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Shaheen up with first negative TV ad against Brown

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen put out her first attack ad against Republican Scott Brown today. The 30-second clip hits Brown for his ties to oil companies, a topic Shaheen’s campaign and Democrats have been hammering since before Brown entered the race. “The big oil companies are the most profitable on the planet, but Scott Brown voted to give them $20 billion in taxpayer subsidies,” a male narrator’s voice says. That … 1

Political parties file dueling finance complaints

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In dueling complaints, both major political parties yesterday asked the attorney general to investigate what they call improper fundraising, spending or campaign finance reporting in the governor’s race. Democrats have said Republican candidate Walt Havenstein spent $24,000 before he was legally allowed to, accepted $3,000 from political committees that aren’t registered in the … 2

U.S. won’t work with Assad if airstrikes in Syria happen

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Obama administration has ruled out the possibility of coordinating any U.S. airstrikes in Syria with President Bashar Assad’s government, forcing U.S. officials to either design a campaign that would evade Syrian air defenses or coordinate it with Assad through a third party. Despite the shared U.S. and Syrian interest in defeating Islamist … 1

Mayday PAC releases satirical ad in support of U.S. Senate candidate Jim Rubens

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Mayday PAC, a group aiming to get big money out of politics, released its first television ad in support of U.S. Senate candidate Jim Rubens. And it recruited the satirical candidate “Honest Gil” to do it. The 30-second satirical ad features character Gil Fulbright, who criticizes Rubens … 2

Report: Havenstein owes about $9,000 for tax breaks he shouldn’t have taken

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein owes Maryland roughly $9,000 for tax breaks he shouldn’t have taken, according to a report by WMUR. The issue centers on Havenstein’s residency. Earlier this year he went before the state Ballot Law Commission to validate that he lived in New Hampshire and … 3

Feltes has financial edge over Ardinger, reports show

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story has been updated to include the financial details of candidates Jerry Little in District 8 and Maureen Raiche Manning in District 16. The amount of cash on hand in state Sen. David Boutin’s report has also been corrected. ------------------------------------------------------------ Less … 0

First financial filing: Hassan outraises Republican competition

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan’s re-election campaign has already raised more than $2 million, a sum greater than both of her Republican challengers combined. The gubernatorial candidates’ first financial reports became available yesterday, providing insight into each of the campaigns’ financial health and how the candidates have spent money thus … 0

Ayotte urges president to develop stronger strategy to respond to Islamic State

Thursday, August 21, 2014

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte yesterday called the murder of Rochester native James Foley by Islamic militants “completely barbaric.” “It frankly reaffirms what I understand, which is that this group is a threat not just to the sovereignty of Iraq but very much a threat to the United States … 0

Latest polls show tight races ahead for Kuster and Shea-Porter

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The enthusiasm gap between likely Republican and Democratic voters has narrowed as the Sept. 9 primary inches closer and polling shows tight races for the state’s incumbent politicians, according to the UNH Polling Center. Republicans are still more likely to be extremely or very interested in the election … 1

Havenstein, Hemingway spar over Medicaid expansion, economic growth, personal character

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Republican gubernatorial candidates Walt Havenstein and Andrew Hemingway sparred over their stances on Medicaid expansion and economic growth yesterday in a radio debate, which became tense when the topic strayed to personal character. Radio personality Jack Heath and … 1

Holder says he understands mistrust of police

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder sought yesterday to reassure the people of Ferguson, Mo., about the investigation into Michael Brown’s death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust the police, recalling how he was repeatedly … 2

Candidate profile: Walt Havenstein, 65, makes case for gubernatorial bid

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sitting on a shelf in Walt Havenstein’s home office is a gang, as they’re called, of meerkats. “Do you know what a meerkat is?” he asks, pointing up to the cluster of small animals, sitting on shelves surrounded … 4

Boutin, Cormier square off in Senate District 16 Republican primary

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Jane Cormier’s lilting soprano sailed through the halls of White Rock Senior Living Community in Bow the other day, stirring glances – and the occasional toe-tap – from a roomful of gray-haired strangers. “I’m Jane Cormier,” the 54-year-old … 3