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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: (N.H.) Primary season approaches, Granite State perfect for retirement

  • FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo, Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., speaks during a media availability, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Brown, who was defeated in his re-election bid, has not said if he plans to run for John Kerry's Senate seat, which would become vacant if Kerry is confirmed as the next Secretary of State. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo, Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., speaks during a media availability, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Brown, who was defeated in his re-election bid, has not said if he plans to run for John Kerry's Senate seat, which would become vacant if Kerry is confirmed as the next Secretary of State. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

  • Rep. Marilinda Garcia of Salem, second from right, speaks as, from left, Karin Agness, founder of Network of Enlightened Women; T.W. Shannon, speaker of the House in Oklahoma; Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee; and San Jose police Officer Scott Erickson look on during the Republican National Committee summer meeting Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in Boston. The RNC formally renewed its minority outreach effort, introducing the first four members of a "Rising Stars" program designed to promote younger and more ethnically diverse Republicans leaders.<br/><br/>(AP PHOTO/JOSH REYNOLDS)

    Rep. Marilinda Garcia of Salem, second from right, speaks as, from left, Karin Agness, founder of Network of Enlightened Women; T.W. Shannon, speaker of the House in Oklahoma; Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee; and San Jose police Officer Scott Erickson look on during the Republican National Committee summer meeting Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in Boston. The RNC formally renewed its minority outreach effort, introducing the first four members of a "Rising Stars" program designed to promote younger and more ethnically diverse Republicans leaders.

    (AP PHOTO/JOSH REYNOLDS)

  • FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo, Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., speaks during a media availability, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Brown, who was defeated in his re-election bid, has not said if he plans to run for John Kerry's Senate seat, which would become vacant if Kerry is confirmed as the next Secretary of State. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
  • Rep. Marilinda Garcia of Salem, second from right, speaks as, from left, Karin Agness, founder of Network of Enlightened Women; T.W. Shannon, speaker of the House in Oklahoma; Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee; and San Jose police Officer Scott Erickson look on during the Republican National Committee summer meeting Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in Boston. The RNC formally renewed its minority outreach effort, introducing the first four members of a "Rising Stars" program designed to promote younger and more ethnically diverse Republicans leaders.<br/><br/>(AP PHOTO/JOSH REYNOLDS)

For those of you who live for the Presidential Primary, there’s something to get excited about next year. N.H.’s primary season is already heating up for the 2014 elections in the Granite State.

Think of it as soccer in the Olympics to the World Cup. There might be a bigger primary stage of the horizon in few years, but there’s still plenty to get excited about.

Scott Brown is still flirting with his run for a N.H. Senate seat. He released an op-ed for FoxNews.com, detailing the effects of the federal health care law in New Hampshire – not Massachusetts.

He’s also sold his house and changed his Twitter handle. It was @ScottBrownMA, now you can find him at @SenScottBrown.

And, according to WMUR’s James Pindell, Brown was also named as the keynote speaker at the N.H. GOP Holiday Reception later this month.

Brown would face some competition in that primary from another familiar face. Former N.H. senator Bob Smith recently said he was planning to run again.

This isn’t the only potential matchup that’s getting attention, however.

State Rep. Marilinda Garcia announced last week that she’s planning to run for Rep. Annie Kuster’s seat in the 2nd District. She’s the second Republican to announce a campaign in that district after Gary Lambert announced in September that he would.

There’s already one state representative that is no fan of Garcia’s.

Democratic state Rep. Peter Sullivan blasted Garcia on Twitter shortly after she announced her run.

See, who cares about 2016 when 2014 is just around the corner?

(Okay, obviously everyone still cares about 2016.)

In other news

∎ According to the Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch, New Hampshire is a great place to retire to.

∎ A 5-year-old in Manchester is suffering from non-life-threatening injuries after accidently shooting himself.

∎ The N.H. housing market held up its strong numbers in October.

∎ Proposed food-safety rules have some small N.H. farmers worried that they’re aimed toward larger farms in warmer climates.

 A pedestrian died in Campton after getting struck by a car yesterday.

∎ What has been the North American Free Trade Agreement’s impact on New Hampshire?

∎ There were 2 fatal crashes in New Hampshire over the holiday weekend.

∎ Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride got a variance allowing for night time lighting, as long as it’s pointing toward the slopes and away from the sky.

 Lahey Health could expand across the border from Massachusetts into the Granite State.

∎ Meetinghouses are something that makes the Granite State special.

 People went plunging into Corcoran’s Pond in Waterville Valley to raise money for adaptive sports.

 I’ve never seen a plane like this, but apparently it was at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport earlier this morning.

∎ The UNH football team took care of business against Lafayette and will take on rival Maine in the second round of the FCS playoffs.

∎ Are you from New England? Chances are you’ve heard most of these sayings more than once in your lifetime.

(Have ideas for the roundup? Reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at kdeane@cmonitor.com. Follow him on Twitter, @CM_KDeane.)

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