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Hassan: Havenstein ‘would be a rubber stamp for Bill O’Brien and the Koch Brothers’

Gov. Maggie Hassan used an endorsement event yesterday as an opportunity to frame her track record as one of making investments for the state’s future and to pre-empt criticism lodged against her less than an hour later by her Republican opponent. Accepting an endorsement from the New Hampshire State Troopers Association at the group’s Concord headquarters yesterday morning, Hassan began by calling attention to steps she has taken to invest in public safety: adding more state troopers to the force, stepping up drug and alcohol 0

Brown,Shaheen to meet in at least four debates during general election

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican challenger Scott Brown will debate each other at least four times during the general election. Brown announced today he plans to participate in seven debates. They include three televised debates and a Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council Debate, all of which Shaheen committed to earlier this month. The planned joint debates begin next month: ​ ∎ Oct. 6: ​Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council Debate ∎ ​Oct. 21: ​NECN/Concord Monitor/UNH Debate ∎ ​Oct. 23: NH1/UNH’s Rudman Center Debate​ ​∎ Oct. 30: WMUR/Union Leader Granite 0

Silverman event Saturday in Concord to focus on women’s issues and politics

Women’s rights are a serious matter, and they’re under siege by politicians across the country. That’s the message from the national organization Lady Parts Justice, which is using comedy to spread the word. The group, co-founded in 2012 by former Daily Show head writer Lizz Winstead, aims to use comedy, culture and digital media to foster a greater understanding of women’s reproductive rights. “I hope that through the lens of humor we can expose how bad this War on Women has gotten and just what 0

Campaign financial reports released for Ardinger, Feltes

The two Democrats on the ballot in state Senate District 15 are spending big to draw voters to the primary polls next week. At the second deadline for campaign financial reports this week, Concord attorney Dan Feltes had outraised Concord School Board member Kass Ardinger by more than $27,000 overall. In the past two weeks, the candidates kept even pace by raising less than $5,000 each but spending more than $18,000 apiece. Less than a week before the primary election, Ardinger said she felt “engergized.” 0

Lambert stands by ads attacking Garcia, after GOP leaders ask him to pull them

Marilinda Garcia’s campaign has called in the reserves to defend her against attacks from Gary Lambert, as the two battle for the Republican nomination in the 2nd Congressional District. Three Republicans who have thus far kept out of the race, including Bryan Gould, chairman of the Merrimack County Republican Committee, issued a statement today calling on Lambert’s campaign to stop airing his latest TV attacks against her. Lambert’s Campaign Manager Josh Davidson said they will not pull the ads. “When you can’t defend your record, 0

Nine labor unions endorse Shaheen

A coalition of the state’s largest labor unions, including the National Education Association and State Employees Association, put their backing behind incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen while knocking her top opponent, Scott Brown. “This election, we’re going door to door because there’s a real contrast in this race between someone running for New Hampshire working families and someone who’s in this race to line his own pockets,” said Mark Mackenzie, President of the NH AFL-CIO said in a press release from the Shaheen campaign. In 1

Candidate profile: Scott Brown tells N.H. voters he’s an independent voice

Ever since Scott Brown made Rye his home in December, he has been traveling across the state – green pickup truck and all – on a mission to convince New Hampshire voters that he should represent them in the U.S. Senate. If he wins, Brown would be the third person in U.S. history to represent two states in the Senate. From the start, observers said Brown would have an uphill battle against Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen. He came out of the gate swinging at her 3

Gov. Maggie Hassan continues to outraise Republican opponents Hemingway, Havenstein

The focus in the governor’s race may be on the Republican primary, but it was Democratic incumbent Maggie Hassan who posted the highest fundraising totals by yesterday’s filing date. Between Aug. 20 and Sept. 3, Hassan’s campaign raised nearly $80,000 and now has $1.12 million cash on hand. Hassan’s numbers dwarf those of her Republican challengers – Walt Havenstein and Andrew Hemingway – who will face off in the primary Tuesday. Havenstein pulled in about $36,500 between Aug. 20 and Sept. 3 and has more 0

Candidates in contested state House races weigh in on the issues

(This article has been updated to correct state Rep. JR Hoell’s position on expanded gambling.) The candidates for state representative in our area who are facing contested primaries were asked to fill out a short questionnaire on issues they would likely tackle in the next legislative session and to share their personal philosophies and priorities. The answers from those who responded from the Hillsborough County race and Merrimack County races are below. Hillsborough County District 2 (Deering, Weare) – 3 seats The Democratic race is 1

Garcia, Lambert trade jabs over health care, immigration in debate

State Rep. Marilinda Garcia was the target of several attacks during last night’s debate between the candidates vying for the Republican nomination in the 2nd Congressional District. Those attacks – and her counterattacks directed at former state senator Gary Lambert – were shot down by former state representative Jim Lawrence. In his closing remarks and several times earlier in the debate, Lawrence called on voters to support him and reject negative campaigning and intraparty scuffles. “The attack ads, the fighting, this makes people sick and 4

District 2 Republican candidates try to set themselves apart on immigration

The United States’s southern border is more than 2,000 miles away from New Hampshire, but the flood of immigrants across that line in recent months has dominated debate in the 2nd Congressional District’s Republican primary. The first attack ad this primary? Former state senator Gary Lambert accused state Rep. Marilinda Garcia of supporting amnesty for illegal immigrants. The first line to get applause at a candidates’ debate in Rindge last month? Former state representative Jim Lawrence pledged that his first action if elected, would be 0

Scott Brown jokes about voter fraud

Scott Brown recently told conservative talk show host Howie Carr that out-of-state voters who support him should cross the border and vote for him on Election Day. Brown campaign says he was joking, but voter fraud hasn’t historically been a joking matter in New Hampshire – especially if you ask Republicans. first reported the comments, which Brown made on Carr’s show in August. His comments came in response to a caller from Connecticut who asked why New Hampshire voters should support Brown. “Well they 8

Pappas waiting in wings in Executive Council District 4 race

The winner of the Republican primary for the Executive Council District 4 seat will likely face incumbent Manchester Democrat Chris Pappas in the general election. His opponent, Manchester resident Maria Chilson, has not actively campaigned since filing paperwork to run against Pappas in the Democratic primary. A spokeswoman for the state Democratic Party said the party does not have Chilson’s contact information, and the League of Women Voters canceled a candidate forum after a letter and phone message to Chilson went unanswered. On Friday morning, 1

Bob Burns, Jim Adams tout personal backgrounds in Executive Council Republican primary

Jim Adams and Bob Burns, Republican contenders in the Executive Council District 4 Republican primary, don’t seem to have much in the way of common ground. But it’s there. They were both born and raised in New Hampshire. Both describe themselves as loyal conservatives, in person and online: They say they’re committed to limited government, low taxes, protecting personal freedom and upholding constitutional values at the state and federal level. Both earned 100 percent scores from the Granite State Taxpayers Association, of which Adams is 1

Capital Beat: With primary closing in, campaigns get nasty

We knew the race between Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown would get nasty. It did so as soon as Brown entered the race and has only worsened in the months since. But that’s not the only race where the mudslinging is in full force. With less than two weeks to go until the Sept. 9 primary, federal and state level races across New Hampshire are starting to heat up. Some of the negative advertising is coming from outside groups such as Americans for Prosperity and 6