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Candidates sign AFP pledge to cut taxes, oppose Obamacare

More than 200 candidates for state office have signed onto an Americans for Prosperity pledge saying they’ll cut taxes, fight to pass a right to work law and oppose Medicaid expansion. Americans for Prosperity is a politically active non-profit backed by the Koch Brothers that fights for smaller government and individual freedoms. The state chapter, Americans for Prosperity Foundation - New Hampshire, held an event today to highlight candidates who have signed the pledge, including Republican gubernatorial candidate Andrew Hemingway. His primary opponent Walt Havenstein

Texas Gov. Perry joins N.H. GOP for call on border crisis

Texas governor and possible Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry joined the New Hampshire Republican Party yesterday in blaming the border crisis on the policies of President Obama and U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Perry’s comments, given during a press call with party Chairwoman Jennifer Horn, came the day after Scott Brown released a TV ad focused on securing the border. He followed up with a similar radio ad yesterday. Brown was not on the call, and Perry said he is not endorsing any candidate in the

Mayday PAC backs Rubens in Republican U.S Senate primary

A national PAC aimed at curbing the influence of money in politics announced yesterday it will throw its support behind Jim Rubens in the Republican primary race for U.S. Senate. The bipartisan Mayday PAC said it would spend an estimated $2 million on media buys in support of Rubens – over challengers Scott Brown and Bob Smith – because he is pledging to reform the way elections are funded. “We can’t find any other Republican who has been open about it,” said PAC co-founder and

Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire endorses Feltes for state Senate

UPDATE: Due to an editing error, this story originally stated that Ardinger was supported by an anti-abortion group. Ardinger is supported by EMILY's list, a group that promotes pro-abortion rights Democratic women. -------- The Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire endorsed Dan Feltes for Concord’s state Senate seat yesterday. Feltes is running against Kass Ardinger in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary to replace outgoing Sen. Sylvia Larsen. The district includes Concord, Henniker, Hopkinton and Warner. The district is a secure Democratic seat, meaning the race

Brown calls for securing the border in new ad

Scott Brown released his sixth TV ad in his U.S. Senate bid yesterday, this one focusing on immigration and securing the border. His call to secure the border comes on the heels of recent discussions over how to handle the flood of immigrant children from Central America now crossing the border. “Americans go through security before they go on a plane, enter a government building or attend a ballgame,” Brown said in the ad. “But folks who come here illegally, they just walk across the

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