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Candidate profile: Walt Havenstein, 65, makes case for gubernatorial bid

Sitting on a shelf in Walt Havenstein’s home office is a gang, as they’re called, of meerkats. “Do you know what a meerkat is?” he asks, pointing up to the cluster of small animals, sitting on shelves surrounded by books and tokens from his military and defense career. During Havenstein’s tenure as chief executive officer of BAE Systems Inc., the animals became a symbol for the company culture, because meerkats survive by putting the needs of the group ahead of their own. Havenstein gave out 2

New Shaheen TV ad promotes child-care tax credit

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s campaign began airing a new television ad today that focuses on her work to reduce child-care costs. In the 30-second ad, Shaheen talks about a bill she introduced to the U.S. Senate in July that would expand families’ access to the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit. Several other female, Democratic senators co-sponsored the legislation. “My bill would increase tax credits for child care and could save families thousands of dollars,” Shaheen says during the ad, which shows the senator talking 1

Candidate profile: Andrew Hemingway, 32, makes case for gubernatorial bid

Andrew Hemingway doesn’t hesitate to share his ideas for New Hampshire – even when he knows you’ll be skeptical. Take his flat tax plan. It would reduce taxes on businesses and start taxing local governments and nonprofits. It’s a major restructuring of the state’s tax policy, which is bound to turn heads and raise eyebrows. But that doesn’t make him afraid to talk about it. “I’m not afraid of a challenge, I’m not afraid of negative feedback,” Hemingway told the Monitor recently. “Maybe we determine 3

AG: Hassan campaign must return $24,000 donation

Gov. Maggie Hassan must return $24,000 of a contribution from a labor union’s political committee to her re-election campaign, Attorney General Joe Foster ruled yesterday. Foster made his ruling in response to a complaint from the New Hampshire Republican Party, which alleged the $25,000 contribution from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers political committee violated state campaign finance laws. The party also filed complaints about two other $10,000 donations to Hassan’s re-election campaign, but she does not have to give those back. The Republican Party 1

Garcia, Lambert square off on finances, climate change in District 2 Republican primary debate

The three candidates running for the Republican nomination in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District race met yesterday for a debate where all three defended their most recent fundraising reports. State Rep. Marilinda Garcia of Salem used the debate as an opportunity to defend her campaign from claims that she is receiving most of her funding from outside of the district. Garcia raised more money in the second quarter this year than her opponents, former state senator Gary Lambert of Nashua and former state representative Jim 1

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 2

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 3

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 0

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 1

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 0

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 1

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 1

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 1

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 5