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Staking claim to political domain names ahead of the game

Attention all present and future politicians: Have you registered a website, Facebook account and Twitter handle under your own name yet? If not, chances are somebody else already has, and that can mean big problems. Newly elected House Speaker Shawn Jasper emailed House members last week warning representatives that several fake social media accounts bearing his name – including at least one Facebook page and two Twitter accounts – had cropped up. “Please be aware of this should you receive any communication from these social 0

Capital Beat: GOP infighting follows speaker election

The tornado that touched down in Representatives Hall on Wednesday shows no signs of slowing.  In the hours after freshly elected Speaker Shawn Jasper took the gavel, defeating GOP nominee Mont Vernon Rep. Bill O’Brien with the help of Democratic backing, Republicans who felt betrayed by the win began mobilizing.  The ensuing struggle has turned into a showdown, creating divides within the Republican caucus, which holds the House majority. At the end of last week, O’Brien called for Republican representatives to meet Tuesday at the 0

Bill O’Brien nominated Republican speaker of the House

Rep. Bill O’Brien is poised to again wield the gavel in the state’s House of Representatives. The Mont Vernon Republican defeated Rep. Gene Chandler by four votes yesterday to win the battle to be the next House speaker. The secret-ballot election took a little more than an hour; O’Brien received 116 votes to Chandler’s 112. Chandler, a Bartlett Republican, then moved to make the vote unanimous. “It’s the highlight of my life to look over at all of you,” O’Brien told the delegation. “I appreciate 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

U.S. Senate voting breakdown by town

Here’s how each town voted in the U.S. Senate election. 0

Ray Duckler: Out at the polls, voters have their say

Scott Burns held a sign with his name on it in front of Franklin City Hall yesterday. Burns, the incumbent Democrat representing District 2 in the New Hampshire House, said what we all say now and then: “All I want is bipartisanship.” To which fellow Democrat Janice Kelble, holding an arsenal of signs that left no doubt which party she favors, shook her head. “You’re a dreamer,” Kelble said, laughing. Sad, but true. While we continue to search for compromise and unity among our leaders, 0

Republican Guinta reclaims 1st Congressional District seat

In their third matchup, Democratic U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter lost to Republican Frank Guinta in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District last night. “Today, I think we have proven New Hampshire wants a better course,” Guinta told his cheering supporters at the Manchester Radisson late last night. “. . . I want to focus on putting people ahead of politics.” With 77 percent of the vote counted, Guinta had 52 percent of the vote to Shea-Porter’s 48 percent. The job is familiar to both of them. 0

Late flurry of cash adds to record-setting Senate race

Third-party groups poured more than $31 million into New Hampshire’s Senate race. That makes the race between Democrat incumbent Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Scott Brown seventh in the nation for outside spending this campaign cycle, according to figures released by The Center for Responsive Politics. And big spending from outside groups is a trend researchers there expect will continue going forward. During New Hampshire’s last Senate race, in 2010, outside groups spent roughly $6.4 million in the state. It was just months after the Supreme 0

Democrat Annie Kuster retains seat in U.S. House, deflecting challenge from Republican Marilinda Garcia

U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster riled her supporters at a victory party last night by borrowing a phrase from fellow Democrat, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. “The Koch brothers flooded New Hampshire with their millions in relentless personal angry attacks that have been on the TV for almost a year,” she said. “Tonight you proved New Hampshire is not for sale.” Kuster, a freshman legislator from Hopkinton, won a second term over Republican challenger state Rep. Marilinda Garcia of Salem. With 84 percent of precincts in the 0

Feltes easily wins N.H. Senate District 15 seat

Democrat Dan Feltes easily won the District 15 seat to represent Concord and three of its surrounding towns in the New Hampshire Senate, but yesterday’s election likely strengthened the Republican majority in that body. In 2012, Republicans secured a slim majority, 13-11, in the state Senate. Final tallies for several races this year were not available at press time last night, but Senate President Chuck Morse said the Republicans likely held that edge for the next session. And his party picked up at least one 0

N.H. HOUSE: Tight races across state in fight for House

Democrats staved off Republican challenges last night in all House districts representing Concord, including Penacook, where House majority leader Rep. Steve Shurtleff was facing a strong challenge from a 22-year-old recent college graduate. Shurtleff, a Vietnam veteran and retired U.S. marshal, was running for his sixth term in the House. During the 2014 session, he also served as chairman of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee and worked on legislation ranging from domestic violence to driving privileges for first-time DWI offenders. Shurtleff, who defeated 0

Higgins, Kimball, Richards win contested Concord School Board races

The three contested races for the Concord School Board ended in big wins for one incumbent and two newcomers. Barb Higgins will continue to represent District B. She, Jim Richards and Alana Kimball carried every ward in their respective districts. Tom Croteau won a three-year term in District A after running opposed. The winners will have a few months to get up to speed before their January swearing-in. From there, work begins on setting a budget while finding a successor to Superintendent Chris Rath. The 0

Daily Caller’s Shaheen ‘bombshell’ a dud

By the time the sun came up on Election Day, a charge against U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen – the New Hampshire Democrat in a nip-and-tuck race for another term – had begun making the rounds on social media. The Daily Caller, a web-based publication aligned with conservatives, ran a story headlined, “BOMBSHELL MEMO: Jeanne Shaheen Conspired With White House Insider On IRS Targeting Scandal.” The story was posted at 9:36 p.m. the night before the election. The story accuses Shaheen of being “principally involved in 0