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Campaign Monitor

Climate change drawing lots of money, but gaining little traction, in Senate race

Ronald West considers himself the swing vote of his Concord household. He is a registered independent and cares about issues like the economy and national security. But recently another issue has cracked his top-five list: climate change. “It’s pretty important,” West said. If legislators can ignore the science behind climate change, he said, “it’s easy to ignore other things.” When a canvasser from NextGen Climate – a super PAC dedicated to electing candidates who want to address climate change – knocked on his door last 0

O’Malley to campaign again in New Hampshire

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is returning to New Hampshire to campaign for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. O’Malley is scheduled to visit restaurants and local businesses in the Concord, New Hampshire, area on Monday. He also is scheduled to attend a chili feed with New Hampshire firefighters and Shaheen in Laconia on Monday evening. The trip will be O’Malley’s fifth to New Hampshire in a year’s time. The term-limited Democratic governor who leaves office in January is considering running for president in 2016. O’Malley was in the 0

Ebola, foreign policy in spotlight during latest Shaheen-Brown debate

Reflecting the increasingly nationalized tone of the race, the bulk of the conversation between New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate candidates at last night’s WBIN-TV/CNN debate was grounded not in issues directly tied to the Granite State but instead in challenges originating states or oceans away. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, moderating the debate alongside NH1 News’s Paul Steinhauser, kicked off the debate by asking Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican candidate Scott Brown several questions about Ebola. To start, Blitzer referenced the then still-potential case of 0

Former state rep challenges incumbent Democratic state senator in District 7

Both first-term Democratic state Sen. Andrew Hosmer and his Republican challenger in District 7, former state representative Kathy Lauer-Rago, say changes are needed in the state when it comes to economics and education, but they differ on how to address those concerns. While both believe in the importance of a strong educational system for New Hampshire, Lauer-Rago wants all families to have options for their children’s eduction, while Hosmer is concerned not just with primary education, but also with training students for jobs in the 0

Republican congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia accused of plagiarizing parts of two speeches

State Rep. Marilinda Garcia, the Republican candidate for the 2nd Congressional District seat, apologized yesterday for not properly citing a magazine editorial from which she lifted passages for a speech she gave on the State House floor in 2012. Neither she nor her campaign acknowledged a second allegation made later yesterday about a speech she gave at a New Boston debate in February. “It appears I did not verbally attribute select excerpts of a speech I delivered on the house floor in 2012 to the 0

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren joins Shaheen in N.H. this weekend

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will join fellow U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire this weekend to campaign against a challenger familiar to both of them: Republican Scott Brown. Warren defeated Brown – who was then the incumbent – to win her Massachusetts Senate seat in 2012. Warren is lending her support to Shaheen tomorrow, when the two will attend several get-out-the-vote events across the state, including a stop in Concord. “Never in a bazillion years did it cross my mind that Scott Brown would 0

Planned Parenthood PAC backs Van Ostern, Feltes for Concord

Planned Parenthood of New Hampshire’s PAC endorsed a slew of candidates for Executive Council and the New Hampshire Senate in a press release yesterday. The candidates on the list support the full range of services provided at Planned Parenthood health centers, including abortion and access to contraceptives. In the release, Chairwoman Jennifer Frizzell said the group “is supporting candidates at every level of the ballot who will protect women’s access to health care and defend against efforts to restrict safe, legal abortion.” The list included 0

Rubio discusses immigration in New Hampshire stop

About 40 New Hampshire residents got a taste of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s views on immigration and combating homegrown terrorism yesterday – views they might hear more of if the Florida senator decides to run for president in 2016. Rubio discussed both during a stop at Next Step Bionics and Prosthetics in Manchester with Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein. He then went to a private fundraiser in Amherst with congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia. Rubio stumped with U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown earlier this month. Rubio 0

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has more than double cash-on-hand than Republican Scott Brown

Scott Brown’s campaign reports having $1.3 million cash on hand heading into the final stretch of the U.S. Senate race. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s campaign said it has more than double that amount, roughly $3.5 million, to spend. Brown’s campaign finance report appeared on the Federal Election Commission website late Wednesday. It shows the campaign’s fundraising and spending activities during the third quarter, from July 1 to Sept. 30. Shaheen’s report is not yet available online. “The strong support that Scott Brown has received indicates 0

Kuster, Garcia receive dueling endorsements on abortion

Both candidates in the 2nd Congressional District touted endorsements from groups on opposite sides of the abortion issue. NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire yesterday endorsed U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster for her long-standing support of abortion rights, and Women Speak Out PAC, a partner of the national anti-abortion rights group Susan B. Anthony List, endorsed Republican state Rep. Marilinda Garcia. It’s hardly surprising that a pro-abortion rights group would endorse a Democratic candidate and an anti-abortion group would endorse a Republican, said Linda Fowler, a research professor 0

Fact-checking the State Senate District 15 candidates in Concord

At a breakfast forum hosted by the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, the two candidates for state Senate District 15 fielded questions yesterday morning on gambling, marriage equality, higher education, energy and other topics. And based on a fact-check, their comments were mostly accurate. Dan Feltes, a 35-year-old Democrat, is a Concord attorney and worked for New Hampshire Legal Assistance for eight years. This is his first bid for elected office. Republican Lydia Harman, a 43-year-old Warner real estate broker, is running on the Republican 0

Shaheen, Brown outline the ‘clear choice’ for N.H.

As they sparred on stage at last night’s U.S. Senate debate, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and her Republican challenger Scott Brown repeated many of the lines they’ve used to outline the “clear choice” New Hampshire voters will face Election Day. Brown said that involves a decision between a senator who will continue “voting with the president 99 percent of the time” – a statistic he has cited many times on the campaign trail and did so again last night – and someone new who pledges 0

Ray Duckler: As Shaheen, Brown camps battle over territory before debate, a chicken works ‘undercover’

Why didn’t the chicken cross the road? Because he didn’t have to, and that was fine with the chicken. Let me explain, and please, be patient. Before we address the chicken, we must first address who received permits to make noise and carry signs during the lead-up to last night’s debate between U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, and Republican Scott Brown. And we must look at who was allowed to stand where. Outside the Capitol Center for the Arts, as the buzz grew and 0

Garcia talks private market, ISIS and the Department of Education

State Rep. Marilinda Garcia has never promoted the idea of repealing and replacing the federal health care overhaul known as Obamacare, she told the Monitor yesterday. But that’s not because Garcia, the Republican nominee for Congress in the 2nd District, thinks the law should stay on the books, though. “I’m not interested in repealing Obamacare to then replace it with another broad sweeping government mandate that’s a sixth of our economy. I don’t agree with that at all,” she said. Efforts to reform health care 0

Guinta, Shea-Porter debate health care, economy

Democratic U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and Republican Frank Guinta sparred last night over familiar topics such as health care and the economy and tussled over new ones such as Ebola and terrorist threats. The two met for their first televised debate this year, broadcast on WBIN-TV. They are squaring off for the third time to represent the 1st Congressional District. Shea-Porter won the seat in 2006, lost it to Guinta in 2010 then won it back in 2012. The election is Nov. 4. Guinta criticized 0