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Colin Van Ostern

Concord Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern will run for governor

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern of Concord will launch his campaign for New Hampshire governor today, becoming the first Democrat to jump into an open race for the corner office. Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan announced Monday she would not seek a third term in 2016, and instead challenge Republican Kelly Ayotte for her U.S. Senate seat. Republican Executive Councilor Chris Sununu is the only other candidate officially running for governor, although there’s a long list of Republicans and Democrats who are reportedly weighing a campaign. Many expect a primary in both parties. Van Ostern, 36, was elected to the five-member Executive Council in 2012, and …

PolitiFact NH: Did Margaret Sanger believe African-Americans “should be eliminated”?

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger “believed that people like me should be eliminated.” — Ben Carson on Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 in a campaign stop in Exeter, N.H ----------- Despite being dead for 49 years, Margaret Sanger, founder of the organization that became Planned Parenthood, has a way of turning up in the …

Political Monitor podcast: N.H. Gov. Maggie Hassan challenges Sen. Kelly Ayotte for a U.S. Senate contest to remember

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Concord Monitor political enthusiasts Clay Wirestone, Casey McDermott and Jonathan Van Fleet chew over the news that New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan will duke it out with U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte next fall. And we bid a fond farewell to Casey in our emotion-packed final section. …

Maggie Hassan makes it official, will run against Ayotte for U.S. Senate

Monday, October 5, 2015

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan will run for U.S. Senate in 2016, setting up a likely face-off with incumbent Republican Kelly Ayotte that will draw national attention and spending. After months of speculation, Hassan made the announcement Monday morning …

Capital Beat: Consumer advocate job lugs political baggage

Monday, October 5, 2015

As word spreads that the state’s consumer advocate won’t be reappointed to another term, some residents are taking it as a distressing sign – that the political power of energy companies factored into the decision. News broke last week that Susan Chamberlin, the consumer advocate who represents ratepayer …

Campaign events in the area this week

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Presidential candidates campaigning in New Hampshire in the next few days include: Monday 5:30 a.m., Democrat Hillary Clinton, live broadcast town hall, Lawrence Barn, Hollis 8:30 a.m., Clinton, town hall, Manchester Community College, Manchester 12:15 p.m., Clinton, Early …

Portugal government re-elected despite painful austerity

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Portugal’s center-right coalition government earned another four-year term Sunday, winning a general election behind an improving economy that weathered the austerity measures contested across Europe, but falling short of a crucial outright majority in Parliament. With 99 percent …

Clinton to outline plan for addressing gun violence

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Hillary Clinton is expected to outline a call-to-action on addressing gun violence at the outset of her town hall in Manchester this morning, according to her campaign. Clinton’s team released an outline of her policy proposals on gun …

Chaffetz announces bid for speaker

Sunday, October 4, 2015

An up-and-coming House committee chairman announced his long-shot candidacy Sunday for speaker of the House, adding a new dose of turmoil for reeling House Republicans. GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah presented himself as a new face who …

Sanders sees wave of support from young voters in New Hampshire

Sunday, October 4, 2015

As 3,000 people streamed out of a Bernie Sanders rally at the University of New Hampshire Field House, escaping the stuffy gym, students Bailey Basiel, Matthew Doherty, Rachel Donfro and Alissa Scinto had all made up their minds. …

Congressional Roll Call – Oct. 2, 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Targeted News Service Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week. House Environmental Impacts on Minorities: The House has passed an amendment sponsored by Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, an Arizona Democrat, to …

THE REPUBLICANS: Economy, fiscal issues tops for college GOP

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Brandon Pratt is plenty familiar with the stereotypes surrounding his political identity: Republicans are out-of-touch with the interests of young people, Republicans are hostile to immigrants, Republicans are too preoccupied with social issues, the list goes on. But …

Presidential hopefuls hawk conservative ideals at Hooksett ‘federalism’ forum

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Ted Cruz was among friends Saturday morning as he addressed a few hundred far-right conservatives in Hooksett during a forum on “practical federalism.” “I spent all week in Washington, D.C.,” the Texas senator and GOP presidential candidate said, …