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Politics

In Merrimack County District 27, a Democrat-turned-Republican tries to affect change

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Three candidates are on the ballot for two House seats in Merrimack County District 27, a floterial district that includes Concord Wards 1 through 7. State Reps. Chip Rice and Mary Stuart Gile are both seeking re-election on the Democratic ticket. Their opponent, Democrat-turned-Republican Jim McConaha, is making his first bid for elected office. Jim McConaha Earlier this year, Jim McConaha tried to recruit Republican candidates to run for state representative in Concord. It worked. “I think I talked myself into it,” said McConaha, 73. McConaha was once a registered Democrat, but he began listing himself as undeclared several years ago. This year, he said …

In N.H., candidates pushing for constitutional carry

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The owner of the Boscawen pizza parlor looked uncomfortably at the handgun strapped to Robert Forsythe’s hip. The gun was legal, Forsythe told him reassuringly. A Republican candidate for a House seat in Merrimack County District 8, Forsythe – who pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon without a permit earlier this year …

Shaheen criticizes Brown’s energy policy

Sunday, October 19, 2014

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is turning the focus to energy this week. Shaheen’s campaign today released a report highlighting votes her Republican opponent, Scott Brown, has taken on energy policy that she says will take New Hampshire in the wrong direction. And tomorrow, the state Democratic Party will host Massachusetts lawmakers and a New Hampshire energy expert to discuss Brown’s energy record. Brown …

AG: Havenstein violated campaign finance rules

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Walt Havenstein’s campaign violated state campaign finance rules earlier this year but will not face penalties because it has since corrected its errors, the attorney general’s office ruled yesterday. The political committee for Havenstein’s gubernatorial campaign was registered …

Marilinda Garcia receiving $3,300 monthly salary from campaign

Friday, October 17, 2014

State Rep. Marilinda Garcia, who’s running for the seat in the 2nd Congressional District, is receiving a salary from campaign funds, according to financial disclosure documents made available yesterday. Garcia, a Salem Republican, received $3,335 from the campaign Sept. 30. Garcia, who has worked as an adjunct music …

Meet the Merrimack County District 12 state rep candidates

Friday, October 17, 2014

Two candidates are vying for one seat in the state House of Representatives for Merrimack County District 12, which includes Concord Ward 2. Incumbent Paul Henle, a Democrat, is seeking his sophomore session in the Legislature. His Republican …

Kuster talks jobs, Social Security and ISIS

Friday, October 17, 2014

U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster gave President Obama and his administration a “C” grade on their handling of the nation’s recent foreign policy crisis. The administration’s response to the threat of the Islamic State has been “slow,” she said, …

Kuster with $1 million, Garcia with $311,000 in final weeks

Friday, October 17, 2014

Incumbent 2nd District U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster had three times the amount of cash on hand her challenger, state Rep. Marilinda Garcia, had by the end of September, according to financial documents available yesterday. Kuster, a Democrat from Hopkinton in her first term in Congress, raised $558,000 between …

Bill Clinton rallies Democrats at Manchester dinner

Friday, October 17, 2014

Republican candidates running against the state’s Democratic delegation want voters to stop thinking this cycle and cast “resentment votes” in their favor, former president Bill Clinton told a packed house in Manchester last night. “I want you to …

PUC begins PSNH scrubber hearing

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The state Public Utilities Commission began hearing testimony this week in a case that will determine to what extent Public Service of New Hampshire customers should pay for a $422 million scrubber the utility installed at Merrimack Station in Bow. The hearings extend into next week and their …

Havenstein outraises Hassan for first time

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan has far outspent Republican challenger Walt Havenstein since the two became official opponents following the Sept. 9 primary.  Within that same time frame, Havenstein outraised Hassan for the first time this election cycle, according to campaign finance reports filed yesterday.  Now, heading into the final …

Pappas, Burns face off again

Thursday, October 16, 2014

For the second-straight election, voters in Executive Council District 4 will choose between Democrat Chris Pappas of Manchester and Bob Burns, a Bedford Republican. The winner will represent a 19-community district that includes Allenstown, Bow, Chichester, Epsom, Loudon, …

Fresh faces on Executive Council bring new perspective

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The New Hampshire Executive Council looks decidedly younger than it did a few years ago. A period of transition on the council began in 2012, when victories by Republican Chris Sununu and Democrats Chris Pappas and Colin Van …