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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 …

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 …

N.H. DOT to hold meeting to improve bus, rail service

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting next month to seek input on a set of transportation alternatives to improve bus and rail service between Concord and Boston. The Nov. 20 meeting will be held at Nashua Public Library from 7 to 8:30 p.m. …

Seoul officials say Kim Jong Un had ankle surgery

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

South Korea’s spy agency said yesterday it has solved the mystery of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s six-week public absence, which set off a frenzy of wild speculation around the world. The National Intelligence Service told legislators …