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Grammy-winning songwriter LaShawn Daniels dead at 41 after car accident: report

Grammy-winning songwriter-to-the-stars LaShawn Daniels died in a car crash, his family announced Wednesday. He was 41 years old.

“It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, family member, and friend LaShawn Daniels, who was the victim of a fatal car accident in South Carolina,” his wife, April Daniels, said in a statement to Page Six. “Daniels was a man of extraordinary faith and a pillar in our family.”

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Daniels wrote songs for major artists including Beyoné, Lady Gaga, Whitney Housten, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Jackson, Toni Braxton, Alicia Keys and Janet Jackson. He was also known for his collaborations with producer Darkchild.

He earned a Grammy Award in 2000 for the Destiny Child’s hit “Say My Name,” and was nominated again in 2013 for Tamar Braxton’s song “Love and War.”

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LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 24: Music artist LaShawnDaniels host the ninth annual ASCAP and Motown Gospel’s Morning Glory Breakfast Reception honoring the 33rd annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards nominees at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas on March 24, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Leon Bennett/FilmMagic)

When news of his passing broke, tributes from his industry collaborators and friends flooded social media.

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“We was supposed go crazy next week… appreciate you for f–kin wit me OG..,” Kehlani tweeted. “Your legacy will never be forgotten! this s–t crazy! RIP Lashawn Daniels .”

“Damn.. LaShawn Daniels.. wtf, this can’t be real. This HURTS. He provided so many iconic songs in my life. Rest easy big man.. you will live in forever!” singer-songwriter Mike Hough wrote.

Daniels is survived by his wife and their three kids: Omarr, Tahshon and Jett.

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April added that the family is thankful for the “the continuous outpouring of love and sympathy” they have received, but also asked for people to “respect the privacy of our entire family during this difficult time.”

This article originally appeared in Page Six.

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Discussion Thread: Climate Town Hall With Democratic Presidential Candidates

CNN will host a seven-hour marathon of interviews with 10 presidential candidates about climate change on Wednesday beginning at 5 pm Eastern as part of its climate crisis town hall. A live stream of the town hall will air on CNN.com. You can also stream it via CNN apps on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, and Android TV. The forum will also be broadcast on SiriusXM Channels 116, 454, 795, and the Westwood One Radio Network.

Here is the format:

  • Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro will be interviewed by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer at 5 pm ET

  • Entrepreneur Andrew Yang will be interviewed by Blitzer at 5:40 pm

  • California Sen. Kamala Harris will be interviewed by Erin Burnett at 6:20 pm

  • Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar will be interviewed by Burnett at 7 pm

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden will be interviewed by Anderson Cooper at 8 pm

  • Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will interviewed by Cooper at 8:40 pm

  • Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be interviewed by Chris Cuomo at 9:20 pm

  • South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg will be interviewed by Cuomo at 10 pm

  • Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke will be interviewed Don Lemon at 10:40 pm

  • New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker will be interviewed by Lemon at 11:20 pm

The audience will be composed of selected Democrats, independents, and stakeholders. No public tickets will be issued.

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Trump’s Hurricane Dorian Map Looks Mighty Suspicious

It’s well known that Donald Trump doesn’t like to admit he’s wrong, but somebody may have gone to extreme lengths on Wednesday to protect his ego.

During a hurricane briefing, the president showed an old weather map suggesting Dorian was previously on track to hit Florida.

However, it appeared as if someone took a Sharpie pen to the map to draw a swoosh around southern Alabama. The alteration was presumably meant to correspond with an incorrect tweet the president posted on Saturday saying the hurricane was headed there (and which the National Weather Service had to correct in a tweet of its own).

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MSNBC President Donald Trump discusses the path of Hurricane Dorian on Wednesday.

The suspicious mark quickly caught the attention of various Twitter users.

Of course, soothing the president’s fragile ego comes at a price.

Journalists reaching out to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration about the president’s map didn’t get a comment. They got something more chilling.

HuffPost reached out to the White House press office, which did not immediately respond.

When a journalist asked Trump if he altered the weather map to include Alabama, he didn’t deny the accusation entirely.

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Syrian civil war has damaged more than 120 churches, report finds

As many as 124 churches have been damaged or targeted by military forces on all sides of Syria’s civil war, which has stretched on for more than eight years, according to a new report by the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR).

The report’s timeline of incidents involving Syrian government forces, opposition forces and extremist militants, including the Islamic State (ISIS), extended from March 2011 to September 2019.

The researchers found 75 reported attacks involved forces supporting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, 33 involved armed opposition forces, 12 involved ISIS or other Islamic extremist groups and four incidents involved other fighting groups.

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Damage from Syrian government warplanes to a church east of Damascus, in February 2018. (Ammar Al Bushy, SNHR)

“Assad has made Syria unsafe for all Syrians, including Christians, and he must be held accountable for his actions,” said Erica Hanichak, a government relations director at Americans for a Free Syria.

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The evidence indicated some churches were the intended targets, while others were collateral damage.

The report found some churches were damaged or destroyed in bombings with no military installations or equipment nearby. Other reported incidents included houses of worship being turned into military headquarters and churches that were subject to more than one attack.

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“Syria will not become calm without transition to democracy and respect for human rights,” SNHR Chairman Fadel Abdul Ghany said.

The group added that its new report clearly showed international law was violated, as global conventions prohibit any hostile acts against places of worship.

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Latest images of Bahamas damage from Hurricane Dorian

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Victim Of Brock Turner Sexual Assault Reveals Her Identity

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In newspapers she was described as the “unconscious intoxicated woman.” In the courtroom she was called Emily Doe. On Tuesday, she let the world know that her real name is Chanel Miller.

In 2015, Miller was attacked while unconscious after drinking too much at a fraternity party at Stanford University. Two young men on bicycles rescued her. Her attacker tried to run away but they chased him and held him down until the police arrived. Brock Turner, her attacker, was a student at Stanford and a swimming champion.

A year later, Turner was tried and convicted on three counts of sexual assault. At the sentencing hearing, Miller read a powerful and lengthy statement about the effect the assault had on her life. She remembered little of what happened, a fact that was used against her by Turner’s defense attorney. The aftermath was devastating. Addressing Turner directly, she told him that he “took away my worth, my privacy… my confidence, my own voice.”

MIller’s statement went viral. Turner, who could have gotten 14 years in federal prison, was sentenced to six months in county jail. He served three months.

That decision, by Judge Aaron Persky, was met with outrage. Critics assailed Judge Persky for being too lenient. Turner was a first time offender, a promising student and swimming champion. A tougher sentence the judge said “would have had a severe impact him” and the judge did not feel Turner was a danger to others. He also pointed out that the victim was intoxicated. He did not mention how her life had been changed by the assault. Critics of the decision started gathering signatures for a recall campaign. In June 2018, the campaign succeeded. Persky was the first California judge to be recalled in more than 80 years.

Now Chanel Miller is telling her story in a new book due out on Sept.24 called Know My Name.

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Shannon Bream reacts to Walmart gun crackdown: ‘They have such a presence in the heartland’

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Fox News’ Shannon Bream said on Wednesday that Walmart stopping gun and ammunition sales at its stores is an “interesting” move by the big box chain due to its widespread presence across America.

“They’re in towns and cities all over the place,” Bream told Dana Perino on “The Daily Briefing.” “For a lot of people, especially in more rural areas, they are the one place you can go get groceries, and prescriptions, and household goods … They have such a presence in the heartland.”

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Walmart is set to end sales of handguns in Alaska and will discontinue the sale of short-barrel rifle and handgun ammunition in stores nationwide, its president and CEO announced Tuesday afternoon.

The changes will reduce Walmart’s market share of ammunition to between six and nine percent from around 20 percent, according to the announcement. About half of Walmart’s approximately 5,000 U.S. stores sell firearms.

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The announcement came three days after a mass shooting killed seven people in Odessa, Texas. Four weeks earlier, a gunman killed 22 people and wounded 24 others inside at Walmart in El Paso, Texas.

“I think among a lot of American families who see Walmart as one of their brands and it may be the best thing in town, they may not have any options whether they want to boycott or not,” Bream said.

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Walmart has also asked that customers no longer openly carry firearms into its stores or Sam’s Clubs in states where so-called “open carry” is permitted unless law enforcement authorized it. However, McMillon noted that the store wouldn’t change its policy and approach regarding concealed-carry permits.

Fox News’ Russell Cosby and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Gregory Craig Acquitted on Charge of Lying to Justice Department

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WASHINGTON — Gregory B. Craig, one of Washington’s most prominent Democratic lawyers, was acquitted on Wednesday of a felony charge that he lied about work he did seven years ago for the Ukrainian government.

The jury returned the verdict after just hours of deliberation. It was a blow to the Justice Department’s effort to more aggressively crack down on foreign influence in Washington and a vindication of Mr. Craig’s high-risk strategy of taking the case to trial.

The trial exposed in detail how a foreign government was able to harness Washington’s industry of lawyers, lobbyist and public relations experts, an unflattering portrait that included at least four million dollars in secret offshore bank transfers from a Ukrainian oligarch to Mr. Craig’s law firm.

But Mr. Craig’s guilt or innocence turned on the question of whether he deliberately misled Justice Department officials who were investigating whether he should register as a foreign agent.

The case was viewed as a test of the Justice Department’s new campaign to enforce a once-obscure foreign lobbying law. Until roughly two years ago, violators of the statute, known as the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, typically received only an administrative slap on the wrist.

While Mr. Craig, 74, who served as White House counsel in the first year of the Obama administration, was not accused of violating FARA, he was accused of deceiving the officials who enforce it in an effort to avoid registering as a foreign agent. His was one of a series of foreign lobbying-related prosecutions that sprang from former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s nearly two-year investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race.

Those cases have contributed to a wave of disclosures by lobbyists and lawyers. The number of people who newly registered as foreign agents so far this year is more than twice the number of new registrants in all of 2010.

Jurors were forced to weigh Mr. Craig’s reputation as an illustrious Washington lawyer who had served two Democratic presidents against a series of electronic communications that suggested he had shaded the truth in two letters and a meeting with Justice Department officials six years ago.

The case hinged in particular on whether Mr. Craig had sought to obscure his role in promoting his law firm’s report by providing a copy to a journalist, David E. Sanger of The New York Times, who, along with a colleague, wrote a story about the report.

William Taylor, one of Mr. Craig’s lawyers, said his client had been “hounded” by overzealous prosecutors.

“The question that you need to ask is not why this jury acquitted Mr. Craig. but why the Department of Justice brought this case against an innocent man in the first place,” he said. “It’s a tragedy, it’s a disgrace, and we are glad it is over.”

Mr. Craig, smiling broadly, thanked the jurors, his friends, his family and his lawyers.

One juror, Michael G. Meyer, said, that while some jurors were “very disturbed” by Mr. Craig’s conduct, “we could not find a basis to convict him.” Mr. Meyer, 60, added that the law “was presented to us in a very narrow fashion.”

Mr. Craig’s defense team insisted that prosecutors had concocted a charge out of a few minor omissions of facts that Mr. Craig was never under any obligation to reveal. “Mr. Craig is not the kind of person who would lie to a U.S. government agency, not after a 50-year career based on character and trust,” one of his lawyers, William Murphy, told the jurors.

Prosecutors said Mr. Craig gave in to hubris and self-interest, hiding the truth of his interactions with Mr. Sanger, not only from the Justice Department, but from his own firm’s general counsel. Fernando Campoamor-Sanchez, one of the prosecutors, described Mr. Craig’s final letter to the Justice Department on the matter as a “masterpiece” of lies and half-truths.

“If you read the letter, you will find contempt for the FARA unit,” coupled with a sense of “entitlement” and self-importance, he argued. He noted Mr. Craig proposed complaining to the attorney general himself if FARA officials did not accept his viewpoint.

The Justice Department’s inquiry concerned a 2012 report that Mr. Craig and his law firm — Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom — performed for the Ukrainian government, then led by Viktor F. Yanukovych.

In hopes of burnishing Mr. Yanukovych’s tattered image in the West, his government hired Skadden to review its prosecution of a political opposition figure. The report, which earned the law firm $4.6 million, concluded that while the political leader’s rights had been violated at trial, her conviction on corruption charges was backed by evidence.

Prosecutors alleged that Mr. Craig concealed his role in Ukraine’s media strategy for the report because registering as a foreign agent would have limited his prospects for further government service and damaged his reputation. The evidence showed that he wrongly claimed that he only responded to inquiries from reporters to correct misconceptions. In fact, he had contacted Mr. Sanger, offering him an advance copy of the report and an interview about its findings before its publication.

The prosecution’s case was hampered by several problems: Justice Department officials who oversee FARA registration kept no notes of the meeting during which Mr. Craig supposedly lied to them in order to convince them to reverse their decision that he had to register as foreign agent. The prosecution never sought to call Mr. Sanger to testify.

Others knowledgeable about Mr. Craig’s involvement in Ukraine’s media plan were either convicted criminals or confessed liars. Paul Manafort, who was working for Ukraine at the time and went to become Mr. Trump’s campaign chairman, is now serving a seven and a half year prison term for fraud and other crimes. The prosecutors ruled out calling Mr. Manafort, who breached a plea agreement and tried to convince witnesses against him to lie, as a witness.

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Farmers concerned over how mandatory water cuts from Colorado River will impact agriculture

Two western states are imposing mandatory water cuts because the Colorado River, which supplies water to 40 million people and about 5 million acres of land across seven states, has dropped to alarmingly low levels.

Nevada and Arizona, concerned that a 20-year drought has dried up much of the river, are trying to rein in water use in an effort to save the disappearing river.

The river’s water levels next year are projected to be just below the threshold of 1,090 feet laid out in the Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) that was signed earlier this year by Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and the U.S. government.

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A lingering 20-year drought has caused water levels in Lake Mead to drop, triggering mandatory water cuts for Arizona and Nevada next year. (Ben Brown / Fox News)

“It’s very significant in terms of looking at the Basin and internationally both the U.S. and Mexico,” said Greg Walch, general counsel for the Southern Nevada Water Authority. “The DCP cuts that you’re talking about collectively reduce the risk of Lake Mead falling to critically low elevations by more than two thirds locally.”

While officials from both Arizona and Nevada told Fox News they were anticipating the cutbacks and have planned accordingly, farmers say limiting water use could have a striking impact on their future.

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“Starting in 2021 or maybe 2022 we could get big cutbacks and then 2023, and after we could have huge cutbacks where we lose all of our surface water,” said Dan Thelander, Tempe Farming Company partner. “So, it’s very concerning.”

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Arizona farmer Dan Thelander examines his cotton crop. (Ben Brown / Fox News)

Thelander, who has been farming in Pinal County, Ariz., since 1995, is keeping a watchful eye on the water levels over the next few years, hoping for a series of strong winters that will keep further restrictions from being implemented.

Under drought guidelines from the Central Arizona Project, farmers will see a 60 percent reduction, from 275,000 acre-feet to 105,000 acre-feet per year for the first three years, followed by a complete cutoff from the Colorado River, relying entirely on groundwater, according to the Arizona Republic.

“We’re already using a lot of groundwater but we won’t have enough water to irrigate all of our land,” Thelander told Fox News. “So there is going to be 30, 40, 50 percent of our land will not be planted due to not having enough water.”

The river is below the threshold level, but a strong winter could help elevate the water in Lake Mead. That could help the river recover from a decades-long drought.

The river was helped slightly by a snowy winter last year, but that wasn’t enough.

“We had a really great snowpack this past winter that’s helped the lake elevate as well as all the conservation measures,” Christi Vanover, public affairs officer for Lake Mead National Recreation Area, told Fox News. “So right now everyone’s kind of taking a sigh of relief as the water levels come up but we’re still concerned it’s going to take many good wet snow years before we fully recover from the 20-year drought.”

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Christi Vanover, public affairs officer for Lake Mead National Recreation Area, said officials have a little breathing room after a strong winter helped boost water levels. (Ben Brown / Fox News)

Vanover added that next year’s elevation level is “projected to be 20 feet higher than it was just three years ago when we were at our lowest elevation.”

Climate change has accounted for about half of the river’s lower runoff between 200-2014 in the Upper Basin, according to The Arizona Republic. The river’s flow has decreased by about 17 percent from 2000-2019 from the 20th-century average, the paper said.

Officials have implemented several conservation efforts to help maintain the current levels.

“Water use in Arizona today is about what it was in the ’50s even though our population has probably tripled since then,” said Chuck Cullom, Colorado River programs manager for the Central Arizona Project. “What we’ve been able to do is to increase water efficiency both outdoor water use and indoor water use and irrigated agriculture. We’re recycling more of our water, we’re conserving more so we’re getting more benefit from the same drop of water than we did 50 years ago.”

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Like Arizona, officials in Nevada have implemented seasonal water restrictions, employed water enforcers to find where water is being misused and conducted a “smart landscaping program where we have purchased enough grass from our community to roll an 18-inch-wide roll of sod almost all the way around the earth,” Walch said.

“That kind of effort over the past 20 years has yielded unbelievable results. Our population has grown by more than 46 percent, more than 800,000 people and our overall water consumption is down more than 25 percent,” he added.

Still, officials recognize more still needs to be done to ensure the world’s most precious resource won’t dry up.

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“Twenty years ago it was essentially full. Now it’s about 40 percent full. We’re grateful that we’ve had a big snowpack here in the system and the Colorado River is more than 50 percent of capacity, but we all recognize that that’s a temporary positive outcome as we look into the future and see looming impacts of climate change,” Cullum said.

As for Thelander, because Lake Mead is overallocated by about 1.5 million acre-feet in the Lower Basin and agriculture is a low priority, he said the only thing he can do is drill more wells.

“If we lose that much water — when that does happen — there will be some farms that go out of business and other larger farmers will get the remaining land of the small farmer that couldn’t make it,” Thelander said. “It’s going to be a tug-of-war to see who can stay and who gets pushed out,” adding that as water becomes scarcer farmers will need to think of innovative ways to grow crops.

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Buttigieg focus on mental health resonating in New Hampshire

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is focusing fresh attention on a sweeping mental health plan as the candidate looks to connect with primary voters in New Hampshire, one of the epicenters of the opioid crisis over the past few years.

Over three days, Buttigieg held at least a half dozen events in New Hampshire that attracted at least 3,200 prospective voters, according to a campaign official. Often, the audiences at his town halls and house parties appeared receptive to his speeches on mental health.

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His 14-point plan boils down to a few main ideas: Integrating primary care with mental health checkups, removing stigma associated with talking about mental health, enforcing mental health parity among insurers and empower local organizations to implement solutions that work in their communities. In many ways, Buttigieg’s plan ties mental health and drug addiction together in a way that recognizes how intertwined they are.

“Pete’s vision for the future of mental health and addiction care is rooted in embracing prevention and ensuring that every person … has the resources and support they need to begin to heal,” the policy outline on his website reads. In other words, his goal is to make sure people in New Hampshire and across the country can count on the government to lift them, whether they’re dealing with seasonal depression or heroin withdrawals.

New Hampshire was Buttigieg’s chosen launching pad for his mental health platform, and for good reason – the Granite State has an opioid overdose death rate of more than twice the national average, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In 2013, the state had only 30 deaths involving fentanyl; that number rose to 374 in 2017.

“I was really impressed by it; it was comprehensive in the way it thought about really important things about mental health.”

— Peter Evers – President, New Hampshire Community Behavioral Health Organization

“I was really impressed by it; it was comprehensive in the way it thought about really important things about mental health,” said Peter Evers, the president of the New Hampshire Community Behavioral Health Organization. “It was written by someone who really had a finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the nation with behavioral health.”

Evers said he endorses Buttigieg’s mental health plan, though not exclusively, saying that it’s the most comprehensive one on the subject he’s seen so far.

His approach to mental health, especially concerning the destigmatization around talking about it, is a generational approach, Evers said. More now than ever, younger people and millennials, a group that Buttigieg belongs to, are investing in their mental health and preventative care.

Another approach Buttigieg takes that seems simple but has had large ripple effects is the simplification of the National Suicide Awareness Hotline to a three-digit number. In New Hampshire, the number is 211, and Evers said it’s been immensely effective.

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Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks speaks during a FOX News Channel Town Hall, Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Claremont, N.H. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

“That’s all you have to remember if you’re in the depths of despair in the state,” said Evers. “It’s more than doubled the number of people who are reaching out in our area.”

Within his campaign, staffers say Buttigieg’s campaign has also focused on their own mental health. After particularly challenging days on the trail, such as in days following the El Paso and Dayton, Ohio massacres, campaign manager Mike Schmuhl reached out to the staff to offer resources and ensure they felt supported.

Buttigieg’s campaign staffers said they’re not pinning their hopes in New Hampshire’s primary to the mental health policy, but certainly understand the urgency for mental health reform there and across the country.

“From Nashua to the Upper Valley, Peterborough to Ossipee, Pete listened to voters, took their questions and showed that he understands the urgency needed to tackle this crisis,” said Kevin Donohoe, the campaign’s New Hampshire communications director. “New Hampshire voters are getting behind Pete Buttigieg because he has the courage to break with the past to offer fresh and new solutions to the challenges facing our country.”

Buttigieg is polling at just around 7 percent in New Hampshire, according to the RealClearPolitics average for the state.

But Buttigieg’s campaign said that Labor Day marked a turning point for the mayor, who has plateaued in national polls in recent months. They unveiled plans to bolster field operations in New Hampshire and Iowa. In New Hampshire, the campaign plans to open 12 new field offices and hire more than a dozen paid staff. The new offices would place a Mayor Pete operation in every county in the state, and the new hires would bring the number of paid staff to 56, according to WMUR.

Recently, the mayor received a couple of notable endorsements from high profile politicos in the Granite State. Twelve-term state Rep. Susan Almy endorsed Buttigieg, a decision she said she made at a recent town hall in Cornish, New Hampshire.

“During Pete’s town hall in Cornish, I saw a leader who brought out the best in the over 500 people present, dealt well every issue thrown at him, and won our hearts and minds,” Almy said.

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Democratic presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a campaign event, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in Muscatine, Iowa. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Earlier, in July, Buttigieg received the endorsement of another New Hampshire politician, state Rep. Matthew Wilhelm. The first-term lawmaker represents Manchester, one of the largest cities in the state, and was swayed early on by Buttigieg’s plan to expand paid national service opportunities.

“That’s what happened. We had folks riding those shuttle buses from the high school, who probably hadn’t been on a yellow bus since they were a kid,” said Eleanor Cochrane, who hosted a house party for the mayor in Hancock, New Hampshire. “We had a tremendous cross-section [of voters], and the most enthusiastic feeling at that house party meet up.”

Cochrane, a retired registered nurse who also chairs the Hancock Town Democratic Committee, said mental health is increasingly a priority among voters, and that it’s time lawmakers stepped up.

“All of the issues of mental health care have to be destigmatized, because the numbers are huge, and the resources, at least in this state, are pitiful,” she said. “I’m glad people are talking about it. I’m glad candidates are talking about it, and I’m glad candidates have what seem like reasonable, manageable plans to adjust it.”

As for the reception among the roughly 300 attendees of her house party, she said: “What we heard was very positive. There were a lot of people who said, “Man, I am so glad I got to hear him.’”

Indeed, a solutions-based approach may resonate with Granite Staters as their February, 2020 primary approach.

“Solutions are what New Hampshire voters of all political parties want,” said Holly Schulman, the New Hampshire Democratic Party communications director. “They’re sick and tired of Republicans’ insults, obstruction, and backwards priorities.”

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Mental health is poised to be a defining issue in the state’s primary, though it will probably be one of many that voters consider when they head to the ballot box.

“I don’t think it’s going to be the defining issue, but I think it’ll be one of the issues that’s going to collectively be the final push for people,” said Carlos Cardona, the Laconia Democratic Party chairman.

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