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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 …

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 …

Bill Clinton rallies Democrats at Manchester dinner

Friday, October 17, 2014

Republican candidates running against the state’s Democratic delegation want voters to stop thinking this cycle and cast “resentment votes” in their favor, former president Bill Clinton told a packed house in Manchester last night. “I want you to …

PUC begins PSNH scrubber hearing

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The state Public Utilities Commission began hearing testimony this week in a case that will determine to what extent Public Service of New Hampshire customers should pay for a $422 million scrubber the utility installed at Merrimack Station in Bow. The hearings extend into next week and their …

Havenstein outraises Hassan for first time

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan has far outspent Republican challenger Walt Havenstein since the two became official opponents following the Sept. 9 primary.  Within that same time frame, Havenstein outraised Hassan for the first time this election cycle, according to campaign finance reports filed yesterday.  Now, heading into the final …

Pappas, Burns face off again

Thursday, October 16, 2014

For the second-straight election, voters in Executive Council District 4 will choose between Democrat Chris Pappas of Manchester and Bob Burns, a Bedford Republican. The winner will represent a 19-community district that includes Allenstown, Bow, Chichester, Epsom, Loudon, …

Fresh faces on Executive Council bring new perspective

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The New Hampshire Executive Council looks decidedly younger than it did a few years ago. A period of transition on the council began in 2012, when victories by Republican Chris Sununu and Democrats Chris Pappas and Colin Van …

In Executive Council race, Van Ostern a heavy favorite

Thursday, October 16, 2014

With his opponent barely campaigning, incumbent Democrat Colin Van Ostern is expected to breeze to victory in Executive Council District 2. Van Ostern, of Concord, is running against Republican Tim Dillon of Concord, who is not actively campaigning …