for more than 15 years and mentioned repeatedly that he has “talked to the people in District One,” including one woman who makes the $7.25 minimum wage.

But outside of a brief mention of the Manchester Fire Department’s Safe Station program, which reaches out to opioid abusers, Sanders could have been talking about Anywhere, USA, not the Granite State specifically.

Do you see another Scott “Sullivan County” Brown in the works? You can’t say that we didn’t warn Brown, offering a New Hampshire Pop Quiz to him in March 2014, months before a debate against U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., revealed that the Republican carpetbagger knew little about the state.

In that same spirit, here’s a New Hampshire 1st Congressional District Quiz to help Levi Sanders get up to speed:


1. Name three lakes in the Lakes Region.

2. In which city is Frisbie Memorial Hospital?

a) Hasbro, N.H. b) Wham-O, N.H. c) Rochester, N.H.

3. Where is Sandwich?

a) In my lunch box b) Cape Cod c) “some place past Concord” d) Carroll County.

4. State Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, D-Manchester, has just published a memoir, Lou D’Allesandro: Lion of the New Hampshire Senate: Thoughts for Presidential Hopefuls. Who did he endorse before the New Hampshire presidential primaries in 2004, 2008 and 2016? (Hint — none were elected president).

5. Who represented the 1st District for much of the 1990s, Bob Zelig, Bill Zeliff or Flo Ziegfeld?

6. What is the University of New Hampshire team name?

a) The Old Men of the Mountain b) The Moose c) The Wildcats d) The Free State Porcupines.

7. What family dynasty holds sway in New Hampshire?

a) The Bass family, b) The Shaheen family, c) The Sununu family, d) The Gregg family (no relation).

8. What is the “New Hampshire Advantage”?

a) It’s not Massachusetts. b) It’s not Vermont c) It’s not generous with social welfare benefits. d) It’s not clear.

9. What is the New Hampshire motto?

a) Good Guys and Gals with Guns. b) Tax Free! (except for the auto excise tax, the property tax, the business profits tax, and the 5 percent tax on more than $2,400 in interest and dividends nobody mentions until you retire here.) c) Live Free or Die.

10. What is the state beverage?

a) Whole milk b) Prune juice c) Apple cider d) Hennessy cognac.


1. Study a map. Pronounce “Winnipesaukee” correctly. And, remember, Newfound Lake is in the 2nd Congressional District.

2. Rochester, population 30,000.

3. Carroll County or “along Squam Lake” both acceptable. Drop out if you said Cape Cod.

4. John Edwards, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Hillary Clinton.

5. Bill Zeliff.

6. The Wildcats.

7. What day of the week is it?

8. Trick question. Answer is all of the above.

9. Live Free or Die, for now.

10. Apple cider.

Briefly Noted

Former Strafford Selectboard member Stephen Marx says he is running for Vermont governor as an independent, his goal being to raise interest in a state constitutional amendment to give legal rights to the Earth. Marx, a retired literacy teacher, in 2013 pushed a similar proposal through Strafford Town Meeting. Marx at the time voiced support for the idea that everything from fish to forests have inherent rights. The Earth Rights movement also is a counterbalance to the Citizens United decision that let loose hundreds of millions of corporate dollars on the political process.

Rochester, Vt., independent Mason Wade said he plans to run for one of the three seats representing Windsor County in the Vermont Senate. Wade, 63, says he is a homesteader, woodsman and master gardener.

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