Conservative think-tank founder Karen Testerman (R) “vowed to improve the state’s business climate and repair its image as the Live Free or Die state if voters elect her” GOV (Landrigan, Nashua Telegraph, 12/8).
The founder and ex-exec. dir. of the conservative think tank Cornerstone Policy Research “stressed a need” for NH to “return to its roots, (to a) reliance on the creator of this great state.”
“She addressed her views against gay marriage by quoting Vladimir Lenin.” Testerman: “If you destroy the family, you destroy society.” Testerman said what a gay or lesbian does behind closes doors is up to them but society should not formally recognize a gay union. Testerman: “The reason to recognize family in the state is to provide for the next generation, to ensure a man or woman is held accountable, held responsible for children in the community” (Schoenberg, Concord Monitor, 12/8).
NH Dem spokesperson Derek Richer: “While Testerman and the N.H. GOP continue to talk about discrimination and hate, Democrats in New Hampshire are working hard to fix the economy, create jobs, and improve the lives of working families in the Granite State.”
Testerman said if elected she “would bring state spending back to 2004 levels plus an annual inflation rate.” Testerman: “It’s not the same old thing, taxes, taxes, taxes. What we have is a spending problem.”
Her campaign “is neither exploratory nor necessarily permanent” and “she could defer to another” socially and fiscally conservative GOPer who emerges later. Testerman: “If that happens, I would sit back and prayerfully assess what would be the consequences of that. There are benefits in having party primaries as long as all candidates remain focused on the issues” (Nashua Telegraph, 12/8).
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Donald Trump's "transition team will meet next week with representatives of the tech industry, multiple sources confirmed, even as their candidate largely has been largely shunned by Silicon Valley. The meeting, scheduled for next Thursday at the offices of law and lobbying firm BakerHostetler, will include trade groups like the Information Technology Industry Council and the Internet Association that represent major Silicon Valley companies."
Today in bad news for Donald Trump:
- Newsweek found that a company he controlled did business with Cuba under Fidel Castro "despite strict American trade bans that made such undertakings illegal, according to interviews with former Trump executives, internal company records and court filings." In 1998, he spent at least $68,000 there, which was funneled through a consluting company "to make it appear legal."
- The Los Angeles Times reports that at a golf club he owns in California, Trump ordered that unattractive female staff be fired and replaced with prettier women.
In some of the first state-by-state surveys since Monday night's debate, Hillary Clinton has the edge in five battlegrounds, according to polls by Public Policy Polling. In four-way matchups, Clinton leads Donald Trump 46%-40% in Colorado, 45%-43% in Florida, 44%-42% in North Carolina, 45%-39% in Pennsylvania, and 46%-40% in Virginia. Gary Johnson doesn't top 7% in any state. Voters in all five states thought that Clinton decisively won the debate.