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Politics

In Merrimack County District 27, a Democrat-turned-Republican tries to affect change

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Three candidates are on the ballot for two House seats in Merrimack County District 27, a floterial district that includes Concord Wards 1 through 7. State Reps. Chip Rice and Mary Stuart Gile are both seeking re-election on the Democratic ticket. Their opponent, Democrat-turned-Republican Jim McConaha, is making his first bid for elected office. Jim McConaha Earlier this year, Jim McConaha tried to recruit Republican candidates to run for state representative in Concord. It worked. “I think I talked myself into it,” said McConaha, 73. McConaha was once a registered Democrat, but he began listing himself as undeclared several years ago. This year, he said …

In N.H., candidates pushing for constitutional carry

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The owner of the Boscawen pizza parlor looked uncomfortably at the handgun strapped to Robert Forsythe’s hip. The gun was legal, Forsythe told him reassuringly. A Republican candidate for a House seat in Merrimack County District 8, Forsythe – who pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon without a permit earlier this year …

Shaheen criticizes Brown’s energy policy

Sunday, October 19, 2014

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is turning the focus to energy this week. Shaheen’s campaign today released a report highlighting votes her Republican opponent, Scott Brown, has taken on energy policy that she says will take New Hampshire in the wrong direction. And tomorrow, the state Democratic Party will host Massachusetts lawmakers and a New Hampshire energy expert to discuss Brown’s energy record. Brown …

North Korea leader makes 1st appearance in 40 days

Monday, October 13, 2014

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un has made his first public appearance in five weeks, state media reported yesterday, ending an absence that drove a frenzy of global speculation that something was amiss with the country’s most powerful …

Polling points to GOP gains in N.H. Legislature

Monday, October 13, 2014

Half a dozen state Senate districts are the battleground for control of New Hampshire’s upper chamber this November while in the House of Representatives, polling indicates Republicans are likely to take back the majority they lost in 2012. Republicans hold 13 of 24 state Senate seats and 173 …

$5.4B pledged to Gaza Strip after Israel-Hamas war

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A donor conference in Cairo to raise money to rebuild the Gaza Strip after this year’s war between Hamas and Israel ended with pledges of $5.4 billion for reconstruction there, Norway’s foreign minister said yesterday. Norwegian Foreign Minister …

Not on ballot, Ayotte hits the trail for GOP

Sunday, October 12, 2014

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte is one of the state’s only elected officials who won’t be on the ballot this November. But her schedule is still packed with campaign events. The first-term senator is supporting Republican candidates up and …

Personhood, gay marriage, Sharia Law part of new GOP platform

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Since they were adopted last month, the changes to the New Hampshire Republican State Committee platform have added fuel to criticism Democrats were lodging at their Republican opponents. Whether those changes represent the party’s top candidates – and whether the changes are likely to be put into policy …

Despite demands, Syria no-fly zone a no-go for U.S.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Obama administration’s promise to limit U.S. military engagement against Islamic State militants makes it difficult to accept Turkey’s terms for joining the fight in neighboring Syria. Turkey and other American allies want the United States to create …

Activist’s Nobel highlights child labor in India

Saturday, October 11, 2014

When the Nobel Committee announced that Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi had won the Peace Prize, a skinny 13-year-old boy was running around serving cups of milky tea to customers at a tiny tea stall in eastern …

Americans for Prosperity builds political machine

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Over scrambled eggs and croquettes, Andres Malave gave a last-minute pep talk to about a dozen volunteers in a Cuban restaurant before they left to meet voters. “Don’t just deliver a message,” he said before beginning his own …

Clinton papers show White House amidst scandals

Saturday, October 11, 2014

White House aides raised questions about how to structure and describe then-first lady Hillary Clinton’s role in the 1993 attempt to overhaul the health care system, including whether she would be considered a government employee and whether the group’s work could be kept secret, documents released yesterday show. …

Candidate Havenstein discusses stepmother’s murder

Friday, October 10, 2014

Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein says the killing of his stepmother in a home invasion reinforced his appreciation for law enforcement. Havenstein spoke about the 2008 killing for the first time during a crime-focused campaign event Wednesday. He said he never intended to make it a part of …