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Campaign Monitor

Garcia announces five town halls, including Oct. 29 in Concord

State Rep. Marilinda Garcia announced five town hall events as she tours the 2nd Congressional District in her bid to unseat incumbent Democratic Rep. Ann Kuster. Specific locations and times for the events will be announced at a later date, according to the announcement from Garcia’s campaign. The topics, days and locations are: ∎ Health care, in Littleton on Thursday, Oct. 9. ∎ National Security, with former Ambassador John Bolton, in Hanover on Wednesday, Oct. 15. ∎ Taxes and regulation, in Keene on Tuesday, Oct. 21 ∎ Government spending 2

Firefighters’ union endorses Kuster in 2nd Congressional District

Rep. Ann Kuster secured the endorsement of the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire yesterday. “As our congresswoman, Annie Kuster has made it clear that she fights for the issues that matter to firefighters, and to the middle class families in our state. Our congresswoman stands up for her beliefs, and she believes that good government means strong public safety,” said David Lang, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire. The firefighters endorsed Kuster in 2012, when she first won the seat representing 8

Hassan, Havenstein paint different pictures of N.H.’s energy future

Gov. Maggie Hassan and her Republican challenger, Walt Havenstein, each painted a very different picture of New Hampshire’s energy future at a summit on the topic in Concord yesterday. Havenstein focused on the importance of rolling back government energy regulations. Hassan emphasized energy diversification and the state’s role in setting efficiency targets. “Conservation and energy efficiency are the cleanest and cheapest fuel,” Hassan said at an annual New Hampshire Energy Summit, hosted by consulting firm The Dupont Group. “The cheapest unit of energy is one 6

Brown, Shaheen pick up more endorsements

Scott Brown and U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen started the week with a handful of key endorsements and continued to knock each other’s track records: Brown said Shaheen is bad news for businesses, while she said he’s bad news for women. Brown, a Republican, picked up support from the National Federation of Independent Business and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. On the other side, NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC and the National Association of Women-Owned Businesses backed Shaheen, New Hampshire’s incumbent Democratic senator. The Affordable Care Act 3

A look at Garcia-Kuster attendance records

For the first time in a decade, both candidates for the 2nd Congressional District have served in elected office and have records for voters to examine. They’ve voted on many important topics, and the Monitor will examine those votes in the coming weeks. To start, we’ve taken a look at their attendance records. Incumbent Rep. Annie Kuster, a Democrat from Hopkinton, has served in the House for two years. She’s had a slightly-better-than-average attendance record in Washington, missing about 1 percent of votes, according to 4

Poll: Incumbent Jeanne Shaheen leads Scott Brown in U.S. Senate race

Recent polling figures out of New England College have U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen leading her Republican opponent, Scott Brown, 50.1 percent to 42.8 percent overall, while 4 percent of those surveyed said they would prefer to vote for someone else, and 3.2 percent said they were unsure. The poll included 1,494 responses and, according to a press release on the results, accounts for a margin of error of about 2.5 percent. The same poll found that, overall, about 40.8 percent of respondents “highly disapprove” of 2

Boehner in town to help Garcia raise money for 2nd Congressional district fight

Speaker of the House John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, will be in Concord today to attend a fundraising reception for Republican state Rep. Marilinda Garcia, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Ann Kuster in the 2nd Congressional District. The event is closed to the media. The donation suggested on the invitation is $1,000 per person. Garcia’s campaign committee had about $118,000 on hand after raising $311,324 and spending $239,800 as of the last filing period before the Republican primary. Kuster had $1.6 million cash on hand 0

Hassan: Havenstein ‘would be a rubber stamp for Bill O’Brien and the Koch Brothers’

Gov. Maggie Hassan used an endorsement event yesterday as an opportunity to frame her track record as one of making investments for the state’s future and to pre-empt criticism lodged against her less than an hour later by her Republican opponent. Accepting an endorsement from the New Hampshire State Troopers Association at the group’s Concord headquarters yesterday morning, Hassan began by calling attention to steps she has taken to invest in public safety: adding more state troopers to the force, stepping up drug and alcohol 1

Brown,Shaheen to meet in at least four debates during general election

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican challenger Scott Brown will debate each other at least four times during the general election. Brown announced today he plans to participate in seven debates. They include three televised debates and a Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council Debate, all of which Shaheen committed to earlier this month. The planned joint debates begin next month: ​ ∎ Oct. 6: ​Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council Debate ∎ ​Oct. 21: ​NECN/Concord Monitor/UNH Debate ∎ ​Oct. 23: NH1/UNH’s Rudman Center Debate​ ​∎ Oct. 30: WMUR/Union Leader Granite 0

Silverman event Saturday in Concord to focus on women’s issues and politics

Women’s rights are a serious matter, and they’re under siege by politicians across the country. That’s the message from the national organization Lady Parts Justice, which is using comedy to spread the word. The group, co-founded in 2012 by former Daily Show head writer Lizz Winstead, aims to use comedy, culture and digital media to foster a greater understanding of women’s reproductive rights. “I hope that through the lens of humor we can expose how bad this War on Women has gotten and just what 3