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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. …

Hong Kong police clear protesters out of tunnel

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hundreds of Hong Kong police officers moved in last night to clear pro-democracy protesters out of a tunnel outside the city government headquarters in the latest escalation of tensions in a weekslong political crisis. Officers, many of them …

Meet the District 11 state rep candidates

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A 22-year-old recent college graduate is challenging the Democratic House majority leader to represent Penacook in the state House of Representatives. The two candidates – Democratic state Rep. Steve Shurtleff and Republican Ben Tasker – are on the …

Guinta IDs mental health as a top state issue

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Though it was strong in years past, the state’s mental health treatment system is failing and must be addressed, Republican Frank Guinta said in an interview with the Monitor yesterday. Guinta, who is challenging Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter …

Kuster on Vaillancourt’s 'ugly' remarks: What’s really offensive is the Republican platform

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It’s not enough for Republicans to decry and disown sexist remarks, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster said in an interview yesterday with the Monitor. “I have thick skin,” she said in response to questions about a Republican state lawmaker’s …

Serious disagreements remain in U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Two months after the start of its campaign against the Islamic State, the U.S.-led coalition conducting operations in Iraq and Syria has expanded significantly but remains beset by lingering strategic differences that threaten to undermine the fight. The …

Turkish planes attack Kurdish rebels

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Turkish warplanes struck Kurdish insurgents for the first time in nearly two years, Turkish media reported yesterday, in attacks that threatened to further complicate efforts to persuade Ankara to join the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State. The bombardment against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, heightened tensions …

NEC poll: Most races ‘too close to call’

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The latest in a weekly series of New England College polls points to increasingly competitive races across New Hampshire. All except the governor’s race “are too close to call within this poll’s margin of error,” Wayne Lesperance, director of the college’s Center for Civic Engagement, said in a …

Hassan highlights support for small businesses

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan promoted herself as a leader who is growing New Hampshire’s economy while taking a swing at her Republican opponent Walt Havenstein’s business record yesterday. “We have come too far to let my opponent take our economy backward,” Hassan said. “My opponent ran his last company …

Five candidates fight for three N.H. state representative seats in District 10

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Five candidates are competing this fall for three slots in the state House of Representatives to represent Merrimack County District 10, which includes Hopkinton and Concord Ward 5. While only two of the five are current state legislators, …

Shaheen: Obamacare benefits starting to be seen, but more work needs to be done

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

People in New Hampshire and across the country are starting to see benefits of the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen told the Monitor in an interview yesterday. But parts of the health care law known as …