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PORTSMOUTH — If partisan bickering and the Washington quagmire have you down there is hope.
No Labels is holding a Problem Solver Convention Nov. 3 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Hilton Doubletree in Manchester. Tickets for the free event are available through the No Labels website, www.nolabes.org/nh. Early reservation is recommended as the convention could sell out by the end of October.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, a Republican presidential candidate, and several Democratic presidential candidates have committed to speaking and more candidates may jump in. Former Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will speak along with members of the Congressional Problem Solvers Caucus.
Focus group specialist Frank Luntz will host a live focus group so the media and candidates can see what a sampling of New Hampshire voters think as 42% of registered voters are undeclared.
If you want to change party affiliations for the New Hampshire Presidential Primary you must do so before Oct. 25.
The No Labels Problem Solvers Convention stated “We want reasonable Democrats, reasonable Republicans and reasonable Independents…to get to know each other and to talk about the way forward, even on issues they disagree with.” Just like the No Labels Problem Solver Caucus in Washington, D.C., the convention is an opportunity for New Hampshire residents to listen and talk without party labels hanging over their heads.
For members of Congress to join the No Label Problem Solvers Caucus they must be paired with a member of the opposite party so there is a balance between parties. The Problem Solver Caucus provides a place where members are free to represent their constituents, not under the banner of their party affiliation label. Those who attend the convention can hear directly from members of Congress who cross the aisle to work on the business of the people. The Problem Solver segment will be moderated by Bob Cusack of The Hill.
Convention attendees will get a free copy of new book, the “Ultimate Guide to the 2020 Election,” written by No Labels’ Ryan Clancy and Margaret White. Steven Borne of Rye, one of the many New Hampshire people who provided feedback on early drafts, said getting the book is worth the trip to Manchester.
The book, he said, “does a phenomenal job of succinctly presenting the view from the right, the view from the left and then the reality of the situation.” The guide tackles health care, energy and climate change, infrastructure, big tech and privacy, the American dream, immigration, the national debt and gun safety. Each section concludes with middle ground suggestions and approaches that would allow the country to act together.
In addition to suggestions in the Ultimate Guide to the 2020 Election, No Labels, in conjunction with the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, will discuss the recently published policy brief “Beyond Redistricting and Campaign Finance, Six Bold Ideas to Rebuild Our Democracy.”
As there are numerous groups working to curtail the main fuel of partisan polarization, gerrymandering and big money, what should the next corrective actions be? These ideas will be presented so attendees can discuss them with friends, neighbors and colleagues.
Borne, who is president of the Rye Civic League and author of “Consuming Government,” a novel approach to reinvigorating civic engagement, has been involved with No Labels on and off for the past decade.
No Labels has a single office on Hanover Street in Manchester that is answering questions and helping residents register for the conference. Dan Conway, N.H. field organizer for No Labels, encourages online registration as soon as possible.