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State Senate candidates weigh in on rising electricity costs, long-term energy strategy for New Hampshire

By the start of the next legislative session in January, energy rates will nearly double for more than 100,000 New Hampshire residents. Also by that time, a new state senator will be sitting in the chair to represent Concord and its surrounding towns. During recent interviews with the Monitor, the two candidates for state Senate District 15 outlined sharply different approaches to rising energy costs in New Hampshire. The district includes Concord, Henniker, Hopkinton and Warner; 20-year state Sen. Sylvia Larsen of Concord announced her 0

Shaheen criticizes Brown’s energy policy

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is turning the focus to energy this week. Shaheen’s campaign today released a report highlighting votes her Republican opponent, Scott Brown, has taken on energy policy that she says will take New Hampshire in the wrong direction. And tomorrow, the state Democratic Party will host Massachusetts lawmakers and a New Hampshire energy expert to discuss Brown’s energy record. Brown hosted his own event geared toward energy Friday when he met with a Hampton woman at her home to talk about rising 0

Progressive group lists 39 Free Staters on the ballot for the N.H. House

Almost 40 members of the Free State Project are running for seats in New Hampshire’s Legislature this year, including two in Merrimack County District 20, which covers Chichester and Pembroke, according to a progressive group that tracks the libertarian-leaning movement. Granite State Progress is poised to publish its list of 36 Free State Project participants running for office this year, plus three “honorary” members – including incumbent Republican Rep. JR Hoell from Dunbarton and Lydia Harman, a Warner Republican running for state Senate in District 0

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul rallies volunteers, says Brown could give GOP control of the Senate

Electing Scott Brown in New Hampshire could tip control of the U.S. Senate into the Republicans’ hands, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul told a packed room at the state Republican Party office in Concord yesterday. “If we win here, we may have enough of a majority . . . that we set the agenda,” Paul told a crowd of 20 people made up mostly of young voters and volunteers. “If we have 49 Republicans, we don’t get 49 percent of the agenda. We get zero percent.” 0

State Senate candidates Feltes, Harman talk revenue at Warner forum

Local candidates for the New Hampshire State House discussed new revenue sources, from increased taxes to expanded gambling, at a forum last night in Warner. Both candidates for state Senate District 15 called New Hampshire’s tax system “regressive,” but Democrat Dan Feltes and Republican Lydia Harman took different approaches finding new dollars for the state. Feltes, a 35-year-old Concord attorney, has suggested a capital gains tax as one possible source of revenue. “There are different ideas out there, including an extension of the interests and 0

Havenstein outraises Hassan for first time

Gov. Maggie Hassan has far outspent Republican challenger Walt Havenstein since the two became official opponents following the Sept. 9 primary.  Within that same time frame, Havenstein outraised Hassan for the first time this election cycle, according to campaign finance reports filed yesterday.  Now, heading into the final weeks before the Nov. 4 election, Havenstein has more than $705,000 cash on hand compared with Hassan’s $181,000.  Havenstein has pulled in $758,000 since the primary, but two-thirds of that sum – about $550,000 – he loaned 0

Meet the District 11 state rep candidates

A 22-year-old recent college graduate is challenging the Democratic House majority leader to represent Penacook in the state House of Representatives. The two candidates – Democratic state Rep. Steve Shurtleff and Republican Ben Tasker – are on the ballot for the lone seat in Merrimack County District 11. Steve Shurtleff In 2003, Steve Shurtleff heard about soldiers from New Hampshire dying in Iraq and Afghanistan. He wanted to take action – so he filed to run for the state House of Representatives. “I thought, why 0

Kuster on Vaillancourt’s 'ugly' remarks: What’s really offensive is the Republican platform

It’s not enough for Republicans to decry and disown sexist remarks, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster said in an interview yesterday with the Monitor. “I have thick skin,” she said in response to questions about a Republican state lawmaker’s blog saying that she’ll lose her race against state Rep. Marilinda Garcia if voters choose based on looks. “Steve Vaillancourt can say whatever he’s going to say. . . . What it leads to is a much more important conversation to have, which is frankly, what’s offensive 0

NEC poll: Most races ‘too close to call’

The latest in a weekly series of New England College polls points to increasingly competitive races across New Hampshire. All except the governor’s race “are too close to call within this poll’s margin of error,” Wayne Lesperance, director of the college’s Center for Civic Engagement, said in a statement on the results. Gov. Maggie Hassan’s lead over Walt Havenstein, her Republican opponent, has consistently tightened in recent polls. Most recently, the NEC results put Hassan ahead of Havenstein 48.7 to 43.5 percent. Where previous results 0

Hassan highlights support for small businesses

Gov. Maggie Hassan promoted herself as a leader who is growing New Hampshire’s economy while taking a swing at her Republican opponent Walt Havenstein’s business record yesterday. “We have come too far to let my opponent take our economy backward,” Hassan said. “My opponent ran his last company into the ditch and we can’t allow him to do the same thing to New Hampshire’s economy.” Hassan made her comments at digital marketing agency CommonPlaces in Manchester, where she was joined by Executive Councilor Chris Pappas 0

Five candidates fight for three N.H. state representative seats in District 10

Five candidates are competing this fall for three slots in the state House of Representatives to represent Merrimack County District 10, which includes Hopkinton and Concord Ward 5. While only two of the five are current state legislators, most of the candidates running have been on a local ballot in the past. Democratic state Reps. Mary Jane Wallner and Mel Myler are both District 10 incumbents running for re-election. Hopkinton resident Gary Richardson, who had served four terms representing the district, announced his retirement in 0

Shaheen: Obamacare benefits starting to be seen, but more work needs to be done

People in New Hampshire and across the country are starting to see benefits of the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen told the Monitor in an interview yesterday. But parts of the health care law known as Obamacare still need improvement, she added. “I don’t want to go back, and I think most people don’t want to go back to a system that will deny all of those reforms,” Shaheen said. She cited popular changes brought about by the law, which allows children to 0

Candidate forum tomorrow night in Warner

Local candidates for state representative, state senator and Executive Council will participate in a forum tomorrow night in Warner. Hosted by the League of Women Voters, the forum will be open to questions from the audience. The candidates who have confirmed they will attend are: ∎ State Senate District 15 candidates Dan Feltes and Lydia Harman. That district includes Concord, Hopkinton, Henniker and Warner. ∎ State Rep. Clyde Carson, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger, Patrick Page. The two candidates are running to represent Merrimack County District 0

N.H. Police Association again endorses Hassan

The New Hampshire Police Association endorsed Gov. Maggie Hassan in her bid for re-election, the governor’s campaign announced yesterday. It is the third public safety association – along with the New Hampshire Troopers’ Association and Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire – to endorse Hassan in this election cycle, according to her campaign. All of the groups also endorsed Hassan, a Democrat, in the general election when she ran for governor in 2012. At a law enforcement roundtable event held last week, Hassan’s Republican opponent 0

Party lines and pipelines: Candidates talk energy

There are pipelines and there are party lines, and what New Hampshire candidates say about the former appears largely influenced by the latter. Asked what specific steps the U.S. should take to reduce its reliance on foreign oil, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster barely mentions natural gas, while her Republican challenger in the 2nd District, Marilinda Garcia, doesn’t mention renewable energy sources. In the 1st District, there’s a bit of overlap between Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter and Republican Frank Guinta, but like the others, the two 0