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Political director Paul Steinhauser goes over the debate rules with Democratic incumbent Gov. Maggie Hassan, left,  and Republican candidate, retired executive, Walt Havenstein before a live televised gubernatorial debate hosted by NH1 News on WBIN TV in Concord, N.H.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Hassan, Havenstein go head-to-head at NH1 debate

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The state’s Medicaid expansion plan – sometimes referred to as the New Hampshire Health Protection Program – was a recurring issue at the gubernatorial debate last night between Gov. Maggie Hassan and Walt Havenstein. Hassan repeatedly pointed to Havenstein’s decision to attach his name to a “pledge” backed by the New Hampshire chapter of Americans for Prosperity, which indicates a …

Senate District 2 candidates differ on minimum wage

Thursday, October 23, 2014

For their representative in the state Senate, voters in the northwest part of the Lakes Region will choose between former town administrator and Republican incumbent Jeanie Forrester and former union president and Democratic challenger Carolyn Mello. Mello, 65, said she has lived in Holderness for eight years and New Hampshire for 20, teaching …

Did anti-Boutin mailer go too far?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

After 10 combined years in state office and half a dozen successful political runs, incumbent Republican state Sen. David Boutin is, by now, well-accustomed to mudslinging. He has seen his fair share, and arguably slung plenty of his own along the way. But what the District 16 candidate unpacked from his mailbox Tuesday …

Pit bull vote aims to settle disputes over breeds

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sharee Talbot wants her dog back. For now, though, she has to drive out of town to visit Buddy because the 2-year-old pit bull isn’t allowed in her hometown of Aurora, Colo. “Look at him. He’s funny. He’s …

High court balks at last-minute voting changes

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Supreme Court has allowed Texas to use its strict voter ID law in the November election even after a federal judge said the law was the equivalent of a poll tax and threatened to deprive many blacks …

Briefs for Oct. 19, 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A disabled Russian container ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel is adrift again but officials said yesterday there is no immediate risk of it reaching shore, hitting rocks and causing a spill. Royal Canadian Navy Lt. Greg Menzies said a tow line from the Coast Guard ship …

Meet the Merrimack County District 17 candidates

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Two candidates will be on the ballot next month to represent Merrimack County District 17, which includes Concord Ward 8 on the Heights. Incumbent Dick Patten, a Democrat, is seeking a third term. His challenger is Republican Chris …

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 …