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Republican state Rep. Marilinda Garcia answers a question during a town hall meeting at The Barley House in downtown Concord, Oct. 29, 2014.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Marilinda Garcia stumps at the Barley House in Concord

Thursday, October 30, 2014

State Rep. Marilinda Garcia met some new faces last night at the Barley House in Concord, where she hosted a town hall meeting, taking questions from the crowd through Merrimack County GOP Chairman Bryan Gould. Garcia, the Republican running for the 2nd Congressional District seat, positioned herself as a moderate in style and on several issues, saying she never wanted to run a campaign of empty slogans. “When I started this campaign, I really didn’t want to resort to those kind of things that people say when they’re campaigning that always sound the same,” she said. “Some things, I guess I hear them as trite …

Hassan, Havenstein get in last-minute jabs during final televised debate

Thursday, October 30, 2014

New Hampshire’s gubernatorial candidates met for their final televised debate last night, underscoring now well-established contrasts on economic and other issues. Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan and Walt Havenstein, her Republican challenger, traded a familiar chorus of criticisms against each other. Both of them characterize the other as an ineffective leader whose vision would …

Fed keeps rate at record low, ends bond buying

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Federal Reserve plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low to support a U.S. job market that’s improving but still isn’t fully healthy and to help boost unusually low inflation. As expected, it’s also ending a bond purchase program that was intended to keep long-term rates low. The Fed …

Dems rush to save suddenly vulnerable incumbents

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Desperate Democrats are rushing to save suddenly vulnerable House incumbents, even in states where President Obama cruised to double-digit victories, amid fresh signs of Republican momentum less than a week before the midterm elections. The once friendly terrain of New York, California, Obama’s native state of Hawaii and …

Health overhaul’s subsidies go to Supreme Court

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Supreme Court justices have their first chance this week to decide whether they have the appetite for another major fight over President Obama’s health care law. Some of the same players who mounted the first failed effort to …

Three candidates vie for one seat on the Concord School Board in District B

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Two current members and one newcomer are vying for one seat to represent District B on the Concord School Board. All three have similar concerns about the district – such as a lack of communication and involvement between …

Elementary school teacher, college professor compete for District C school board seat

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Either a college professor or a second-grade teacher will hold the open District C seat on the Concord School Board. Alana Kimball, a teacher at Hillsboro-Deering Elementary School, and Shawn Hackshaw, coordinator of the undergraduate math education program …

Small business, energy highlighted in Senate race

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen emphasized her efforts to help small businesses while visiting a Manchester company on Wednesday, as her Republican challenger Scott Brown headed to a nuclear plant to highlight his energy plan. Shaheen met privately with workers at Dyn Inc., which provides a range of services …

Independent Living Concord secures first grant for housing project

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Concord nonprofit has cleared a first hurdle on the way to a $2.3 million housing development for adults with developmental or learning disabilities. The Community Development Finance Authority this week awarded a $345,000 Community Development Block Grant for Independent Living Concord, a group of local families banded …

Shea-Porter: Guinta takes pride in blocking legislation

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

While her opponent says she doesn’t have much to show for her six years in Congress, U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter contends that it’s “nothing short of miraculous” that Democrats in the House have accomplished what they have. She …

Kuster, Garcia debate with one week left to Election Day

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The candidates in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District race have criticized each other since the very night of the primary, and both stuck to their tried and tested jabs during the final televised debate before Tuesday’s election. Incumbent …

Georgevits, Reardon vie for Concord’s seat on the Merrimack County Board of Commissioners

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The race for the Merrimack County Board of Commissioners may be at the bottom of the ticket in Concord on Election Day, but outgoing member Liz Blanchard of Penacook still wants voters to pay attention. “We do have …

Brown under water in N.H., but Shaheen could sink

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

If there’s one person in New Hampshire less popular than President Obama, it’s Republican Scott Brown. But that might not matter as the former Massachusetts senator tries to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in his new home …