Ann Marie Banfield from Cornerstone Action spoke at The 603 Alliance Issues Briefing Summit on education, Common Core, testing, protecting local control, and language to watch for in legislation.
Our next speaker from The 603 Alliance Issues Briefing Summit is Jim Kofalt. Jim’s topic is government overreach with a focus on Federal land acquisition and the EPA’s MS4 permitting process.
Both present significant problems for property rights and property taxes. Everyone in New Hampshire, whether citizen or citizen legislator needs to understand what they are and the impact these Federal efforts will have in the Granite State.
The 603 Alliance Issues Briefing Summit provided new candidates for the NH House with information about legislation and key issues to keep them well-informed on the campaign trail. If you missed the event we’ll be posting each speaker’s presentation over the next few days.
We begin with Jane Cormier from New Hampshire Right to Life. Jane spoke on the issues of Life and Religious Liberty.
The 603 Alliance held another successful training and information session on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 in Concord, NH.
Over 50 people attended The Issues Briefing Summit which was designed to assist new state representative candidates by informing them of the legislative action last year in the House, and giving them a quick overview of issues that will keep them well-informed when they hit the campaign trail. This summit was part of an on-going program developed by the 603 Alliance to champion Constitutional principles of free people and free markets and uniting like-minded citizens in support of candidates who will further those principles. (See attached photos) Continue reading Issues Briefing Summit — The Results
For Immediate Release
Contact: Fran Wendelboe
submitted by Di Lothrop
Concord (August 1, 2016) – The 603 Alliance is hosting an Issues Briefing Summit on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Bektash Shrine Center Function Hall, 189 Pembroke Road, Concord, NH.
The 603 Alliance seeks to unite like-minded voters behind the most viable conservative candidate promoting liberty, free enterprise, and personal responsibility.
The Summit is open to all new Republican candidates who are running for election to the New Hampshire State House.
The purpose of this Summit is to assist new state representative candidates by informing them of the legislative action last year in the House, and giving them a quick overview of issues that will keep them well-informed when they hit the campaign trail.
Registration is required: There is no charge to attend. A light supper will be provided. Register online here:
or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your first and last name, and email address. Deadline to register is Monday, August 8, 2016.
Several members of the 603 Alliance served as alternate delegates to the GOP Convention in July. 603 Alliance co‑founder Diane Bitter offers her personal recollections of attending the convention in Cleveland:
How so? The atmosphere was electric. The energy level was so high that it was palpable. It was well-organized, professional, and planned to precision. The speakers were selected purposefully — they made us laugh, but they also made us cry.
What was NOT there?
Violence: There was none. In that massive hall with all of those different points of view, with thousands of Republicans from all over the nation, the respect for each other was powerfully evident. Opinions were strong, but civility prevailed.
Everyone was given a voice and we all expressed our approval or rejection — in keeping with our principles. But EACH voice was respected.
Dissension: Those with different points of view were given an opportunity to voice their principles, but in the end, all united for the common good.
What impressions will I always keep with me from this Convention?
- The SECURITY. A feeling of total security was with us the entire time. The many police officers who patrolled the area were so reassuring. Although it was a bother to have to go through the many levels of the security necessary to enter the convention hall, the friendly, warm way in which each officer handled his job was a joy to us. We thanked them often — sometimes with our loud applause as they rode by.
- The extreme friendliness of the people of Cleveland. They welcomed us and urged us to enjoy their city. They genuinely made us feel at home. (Especially the uber drivers.)
- The Delegates, Alternates, and Guests at the Convention. Without fail, everyone I met — many for the first time — was open and positive and upbeat. Tired as we were, there was always a spirit of camaraderie among the attendees. Everyone was ready to lend a hand when needed or to stop for a brief chat. Exchanging stories AND pins with delegates from different states was a favorite activity. And, of course, the opportunity to connect with friends from past lives in other parts of this great nation was a big plus.
- The Candidates. All of them! The losers and the winners. Men and women of great integrity and principle. We are very blessed to be among such principled, like-minded Republicans. May we be blessed enough to see our leaders sworn into office in November and to witness the rejuvenation of America.
The 2016 RNC Convention is one that I will always remember and I am so happy that I was able to attend to experience this new wave of national spirit. It gave me a fresh insight into the future and I look forward to the 2016 election with courage and high expectations.
– Diane Bitter
In an ambitious undertaking, the 603 Alliance held private interview sessions on June 29 and 30 for Republican candidates running in the New Hampshire Primary for the US Senate, CD1, CD2, and Gubernatorial seats.
Members of the 603 Alliance, including grassroots leaders and activists from across New Hampshire, met with each candidate separately in an undisclosed conference room in the Concord area, where each interview was conducted by a member of the 603 Alliance Steering Committee, based on the questions submitted by the attendees prior to the session.
The primary objective of this format was for the members to see the candidates in a more relaxed setting, free of the usual stump speeches and prepared comments. In this “give-and-take” conversation, the attendees were able to evaluate each candidate’s character traits, including his or her personal attributes, integrity, and personality. The candidate’s positions on specific issues were also probed.
All of the major candidates in these four races participated. Following the sessions, the attendees responded by completing an evaluation form ranking their impressions for each candidate, based on their performance. The evaluations were then compiled and reviewed by the 603 Alliance Steering Committee.
The results of this summary were thoroughly reviewed and carefully examined to determine their accuracy. The task was complex and difficult; but in the final analysis, there were some clear winners as determined by this group of conservative activists.
The gubernatorial race features four candidates vying for this position — Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, State Senator Jeanie Forrester, Executive Councilor Chris Sununu, and State Representative Fred Edelblut. Ted Gatsas scored high marks for the work he has done as Mayor of New Hampshire’s largest town, Manchester. Jeanie Forrester’s work in the New Hampshire Senate has earned her much praise, and Executive Councilor Chris Sununu is well-liked for many of his positions, including his stance on repealing Obamacare. However, the candidate who scored highest in all categories was Representative Frank Edelblut. Representative Edelblut was most closely aligned to the principles of limited government that the 603 Alliance holds in high regard.
The 603 Alliance has voted to endorse Frank Edelblut for the Gubernatorial race in New Hampshire.
In the primary race for the U.S. Senate seat, the candidates being interviewed were the incumbent, sitting Senator Kelly Ayotte, and her challenger, former State Senator, Jim Rubens. The analysis of the interviews for both Ayotte and Rubens was very different. Senator Ayotte’s scores reflect the disappointment that many conservatives expressed for her positions during her term in the Senate. Senator Rubens record is strong in several areas reflecting his term in the NH Senate; but there are also areas where grassroots activists differ from him on several issues, including the causes of global warming. Although the 603 Alliance is not currently endorsing either candidate, the group favors Senator Rubens due to his closer alignment with the principles of limited government.
As with the Senate race, each of the Congressional Districts featured two major candidates, and those were included in the interview process.
For CD2, interviews were conducted for Representative Jack Flanagan and Representative Jim Lawrence. During these intimate interview sessions, the contrast between these two candidates was quite clear. The scores recorded for Jim Lawrence far exceeded those for Jack Flanagan. Therefore, the 603 Alliance will endorse Jim Lawrence for CD2.
The remaining race, CD1, was the most difficult to determine. Long discussions and much analysis were required to come to a decision. In fact, the ratings were very close and it was a tough call to make. Both Rich Ashooh and Frank Guinta possess fine attributes that make either of them excellent candidates for the office of U.S. Congress. In fact, each of these candidates scored as high as, or higher than, any of the ten candidates interviewed. After much discussion, the 603 Alliance is favoring Congressman Frank Guinta and will be supporting him in this race.
The 603 Alliance understands its commitment to the principles on which the Alliance is founded and has made these calls accordingly. We trust that our decisions will be of some assistance to our members in making their decisions when voting in the Primary Election, but we also urge our members to exercise their own judgments and arrive at their own, best decisions when entering the voting booth on September 13.