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Democrat, U.S. Sen Jeanne Shaheen listens as her Republican opponent former Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Scott Brown answers a question during a live televised debate for U.S. Senate hosted by WMUR, the New Hampshire Union Leader, and The New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Shaheen, Brown face off in final debate

Friday, October 31, 2014

The state’s U.S. Senate candidates met last night for their final debate, where just days before the election they underscored contrasting stances on health care, the economy and foreign policy – as well as their knowledge of New Hampshire. A question on the economy in Sullivan County proved to be one of the debate’s tensest moments after panelist James Pindell …

U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster pushes constituent services to bolster bipartisan credentials

Friday, October 31, 2014

In 2012, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster campaigned for Congress on two major promises: to end tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs overseas, and to freeze congressional pay until the budget is balanced. Did she fulfill those pledges? It may be unfair to evaluate any member of the 113th Congress on their accomplishments, …

Garcia’s conservative record a study in contradictions with her moderate reputation

Friday, October 31, 2014

As a first-time congressional candidate, state Rep. Marilinda Garcia has spent much of the past year introducing herself to voters, and defining who she is and what her candidacy means. At 31 years old, with little professional experience, she points to her four terms in the State House, where, she says, she’s worked …

Tom Menino, elected five times as Boston’s mayor, dies at 71

Friday, October 31, 2014

Thomas Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor, who gained support from working-class neighborhood “townies” and corporate chieftains alike during his 20 years in office and presided over a steel-and-glass economic boom in one of America’s most historic cities, died yesterday …

U.S. Senate, gubernatorial races breed big ad spending

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wondering how much your vote is worth? If you live in New Hampshire, have access to a television and are eligible to cast a ballot in Tuesday’s election, the magic number – at least in the U.S. Senate race – is about $12. That’s according to an analysis …

Democrats criticize Havenstein on raises amid scam probe

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein knew about 5 percent raises given to consultants associated with a massive fraud scandal involving a company he led, his campaign said yesterday. He did not stop the raises from going into effect because he did not want to jeopardize an ongoing federal …

Want to buy a New Hampshire election ad? Good luck

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Democratic super PAC wanted to run a 30-second ad during a Friday evening newscast on WMUR – and was even willing to shell out the $10,000 that the station demanded. Hours before it was set to run, …

AFP, NEA targeted in campaign finance complaint

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The New Hampshire-based Coalition for Open Democracy has filed a complaint against two out-of-state organizations, accusing them of violating the state’s campaign finance law. In a complaint dated Oct. 23, the coalition said Americans for Prosperity and the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …