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Capital Beat: Republicans, Democrats mark battleground in race to control state Senate

Political junkies have surely noticed the uptick in campaign activity between Democrats Kass Ardinger and Dan Feltes, who are competing to secure endorsements in a battle to replace Concord’s outgoing state senator, Sylvia Larsen. It’s the first seriously competitive state Senate race Concord has seen in 20 years, but when it comes down to the fight for control of the state Senate, it’s one that hardly matters. The Democratic primary winner is almost guaranteed to win the general election, doing nothing to shift the balance

Shaheen, Brown fundraising reports detail donors, spending

The number of people and political action committees who gave to U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen from April to July vastly outnumbered those that gave to her top Republican opponent, Scott Brown, recently released campaign finance reports show. Shaheen and Brown’s second-quarter fundraising reports became available on the Federal Election Commission’s website this week, offering a glimpse into who gave money to both candidates as well as what they spent their money on between April 1 and June 30. Shaheen’s 4,209-page filing was five times the

Republicans Innis, Guinta, Kelly debate on radio program

Republicans Dan Innis and Frank Guinta took distinctly different views on spying by the National Security Agency and how to fund road and bridge projects during a debate yesterday on a Manchester radio station. Innis and Guinta are running in the Sept. 9 Republican primary for the right to challenge U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, the incumbent Democrat. They debated each other, as well as candidate Brendan Kelly, on the Jack Heath radio program on WGIR. Heath and New Hampshire Journal reporter John DiStaso moderated the

District 15 Democratic primary candidates set schedule for joint events

The Democratic candidates for the District 15 state Senate seat have agreed to four joint events in the next several weeks, but not without some debate about the schedule itself. Concord attorney Dan Feltes and Concord School Board member Kass Ardinger will be on the primary ballot to replace outgoing state Sen. Sylvia Larsen, who has held the seat for 20 years. The district includes Concord, Henniker, Hopkinton and Warner. Not all event details have been finalized, but the candidates are scheduled to appear together

With loophole in bylaws, New Hampshire Young Democrats endorse Dan Feltes for state senate

The New Hampshire Young Democrats group has endorsed Concord attorney Dan Feltes in the primary race for the District 15 state Senate seat. Feltes, 35, is competing with Concord School Board member Kass Ardinger to replace outgoing state Sen. Sylvia Larsen, who has held the seat for 20 years. President Theo Groh said volunteers from the Young Democrats will be joining Feltes’s canvassing this weekend. He cited Feltes’s position on issues such as student loan debt and affordable housing, as well as his age, as

Shaheen meets privately with VA secretary nominee McDonald

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen met privately yesterday with the president’s nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned amid pressure in May after reports of mismanagement and faulty recording that led to long wait times at VA hospitals, sometimes resulting in veteran deaths. President Obama announced Robert McDonald as his nominee June 30 and McDonald has met with several senators since. McDonald is a former chief executive officer of Procter & Gamble who served five years as a U.S. Army captain.

A campaign season without Vermin Supreme? Hardly.

Does a campaign season feel incomplete without the dulcet tones of a man yelling “Brush your teeth” through a megaphone? Then you’re in luck. It might take some work to track down a copy, but a new documentary about perennial presidential candidate Vermin Supreme is complete. Supreme is the self-described “friendly fascist” from Gloucester, Mass., whose platform dictates mandatory oral hygiene and promises a pony to every American. He can be spotted outside events by more mainstream candidates, identifiable by his bullhorn and long gray

Shaheen campaign airs fifth TV ad

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s campaign is up with another television ad, this one focusing on her efforts to help college graduates refinance their student loans. This is Shaheen’s fifth television ad in her campaign for re-election. The other four ads focused on her efforts to help small businesses and bring a veterans clinic to Keene, as well as New Hampshire projects she’s helped secure money for and her work to help a constituent facing a home mortgage issue. This is the first ad in which

Capital Beat: When both campaigns tout support from veterans, what’s the point?

As Scott Brown released a new television ad and began his “Honoring our Veterans” tour last week, Jeanne Shaheen kept right up with his pace, holding her own “Veterans for Shaheen” event and creating a new web video highlighting veterans who have endorsed her. The message from both campaigns was clear: “I am the candidate who veterans support.” Rolling out endorsements from or focusing a message on a specific identity group is central to any campaign – see also “Women for Brown,” “Students and Young

N.H.’s federal delegation, candidates weigh in on border crisis

Pressure is growing on Congress and President Obama to take action to resolve what’s become a humanitarian crisis along the nation’s southern border. Since October, more than 50,000 children from Central America have entered the country, overwhelming the U.S. immigration system. Most of the migrant children are coming from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, and they’re either fleeing gang and other violence or seeking better economic opportunity. Children from Mexico or Canada caught at the border can be sent back immediately if they can’t prove

Republicans call for investigation into $25,000 contribution to Hassan

Correction: This story has been updated to remove an incorrect reference to a 2010 decision from the Attorney General about contributions in the gubernatorial campaign. This story originally stated the decision related to how much money candidate John Stephen accepted from PACs. The decision, however, related to contributions from individuals. It said campaigns can accept up to $5,000 from individuals during the period before they declare and up to $1,000 in the general election. It made no ruling on contributions from PACs to candidates. A

How Tom Steyer sees the New Hampshire Senate race

Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer sees a clear difference between Scott Brown and Jeanne Shaheen on the divisive issue of climate change. A difference so big, in fact, that he’s willing to spend a lot of money here to make sure Shaheen wins re-election to the U.S. Senate. “I don’t think we’d be in New Hampshire if Scott Brown hadn’t run,” Steyer said yesterday in an interview with the Monitor . Steyer is the founder of NextGen Climate, a super PAC that’s playing in seven races

Shaheen, Brown campaigns focus on veterans

Veterans issues took center stage of the U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire yesterday, with incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen calling for passage of legislation that expands access to care for veterans and Republican challenger Scott Brown launching a new ad and kicking off an “Honoring our Veterans” tour. Care for veterans is a potent issue this campaign cycle given the news earlier this year that veterans across the country faced major wait times at Veterans Affairs hospitals and, sometimes, died while waiting for care. Shaheen

State Employees’ Association endorses Dan Feltes for District 15

State Senate candidate Dan Feltes has won an endorsement from the State Employees’ Association, the largest public labor union in New Hampshire. Feltes, a Democrat, entered the race last month for the District 15 seat, which represents Concord, Hopkinton, Henniker and Warner. He will face Concord School Board member Kass Ardinger in the September primary for the seat held by retiring state Sen. Sylvia Larsen for 20 years. Republican Lydia Harman also filed to be on the ballot in November. In a release yesterday, union

Jeb Bush raises money for Scott Brown in Boston

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush headlined a fundraiser for Scott Brown and the National Republican Senatorial Committee in Boston today, his press aide Kristy Campbell confirmed. “Governor Bush believes Senator Brown is a strong, proven candidate who has the momentum in this race. New Hampshire is a tremendous pick-up opportunity as Republicans work to take back the U.S. Senate in November,” Campbell said in an email. Brown is running in the Republican primary to challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat. Bush, who could