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Battle for speaker of the House boils down to leadership styles

State Rep. Robert Elliott has a decision to make. On Tuesday, the Salem Republican will cast a vote to help decide who will lead the New Hampshire House of Representatives once it comes under Republican control again. Elliott hasn’t yet made up his mind whether to vote for Rep. Gene Chandler or Rep. Bill O’Brien, both of whom have served as speaker of the House. “Gene is a conciliator . . . whereas Bill is a lightning rod,” said Elliott, who was just elected to 0

All three legislative ties settled by recount

The fate of three election-night ties are settled now that ballots have been hand counted by the secretary of state’s office. In all there were 19 recounts following the Nov. 4 election, including three races that were tied. With two recounts still to go, results were not reversed in any of the races so far and the three ties were split 2-to-1 in favor of Democrats. As a result, the breakdown in the House between the two parties is 239 Republicans, 160 Democrats and one 0

Hosmer named District 7 state senator after recount

Nearly seven hours after the red tape on the first box of ballots was unsealed by Secretary of State Bill Gardner, Andrew Hosmer was officially re-elected as the District 7 state senator. A 132-vote difference between Hosmer, the Democratic incumbent, and Kathy Lauer-Rago, the Republican candidate in the district, led to the only state Senate race recount following the Nov. 4 election. “I’m just really pleased with the outcome,” Hosmer said after the final votes were tallied and Lauer-Rago offered her congratulations to the first-term 0

Making the most of the ground game: GOP catches up to Dems in midterm election

Fergus Cullen, the former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, also happens to be a competitive distance runner and a high school cross-country coach. When it came time to size up the political parties’ respective efforts in this year’s midterms, he turned to a familiar metaphor. “When someone gets a lead on someone, it’s hard to close that gap,” said Cullen, who watched the campaigns from the sidelines for most of this election cycle. “If you’re both running as hard as you can 0

When it comes to spending on campaign literature, keeping the cash in-state isn’t always top priority

Over the past few months, Republican, Democratic and independent candidates have unfurled a flurry of signs, mailers, bumper stickers and buttons across the state. Look a little closer, and you can see not all campaign material is created equal. Some have a small label – a made-in-New Hampshire mark, or a symbol showing they’re union-made. The miniature markings may not be noticeable to most. But the meaning behind them can speak to a campaign’s priorities. Some campaigns seek materials made strictly in New Hampshire. Many 0

Republican Morse to lead NH Senate; Democrat Woodburn named minority leader

State Senate Republicans and Democrats have selected their leaders for the upcoming legislative session. Chuck Morse, a Salem Republican, will again serve as Senate president. Democrats elected Jeff Woodburn of Dalton to serve as minority leader. In this week’s election, Republicans picked up a 14th seat in the 24-member Senate. 0

Nineteen recounts requested, process to begin next week

Nineteen New Hampshire races could have different outcomes than were announced following Tuesday’s election. The recount process for the requests filed by yesterday’s 5 p.m. deadline will begin Wednesday. Only one of the recounts is for a state Senate race; the remaining 18 are for state representative races. Yesterday afternoon, the secretary of state’s office scheduled the recount times and was assembling groups to count the ballots. “The secretary of state is responsible for coming up with counting teams,” said David Scanlan, deputy secretary of 0

Jeopardy host Alex Trebek mispronounces Concord, Maggie Hassan on Thursday night show

Forward ahead to 13 minutes and 51 seconds to get to the NH question. ----------- Two days after getting re-elected by New Hampshire voters, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Gov. Maggie Hassan got a neat little mention on the game show Jeopardy. Under the category of “Women in Government,” Shaheen and Hassan were mentioned in the $1,200 clue during “Double Jeopardy” on Thursday. Using the game’s time-honored format, contestants answer the clues with a question. “Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan tried to bring Concord to 0

Democrats beat GOP wave at top of the ticket, lower level races swept under

New Hampshire – at the top of the ticket, at least – is the exception to the storyline playing out across the country in the aftermath of Tuesday’s elections. But many of those at the state level were not so lucky. Republicans picked up a 14th seat to maintain their majority in the state Senate and took a solid majority with more than 230 seats in the House of Representatives. New Hampshire is one of 11 states to have a Democrat-controlled state legislative chamber turn 0

More people posting ballot selfies online in protest of law; legislators say they will move to repeal

Jonathan Spear barely made it to the polls in Hampton before they closed at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. He filled out his ballot and voted for all Republicans, with one exception: He just couldn’t bring himself to vote for Scott Brown. Instead, he wrote in the name of Revolutionary War Gen. John Stark. When he was done, he snapped a photo of himself inside the voting booth holding his completed ballot, a quick ballot selfie. Then, he decided to commit a crime – he posted 0

Secretary of state’s office sees about a dozen recount requests filed

By the end of the day yesterday, the secretary of state’s office had received about a dozen recount requests and anticipated more to be filed by today’s deadline. One state Senate recount request has been filed; all of the other requests have come from candidates for state representative. The state Senate recount is for District 7. Republican Kathy Lauer-Rago lost to Andrew Hosmer, the Democratic incumbent, by 132 votes, according to tallies, which is a difference of less than 1 percent. Among the requests filed 0

Havenstein to stay active but is mum on future run

Republican Walt Havenstein is walking away from his first foray into electoral politics with an appreciation for New Hampshire lawmakers’ hard work, a debt of gratitude to his staff and supporters, and a personal understanding of just how nasty politics can be. “I think we ran a campaign with courtesy, respect and dignity, or we certainly tried to,” Havenstein told the Associated Press yesterday. “At the end of the day, if the voters in New Hampshire had a different view on how things should be 0

Now that the election is over, recounts are beginning

Election Day has passed but not all of the races in the state are finished; some candidates are now applying for recounts. To be eligible for a recount, a general election race must have a difference of less than 20 percent of the total votes cast between the candidate applying for the recount and the candidate declared elected. Candidates may ask for a recount until 5 p.m. tomorrow. According to the New Hampshire secretary of state’s office, there were no applications for recounts as of 0

PHOTOS: Verifying the results

The morning after election day is like no other in the secretary of state’s office. The normally small staff grabs employees from different offices and puts them to the work at hand – verifying the stacks of election paperwork that flowed into the State House after the polls closed. In all, about 40 people yesterday pored through printed ballot results that were spread throughout the Executive Council chambers. Each polling place packages its election returns, which are handed over to the New Hampshire State Police 0

In Merrimack House District 9 one Moffett in, another waits

This much is certain: At least one Moffett will represent Canterbury and Loudon in the state House of Representatives. The second Moffett is locked in a tie in Merrimack County House District 9, a race that will continue for at least a few more days. Howard Moffett, a Canterbury Democrat, won a seat in the House after finishing first with 1,660 votes. Ken Kreis, a Canterbury Republican, finished fourth with 1,397. That left Michael Moffett, a Loudon Republican, and George Saunderson, a Loudon Democrat, fighting 0