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Politics

Alicea, Forsythe vie for Boscawen House seat

Monday, October 20, 2014

Boscawen voters in Merrimack County District 8 are being asked to choose between a familiar face and a new one. Democratic incumbent Caroletta Alicea, who has lived in Boscawen for 45 years and is the daughter of a former state representative, is being challenged by Republican Robert Forsythe. Alicea was elected in 2012, after Boscawen got its first non-floterial state representative. Forsythe is a stay-at-home father who spent seven years …

Nation & world briefs, Oct. 21

Monday, October 20, 2014

GOP governors don’t see Obamacare going away While Republicans in Congress shout, “Repeal Obamacare,” GOP governors in many states have quietly accepted the law’s major Medicaid expansion. Even if their party wins control of the Senate in the upcoming election, they just don’t see the law going away. Nine Republican governors have expanded Medicaid for low-income people in their states, despite their own …

New Hampshire home to ‘least positive’ gubernatorial ads, Senate race not far behind

Monday, October 20, 2014

If you’ve been paying attention to the campaign ads this season, you’ve probably heard gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein described as a “failed CEO” and Gov. Maggie Hassan as someone who oversaw “out-of-control” spending – and neither, apparently, is fit to lead New Hampshire. Elsewhere, you might have heard other ads claim that U.S. …

Communicating campaign anxieties can work in candidates’ favor

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The tones of the subject lines making their way into potential voters’ inboxes are, at times, indistinguishable from pleas you might receive from a down-and-out friend. There was the one late in the evening of Oct. 7: “please, …

Democrats unopposed in seven of Concord’s 15 House seats

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Democrats are running unopposed this cycle in seven of Concord’s 15 seats in the state House of Representatives. Four of those seven candidates are incumbents, and the other three will fill seats formerly held by Democrats. “I actually …

Gay marriage becomes legal in Arizona

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Gay marriage has become legal in Arizona after the state’s conservative attorney general said yesterday that he wouldn’t challenge a federal court decision that cleared the way for same-sex unions in the state. The announcement prompted gay couples in Phoenix to immediately begin lining up at the downtown …

Nation & world briefs, Oct. 18

Saturday, October 18, 2014

South Korea 16 die after vent grate collapses at concert Sixteen people watching an outdoor pop concert in South Korea fell 60 feet to their deaths yesterday when a ventilation grate they were standing on collapsed, officials said. Photos of the scene in Seongnam, just south of Seoul, …

New American citizens excited to vote in U.S. for first time

Saturday, October 18, 2014

They began the day as 80 New Hampshire residents from 39 different countries. They left a Concord courtroom as a group of new American citizens. During a naturalization ceremony at the U.S. District Court yesterday, Judge Joseph Laplante …

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 …