Lamar Alexander in New Hampshire
Democracy in Action total: 16 visits, 28 days.

...6 visits, 9 days
Aug. 16             In Nashville Alexander announces the end of his campaign.
July 7-Aug. 14   Iowa.  "Homecoming '99" bus tour.
July 1-3            July 1 Taxpayer Protection Pledge press conference at Alexander for President headquarters in Manchester.  July 2  Breakfast at the Capitol City Diner in Concord; ed board meeting at the Concord Monitor; meeting with small business owners at Mame's Restaurant in Meredith; meeting with voters Ballot Room at the Balsams Resort in Dixville Notch.  July 3  Speech to guests at Balsams Resort; lunch stop at The Errol Restaurant in Errol; Main Street walk in Berlin; appearance at Gorham July 4 celebration; appearance at fundraiser for Executive Councilor Ray Burton at the Mt. Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods.  Former congressman Bill Zeliff joined Alexander for several stops on July 2 and 3.
June 13            Zeliff campaign reunion picnic at Pawtuckaway State Park in Nottingham.
May 1-2            May 1 Launch of NH grassroots campaign with Sen. Fred Thompson: Alexander and Thompson speak to volunteers at headquarters, deliver videotapes door to door, picnic at headquarters.  May 2 NHRSC First in the Nation Primary Kick Off Dinner.
April 8              Campaign announces that political director Brian Kennedy and deputy political director Renee Klink will be based in New Hampshire.
April 5              Campaign moves in to office at 340 Harvey Rd in Manchester (near the airport).
March 17          Wild Irish Breakfast in Nashua.
March 10               Announcement tour March 10-15.  March 10 DC news conference to pick up endorsements of Sens. Thompson and Frist.  NH. Announcement and rally at Derry Village School.  March 11  Iowa.  Announcement w/ Gov. Branstad at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids; agriculture policy speech at Iowa State University in Ames (calls for expanded use of ethanol in place of the MTBE gasoline additive).  March 12  Puente Learning Center in Los Angeles.  March 15  Rally and questions from six students at Maryville High School.
February 4               Dan Pierce Show, Portsmouth Rotary, meetings

...7 visits, 13 days
October 30               (Previous day in Wilmington, DE).  Does the "Dan Pierce Show" on WGIR Radio in Manchester; CNAC lunch with Sen. Gregg and Executive Councilor Bernie Streeter in Nashua; "The Woody Woodlands Show" with Sen. Jim Squires, in Nashua.  (Heads off to Georgia).
Sept. 30, Oct. 1       Sept. 30 CNAC breakfast for gubernatorial candidate Jay Lucas, followed by media availability at the Gristmill Restaurant in Bow; to Twin Mountain for media availability and hike of Mt. Washington  with John Harrigan.  Oct. 1  Two events in Maine; CNAC reception with Executive Councilor Bernie Streeter, in Nashua.  On to Boston.
August 20                Second annual New Hampshire Republican lobster bake at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye draws as many as 2,800 people.  The Eagle-Tribune of Haverhill, MA (8/21) described it as "the biggest Republican campaign event ever in the state." A New Hampshire GOP official termed the lobster bake "a flex of organizational muscle" and said it had been "very streamlined."  He noted that Alexander had 70 people working all day setting up and said that no one had to wait more than five minutes for a lobster.
Aug. 17                    Alexander's Virginia-based political action committee We The Parents first appears on the scene with a national television advertising campaign.  The initial 30-second spot "Photos" calls for tripling the federal tax deduction for each child to $8,000.  The ad will run in 14 states, including Iowa and New Hampshire, at a cost of $200,000 for the first week.
June 15-17                June 15  Hillsborough County Republicans reception in the evening at the Amherst Country Club.  June 16  Manchester/Bedford area activist breakfast meeting at Fratello's Restaurant in Manchester; New Hampshire Realtor's Association luncheon in Concord; Jan and Bernie Streeter reception in Nashua; CNAC and Derry Republican Committee Neighborhood Meeting in Derry.  June 17  Keene area activist breakfast in Keene.
May 19                     Republican Neighborhood Meeting at Exeter Town Hall.
April 20-21                April 20 At Dartmouth College in Hanover, public lecture, "The New Misery Index" at the Hinman Forum, followed by reception.  Alexander says the New Misery Index comprises "the failure of our schools, the epidemic of illegal drugs, and the absence of parents in the lives of their children,…challenges that, if left unattended, could bring our country to its knees in a generation."  April 21 Breakfast with students, lecture in Prof. John Sipple's "Educational Issues in Contemporary Society" class.  Press conference in Manchester on the "culture of violence."
February 18-20          Feb. 18 Discussion with Kids Vote Assembly at Parkside Junior High in Manchester; Dan Pierce Live radio talk show (WGIR, Manchester); Goffstown GOP City Committee Lincoln Day Dinner.  Feb. 19 Reception for elected officials hosted by Rath, Young  & Pignatelli law firm, in Concord; event in Montpelier, Vermont; keynote address at the Sullivan County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner in Newport.  Feb. 20 Radio--Bill McLean Show (WLNH, Gilford); Carroll County Lincoln Day Dinner in North Conway.
Wk of Jan. 19-23 CNAC opens office in NH.
Wk of Jan. 16           CNAC begins running a radio ad in New Hampshire, in the aftermath of a controversial New Hampshire Supreme Court decision on school funding.  (Steve Forbes' AHGO also started running a radio ad on the subject.  This may have been the first ad war of the 2000 campaign).

...3 visits, 6 days
November 3-4            Third trip to NH since 1996, speech at the Republican City Committee's annual Elphy Awards Dinner in Nashua.  Speech to the Bow Republican Committee at the Grist Mill Restaurant.  One-on-one meetings.
August 6-8                Three-day trip.  Portsmouth, Dover and, the highlight, an Aug. 7 evening Lobster bake at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye that draws more than 1,000 Republican activists.
Spring              Alexander's organization pays for a survey of Iowa and New Hampshire voters.  FEC reports show the survey, done by the polling firm Q.W. Ayres and Assoc., cost $39,395.04 (April 16); it was the largest single disbursement during the year.
February 15              Lincoln Day dinner in Laconia.

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