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Battle for speaker of the House boils down to leadership styles

State Rep. Robert Elliott has a decision to make. On Tuesday, the Salem Republican will cast a vote to help decide who will lead the New Hampshire House of Representatives once it comes under Republican control again. Elliott hasn’t yet made up his mind whether to vote for Rep. Gene Chandler or Rep. Bill O’Brien, both of whom have served as speaker of the House. “Gene is a conciliator . . . whereas Bill is a lightning rod,” said Elliott, who was just elected to 0

All three legislative ties settled by recount

The fate of three election-night ties are settled now that ballots have been hand counted by the secretary of state’s office. In all there were 19 recounts following the Nov. 4 election, including three races that were tied. With two recounts still to go, results were not reversed in any of the races so far and the three ties were split 2-to-1 in favor of Democrats. As a result, the breakdown in the House between the two parties is 239 Republicans, 160 Democrats and one 0

Hosmer named District 7 state senator after recount

Nearly seven hours after the red tape on the first box of ballots was unsealed by Secretary of State Bill Gardner, Andrew Hosmer was officially re-elected as the District 7 state senator. A 132-vote difference between Hosmer, the Democratic incumbent, and Kathy Lauer-Rago, the Republican candidate in the district, led to the only state Senate race recount following the Nov. 4 election. “I’m just really pleased with the outcome,” Hosmer said after the final votes were tallied and Lauer-Rago offered her congratulations to the first-term 0

Making the most of the ground game: GOP catches up to Dems in midterm election

Fergus Cullen, the former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, also happens to be a competitive distance runner and a high school cross-country coach. When it came time to size up the political parties’ respective efforts in this year’s midterms, he turned to a familiar metaphor. “When someone gets a lead on someone, it’s hard to close that gap,” said Cullen, who watched the campaigns from the sidelines for most of this election cycle. “If you’re both running as hard as you can 0

When it comes to spending on campaign literature, keeping the cash in-state isn’t always top priority

Over the past few months, Republican, Democratic and independent candidates have unfurled a flurry of signs, mailers, bumper stickers and buttons across the state. Look a little closer, and you can see not all campaign material is created equal. Some have a small label – a made-in-New Hampshire mark, or a symbol showing they’re union-made. The miniature markings may not be noticeable to most. But the meaning behind them can speak to a campaign’s priorities. Some campaigns seek materials made strictly in New Hampshire. Many 0

Nineteen recounts requested, process to begin next week

Nineteen New Hampshire races could have different outcomes than were announced following Tuesday’s election. The recount process for the requests filed by yesterday’s 5 p.m. deadline will begin Wednesday. Only one of the recounts is for a state Senate race; the remaining 18 are for state representative races. Yesterday afternoon, the secretary of state’s office scheduled the recount times and was assembling groups to count the ballots. “The secretary of state is responsible for coming up with counting teams,” said David Scanlan, deputy secretary of 0

Republican Morse to lead NH Senate; Democrat Woodburn named minority leader

State Senate Republicans and Democrats have selected their leaders for the upcoming legislative session. Chuck Morse, a Salem Republican, will again serve as Senate president. Democrats elected Jeff Woodburn of Dalton to serve as minority leader. In this week’s election, Republicans picked up a 14th seat in the 24-member Senate. 0

Jeopardy host Alex Trebek mispronounces Concord, Maggie Hassan on Thursday night show

Forward ahead to 13 minutes and 51 seconds to get to the NH question. ----------- Two days after getting re-elected by New Hampshire voters, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Gov. Maggie Hassan got a neat little mention on the game show Jeopardy. Under the category of “Women in Government,” Shaheen and Hassan were mentioned in the $1,200 clue during “Double Jeopardy” on Thursday. Using the game’s time-honored format, contestants answer the clues with a question. “Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan tried to bring Concord to 0

More people posting ballot selfies online in protest of law; legislators say they will move to repeal

Jonathan Spear barely made it to the polls in Hampton before they closed at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. He filled out his ballot and voted for all Republicans, with one exception: He just couldn’t bring himself to vote for Scott Brown. Instead, he wrote in the name of Revolutionary War Gen. John Stark. When he was done, he snapped a photo of himself inside the voting booth holding his completed ballot, a quick ballot selfie. Then, he decided to commit a crime – he posted 0

Democrats beat GOP wave at top of the ticket, lower level races swept under

New Hampshire – at the top of the ticket, at least – is the exception to the storyline playing out across the country in the aftermath of Tuesday’s elections. But many of those at the state level were not so lucky. Republicans picked up a 14th seat to maintain their majority in the state Senate and took a solid majority with more than 230 seats in the House of Representatives. New Hampshire is one of 11 states to have a Democrat-controlled state legislative chamber turn 0