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Capital Beat

Capital Beat: A senator, a blogger and an engine repairman wander into a presidential campaign . . .

Sunday, December 15, 2013

A down-on-his-luck U.S. senator isn’t getting much traction in his presidential campaign – until a chance encounter with an Iowa engine repairman provides him with homespun wisdom that helps him get his groove back. Rick Santorum? John Kerry? Try Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Phil Granby, who vaults from the back of the pack into a dead heat with the GOP front-runner, Florida Gov. Bob Morgan. But while the presidential campaign moves …

NRCC radio ad targets Rep. Shea-Porter over Obamacare; she calls attack false

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter represents one of the nation’s swingiest swing districts, and the National Republican Congressional Committee is trying to soften her up even as Frank Guinta and Dan Innis gear up for a contested GOP primary in the 1st District. The NRCC today began airing a 60-second radio ad featuring a woman who says the health plan used by her and …

Capital Beat: Bob Smith is far from the first in N.H. to seek a political comeback

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Bob Smith isn’t the first former U.S. senator from New Hampshire to attempt a later-in-life political comeback.  In fact, Smith – who announced a week ago he’ll run against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in 2014 – won the first of his two terms in the Senate in 1990. His opponent that year: Democrat John Durkin, who was attempting to return to the U.S. Senate a …

Capital Beat: N.H. political operatives are finding 2014 work in Iowa, Minnesota and Texas

Sunday, August 4, 2013

From Minnesota to Iowa and Texas, political operatives from the Granite State have snagged some high-profile gigs ahead of the 2014 midterm elections. There’s been a little less activity at home. New Hampshire’s primaries are still more than a year away, and the races for two U.S. House …

Capital Beat: A handful of Granite State politicos turn up in ‘This Town’

Sunday, July 28, 2013

It’s called giving a book the “Washington read” – a politician or other Important Person goes into a bookstore, checks a new release’s index for his or her name and then reads any pages that include a mention. Mark Leibovich’s new book about the self-absorption of D.C. political …

Capital Beat: Early voting? No-excuse absentee ballots? Gardner’s not a fan, but N.H. to study options

Sunday, July 14, 2013

In a few years, New Hampshire could join the 35 states that offer some form of early voting or no-excuse absentee voting. But not if Secretary of State Bill Gardner, the state’s top election official, has anything to say about it. “As I’ve looked at the numbers historically …

Shaheen campaign reports raising $1.2 million in second quarter

Thursday, July 11, 2013

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s fundraising machine brought in $1.2 million in the second quarter of 2013, according to her campaign. Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat and former governor, is up for re-election in 2014. She ended 2012 with about $431,000 in her campaign bank account, and raised about …

Mitt Romney’s back, and planning a fundraiser Aug. 6 for the N.H. GOP

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Mitt Romney’s back. The 2012 Republican presidential nominee, who owns a summer house in Wolfeboro, will hold a fundraiser Aug. 6 in the Lakes Region for the New Hampshire Republican Party. “New Hampshire has always been a special place for Gov. Romney. It’s the state where he launched …

Capital Beat: For now, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard appears safe from new BRAC round

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Eight years ago, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard was on the Pentagon’s chopping block. In the end, it was spared during the 2005 round of military base closures, but the experience left advocates for the shipyard – and its …

Plenty of politics in store for Independence Day in N.H.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Politics and Independence Day go together like hot dogs and buns. Gov. Maggie Hassan is scheduled to march this morning in Amherst’s Fourth of July parade, then speak this afternoon at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth during “An American Celebration.” U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen will be at Strawbery …

Hassan declares state of emergency as heavy rain causes flooding in N.H.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Gov. Maggie Hassan this morning declared a state of emergency in New Hampshire after heavy rain caused flooding in some parts of the state. Hassan’s declaration took effect at 6 a.m. and will allow her “to mobilize state assets and resources more effectively,” according to a news release …

Capital Beat: 2014 campaign may kick off in earnest soon

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Election Day is more than 16 months away, but the 2014 campaign is about to get under way. Today is the last day of the second quarter, a fundraising deadline for federal candidates. U.S. House and Senate contenders may opt to jump into the race soon in order …

N.H. think tank offers online state-budget game

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies wants all you fiscal-policy wonks out there to BYOB — Build Your Own Budget. The center today unveiled an updated version of the “Budget Calculator” it made two years ago. The game allows anyone with a deep interest in state …

Capital Beat: Despite 2012 near-sweep, Democrats stymied this year by GOP-held Senate

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Elections have consequences. But they’re not always what you might think they are on election night. New Hampshire Democrats made dramatic gains in state government last November: six seats in the Senate, 119 or so seats in the House, three seats on the  Executive Council and continued control …

Committee of Conference Watch: State budget, CHINS on today’s agenda

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Lawmakers are approaching the finish line as they continue to hammer out final versions of more than three dozen bills, including the next state budget. Committees of conference face a deadline of tomorrow to finalize their reports — noon for the Senate, 4 p.m. for the House. Final …