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Negative mailers, debate over full-day kindergarten heats up District 15 primary

This week, the fliers dropped quietly into mailboxes across state Senate District 15. One asks: “Who will invest in every child and every family?” Flip it over to see the green check mark next to a photo of Concord attorney Dan Feltes – and the red X next to the photo of Concord School Board member Kass Ardinger. On the second mailer paid for by the Feltes campaign, the bold letters read, “Kass Ardinger led the successful push to stop full-day kindergarten in Concord.” Then 1

Law puts tighter limits on push polling

As the election season heats up in New Hampshire, so too does the barrage of polling and campaign calls. Ahead of this campaign cycle, the state has narrowed its definition of push polls, a phone call that sounds like a polling survey but instead is used to spread negative information about a candidate. The changes to the state’s existing law clarify the difference between push polls and research surveys and have been praised by pollsters and research firms alike. The newly updated law has been 1

Garcia releases introductory television ad for 2nd Congressional District Republican primary

Marilinda Garcia has added her voice to the airwaves, the last major candidate in the race for the Republican nomination in the 2nd Congressional District to put out a television ad with a spot released yesterday. Garcia, a state representative from Salem, faces former state senator Gary Lambert of Nashua and former state representative Jim Lawrence of Hudson in the Republican primary. The winner of the Sept. 9 primary will face Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster. In the ad, which will run through the 3

Anti-Shaheen ads pulled from air

A super PAC’s negative ads against U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen were pulled from the air yesterday after her attorneys flagged inaccuracies in the spot. Ending Spending Action Fund, a conservative outside group, claimed in ads that “Shaheen’s wealth has surged while in public office.” Her financial disclosure forms filed with the Senate show the opposite, with her personal wealth dropping by at least $562,000 and perhaps as much as $1 million. The anti-spending group’s 30- and 60-second ads had aired on Boston’s NBC affiliate, WHDH. 0

Shaheen up with first negative TV ad against Brown

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen put out her first attack ad against Republican Scott Brown yesterday. The 30-second clip hits Brown for his ties to oil companies, a topic Shaheen’s campaign and Democrats have been hammering since before Brown entered the race. “The big oil companies are the most profitable on the planet, but Scott Brown voted to give them $20 billion in taxpayer subsidies,” a male narrator’s voice says. That statistic is referring to Brown’s 2011 vote against a bill that would have closed $21 2

Scott Brown teams up with U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte for his most recent TV ad

New Hampshire U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte teams up with Scott Brown for the candidate’s latest television ad released today. In the 30-second ad titled “Kelly,” Ayotte says she supports the Republican U.S. Senate candidate because he’s for “fiscal responsibility, accountable government and…a health care plan that works for all of us.” Ayotte officially endorsed Brown in May and since then, has been making appearances with him on the campaign trail. “You know, I’m the mother of a nine-year old and a six-year old and I 1

Democrats hammer Brown on outsourcing

The outsourcing of jobs emerged as a hot topic yesterday following a report last week that linked U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown to a company that has sent jobs abroad. Democrats hammered Brown yesterday over the report, published in the Telegraph, that Brown earned $270,000 from a Massachusetts company that has outsourced jobs to China and Mexico. In February 2013, Brown joined the board of directors for the pulp and paper supplier company Kadant Inc. The company has four manufacturing operations in the United States 27

Republican U.S. Senate candidates differ on keeping parts of Obamacare

Republicans competing for a chance to take on U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen all want to repeal the federal health care overhaul law, though some would keep elements of it in place. Responding to questions from the Associated Press, former state senator Jim Rubens and former U.S. senators Bob Smith and Scott Brown describe similar objections to the law that Shaheen, a Democrat, supports. “It’s not working the way we were promised,” Brown said. “Rates are going up, people have lost insurance policies they were told 17

U.S. Sen Jeanne Shaheen, Gov. Maggie Hassan, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster and U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter are joining together this week to honor Women’s Equality Day. The four elected officials will appear at office openings across the state in a kick-off for the state Democratic Party’s Granite State Forward women’s organizing program. Today, Kuster will attend an office opening in Plymouth. Tomorrow, Shaheen and Hassan will appear at openings in Portsmouth and Manchester, respectively. Thursday, Shea-Porter will help launch a Dover office. “Women’s Equality Day 0

Shaheen losing ground against Brown in latest UNH polling data

Fewer than a third of likely voters have decided which candidate they support in New Hampshire’s race for the U.S. Senate. Incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen still leads against all three of the major Republicans vying for their party’s nomination in the latest data from the UNH Survey Center. But former U.S. senator Scott Brown has almost closed what was once a wide statistical gap. Brown faces a primary Sept. 9 against candidates including former U.S. senator Bob Smith and former state senator Jim Rubens. 12

NextGen Climate releases first TV ad that draws connections between Brown, big oil

The Super PAC founded by billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer takes aim at Scott Brown in its first television ad. “Out-of-state oilmen like the Koch brothers are spending millions to elect out-of-state politician Scott Brown to our Senate seat,” the 30-second television ad says. “Brown voted to protect tax giveaways for big oil, which is polluting our air and water.” NextGen Climate released the television, radio and digital ads today – all of which highlight a connection between Brown and oil. The Super PAC is getting 7

Feltes has financial edge over Ardinger, reports show

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story has been updated to include the financial details of candidates Jerry Little in District 8 and Maureen Raiche Manning in District 16. The amount of cash on hand in state Sen. David Boutin’s report has also been corrected. ------------------------------------------------------------ Less than three weeks before the Democratic primary for state Senate District 15, Concord attorney Dan Feltes has outraised Concord School Board member Kass Ardinger by more than $25,000. Yesterday was the first deadline for financial filings in 0

Latest polls show tight races ahead for Kuster and Shea-Porter

The enthusiasm gap between likely Republican and Democratic voters has narrowed as the Sept. 9 primary inches closer and polling shows tight races for the state’s incumbent politicians, according to the UNH Polling Center. Republicans are still more likely to be extremely or very interested in the election compared with Democrats, by a margin of 61 percent to 55 percent. But in July, more than 70 percent of Republicans were extremely or very interested in the election, compared with only 49 percent of Democrats. If 1

Havenstein, Hemingway spar over Medicaid expansion, economic growth, personal character

Republican gubernatorial candidates Walt Havenstein and Andrew Hemingway sparred over their stances on Medicaid expansion and economic growth yesterday in a radio debate, which became tense when the topic strayed to personal character. Radio personality Jack Heath and reporter John DiStaso from NH Journal moderated the live, hourlong morning debate on WGIR. Both candidates said they oppose Obamacare and Medicaid expansion, but debated different approaches going forward. Havenstein said he would have vetoed Medicaid expansion had it come to his desk, but said the fact 1

Candidate profile: Walt Havenstein, 65, makes case for gubernatorial bid

Sitting on a shelf in Walt Havenstein’s home office is a gang, as they’re called, of meerkats. “Do you know what a meerkat is?” he asks, pointing up to the cluster of small animals, sitting on shelves surrounded by books and tokens from his military and defense career. During Havenstein’s tenure as chief executive officer of BAE Systems Inc., the animals became a symbol for the company culture, because meerkats survive by putting the needs of the group ahead of their own. Havenstein gave out 4