At the races: Audience today, gone tomorrow?

Biggest campaign regret: “My biggest campaign regret was from the independent redistricting campaign in 2019, where I believed the governor. [Chris] Sununu was going to sign the bill and I was excited,” he said. Sununu vetoed a measure that would have created an independent redistricting commission. “We did a congratulatory ad in Union Leader, full page, with the Republican leader in the Senate and the Democratic leader on the House bill saying, ‘Hey, we did it, this is really exciting. We are leading the nation in protecting democracy,’ and we had every expectation that it would go to the governor’s desk for him to sign,” he said. “I thought it was going to happen, and when the governor vetoed it at about 4:30 p.m. on a Friday in the summer, that was particularly crushing and a valuable lesson in how to review the tape.”

Unconventional Wisdom: “No job is too small,” Meyer said. “Power is built in many different ways, and your influence is built in many different ways, and if you put your ego to one side of the jump, you might find a job opportunity that maybe feels below you, between quotes, or too insignificant, but those are generally the jobs that prepare you for a really solid foundational understanding of how campaigns work, how power systems work, how you build your own power or your own organization.” Others sometimes questioned why he remained president of the NH Young Democrats for five years, but Meyer said he saw the value in it. “I was like, well, because I can do a lot of good here and I can learn a lot. Maybe it wasn’t the most flashy but I feel like I draw on the lessons learned from that experience and the network I built and did a lot of really menial, boring, excruciating tasks for a long time, but that junk and that appreciation of the legwork has prepared me for much more success.”

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Going up

Sen. Tim Scott, the South Carolina Republican whose fundraising receipts have fueled discussions of higher office, plans to head to Iowa on Thursday for a reception, while Vice President Kamala Harris will be the special guest at the dinner. Blue Palmetto on Friday in Columbia, South Carolina. of South Carolina, there are primary battles there next week, and in Maine, Nevada and North Dakota, plus a special election in Texas’ 34th District.

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Former Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, right, who was seriously injured by a gunman in an assassination attempt in 2011, hugs Georgia Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath, whose son was shot to death in 2012, at a memorial on the National Mall to victims of gun violence on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ roll call)

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